Scathing Benghazi report: ‘Grounds for disciplinary recommendations’

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U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens

The unclassified portion of the Accountability Review Board’s report on the terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other diplomats on Sept. 11 was released late Tuesday evening.

The findings slammed the State Department for “systematic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” which left security measures in place that were “inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place,” reported the Associated Press. However, the report concluded, “that no individual official ignored or violated their duties and recommended no disciplinary action,” though it added, “poor performance by senior managers should be grounds for disciplinary recommendations in the future.”

Secretary of State Hilary Clinton was required by law to convene the board that was tasked with examining the facts and circumstances surrounding events in Benghazi before and during the attacks and to make recommendations to the State Department on how to improve security and prevent future attacks.

Ultimately, the report concluded what we already knew; there was no protest over a YouTube video outside the consulate. The board found that while there were no specific threats on that day, previous incidents in Benghazi “should have set off warning bells,” reported the Huffington Post.

According to CNN, the board determined the Bureau of Diplomatic Security had inadequate staff “despite repeated requests from Special Mission Benghazi and Embassy Tripoli for additional staffing.” It added there was a “‘lack of transparency, responsiveness, and leadership’ at the senior levels in Washington, Tripoli and Benghazi,” and discussed the “inexperienced U.S. personnel” and “poorly trained” Libyan forces who helped provide security at the Consulate. The report also pointed out that budget cuts led to “savings over security” which ultimately left the Consulate vulnerable to such attacks.

The board commended the courageousness of U.S. personnel on the ground in Benghazi that day, and addressed the question of why our military wasn’t called in saying, “There was simply not enough time for armed U.S. military assets to have made a difference.”

Sec. Clinton said she accepted all 29 recommendations the board made to “improve security at high-threat embassies and consulates,” and added the State Department has “already begun to implement some of the recommendations,” reported the AP.

Both the chairman of the review board, former Ambassador Thomas Pickering and the vice-chairman, former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will present their findings privately to the House and Senate committees on foreign affairs sometime on Wednesday.  On Thursday, two of Clinton’s deputies will appear in her place in public sessions before the same House and Senate committees. Clinton is unable to testify at this time due to a concussion and stomach virus she is recovering from.

You can read the Accountability Review Board’s report and Sec. Clinton’s letter to Congress regarding the report HERE.

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Janeen Capizola

"And though she be but little, she is fierce." And fun! This conservative-minded political junkie, mom of three, dancer and one-time NFL cheerleader holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science. Janeen@BizPacReview.com. Twitter: @JaneenBPR
About Janeen Capizola

"And though she be but little, she is fierce." And fun! This conservative-minded political junkie, mom of three, dancer and one-time NFL cheerleader holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science. Janeen@BizPacReview.com. Twitter: @JaneenBPR

  • Doug

    How can this report say No One ignored or violated their job duties?? But "in the future" this same action would be grounds for disciplinary action ? They list numerous issue's that were not dealt with and 4 people were murdered, Ray Charles could have seen this was coming, but the report says no one was at fault. They even say there was NO protest as stated by Clinton, Rice & Obama even thought it was a lie and these 3 knew it, but no one at fault for failing these Americans????

    • DELORIS

      The whole incident & a lot oif other things are a BIG COVER UP!!! They're playing govt.

  • dave

    it,s just not right along with other things.

  • James Condit

    Clinton has plenty of power on her own to get whatever she wanted. The failure is entirely hers.

  • Isabella, Tampa FL

    Just how many deaths are the Clintons responsible for now? None? How many embassy's have to be blown up? How many Americans have to die, not to mention foreign staff , how about 9/11 because Bill couldn't muster the courage to take on Al Quida? How many Israeli's alone have died because of they fascination with Arafat, regardless of his many Intafada's. I disagree that no one should be disciplined for this blunder. It's time Hilliary AND Obama were held accountable. They sicken me.

  • Dora Gourley

    Very disappointing. I am sure they will work this around to blaming Stevens for being there in the first place. Anything to clean their own skirts and nothing for the relief of this terrible wrong for the victims and the American people.

  • Janice Bashaw

    Plenty of people testified including soldiers on the ground that they repeatedly asked for help and were denied! Many excuses were made by Jay Carney as to why no one could get there in time while retired officers said it would have have possible to help these 4 Americans. Someone should be disciplined! And Hillary wants to be our next President?

  • Ed Rosenberg

    Worse than Watergate, no deaths there.

  • Bethaney Riley

    Ambassador Stevens knew too much. Therefore, Washington sent no support. Treason comes to mind!

  • GLORIA GAITHER

    IT IS ALL A COVER UP AND RICE HAS TO PAY THE PRICE FOR OBAMA AND CLINTON. IT IS A SICK GOVERNMENT THAT WON'T HOLD TO HONEST AND INTEGRITY. I HONESTLY BELIEVE THOSE THAT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE THE CLIMATE OF THE LIES OF THIS PRESIDENT THAT HOLDS NO QUALIFICATIONS AND IS DESTROYING THIS NATION IS JUST AS BAD.. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE CONGRESS. THEY WERE NOT VOTED IN TO SIT AND ALLOW THIS COUNTRY TO BE RUINED BY A LIAR,COMMUNIST,MUSLIM IDIOT. SHAME ON YOU FOR NOT STANDING UP TO A FALSE PRESIDENT.

  • Big Dem

    Totally predictable. Obama is laughing at America and thumbing his nose at all of us, completely content he can ignore the law, morality and accountability because he has so thoroughly conned us all, with great assistance from the US press. If you had any hope there would be a fair and truthful report, I marvel at your naive optimism. Obama is as close to a dictator as we have seen, but I fear the worst is yet to come. The more he gets away with, the bolder he becomes. Hide your guns and money: Obama's coming for everything that gives you independence and freedom.