State Dept. ignored requests for guards and safety upgrades in Libya, independent inquiry finds

The New York Times is reporting tonight that an independent inquiry into the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 places the brunt of the blame on the State Department for ignoring requests for guards and relying on local militias for protection.

The panel that conducted the inquiry suggested 29 improvements to prevent future incidents, all of which were accepted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a letter to Congress. Clinton, who was scheduled to testify on Benghazi Thursday, is asking for $1.3 billion to make improvements in overseas security.

The unclassified version of the report is available as a PDF from the State Department website.


If you’re pressed for time, others are offering their condensed versions of the report.

More from Richard Grenell, former U.S. spokesman at the United Nations:

  • Rulz

    Where’s the media on this?

    • Jay McHue

      Too busy slurping on Teh Wun’s baby-making stick as they have been since before 2008.

  • allenbarr

    Well if and when MRS. CLINTON testifies it does not mean she has to tell the truth. She is capable of giving them the runarounds for weeks.

    • Jay McHue

      “I did NOT! HAVE! ANYTHING! to do with the attack on that embassy — Ms. Lewinsky… er… Benghazi.”

    • 1SkepticalChick


  • R0nin

    Just tell them to designate Embassies as “gun-free zones”. I’m sure that’ll fix the problems.

    • TugboatPhil

      Post of the Week!

  • Obamadon
  • vcferlita

    I thought the blogosphere already determined this

  • Rick Stones

    Four Americans murdered, this report finds massive failures in policy… And yet it indicated no one was negligent and recommends no discipline (?) Instead, the shill who wrote it quotes Satayana, (“Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”) as though the answer to this epic and disgraceful failure is to wax poetically, think deeply within our intelligentsia cocoons, and then sneak out of the room while we close the door on this dirty little inconvenience forever. This is a national disgrace, and it dishonors the people died as a result of Obama’s amateur and disgraceful foreign policy failure.

  • Glenn Mayton

    Well we know already this. So what is the outcome? Throw money at it. That’s the democrat way. More spending.
    What about the lies that they told trying to cover it up? No one is to be held accountable for any of that?

  • Charles Knott

    The real reason has been flowing around in the private intel and security community for a while. The Ambd was coordinating weapons shipments to Syria at the behest of Saudi Arabia/Qatar via the Muslim Brotherhood. Whcih is why they were using an “unsecured” villa with minimal security as to not draw atttention. It has also been discussed that in the lead up to the assault 4 members of the Iranian Rev Guard, posing as Red Crescent members in Benghazi, were rounded up along with 2 AQIM members. This assasult was coordinated to free them. If this operation came out, it would give the U.S. a serious issue within the world community, so this one lies in the disavowed column. Here is your cover story.

  • SJ’s Dad

    Try this the next time you have to testify under oath in a hearing:
    I can’t come in to testify today because I got dizzy last night, fell down, hit my head, and DIAGNOSED MYSELF with a concussion.
    ( sniff sniff . . . smells like contempt to me, let me know how that works out for ya!)

  • clarioncaller

    2016 looms large for Shillary. She will not expose herself to testifying under oath, unlike her ‘partner-in-crime’, slick Willy. America can only hope that a State Dept. “Deep Throat” [not Monica Lewinsky] will emerge with the facts because the ‘Mother Of Lies’ has NO truth in her.

    • paraducks

      The presstitutes will ignore or slime anyone into obscurity that would dare expose the royal “dykeness”. They could destroy Judge Bork and make a hero out sandra “flake”.

  • Jay Stevens

    The amorphous State Department was responsible. Big deal.

    WHO in the State Department? Names! We want names!

  • lana ward

    Sha needed more time to memorize her testimony