Benghazi report offers little insight

info@islandpacket.comJanuary 18, 2014 

I have a copy of the Senate's report on the terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, and, in reading it, I find some inconsistencies.

For example, the report concludes that the State Department ignored several requests from Ambassador Stevens to increase security in Libya -- but later, the report indicates that he twice rejected offers from General Ham, African Command, to put additional Department of Defense security assets in the country.

I'm also concerned the report is very partisan. The basic report is 56 pages; the Additional Majority Report is five pages; the Additional Views of Vice Chairman Chambliss and Senators Burr, Risch, Coats, Rubio, and Coburn are 16 pages; and the Additional Views of Senator Collins is four pages. As a result, the report doesn't put the issue to bed. Anyone reading it can take away almost anything one wants, especially to support partisan positions.

So the Benghazi controversy will never end. I believe the purpose of the additional views of the Republicans is to set the stage for using this against Hillary Clinton if she runs in 2016. Obviously, the additional views of the majority are to try to blunt the impact on her. But, in my opinion, they aren't successful.

Michael F. Vezeau

Sun City Hilton Head

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