Bipartisan Senate report blames Obama administration for not preventing Benghazi attack

posted at 10:41 am on January 15, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The bombshell here isn’t the blame — it’s that the blame is bipartisan. Normally in these circumstances, a Congressional committee looking into the activities of a current administration will split into partisan conclusions, especially if it’s critical at all. Not this time:

A long-delayed Senate intelligence committee report released on Wednesday spreads blame among the State Department and intelligence agencies for not preventing attacks on two outposts in Libya that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

The bipartisan report lays out more than a dozen findings regarding the assaults on Sept. 11 and 12, 2012 on the diplomatic compound and a CIA annex in the Libyan city of Benghazi. It says the State Department failed to increase security at the sites despite warnings, and faults intelligence agencies for not sharing information about the existence of the CIA outpost with the U.S. military.

The committee determined that the U.S. military command in Africa didn’t know about the CIA annex and didn’t have the resources to defend the diplomatic compound in an emergency.

“The attacks were preventable, based on extensive intelligence reporting on the terrorist activity in Libya—to include prior threats and attacks against Western targets—and given the known security shortfalls at the U.S. Mission,” the panel said in a statement.

The conclusion that State ignored security warnings is a direct slap at the Secretary of State at the time, Hillary Clinton.  The Accountability Review Board tried passing off the blame to lower-ranking careerists, but that effort has been thoroughly discredited by the knowledge of the string of earlier terrorist attacks in Benghazi and the Western flight from the city. The ARB didn’t bother to look into Hillary’s aide in charge of the security decisions, Patrick Kennedy, and it’s difficult now to claim that Kennedy or Hillary were ignorant of those concerns — especially now that State Department whistleblowers have made it clear that Kennedy knew, at the very least.

The coordination between State and the CIA is also partly to blame, according to the report:

The report says it was problematic that the CIA and State Department were not working out of the same facility together in the dangerous Benghazi environment. That meant the CIA and its well-trained contractors, who had served in elite U.S. forces, were not on location at the diplomatic outpost in case of a crisis.

We’ll get back to the coordination point shortly, because it’s not just State taking the blame for this, either. The Senate and House classified hearings on Benghazi exposed how unprepared the Department of Defense was on the night of 9/11 — a rather obvious key date on the calendar — to respond to an attack in a region and city where the lights were clearly flashing bright red:

Over the last year, lawmakers repeatedly expressed disbelief during closed-door briefings with Pentagon and military officials over why the armed forces was ill-equipped to respond to the terrorist attacks on Americans in Benghazi in 2012.

During a May 21 hearing convened by the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Darryl Roberson, the vice director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, simply explained that the military had no realistic options available that day to respond to the multiple attacks that left four Americans dead, including Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

“It is not like a fire station,” Roberson said of the military during the May hearing. “We don’t have assets to respond like a fire call, jump down the pole and respond for any American that is under fire anywhere in the world.”

Roberson explained that when it comes to protecting diplomats, the Department of Defense’s role is to support the State Department, which has the “primary responsibility for the security” of its people.

But lawmakers expressed bewilderment. “It is embarrassing that you can’t get a plane over there and do a low flyover and drop a sonic boom,” Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz said. “It is embarrassing.”

Ohio Rep. Mike Turner asked Roberson how in the “post-Qadafi” world that “we just send Americans and put them on the ground [in Libya] and don’t have any assets to back up?”

“It was a war zone,” Turner said. “I mean this is not like what is happening in Austria or some other place. You went in and took out [Moammar] Gadhafi. This is a war zone. I mean this is months after a war zone.”

It was a failed state, made obvious by the string of terrorist attacks in the city. One attack blew a hole in the American compound three months before that final assault. While State kept refusing more security resources, other Western nations and even the Red Cross packed up and left Benghazi that year. All the while, as General Carter Ham testified, the Pentagon didn’t do anything to improve readiness to respond in that region even with the knowledge that al-Qaeda affiliates operated openly in eastern Libya and Benghazi, and the anniversary of 9/11 was just around the corner.

Let’s put this together. The State Department, run by Hillary Clinton, and the CIA, run independently by David Petraeus under DNI James Clapper, didn’t coordinate efforts to safeguard the consulate. The DoD under Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta didn’t provide readiness to respond. The common point of leadership among these agencies is … President Barack Obama. That is where the blame lies, and it’s striking that the Senate’s bipartisan report makes that argument, even if indirectly.

And why did the growing menace in Libya get ignored? Obama had spent a year arguing that his intervention against Moammar Qaddafi was the new and correct model for Western military intervention in the Middle East, explicitly drawing a contrast between his actions and those of George Bush in Iraq. If the White House, DoD, and State suddenly had to shift a lot of security and military resources to protect Americans in “liberated” Benghazi — or bug out, like everyone else did — it would have made the failure of that intervention in the larger context of American security all the more obvious in an election cycle that Obama barely won. That’s also why the administration seized on the YouTube video as the primary explanation for getting caught by surprise, rather than just the context of the recruitment for the attack.

