September 17, 2013 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – In a still developing story dealing with the Benghazi tragedy, the State Department is in the crosshairs due to a blistering critique of both its review of the matter which led to it taking no significant actions as well as State's failure to act to reinforce security - despite multiple and sometimes frantic requests - by Ambassador Stevens at the Benghazi Embassy, in the days leading up to the terrorist attack.
As Fox's Catherine Herridge reports:
"...The nearly 100-page report concludes that the State Department's internal…[review process on Benghazi, conducted by],,,the Accountability Review Board, or ARB -- was flawed…the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee alleges the board's probe was not comprehensive, its interviews were not thorough, and the investigation itself may have been damaged by conflicts of interest." [source, Catherine Herridge, Pamela Brown, State Department's Benghazi review let senior officials off the hook, report finds, Fox News]
The draft report specifically deals with the Administration's failure to provide adequate security and the sham investigation which State instituted in what seems another layer in Team Obama's cover-up of the Benghazi matter.
Given the way that Congress deferred to Mrs. Clinton during her single appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee it was clear from the beginning that Congress really had no stomach for connecting the dots in this matter.
Specifically we refer to Clinton's January 23, 2013 appearance and the Secretary's cavalier response to a question by Senator Ron Johnson [R-Wisconsin].
"…With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they'd they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?..." [source, John Nolte, Hillary on Libya: "What Difference Does It Make?", Breitbart]
While criticism of State's internal investigation [which everyone knew would be a sham in the first place] is certainly due we believe that the Senate Intel Committee is largely to blame for its letting Mrs. Clinton off the hook during her appearance.
So this appears to be typical DC politics, contrived outrage at a result which was already a foregone conclusion upon Hillary's fist-pumping, near hysterical dog-and-pony show.
Perhaps Issa's Committee will pursue this with some vigor, though looking at the Committee's willingness to allow AG Holder to stonewall them during the height of the gun running controversy does not inspire much hope.