BBC: US ambassador ‘killed in Libya’
The US ambassador to Libya has died after being attacked by militiamen storming the US consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, reports say.
I am shocked and horrified at this if it is confirmed and my sincere condolences to our American friends and loved ones.
This incident confirms my concerns that diplomatic missions in “war-on-terror” countries are not being properly secured by being located in properly secured and defended military bases.
This reminds me of the storming of a UN base in Mazar-e-Sharif when 7 UN workers were killed in April 2011. The guy responsible at the time for UN security – Gregory B. Starr, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, is an American who used to be employed as the person responsible for the security of US diplomatic bases.
I have further concerns that the US & NATO countries’ military these days lack the military knowledge and competence even to able to secure our military bases. Bases can’t be properly secured in or near an urban area. You need a security zone of cleared and controlled ground of at least 6 miles, but 10 miles is better, around a military base to keep enemy fire from rockets and mortars out of range.
If you don’t control the ground around a base this happens – 3 were killed at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan yesterday.
KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan insurgents bombarded a U.S. base and destroyed a NATO helicopter, killing three Afghan intelligence employees, officials said Tuesday. There were also NATO personnel aboard and wounded, the coalition said without providing further details.
We’ve been at war in Afghanistan for nearly 11 years now and still the US and NATO military are operating out of insecure bases! Our supply routes in Afghanistan have never been secured and recently a decision by NATO-ISAF (commanded by a US general) was taken to close bases along the main highways in Afghanistan making the roads even more insecure.
The military and security leaders we are depending on to keep our personnel safe during this war on terror are incompetent and our diplomats would be well advised to have no faith in them. If I was a diplomat in a country with security problems I would quit and come home until we get proper military and security people in charge.
So there is a pattern here of incompetence at the very highest levels of leadership in the United States, NATO and the United Nations.
The people in charge are incompetent and this is very serious folks. We need urgent action to get competent people in post. We need a shake up at the highest levels of government on the military and security side especially. This can’t be allowed to go on.