The Benghazi “Accountability Report”….No Accountability At The Top

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So Obama has found three staffers in the State Department who don’t have the political clout to save themselves:

The A.P., quoting an unidentified administration official, said Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, and Charlene Lamb, the deputy assistant secretary responsible for embassy security, had resigned. The third person, who was not identified, was an official with the department’s Bureau of Near East Affairs, The A.P. said.

The buck stops here…..oh wait.

This follows on the heels of the “official accountability report” on the Benghazi attack in which they took the State Department to task but failed to deliver accountability to those on the top of the food chain.

The report is an indictment of nightmarish management-level incompetence: State Department officials “demonstrated a lack of proactive leadership and management ability”; there was a “lack of transparency, responsiveness and leadership at the senior levels”; there was “confusion over who was responsible.” Such descriptions, attached to the failures of almost any other organization, would cause the leader of that organization to be sacked — even if the failures hadn’t resulted in four deaths.

Oh sure, it sacrifices the careers of some lower level people like Boswell and Lamb but leaves the Secretary of State, the Deputy Secretaries of State, and the Assistant Secretary for the Near East virtually alone.

It is even odder that Secretary Clinton, who once said “I take responsibility. . . . I take this very personally,” also gets off without criticism. It’s not that absolving her or her top deputies is necessarily wrong, but where it leads is bound to affect morale in the department. Look at these events from the perspective of career officials at the office director or deputy assistant secretary level, and what just happened? People like you were just ruined, while people up the chain got off scot free. Being on the Seventh Floor appears to grant immunity.

And today, during the hearing today, without the head of the State Department present due to her coming down with something called “The Benghazi Flu”, Senator Bob Corker asked why some common sense wasn’t used:

Sen. Bob Corker on Thursday demanded to know why the State Department staffed its diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya without enough security to respond to the deadly attacks that killed four Americans in September.

“I cannot imagine sending folks out to Benghazi after we what we saw from the security cameras and the drones, I cannot imagine that we had people out there with the lack of security existent,” Corker (R-Tenn.) told department officials during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the attacks. “It seems to me that what the State Department would have done was to prioritize and in fact if we cannot have people there, not send them.

Noting that Clinton just requested $1.3 billion from Congress, Corker asked why there were never any requests to make sure Benghazi was secure.

“I want to talk about why you did not ask about the resources for Benghazi,” Corker said.

Clinton couldn’t answer of course…she was home sick.

What a sham.

Curt served in the Marine Corps for four years and has been a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles for the last 24 years.

8 Responses to “The Benghazi “Accountability Report”….No Accountability At The Top”

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    Let’s think back, Obama appoints Admiral Mullen to head up the panel. Mullen finds incompetence, but neglects to target any of the people who might be responsible. I think every lucid honest American realized Mullen’s conclusions before he set his great analytic mind to the task of deflecting political fallout; there was gross incompetence or criminal neglect to promote a political agenda.

    Now we have the reaction of firing the nobodies as a reaction to the report. What a bunch of obfuscation and show boating, will it end here?

    Do we forget the lives of four Americans who died promoting Obama’s plan for the Middle East?

    I am on the road and won’t be able to respond to outrage and indignation; at least until tomorrow.

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    John Scotus

    Clinton said that she was ultimately responsible, but the rule of thumb since Janet Reno and Waco is that saying “the buck stops here” by itself absolves someone of responsibility, consequences, and the need for oversight and investigation, as if saying the words is alone enough: “What do you want from me? I already said it was somehow my fault! Move on already!” At least, that seems to be the way Washington works.

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    Does this mean that the, “It’s George Bush’s fault,” phrase will no longer be used, or is it just that they couldn’t fit the phrase in to make it believable, but will keep it in reserve?

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    John Scotus

    Further investigation by the Obama White House will no doubt conclusively show that both Bush and Cheney were at the scene, directing CIA and Halliburton agents disguised as Arab terrorists as they attacked the compound.

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    It really is sad that our government dishonors those that died and their service to our nation. What does that say to their families and frankly any family members of those currently serving?
    If checking your morals and ethics at the door is the price for being a politician then I am glad I never pursued that career path.

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    What did you expect? The misguided people of this nation re-elected the CYA-in-Chief. Don’t expect any more from this administration on this or Fast & Furious, even with the Mexican Gov’t holding an American citizen and Marine veteran in an obvious politican ploy to convey anger and demand justice from our Gov’t for over 200 dead Mexican citizens.

    P.S. It seems the Mexican Gov’t has made it’s point, and will release Jon Hammer in time for Christmas.

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    oil guy from Alberta

    The cliches- “the buck stops here”, “pick on your own size” (defense of Susan Rice) are so hypocritical that it has become a comedy.

    I laughed so hard that I nearly feinted. Therefore I saved myself from a concussion.

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