State Department Report on Benghazi

The unclassified report of the Accountability Review Board for Benghazi has been released; the main findings are summarized by Reuters. The report does not paint a pretty picture: “Systematic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department…resulted in a Special Misssion security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place.” (4) The two bureaus in question are the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. A lengthy list of recommendations is included. Reportage/analysis is at The New York Times, CNN (with an Arabic translation available), The Washington Post, and Politico. This Libya section from the Council on Foreign Relations provides valuable information on Benghazi as does this Libya – the Benghazi Attacks¬†feature from The New York Times. C-SPAN carries videos of Congressional¬†press briefings on Benghazi.

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