3 State Department Officials Resign Over Benghazigate Report


Predictably the blame is being dumped on mid-level officials, not the folks with the real power, and this is meant to wrap up the entire scandal with a bow, and no questions asked about the failure to send help to the Benghazi mission and the incredible delays before US personnel arrived in Benghazi.

Eric Boswell, assistant secretary of diplomatic security, and Charlene Lamb, deputy assistant secretary of state for international programs, submitted their resignations, a senior official said. A third official in the Near East Affairs bureau also resigned, the official said.

Boswell and Lamb oversaw security for the Benghazi mission. Lamb testified before Congress about the security precautions. Documents show Lamb denied repeated requests for additional security in Libya.

Charlene Lamb was an obvious scapegoat, her name was up and her testimony was an infuriating disaster. And Lamb certainly deserves a chunk of the blame for her rejection of the necessary security measures in Benghazi, but she wasn’t the one who was truly responsible. Lamb was following the policies that had been set down, and acting in tune with those priorities.

But Lamb was also a longtime DS employee and not a political appointee.

Veteran diplomat Thomas Pickering, who was chairman of the review board, said the members placed primary blame “at the assistant secretary level, which is in our view the appropriate place to look, where the decision making in fact takes place. Where, if you like, the rubber hits the road.”

Pickering on the other hand is an authentic bad guy and his political ties are bad news. But this is an independent review board whose members were picked by Hillary Clinton. The fallout from such a review board was never going to impact her.

The Democrats and their media allies want this to be the end of Benghazigate, but it’s only the beginning.

  • JacksonPearson

    No matter what, Obama and Hillary are still standing. These two are graffiti on the face of America.

  • http://twitter.com/S1CT @S1CT

    It wasn't an independent review. It was an Accountability Review Board with members, as you note, appointed by Clinton.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      It was described as independent, despite etc

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "Veteran diplomat Thomas Pickering….

    One of the most open apologists for Islamic imperialists?

    >"Veteran diplomat Thomas Pickering, who was chairman of the review board, said the members placed primary blame “at the assistant secretary level, which is in our view the appropriate place to look, where the decision making in fact takes place. Where, if you like, the rubber hits the road.”

    "Pickering on the other hand is an authentic bad guy and his political ties are bad news. But this is an independent review board whose members were picked by Hillary Clinton. The fallout from such a review board was never going to impact her."

    How could anyone think he'd cover for a Sunni Muslim agent of the Muslim Brotherhood posing as the president? The Clintons certainly would do nothing to serve the agenda of Islamic imperialists either. You conservatives are paranoid.

    Islam is a religion of peace, damn it! Just wait till 0'Bama takes all of your guns and we'll show you what we mean by "peace."

  • Thomas Wells

    Small fish.

  • Arlie

    Still a cover-up. The four Americans are still dead without truth or justice. The people giving the direct order to "stand down" are still standing with guilty blood on their consciences, if they have one. " He who sows wickedness reaps trouble". The report is deeply flawed by omissions and purposely blinded leaders. Clinton and Panetta will soon be gone, so they get away with their crimes, however, the elephant of evil is still in the room and should be impeached or tried for treason. One can only pray justice will prevail for America to survive all the obamanations of this administration.

  • fanlad

    The Buck goes into the pocket, and the responsibility gets passed on. Hillary is giving slick willy a run for his money. Or is that her money?

  • fanlad

    As I said a while back, the fix is in.

  • BLJ

    Obama needs to be wearing an orange jump suit.

  • For_My_Liberty

    And while they keep everyone's attention riveted on this, the TRUE crime is not brought up. Stevens was running guns to Syria with the help of Turkish Ambassador….Under the direction of Ovomit….the CRIME? They were ARMING AMERICA"S ENEMIES–THAT is TREASON!