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Zero accountability: token Benghazi scapegoats reinstated

Zero accountability: token Benghazi scapegoats reinstated

The delirious farce of the Obama Administration’s deadly blunder and cover-up in Benghazi is now complete, as the Daily Beast reports that new Secretary of State John Kerry has reinstated the four State Department employees selected for symbolic token punishment by his predecessor, Hillary Clinton:

Last December, Clinton’s staff told four mid-level officials to clean out their desks and hand in their badges after the release of the report of its own internal investigation into the Benghazi attack, compiled by the Administrative Review Board led by former State Department official Tom Pickering and former Joint Chiefs Chairman Ret. Adm. Mike Mullen. Those four officials have been in legal and professional limbo, not fired but unable to return to their jobs, for eight months… until today.

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Raymond Maxwell, the only official from the State Department’s Near Eastern Affairs bureau to lose his job over the Benghazi attack, told The Daily Beast Monday he received a memo from the State Department’s human resources department informing him his administrative leave status has been lifted and he should report for duty Tuesday morning.

“No explanation, no briefing, just come back to work. So I will go in tomorrow,” Maxwell said. 

Maxwell says he was never told exactly why he was being placed on administrative leave.  Congressional investigators saw him as a scapegoat, with Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) of the House Oversight National Security Subcommittee charging that the State Department “tried to blame everyone but hold no one responsible, except for some of the lower-level people who were not in control of the situation.”

“Instead of accountability, the State Department offered a charade that included false reports of firings and resignations and now ends in a game of musical chairs where no one misses a single day on the State Department payroll.  It is now clear that the personnel actions taken by the Department in response to the Benghazi terrorist attacks was more of a public relations strategy than a measured response to a failure in leadership,” added House Oversight chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), as quoted by NBC News.

NBC also brings us a statement from the State Department, laden with gobbledygook about “paradigm shifting:”

“As soon as he came in to the department, Secretary Kerry wanted to invest the time to review the ARB’s findings and match those against his own on-the-job findings about security,” a Senior State Department official said in a statement. “As part of this process, he asked his senior team to complete a thorough review of the independent Benghazi Accountability Review Board’s findings, and after consideration he reaffirmed its findings that no employee breached their duty or should be fired but rather that some should be reassigned.”

The official added: “He studied their careers and studied the facts. In order to implement the ARB and to continue to turn the page and shift the paradigm inside the department, the four employees who were put on administrative leave last December pending further review, will be reassigned inside the State Department.”

You know whose paradigms really got shifted?  The people Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton left to die in Benghazi.  They were sent into a terrorist hot zone without adequate protection, and zero contingency plans in case of emergency.  A veil of secrecy and lies was constructed around their deaths while bullets and mortar shells were still flying.  Their pages have been rather decisively turned.

We often joke about the tendency of the media to describe everything Obama does as “historic,” but this really is historic: absolute zero accountability, plus one hundred percent opacity, for a series of poor decisions and lies that led to four American deaths, including the first U.S. ambassador killed in the line of duty since the Carter years.  The State Department has now completed a leisurely year of meditation and concluded that no one did anything wrong.  They hung four mid-level State employees out to dry for a while, to make it look like they were doing something; they have now concluded it’s safe to take them off the line, fold them, and tuck them back into the drawers of the bureaucracy.

This is how you erase history.  Soon they’ll be saying Benghazi didn’t actually happen at all.

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  • BostonMary

    Been on “paid administrative leave” – essentially on vacation. Living off the fat of the land – like Lois Lerner. What a racket it is to work for the government.

  • Rick_Kalifornication

    This is how you erase history. Soon they’ll be saying Benghazi didn’t actually happen at all.

    I’d say this is the best line, but they have been saying all along that it’s ancient history, so it’s really not a stretch of the administration to claim it never happened. And with a compliant media, and a bunch of LIV’s out there, pretty soon, it will be their reality.

  • Wxcynic

    Kerry and Hillary must have a deal that he’ll not run against her. The cover up continues.

  • ritaxednorep

    I’m waiting for a nice fat juicy promotion for Patrick Kennedy out of this. He was up to his ears in the lying and prevaricating. He must be taken care of for life.

