Before the September 11th attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, which left four Americans dead, there were more than 230 security incidents between June 2011 and July 2012. After the October 2011 rebellion that overthrew Qaddafi, which ended his four-decade long authoritarian rule over the country, Libya became a security vacuum — a problem “much bigger than a few rogue militants” and one that Amb. Stevens discussed in his personal journal found at the site. In it he talked about the security threats in the country – particularly in Benghazi – and the rise of Islamic extremism, the growing presence of al-Qaeda in Libya and that he believed he was on an al-Qaeda hit list.
As the events leading up to the attack in Libya came to light we learned that despite the tenuous situation in post-Qaddafi Libya, “the State Department did not include Libya on a list of dangerous postings that are high priority for extra security resources.” We also know that requests were made for additional security but that the State Department denied those requests (an issue Joe Biden lied about during the debate).
To make matters worse, it seems the State Department put green energy investments ahead of embassy and personnel security in dangerous countries. Investors.com has the details: