President Obama was asked who was responsible for rejecting requests for added security for U.S. diplomatic facilities in Libya before the Sept. 11 attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
Obama didn't offer a name, but the answer emerged at a House Oversight Committee hearing last week: Charlene Lamb, deputy assistant secretary for international programs at the State Department's bureau of diplomatic security.
Lamb acknowledged at the hearing that she had declined a request to extend the term of a 16-member military team that had been based at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, which is 400 miles from Benghazi, where the attack occurred.
Eric Nordstrom, who reported to Lamb as the top regional security officer in Libya until June, testified that Lamb also turned down other requests to beef up security in Libya.
Nordstrom did not indicate that any requests were made for added security in Benghazi, however. He also acknowledged that the attack, which involved dozens of heavily armed men, probably would have overwhelmed even a stiffer defense.