Independent Review Blames “Systemic Failures” & “Leadership Deficiencies” at State Dept for Benghazi Consulate Attack

BREAKING NEWS:  So much for any presidential aspirations Hillary Clinton may be entertaining for 2016. An independent review of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that claimed the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, cites “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” at high levels of the State Department.

New York Times:  The investigation into the attacks on the diplomatic mission and the C.I.A. annex in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others also faulted State Department officials in Washington for ignoring requests from officials at the American Embassy in Tripoli for more guards and safety upgrades to the mission.

The panel also blamed American intelligence officials for  relying too much on specific warnings of imminent attacks, which they did not have in the case of Benghazi, rather than basing assessments more broadly on a deteriorating security environment.  By this spring, Benghazi, a hotbed of militant activity in eastern Libya, had experienced a string of assassinations, an attack on a British envoy’s motorcade and the explosion of a bomb outside the American Mission.

Finally, the report also blamed two major State Department bureaus — Diplomatic Security and Near Eastern Affairs — for failing to coordinate and plan adequate security at the mission. The panel also determined that a number of officials had shown poor leadership.

“Systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus,” the report said, “resulted in special mission security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place.”

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 Independent Review Blames Systemic Failures & Leadership Deficiencies at State Dept for Benghazi Consulate Attack
Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.
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    “Just the facts ma’am”.

    You don’t see the pattern of your reporting, do you?

    No one will accuse you of “NOT” reporting news that is detrimental to your ideological proclivities Janet (violence within the Black community or information about the United States Government – while Obama is in office).

    Your problem is your EDITORIALIZING and your absence of such.

    Like clockwork when there is a “right-wing” subject on display (Or whatever you would label George Zimmerman – the lifelong Democrat) you pour on a marinade of editorial commentary to let everyone know your sentiments.

    With the story above – where people died due to security lapses – your greater goal of not doing anything to weaken Obama in the face of the “American right wing attacks” IS A SUPERIOR interest to you.
    Thus your REPORT above.

    Don’t worry – WHEN Sean Hannity speaks on this issue, Janet – THEN you are going to dig into your archive and remind us that “When George W Bush’s security was out of alignment – planes flew into the World Trade Center”.

    This renders you as a COMBATANT against the RIGHT-WING EFFERVESCENT GHOST rather than a MUCKRAKER FOR THE PEOPLE, defining the PEOPLE’S interests – regardless of who is in the seat of power.

    What is the harm in setting out PRINCIPLED POSITIONS that do not change based upon who is in office and being the VOICE OF THE PEOPLE rather than of the PROGRESSIVES and OBAMA? Are you really helping to develop a BLACK COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE CULTURE with what you are doing now?

    What happens when the RIGHT WING is put out of power – like in Atlanta or Chicago?