The White House’s blameshifting is over, and the Senate and House should start demanding answers from Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta, and David Petraeus in light of this report.

Update: Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) agrees, especially in regard to State:

“This bipartisan report is a step forward in our understanding of these events, but should not by any means be viewed as a final verdict. To the extent this report is incomplete, it is not due to the Committee’s unwillingness to investigate, but the State Department’s intransigence.”

To quote Wilford Brimley in Absence of Malice: “Wonderful thing, subpoenas.”


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But…. But…. This is a ginned up scandal witch hunt directed by Republicans against noble Democrats just trying to do their job!

/ lib free and company

Vanceone on January 15, 2014 at 10:44 AM

“Quick!! We another squirrel!!!”
/MSM

Bitter Clinger on January 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM

And heads will roll… NOT!!!

Walter L. Newton on January 15, 2014 at 10:47 AM

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Chris of Rights on January 15, 2014 at 10:47 AM

What difference, at this point, does it make?

Chris of Rights on January 15, 2014 at 10:47 AM

You cannot defend against a spontaneous protest because Congress……..next question.

- Official administration response.

antipc on January 15, 2014 at 10:48 AM

We’ve never really come up with a cool name for this scandal.

Flange on January 15, 2014 at 10:48 AM

So it wasn’t that video that got the muzzies in a tizzy after all?

Hillary has blood on her Cankles.

SparkPlug on January 15, 2014 at 10:49 AM

“Quick!! We another squirrel!!!”
/MSM

Bitter Clinger on January 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Bridgegate!

Ward Cleaver on January 15, 2014 at 10:51 AM

The report also states that 15 people supporting/assisting the FBI investigation in Benghazi have been killed in Benghazi…

workingclass artist on January 15, 2014 at 10:51 AM

BenghaziGate happened on 911. Hillary is the most useless SOS ever.

SparkPlug on January 15, 2014 at 10:52 AM

We’ve never really come up with a cool name for this scandal.

Flange on January 15, 2014 at 10:48 AM

great bumper stickers though!

obama lied, 4 died

renalin on January 15, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Who cares? Don’t you all know that Chris Christie held up traffic… that’s all that matters to the press…

Washington Fancy on January 15, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Bwhahahahahahhahaha

what’s that Marines motto….Nemo Resideo….. Yeah Right

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 15, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Ill-prepared for the 11th anniversary of 9-11-01

Incompetent liars and idiots – Obama, Biden, Clinton, Panetta, Donilon, Rice, et al

matthew8787 on January 15, 2014 at 10:58 AM

We’ve never really come up with a cool name for this scandal. Flange on January 15, 2014 at 10:48 AM

I dunno, “Benghazi” has the benefit of being unique among scandals, being a foreign word and all, and it fits well as Hillary Benghazi Clinton.

So, I’m willing to go with it as is. I just wish Boehner were as concerned about it as he is with securing amnesty for illegal aliens.

Akzed on January 15, 2014 at 10:58 AM

“The Butcher of Benghazi” is the only title Hillary should have.

Saverio on January 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM

The lefties on other sites are laughing.. there’s no there there….Hillary will win in a landslide.

I don’t think those lefty reporters are telling them everything

cmsinaz on January 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM

So it wasn’t that video that got the muzzies in a tizzy after all?

Hillary has blood on her Cankles.

SparkPlug on January 15, 2014 at 10:49 AM

No, but we imprisoned a man (admittedly a scumbag) without cause and without trial for it for a year.

Chris of Rights on January 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM

I dunno, “Benghazi” has the benefit of being unique among scandals, being a foreign word and all, and it fits well as Hillary Benghazi Clinton.

Akzed on January 15, 2014 at 10:58 AM

That’s true, but someone once dismissed Fast and Furious as a fake scandal with a cool name. I’d like to nominate Barbarians-at-the-Gate.

Flange on January 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Let’s not forget two aspects to this tragedy:

1. The MSM, when it really mattered, landed on Romney, not Obama, for this terrorist attack. They propped up Obama again weeks later by Candy Crowley at the debate with her disgraceful assist.

2. Obama and Clinton both spit on the flag-draped caskets of the dead returning to Andrews, pontificating about a video they knew to be a blatant lie.

The ends justifies the means with these people, nothing matters but their being in power.

matthew8787 on January 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM

SO?! Tell me, what exactly are the spineless, feckless Repukes in Congress going to DO ABOUT IT?

I’ll answer that.

They’ll do NOTHING. And Obamism and Killary know it.

Because everyone knows, impeachment is not only off the table, but it’s no where to be seen in Washington.

Meople on January 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM

just another war on wimmin’, why must Hillary continue to be needlessly targeted?

