In a recent article, Wired.com argued that a report from the State Department commission that investigated the debacle in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, "practically demands" that the U.S. government buy and install what it calls Raytheon "pain rays" to defend U.S. diplomatic posts abroad.

Fool contributor Rich Smith begs to differ. While he's all in favor of buying Raytheon on its own merits -- low P/E, high dividend, decent growth rate -- Rich has also read through the entire 39-page unclassified Accountability Review Board report on Benghazi. Sadly, what he found there -- a bare two mentions of the desirability of "non-lethal" defenses at embassies and consulates -- doesn't support Wired.com's argument much at all.


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