Hillary Clinton, who alluded to bearing responsibility for the security breaches in Benghazi, is apparently responsible for the failures that led to the deaths of Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods Jr but not deserving of any formal criticism according to the Benghazi report.
The report is weak and reveals nothing that we don’t already know. Many questions remain unanswered.
The Accountability Review Board, comprised of Obama administration appointees, completed and presented its report into the attack on the mission in Benghazi to Hillary Clinton on Monday. Congress received the report on Tuesday afternoon and the public will receive the redacted report tomorrow morning. The report harshly criticized the State Department for security failures.
It is critical of the State Department for the lack of experienced security personnel [unarmed Libyan guards]. State was cited for ignoring requests for more guards and safety upgrades and for relying on specific warnings of imminent threats rather than adapting security procedures to a deteriorating security environment.
The report blamed two major State Department bureaus for failing to coordinate and plan adequate security at the mission and said that a number of officials had shown poor leadership [Ambassador Stevens]. Of course he is deceased and cannot speak for himself.
The report confirmed that there was no protest before the attack but the report does not seem to explain where the video tale came from.
With four Americans dead, the report does not recommend any disciplinary action.
Update from Dell Hill:
I took the time to read the entire unclassified report, which you can read by clicking this link:
Aside from the anticipated finger pointing, there is just one quote that I consider “telling” –
“The Board members believe every possible effort was made to rescue and recover Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith.
The interagency response was timely and appropriate, but there simply was not enough time for armed U.S. military assets to have made a difference.”
The investigators failed to mention what efforts were made to rescue the Americans at Benghazi and in the unclassified report, gave no hint as to who gave the order to stand down.