Setbacks in Libya

Monday, September 24, 2012

Tunisian police stand guard at the U.S. embassy building in Tunis. (Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images)

The fall of Gaddafi in Libya gave the United States an opportunity to befriend a long antagonistic nation in Northern Africa, and to put eyes and ears on the ground. The deaths two weeks ago of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, mean that both U.S.-Libya relations and the U.S. intelligence mission in Libya have taken a hit. Eric Schmitt, a senior writer who covers terrorism and national security issues for The New York Times, says the evacuating of Americans from Benghazi has left an "intelligence gap" on the ground in Libya.

U.S. intelligence officials have assured Schmitt that "we are certainly not blind by any regard in Benghazi right now." Nevertheless, an already challenging intelligence mission has become all the more perilous in the last two weeks.

Libya and Egypt are very important intelligence centers for the United States in the Middle East, so it is with great trepidation that we watch the situation unfold in Northern Africa.


Eric Schmitt

Produced by:

Maggie Penman

Comments [3]


Hmm is anyone else having problems with the images on
this blog loading? I'm trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or if it's the blog.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Mar. 07 2013 04:28 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I guess Agents just need to play their roles and hope for the best...

I always walk away from listening to any of these segments on the Middle East thinking about the Old t.v. show Mission Impossible... I was always intrigued but the episodes but I was never a hundred percent sure the agents were doing the right thing, or even what they were doing...

Sep. 24 2012 01:28 PM

Are you kidding.

"No obvious way to have prevented that attack." How about having some security. Not even one Marine was assigned to protect the Ambassador.

Sep. 24 2012 10:53 AM

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