Embassies Under Siege Evoke Grim Specter of 2011 Benghazi Fiasco


(Luis Cornelio, Headline USA) The recent surge of violent pro-Palestinian protests outside U.S. embassies has sparked concerns, drawing comparisons to the haunting memories of the 2011 Benghazi attack.

As echoes of the past reverberate, the U.S. State Department has issued a chilling global warning, calling for increased vigilance for American citizens abroad.

Footage depicting the rampage outside the U.S. embassy in Lebanon sent shockwaves across social media. Hundreds of protesters set the streets ablaze, with alarming cries of “Allahu Akbar” ringing through the chaotic scenes. Particularly disturbing was the sight of the Palestinian flag flying over a U.S. embassy fence in Beirut.

In response to the escalating tension, the State Department’s Oct. 20 advisory, citing the potential for terrorist attacks and violence against U.S. citizens and interests, underscored the urgent need for caution. “Due to increased tensions in various locations around the world… the Department of State advises U.S. citizens overseas to exercise increased caution,” the statement said.

Notably, this warning came just days after the Biden administration urged U.S. citizens to depart Lebanon.

“On, October 17, 2023, the Department authorized the voluntary, temporary departure of family members of U.S. government personnel and some non-emergency personnel from U.S. Embassy Beirut due to the unpredictable security situation in Lebanon,” the Oct. 17 statement warned.

Further heightening the alarm, the letter explicitly warned against travel to the volatile southern region of Lebanon, where the militant group Hezbollah remained embroiled in conflict with Israel.

“Large demonstrations have erupted in the wake of recent violence in Israel and Gaza. U.S. citizens should avoid demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests as some of these have turned violent,” it said. “Protesters have blocked major roads, including thoroughfares between downtown Beirut and the area where the U.S. Embassy is located, and between Beirut and Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport.”

The chilling reminder of the 2011 Benghazi attack continues to haunt the collective memory, as the nation mourns the tragic loss of four diplomats.

U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, along with Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith and former Navy SEALs Glen “Bub” Doherty and Tyrone Woods, tragically lost their lives during the Benghazi siege.