DanMan on January 15, 2014 at 11:04 AM

No, but we imprisoned a man (admittedly a scumbag) without cause and without trial for it for a year.

Chris of Rights on January 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Even scumbags have constitutional rights. Is this guy still in prison?

anybody heard from the ACLU on this matter?

matthew8787 on January 15, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Don’t blame me
-obama

cmsinaz on January 15, 2014 at 11:05 AM

The report also states that 15 people supporting/assisting the FBI investigation in Benghazi have been killed in Benghazi…

workingclass artist on January 15, 2014 at 10:51 AM

…there’s a lesson!

KOOLAID2 on January 15, 2014 at 11:05 AM

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U.S. Defense Secy says attack that killed U.S. ambassador to Libya was carried out by terrorist group
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http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/us-consulate-attacked-in-libya/

canopfor on December 30, 2013 at 11:29 PM

canopfor on January 15, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Libya
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canopfor on December 30, 2013 at 11:31 PM

canopfor on January 15, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Bipartisan Senate report blames Obama administration for not preventing Benghazi attack

I heard it was a video that caused it. Damn that video. Damn it to hell.

/Islam would be so nice if people would JUST STOP SLANDERING THE PROPHET SO MUCH

Paul-Cincy on January 15, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Lefties are claiming that Hillary didn’t blame it on the video while standing next to the caskets…. is this true? Did Obama?

cmsinaz on January 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Yeah Koolaid2 it is a lesson…

in days of yore the systematic murder of witnesses and people assisting an FBI investigation would be called a coverup…

workingclass artist on January 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Lefties are claiming that Hillary didn’t blame it on the video while standing next to the caskets…. is this true? Did Obama?

cmsinaz on January 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM

That’s exactly what she did. If you can’t tell the truth under those circumstances …

/I swear it’s true! I swear it on my mother’s grave!

Paul-Cincy on January 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

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Chris of Rights on January 15, 2014 at 10:47 AM

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Keep it up, Chris’. I haven’t seen nonpartisan around for a few days, now.

listens2glenn on January 15, 2014 at 11:14 AM

The report also accuses the WH of obstruction and Patrick Kennedy of shielding the WH from congressional oversight…

Just what exactly does it take to impeach this fascist occupying the WH?

workingclass artist on January 15, 2014 at 11:14 AM

cmsinaz on January 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Sean Smith’s mother said at her sons service both susan rice and hillary told her it was the video.

renalin on January 15, 2014 at 11:15 AM

The bombshell here isn’t the blame — it’s that the blame is bipartisan.

I gotta feeling that Hillary’s enemies list is about to grow exponentially.

Bitter Clinger on January 15, 2014 at 11:18 AM

cmsinaz on January 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM

I watched that live, and I believe they BOTH declared they would not rest until they punished the creator(s) of that demonic video.

pambi on January 15, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Paul…I didn’t see it so I don’t know what happened

Thanks Renalin

cmsinaz on January 15, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Killary should be editing her “list” from prison right now.

Meople on January 15, 2014 at 11:20 AM

As usual, the film maker who actually went to jail re this debacle, one Nakoula Basseley Nakoula - does not warrant a mention.

karra on January 15, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Senate and House should start demanding answers from Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta, and David Petraeus in light of this report.

Please! Does anyone believe that the stonewalling and lying will end because of a Senate report? Does anyone believe that NBC,CBS ABC, CNN, NYTimes, WashPost, will now prominently accuse the Obama administration of not telling the truth on Benghazi?

What you will hear from the MSM is crickets chirping, what you will hear from the administration is continued refusal to accept ANY responsibility.

pilsener on January 15, 2014 at 11:20 AM

that nonsensical stuff sure can get a lot of traction here sometimes.

verbaluce on January 14, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 15, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Can we now put this behind us and get on with working for the American people?

Jackson on January 15, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Thanks pambi……

Lefties are delusional… should have known

cmsinaz on January 15, 2014 at 11:23 AM

But we’re talking about traffic on a busy bridge and its implications for Republicans in 2016.

/msm

Punchenko on January 15, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Can we now put this behind us and get on with working for the American people?

Jackson on January 15, 2014 at 11:22 AM

The only thing that is going to help the American people is removing as many Democrats/leftists from power as possible.

Punchenko on January 15, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Too bad the media won’t have room for this because of the amount of time/space devoted to important stuff, like Bridgegate.

bw222 on January 15, 2014 at 11:25 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K10ioQdEv80&feature=youtube_gdata_player

The Hill claims the vid @ around the 6min mark.

pambi on January 15, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Thank you Pambi!!

cmsinaz on January 15, 2014 at 11:33 AM

New Study makes Shocking discovery:

How religion cuts crime: Church-goers are less likely to shoplift, take drugs and download music illegally

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2539100/How-religion-cuts-crime-Attending-church-makes-likely-shoplift-drugs-download-music-illegally.html#ixzz2qUAbxsSP

davidk on January 15, 2014 at 11:33 AM

The scumhag, who goes by Hillary, has lots of blood on her hands.

