The great majority of U.S. personnel in Benghazi at the time of the attack were not tied to the State Dept. but to the CIA, according to a recent report.
In fact, it is reported that Benghazi was chiefly a CIA operations hub. Therefore, following the Sept 11 attack, of the thirty U.S. personnel evacuated, only seven were tied to the State Dept. — those who rounded out the thirty were tied to the CIA.
This information sheds light on CIA Director David Petraeus’ absence from ceremonies marking the return of the bodies of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans killed in the Benghazi attacks. Those ceremonies were attended by the President, the Vice President, Secretaries of State and Defense, but no Petraeus.
It is now being reported that he was lying low to protect the integrity of undercover CIA operations (and operatives) in Libya.
In fact, U.S. officials are now saying that Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, two former Navy SEALS killed in the Sept 11 attack, were not associated with the State Dept as originally reported, but with the CIA.
Amid the pressures being placed on the State Dept in the wake of the attack, some in Congress are now saying the CIA is using its cloak of secrecy to protect itself from criticism in Benghazi. Ultimately, however, the responsibility rests with Obama. This is his CIA, just as it is his State Dept.