But, no blot on Hillary’s record leaves her above the fray and clear to run for the Presidency in 2016.
LOL! I’m still not focusing much energy here at PTPR, but the Benghazi story is one we followed from day one with my particular interest in the three humanitarian vulcans—Clinton, Rice and Power—who got us into Libya in the first place. So, it’s important to post this update.
Besides the bureaucrats, Susan Rice is confirmed to have been misspeaking in the days after the death of four Americans and took a fall for the Administration.
This story is from AP today (hat tip: Drudge). But, readers, I’m laughing because I see Matthew Lee is the reporter. I wrote about Lee for years at my other blog because he was the chief media mouthpiece for the NGOs pushing for higher numbers of Iraqi refugees to be admitted to the US. Bush was initially reluctant to open our doors to large numbers of Iraqis (for security reasons), but the “humanitarian” federal refugee contractors were bashing Bush and Lee was their chief Bush basher in the media. He wrote a story every month, like clockwork, when the Iraqi refugee resettlement numbers came in too low for his liking. He was silent when Iraqi refugee terrorists were caught in Kentucky in 2011, here.
Here is Lee, so take it with a grain of salt. He has an agenda:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of an independent panel that blamed systematic State Department management and leadership failures for gross security lapses in the deadly Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya will explain their findings to Congress on Wednesday.
The two most senior members of the Accountability Review Board are set to testify behind closed doors before the House and Senate foreign affairs committees on the classified findings of their harshly critical report.
An unclassified version released late Tuesday said serious bureaucratic mismanagement was responsible for the inadequate security at the mission in Benghazi where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed. [Any mention of the decision from the highest levels to keep a low military profile in Libya so as not to offend the Islamists?—ed]
“Systematic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department resulted in a Special Mission security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place,” the panel said.
Despite those deficiencies, the board determined that no individual officials ignored or violated their duties and recommended no disciplinary action. But it also said poor performance by senior managers should be grounds for disciplinary recommendations in the future.
Lee tells us about Rice but its not clear if her ignorant display on five Sunday shows was discussed in the critical report. As I said previously, even casual observers could tell she was lying through her teeth when she went on those five morning shows and blamed the nutty video for the attack. I speculated in September that it was Hillary who sent Rice out to promote their phoney-baloney story and to ultimately take the heat if their diversionary tactic was discredited, here.
It did confirm, though, that contrary to initial accounts, there was no protest outside the consulate. It said responsibility for the incident rested entirely with the terrorists who attacked the mission.
In the immediate aftermath of the attack, administration officials linked the attack to the spreading protests that had begun in Cairo earlier that day over an American-made, anti-Islamic film. Those comments came after evidence already pointed to a distinct militant attack.
United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice appeared on numerous TV talk shows the Sunday after the attack and used the administration talking points linking it to the film. An ensuing brouhaha in the heat of the presidential campaign eventually led her to withdraw her name from consideration to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state in President Barack Obama’s second term.
Read the whole AP story and watch for more news in coming days to see if Lee is spinning today.