She lied, with the caskets behind her. That will be her 2016 backdrop.

Schadenfreude on January 15, 2014 at 11:34 AM

I got two good names for it, since the Senate tells us lousy security and lazy management were the problem. Been-Lazi or Been-Lousy….

NavyDavy on January 15, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Unstinkingbelievable she really did blame it on the video then and there

cmsinaz on January 15, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Hopefully the gop candidate will use this against her

cmsinaz on January 15, 2014 at 11:36 AM

This writer cow – see the highlights of the article and the comments.

Schadenfreude on January 15, 2014 at 11:36 AM

I got two good names for it, since the Senate tells us lousy security and lazy management were the problem. Been-Lazi or Been-Lousy….

NavyDavy on January 15, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Four people died.
Hillary lied.

OR

Hillary lied.
Four people died.

Works either way.

Paul-Cincy on January 15, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Before this admin took office I was a reasonable human being who didn’t believe in conspiracy theories. That was then, this is now. Here’s my theory. I believe that now that the Dems have realized that they only ever need to nominate a black or Hispanic with no long history behind them for POTUS they know that person will be teflon. A black or Hispanic in today’s America cannot be criticized, impeached, or censured because RACIST! Since Killary is neither black nor Hispanic and has a history to run on they want to discard her like last weeks garbage. Thus the reason this report was bi-partisan. It’s a way to tarnish her and damage her run in 2016. Sorry to go all Oliver Stone on y’all but I look behind any bi-partisan stuff these days. The only trustworthy Dem is a dead Dem so I’m constantly questioning their motives.

neyney on January 15, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Does anyone believe that NBC,CBS ABC, CNN, NYTimes, WashPost, will now prominently accuse the Obama administration of not telling the truth on Benghazi? What you will hear from the MSM is crickets chirping…

pilsener on January 15, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Has any evidence surfaced that Obama ordered some lane closures in Benghazi? If so, we might get the press interested in this.

SacredFire on January 15, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Unstinkingbelievable she really did blame it on the video then and there

cmsinaz on January 15, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Yup, I vividly remember throwing sox at the TV .. was folding laundry, and yelling at them, too.

pambi on January 15, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Since the Dems control all the Senate committees, i’ve got to believe that some of them don’t give a rat’s ass about hillary and wanted the truth out. As much as I generally can’t stand them, I’ve to give them kudos for this.

Ta111 on January 15, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Of course we were/are unprepared. We are led by an American Idol contestant.

rightConcept on January 15, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Lefties are claiming that Hillary didn’t blame it on the video while standing next to the caskets…. is this true? Did Obama?

cmsinaz on January 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Clinton and Obama were clearer in the immediate aftermath than they were later.

Clinton

9/11/12 Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet

9/12/12 Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior, along with the protest that took place at our Embassy in Cairo yesterday, as a response to inflammatory material posted on the internet.

Obama

9/12/12 Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None. The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts.

And perhaps the biggest lies of all from Clinton:

9/12/12 But we must be clear-eyed, even in our grief. This was an attack by a small and savage group – not the people or Government of Libya. Everywhere Chris and his team went in Libya, in a country scarred by war and tyranny, they were hailed as friends and partners. And when the attack came yesterday, Libyans stood and fought to defend our post. Some were wounded. Libyans carried Chris’ body to the hospital, and they helped rescue and lead other Americans to safety. And last night, when I spoke with the President of Libya, he strongly condemned the violence and pledged every effort to protect our people and pursue those responsible.

Obama would go on to blame the video in his 2012 UN Speech:

That is what we saw play out the last two weeks, as a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world. I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video, and I believe its message must be rejected by all who respect our common humanity. It is an insult not only to Muslims, but to America as well – for as the city outside these walls makes clear, we are a country that has welcomed people of every race and religion. We are home to Muslims who worship across our country. We not only respect the freedom of religion – we have laws that protect individuals from being harmed because of how they look or what they believe. We understand why people take offense to this video because millions of our citizens are among them.

And the US paid $100K for ads condemning that video.

Bottom line, there is no doubt that Clinton and Obama were blaming the videos when they spoke to the survivors.

Happy Nomad on January 15, 2014 at 11:51 AM

US consulate attacked in Libya, Sept. 11, 2012
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Sen Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.,

says time will show Benghazi, Libya,

attack to be the

‘greatest cover-up in history’
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– @WCronkite
end of bulletin
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http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on January 15, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Time for another PIVOT!

