JD ... to prevent future occurrences, one could start by holding those responsible for malfeasance & incompetence accountable.
Without the information we are getting from this congressional investigation, we would still not be aware of the extent of the lack of preparedness that existed; the fact that nobody "bothered" to call to the attention of SOS of the serious situation (remember, Hillary, by her testimony, was unaware of the Stevens' requests for additional security); that nobody seemed to remember they needed POTUS to get authorization to use Libyan air space; that they did not get permission from someone (whoever could give it) to use an armed drone to help those fellas.
If it would take our military 20 hours to get a response team to one of the hottest spots in the ME on the 9-11 anniversary, heads should be rolling at the Pentagon with replacements for those supposedly responsible for such contingency plans. The fact that the UK diplomats and the Red Cross had pulled out of Benghazi might have been a clue that if we were going to allow our diplomats to go there, it might be a very dangerous place, and there should have been preparations in place to protect those diplomats effectively. It would appear that the CIA had an idea of what was going on, didn't they pass along their info to the military? Isn't that how it's supposed to work? What good is CIA info if nobody pays attention to it? (I hope Biden answers the phone when the CIA reports that Iran has their nuclear bomb & mode of delivery for it. He's depending on that, according to the VP debates, but will he answer the phone?)
Interesting item from National Review
That "infamous" video apparently was not even the major item responsible for the US embassy attack in Cairo. Just the day before, the Blind Sheik's son threatened to burn the Cairo embassy:
There had been a brief mention of the offending video on Sept. 9 at an Egyptian mosque.On September 10, 2012, the day before rioting at the U.S. embassy in Cairo, an Egyptian weekly, El Fagr, reported that several jihadist organizations, including the Blind Sheik’s group (Gamaat al-Islamia, or the Islamic Group) and al-Qaeda emir Ayman al-Zawahiri’s group (Egyptian Islamic Jihad), were threatening to burn the American embassy in Cairo to the ground. The promised action against the embassy was an effort to extort the release of Abdel Rahman and other jihadists jailed by the United States.
We know this thanks to the invaluable Raymond Ibrahim — who makes it his business to scour the Arabic press, where Islamic supremacists are actually covered. Ray published a post on it in the PJ Tatler. The post echoes my observation, from back in July, that the Blind Sheik’s son, Abdallah Abdel Rahman, was threatening to raid the U.S. embassy in Cairo and hold our people hostage to coerce his father’s release.
More significantly, as an alert Bryan Preston notices at PJ Media, Ray’s post the day before the Cairo rioting and Benghazi Massacre dovetails with Stephen Hayes’s latest excellent report on Benghazi. In discussing the CIA’s first round of talking points — later substantially erased under pressure from the State Department and the White House — Steve points out the Agency’s assertion that “on 10 September we warned of social media reports calling for a demonstration in front of the [Cairo] Embassy and that jihadists were threatening to break into the Embassy.”
Note that neither the Egyptian press report outlined by Ibrahim, nor the CIA report outlined by Hayes, made any mention of the video. The fear was threatened violence from al-Qaeda affiliated jihadists.