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Kerry Reinstates Hillary’s Benghazi Scape-Goats

More foreign affairs news from the Daily Beast:

Kerry Reinstates Benghazi Officials Clinton Punished

By Josh Rogin | August 19, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry has determined that the four State Department officials placed on administrative leave by Hillary Clinton after the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi do not deserve any formal disciplinary action and has asked them to come back to work at the State Department starting Tuesday.

Last December, Clinton’s staff told four mid-level officials to clean out their desks and hand in their badges after the release of the report of its own internal investigation into the Benghazi attack, compiled by the Administrative Review Board led by former State Department official Tom Pickering and former Joint Chiefs Chairman Ret. Adm. Mike Mullen. Those four officials have been in legal and professional limbo, not fired but unable to return to their jobs, for eight months… until today.

Well, they did get to enjoy an eight month paid vacation. By the way, note that the Daily Beast calls the panel the "Administration Review Board," its real name was the "Accountability Review Board."

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Raymond Maxwell, the only official from the State Department’s Near Eastern Affairs bureau to lose his job over the Benghazi attack, told The Daily Beast Monday he received a memo from the State Department’s human resources department informing him his administrative leave status has been lifted and he should report for duty Tuesday morning…

And, of course, he never lost his job, either.

A senior State Department official confirmed to The Daily Beast Monday that all four officials placed on administrative leave were now returned to regular duty and would not face any formal disciplinary action. The administrative leave designation was not a formal punishment, but did prevent the officials from working while the Kerry team, which inherited the Benghazi issue from the Clinton team in February, reviewed their cases.

“As soon as he came into the department, Secretary Kerry wanted to invest the time to review the ARB’s findings and match those against his own on-the-job findings about security,” the senior State Department official said. “He’s been hands-on focused on building on the lessons learned from the Benghazi attack to strengthen security at missions world-wide and continue the ARB’s security paradigm shift.”

Yes, and thanks to Kerry our missions have been so strengthened 20 of them had to be shut down for weeks because of some vague terrorist threat.

As part of this process, Kerry asked his high command to complete a thorough review of the ARB’s findings. At the time of the report’s release, Pickering said the ARB had determined that blame for the security failures leading up to the Bengazi [sic] attack should be placed at the Assistant Secretary level but that no officials had committed breaches of duty that would warrant outright termination.

The Assistant Secretary of State being Patrick Kennedy, who worked directly under Hillary Clinton. But Mr. Kennedy knew too much to be punished.

There was also concern in Congress that only mid-level officials with little direct responsibility for the Benghazi attack had been taken out of their jobs following the ARB report release.

“The ARB tried to blame everyone but hold no one responsible, except for some of the lower level people who were not in control of the situation,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), chairman of the House Oversight National Security subcommittee, told The Daily Beast in May.

In fact, Hillary Clinton and Patrick Kennedy were the people directly at fault. But that can never be admitted. Hillary can’t be held responsible for anything. That might undermine her triumphal march to the Presidency. Besides, "what difference does it make now?"

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Kerry Reinstates Hillary’s Benghazi Scape-Goats”

  1. “….Pickering said the ARB had determined that blame for the security failures leading up to the Bengazi [sic] attack should be placed at the Assistant Secretary level….”

    That’s because they determined, even before the ARB started investigating, that the investigation would limit itself to the Asst. Secretary level and below. You won’t find what you’re purposely not looking for.


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