Video: In the end, no one will be held responsible for Benghazi

posted at 8:41 pm on August 20, 2013 by Allahpundit

Precisely the right takeaway from this morning’s news about the Benghazi Four’s reinstatement, and for precisely the right reason. There were so many strands of possible wrongdoing related to the Benghazi attack — manipulation of the CIA talking points, scapegoating of the Mohammed moviemaker, lost opportunities for military action, alleged CIA intimidation of agents, and DOJ paralysis in pursuing the culprits — that the most fundamental wrongdoing, the catastrophic lapse in security for the consulate, was often overlooked. Maybe that’s a function of its comparative lack of sex appeal; the other elements all suggest intentional ass-covering government malfeasance while the security lapse was more likely due to egregious negligence. And yet that egregious negligence has never been fully explained, despite testimony from whistleblowers that people as high up as Hillary’s right-hand woman, Cheryl Mills, intervened personally to make sure people involved weren’t speaking too freely. An ambassador got killed, as did three other Americans, and as of today the White House hasn’t seen fit to sacrifice even a low-level staffer over it. Either there was something so sensitive happening at the consulate or at the CIA annex that the feds didn’t want to call attention to it by installing a showier security presence or this really was a mind-boggling security vacuum in the heart of Libyan jihadistan despite repeated pleas from Chris Stevens himself to provide more muscle to protect U.S. diplomats. No one’s been fired, no one’s been suspended, no one’s been fined. Mistakes happen. Next.

Tapper usually plays things straight enough as a reporter that it’s hard to detect his feelings about a subject. Not here. Pure incredulity, start to finish. That’s where we’re at with the most transparent administration ever.


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Transparencies..

bernzright777 on August 20, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Barack Obama, The Man
Of a Thousand Excuses
(and just as many lies)

VorDaj on August 20, 2013 at 8:46 PM

The explanation is easily sliced down to its simplest: No matter what was going on, any attack there destroyed Dog Eater’s credibility.

Four dead Americans and not even a reprimand for anyone. Bark and Killary are human filth.

Bishop on August 20, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Of wait! The video maker was held responsible.

Hillary kept her promise of, “We’ll get him!”

VorDaj on August 20, 2013 at 8:47 PM

manipulation of the CIA talking points, scapegoating of the Mohammed moviemaker, lost opportunities for military action, alleged CIA intimidation of agents, and DOJ paralysis in pursuing the culprits — that the most fundamental wrongdoing, the catastrophic lapse in security for the consulate, was often overlooked

Hello, what about arms to Syrian islamists?

AshleyTKing on August 20, 2013 at 8:52 PM

AP‘s on fire today!

KOOLAID2 on August 20, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Anti-American Democrat garbage did hold a film maker responsible. Never forget.

MNHawk on August 20, 2013 at 8:54 PM

In this life, maybe.

But they won’t escape eternity.

listens2glenn on August 20, 2013 at 8:55 PM

The republicans will be held accountable for this phony scandal come 2014 and 2016.

Murphy9 on August 20, 2013 at 8:56 PM

That’s all folks…

The End.

People died and no one is held responsible…

What a clusterfark of a govt we have.

I spit on them all…

Scrumpy on August 20, 2013 at 9:00 PM

uh huh, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.

bazil9 on August 20, 2013 at 9:00 PM

They can’t hold anyone at State responsible, because the buck won’t stop with them and they know it. The only real place it could stop is Hillary, and that might not even be the end. In any case, Obama get tainted. Best, in their view, to let it go and hope voters forget by next year.

Liam on August 20, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Video: In the end, no one will be held responsible for Benghazi

The GOP House has no balls. It was clear during the election that the cowards in the House GOP wouldn’t do squat about Benghazi. Heck, I’m still waiting for something to come out of Fast+Furious.

No, I’m not really waiting for anything. I’m not stupid.

The House GOP are Barky the Retard and the Dems’ pets, just like that azzhole Schumer laughed about. His boys.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 20, 2013 at 9:00 PM

manipulation of the CIA talking points, scapegoating of the Mohammed moviemaker, lost opportunities for military action, alleged CIA intimidation of agents, and DOJ paralysis in pursuing the culprits — that the most fundamental wrongdoing, the catastrophic lapse in security for the consulate, was often overlooked

Hello, what about arms to Syrian islamists?

