"Despite his despotic rule in Libya Colonel Gaddafi at the turn of this century became America's close ally in Northern Africa dismantling the nuclear plants, providing his black market/underground nuclear technology suppliers to the CIA - a price intelligence gain for the U.S., working very closely with America's 'War on Terror' subjecting US rendered 'enemy combatants' to deadly torture and allowing American petroleum companies to open their business in Libya.
When a small band of Islamist rebels took to streets in Benghazi and Darnah the Obama administration backed the UN resolution to allow NATO to help the rebels imposing a no-fly-zone over Libya, a decision to help the rebellion to depose Colonel Gaddafi.
As the West Point report noted, reported by Asian Tribune when the rebellion was taking shape, a report released long before the emergence of the rebellion: "Both Darnah and Benghazi have long been associated with Islamic militancy in Libya.'
These areas are in theological and tribal conflict with the central government of Colonel Gaddafi, in addition to being politically opposed to him. Whether such a theological conflict is worth the deaths of still more American and European soldiers is a question which needs urgently to be answered was the comment most international columnists posed at a time the US and the NATO were poised to back the anti-Gaddafi revolt.
Now American ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, as reports reaching the media very clearly indicate, was lynched and abused before he was hilled and dragged to the main road during a stormy attack on the American consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday, 11 September when America was marking the eleventh anniversary of the attack on New York Twin Towers and the Pentagon in Virginia. ... "