Shockingly, Benghazi Probe Finds Failures, But No One To Be Disciplined

Who could have seen this coming when no underling wants to indict their superiors?

(The Hill) An independent review of the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi made public Tuesday night faults “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels” of the State Department.

The report by the Accountability Review Board says the local mission’s reliance on Libyan guards and militia members was “misplaced” and that the Libyan government’s response was “profoundly lacking.” However it “did not find reasonable cause to determine that any individual U.S. government employee breached his or her duty.”

Surprise!

NPR writes

Despite those failures, the board found that no individual U.S. official ignored or violated his or her duties and no cause for any disciplinary action.

So, there was lots wrong with the handling of the situation, but, hey, no one did anything wrong, despite 4 deaths.

Back to The Hill article

The report also confirms that there was no peaceful protest ahead of the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, as the Obama administration initially said in the days after the attack.

Well, yeah, that’s what most of us living in Reality Land knew as soon as it happened.

The report also found fault with Stevens, who was given a long leash because of his professed expertise about Libya and the security situation following Muamar Gadhafi’s overthrow.

“Embassy Tripoli did not demonstrate strong and sustained advocacy with Washington for increased security for Special Mission Benghazi,” the report says. It also confirmed that Stevens decided to travel to Benghazi on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks “independently of Washington, per standard practice.”

Ah, so we’re blaming the dead guy. Who asked for increased security many, many times. Which was denied many, many times.

Hey, where’s the report on who gave the stand down orders and refused to send in US military assets to attempt to save our citizens?

Fortunately, now that the horse has already escaped the barn (from the NPR article)

“[T]he State Department is asking permission from Congress to transfer $1.3 billion from funds that had been allocated for spending in Iraq. This includes $553 million for additional Marine security guards; $130 million for diplomatic security personnel; and $691 million for improving security at installations abroad.”

Oh, good, let’s make the Iraq mission less safe. Perhaps we could spend less on Chevy Volts for our embassies instead.

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Comment by Dana
2012-12-19 09:10:30

Don’t you understand: by blaming it on the dead guy, well, he has already been . . . disciplined . . . for his failures.

Of course, the Secretary of State has assumed full responsibility, and she is leaving office.

 
Comment by William Teach
2012-12-19 10:18:23

And, I hate to go conspiracy, but she conveniently got that concussion which holds off testifying.

 
Comment by Dana
2012-12-19 12:06:44

I’d have thought that, after all of those years living with Bill, she’d have beat her head against the wall enough times to be immune to concussions by now.

 
Comment by john
2012-12-19 17:37:06

Teach Admiral Mike Mullen former head of the Joint Chiefs was on that investigating panel somehow I trust his writing on the matter more than….. well more than anyone. As for the Chevy Volts try reading the article in Forbes about how much of a “failure” they are. Forbes seems to think that their sales are doing OK. They ranked about midway on the list of model sales ahead of Audi A6 and well 50% of all other models. Not bad for GM and it took Toyota years to make a profit on Prius but they expect that model to eventually be their top seller ahead of Camry and Corrolla. The Honda fit now goes 80 miles and refuels in 3 hours. And is EPA rated at over 100 MPG. And yeah you can opt to buy your electricity from renewables and THAT is energy independence.

 
Comment by gitarcarver
2012-12-19 17:54:51

As for the Chevy Volts try reading the article in Forbes about how much of a “failure” they are.

I have read the Forbes article and Forbes overall rates the Volt as a failure in sales.

When you look at the vehicles the article compares the Volt to, it is like comparing rotten apples and oranges.

For example, the Audi A6 starts at $44,000 compared to the $32,000 (after rebates) for the Volt. Do you really think that comparing a car that costs more than 1/3 more is a fair comparison?

But the Forbes article and this Forbes article points out the numbers are being goosed by GM and the government.

Here’s the sorry bottom line. Volt sales to individuals are really running around 10,000 per year. Given a smaller number of leases and fleet sales last year, this is pretty much what GM should have gotten if there weren’t supply problems in the first half of 2011.

The fact is that no one wants this car and the government is goosing sales by giving them away as short-term leases and purchasing them for officers to tool around in. Meanwhile, the dealers make a killing—largely on the taxpayer’s dime.

The Volt is a massive failure in sales as anything that does not reach a predicted sales goal is always considered a failure. This one just happens to be a machine that the government and GM have tried to lie about and people like you have bought into it.

As usual, honesty is not your strong point.

 
Comment by Dana
2012-12-20 07:31:51

It seems that four people have resigned/ been resigned from the State Department in the wake of this report. Eric Boswell, assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, Charlene Lamb, deputy assistant secretary for embassy security and Raymond Maxwell, deputy assistant secretary who oversees Libya, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco, were three of the four who have swelled the ranks of unemployment in the Obama economy.

In other words, people of whom you have never heard before are leaving.

 
Comment by Dana
2012-12-20 07:36:14

In the meantime, if Secretary of State Hillary Clinton runs for President in 2016 (something I doubt; she just doesn’t look strong or healthy anymore), she will tout her great experience as a qualification, but she failed in this as well.

 
Comment by Dana
2012-12-20 07:37:23

For some reason, I suspect that Secretary of State Clinton will never be featured in one of our host’s “If all you see . . . ” posts.

 
Comment by Anne
2012-12-20 10:29:15

All of their lives, Bill and Hillary Clinton have been getting away with “the dog ate my homework” excuse – never ever accepting responsibility for the consequences of their outrageous misconduct, and yet rank ‘n file Democrats are so immoral, too, that they love the Clintons for putting one over on the man. That should tell you all that you need to know about Democrats.

 
Comment by Anne
2012-12-20 11:08:20

FYI, a few weeks ago on FOX’s Greta Vansusterib Show, Congressman Mike Kelly said that in excess of $20,000,000.00 was appropriated by Congress to finance better security for several of our embassies, incliding the consulate at Benghazi, but that brown-noser Hillary Clinton personally misappropriated and diverted those funds to pay for one of President Obama’s pet projects; a launch of the Chevy Volt on Vienna, Austria, of all places. True story.

$20,000,000 to launch the Chevy Volt in Austria???? $20,000,000??? I would have done it for a few thousand dollars. And yet Hillary’s slimy sychophants in the MSM and at MSNBC are always praising that chronic screw-up, thee most incompetent Secretary Of State in history. I’m incredulous. That’s what women’s lib has given us; lowering the bar for all women, imho. That’s what we saw with UN Ambassador Rice, also.

 

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