AshleyTKing on August 20, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Or how about Morsi’s and the MB’s influence?

onlineanalyst on August 20, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Is this the final word on the “bump in the road”?

onlineanalyst on August 20, 2013 at 9:03 PM

How can this administration still be in the WH.

MT on August 20, 2013 at 9:03 PM

That’s some union they got going there. People die due to your incompetence? No worries, take a few weeks off, lay low and you’ll be back in action in no time!

Democrat – the bestest union in the world.

Alinsky on August 20, 2013 at 9:04 PM

I spit on them all…

Scrumpy on August 20, 2013 at 9:00 PM

…not me!…I *shit* on them all!

KOOLAID2 on August 20, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Rodeo Clowns…

patman77 on August 20, 2013 at 9:04 PM

…I wonder if JugEars thinks he’s going to end up with 72 virgins…in his after life?

KOOLAID2 on August 20, 2013 at 9:06 PM

onlineanalyst on August 20, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Morsi has a role in it? Jesus. Well, maybe a drone from Mr. M? I won’t wait for it.

AshleyTKing on August 20, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Benghazi is the one that Dear Leader fears the most…it must be really really bad. I think we all know why, but the State Run Media has put a black out on this one and the IRS scandal.

Why will Boehner not allow a select committee to investigate these atrocities?

d1carter on August 20, 2013 at 9:08 PM

A drone for Mr. Morsi, rather.

AshleyTKing on August 20, 2013 at 9:09 PM

did any of us really think that someone would be held responsible ? C’mon man these stools have rigged the game tighter than the mob held Vegas in the 50′s

Rio Linda Refugee on August 20, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Video: In the end, no one will be held responsible for Benghazi

True. They held back in the beginning though. That should be worth something.

Bmore on August 20, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Mistakes happen. Next.

^ That’s what I’m thinking. Just not about Benghazi.

Axe on August 20, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Still think this is an albatross for HRC that will come up again.
No security. No accountability. No apology. No transparency.

Cue the “Waterloo”.

connertown on August 20, 2013 at 9:12 PM

In this life, maybe.

But they won’t escape eternity.

listens2glenn on August 20, 2013 at 8:55 PM

That’s all folks…

The End.

Scrumpy on August 20, 2013 at 9:00 PM

It’s not really over yet.

Axe on August 20, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Media Crucifixion coming……but WHO to put up on the cross of shame?

Issa for trying to faux investigate?

Boehner for even suggesting someone in the Administration might be at fault?

McConnell?

No, not those three……..Mmmmm, what about someone that still has a testicle left….Cruz?

Yeah, that’s it……and the mob shall chant “CRUCCCCCIFFFFYYYYY”, and it shall be so.

PappyD61 on August 20, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Very nicely done.

bluegill on August 20, 2013 at 8:03 PM

…can we use ^this^ one…instead of the “Transparencies” Bishop…at the top of the page?

KOOLAID2 on August 20, 2013 at 9:14 PM

I hold Hillary! Responsible. And her former boss who needed his beauty sleep for a Vegas fundraiser over 4 American lives.

rbj on August 20, 2013 at 9:16 PM

It’s not really over yet.

Axe on August 20, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Beginning, midway or somewhere in between.

Bmore on August 20, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Video: In the end, no one will be held responsible for Benghazi

IOW…

“Collective” guilt. Mistakes were made by many, but no one or two, or even three, individual(s) were to blame. It was a “systemic” problem. The “system” broke. And it will be fixed.

This is how Dems, socialists, and bureaucrats avoid blame and cover their asses when they can’t find a scapegoat or do not want to finger the people who really are responsible. Such as, in this case, Hillary! and Dear Leader. The people running the show.

This was how they avoided blaming 9-11 largely on Clinton and prominent individuals in his admin. The Bush admin more or less had to rubber stamp this, considering it was in charge the seven and a half months before it happened. Even though Clinton and his team set counter terrorism policy and ran the US counter terrorism effort for the eight most formative years of Al Qaeda.

Naturally, the MSM will go along with this. Just like they always do when Dems are in charge. Naturally.

Want another example”? The real estate and mortgage market meltdown. The root cause was government interference in and gross distortion of the free market, so that “everyone can own a home”. Because Dems and socialists came up with and ramrodded the policies, and Republicans who saw problems were too cowardly to oppose them, in the end the fault was placed on the “system” — not enough government oversight and regulation — and Wall Street.

farsighted on August 20, 2013 at 9:18 PM

This is speculation, but, try this out.

