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September 04, 2013

Al Jazeera America: State Knew of Benghazi Peril But Chose to Ignore It

From Hot Air.

I think there's a meta point here, in as much as it's left to Al Jazeera America to report the truth that the American media refuses to.

The report by an independent panel of five security and intelligence experts describes how the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, which left Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead, exploited the State Department's failure to address serious security concerns at diplomatic facilities in high-risk areas.

Among the most damning assessments, the panel concluded that the State Department's failure to identify worsening conditions in Libya and exemptions from security regulations at the U.S. Special Mission contributed to the tragedy in Benghazi. Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy approved using Benghazi as a temporary post despite its significant vulnerabilities, according to an internal State Department document included with the report.

Ed Morrissey notes that it's a small miracle that this report utters the name "Patrick Kennedy" at all, because the laughinstock "Accountability Review Board" deliberately looked only at low level people and wouldn't even question Hillary Clinton, for example-- explaining, in an incredible Admission Against Interest, that "[w]e knew where the responsibility rested" in advance of the inquiry itself.

Yes, you did "know where responsibility rested," or, rather, you knew where you where instructed to find it rested. You don't have to conduct an investigation when you already have the Official Approved Conclusion in hand.

When we see this sort of behavior in the corporate world, we rightly laugh and roll our eyes cynically. Yes yes yes, it's always "low level employees" who did these terrible or stupid things without the knowledge of the people being paid a million or more a year. Of course! Of course low-level dummies routinely run circles around their Masters of the Universe managers and corporate officers.

The fact is the United States Government is, in fact, a corporation, yes, a sort of corporation, a perpetually existing fictional person. And yes, all that bad behavior the liberal drive-by media is determined to expose in the Corporations You Guys exists to twice the extent in Government, Incorporated.

Remember these people have "Real Careers."

Real Careers You Guys.



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