The Shattered Remains of US Middle East Policy – Karl Sharro
An operation of this type involving a large number of gunmen equipped with heavy weapons, and in which 10 Libyan security personnel also lost their lives, is unlikely to have been organised overnight. While the film might still have a connection to the attack, there’s little evidence of that so far. It is more likely that the attack was carried out by groups that are opposed to US presence in Libya and the role it is playing in Libyan politics.
This at once exposes the Libyan authorities’ inability to control the security situation and disarm militant groups and, more starkly, the US’ lack of control over the situation it helped bring about in Libya. The deteriorating security situation in Libya over the past few months has received little media attention so far, explaining why many failed to see the consulate attack in the context of ongoing violent power struggle rather than an isolated incident of outrage.