In a Reuters article speculating over whether the terrorists who attacked the U.S. consulate had “inside help” (a phrase striking me as a possible redundancy), I read about a man thought to be heavily involved.

One group that has been linked to the attack is Ansar al Sharia, or Supporters of Sharia. U.S. officials acknowledged this week that a leader of that militant faction is a former inmate of the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The officials told Reuters that the militant leader, known as Abu Sufian Ibrahim Ahmed bin Qumu, was released from Guantanamo in 2007 by President George W. Bush’s administration.

The officials said that it was unclear whether Qumu participated in or helped to direct the Benghazi attack. At least one purported Ansar al Sharia spokesman has denied the group’s involvement in the violence.

I find it odd that unlike a number of other reports, there’s no mention of al-Qaeda, much less Qumu’s long history as an al-Qaeda fighter and operative going back to the early 1990s in Afghanistan. Back in April of this year, he was described as being (I am serious) a U.S. “ally”:

DARNAH, Libya — For more than five years, Abu Sufian Ibrahim Ahmed Hamuda bin Qumu was a prisoner at the Guantánamo Bay prison, judged “a probable member of Al Qaeda” by the analysts there. They concluded in a newly disclosed 2005 assessment that his release would represent a “medium to high risk, as he is likely to pose a threat to the U.S., its interests and allies.”

Today, Mr. Qumu, 51, is a notable figure in the Libyan rebels’ fight to oust Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, reportedly a leader of a ragtag band of fighters known as the Darnah Brigade for his birthplace, this shabby port town of 100,000 people in northeast Libya. The former enemy and prisoner of the United States is now an ally of sorts, a remarkable turnabout resulting from shifting American policies rather than any obvious change in Mr. Qumu.

Read it all, and if you can, try to consider the man’s, um, “street creds” from the perspective of your typical virulently anti-American Islamic terrorist wannabe type. He’s a tried and true Afghan veteran (“he’s an Afghan” is an insider term of the highest respect in such circles), who joined the Taliban in 1998, and has enough seniority to have been on the al-Qaeda payroll for years. And he’s a Gitmo survivor! Those weak, sniveling Americans could not break him, and by Allah (PBUH) the cowards had to let him go!

Sorry, but reading the word “ally” in conjunction with such a man was a real eye-opener.

Who is running this country? You’d almost think we were being led by naive, Ivy-League-educated pacifists with not the slightest clue of how the real world operates.

As to whether the attackers of the consulate had “inside help,” gee… ya think?