What accountability?

Damning Benghazi report nonetheless goes easy on those responsible

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One gets the sense that the authors of a State Department report on the Benghazi terrorist attack were being – well, diplomatic.

And still it’s positively damning.

In dry and almost gentle terms, the report blames the State Department itself for unforgivably lax security at our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, before the Sept. 11, 2012, attack there that killed four Americans. The report even cites the fact that prior security concerns should have set off alarms in people’s heads, though the report for some unknown reason suggests no disciplinary action.

We would not have been as diplomatic.

The report confirms that the State Department failed utterly to protect our people in Benghazi – and further, that the story the Obama administration repeatedly told of a spontaneous protest outside the embassy leading up to the attack was pure fiction. It simply didn’t happen.

Administration officials tried to scapegoat an American filmmaker whose anti-Islam Internet video they tried to blame for the terrorist attack.

In short, government failures helped lead to four dead Americans, and the government then proceeded to lie through its teeth to us.

In its conclusions if not its language, then, the report is a naked condemnation of this government’s actions in the tragic episode.

Just one example of the report’s overly delicate language is its finding of “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.”

“Not a high priority”? Why is this report written with such kid gloves? We’d put it differently. Through active negligence, this administration threw its people in Benghazi to the wolves.

The “Accountability Review Board” that authored the report gives the administration little more than a pat on the head and a wag of the finger, and cover for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to issue this kind of milquetoast response to a report on a disaster involving four American deaths:

“The Accountability Review Board report provides a clear-eyed look at serious, systemic challenges that we have already begun to fix. I am grateful for its recommendations for how we can reduce the chances of this kind of tragedy happening again. I accept every one of them.”

How sickeningly devoid of regret or recrimination. How soulless and hopelessly, bureaucratically, coldly dismissive.

We get that the “mainstream” media had no taste for this scandal. This is, after all, a Democrat president. But this report also seems oddly content to drop the issue. If the authors had their way, no one – no one – would be held accountable, either for the failures in Benghazi or the “protest” fairy tale that someone dreamed up out of nowhere in Washington.

The State Department did finally force resignations on four officials Wednesday, but acknowledged that some of them may simply be reassigned.

Do abject failures and bald-face lying no longer matter?

Except in Orwellian terms, how can a report by an “Accountability Review Board” be completely lacking in accountability? How can such a report be issued without use of the word “disgrace”?

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carcraft
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carcraft 12/21/12 - 06:35 am
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We have a press that would

We have a press that would not condemn the Obama administration for anything. Why should we expect the press to ask for answers about Lybia? Just look at fast and furious and consider these facts! Obama upset about American guns killing children in Connecticut, no problem I’ll hold a press conference. Funny there was no press conference about the over 200 dead, many children, in Mexico and the American law enforcement officer killed by guns smuggled via the US government. Holder has been less than honest with the American people about those guns and deaths, Obama declares executive privilege and the press yawns. Not even a quarter of those killed in Mexico were killed in Connecticut and Obama wants to pass new regulations, new laws, etc. Can you say hypocrite?

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Riverman1 12/21/12 - 06:49 am
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Hillary’s “Concussion” Makes Her Forget

Hillary is avoiding testifying by various means. Even the national liberal media is starting to say she is “avoiding” appearing before the Congress. Remember she also told the family member of the slain American that we would get the person who made the video as if that were the blame when she knew the truth all along.

The most obvious wrong doing was she allowed Susan Rice to go on for weeks with a lie about what had happened in Libya. During that time, Hillary was hiding in the Outback of Australia. Now she has a concussion and is having trouble recalling the facts. Maybe she can also forget about Bill and Monica while she is deprogramming her brain.

We all know what this was about. The presidential election and the administration not wanting to admit an attack on 9-11. They were portraying the Libyan revolution as a positive development for America and didn’t want negatives mentioned. In addition, the calls from Libya for increased security were denied in this false setting of a secure, pro-American Libya.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 12/21/12 - 07:25 am
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Really?

Did we look at the same report? Well, first of all, the fault was systemic, and not that of any one person. Certainly as Sec. of State, Clinton bears ultimate responsibility even if she personally committed no grievous error, because she was responsible for making the system work. Second, a number of top officials resigned in the report's wake. That sounds like accountability to me. Third, disgruntled conservatives, please let the facts occasionally interfere with one's thirst for blood. Have a great holiday, regardless.

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dichotomy 12/21/12 - 07:47 am
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The sad part of all of this

The sad part of all of this is that the majority of the American public either doesn't care or is purposely ignoring the stituation. It's not a "gimmee" issue and placing the responsibility where is belongs would taint one of their progressive heroes.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/21/12 - 08:02 am
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Questions

STOP with all these questions! You're giving me a headache-- Hillary Clinton.

