Independent review of Benghazi attack faults State Dept

At long last, more than three months after the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on the 11th anniversary of 9-11, an independent panel has issued its report. (You know, it’s that independent investigation to which Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s so opposed. Snark)

Four Americans were killed in the Benghazi attack: U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and two heroic ex-Navy SEALS Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

The report finds “systematic security faults” and lays the blame squarely on the U.S. State Department.

chris-stevens1Clockwise from top left: Amb. Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods.

Here are the independent panel’s findings, as reported by Matthew Lee of The Associated Press, December 18, 2012:

  • Systematic management and leadership failures at the State Department led to “grossly” inadequate security at the mission in Benghazi.
  • The State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security and the Bureau of Near East Affairs are singled out for criticism for their lack of cooperation and confusion over protection at the mission in Benghazi.
  • Despite those failures, the Accountability Review Board determined that no individual officials ignored or violated their duties and recommended no disciplinary action now. But it also said poor performance by senior managers should be grounds for disciplinary recommendations in the future.
  • Contrary to what the Obama regime claimed, linking the Benghazi attack to an anti-Islamic film, there was no protest outside the Benghazi consulate. Responsibility for the attack rests entirely with the terrorists who attacked the mission.
  • Although there was no specific warning of a potential attack on the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, however there had been several worrisome incidents in the run-up to the attack that should have set off warning bells.
  • In addition to the State Department, the independent report also faults contract guards whom the U.S. consulate depended on for protection, as well as the local Libyan militia force who, once the attack began, “it became unclear whose side they were on.”
  • U.S. personnel on the ground in Benghazi “performed with courage and readiness to risk their lives to protect their colleagues in a near-impossible situation.” [Sob....] Those personnel include Diplomatic Security agents on the scene (including Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty) and CIA operatives at a nearby compound that later came under attack itself.
  • The U.S. military is absolved from any blame: “There was simply not enough time for armed U.S. military assets to have made a difference.”

The report made 29 recommendations to improve embassy security, particularly at high threat posts. Hillary Clinton said the State Department had already begun to implement some of the recommendations — increasing by several hundred the number of Marine guards stationed at diplomatic missions throughout the world; relying less on local security forces for protection at embassies, consulates and other offices; and increasing hiring and deployment of highly trained Diplomatic Security agents at at-risk posts. But Congress has denied some funding requests from the State Department for more security.

The Benghazi independent review was led by retired Ambassador Thomas Pickering and former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen. The review studied thousands of pages of cables and other documents, hours of video and intelligence, and interviewed more than 100 people, including survivors. They will testify before the House and Senate foreign affairs committees behind closed doors today, Dec. 19, 2012.

None of this should come as a surprise to informed Americans because we’ve known for months now that Obama and the State Department had lied about Benghazi from the beginning.

Hillary BlofeldSeparated at birth: James Bond villain Ernst Blofeld & Hillary Clinton

As for Hillary, she is supposed to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Benghazi tomorrow. But lo and behold, two days ago we were told she got a BRAIN CONCUSSION (gasp!) when she fainted (gasp!) at home and hit her head (gasp!). The State Department says she fainted from dehydration after a “stomach virus”.

According to WebMD, brain concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. In rare cases concussions cause more serious problems.

Oddly, despite having a BRAIN CONCUSSION (gasp!), there are no reports that Hillary has sought medical care or gone to a hospital.

So much for her grand and noble and empty proclamation on Oct. 15, 2012, that “I take responsibility” for what happened in Benghazi.

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~Eowyn

11 responses to “Independent review of Benghazi attack faults State Dept

  1. While James Bond villain Ernst Blofeld & Hillary Clinton may not have been physically separated at birth, this composed photo shows their clear psychical linkage as spiritual contemporaries. Aside from the physical parallels, both have the same vacant faces, eyes empty of any emotion except lust for power at any cost.

  2. this communist hag has gotten away with murder for years, she and obama did this,they must be held accountable. We have an entire govt. full of criminals. Time for them to go.

  3. Let’s hear it for collective responsibility… the whole State Dept. is responsible, so no one is. Brilliant!

  4. Some of the military did try to help and a general and admiral were forced to retire, if I remember correctly, because of it. The incident lasted 7 hours and there was time to get troops and planes there even if the results may have been the same. I want to know why Doherty and Woods and the military were told to “stand down” and why the general and admiral were forced to retire. Hillary is a coward, besides being a murderer along with her disgusting husband. Too bad the sheeple out there, especially the younger generations, won’t research Hillary and Bill’s past starting with his governorship, his many sordid affairs, sending “goons” after people trying to document his affairs and their ties to using small aircraft to bring cocaine, etc. back from South America in the nose cones of the planes to small airfields in Arkansas. At least a couple of people “disappeared” who were investigating this. Then there was “Whitewater” and the “murder”, not suicide, of Vince Foster, a partner of Hillary’s in the law firm, who was rumored to have been having an affair with her. From all I have read, I saw no evidence of Hillary having multiple affairs, not that I have an ounce of sympathy for her. Any normal wife of a serial philanderer would have left Bill while he was a governor. Not Hillary……her quest for power is so insatiable she would endure literally years of humiliation from Bill’s affairs, culminating with Monica Lewinsky, that she chose to stay with him thinking she needed his alliance in order to maintain and increase her power stakes. These are evil people, and unfortunately, just a few of many who are orchestrating the downfall of our country. Why should they care? They have enough money and connections to live anywhere in the world they want.

    • This is a superb commentary on two of the most evil creeps in our bizarre political world, as I know from investigation on my own and from what close friends told me about them, and how they were hurt by them.

  5. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this excellent and well-documented post. So the Obama regime and his State Department are indeed responsible for the lives that were lost in this attack. However, the study did not address the real issue here which is what was the motivation for the inaction and the sins of omission in this matter? I believe “why” this happened and “why” did the lie continue on about the alleged insulting film as the basis for the attack are issues that must be addressed.

  6. Yes, there is a bigger story here that needs to be told……..Will there be enough patriots courageous to continue forward with this investigation amidst the opposition? Hillary has to testify even if she continues to lie.

  7. The study does not address the gun running operation. The study does not address the stand down order. The study does not address General Ham’s dismissal. The study did not address why US monies are supporting militant Muslim groups. I do not understand why our representatives are willing to ignore these most critical questions.

  8. How convenient that this comes to light after the election. Bet the SRM will still cover to protect Hillary.

  9. They think the Muslim Brotherhood is the answer and who cares about loyal trusted people who care about their jobs. Maybe they will have a rude awakening, now some “folk” are alluding to Morsi as Omar Ibn Kalib or whatever the enlightened one was called, or even Pharoah. Obama must be so jealous. We have to pray even harder than before for a “suddenly” God intervention to happen. He’s always on time!!!

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