GarandFan on January 15, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Le Oops Sumpins:

United States Navy
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Acting Navy Undersecretary Robert Martinage resigns under pressure, sources confirm – @NavyTimes
read more on navytimes.com
===========================

Navy’s acting No. 2 official forced out
Jan. 15, 2014 – 10:57AM
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http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140115/NEWS05/301150009

canopfor on January 15, 2014 at 11:59 AM

The committee determined that the U.S. military command in Africa didn’t know about the CIA annex and didn’t have the resources to defend the diplomatic compound in an emergency.

BS! They knew about it, and they did have the resources. They’re going to try and tell me that somehow that one place on this earth was positioned just in the right place that they couldn’t assist them if they were attacked? Give me a fucking break!

Patriot Vet on January 15, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Time for another PIVOT!

GarandFan on January 15, 2014 at 11:56 AM

GarandFan:Hopey is Pivoty as I type:)
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Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 15m

Pres Obama now at Vacon, a manufacturer of electrical equipment. It’s one of the companies in his program to boost US manufacturing.

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 6h

Heading to Raleigh for Pres Obama’s speech today on expanding manufacturing.

canopfor on January 15, 2014 at 12:01 PM

And they all lived happily ever after except for the ones that got murdered.
The End.

albill on January 15, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Well, since were on Military related:

White House
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White House updates Conventional Arms Transfer Policy – @WhiteHouse
read more on whitehouse.gov
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For Immediate Release
January 15, 2014
Presidential Policy Directive — United States Conventional Arms Transfer Policy

January 15, 2014

PRESIDENTIAL POLICY DIRECTIVE/PPD-27

SUBJECT: United States Conventional Arms Transfer Policy

Conventional weapons have continued to play a decisive role in armed conflict in the early 21st century and will remain legitimate instruments for the defense and security policy of responsible nations for the foreseeable future. In the hands of hostile or irresponsible state and non-state actors, however, these weapons can exacerbate international tensions, foster instability, inflict substantial damage, enable transnational organized crime, and be used to violate universal human rights. Therefore, global conventional arms transfer patterns have significant implications for U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, and the U.S. policy for conventional arms transfer has an important role in shaping the international security environment.

United States conventional arms transfer policy supports transfers that meet legitimate security requirements of our allies and partners in support of our national security and foreign policy interests. At the same time, the policy promotes restraint, both by the United States and other suppliers, in transfers of weapons systems that may be destabilizing or dangerous to international peace and security.

Goals of U.S. Conventional Arms Transfer Policy
(More…………………..)
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http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/15/presidential-policy-directive-united-states-conventional-arms-transfer-p

canopfor on January 15, 2014 at 12:03 PM

The bombshell here isn’t the blame — it’s that the blame is bipartisan. Normally in these circumstances, a Congressional committee looking into the activities of a current administration will split into partisan conclusions, especially if it’s critical at all. Not this time:

That can only mean that the Democrats couldn’t come up with any angle at all to protect Obama and Hillary from all criticism.

If they had any fig leaf at all, they would have defended this administration to the death, and worked with the media to destroy all critics.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Le Oops Sumpins:

United States Navy
59s
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Acting Navy Undersecretary Robert Martinage resigns under pressure, sources confirm – @NavyTimes
read more on navytimes.com
===========================

Navy’s acting No. 2 official forced out
Jan. 15, 2014 – 10:57AM
***********************

http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140115/NEWS05/301150009

canopfor on January 15, 2014 at 11:59 AM

The purge continues.

Murphy9 on January 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM

The bombshell here isn’t the blame — it’s that the blame is bipartisan. Normally in these circumstances, a Congressional committee looking into the activities of a current administration will split into partisan conclusions, especially if it’s critical at all. Not this time:

That can only mean that the Democrats couldn’t come up with any angle at all to protect Obama and Hillary from all criticism.

If they had any fig leaf at all, they would have defended this administration to the death, and worked with the media to destroy all critics.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM

BTW, now you know why the report was “long-delayed.” Delay was the best they could do to try to dilute the report without looking like complete fools.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 15, 2014 at 12:08 PM

We’ve never really come up with a cool name for this scandal.

Flange on January 15, 2014 at 10:48 AM

There is a little known concept in physics that covers this.

The Hillary Topple Effect.

jpcpt03 on January 15, 2014 at 12:11 PM

The committee determined that the U.S. military command in Africa didn’t know about the CIA annex and didn’t have the resources to defend the diplomatic compound in an emergency.

Did they ask about Adm. Charles Gaouette? He was relieved because he launched jets to support the consulate. The article says it was for “inappropriate leadership judgement”, but that isn’t the real reason.

Patriot Vet on January 15, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Gee, a committee agreed to convene and really look into deciding to make a decision that may be enforced at some point, maybe.

This is all fine and good, but WHAT WILL ACTUALLY BE DONE ABOUT IT? When will actual people, with names and stuff, be punished for it?

Name names, file charges, and use said charges to cause those charged to roll over on the other guilty parties. Ya know, like any other criminal investigation. I wanna see jail time, firings and pension losses, or it means jack shiat.

