McParland: Bungling and comically inadequate security produced the tragedy in Benghazi (6)

An armed man waves his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on September 11, 2012.

A report by an independent panel on the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, probably won’t do anything to dissuade conspiracy theorists or Obama-critics who insist the U.S. president misled Americans about the attack out of fear it would hurt his re-election campaign. But it makes fascinating – even page-turning – reading, particularly in a timeline that lays out step-by-step the sudden attack and ensuing efforts to defend Ambassador Chris Stevens and others trapped in the compound.

The panel was headed by Retired Ambassador Thomas Pickering and a former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Adm. Mike Mullen, who studied thousands of pages of cables and other documents, hours of video and intelligence and interviewed more than 100 people, including survivors. The key findings are somewhat astonishing, given the date, the location and the background of the situation. While U.S. security personnel and government officials responded quickly and often courageously, the picture painted is of a grossly under-defended mission in an incredibly dangerous area that relied on inadequate intelligence and suffered from State Department bungling. Some key points it makes:

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See Also:

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  • FredR

    Obama seems to be making a habit of throwing mid-level government employees under the bus when it comes to saving his political bacon: think of Fast & Furious; think of the Benghazi staff he was willing to sacrifice, above and beyond the “ambassador”; and now it’s time to find suitable scapegoats in the State Department. Want to bet that school boards, police services, or some bureaucracy somewhere will bear the brunt of the blame for the recent shootings? Count on it: it’s his SOP.

    Tragedies caused by the failure of government …. which, of course, can only be cured by more government. At least that’s the cover story.

    Obama had better beware; Washington – in fact, all governments – are not run by their leaders. They’re run by faceless armies of bureaucrats, toiling in the shadows to execute edicts from above, both noble and asinine. Bureaucracies mostly suffer their leaders, while their work goes on – but when they are challenged directly, when they see that they are suddenly being made convenient lambs for political slaughter, that’s when the cogs of government suddenly slow down; that’s when highly political projects inexplicably derail; that’s when embarrassing leaks come seemingly from nowhere.

    Obama is making enemies with the very bureaucracies that he’s feeding. They will eat him instead.

  • Jack

    I want people to tell me Obama does not have a problem here. I will instantly disagree.

    The reason?

    Politicians of whatever persuasion are nothing if not selfish and highly protective of their own seats. I am well aware that the US House and Senate are “dead locked” at the moment but as I have mentioned before Benghazi is going to change that picture. As soon as Democrat Senators begin to realize their seats are in danger (and they are) they will throw Obama and friends “under the bus”.

    You can take that to the bank.

    In my view it seems to me that “El Presidente” has already crossed a “red line”, just like “tricky Dicky” did years ago. He will be impeached because there is no loyalty in politics. It’s all about power and as soon as his “elected” enablers begin to get the local picture and come to realize they are about to be fired because of public anger he will be done “like dinner”.

    “Liar, liar, pants on fire” comes to mind.

    Rats fleeing a sinking ship and all that.

    Here’s “truth”. The average US voter is far from the Obama dream and in no way will they permit him to change their country to a very pale version of the USSR. They can’t fire him but they CAN fire many of his supporters in 2014. I expect that to happen in the days ahead. And then they will move on free of “lefty” stupidity. That’s what they do. It’s what the country is “all about” and always has been.

    I keep the faith.

    Goodnight.