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Accountability Missing in State Department’s Mishandling of Benghazi Consulate Security

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 30, 2012

The U.S. State Department’s Accountability Review Board released its findings earlier this month concerning the September terrorist attack that led to the killing of America’s Libyan Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.  That report was highly critical of the State Department’s handling of the affair, especially it related to the security supplied for the diplomats.

During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised to investigate the Libyan debacle and hold those responsible accountable.  While elegant words, this was a stall tactic designed to avoid accountability from any connected with his Administration before the election.

Since the report was released, it has been reported that four State Department officials were merely reassigned to other duties.  They include an assistant Secretary of State, two of his assistance, and a deputy assistant secretary responsible for Libya.  This indicates that the President is not holding those responsible accountable.

With four Americans dead due to incompetence in the State Department, the fact that merely four employees were reassigned is a grotesque example of the lack of accountability within government.  All responsible for allowing the tragedy to occur, as found in the State Department’s own report, should be immediately fired.  This action is appropriate not only to remove the incompetent employees from government, but also as a warning for remaining employees who might fall down on the job.

It is not surprising that the State Department’s Accountability Review Board found paper-pushers to be at fault for the failings in Libya.  A government with unlimited funds to spend via its cash printing press has unstoppable momentum for growth.  While companies are forced to downsize when budgets get out of line, the government has no such constraint and therefore becomes bloated with incompetents.  Instead of using the State Department’s report for the Libya failing to trim the fat of the bureaucrats, these same bureaucrats will use the report to demand more funds for their incompetent department.

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