Saltyron on January 15, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Just what exactly does it take to impeach this fascist occupying the WH?

workingclass artist on January 15, 2014 at 11:14 AM

You need to make him uncool in the eyes of his supporters. I can’t imagine that happening. I’m depressed.

His presidency is all about cult of personality. He needs to be replaced with some other shiny object.

freedomfirst on January 15, 2014 at 12:14 PM

This is all fine and good, but WHAT WILL ACTUALLY BE DONE ABOUT IT? When will actual people, with names and stuff, be punished for it?

To paraphrase our awesomely awesome former Secretary of State, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

Congress needs to do everything to ensure that she never becomes President.

Steve Z on January 15, 2014 at 12:21 PM

I understand that Hillary Clinton’s name was never mentioned in this report. Bipartisan, my butt.

savage24 on January 15, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Killary’s enemies list got a lot longer this morning…

workingclass artist on January 15, 2014 at 12:23 PM

NY Times just ran its first story on this Fake Scandal, about 40 minutes ago:

A stinging report by the Senate Intelligence Committee released Wednesday concluded that the attack 16 months ago that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, could have been prevented, and blames both American diplomats and the C.I.A. for poor communication and lax security during the weeks leading up to the deadly episode.

-snip-

The report does not address this issue in detail. But it is unsparing in its criticism of the State Department for failing to provide adequate security at the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, first American facility to be attacked that night and where J. Christopher Stevens, the American ambassador, died.

Sound of crickets-absolutely no comments.

Oh, and not once in the NYT article is the name “Hillary Clinton” mentioned. Dr. Goebbels would approve.

Del Dolemonte on January 15, 2014 at 12:24 PM

I understand that Hillary Clinton’s name was never mentioned in this report. Bipartisan, my butt.

savage24 on January 15, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Read it yourself.

85 page pdf, some parts are blacked out.

Del Dolemonte on January 15, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Thanks HN

Shameful and yet the lsm especially candy will protect her

cmsinaz on January 15, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Let’s put this together. The State Department, run by Hillary Clinton, and the CIA, run independently by David Petraeus under DNI James Clapper, didn’t coordinate efforts to safeguard the consulate. The DoD under Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta didn’t provide readiness to respond. The common point of leadership among these agencies is … President Barack Obama. That is where the blame lies, and it’s striking that the Senate’s bipartisan report makes that argument, even if indirectly.

Ed, I’ve said this before in other Benghazi threads, there was already a long standing order for the DoD to protect ALL consulates or posts. All that was needed was for the senior civil servant to request it from any combatant commander, and they should have assisted. No President, SecDef or SecState to go through. For the life of me I have no idea why this hasn’t been brought up.

US embassies and consulates are required to have EAPs for the area under their cognizance. The ambassador is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of EAPs, one section of which addresses the military evacuation of US citizens and designated foreign nationals. The GCC is responsible for reviewing and commentingonEAPs. EAPsarenottacticaloperationplansinthe sense that military planners think of, but they are the reference materials thatsupporttheformulationofanoperationplan. TheCCDRshould review the adequacy of the EAP to support military operations. A copy of the current EAP should be on file and maintained at the appropriate CCDR’s headquarters (HQ).

c. Uncertain Environment. An operational environment in which host government forces, whether opposed or receptive to the NEO, do not have total effective control of the HN territory and population. Because of the uncertainty, the JFC may elect to reinforce the evacuation force with additional security units or a reaction force. Approved ROE are disseminated early to ensure that the joint force has knowledge of and is sufficiently trained and proficient in application of the ROE. Planning for NEOs conducted in an uncertain environment must always include the possibility for escalation to a hostile environment.

d. Hostile Environment. Noncombatants may be evacuated under conditions ranging from civil disorder, to terrorist action, to full-scale combat. Under such conditions, the JTF must be prepared for a wide range of contingencies. The JFC may elect to deploy a sizable security element with the evacuation force or position a large reaction force, either with the evacuation force or at an intermediate staging base (ISB). In addition to normal functions associated with noncombatant evacuations (embarkation, transportation, medical, and services), the JTF may be required to conduct a forcible entry operation, establish defensive perimeters, escort convoys, participate in personnel recovery (PR) operations, and perform the screening of evacuees normally accomplished by DOS officials.

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/jp3-68.pdf

Patriot Vet on January 15, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Who cares? Don’t you all know that Chris Christie held up traffic… that’s all that matters to the press…

Washington Fancy on January 15, 2014 at 10:53 AM

If ex-Christie aide Bridget (no seriously, that’s her first name) Anne Kelly had had the right contacts in Benghazi, a well timed call to tie-up terrorist traffic leading to the U.S. compound might have been very useful. Or as Hillary would call it: security.