  • Mary

    Hey Hill, you are such a waste. I wonder how some people could look up to you. I know Huma does..if you know what I mean. Hey Kerry do me a favor and put some more ketchup on your frank, or did it shrink from sail surfing!!

  • anothercrawfish

    Yet, the rodeo clown who insulted that poor thin-skinned “president” and his lackeys is banned from performing in MO for LIFE. Let’s recap, a “president” and his lousy sec. of state (HILLARY CLINTON) are responsible for the deaths of four Americans during an attack on a US consulate. Four (an ironic number) government employees then get sent home for a while (and likely still getting paid) until the butcher, HILLARY CLINTON disappears, then the four (not the ones HILLARY CLINTON letdie) get brought back in (probably with raises). Now, some rodeo clown, just trying to make a living and save a few cowboys from getting seriously injured or kiIIed wears a mask of the great and mighty powerful ONE, barack hussein. By doing so the NAACP (a joke that organization is) rants and screams until the state of Missouri (THE STATE) bans this poor man for life from practicing his trade. A more despicable, yellow, anti-American, thin-skinned, worthless bunch the democrat party and it’s weasleship there is not!

  • jim_wright

    Please tell me you didn’t really expect anything different from anyone in this administration did you.

  • LBJ

    Another phony scandal bites the dust! Time for you tea baggers to crank out another one!!!

  • ClarkeB10

    Kerry could be Ambassador to a
    fictional nation such as East Gasbagistan or France, or run a State Department
    engaging in fiction with every nation including our own.

    – Eric Golub

  • josephmn

    Revolt against this socialist takeover of our nation. They are killing us for political expiedency, then let kerry flap his traitorious mouth to say – its all nothing. obuma, clinton, kerry ; a left wing media and 51% of the nation on the dole. Our nation is gone and without revolt never again to re-live as the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.

  • Oneinformedvoter

    This just proves that these employees were just acting on orders from above, i.e. Hillary and Obama. Let us hope that the committee investigating this in the House can come out with the facts and reveal the truth about why our people in Benghazi were left without adequate protection in an increasingly dangerous country especially leading up to the 9/11 anniversary.

  • LBJ

    Guess you just need to be “lucky” enough to be caught in some phony tea bagger concocted “scandal” to degrade Obama for something that goes “wrong” somewhere in the entire federal government.

  • LBJ

    Nut job!

  • Altosackbuteer

    Oh? How did “tea-baggers” concoct what happened in Benghazi, you ugly ntoad?

  • LBJ

    A series of tragic mistakes led to the death of ambassador Stevens and his body guards. It just emphasizes the danger associated with his job – a danger he readily accepted. Conspiracy nut jobs trying to make this into something more (Obama watching him being killed) is not supported by any facts. Time to move on!

  • Timothy Lane

    Perfect Obama Gang accountability: the only “punishment” is a paid vacation until no one’s looking. Perhaps the House could institute impeachment proceedings. It seems to be the only way to accomplish anything.

  • Timothy Lane

    Certainly not as much as taking Lyndon the Bane as a sobriquet.

  • Timothy Lane

    If there’s no scandal, why are they stonewalling so much, bigot?

  • bonnieblue2A

    400 US Stinger Missiles missing from #Benghazi is a REAL problem, not a concocted scandal.

    4 dead Americans assigned to the US Embassy in #Benghazi, including a US Ambassador are REAL deaths, not a concocted scandal.

    Stupid video hardly anyone saw and arresting producer for lame video while blaming same lame video for #Benghazi on 5 Sunday Morning news shows and in front of the UN Security Counsel = Obama-Clinton concocted scandal.

  • Timothy Lane

    Agreed. The first tragic mistake is that they were working for Slick Hilly and Feckless Leader. The second is that the latter two chose not to provide adequate protection. The third is that they chose not to help them during the attack. The fourth is that they decided to cover it up. And the fifth is that their sheep believe every word they say.

  • LBJ

    The “lame video” was the reason for protests at other embassies in the Mideast.
    The producer was arrested on an unrelated charge – not for making the video.

  • bonnieblue2A

    Is that what international arms running and politically expedient assassinations to cover-up the arms running are being called by the Obama administration these days: “a series tragic mistakes”?

