Thursday, June 30, 2016

Benghazi Report

For John, BLUFHere are the high points and they are bothersome.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Seven key findings in the Benghazi report

This is from The Hill, and Reporter Julian Hattem, the evening of 28 June.

The seven:

  • Stevens wanted to make the Benghazi facility permanent
  • The military never got moving
  • Troops changed clothes four times
  • YouTube video dominated White House meeting
  • Americans were transported by Gadhafi loyalists
  • Clinton blamed terrorists in private
  • Rice went 'off the reservation'
I would note that the Report says the President, and the Secretary of Defense, ordered forces moved to the point of crisis.  Subordinates did not act on that direction.  It reminds me of President Truman's quip about Dwight D Eisenhower as President:
He’ll sit here, and he’ll say, ‘Do this!  Do that!’  And nothing will happen.  Poor Ike—it won’t be a bit like the Army.  He’ll find it very frustrating.
The other thing is that all this time I had thought that Ms Susan Rice was sent out to the weekend news shows with direction to blame the Videographer.  Perhaps not.

Regards  —  Cliff

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