After this, she should no longer be Secretary of State:
Vivid new details of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, were released Tuesday night by a federal committee trying to come to grips with the violence that led to the first murder of a U.S. ambassador since 1988 and the deaths of three other Americans.
The report spoke of grossly inadequate security, an issue that Stevens had complained about well before September 11.
Though fierce and sudden, the attack may not have been surprising for some.
U.S. diplomats who worked in Libya, a country struggling to form a government after overthrowing longtime dictator Moammar Ghadafi, had repeatedly asked for more security.
American officials, for the most part, were well-received in Libya, where many locals were grateful for the help the United States provided in overthrowing Ghadafi.
But danger remained.
There were still many Ghadafi loyalists, there was easy access to guns and the new fledgling government was having a difficult time maintaining security.
On June 1, a car bomb exploded outside a hotel in Tripoli where Stevens was staying.
The same month, Stevens had to move with his security team from the hotel because of a “credible’ threat.
On June 6, a roadside bomb exploded near the U.S. compound in Benghazi, hurting no one but blasting a large hole in a wall of the compound.
The threats continued for U.S. officials and diplomats from other countries — but security staffing remained unchanged.
But now, there was no time to fret about woeful security.
True enough. But now is. And the last three months were.
I don’t know why I have to make the argument; I don’t know why the media won’t press the case. (Yeah, I do, actually.) But this administration left an American diplomat out to die at the jaws and claws of a rabid mob of jihadists. And knowing that his security team was inadequate but unyielding, their deaths were certain too.
They referred to him as Chris, as if they knew him personally, but he worked in Bush’s State Department before Obama’s. He was a career Foreign Service officer, serving in Jerusalem, Damascus, Cairo, and Riyadh—and Washington—before arriving in Libya as Ambassador. It should have been a crowning achievement in an admirable career. Instead, it was his death sentence.
I’m not that old, but I’m old enough to remember when people resigned over such failures, when they were held to account. Heck, Scooter Libby got railroaded for not leaking Valerie Plame’s secret identity, and that was only five years ago! Yet Hillary is still Secretary of State and is still considered a front-runner for the Democratic nominee in 2016.
And Chris Stevens and Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty and Sean Smith are still dead.
As Hot Air notes, this report and its timing make MAdame Secretary’s concussion (from which we trust she is recovering) all the more untimely:
With the report in hand, Congress would have been prepared for Hillary Clinton’s testimony, originally scheduled for tomorrow before the Secretary of State fainted and ended up with a concussion. This report’s conclusions about the “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” won’t be a headache she can shrug off as easily as a concussion, however. The Hill’s Julian Pecquet wonders what happens to Clinton after the publication of this indictment of the organization she ran for nearly four years prior to the attack…
Clinton remains one of the nation’s most popular politicians and has worked tirelessly to improve America’s image abroad following President George W. Bush’s tenure. The independent review of the Sept. 11 attack, however, tarnishes that legacy by faulting the department for failing to put in place a coordinated approach for handling security, even if it does not single anyone out for disciplinary action.
It shouldn’t have to. Decent and responsible people do the decent and responsible thing. Clintons don’t