The House Select Committee on Benghazi’s Republican members officially unveiled their 800-page report and findings about the terrible terrorist attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.
The report outlines serious lapses in judgment by the Obama administration, which include the following:
- No military assets were deployed to Benghazi, even after Obama and then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta ordered assets to be deployed there, which could have helped prevent the loss of American lives, as “the last two Americans were killed almost 8 hours after the attacks began.”
- One of the conditions for military deployment was that Libya “must agree to any deployment.”
- A quick-response military team, called Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST), sat on a plane in Rota, Spain for three hours and changed uniforms four times, which also illustrated how “none of the relevant military forces met their required deployment timelines.”
- The Libyan militia, which was tasked with escorting Americans from the CIA Annex to the city’s airport, “was not affiliated with any of the militias the CIA or State Department had developed a relationship with during the prior 18 months.” These militia members were former members of the Qaddafi regime.
- The blame-the-YouTube-video narrative was composed from references in five of the ten action items in a White House meeting the night of the attack. As the report points out, “No direct link or solid evidence existed connecting the attacks in Benghazi and the video.”
- “There was no mention of the video from the agents on the ground” in Benghazi or Tripoli.
- Internally, State Department official Jake Sullivan e-mailed Ben Rhodes and other administration officials before Obama’s Rose Garden speech on the attack, “We are not saying that the violence in Libya erupted ‘over inflammatory videos.’”
- State Department officials were floored by the Obama administration’s line that the terrorist attacks were “spontaneous” and due to protests over a YouTube video.
- CIA’s own intelligence assessment cited a protest in Benghazi, which happened a week before the terrorist attacks, which would eventually be used to pin the blame-the-YouTube-video narrative on an amateur filmmaker.
- By February 2012, “substantive reporting” was the excuse to not send more security personnel to Benghazi.
A month before the attack, Ambassador Stevens canceled a trip to Benghazi due to worsening security conditions and the Ramadan holiday.
In addition to this report, our own findings in our new Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi Report add to the reality that the Obama administration and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were negligent in protecting U.S. citizens and government personnel from a terrorist attack on the anniversary of September 11th. Four Americans are dead, and the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi agrees that accountability must be had to do them justice:
Glen Doherty. Tyrone Woods. Christopher Stevens. Sean Smith. Someone has to be held accountable for their deaths at the hands of radical Islamist terrorists.