It’s one of those place names like Bhopal and Chernobyl that connotes death, horror and mistakes.
Benghazi has become a political flash point because the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission there was originally, and erroneously, blamed on reaction to an anti-Muslim video that had been circulated in the Middle East. Republicans say then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton didn’t do enough to prevent the deaths of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others and then lied to the American public about the attack.
This week, results from an eighth congressional investigation into the attack was released. Some new details were revealed, especially about the lack of intelligence about potential threats and bureaucratic errors that failed to help those trapped in the mission, despite orders from the very top.
One investigation committee Republican called Clinton’s leadership during the situation “morally reprehensible.” Clinton said the report found “nothing to contradict” previous investigations, adding “It’s pretty clear it’s time to move on.”
But with Hillary Clinton running for president, Republicans won’t be moving on, using Benghazi for maximum political advantage.
The Benghazi Debacle Should Have Ended Hillary Clinton’s Career
David French – National Review
Do failures and lies matter any longer? If you are a prominent Democratic politician, what exactly is the level of wrongdoing that will end your career?
Reading the long-awaited report from the House Select Committee on Benghazi and the associated media coverage, I was struck by the sheer scale of the failures and the deceptions surrounding the terror attack on the Benghazi compound, and by the mainstream media’s dismissiveness….
The presumptive Democratic nominee for president is largely responsible for one of the great foreign-policy disasters of the last eight years and unquestionably responsible for helping mislead the public, yet in the media calculus of our time the Benghazi report is a “win,” because it merely confirms failures we already knew about. And everyone knows that old failures are no failures at all.
What Benghazi Means Now
Frida Ghitis – CNN
A statement released by the committee lists more than 20 new findings from the investigation. Most of them offer more specific information about the countless failures of security that allowed a preventable tragedy to occur….All of these are interesting nuances, but hardly earth-shattering revelations. For a report that was aimed at the then-secretary of state, it hits a much larger target, the Obama administration and the American intelligence and defense structures….It turns out that Benghazi, which now stands for the worst of America’s corrosive, divisive politics, is not going to help Republicans get the president they want.
The Dangerous Delusion that Americans in Benghazi Could Have Been Saved
Charles Lane – The Washington Post
You’ll never guess who comes off as a hero of the Republican-drafted House Benghazi committee’s majority report: President Obama.
Within 90 minutes of the Sept. 11, 2012, surprise attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and an aide, the report tells us, Obama had told his secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to do everything possible, implicitly including using military force, to protect Americans.
Painful as it is to admit, in Benghazi, the U.S. government, for all its military power, was at the mercy of terrorists who enjoyed every home-field advantage. Of course, it might never have come to that if Obama hadn’t helped overthrow Libya’s dictator to begin with, or if he’d done a better job stabilizing the place and providing security to U.S. diplomats after Moammar Gaddafi was gone.
Benghazi Victims Deserved Better than to Be Made Pawns in a Political Chess Match
Eric Frazier – The Charlotte Observer
Ambassador Chris Stevens and the other men who died in Benghazi – Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty – were serving America honorably and courageously. They deserved better protection from our government when they were sent there. And after the attack, they deserved a dignified, apolitical inquiry into what went wrong.
But America’s leaders – in both political parties – have let them and their families down on both those counts.