Techfan
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Techfan 12/21/12 - 08:03 am
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An imagined scandal created by Faux "News"

The only upside is that it takes time away from Faux's imagined "War on Christmas".

Techfan
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Techfan 12/21/12 - 08:21 am
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Let's all be little Murdochs

Evidently Murdoch's just unhappy he couldn't buy the US Presidency. First phone taps, then bribes to keep folks quiet, then the cartoon of starving Somali children to claim his crimes aren't important, now this. He's shown he's a real class act and it's a shame the AC is following his lead on Benghazi. Nice to know the AC is stooping to his level. Maybe they'll get into phone taps and bribery too.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/20/bernstein-murdoch-ai...

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/21/12 - 08:39 am
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Comical how some STILL think

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Comical how some STILL think it's clever to call Fox, "faux." But it DOES fit with that person's usual tactic of attack the source instead of intelligently debating ANYTHING that is in the piece.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/21/12 - 08:53 am
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Does ANYONE actually believe

Does ANYONE actually believe the administration didn't cover-up the real Benghazi story? It's like some get mad at Fox and others for breaking the true story.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/21/12 - 08:59 am
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River

"Does ANYONE actually believe the administration didn't cover-up the real Benghazi story". Of course not. Unless they are ignorant. But, they are not going to admit it.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/21/12 - 09:10 am
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JTF

There is some kind of "The Emperor Has No Clothes" psychology at work here.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/21/12 - 09:12 am
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This floors me...

The report even cites the fact that prior security concerns should have set off alarms in people’s heads, though the report for some unknown reason suggests no disciplinary action.

They knew there were security concerns....but did nothing!! Why not....H Clinton KNOWS why.....& Rice was lying through her teeth & knew she was....
When I saw her on the talk shows I could see something in her actions-speech...just wasn't matching her words....

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 12/21/12 - 09:35 am
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SQUIRREL!

SQUIRREL!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/21/12 - 09:40 am
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Surprisingly enough

The fault seems to be that Congress didn't give them enough money. Imagine that. A gov't agency needing more money...

faithson
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faithson 12/21/12 - 09:39 am
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There's Faux, then everyone else....

Not to make light of a bad situation in Benghazi, but the way Faux hammered away on this story was 'over the top', a crack in the administration's handling was deemed a wide open fissure by a partisan group calling themselves newscasters, and the viewing faithful fell for it, hook line and sinker. Is there a problem, YES, but the faux reporting on it took on the aura of such demonization that they lost journalistic credibility in their reporting. Like I say so many times, all faux does is reports what YOU want to hear, kinda like your hairdresser after the cut telling you how good it looks. No meat, just bluster.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/21/12 - 09:42 am
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Over the top?

Yeah, try telling that to the families of the dead.

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harley_52 12/21/12 - 09:43 am
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"The fault seems to be that Congress....

....didn't give enough them money."

That's one of their excuses. Some of the more gullible (and all of those who want to excuse them) will actually buy it.

Others understand that the State Department has a responsibility to prioritize their spending in accordance with their needs. You really shouldn't spend your embassy security funds on places where no threat exists and ignore places where the threat is highest and the Ambassador is begging for help.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 12/21/12 - 09:46 am
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Shameful!!

Hillary had been bragging that the war on terrorism was over - what was so important about that - we will always be fighting terrorism - here and abroad - this whole admin scares the heck out of me! I can't even imagine the folks pleading for help - just knowing the cavalry was coming and no help arrived - we as American pride ourselves in the fact that if we were in trouble we would die fighting to save another.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 12/21/12 - 09:59 am
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faithson...you go to be

faithson...you go to be kdiding ..FOX was and is the only major news outlet doing investgative work on this story..does it not bother you that 4 americans are dead..a world war was started with the death of an ambassador..its a big deal for a top diplomat to get murdered..and yet you say FOX is over the top..i know it probably doesnt matter to obumler supporters that HE lied over and over again during the campaign and the major news outlet covered for him..AGAIN americans are dead..OBUMLER even blamed and put to risk the life of a the movie maker he blamed to continue his lie..is there no shame???. HE told the lie over and over..the middle east is blowing up and obumler campaigned on foreign policy based on LIES. DANG GUM right i am mad..OPBUMLER gets a four year free ride blames everyone else for his failed policies, lectures us on civility as he and his cohorts cover up every detail of his misaerable 4 years.and attacks his opponents in demeaning and unprovable lies...how about all the deaths involved in fast and furious or doesnt our border guard and the mexicans matter so we can continue our love affair with the self annointed messiah..

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/21/12 - 10:04 am
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Calling Fox, "faux" STILL

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Calling Fox, "faux" STILL isn't clever.

