Hillary Clinton during her famous or infamous moment, depending on your perspective, when she says, ‘What difference at this point, does it make.’
Policy decisions led to the sub-standard security at the U.S. compound in eastern Libya. Not only did the policy decisions lead to the debacle, the people who wrote the policy, including Mrs. Clinton, were given a pass by the State Department review (ARB – Accountability Review Board report). That is according to a draft House committee report.
The Republicans on the Oversight committee who prepared the report said the ARB was not comprehensive. They never even interviewed Mrs. Clinton who ultimately must be held responsible for the policies set by the State Department.
The report lists questions – the still-unanswered questions – we’ve had from day one. For instance, why has no one been held responsible? Four mid-level officials were disciplined but re-instated. The board completely ignored decisions of senior-level officials. The ARB, the draft report stated, identified many of the security problems and ignored the people behind the policy decisions that led to them.
Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy, authorized the continuation of the insecure compound in Benghazi. This policy decision was responsible for the inadequate security presence and it had nothing to do with money.
The report noted that Mrs. Clinton’s views were most likely integral to the decision-making.
The decision to maintain this presence was made by Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton but they have completely escaped blame.
Hillary Clinton expressed to numerous officials that she wanted to keep the operation in place.
The State Department claims they did a thorough job and anyone saying otherwise is politicizing the tragedy.
Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Admiral Mike Mullen who conducted the investigation and prepared the ARB report will defend the report before the House committee next week.
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