Diplomats still in Benghazi say they had long questioned U.S. reliance on local militia "...We never considered using the brigades, he said, referring to the 17th of February Brigade, the local militia that was considered the primary security force for the U.S. mission. We assumed the United States had a special relationship with the brigades.
Said another diplomat who requested anonymity for the same reasons: I would never depend on the brigades.
The diplomat said he believed U.S. officials were unaware of the extremist links of those who were guarding them. "The mistake of the Americans was not following the trail of Islamic radicals," he said........"
I find that hard to believe. Stevens had been in Benghazi a long time and he knew who these people were. Rather, I would suggest that he was told to cultivate and rely on them, as part of 0's policy of "reaching out" and helping bring to power Islamist radicals in Egypt and north Africa.