Liberals say we’ve learned all there is to know about the debacle in Benghazi that left four Americans dead. Hillary Clinton, when questioned about the nature of the attack, asked “What difference does it make?” The lack of curiosity is remarkable, but the lack of accountability is disgraceful.
We learned via the Daily Beast’s Josh Rogin (without Rogin and Eli Lake there’d be no foreign policy investigative reporting): “Secretary of State John Kerry has determined that the four State Department officials placed on administrative leave by Hillary Clinton after the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi do not deserve any formal disciplinary action and has asked them to come back to work at the State Department starting Tuesday.”
This is undoubtedly the right decision, given that none of the four disciplined foreign service employees had real responsibility for the fiasco. Only one, Raymond Maxwell, was even in the Near East bureau.
But then even the Democrats must acknowledge that to date, no one has been held accountable for the serial missteps (losing track of the security situation in Benghazi, denying security requests, etc.) that resulted in the deaths.
The issue of who said what in the days following Benghazi has been largely answered. A whole bunch of administration officials including the president, who knew or should have known this was a terrorist attack, instead went with the story of a “spontaneous” attack instigated by an anti-Muslim video. We know who did it (Hillary Clinton, the president, Jay Carney, Susan Rice) and we pretty much know why (with the election less than two months away, the “al-Qaeda in shambles” boast was shattered).
So let’s finally focus on who it was that missed the boat on the Benghazi security situation and, now, how the Accountability Review Board managed to interview none of the political higher-ups and instead scapegoated the little guys at State. This includes the president and Clinton who were so proud that the Libyan war had been done “the right way” that they didn’t bother to keep track of the rise of al-Qaeda throughout North Africa.
No one in the White House has been queried on the Libya fiasco, nor has Clinton explained why she wasn’t tuned into the deteriorating security situation in Libya. And now with falsely accused foreign-service employees returned to their jobs, it is worth exploring who fingered them and why. When Congress returns that should be the focus of continued investigation.