Leaders of the Accountability Review Board that investigated the failure in Benghazi, Libya, that led to the deaths of four Americans, including an ambassador and two SEALs, are testifying behind closed doors to members of Congress today.
An unclassified version of their report was released Tuesday.
The report blames the security failure at the American mission in Benghazi on a series of bureaucratic mistakes and mismanagement.
“Systematic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department resulted in a Special Mission security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place,” the report says.
But in what amounts to a one-two punch to the jaw of accountability and to Americans wanting real answers, the same report says that no particular bureaucrat failed in his duty and recommends no disciplinary action for anybody.
So according to the official investigation, the final word is everybody and nobody was responsible.
It was just one of those things, apparently.
Among the recommendations the panel makes to increase security in the future are: increasing spending on security, using our own Marines rather than local personnel, and having Congress approve funding for State Department security measures. (Might help if they passed a budget first.)
You can see why it took the capitol brain trust until after the election to put out this insightful report.
As far as the Libyans we were using, the report notes that they were on strike on September 11, protesting their pay and hours.
Let’s see. Union strike kills Americans in Libya. Here at home, union strike kills Hostess. Is this the State Department using a spin on the Twinkie defense?
Just how many different ways can this Administration’s actions scream “cover-up” before the lamestream media take Benghazi seriously?
To paraphrase Will Turner in the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie: At least once more, as always.