In the interminable Benghazi investigations, too little interest has been directed toward Ambassador Chris Stevens, who having had much experience in the Middle East and having had contact at the time with the different factions in the area, felt he had a good rapport with them. The Libyan guards posted at the entrance gates to the compound were surely there at the ambassador’s direction and to avoid the impression of a U.S. take-over. Stevens wisely would not have favored a large military presence in the, as yet, unstable country.

So a case could be made that Stevens was simply too trusting in a very untrustworthy situation. Since he and his associates lost their lives, we will never know, and perhaps his error in judgment died with him. But politicians – being politicians – will squeeze a little more media coverage out of a very tragic incident for their own benefit.

Maxine Dexter