Saying Fox is over the top is laughable. I would say that when the President continued to say the murders were because of a protest, that we now know for sure he knew wasn't true, is a bit over the top.

faithson
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faithson 12/21/12 - 10:08 am
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nofan

I catch your drift. All in all there is no way, I mean no way that this President is going to ever be anything but a 'messiah' to many in this country. I see politics for what it is these days. I lived through an 8 year administration the likes of which will go down in history as the most failed ever. Our leadership is run by madison avenue not statesman. We had 8 years of Bush, You get 8 years of Obumler... It will be over in four years, don't lose sight of the greatness of our enterprise to the petty 'crimes' of the immediate times.

faithson
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faithson 12/21/12 - 10:13 am
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'clever'...

Definition of CLEVER
b : mentally quick and resourceful
Nope not me... although Techfan has shown himself to be resourceful. Now as to faux vs. fox, there is a lot of evidence out there that much of what they put out is just that... faux.

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dahreese 12/21/12 - 10:16 am
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"The most obvious wrong doing

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"The most obvious wrong doing was she allowed Susan Rice to go on for weeks with a lie about what had happened in Libya."

It's been well established that Susan Rice was lied to by her own government.

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dahreese 12/21/12 - 10:27 am
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@Techfan

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"Nice to know the AC is stooping to his level. Maybe they'll get into phone taps and bribery too."

Careful now.

Why, you might "offend' someone who loves to "flag for review" things she/he doesn't agree with.

P.S. You don't really expect our commentors to read the citation/link you posted, do you?

Not when there's FOX!

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Jane18 12/21/12 - 10:32 am
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Starts At The Top

Just this morning I heard on a news station, and it wasn't SIN(CNN, they never tell anything against The Man and his administration), that the Ambassador to Libya had contacted the State Dept. 15, get that, FIFTEEN times about security. No matter what anyone says, the blood of those 4 men are on the hands of The Man and on down the ladder, who did nothing to prevent those murders!!

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 12/21/12 - 10:42 am
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who is in charge of the

who is in charge of the govt???? that a new one.. i am 59 i lived thru the carter years which were left to reagan...he fixed it didnt blame carter and was a great president..bush did not lie like obumler..bush was the right man at the time of 9/11. i shuddered at the thought of gore in the office on9/11. why hate bush?? what did he do???...was it rhe tax cut for everone one...was it the 5 percent average of unemployment..was it iraq..that every liberal declared had WMD? his deficit spending hacked me off and i argued constantly that on spending he was a rhino..no he was not perfect, wasnt even a good prez...but he was honest i believe and he didnt blame everybody..and its obumler who has the messaih complex..he stated with his win in the primiaries that NOW the people will be healed now the sea will resede..he always has that echo or something in his speeches to make him sound like a messiah..its his love affair with the media that shows him with a halo or other characteristics of divinity.

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oneofthesane 12/21/12 - 11:42 am
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all faux does is reports what YOU want to hear

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Yes, because all I WANT to hear is how Americans died and OUR president didn't do anything about it before or after. I think you have Fox and "the other(s)" confused. Thank you for coming out of the sand long enough to read this. You can go back now.

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Serendipity 3 12/21/12 - 12:08 pm
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Don't expect me to take your

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Don't expect me to take your rantings about Obama and Benghazi seriously if I never saw you get this up in arms about the 18 other embassy attacks from 2000-2008 which left 43 Americans dead, ten times the number in Benghazi under Bush. Not to mention the Embassy attacks under Clinton, Bush 1, Reagan, etc...

The 1983 Beirut bombing that resulted in the deaths of 241 American servicemen; the Khobar Towers bombing in 1996 that claimed the lives of 19 American servicemen; the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000 that took the lives of 17 of our bravest sailors; the three American hotels attacked in Amman, Jordan in 2005, etc.., etc. For some reason, and I can only speculate on the reason, these incidents were never met with an attack on the President of the United States. No mention of scandal, no rumors of cover-up, no unsubstantiated reports of illegal activity or any reports of some vast conspiracy theory.

......I wonder why?

Anyone out there know?

Anyone?

It's one thing to criticize Obama when he deserves it. It's quite another to hate him so irrationally that you criticize everything he does whether it truly deserves criticism or not.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 12/21/12 - 12:40 pm
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gee..i feel like oneof the

gee..i feel like oneof the sane is miffed..quess what i dont like to hear how ANY americans are killed overseas in the service of our country..but in their honor and their families honor for the ultimate sacrifice, i want to know why especially when it was probably preventable... got to goe back to the sand box for now.....

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/21/12 - 01:00 pm
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""The fault seems to be that

""The fault seems to be that Congress........didn't give enough them money."

Maybe Hillary should have bought fewer Chevy Volts and charging stations for the embassy in Vienna while she was denying security requests and aircraft support for our embassy in Libya.

SHE, Hillary, made that decision and it needs to go on her record. Ideology over common sense and responsibility is Democrat dogma.

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