Since the Benghazi attack was by no means unique, and security levels in potentially hostile regions of the world have historically failed to prevent terrorist acts -- I am curious as to your obsession with the Libya incident, especially given your limited understanding of physical security and counterterrorism.
The attached list of significant terrorism-related events will provide an apt starting point to focus your investigation efforts. If your target is to reach the crux of the issues on the ground, I suggest beginning with the June of 2002, Karachi, Pakistan attack. Starting at the beginning tends to be how we form an accurate hypothesis.
Senator, you seem to have skipped the define-and-measure portion of any improvement methodology -- and entirely skipped the investigation conclusion phase -- jumping directly to the hostile condemnation posture. I am concerned that this is highly suspect behavior and it tends to raise red flags on my desk (when not on medical leave).
Sir, I am a professional with a great deal of experience assessing/evaluating situations and individuals for the potential of ulterior motives and deception tactics through subtle ticks and notable traits. I have closely studied your questioning of Secretary Clinton and I believe that you exhibited a number of key indicators suggesting a high level of deception.
In light of my initial findings, I am requesting a linguistic analysis of your exchange with Secretary Clinton, and will be providing the results to a public audience upon its availability. Senator, I believe that truth is as precious as life itself; and especially when it comes to public office. Further, dressing down a U.S. Secretary of State must only be tolerated when a factual body of evidence supports the course of action.
I will forward the linguistic analysis results to your office, the media, and the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics -- as soon as they are made available. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Significant U.S. Consulate terrorism-related events 2002-2008:
June 14, 2002, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
Suicide bomber kills 12 and injures 51.
February 20, 2003, international diplomatic compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Truck bomb kills 17.
February 28, 2003, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
Gunmen on motorcycles killed two consulate guards.
July 30, 2004, U.S. embassy in Taskkent, Uzbekistan
Suicide bomber kills two.
December 6, 2004, U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Militants stormed and occupied perimeter wall. Five killed, 10 wounded.
March 2, 2006, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
Suicide car bomber killed four, including a U.S. diplomate directly targeted by the assailants.
September 12, 2006, U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria
Gunmen attacked embassy with grenades, automatic weapons, and a car bomb (though second truck bomb failed to detonate). One killed and 13 wounded.
January 12, 2007, U.S. embassy in Athens, Greece
A rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the embassy building. No one was injured.
July 9, 2008, U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Turkey
Armed men attacked consulate with pistols and shotguns. Three policemen killed.
March 18, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana'a, Yemen
Mortar attack misses embassy, hits nearby girls' school instead.
September 17, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana'a, Yemen
Militants dressed as policemen attacked the embassy with RPGs, rifles, grenades and car bombs. Six Yemeni soldiers and seven civilians were killed. Sixteen more were injured.
chronological list: Daily Kos
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