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And now it'll all go away. Sadly we'll never know the truth of what really happened. Why no testimony from the people who were saved?
The failures have been obvious from the outset, but the recommendations read like a classic case of 20/20 hindsight. The root of the problem, not mentioned in the report, is an arrogance at the State Department that prevents integrated planning (with DoD especially) for forceful anticipation of worst case scenarios. We have had too many of these events going back a couple of decades. The government (not just the State Department) needs to start with a clean sheet of paper approach that forces State to anticipate possible (not "likely") threats, and the appropriate responses. Somehow the Russians and Israelis (among others) have largely avoided highly publicized fiascos wherein embassy personnel are kidnapped or murdered in ways that could have been avoided with a prudent approach to security. We need to learn how to do this. No more amateur hour. To reinforce the seriousness of these matters future responsibility for security needs to be put squarely at a level that forces the President to have some skin in the game. One can argue that such flaws as exist in our security schemes are below the level that the President ought to be concerned about in detail. Nevertheless, the dodging of responsibility for Benghazi by the White House has been an unseemly spectacle that I'm sure we don't want to repeat.
The real "gross deficiency" lies with the mainstream media, which imposed a total news blackout on Benghazi for two months prior to the election.
Could Obama have been reelected if the MSM had approached Benghazi with the same zeal that demonstrated in Watergate? It's a fair question, and the MSM's self-imposed silence indicates that they took it seriously.
Imagine if this debacle had occurred on a Republican president's watch. The MSM would have ripped into this story like a pack of starving hyenas.
When presented with the opportunity to directly question Obama on Benghazi, the MSM acted like a bunch of tweenies at a Justin Bieber concert.
The MSM has heard the dog whistle: Now that the "independent panel" has released its findings, nothing more will be reported on Benghazi.
Boy this story could not have been buried by this paper and no doubt nation-wide quick enough? I guess the majority who voted for our president don't really want to know the truth? Small potatoes to them it appears.
Ten attacks on U. S. Embassies or consulates during Bush's regime with over 50 people killed. Not one demand by the GOP congress for an investigation. Any explanations? Anyone? The right is just trying to create a scandal in a scandal-free administration. Good luck. Americans already know that the administration had no fault in this mob attack. They showed us decisively in November.
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