Washington Times | Critical questions still unanswered on Benghazi

With U.N. Ambassador Susan  Rice’s withdrawal from consideration for the position of secretary of state,  some have assumed that Congress will now be less  insistent on a full accounting of the facts surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012,  terrorist attack in Benghazi that resulted in  the murder of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris  Stevens.

This is wrong, for one simple reason: The president of the United States is  ultimately responsible for the safety of Americans serving our nation overseas.  Regardless of whom the president nominates for national security positions in  his administration, the American people deserve to know what happened three  months ago in Benghazi – and why.

The release this week of the State  Department’s Accountability Review Board (ARB)  shows widespread failure within Mr. Obama’s administration.

Contrary to Mrs. Rice’s assertion after the  attack, the ARB found that  security at the diplomatic mission in Benghazi  was “grossly inadequate” – the result of “systemic failures” of leadership and  management. The report thoroughly discredits the administration’s narrative – pushed for two weeks after the attack – that the murder of four Americans was a  result of a “spontaneous” protest to an offensive video.


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