The Senate Intelligence Committee just released its report on the 2012 Benghazi attacks. According to the committee's findings, the State Department and U.S. Intelligence agencies should share some blame for not doing more to prevent the deadly attacks, which left four Americans dead.
In a statement, the Intelligence Committee concluded:
The attacks were preventable, based on extensive intelligence reporting on the terrorist activity in Libya—to include prior threats and attacks against Western targets—and given the known security shortfalls at the U.S. Mission
The Washington Post's Adam Goldman and
The account sheds little light on the most politicized aspect of the incident — questions about whether the Obama administration deliberately played down the attack’s terrorist origins. The committee described the attack as opportunistic, and said there was no advance warning of it specifically.
Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss, along with many other minority members of the committee, appended their "additional views" on the Benghazi investigation to the otherwise bipartisan report. The GOP senators single out Under Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy in their statement, basically accusing him of shielding the Obama administration from accountability. The Republicans also seem to refer to a long-standing but unsubstantiated theory that the Obama administration repeatedly "downplays" terrorist threats for political gain:
As with Benghazi, the Administration's obligation to provide information to Congress about those cases seemed to be superseded by a desire to script the message that al-Qa'ida had been decimated or to protect a criminal investigation in spite of equally vital intelligence prerogatives.
The 85-page report is based off of panel hearings, interviews, and thousands of pages of intelligence on the attacks.
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