Why should any one be surprised--sources are telling the New York Times that some of the same terrorists who attacked the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi on 9/11 were also involved in the bloody assault at the Algerian gas complex. When America hesitates and dissembles in response to a brazen, deadly assault killing our ambassador, of course the Islamists are going to be emboldened to do more. Images of bloody American corpses and those of their allies spilled across the internet is what Islamic jihadists crave. Obama was wrong--Gitmo isn't a recruiting tool for terrorists. But Benghazi is. Those committed to establishing the global caliphate might be saying to themselves: Yes, the U.S. military might strike us with drones, but we drag the body of their top diplomatic official through the streets and they don't even show up to investigate or bring a single collaborator to justice. Hillary Clinton has a lot to answer for. Read the New York Times account:
If confirmed, the link between two of the most brazen assaults in recent memory would reinforce the transborder character of the jihadist groups now striking across the Sahara. American officials have long warned that the region’s volatile mix of porous borders, turbulent states, weapons and ranks of fighters with similar ideologies creates a dangerous landscape in which extremists are trying to collaborate across vast distances.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is scheduled to testify before Congress on Wednesday about the Libyan attack that killed the American ambassador and three staff members, raised the specter of regional cooperation among extremists soon after the mission in Benghazi was overrun.
In particular, she said the Islamist militant takeover of northern Mali had created a “safe haven” for terrorists to “extend their reach” and work with other extremists in North Africa, “as we tragically saw in Benghazi,” though she offered no clear evidence of such ties.