The Pickering-Mullen review sidestepped the political questions: What role did President Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton play?
Not my job, Pickering told reporters; his group deliberately fixed responsibility for any lapses at the assistant-secretary level. Four State Department managers reportedly have been disciplined.
What about the administration’s ridiculous claims about an anti-Islamic video inciting the Benghazi attack? Even five full days after the carnage, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice told ABC that a video protest was “hijacked, let us say, by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons.”
If she believed that, she’s incompetent. If she didn’t believe that, she’s involved in an election-year cover-up. The report simply stated, “There was no protest prior to the attacks, which were unanticipated in their scale and intensity.”
Due to illness, Clinton didn’t show up at congressional hearings. Thus far, she has avoided answering GOP Congress members’ questions about Benghazi. (She also missed the Democrats chiding Republicans for being too partisan — as if they’re not partisan.)