Skip to comments.Three Top State Department Officials Resign Over Benghazi
Posted on 12/19/2012 3:41:35 PM PST by Eleutheria5
Three top officials in the State Department resigned Wednesday in the wake of a scathing report which slammed "systemic failures" and "management deficiencies" in the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, which resulted in the murder of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Assistant Secretary Eric Boswell, head of the bureau of diplomatic security, and Charlene Lamb, deputy assistant secretary for international programs, have stepped down, CNN and CBS television said, citing unnamed department officials.
Lamb, who was Boswells deputy in charge of international programs, denied requests from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli for an extension of temporary security forces that were withdrawn in the months before the Benghazi attack.
The third person expected to resign has not yet been identified.
The resignations came just hours after an independent panel issued a long-awaited inquiry into the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, which has been blamed on Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists.
"Systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department resulted in a Special Mission security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place," the report said.
The report did not find reason for disciplinary action against any officials but singled out the bureaus of Diplomatic Security and Near Eastern Affairs for criticism, saying its leaders demonstrated a lack of proactive leadership and management ability in their responses to security concerns.
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Charlene Lamb is the one that spilled the beans.
Scapegoats is right, this one goes straight to the top
I always wondered why Hil never testified. Now I know why, she knew this report would cover her.
GAH! America needs to get really angry. How can we make them see the really ugly “leadership” of this country?
Business as usual.
They will be offered and accept lucrative positions on Wall Street on in a lefty think tank, or a university campus.
It is amazing how she has apparently escaped unscathed from this incident.
stonewalling till John Fn Kerry aka Lurch can come in and say “I know nuzzing”.
Nothing better than a sacrificial “Lamb”!
They unknowingly sent him to his death because they thought Obama would do the right thing.
But they should have known better.
They should have known Obama would never authorize Cross Border Authority for our military to save the US ambassador.
Allowed to resign...probably with pensions.
Hillary says, “Thanks guys!”
Amazing people at that level held responsible and their boss knew nothing. I think her concussion occurred 9/11/12
Sytemic Foreign Policy Failure. Hell, that’s normal operations for the SOCIALIST DEMOCRATIC LEFT. These fools hired muslims to guard our embassy and listen to CODE PINK to set policy.
How quick they are to fall on their swords to protect their beloved messiah.
3 resignations and a concussion ... I smell Lacunar amnesia which is the loss of memory about one specific event.
Hillary! You got some ‘splainin’ to do!
Not! Somebody will let her off ... somebody in Congress probably.
If Hillary had an ounce of integrity, she would resign.
“If Hillary had an ounce of integrity”
That’s a very big if.
Hillary was set to fall on her sword, but she missed & landed on her head....
Of course, and why were we so willfully naive to think that anybody but fall guys would ever take the blame, and “make it all right”, thereby negating the need for any of the Big Fish to testify? These three just join the ever-increasing population of those sacrificed for Obama, Hillary, et. al.
The two highest “officials” responsible are still in office, though - Hillary and Benghazi Barry!
When are THEY going to resign?
(Not holding my breath)
So, this is leadership?
All except for the Miss Piggy clone Hillary Clinton.
She is a joke.
“GAH! America needs to get really angry. How can we make them see the really ugly leadership of this country?
I can’t. America let him stay in power, knowing that something was rotten in Benghazi, that he had weighed the economy down with stones, that he might not even be eligible, that he might be a dangerous sociopath. They didn’t care. They won’t get angry. Something is broken in America. I don’t know how to fix it. Maybe you do. If you don’t, then get out. It will get worse.
“systemic failures” and “management deficiencies”
Sounds like Obama alright....
If no one in particular was responsible, why are these people resigning.
If I could get out, I wouldn’t: I have two children and five grandchildren that will suffer. Better that I am here to ‘splain things to them... It may not help, but at least they will understand.
I will outlive the gay, Marxist, liberal traitor to see the day that he is castigated for his actions. My promise to ME!
It's the European style of rotating the same old faces through various ministerial posts.
NO - Lamb was not the whistleblower. You’re confusing whistleblower with CYA!!!
“”Another official, Eric Nordstrom, who was responsible for protecting US diplomats in Libya, said that he too sought additional resources. But he said he was told over the phone by a senior state department official responsible for handling the request, Charlene Lamb, not to make any more because “there would be too much political cost”.
After that Republican members of Congress honed in on Lamb, who was also a witness, accusing her of failing to recognise the seriousness of the threat.
Lamb responded that the requests were for more personnel in Tripoli and it would have made no difference to how many security men would have been protecting the Benghazi consulate where protection was in any case mostly in the hands of a pro-government militia.
“We had the correct number of assets in Benghazi on the night of 9/11,” Lamb testified.””
Forgot to include the link to the above post....
Scapegoats indeed. Did they draw lots and lose?
Did she not reveal that there was a live video feed?
Charlene Lamb from her testimony before the House Oversight Committee, October 10, 2012.
They will be re-hired after January 1st.....with raises.
I posted the full transcript so that it can't be taken out of context by the Guardian.
Probaby the ones who squealed... Don’t tell.
When the subject matter is the American electorate, there is no way. You can't fix stupid. This was made evident this past November 6.
It would appear that slimy Hillary has a bus of her own.
This approach comes to us from England, where “whipping boys” were punished in place of “Royals.”
Hahahaha - thought you all could use the laugh.
You're a riot! I laughed so hard, I fell and hit my head on the floor. Now I can't remember anything ...
Assistant Secretary Eric Boswell... Charlene Lamb... third person expected to resign has not yet been identified.
So sad, we lost a Syrian-Australian not long ago in the same conflict, poor fellow, he was there to help the poor refugees and died in some unexpected cross-fire incident. Wept I did. Only one, so far.