Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Dismissals Over BenghaziGate Never Happened...Instead Of Being Canned, They Were "Reassigned"

After an "independent" report was released last week, America was told that those reponsible to the failures leading up to Benghazi "resigned."

Fat chance (Breitbart News).
When the investigative report was released last week, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters "The secretary has accepted Eric Boswell’s decision to resign as assistant secretary for Diplomatic Security, effective immediately." She also announced that three other individuals including Charlene Lamb would be placed on administrative leave "pending further action."
This made it sound as if heads were rolling in the wake of the Benghazi report, but CBS noted at the time that the State Department announcement seemed to be slightly nuanced from the initial announcement:
The State Department did not characterize the terms of their departures as resignations. CBS News, ABC, NBC, the New York Times, AP and Reuters all previously reported that U.S. officials told the news organizations that three individuals resigned in the wake of the probe. The announcement from the State Department says that the individuals were instead placed on "administrative leave pending further action" and says that they were "relieved of their current duties." [Emphasis added]
Now it appears the "further action" is simply reassignment to another government job. All four disgraced employees are expected back shortly. A source with knowledge of the situation tells the NY Post the State Department "didn’t come clean about Benghazi and now they’re not coming clean about these staff changes."
So much for accountability. As Sen. John McLame (not one of my favs) and a couple others have said, there needs to be an independent commission to look into BenghaziGate. Not just what happened at the State Department, but what did the White House know and when did they know it? Who told Susan Rice to tell the big lie about a dumb YouTube video being the cause of four Americans being killed? And, why were our troops told to stand down and who gave the order?

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