Everything you need to know about Benghazi

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CURATED BY Zack Beauchamp

2014-05-20 10:44:11 -0400

  1. What was the Benghazi attack?
  2. Why did the US have a diplomatic presence in Benghazi?
  3. Why are there so many militias in Benghazi?
  4. Did the CIA, NSA, or anyone else have intel that an attack was coming?
  5. Why didn’t Ambassador Chris Stevens get the security he requested?
  6. What’s the precise timeline of the events of the night of the attack?
  7. Who were the Benghazi attackers?
  8. Were the attackers angry about an anti-Islam movie?
  9. Did al-Qaeda do it?
  10. Could the US military have stopped the Benghazi attack?
  11. Why is Benghazi such a big deal politically?
  12. Why do Obama critics tend to focus so much on Benghazi?
  13. Why do liberals make fun of “#Benghazi” all the time?
  14. What are “the talking points”?
  15. Is the Obama Administration to blame for Benghazi?
  16. What was the political fallout from the Benghazi investigations?
  17. What is the House Select Committee on Benghazi?
  18. Could something like the Benghazi attack happen again?
  19. You didn't answer my question!
  20. What else should I read about Benghazi?
  21. How have these cards changed?
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    What was the Benghazi attack?

    When people talk about Benghazi now, they don't just mean the major city in Eastern Libya: they're referring to an attack on US diplomatic and intelligence facilities there on September 11th, 2012. That night, armed militants overwhelmed security at the US mission and killed Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, State Department Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and diplomatic security agents Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

    Immediately afterwards, U.S. intelligence officials and the Obama Administration concluded that the attacks grew out of a nearby mob that was protesting an anti-Islam film, The Innocence of Muslims. This conclusion, the CIA later decided, was wrong: the people initially believed to be protesters were actually a loose group of Islamic militants who had shown up at the mission with the intent to attack it.

    The attack spawned a still-ongoing investigation led by Congressional Republicans and conservative media, who worry that the Obama administration has self-servingly distorted the truth of what happened and who see the incident as evidence of their long-running concerns that the administration is weak on terrorism.

    This investigation has centered around three different questions: whether the Benghazi mission was sufficiently protected, whether the US failed to stop the attack when it could have, and whether the administration covered up the truth about the attack's origins.

    The first reflects a real problem for American foreign policy. Though critics have alleged that the answers to the latter two questions involve serious administration misconduct, successive investigations have not supported these accusations.

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    Why did the US have a diplomatic presence in Benghazi?

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    Why are there so many militias in Benghazi?

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    Did the CIA, NSA, or anyone else have intel that an attack was coming?

  5. Card 5 of 21

    Why didn’t Ambassador Chris Stevens get the security he requested?

  6. Card 6 of 21

    What’s the precise timeline of the events of the night of the attack?

  7. Card 7 of 21

    Who were the Benghazi attackers?

  8. Card 8 of 21

    Were the attackers angry about an anti-Islam movie?

  9. Card 9 of 21

    Did al-Qaeda do it?

  10. Card 10 of 21

    Could the US military have stopped the Benghazi attack?

  11. Card 11 of 21

    Why is Benghazi such a big deal politically?

  12. Card 12 of 21

    Why do Obama critics tend to focus so much on Benghazi?

  13. Card 13 of 21

    Why do liberals make fun of “#Benghazi” all the time?

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    What are “the talking points”?

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    Is the Obama Administration to blame for Benghazi?

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    What was the political fallout from the Benghazi investigations?

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    What is the House Select Committee on Benghazi?

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    Could something like the Benghazi attack happen again?

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    You didn't answer my question!

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    What else should I read about Benghazi?

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    How have these cards changed?

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