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Benghazi Report: White House Negligence Or Incompetence?

Courtesy: US State Department
February 11, 2014

A new report put out by the Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee demonstrates that the White House was either aware and ignored or failed to realize the reprehensible security conditions on the ground in Libya prior to the attack on the US Embassy in September 2012.  The new report goes into vivid details of the lax security at the embassy and the moves, or lack of moves, taken by the administration in the lead up to the attack.


The White House either failed to recognize or ignored the unraveling security situation in Libya ahead of the attacks there in September 2012, according to a scathing report by Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee.

The report’s findings, as relayed to reporters by committee aides ahead of its release on Tuesday, were sharply critical of the White House and Defense Department’s response to the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, which killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

The report also found that U.S. personnel stationed in Benghazi at the time of the attack were “vulnerable” because the White House did not direct a change in military force posture.

A senior committee aide described a “disconnect between the perception of the threat and the failure to make changes in terms of force posture.”