Benghazi Scandal: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised “unfettered access” to the Benghazi Accountability Review Board. But it turns out that promise may be as much a lie as the inflammatory video story.
We were not impressed by the methods or findings of the Accountability Review Board (ARB) after the terrorist attack on our Benghazi diplomatic mission on Sept. 11, 2012, starting with not interviewing the person where the buck was supposed to stop, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Shamefully, the ARB report failed to single out any individuals for violating procedures and did not recommend any disciplinary action. Some lower-level State Department officials were blamed for “performance inadequacies” but not “willful misconduct.”
In other words, they were merely incompetent and didn’t mean for Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans to get murdered by Ansar al-Sharia, a terrorist group with al-Qaida links.
Clinton herself escaped any real accountability for Benghazi in the ARB report, despite Amb. Stevens and others warning her office repeatedly that the consulate in Benghazi, surrounded by terrorist training camps, was a terrorist attack waiting to happen.
It was her office that repeatedly denied requests for additional security while Marines protected our embassy in Barbados from drunken tourists.
The ARB report did attempt to scapegoat Stevens, saying — despite clear warnings including an Aug. 16 memo warning of the dangers and pleading for help — that the embassy Stevens oversaw “did not demonstrate strong and sustained advocacy with Washington for increased security for Special Mission Benghazi.”