“The “Libyan Officials” were in on the WH’s farcical charade.”
That’s not going to help explain later, why the WH didn’t order another course of action else in the meantime
What, the "WHs farcical charade doesn't cover that?
It's a story of a faked kidnapping, espionage, weapons smuggling, etc etc etc.....choose all that apply.
The only way the term "incompetence" should come into play is that the jug-eared Kenyan Marxist wasn't able to pull it off as the MB had planned it.