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State Dept. ignored requests for guards in Libya, independent inquiry finds


The New York Times is reporting tonight that an independent inquiry into the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 places the brunt of the blame on the State Department for ignoring requests for guards and relying on local militias for protection.

The panel that conducted the inquiry suggested 29 improvements to prevent future incidents, all of which were accepted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a letter to Congress. Clinton, who was scheduled to testify on Benghazi Thursday, is asking for $1.3 billion to make improvements in overseas security.

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Benghazi report says `systematic’ State Dept management failures left consulate vulnerable.

— Ken Thomas (@AP_Ken_Thomas) December 19, 2012

Hillary can review detail report on Benghazi and approve 29 recommendations but can’t testify on Hill Thurs? #Benghazi #DiplomaticIllness

— Matt Mackowiak (@MattMackowiak) December 19, 2012

Did Hillary have an advanced copy of the review of #Benghazi before she “bumped her head”?#7hoursofhell#inhiding

— Jeanne W (@JEANNEinWa) December 19, 2012

Time for Hillary to get up off the couch. @nytimes reporting an independent inquiry faults the State Department for the Benghazi attack.

— Sean Agnew (@seanagnew) December 19, 2012

“Panel says there were no protests outside #Benghazi embassy, and blames the incident on terrorists” Buck stops where? Impeach #Obama #tcot

— Cubannator™ (@Cubannator) December 19, 2012

NYT reports Independent Inquiry finds US State Dept at fault for #Benghazi yet Hillary Clinton has yet to answer questions! #tcot

— RightWingB (@RightWingB) December 19, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accepts 29 Benghazi review board suggestions to improve embassy security. Now…owning responsibility??


NYT breaking news email: “Independent Inquiry Faults State Dept. in #Benghazi Attack.” Bloggers pushed that over the finish line.

— George Scoville (@stackiii) December 19, 2012

The unclassified version of the report is available as a PDF from the State Department website.


If you’re pressed for time, others are offering their condensed versions of the report.

shorter State Dept Benghazi report: Hillary fell and can’t remember if she had anything to do with it.

— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) December 19, 2012

Shorter #Benghazi report: we blame the State Dept. aka no one.

— Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) December 19, 2012

More from Richard Grenell, former U.S. spokesman at the United Nations:

StateDept report finds systematic failure over Benghazi but says nobody is to blame? no wonder Hillary fainted.hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) December 19, 2012

raise your hand if you’re surprised that Tom Pickering’s report doesn’t blame a soul.

— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) December 19, 2012

check the @foxnewswatch tape cuz i said weeks ago Pickering wouldn’t be able to blame a State Dept official.

— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) December 19, 2012

you’ve got to respect the chutzpah to say “there were so many serious problems that we don’t know who to blame”

— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) December 19, 2012

Washington. Officials. Never. Take. Responsibility. For. Their. Failures. Ever.

— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) December 19, 2012

Congresswoman @roslehtinen should postpone the Benghazi hearing until Hillary is feeling better. #LetsWaitTilShe‘sWell

— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) December 19, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/12/18/state-dept-ignored-requests-for-guards-and-safety-upgrades-in-libya-independent-inquiry-finds/

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