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3 State Department Officials Resign Over Benghazigate Report

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On December 19, 2012 @ 8:04 pm In The Point | 10 Comments

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.


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