The Fix is in Part III: Hillary’s Benghazi Report (ARB) Blames Ambassador Christopher Stevens
When government officials like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton self- investigate themselves in ‘internal’ ‘independent’ reviews the truth is always covered up and buried. While you were sleeping on Tuesday night the Obama-Clinton regime did just that when they released a 39-page, unclassified report, an Accountability Review Board (ARB), on the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans: Ambassador Christopher Stevens, former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith, a computer expert.
Straight out of the Clinton era playbook, everyone except Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama, disgraced, philandering ex-CIA director David Petraeus (the mastermind of the failed, deadly COIN policy in Afghanistan), and Defense Chief Leon Panetta, are blamed including the deceased. In this case—Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
On page 6 and 34 of ARB, Hillary’s handpicked ARB Board, chaired by Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering with Admiral Michael Mullen as Vice Chairman determined:
“The Board found that Ambassador Stevens made the decision to travel to Benghazi independently of Washington, per standard practice. Timing for his trip was driven in part by commitments in Tripoli, as well as a staffing gap between principal officers in Benghazi. Plans for the Ambassador’s trip provided for minimal close protection security support and were not shared thoroughly with the Embassy’s country team, who were not fully aware of planned movements off compound. The Ambassador did not see a direct threat of an attack of this nature and scale on the U.S. Mission in the overall negative trendline of security incidents from spring to summer 2012. His status as the leading U.S. government advocate on Libya policy, and his expertise on Benghazi in particular, caused Washington to give unusual deference to his judgments [emphasis mine].”
So it is Amb. Stevens fault? No, he was following the administrations orders. Moreover, in the weeks before his death he sent numerous cables to the State Department warning of the deteriorating conditions in Libya while seeking increased security. Hillarys’ ARB is not only a whitewash but riddled with falsehoods.
According to Sharyl Attkisson at CBC News regarding Stevens’ final cables and memos:
“On July 9, 2012, Stevens sent a “request for extension of tour of duty (TDY) personnel.” That refers to a 16-man military temporary security team with expertise in counter terrorism. They were set to leave in August, but Stevens asked to keep them “thru mid-September.”
On August 2, six weeks before he died, Stevens requested “protective detail bodyguard potions,” saying the added guards “will fill the vacuum of security personnel currently at post who will be leaving with the next month and will not be replaced.” He called “the security condition in Libya … unpredictable, volatile and violent.” It’s not known what happened to that request.
On August 8, as the special security teams left Libya, another cable from Stevens says “a series of violent incidents has dominated the political landscape” and calls them “targeted and discriminate attacks.”
Then on September 11 — the day the Ambassador lost his life — he sent this Benghazi weekly report. It expressed Libyans’ “growing frustration with police and security forces who were too weak to keep the country secure. [emphasis mine]””
On the day he was murdered, Amb. Stevens sent out his weekly report.
We have seen this tactic used before. Most recently during the Fast and Furious gunrunning operation into Mexico where Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, and countless Mexicans, were murdered by weapons the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under a Justice Department operation, knowingly allowed to walk. Eric Holder’s Justice Department (ex-Clinton Deputy Attorney General) assigned the Office of Inspector General to conduct an internal investigation into the affair. Thus far no one has been held to account.
But the roots of this self-investigation, blame-everyone-else tactic (including those who cannot defend themselves from the grave) can be found in the Clinton era.
As reported in The Whistleblower: How the Clinton White House Stayed in Power , during Travelgate, where Hillary was found to have been behind the Travel office firings and was “factually incorrect” with investigators, the Clinton White House internal review, admitted it “erred and would never again short-circuit proper legal channels by bypassing the Justice Department in seeking an FBI investigation.” Hillary was not charged with perjury; a couple underlings, David Watkins, the assistant to the president in management and administration and Counsel Bill Kennedy, Hillary’s former law partner at the Rose Law firm, took the fall, and were reprimanded.
“The Senate Whitewater Committee investigation’s conclusion revealed that there was “a concerted effort by senior [Clinton] White House officials to block career law enforcement investigators from conducting a thorough investigation” into [Vince] Foster’s death, and recommended “that steps be taken to insure that such misuse of the White House counsel’s office does not recur in this, or any future, administration.”
No one including Hillary in her White House counsel office was charged with obstructing justice. White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum, another Hillary underling who worked with her to impeach President Richard Nixon, took the fall and resigned in disgrace, humiliated, and forever tarnished.
And now in Benghazi, two more of Hillary’s underlings have taken the fall. Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, and Charlene Lamb, the deputy assistant secretary responsible for embassy security
Hillary, who claimed “Chris” Stevens was a personal friend after his death, during the Clinton era blamed her “best friend,” and closest White House confidante, Vince Foster for some of her Whitewater troubles under oath, after he was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gun-shot wound in Fort Marcy Park, and could not defend himself from the grave.
The Stevens, Doherty, Woods and Smith families deserve to know the truth about the death of their loved ones.
What you will witness today during the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating the Benghazi terrorist attack, spearheaded by Hillary Clinton’s expected replacement, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass), will be nothing more than a dog and pony show. Sen. Kerry will tow-the-line. He wants Hillary’s job, and to keep his future boss President Obama happy.
To find out how the Clinton White House covered-up the death of Vince Foster click here.