State Dept. Officials Who “Resigned” Over Benghazi Back on the Job
Josh Margolin over at the New York Post has some startlingly news, if true:
The four officials supposedly out of jobs because of their blunders in the run-up to the deadly Benghazi terror attack remain on the State Department payroll — and will all be back to work soon, The Post has learned.
The highest-ranking official caught up in the scandal, Assistant Secretary of State Eric Boswell, has not “resigned” from government service, as officials said last week. He is just switching desks. And the other three are simply on administrative leave and are expected back.
The four were made out to be sacrificial lambs in the wake of a scathing report issued last week that found that the US compound in Benghazi, Libya, was left vulnerable to attack because of “grossly inadequate” security.
State Department leaders “didn’t come clean about Benghazi and now they’re not coming clean about these staff changes,” a source close to the situation told The Post., adding, the “public would be outraged over this.”
Last week, the four officials had apparently resigned over the disaster that was Benghazi, when an American consulate was attacked and four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were murdered by Libyan militants. Not only was that grounds for a massive public outrage, but it was compounded when for weeks the Obama Administration blamed it on a really stupid, poorly made “anti-Muslim” video, instead of paying attention to actual militant groups in the country.
Put together with the actual attack, and heads should not have just rolled out of Foggy Bottom, they should have been put in bags and rolled out. It seemed that with the apparent resignations last week, something had finally hit, but now even that has been undone.
Make no mistake, though: someone should and must pay. The folks in charge of diplomatic security, the ones who told off the CIA operatives from helping, should be fired and stripped of their government pensions. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Johnnie Carson should probably have been fired too, even though Libya was under Boswell’s jurisdiction. Hell, Hillary Clinton should have resigned in disgrace—instead, she just bumped her head and failed to give any testimony on the incident.
Of course, nothing will happen, because the mainstream news refuses to give anything more than token coverage of Benghazi, creating a reality bubble where the Administration can do no wrong. (It’s a repeat of the leadup to the 2003 Iraq invasion.) Yet there clearly has been wrong done: the deaths of four Americans thanks to the security oversights of the Obama Administration.
This latest episode just shows that no one will be punished, and indeed, this Obama Administration is about nobody paying for their sins.