Benghazi Controversy settled?
The long awaited Senate Intelligence Committee report on the Benghazi September 2012 attack was finally released. While important details were learned and much confirmed, no shocking revelations were revealed. Unfortunately, this may not quiet conspiracy theories that are seeking to implicate the Obama Administration, because the report did not address their claims with “smoking gun” evidence that proves the Obama Administration was not trying to suppress information. That said, the report does designate the incident as preventable and places blame on victim Ambassador Libya Christopher Stevens for failing to increase security in the shadow of intelligence reports warning of a heightened threat. With the State Department taking the bulk of the blame, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is ultimately responsible. Although she did take responsibility for the failure soon after the incident, it is important to understand what that responsibility is. Because Ambassador Stevens was more than competent and capable of taking responsibility for his action, Secretary Clinton is not to be blamed for his decisions. Her responsibility resides in whatever systematic faults were uncovered while she is, of course, responsible for any and all decisions she made that helped contribute to this tragedy. Finally, what ultimately matters is whether the investigation of this incident will help save lives in the future.
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