Book: Benghazi Was Part of Larger War Against AQIM

I haven't yet read the new book by Jack Murphy and Brandon Webb, Benghazi: The Definitive Report, but I plan to. I'm reading reviews of the book by the New York Post and The Daily Mail both of which suggest that Ambassador Chris Stevens wasn't in the loop about a low level JSOC war against Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's (AQIM's) Libyan affiliate. The gist being that his murder was in retaliation for the assassination of several AQIM leaders:

The central premise of 'Benghazi: The Definitive Report' is that the attacks were precipitated by secret raids JSOC had performed in Libya. An attack on the Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia days before September 11 may have been the final straw.

Heavily-armed militants with Ansar al-Sharia attacked the consulate on September 11 as retaliation, the book claims. Ambassador Chris Stevens and Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith died of smoke inhalation when insurgents set fire to the consulate.

After the raid, the militants launched a second attack against a CIA annex across town. It was there that CIA security contractors Ty Woods and Glen Doherty - both former U.S. Navy SEALs - were killed when their position took a direct hit from an enemy mortar....

Webb and Murphy claim that the 'inside' story of the attack - as told by their connections in the CIA and special operations units of the military - show that Brennan never warned the CIA or Stevens about ongoing U.S. military operations in the country.

Had the State Department and the intelligence community known about what was happening, they would have stepped up security in Benghazi and could have prevented the tragedy.

Has anyone read the book? If so, are the reviews cited above an accurate portrayal of the book's central thesis? Also, how believable is the evidence they author's present?

Thanks to Laura

Posted by: Rusty at 03:54 PM


1 Reading it right now. Chris Kyle's public funeral just closed. We just got the book right as the memorial started. It was late in coming. So far it looks solid. As 4 the Daily Mail; I think they have a few things not right. Like the secret war in Africa. It is not and has not been secret. Quiet not secret.

Posted by: Mean Kitteh at February 11, 2013 04:08 PM

2 Forgive my ignorance, but could someone please clarify what JSOC is?

Posted by: Max at February 11, 2013 05:06 PM

3 Special it now.

Posted by: Max at February 11, 2013 05:09 PM

4 Max, Joint Special Operations Command. It is like a part of the larger USSOCOM The United States Special Operation Command.

Posted by: Mean Kitteh at February 11, 2013 05:12 PM

5 I think it is very believable the only motive for the attack in the 1st place.

Posted by: Guest at February 11, 2013 05:50 PM

6 I had to work today or I would have been in Chief Kyle's flag line.

Posted by: EROWMER at February 11, 2013 06:14 PM

7 Yes, that is the main premise. I don't think that State would have stepped up security. They had ample impetus leading up to the event and after listening very intently to Ms Lamb and the DSS person that testified and what they both said. I just don't think so. It wasn't malice it was incompetence and a very questionable and ill defined Foreign Policy.

Yes their story is very plausible with one exception. They got their information with CIA contacts. This completely throws Brennen under the bus. Which is fine with me except. It has now been alleged that a certain high ranking elements in the CIA are who outed Patraeus because they did not like working for him. Now, with all the screaming I have heard about Brennen being tapped to work as Director of CIA; I can't help but wonder if he to is not being spiked.
But yes, good background and is plausible. Good read.

Posted by: Mean Kitteh at February 11, 2013 07:11 PM

8 Sorry I did not proof the above. No sleep.

Posted by: Mean Kitteh at February 11, 2013 07:15 PM

9 I call bullshit. Woods and Doherty were calling for Spectre cover. Spectres were TDY in Italy not stationed there. They knew JSOC had something at least grey if not black going on if they knew Spectres were in the area.

Posted by: Okie Wan Rednecki at February 11, 2013 09:48 PM

10 No body knows and no body will ever know. Once the cover ups starts it always ends in so may cover ups that no one knows the truth from the cover ups.

Posted by: Sal at February 11, 2013 11:38 PM

11 Except that all the western countries and NGOs were being hit prior to this.

Were they all being hit out of retaliation or because they just hate everyone?

Posted by: wodun at February 12, 2013 04:37 AM

12 All I know is what should have brought Obama down and lost him an election did not and four people died that we know of.
Obama, Biden and Hillary do not care.

Posted by: obsidian at February 12, 2013 11:57 AM

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