Republicans investigating Benghazi blame White House, State Dept. for failures - The Washington Post
The headline is no surprise. The House Armed Services Committee issued a report today ...
Well, except in one way.Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee largely exonerated the U.S. military from responsibility for failures associated with the September 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, instead blaming the White House and the State Department for ignoring heightened threats in the area.
The committee majority’s conclusions, in a report released Tuesday, do not differ significantly from those reached by other congressional panels that have touched on the military’s role in the Benghazi incident.
There was no stand down order. Repeat: There was no stand down order. Maybe that ludicrous talking point can finally be put to rest.While the findings are consistent, the House panel was able to “go much further down the road of assessing hypotheticals” regarding the Defense Department’s role, a staffer said. The report found that there had been no order given to a six-man military group based in Tripoli to “stand down” rather than rush to Benghazi, but rather that the majority of the group was ordered to stay in the Libyan capital to combat possible threats there.