Barnestormer on January 15, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Bipartisan Senate report blames Obama administration for not preventing Benghazi attack

So who will be charged with criminal negligence in the 4 deaths that resulted?

paulsur on January 15, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Department of Defense Directive (DODD) 3025.14, Protection and Evacuation of US Citizens and Designated Aliens in Danger Areas Abroad, assigns the responsibility to plan and conduct NEOs in support of DOS to the GCCs. Actual evacuation assistance can only be provided upon the request of the Secretary of State (SECSTATE) to either the Secretary of Defense (SecDef) or the President. Once requested, approved, and directed; the CCDR will order assigned and/or attached forces to conduct evacuation operations in support of DOS and the US ambassador. The ambassador is not in the military chain of command, but as the senior US official on scene is responsible for the NEO and protection of US citizens, citizens of the HN, or TCNs who have been designated for evacuation. It is imperative that the ambassador’s evacuation plan and the JFC’s plan for the NEO be supportive, coordinated, and fully integrated.

b. MilitaryResponse. Normally, theJFCreceivesauthorizationfromthesupportedCCDR before using any forces and facilities in a foreign country for protection and evacuation. However, if a JFC receives a request from the ambassador or responsible US diplomatic representative to provide assistance and the delay in obtaining authorization would jeopardize the safety of US citizens, the JFC should respond to the extent deemed necessary and militarily feasible.

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/jp3-68.pdf

That is the part that is key. The Deputy Chief of Mission requested assistance from AFRICOM, but nine came. The acting General said that the forces were needed in Tripoli instead. For our military to say that assisting a US installation that is in the Mediterranean Sea can’t be done for almost 24 hours is preposterous!

Patriot Vet on January 15, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Special Prosecutor.

kcewa on January 15, 2014 at 12:45 PM

US State Department spokeswoman on Senate report on Benghazi, Libya, attack: ‘Our initial assessment is that in some it largely reaffirms the findings reached a year ago by the independent Benghazi Accountability Review Board’ – @NBCNews

kcewa on January 15, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Not with holder kcewa…..shameful

cmsinaz on January 15, 2014 at 12:50 PM

From the Weekly Standard:

The key language comes forty pages into the report:

“Individuals affiliated with terrorist groups, including AQIM, Ansar al-Sharia, AQAP, and the Mohammad Jamal Network, participated in the September 11, 2012, attacks.”

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) are both official branches of al Qaeda and have sworn allegiance to Ayman al Zawahiri, al Qaeda’s emir.

The Mohammad Jamal Network is run by an Egyptian who was trained by al Qaeda in the 1980s and has long been a subordinate to Zawahiri. Jamal was in direct contact with Zawahiri in 2011 and 2012. And, according to both the U.S. government and the United Nations, Jamal conspired with AQAP, AQIM, and al Qaeda’s senior leadership. Jamal, who was re-arrested by Egyptian authorities in late 2012, was seeking to establish his own official branch of al Qaeda.

kcewa on January 15, 2014 at 12:56 PM

That’s also why the administration seized on the YouTube video as the primary explanation for getting caught by surprise …

That and the fact the CIA was doing a little gun-running into Syria from Benghazi … but that’s another story.

Carnac on January 15, 2014 at 12:58 PM

A post-Benghazi report included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talk about ‘Low Profile’, what Obama called his ‘Libyan Foreign Policy’. Libya was a war zone, Al ‘9/11/01’ Qaeda had a strong/large and growing presence, and being a high-profile American in Libya at the time was dangerous. Obama’s policy included putting Americans on the ground in both Tripoli and Benghazi without appropriate security to protect them. Keeping a LOW PROFILE, he believed, would eliminate the need to have a ‘large’ security presence. Establishing a U.S. Embassy in Tripoli to participate in/be represented to ithe new transitioning Libyan government made perfect sense. If your plan was to maintain a Low Profile, however, why would there be a need for Americans anywhere else in Libya? Why would Ambassador Stevens need an Embassy in Tripoli AND a ‘compound’ elsewhere?

This is where Obama’s ulterior motive, his secondary purpose for having Americans in Libya came in. The REASON the U.S. military knew nothing about the ‘compound’ in Benghazi was because NO ONE outside of Obama’s administration knew about Americans being in Benghazi because those Americans were CIA operatives running a secret weapons-running operation to Islamic Extremists/jihadists in Syria. ‘Low Profile’ meant not even the military, who are responsible for guarding U.S. Embassies, were made aware of the compound and Americans working out of there. ‘Low Profile’ meant private security firms were not hired to protect Americans in Benghazi. To keep his secret CIA Op ‘secret’ Barack Obama & Hillary Clinton actually hired an AL QAEDA-associated Militia to protect Americans in Benghazi from…wait for it…AL QAEDA! This militia was 1-2 hours away from Benghazi, and they NEVER made it to the compound in time to help during the 2 previous attacks on the compound before the fatal one on 9/11. One month out from that fatal attack the militia actually informed The State Department they would no longer protect Ambassador Stevens. (This was approximately the time Intel began hearing about a Middle East-wide plan to launch attacks against American Embassies on the Anniversary of 9/11. No one was smart enough to put the 2 events together…and Ambassador Stevens’ request for additional security was denied.

