William Thien

Ambassador Chris Stevens, The Sacrificial Ambassador

Posted on: October 28, 2013

I just watched the 60 Minutes piece on the attack of the US Mission in Benghazi. Till this day, even during the interview on 60 Minutes, the question has not been answered, “Why didn’t the US send reinforcements?” It wouldn’t have been difficult. And why wasn’t the request for more security satisfied when the various requests were made for it weeks before the attack? There was substantial evidence that more security would be needed.

Then while watching the piece the thought occurred to me that Ambassador Chris Stevens was a sacrifice, a sacrifice for the way Muammar Gaddafi was treated when captured by the Libyan rebels who publicly humiliated him without trial or respect and then stuffed his body in a culvert and worse.

Leaders around the world saw the end result of what essentially was a coalition of forces led partially by the US to overthrow Gaddafi and they concluded that it didn’t end the way it should. Ambassador Stevens was meant as a sacrifice to make up for that.

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