Hillary Toasted, Only Lightly Buttered
The Mess of the Benghazi Massacare —
1. The attacks were security related, involving arson, small arms and machine gun fire, and the use of RPGs, grenades, and mortars against U.S. personnel at two separate facilities – the SMC and the Annex – and en route between them. Responsibility for the tragic loss of life, injuries, and damage to U.S. facilities and property rests solely and completely with the terrorists who perpetrated the
attacks. The Board concluded that there was no protest prior to the attacks, which were unanticipated in their scale and intensity.
2. Systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department (the “Department”) resulted in a Special Mission security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place.
Security in Benghazi was not recognized and implemented as a “shared responsibility” by the bureaus in Washington charged with supporting the post, resulting in stove-piped discussions and decisions on policy and security. That
said, Embassy Tripoli did not demonstrate strong and sustained advocacy with Washington for increased security for Special Mission Benghazi.
3. Notwithstanding the proper implementation of security systems and procedures and remarkable heroism shown by American personnel, those systems and the Libyan response fell short in the face of a series of attacks that began with the sudden penetration of the Special Mission compound by dozens of armed attackers.
The Board found the responses by both the BML guards and February 17 to be inadequate. The Board’s inquiry found little evidence that the armed February 17 guards offered any meaningful defense of the SMC, or succeeded in summoning a February 17 militia presence to assist expeditiously.
4. The Board found that intelligence provided no immediate, specific tactical warning of the September 11 attacks. Known gaps existed in the intelligence community’s understanding of extremist militias in Libya and the potential threat they posed to U.S. interests, although some threats were known to exist.
5. The Board found that certain senior State Department officials within two bureaus demonstrated a lack of proactive leadership and management ability in their responses to security concerns posed by Special Mission Benghazi, given the deteriorating threat environment and the lack of reliable host government protection. However, the Board did not find reasonable cause to determine that any individual U.S. government employee breached his or her duty.
Full report is here.
Here is what I find remarkable.
A) A report indirectly implicates the POTUS and the press is mum about the whole affair. The published details in this report are sufficient for an impeachment proceeding for the mere lying to the American people. It’s what brought down Nixon, it should bring down Obama, but it won’t.
B) Systematic failure within State failed to recognize the threat. The two depts fingered in the report have titular heads sitting at desks yet their heads don’t roll? That alone is criminal. The mere fact that there has not been a singular firing over this affair is stunning.
C) After the original 9/11 attack the Bush administration received an approval from Congress to create the Dir of National Intelligence. It was DNI’s job to clear the log jams and ferret out the very data that the report indicates is lacking. We have spent billions, assembled yet another bureaucracy all for nought.
I feel for the families of the slain. There is enough public information in this report to bring a civil damages action were it not for the sovereign immunity of the federal government.
May all and sundry involved in this Mess rot in hell.
Update: It appears that some individuals are falling on their swords — link.