Politics

House Republicans Blame Hillary Clinton, Obama for Attack in Benghazi

| by Michael Allen

House Republicans released a new report today that claimed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was responsible for the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya being vulnerable before the attack.

According to HuffingtonPost.com:

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The report cites an April 19, 2012, cable bearing Clinton's signature acknowledging a March 28, 2012, request from then-U.S. Ambassador to Libya Gene Cretz for more security, yet allowing further reductions. The report does not include actual copies of the cables or other internal correspondence that Republicans cite to support their findings.

It is worth noting: the State Department already admitted denying additional security back in 2012, per the Washington Post.

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According to the Washington Times, the report claimed that the Defense Department “was hindered on account of U.S. military forces not being properly postured.” It also said the Obama administration lied about the attack being caused by an anti-Muslim video, which had been released on the web. House Republicans essentially accused the Obama administration of misleading the public.

Additionally, the report stated: “This progress report reveals a fundamental lack of understanding at the highest levels of the State Department as to the dangers presented in Benghazi, Libya, as well as a concerted attempt to insulate the Department of State from blame following the terrorist attacks."

However, House Republicans could not prove (or disprove) what actually caused the Libya attack, as the perpetrators have never stated their motivation.

Sources: Washington Times, HuffingtonPost.com, Washington Post