In an Investor’s Business Daily piece on Dec. 26, headlined, “No Accountability for Americans Murdered in Benghazi,” there is the following State Department outrage:
“Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, has not resigned from the department, as a State Department spokeswoman indicated Dec. 19. Boswell is instead just ‘switching desks,’ according to a report in the New York Post.
“Deputy Assistant Secretaries Charlene Lamb and Raymond Maxwell, and a third who has not been identified, were placed on administrative leave after the release of the report. However, according to the Post, they are expected to return.
“They were found to have shown ‘performance inadequacies’ but not ‘willful misconduct.’
“In other words, they were merely incompetent and didn’t mean for Ambassador Chris Stephens and three other Americans to get murdered by Ansar al-Sharia, a terrorist group with al-Qaida links.
“Last week, spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ‘has accepted Eric Boswell’s decision to resign as assistant secretary for diplomatic security, effective immediately.’
“It turns out Boswell gave up only his presidential appointment as assistant secretary, but not his job.
“He has simply moved to another desk at the State Department and is still collecting his paycheck. …
“So far the only person to be punished in Benghazi-gate is Mark Basseley Youssef, the producer of the little-seen Internet video, ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ arrested immediately – and coincidentally, of course, after the Benghazi attack – on an unrelated probation violation.
“The video, mentioned by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice on five Sunday talk shows, six times by President Obama in a U.N. speech, and by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is not mentioned at all in the ARB’s review of State Department performance before, during and after the Benghazi terrorist attack.
“Charles Woods, whose son Tyrone Woods, a former Navy SEAL, was killed during the attacks on our Libyan consulate in Benghazi, recalls that as the bodies of the four Americans arrived at Andrews Air Force Base, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that first of all she was sorry and then she said: ‘We will make sure the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.’
“So far he’s the only one punished in Benghazi-gate.”
That this life-and-death issue is just not going to go away and fade out – as the Obama administration appears to wish it would – is apparent in questions raised by U.S. Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte in a Dec. 27 Washington Times column, which included the following:
- “Did the president’s national security staff make him aware of the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that occurred in April and June of this year and the assassination attempt on the British ambassador in Benghazi around that same time? If the president was informed, why did he not take the lead, which is the president’s responsibility, to ensure that our consulate and our people were better protected?”
- “What were the president’s and the secretary of state’s activities during the 7-hour time period that our consulate was under attack?”
- “When did Secretary Hillary Clinton become aware of the previous attacks on our consulate in Benghazi and the deteriorating security situation in eastern Libya, and what steps did she take to protect State Department officials in Benghazi?”
- “On the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in American history, after multiple attacks this year on U.S. and Western interests in Libya, and with rising insecurity in countries across the Middle East, why were American military units and assets in the region not ready, alert and positioned to respond in a timely fashion to what should have been a foreseeable emergency? After all, two of the four people we lost in the Benghazi attack were killed seven hours after the fighting began.”
- “Why do we still not have clear answers on the internal process that produced inaccurate talking points several days after the attack?”
- “Perhaps most importantly: Why did the administration not do more to support and assist the new Libyan government that took power after the fall of Gadhafi as al-Qaida, affiliated groups and local militias established sanctuaries in the ungoverned spaces of eastern Libya – a development that directly impacts U.S. national security interests, and which is the real explanation for why four Americans lost their lives in Benghazi? This last is perhaps the most troubling question of all. The pattern of violent extremist activity in eastern Libya was well-documented for months leading up to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2012, yet the administration did too little to support our Libyan partners. These partners were grateful for America’s help in their fight for liberation.”
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, joined with just-retired Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., to express the following:
- “The terrorists essentially walked into the compound unimpeded and set it ablaze because of the extremely poor security.”
- “We believe that closed-circuit television video of the attack – which shows this failure in real time – should be released to the public, because it will make clear how unprepared the State Department was for this attack.”
- “State Department personnel in Washington ignored or responded incompletely to repeated pleas for more security for those on the ground in Libya.”
The Obama administration has made no apology for its failure to take action to protect the four Americans – including our U.S. ambassador – in Libya.
It has compounded this outrage by continuing to employ those four State Department officials who were once announced as removed because of their relation to this issue.
That outrageous attempt at deception of the American people is why there should surely be appointed a special prosecutor.