Ambassador Chris Stevens and diplomat Sean Smith were not the only
Americans in the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, however, a fact some of us
have lost sight of in our focus on the dead. Nor were Glen Doherty and
Ty Woods the only casualties among the forces that disobeyed orders from
the Obama administration not to rescue the consulate staff.
When terrorists surrounded the consulate at approximately 8:00 p.m.
Benghazi time with 150 men and “technicals” — pickup trucks with heavy
machine guns, bearing the logo of Ansar al-Shariah — Stevens and Smith
were part of a larger American delegation numbering somewhere between 7-24.
We’re forced to say “approximately” because it has been difficult to
determine through media accounts the exact number of Americans inside
In part because most of our media has done everything it could to ignore this; and when that doesn't work, to downplay it as much as possible.
We don’t know the exact breakdown of which Americans belonged to each
specific group beyond the size of the eight-man team to which Doherty
belonged, but the total number of Americans in the CIA safe house was at
least 24, and may have been as high as 32 when the attack on that
And if it's up to most of our media, not only would we not find out, we'd never have heard about them; after all, it inconveniences The Lightbringer Obama.