For the unlucky graduates of the Class of 2013, the economy is still in the tank so you have a bad choice of joining the US military, where your chances of getting sexually abused are greater than your chances of getting Veterans Affairs to process your disability claims. Relax, it could be worse: join the Foreign Service and you could get killed. Anne Smedinghoff made a fateful choice to put her life in the hands of Diplomatic Security - the same guys who did such a swell job protecting Ambassador Stevens.
Following the Benghazi bungle, the State Department did its typical bang-up job in reporting Anne was in a well-protected convoy and later conceded that the initial report was in error as well. Mistakes in the staging of the "book distributing" event that was being video-taped, involved a few very bad errors in judgment in both the planning and execution thereof.
Instead having been inside an armored vehicle when she was killed by the
blast from a suicide bomber, as was initially reported and also
officially told to the father of the young woman, Anne
and her group had been out walking around a few hundred yards through a
wooded area, videographer in hand, filming the event for obvious PR
purposes. In an act that summarized our lost adventure in Afghanistan, they were somehow guided to the wrong building, different
from the school at which their staged "book distributing" PR
event was supposed to have taken place. And while apparently doubling
back on foot, the very visible group, made up predominantly of
westerners, was attacked and several in the group, including Anne, were
killed by a suicide bomber.
Whose "brilliant" idea in Diplomatic Security was it for Anne Smedinghoff to have been walking around out in the open on foot, engaging in an only marginally significant PR event -- distributing books -- in a highly dangerous province of the war zone in Afghanistan?
Who in DS did the "advance work" for that staged walk through the woods, the one which resulted in the entire party ending up at the wrong building, where it suddenly became obvious that they were lost?
The reporting of Anne's death is a microcosm of the State Department, where truth is whatever they say it is. That's why State fears Wikileaks and whistleblowers like Peter Van Buren. The only truth is " Anne Smedinghoff is Dead."