Those four (4) who were put on leave and are now returning to work didn’t breach their duties. Why not? Because the breaches came higher up the chain. If (and, again, this is rank speculation because we don’t know) they performed correctly and passed security requests on through channels to those at State above them then, yes, I can see some cause to return them to work (one caveat — why not in the same jobs if they’re squeaky clean).

What I cannot see is the lack of responsibility anywhere in the chain of command at State on this issue. Personally, I believe it reaches into the Secretary’s office.

So, fine, release the sacrificial lambs, if that’s what they were. But, where is the real culprit? Preparing her campaign posters?

IndieDogg on August 20, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Clint was right.

MT on August 20, 2013 at 9:20 PM

KOOLAID2, I could have used the word shit, but I was trying to be lady-like ;)

Shit it is!!!

Scrumpy on August 20, 2013 at 9:20 PM

I wonder how Amb. Stevens family views all of this? Could I be that big of a sycophant of anyone to allow my loved one’s death remain such a mess? Or do they feel like a soldier’s family feels and that their son/brother gave his life in service to his country?

Cindy Munford on August 20, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Travesty.

Either there was something so sensitive happening at the consulate

Yes. We still haven’t heard from the survivors, have we? Why the cover-up Team O?

The explanation is easily sliced down to its simplest: No matter what was going on, any attack there destroyed Dog Eater’s credibility.

Four dead Americans and not even a reprimand for anyone. Bark and Killary are human filth.

Bishop on August 20, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Because if we knew what really happened, that’s the crux of the issue: Emperor Obama would be without clothes and all would see. That can never happen. It’s absolutely disgusting.

conservative pilgrim on August 20, 2013 at 9:23 PM

If we had a Republican party with some guts, Sec. Clinton would be held responsible when she attempts to run for president in 2016.

Cindy Munford on August 20, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Don’t forget about all those injured that we still no nothing about. This is a huge cover up.

Cindy Munford on August 20, 2013 at 9:24 PM

The GOPe.
No Guts.
No Glory.

For Shame GOPe…

Scrumpy on August 20, 2013 at 9:25 PM

And yet that egregious negligence has never been fully explained, despite testimony from whistleblowers that people as high up as Hillary’s right-hand woman, Cheryl Mills, intervened personally to make sure people involved weren’t speaking too freely.

Typical Washington ass-covering. Gotta keep all those career options open.

Right Hillary!?

GarandFan on August 20, 2013 at 9:30 PM

The corporate media is now forced to admit that the Benghazi attack was staged by a State Department hired jihadist security outfit in connection with an arms transfer to al-Qaeda mercenaries in Syria.
It has yet to point out, however, that the Obama administration attempted to cover-up the real reason for the murder of ambassador Stevens – U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and the State Department initially pointing to a lame anti-Muslim video – and has consistently downplayed the incident and characterized it as a non-event not requiring congressional investigation and the impeachment of President Obama

roflmmfao

donabernathy on August 20, 2013 at 9:30 PM

As has been mentioned around the blogosphere, Bo and Sunny managed to get airlifted from Martha’s Vineyard. The victims of Benghazi did not have that opportunity.

onlineanalyst on August 20, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Jesus.

AshleyTKing on August 20, 2013 at 9:07 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wH0Mc7zn4vc

davidk on August 20, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Elected or just permanent gov’t bureaucrats should all be treated like horse thieves. They really have no respect for the people of this country only their reflections in DC.

tim c on August 20, 2013 at 9:38 PM

let’s just move on…..

famous amos on August 20, 2013 at 9:47 PM

…I wonder if JugEars thinks he’s going to end up with 72 virgins…in his after life?

KOOLAID2 on August 20, 2013 at 9:06 PM

And just what would lil barry do with 72 women?

Now, if they’re young boys……

Solaratov on August 20, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Either there was something so sensitive happening at the consulate or at the CIA annex that the feds didn’t want to call attention to it by installing a showier security presence…

I can’t square this with a couple of things.

