The New York Times' Elizabeth Bumiller published a detailed profile today of the Marine Fleet Antiterrorism Security Teams (FAST) that should have been dispatched to Benghazi before the 9/11/12 attacks that killed Ambassador Stevens and three others. These teams, distinct from the Marine guards posted at 150 embassy locations around the world, are specially trained anti-terror teams, whose assignment is to move into frontline situations where American diplomats and citizens may be under threat. Bumiller was one of a group of journalists invited last week to a Marine training facility on the Virginia-North Carolina border where the FAST teams are going through riot control and other training, specifically geared to protecting embassy and consulate facilities under siege.
The FAST teams are forward-based on six month rotations. The teams are located in Rota, Spain, Bahrain and Yokosuka, Japan. After the attack on the Benghazi Consulate, FAST teams were deployed immediately to Libya and Yemen, with the Libya teams dispatched from nearby Rota. Given the mounting evidence that the Obama Administration had advance warning that there was a serious security threat in Benghazi, the question is obviously: Why weren't these specially trained teams on the ground in Benghazi before the 9/11 attacks? The more information that comes to light, the more answers Obama personally has to provide.