Stevens seems to have been a good man, one who genuinely cared about Libya AND America. The more I hear of him, the more I realize the loss we have suffered.<quoted text>
The consulate in Benghazi was just a place from which Amb Stevens
would be better able to carry on in his outreach endeavors with the general Libyan populace. And he was evidently making huge inroads to that purpose when he was murdered by terrorist cowards. Many Libyans turned out to mourn the loss of Stevens.
Apparently he felt confident enough to leave the relative safety of his Embassy in Tripoli, but I believe at least one of his advisors should have (if they didn't) mentioned the possibility of a 9/11 anniversary attack, and to be wary of that possibility, especially with what was happening in Cairo. I guess they could have figured an attack would be more likely in Tripoli, as to why they went to Benghazi,we may never know.
If I had been Stevens, when the extra security I requested was not only denied, but current security REDUCED, I would have resigned effectively immediately and flown home. But hindsight is 20/20. It's too late for him, but I'm betting no other ambassador who finds a request for extra security denied will stay on the job 24 hours past receiving the denial.