Thursday, January 16, 2014

Time to put Benghazi behind us

A new U.S. Senate report on the September 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, in which an American diplomat and three others were killed, ought to lay the issue to rest.

The attack has been investigated backwards and forwards. Turns  out almost everyone shares blame for the humiliating terrorist assault, not the least of which ought to be the American people who elected the administration in charge at the time and then re-elected it two months after the assault.

The bipartisan report blames the Central Intelligence Agency, the State Department and even the ambassador himself, J. Christopher Stevens, who rejected protection from the Pentagon shortly before the attack.

The report is reassuring evidence that our government can still do commendable investigative report in spite of the partisan rancor that divides Washington.
The Benghazi attack has been amply probed by the State Department, CIA and Congress. Four State Department officials were suspended in the aftermath of the killings.

People who want to blame former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton now have solid evidence of her shortcomings. But so what? She long ago accepted responsibility  and numerous necessary changes have been and are being made in the department. If further accountability is necessary the public just may have that chance if she runs for president in 2016.

There is nothing left to say. People made mistakes. Guess what? Security was insufficient at Pearl Harbor in 1941 but the American people continued to support President Roosevelt anyway.

 Any charges of conspiracy by Fox News or anyone else tied to Benghazi are baseless. The facts are now out there for everyone to see — as they should be.


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