The intelligence community obviously feels burned by having its tentative assessments become a political football in this campaign and, in truth, one obvious lesson is that the United States could use much better real-time intelligence from places such as Libya.
The Benghazi attack produced a swirl of intelligence reporting, some of it contradictory. The Associated Press reported Friday that
within 24 hours of the assault, the CIA station chief in Libya cabled headquarters that
eyewitnesses said the attack had been carried out by militants. But the analysts evidently
didn’t feel that they had any single report that allowed them to make a definitive determination
about the nature of the attack.
A memo prepared by the National Counterterrorism Center on Sept. 14 illustrates the fragmentary
nature of the evidence: “As time progresses, we are learning more, but we still don’t have
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