Investigations: Report on Beirutgate

"A tragically simple mistake." After weeks of discussion about possible failures of intelligence and other lapses leading up to the September bombing of the U.S. embassy in Beirut, that was the conclusion of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week. Had a steel gate or some other barrier been installed to protect the approach to the building, the terrorist attack would probably not have been successful. The report adds that the relocation of the embassy headquarters from Muslim West Beirut to Christian East Beirut was progressing slowly and that the contractor hired to build a gate was preoccupied with other...

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