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Wolf: Six months after Benghazi, terrorists and bureaucrats avoid punishment

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

Six months after the terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, no terrorists have been brought to justice, no State Department bureaucrats have been punished, and President Obama still has not allowed any lawmakers to speak to survivors.

“Six months later, none of the terrorists involved in the attack are in U.S. or foreign detention,” Rep Frank Wolf, R-Va., said in a statement. “Six months later, none of the survivors have been identified or questioned by Congress about the attack or credited for their heroism.  We don’t know their names, conditions or stories. Six months later, not a single American official has been held accountable or lost their job over the inadequate consulate security, intelligence failures or the administration’s abysmal response during the terrorist attack.”

Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans — Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, and Sean Smith — died when terrorists attacked the U.S. mission in Benghazi on the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The day after the assault, President Obama began a speech on the attack by condemning an anti-Islam video on Youtube, giving the impression that he believed that video played a material role in provoking the assault. (Obama later took political cover in the fact that he promised, towards t that “acts of terror” would not intimidate the United States).

According to Woods’ father, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested the video caused the attack.

“Well, this is what Hillary did,” Mr. Woods said of his meeting with Clinton when the bodies were returned to the United States. “She came over and, you know, she did the same thing, separately came over and talked with me . . . She mentioned that thing about, ‘We’re going to have that person arrested and prosecuted that did the video.’ That was the first time I had even heard about anything like that.”

It took two weeks for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledged that al-Qaeda was tied to the Benghazi attack.

“[Clinton] was deaf and blind and before the attack is a clear example of a failed foreign policy, a detached president and a deaf and blind secretary of state,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on Fox this week as he called for Clinton’s successor, John Kerry, to let Congress talk to the survivors of the attack.

Wolf wants Congress to convene a select committee to investigate the attacks. “After all this time, it’s shameful that the American public, the media, and – most importantly – the Obama administration has turned its back on the families of the victims and allowed terrorists to escape justice for this long,” Wolf said. A State Department Accountability Review Board report found that “systemic failures of leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department resulted in a . . . security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place.”

 

 

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