Both Side Missing the Lessons of Benghazi

Both Side Missing the Lessons of Benghazi

Many stupid things have been said by people who should have known better in the month since the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The raid -- in which heavily armed men with suspected links to al-Qaeda killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three American personnel -- is being portrayed by some Republicans as an event approaching the attacks of Sept. 11 in importance, and by some Democrats as an unfortunate little mishap that says absolutely nothing about President Barack Obama’s competence and credibility, or about the state of the American war on al-Qaeda and its affiliates.

The attack could have been used to teach various useful lessons about al-Qaeda’s resilience, about human fallibility, about the limits of security and the imprecision of intelligence.

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