Politics: Emerging theory: It was a coordinated attack

Published by: Dan Calabrese on Wednesday September 12th, 2012

Dan Calabrese

By DAN CALABRESE - Two waves?

The similarity to 9/11 (the first one) is sort of eerie when you think about it. Remember how the first plane strike seemed merely random and bizarre? It was only when you realized there was more to it than it became clear the whole thing was intentional and planned.

At any rate, here's what Washington D.C.'s WTOP Radio is saying:

The incident does not appear to be a random mob scene, but rather an opportunity that militants seized, sources say. The attackers used a rocket-propelled grenade, a weapon not traditionally carried by protesters, but commonly used by terrorists.

The attack is believed to have come in two waves. The first wave got inside of the compound, and a second wave penetrated a secure room inside the building. This fact raises questions about how the attackers knew the location of the rooms inside, sources say.

On Sept. 11, al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri put out a video eulogizing Abu Yahya al-Libi, an Islamist terrorist and high-ranking al-Qaida member, who was killed in a drone attack in June. Sources have said they believe the Libyan incident might have been revenge for the death of al-Libi.

The embassy was housed in a local building that had been contracted temporarily. It was not an "Inman" compound, which is a building designed with certain security protocols, such as "standoff" distances between the public street and the actual facility.

If this is true, the whole "act of war" thing becomes more pertinent, does it not? That doesn't mean we implicate the Libyan government, but there wasn't a government to implicate in 9/11/2001 either (exactly). That didn't stop us from responding as you would to a foreign attack.