On September 11, 2012, a U.S. diplomatic facility and a CIA annex were attacked in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans were killed, including a U.S. Ambassador. Initially, there was speculation that the attacks were a spontaneous response to an anti-Muslim video that was produced in the U.S. Ultimately, a U.S. State Department investigation found that it was a premeditated attack by Muslim militants.
The Obama Administration has been accused of over-emphasizing the role of the anti-Muslim video. Accusers claim that Obama blamed the attacks on the video because a fatal, premeditated terrorist attack would harm his 2012 re-election campaign. There is an ongoing investigation to determine what exactly happened in Benghazi, and who is culpable.
The Benghazi attack is a great case study on how politics (especially election politics) affects foreign policy.
- Was the Obama Administration reluctant to increase security at diplomatic facilities because that would make it appear that he was losing the war on terror?
- Are the Benghazi investigations politically motivated?
- Does Benghazi affect the average American? Why should an American voter care about Benghazi?
Join us as we discuss the politics of Benghazi.
Resources are below.
All views and political orientations are welcome.
We welcome beginners and policy wonks alike. Feel free to join the discussion or just to listen and learn.
If you sign up and change your mind, please change your reply so that someone else may attend.
Meetup to last 1.5 hours (until 5:30 PM) although, of course, people are welcome to continue beyond that point.
The Benghazi Plot Hole (The Economist)
Benghazi Truths vs Washington Politics (Council on Foreign Relations)