First, would Stevens really stick his own neck out as far as he did if he had any idea at all something that sensitive was going on right under his nose? And if he was involved, why would he make all of those requests for more security, knowing the reason why security was kept to a minimum. And why would he take unnecessary risks if he knew what was going on and the reasons for light security? Which means if something that sensitive was going on he did not know about it. Which means someone in our government deliberately hung him out there in harm’s way without his knowledge and consent.

Second, if something that sensitive really was happening why wasn’t there a lot of covert security in place? The kind that no one really knows about. The CIA generally does not leave their people out in the cold. Especially not if something that sensitive and important is going on. It doesn’t play very well with the troops. Sure, sometimes things go south and a lot of people have plausible dependability, but they do not put people in harm’s way without their knowledge and without doing almost everything possible to assure their safety if things go bad. This wasn’t a covert Navy SEALs mission that technically violates the sovereignty of another nation, or something like that. It would not have been that difficult to have a lot of covert security there.

I think the most obvious explanation is the most likely. Incompetence at the highest levels in our government is at fault. And that means Hillary! and/or Dear Leader. This also explains why the “video” coverup was grabbed in desperation because what happened was completely unexpected and potentially extremely damaging to Dear Leader’s re-election effort and Shrillary’s future presidential aspirations and ambitions.

Which means it …

really was a mind-boggling security vacuum in the heart of Libyan jihadistan

And that was because Dear Leader, Hillary!, and their team completely misread the entire situation in Libya. Which is consistent with how badly they have misread almost everything about the ME and the Islamists in the region. When you look at the ME through a “blame Bush and America first” prism that can happen.

There is no way they will ever admit to that.

And apparently because they can not get away with blaming a few underlings, we have this. It was a “systemic” problem, mistakes were made by many, it will be fixed, blah, blah, blah.

farsighted on August 20, 2013 at 9:59 PM

O/T RIP Elmore Leonard. You were one of the best crime fiction writers.

onlineanalyst on August 20, 2013 at 9:59 PM

There have been others that have pushed the envelope that didn’t fare well. Took time. Even millions of lives. But they got theirs. In a bunker, or on a balcony.

It would just be nice to skip the millions dead part. They won’t get away with it in the long run.

But we will pay dearly to inflict justice. Yet again.

wolly4321 on August 20, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Criminal negligence.

The truth will come out and it will haunt these people like the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and her BFF haunted OJ Simpson. The blood of those 4 Americans in the desert is crying out for Justice and so are the muted voices of the survivors who are recovering at hospitals here in the United States.

ted c on August 20, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Criminal negligence.

The truth will come out and it will haunt these people like the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and her BFF haunted OJ Simpson. The blood of those 4 Americans in the desert is crying out for Justice and so are the muted voices of the survivors who are recovering at hospitals here in the United States.

ted c on August 20, 2013 at 10:08 PM

To be haunted, one has to have a conscience. These people don’t. They believe that near any sacrifice is justified for the cause of international socialism.

slickwillie2001 on August 20, 2013 at 10:13 PM

OT: The Chris Lane killing story over at CNN has almost 35,000 comments in two hours…somebody start the fire..?

d1carter on August 20, 2013 at 10:18 PM

“Guilty as sin, free as a bird”…wasn’t that the phrase Bill Ayers used? Describes the Benghazi situation pretty well.

indypat on August 20, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Obysmal was hellbent on pushing the narrative that the whole Libyan adventure was a feather in his foreign-chops cap. Any whiff that his and his henchwoman Hillary’s calculations were a total failure spriralling into chaos had to be squelched prior to the election. Those two, along with their puppeteer Jarrett, have much blood on their hands. Placing the blame on underlings is typical of the power mad.

onlineanalyst on August 20, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Where Les Aspin resigned after the “Blackhawk Down” debacle. How is this any different. Why isn’t Hillary being pressured to resign.

Paul-Cincy on August 20, 2013 at 10:56 PM

KOOLAID2, I could have used the word shit, but I was trying to be lady-like ;)

Shit it is!!!

Scrumpy on August 20, 2013 at 9:20 PM

:-)

bluefox on August 20, 2013 at 11:09 PM

No one will be held accountable because there are too many people of influence and power in both Parties who either facilitated or knew about what was going on there and kept quiet.

