A common response from those who wish to inoculate the Obama administration, and in particular Hillary Clinton, from charges of negligence and malfeasance in the Benghazi murders, is to suggest that Ambassador Chris Stevens was in large part responsible for the absence of security at the diplomatic compound. In our own comment thread, for example, we saw:
What looks obvious in hindsight appears much less so in real time: we know that Ambassador Stevens twice declined offers of military assistance shortly before the attacks. If the Ambassador on the ground considers the consulate to be safe, one could forgive people in Washington for minimizing the risk.
Right, there’s Hillary off the hook. Anyway, what difference, at this point, does it make?
Well, not so fast, says Gregory Hicks. He should know; he was there.
It’s good to see someone sticking up for Mr. Stevens, even now. Too bad nobody did when it mattered.