  • LBJ

    No stonewalling, tea bagger. The investigation is concluded. The phony “scandal” is debunked.

  • LBJ

    No proof of any of this. Just made up trash from hate radio/ faux news

  • LBJ

    and what makes you think that is what I have done?

  • LBJ

    Crank up the hearings, nut job! You might want to find some charges, first….

  • LBJ

    Politically expedient assassinations??? You are a kook above all the other kooks that inhabit Human Excrement!

  • bonnieblue2A

    Susan Rice, is that you?

  • LBJ

    Nope, just introducing some facts into the conversation. They are in pretty short supply here!

  • LBJ

    Hilary in 2016!!!

  • jzandensky

    Lemme sum it up fer ya..
    HOGWASH!
    The Haughty John Kerry swoops in a saves the day!
    The Whole O-team is a hugh joke. Jackasses, all.

  • ezekiel22

    Lyndon Baines Johnson? Even the administration knew that the video was not the reason for the attack before Susan Rice went on her talking Spree. If you had studied at all on Bengahzi, even out of curiosity you would not have made the statement you did. So why are you trolling in an area you know nothing about?

  • LBJ

    Sorry, tea bagger – wrong on all accounts. We don’t have endless funds to defend every outpost in every country in the world – especially with you tea baggers in Congress cutting funding. There was no help that could have got there in time – they had already been killed. Accordinlgy, there was nothing to cover up. Time to move on to another phony scandal. How about the rodeo clown??? Surely you kooks can turn that into some kind of major “cover up”?

  • David Airy

    I charge YOU for being either delusional or an Obama syncophant

  • David Airy

    LBJ, you absolutely nothing to contribute…nothing

  • David Airy

    LBJ, how many times did you vote for Obama?

  • David Airy

    right………….are you Jay Carney wannabe? the King of half truths

  • David Airy

    YOU seem to want to muddy the discussion with half truths and total distortions…maybe Jay Carney needs a fill in…

  • David Airy

    a Saul Alinsky disciple…just like Obama

  • David Airy

    phony scandal? let the impeachment begin!

  • David Airy

    what clown face should she wear? yours?

  • josephmn

    If Obama were only an ignorant dilettante at least some of his positions would benefit America. He’s not stupid, he is an enemy who will, “side with the muslims”.

    The only person who faced punishment for Benghazi was a filmmaker who the socialists blamed and didn’t have one penny’s worth of responsibility. But the muslim socialist needed a scapegoat so the video maker went to jail and good men died.

    Traitors in the white house, state department and justice department, How can America survive.

  • LBJ

    Assuming you are correct – and I have nothing to contribute – it would seem I fit in well with this kookfest!

  • LBJ

    As many as I could! Clearly, he was the best candidate to clean up W’s messes! I’m starting a petition to repeal the 22nd amendment – want to sign on??

  • LBJ

    Half truths are 50% better than the BS posted by most of the nut jobs, here! Like the one about Stevens being assassinated by Obama….

  • Guest

    a hate radio/faux news disciple – like the tea baggers!

  • LBJ

    a hate radio/faux news disciple – just like the tea bagging nuts that hate Obama!

  • LBJ

    Like I told one of fellow kooks – please proceed!

  • Jim May

    “Tragic mistakes”! How about “tragic leadership in this b.o. Administration?!

  • Jim May

    Pull your head out of the liberal pit and you might be able to see the truth. Maybe.

  • LBJ

    Sorry, kook – I live in the real world, not some hate radio bubble.

  • LBJ

    Considering the hatred this country faces overseas (ignoring for a minute the hatred the tea baggers have for our country) – our people have been relatively safe.
    Thanks you, BHO!

  • LBJ

    Easy, nut job. America is thriving under Obama. We are out of the ditch and back on the road!

  • http://poorwilber.blogspot.com Poor Wilber

    The Imperial Government cannot hold itself accountable.

    I’m surprised the Obama administration and State Department hasn’t implicated the two deceased former Navy Seals for defending the consulate against orders.

    At the pace of the current Benghazi investigation, and watching the feckless Republican interrogation of Hilary Clinton in the House and Senate, I’m beginning to wonder if Republicans want the truth either.