Same for the IRS scandal. If there weren’t high-level Repugnicans who were a party to spying on Tea Partiers, there were definitely some who knew about it and were only too happy to have them being dogged that way.

sartana on August 20, 2013 at 11:31 PM

I want to give Obama a present. Does anyone know how I can purchase the Dibbik box? If the Repubs wont impeach this pos perhaps a demon is called for.

neyney on August 20, 2013 at 11:38 PM

And if he was involved, why would he make all of those requests for more security, knowing the reason why security was kept to a minimum. And why would he take unnecessary risks if he knew what was going on and the reasons for light security?

farsighted on August 20, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Please tell us what you think the reason for light security was.

The area’s tribal. The political players are not monolithic. Someone was being helped and someone else was being screwed and wasn’t gonna be real happy about it. THAT’S what he needed the extra security for.

Cleombrotus on August 20, 2013 at 11:41 PM

Come on guys, I know of at least three Benghazi type incidents that happened just last week. I mean, at this point what difference does it make? That Benghazi was soooo long ago.

/

JAGonzo on August 21, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Our government is founded upon the consent of the governed. It no longer has mine. You?

Mason on August 21, 2013 at 12:30 AM

All aboard the Hillary Train. Anything to protect her.

BKeyser on August 21, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Let us not forget that there is a plaque in Hanoi war museum basically praising John Kerry for his efforts in Vietnam war. Mr. Kerry has a lot of sympathy for people who are way out of line.

burt on August 21, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Democrats = corruption! People are starting to wake up to how bad King Obama’s administration really is. Just wish the Republicans in Congress would stand up for the freedoms that Americans have died for.

karlinsync on August 21, 2013 at 9:18 AM

I know it’s been more or less said before:
Nothing better than moving closer to a Caligula type society

Not a good thing for people within/without the ruling class. It didn’t end pretty.

avagreen on August 21, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Hey look! Jake Tapper is still alive!

Jaibones on August 21, 2013 at 11:56 AM

The corporate media is now forced to admit that the Benghazi attack was staged by a State Department hired jihadist security outfit in connection with an arms transfer to al-Qaeda mercenaries in Syria.

donabernathy on August 20, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Doin’ a bit of boozin’, have you? Suckin’ back on grandpa’s old cough medicine?

Pale Rider on August 21, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Benghazi?

How about ‘Fast & Furious’, the IRS Scandal, the Wire Tapping of media & their family, how about the NSA & their admitting to thousands of illegal wire taps on Americans per year, how about continuous violations of both the Constitution & the law?

BODY COUNTS don’t even seem to draw enough concerns from Democrats…or the GOP…to merit action: 300+ civilians and counting – to include 1 US BPA – dead as a result of F&F…4 dead Americans in Benghazi – to include the 1st US Ambassador in over 30 years.

How about ‘Treason’? Obama aided Al ’9/11′ Qaeda take over Libya; hired an Al Qaeda-associated militia to guard the Americans in Benghazi, and refused to provide additional security after 2 previous terrorist attacks, warnings about 10 new terrorist training camps having been opened up, & a warning from Ambassador Stevens that if there was a 3rd attack & no additional security he would die. 2 ‘Stand Down’ orders given to prevent response teams from going to the rescue during a 10+ hour firefight…seemingly to protect the secret Libya-to-Syrian Jihadist Obama gun-running operation going on from Benghazi. Obama aided terrorists the Muslim Brotherhood take over in Egypt, and is attempting to help Syrian Jidaist take over in Syria. He gave billions in cash and military weapons to the Brotherhood, but as soon as the egyptian Military kicked Obama’s favorit Terroristsout of Egypt, he reportedly stopped all monetary aid going to Egypt EVEN BEFORE CONGRESS COULD VOTE TO DO SO. (And now it is being reported that Obama’s own brother is connected to/with the Muslim Brotherhood?!) And his declaring the Fort Hood Terrorist attack being a case of ‘Workplace violence’ is an Islamic Extremist-sympathizing move designed not to offend/’mis-label’ the ATTACK.

easyt65 on August 21, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Henry Louis Mencken spins ever faster in his grave over the complete capitulation of the Manure Spreading Media.
The story is obsfuscated by the Government and the media will willingly accomodate the Dhimmicrats by spikeing the story. Completely.
The country is at a point of decision. The 2014 elections will reveal if the LIVerals win and the USA self-destructs.

Missilengr on August 21, 2013 at 8:06 PM

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Sol on August 2013 at 5 PM

cableguy615 on August 21, 2013 at 8:24 PM