I’m not surprised that the GOP-led House arrived at the conclusion that the State Department’s poor planning led to the fiasco at the Benghazi, Libya consulate. Well, we kind of knew it all along, since the opening reports of the attack. But, of course, it will be dismissed by most of the media because it is indeed the GOP-led House which conducted the investigation. The Washington Times reports;
The report exonerates the Pentagon itself, saying the military did what it could to respond once the attack began, but “was hindered on account of U.S. military forces not being properly postured” beforehand.
In the most damning finding, House Republicans said Mr. Obama and his team lied about the attacks afterward, first by blaming mob violence spawned by an anti-Muslim video, and then wrongly saying it had misled the public because it was trying to protect an FBI investigation.
“This progress report reveals a fundamental lack of understanding at the highest levels of the State Department as to the dangers presented in Benghazi, Libya, as well as a concerted attempt to insulate the Department of State from blame following the terrorist attacks,” the GOP investigation concluded in its 46-page report.
The Washington Post is too busy blaming Bush for the Boston bomber to bother itself with the findings of the committee and instead just runs an Associated Press article;
Senior State Department officials, including Clinton, approved reductions in security at the facilities in Benghazi, according to the report by GOP members of five House committees. The report cites an April 19, 2012, cable bearing Clinton’s signature acknowledging a March 28, 2012, request from then-U.S. Ambassador to Libya Gene Cretz for more security, yet allowing further reductions. The report does not include actual copies of the cables or other internal correspondence that Republicans cite to support their findings.
“Senior State Department officials knew that the threat environment in Benghazi was high and that the Benghazi compound was vulnerable and unable to withstand an attack, yet the department continued to systematically withdraw security personnel,” the report said.
And, of course, Caitlan Hayden who used to come on this blog to spread her boss’ lies when she worked in the Kabul embassy for Karl Eikenberry That Dick, waves her hand and says;
…the GOP report “appears to raise questions that have already been asked and answered in great detail”….
Yeah, well, Caitlan, the problem is that the Obama Administration wasn’t very forthcoming until after the election. And where are the other witnesses to the raid?
Of course, Democrats on the investigative committees complain that the report is partisan, but then it would be wouldn’t it, since the Democrats won’t investigate their own party in the White House. Kind of like the Washington Post not bothering to write about the report.