    Why can’t the GOP get the names of survivors, and why haven’t they subpoenaed the information?

    Why don’t we know who gave the stand-down order?

    Why don’t we know why the consulate wasn’t closed or security increased after numerous requests from the ambassador himself weeks before the attack?

    Why was the ambassador’s deputy demoted?
    Why haven’t we heard much from Gen Hamm’s testimony in closed session? This information is generally leaked out in some form.

  • http://poorwilber.blogspot.com Poor Wilber

    and I suppose Morsi was toppled by the military, Islamist extremists are rioting and ethnically cleansing the Coptic’s, burning churches, embassies evacuated, and Cairo is smoldering today because of the “video”. Oh no, it couldn’t possibly be our Dear Leader’s foreign policy….it must be that dang video.

  • http://poorwilber.blogspot.com Poor Wilber

    “I believe we can continue the Great Society while we fight in Vietnam”. – LBJ

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    Revolt against this socialist
    takeover of our nation. They are killing us for political expiedency,
    then let kerry flap his traitorious mouth to say – its all nothing.
    obuma, clinton, kerry ; a left wing media and 51% of the nation on the
    dole. Our nation is gone and without revolt never again to re-live as
    the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.

  • Infidel51

    Everything they get away with just confirms and encourages them to try and get away with more. I imagine they feel pretty much invincible at this point. And they would be right.

  • LBJ

    Because Muslims are killing each other – that is Obama’s fault?
    You kooks keep telling us that Islam is a murderous religion – why in the hell should we get in the middle of it???

  • eewell

    Amazing how these so-called “smart” people don’t know nuthin’.

  • Gr8dane

    The token scapegoats still will not and cannot be held accountable for the murder of the Ambassador or the Navy Seals murdered by both Obama and Clinton. Only two people could have issued a stand down order to the military and it sure as hell wasn’t any of the four scapegoats. I am still waiting to see when they will subpoena both the Admiral and the General they relieved of command for being willing to violate the stand down order. Neither has been called by the (so-called) investigative committee (yet). The American public does not and will not buy into the governments BS and attempts to cover-up the facts. They are out there, and they are exposed. The truth of the matter is they were about to be handed their collective butts because the weapon smuggling activity they set up was about to be blown. Enter the sacrificial lamb – what they did not count on was the two Navy Seal who did what they were trained to do and came to the aid of the Ambassador. They are the true heroes here – not those who occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Ave or the Witch of State (at the time). Anywhere else they would be facing murder charges for their actions or lack of.

  • Gr8dane

    The word is complicit in the murder of the ambassador and the two Navy Seals. Only two people could have issued a stand down order – either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton – no one else had the authority. The fact that they chose to sacrifice the Ambassador because his cover was blown about his involvement with running guns is one thing – to those two he was collateral damage. What they did not plan on or expect was the two former US Navy Seals (contractors) who weighed in and did what they were trained to do.

    The American public is still waiting for the Admiral and General who were relieved of command to be brought before the so-called investigative panel. They were willing to put their careers on the line to do what every American soldier is trained to do – but neither Obama or Clinton will ever understand. These warriors are of a band of brothers who honor their oath of office where these two make it the punch line on a standing joke. When the truth comes out – if it is allowed to come out – then these two should be tried for their crimes – regardless of the office.

  • Donald DeCamp

    I have never seen a case like this where people could lie and know that we knew they were lying and still continue lying with a straight face, belieeing that the people who vote for the would accept everything they say as truth

  • Mad Mmaxxx

    This clearly the most corrupt administration this country has ever had. also the most gutless congress ever.
    I say we vote them ALL out in 2014 regardless of party.

  • BarrackHussein

    Would anybody expect anything different from “Swift Boat” Kerry? Until I see them together, I will assume they are the same person.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Beverly-Sue-Walts/674279086 Beverly Sue Walts

    only NUT JOB on here is the delusional troll .. with his head so far up obamas as*.. he cant see the light.. nothing is going to help the ignorant that refuse to learn anything..

  • LBJ

    I’ll admit it is an extremely difficult job, but that is why I’m here – to educate the ignorant tea bagging kooks on human excrement. Even those close minded nut jobs that refuse to learn!