Intel had reports that an Al Qaeda leader was calling for an attack of the compound in Benghazi and Stevens’ death. The new President Of Libya warned the State Department about rumors regarding this same plan. The warnings were ignored. Two previous terrorist attacks were conducted on the compound, the last one leaving a 4-foot hole in the compound wall. After both attacks Obama/Hillary rejected his requests for more security. After the militia quit Stevens requested additional security, and they rejected his request. Days before he died Stevens warned that if a 3rd coordinated attack was conducted HE WOULD DIE! His request for additional security was once again denied…Obama’s secret gun-running op, after all, had to be kept secret.

It was Barack Obama’s plan, this ‘Low Profile’ policy to run a secret gun-running op out of Benghazi and to refuse to provide required – adequate – security to ensure the Op was kept secret. Obama handed over the responsibility of running the State Department and the responsibility of protecting American Ambassadors and Americans abroad over to the 2016 Presidential Candidate, Hillary Clinton. This was an ‘interview’…an opportunity for Hillary to prove if she was capable of running the State Department then she was capable of running the country. She had argued, after all, that she was the only candidate in 2008 able to answer that late night phone call when America was in trouble. Instead Hillary proved she was incompetent, inept, that she was incapable of answering the phone, that if that call came in she could not be found, let alone do anything about it…that Americans could not rely on her. TO THIS DAY AMERICANS HAVE NO IDEA WHERE OBAMA & HILLARY WERE ON THAT DAY. With mock anger, Hillary bellowed before Congress regarding the reason Americans in Benghazi were attacked and murdered on her watch, a watch on which she was AWOL, “What does it matter?”

That question has now been answered: Obama willingly sacrificed American lives in order to conduct a secret gun-running operation carried out by the CIA to Islamic Extremists in Syria. Hillary proved to be unwilling to stand up to a President willing to accept the risk of having Americans killed so he could carry out and keep this operation secret. Instead she became an accomplice in the deaths of those Americans, to include the 1st Ambassador in over 30 years to be murdered…on her watch. In a moment of leadership tested Chris Christie said it best – “If it happens on my watch it is my fault.” In such a moment Hillary participated in the cover-up and screamed, “What does it matter?” Why does it matter, Hillary? Because you just demonstrated that as President you would have no problem putting Americans lives in danger, that you would have no problem allowing Americans to die (especially for an illegal operation), and having participated in Obama’s scandal cover-up that you would do the same in your own administration in a heartbeat, that ‘accountability’ is NOT something you want anything to do with.

easyt65 on January 15, 2014 at 1:08 PM

blink on January 15, 2014 at 1:04 PM

We’ve been down this road before. You are wrong. Sorry. All you have to do is read the directive.

Patriot Vet on January 15, 2014 at 1:09 PM

By the way, I support all efforts to find out what Obama did to facilitate the military’s involvement. Obama has admitted that he basically told SECDEF and CIA to try to help and then went to bed. Knowing that an attack was occurring, he should have been up and pushing assistance from the top down. In these situations, pushes from the President can cut response times dramatically.

blink on January 15, 2014 at 1:09 PM

That is the whole reason for the directive, blink. So response times are cut if lives are in danger, and they were.

Are you saying that the NEO directive is wrong?

Patriot Vet on January 15, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Where are the subpoena’s?

At some point, the House GOP leadership has to stop just talking and start taking action against the feckless, shameless, and blameshifting of the Obama Administration…not just with this scandal, but the other major scandals that aren’t pursued.

Is the House GOP leadership that afraid of being castigated by the Obama sycophants in the lapdog media? Haven’t they learned that by being Republicans, it is all they need to be castigated come election time?

Watergate was a failed third rate burglary of the DNC HQ, seeking to get inside info prior to an election that was one of the biggest landslides in US history – that was doggedly pursued by 2 reporters and resulted in the fall of a US President and the discrediting / imprisonment of numerous staffers.

No one died because of Watergate.

Here, we have an Administration and its senior officials whose fecklessness resulted in the death of 4 Americans, including the first US Ambassador murdered in 30 years, and embarked on a massive cover-up / blame-shift in order to minimize their fecklessness during a Presidential re-election campaign.

4 Died because of this Administration’s fecklessness.

Their families were brazenly lied to.
The American people were brazenly lied to.
Their deaths were preventable.
But politics, and political optics, took precedence.

No one, except the victims and their families, have paid any price.

Shameful.

Athos on January 15, 2014 at 1:21 PM

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