Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Benghazi Investigation Report Released

The special investigation into the terrorist attacks on our consulate in Benghazi and the CIA building has ended and their conclusions have been issued in a report.  The unclassified version has hit the Internet and what was commonly thought is now verified: the security measures in place at the  facility were  "grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place."

Also expected, the report leaves Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama held curiously unaccountable for the failures that led to the death of our ambassador and three other Americans there.

It was reported, belatedly, that Hillary Clinton had a stomach virus which led to suffering a concussion from a fall earlier last week. Under doctor's advice, she was working from home during her recovery. She would be unavailable to testify before Congress, after all.  Why did it take a week for that information to be released to the press?  

John Bolton said this on a cable news show about Hillary's concussion excuse for not testifying before Congress as she was scheduled to do this week:

"You know, every foreign service officer in every foreign ministry in the world knows the phrase I am about to use. When you don't want to go to a meeting or conference, or an event, you have a 'diplomatic illness,' Bolton told Van Susteren. "And this is a diplomatic illness to beat the band.

You may remember that John Bolton was denied an appointment to be the ambassador to the  U.N. during the George W. Bush administration by Senate Democrats who simply didn't like his political philosophy.  It was just politics. Now that Susan Rice has been denied the appointment of being Secretary of State for her professional decision-making skills, suddenly objections are racist and misogynist.  The political double standard is alive and well in Washington, D.C.

Clinton has responded in writing to the report.  Addressed to Sen John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee and probable successor to her position, which includes a standard Washington solution - increase bureaucracy and create a new position to handle the problems. The new position is called the Deputy Assistant of Security of State for High Threat Posts. There are common sense actions being taken, too, which should have previously been in place.  Top among these actions is hiring additional Diplomatic Security personnel.

So, Wednesday the elected officials will be briefed on the findings of this investigation.  Hillary Clinton will not be there.  It is unclear if or when she intends to finally sit down and answer questions on this event. It has been three months and still Clinton is given a pass.  She claims to take responsibility for her department as she avoids taking responsibility.  She allowed Susan Rice to take the fall and set it up so that her friend John Kerry would succeed her as Secretary of State.  She is still in her position and will remain there until she resigns, as planned, in January.

Business as usual.

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