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This -- a lot of questions about why didn't ambassador Stephens have more security -- -- as what I understand it and correct me if I'm wrong but as I understand -- he did not take his full security detail with him from Tripoli to -- -- This is true questions about back so but it isn't it -- off in the purview of the ambassador himself.
And I know this is this is there heroic American who was killed in action -- his country serving his country.
But could you could a woman involved also question did ambassador Stevens himself personally say hey guys that I need you to they'll just take to a tree.
I think that question must be asked no one wants to speak ill of the dead especially not reporters most of whom you never know what it's like to be confronted with a situation like that.
But the fact of the matter is -- and that is the question ambassadors -- one of the main questions about senators do have.
Enormous leeway in deciding to what extent they wish to be protected right course of trying to do their jobs and clearly.
Ambassador Stevens for whatever reason felt comfortable enough and Ben -- to leave some of the people he might have taken for his protection at home anyway.
The protection of the annex which is the CIA installation is a different kettle of fish entirely.
On on that one what must -- not.
What the State Department did to protect that facility for what the CIA was doing and once again the focus on the seven hour gap.
In the request for more -- the president by the way for more reinforcements for the people who are under siege there.
And the inability to mobilize that kind of capability on a date it was the anniversary of the most -- deadliest attack.
It makes it a strange though all that ambassador Stephens might have said -- I'll just take.
Two it's two or three guys with me but I guess -- ambassadors is Judy is making the point.
Believe that having -- -- security profile.
Makes them -- -- it makes it easy to engage with those with -- you're trying to -- -- Well I think that's a great question I I think that he should've taken more security.
You know I'll be in an -- that career officer for crypt public affairs officer I've worked with over thirty different embassies around the world.
The investors do have a lot of discretion how many security people that -- whatever reason.
Are -- going forward it it shouldn't be an option.
Just ready this is a required aren't gonna have to take what you like that are not just write your own you're an -- you -- Algeria you'll get ten Marines that you -- -- -- -- is not I finally getting hit now I I wouldn't hesitate to go there -- and I understand why you're saying that because you are concerned about in the survival of these people but.
Ultimately this is a dangerous profession and so is journalism by the way you look at the number of people who journalists have been killed in Syria killed in places.
You have to look at give your people your ambassadors your senior diplomats.
The -- to make some tough calls.
And in this Cerrato that -- several paragraphs that right -- I mean you wouldn't when you and I have traveled in some of these places and I remember loan debates.
-- our security folks in Iraq friends -- always better off.
Traveling in the -- cop more recognizable or are we better off traveling in a completely beaten up completely vulnerable com.
-- if it gets attacked but you're less likely to be attacked because that's a low profile that they're difficult questions that anybody in those situations the way.
Right and it's just trying bureaucracy ties have been saying you must travel with five to ten -- at all times I think limits.
The diplomats flexibility and -- affected.
-- -- went from -- it does but here's the other point Y was even -- Gaza.
And he knew that it that it was vulnerable to attack he should have been in Tripoli and not been yourself around and does not -- songs so many questions still remaining.
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