Maybe Benghazi Report Will Put an End to “Hillary Clinton: 2016” Speculation

Noted this morning at Reason 24/7, the independent Accountability Review Board investigating the terrorist attack on The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others has released its findings. Perhaps unsurprisingly by this point, they find plenty of blame in the leadership of the State Department.

From the full report (pdf):

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.

The short-term, transitory nature of Special Mission Benghazi’s staffing, with talented and committed, but relatively inexperienced, American personnel often on temporary assignments of 40 days or less, resulted in diminished institutional knowledge, continuity, and mission capacity.

Overall, the number of Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) security staff in Benghazi on the day of the attack and in the months and weeks leading up to it was inadequate, despite repeated requests from Special Mission Benghazi and Embassy Tripoli for additional staffing. Board members found a pervasive realization among personnel who served in Benghazi that the Special Mission was not a high priority for Washington when it came to security-related requests, especially those relating to staffing.

Further in the report:

Communication, cooperation, and coordination among Washington, Tripoli, and Benghazi functioned collegially at the working-level but were constrained by a lack of transparency, responsiveness, and leadership at the senior levels. Among various Department bureaus and personnel in the field, there appeared to be very real confusion over who, ultimately, was responsible and empowered to make decisions based on both policy and security considerations.

The report also makes it clear there was no protest against the Innocence of Muslims YouTube video prior to the attack.

Maybe now when outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she’s not interested in running for president in 2016, people will listen. The Associated Press reports that the State Department’s security chief and two others resigned today in the wake of the report.

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  • kinnath||

    Perhaps Hillary will follow Octo-Mom in to the business.

  • WTF||

    Gahhh!!! Now I need bleach for my brain!

  • kinnath||

    With the proper lighting, etc, etc, etc.

  • DJF||

    And the lense cover still on.

  • fried wylie||

    With the proper lighting

    ie Microwave or Radio

  • Tim||

    No one, no one, no one ever...is to blame.

  • DJF||

    I thought all the experts agreed that it was the film makers fault. Isn’t he the one in jail.

  • SugarFree||

    Three lambs head to the slaughterhouse.

    The State Department's security chief and two others are resigning after an independent review of the U.S. Consulate attacks in Benghazi, Libya blasted "systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies," in the department, an official told the Associated Press on Wednesday.
  • Tim||

    The buck stopped before it got here.

  • stuartl||

    Does anyone who remembers the 90's believe the dehydration and concussion story? The dog ate my son's howmework too.

  • kinnath||

    I must have missed the story in my delirium this weekend, but I don't know what this is about.

  • SugarFree||

    Hilary supposed bumped her head because of her stomach flu and so couldn't testify before the committee.

  • Bam!||

    Can I use that to get out of jury duty? Because if not, how come jury duty has tougher standards than a frickin' committee?

  • fried wylie||

    how come jury duty has tougher standards than a frickin' committee?

    Because the outcome of juries tend to actually matter.

  • kinnath||

    thanks

  • SugarFree||

    We delirium types have to stick together.

  • R C Dean||

    I don't, and won't, until the related medical records are released.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    She bumped her noggin jumping out of bed to pick up that 3AM call.

  • DJF||

    Its either this story or they go back to the Republican War On Woman.

  • ||

    This actually happened to me a few years ago I was blowing it out of both ends, passed out in the bathroom at 3 am and hit my head and the top of my nose on the hamper. It was right around this time too cause I remember still having a bandage at the company xmas party and finding out the rumour was that I was in a drunken bar fight. The "nicer" rumour was that it was just a hockey fight.

  • Randian||

    But Stormy assured me that nobody cared about Benghazi and it was all a right-wing manufactured controversy.

  • tarran||

    I suspect that just as nobody she knows voted for Romney so he couldn't possibly have gotten nearly 50% of the vote, nobody she knows cares about Benghazi.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Actually quite the opposite, I don't know anyone who didn't vote for Romney.

    1. Saying that no one cares about something isn't the same as saying no one should care about it.
    2. That being said, the problem with Benghazi was garden variety government incompetence. If that was enough to end political careers, we wouldn't have had a government for the last 50 years.
    3. It is a right-wing manufactured controversy in that we're apparantly supposed to think this is a singularly terrible situation that was deliberately engineered by the Obama administration for some unknown reason.

    Note that Reason leaves out two key findings of the report:

    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.
  • Auric Demonocles||

    deliberately engineered by the Obama administration for some unknown reason.

    Unknown? If you assume there's been a coverup, it's pretty easy to figure out what the motivation would have been: winning the election.

  • fried wylie||

    transitory nature

    I would have capitalized on my transitory nature and gotten the fuck outta there. I guess that's why I'm not diplomatic material?

  • silent v||

    Until the Republicans figure out how to rebrand themselves as a viable party for 21st century America, the President will be whoever can win the Democratic nomination. And I don't see any sign that the Democrats give two fucks about Benghazi.

  • Drake||

    As long it is their guy dishing the lies, they won't care about anything.

  • CE||

    Maybe her being 150 years old will put an end to the 2016 speculation as well.

  • GILMORE||

    Embassy Tripoli did not demonstrate strong and sustained advocacy with Washington for increased security for Special Mission Benghazi

    From everything I've read re: the Benghazi sitch, its seemed that Focus #1 of everyone in Washington is to push as much blame for this whole thing down to the lowest level subordinates, and describe it as 'management failure'

    the beaurocratic language they wrap everything in seems to belie a simple point =

    ...the Special Mission was not a high priority for Washington when it came to security-related requests, especially those relating to staffing...

    ...maybe is better understood as "State Department wanted as little exposure as possible to what was a CIA gun-running scam to Libya via Turkey, and when their 1 guy and his 2 assistants were caught in the shit, there was a scramble between agencies to cut their own ties to the fiasco, and pray that someone else would clean up the mess..."

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