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Accountability? Not with this administration

After a scathing after action report we the public were told that four individuals at the State Department were being held responsible for security the debacle in Benghazi. Supposedly all four were being forced to resign.

However, it now appears, that is untrue.

The four officials supposedly out of jobs because of their blunders in the run-up to the deadly Benghazi terror attack remain on the State Department payroll — and will all be back to work soon, The Post has learned.

The highest-ranking official caught up in the scandal, Assistant Secretary of State Eric Boswell, has not “resigned” from government service, as officials said last week. He is just switching desks. And the other three are simply on administrative leave and are expected back.

The four were made out to be sacrificial lambs in the wake of a scathing report issued last week that found that the US compound in Benghazi, Libya, was left vulnerable to attack because of “grossly inadequate” security.

State Department leaders “didn’t come clean about Benghazi and now they’re not coming clean about these staff changes,” a source close to the situation told The Post., adding, the “public would be outraged over this.”

This is typical of our government today. Few if any top government officials are held accountable for their actions or the result of their actions. In this case we were simply lied to. Straight up, in-your-face lies. There apparently was never any intention of actually firing anyone. The deaths that resulted from these peoples gross incompetence are to be ignored.

Until we began to demand that heads roll when this sort of incompetence is encountered, there is no penalty for being incompetent. There is also no lesson learned, or applied. Consequently, you can expect pretty much the same result in other areas.

All of this is a result of the politics of today. The unwillingness to admit a mistake and take proper corrective action because such an admission would reflect poorly on the party in power. No thought or concern about the country. Those responsible for security lapses that led to the death four good men in Libya -men who were depending on their higher ups to do their job – deserve to at a minimum lose their jobs and be forced out of civil service. That’s obviously not going to happen.

If I were a member of the family of one of those men, I be considering a civil lawsuit against those responsible for the failed security that ultimately led to their deaths. It may be a poor alternative to these people being sacked (and likely an alternative that would be a long and expensive process), but I’d be damned if I’d let them get away scott free with being responsible for the murder of my loved one.

Back to the main point, however – this is an example of a government that is both imperious and out-of-touch – more concerned with the health of the bureaucracy than justice and certainly more concerned with party vs. country.

~McQ

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8 Responses to Accountability? Not with this administration

  • This really seems to be a hallmark of this Obamabanana Republic…and the infestation of the Chicago Way into Federal governance.
    Several of these people are bald-faced outlaws, Jackson included but by no means alone, and others are just culpable.
    The Obama deal seems to be to assure them they will never face the music for anything.  How different life would be if we had an Attorney General…

    • What I find mildly disturbing is how quickly the Federal Bureaucracy accommodated itself to the Chicago way.

      I’d like to think some civil disobedience might occur within the civil government, but if that IS the case, it is being well hidden.

  • The public had a chance to hold them accountable last month and passed. I think they rightly believe that the public doesn’t care. And I really can’t fault them for it either. The people voted for this. Let them have it in full.

    • I think that the what the public does not know, does not affect it.
      I am recalling being in some restaurant and them having the news on about Bush’s firing of US attorneys. That story was puffed up so big, when it was nothing, but if you promote that narrative over and over, it sticks.
      If you ran Benghazi like Abu Ghraib, this would be a shocking piece of news.
      Now, I have Democrat friends who said this is no big deal and neither is F&F I think I would agree with them if the press actually hounded the Admin a bit. (BTW, He didn’t mean no big deal as in ignore it, just saying they were not supreme level scandals. Reagan had Beirut, Iran-Contra, etc.  Its not the end of Reagan, etc.)
      I think its the media cover up and flak cover they are providing that is the scandal.
       

  • HA!!

    Back to the main point, however – this is an example of a government that is both imperious and out-of-touch – more concerned with the health of the bureaucracy than justice and certainly more concerned with party vs. country.

    Well, at least since the beginnings of the Civil Service System in the 1870s!
    “Civil Service; no longer servants and no longer civil!” – Winston Churchill

  • I find conservative outrage to be quite amusing anymore.
    Does one not realize that not only do leftists not think as conservatives do, such that pointing out their errors will make them see the light, they don’t really “think” per se (more like emoting).
    Even the great Thomas Sowell, in his book “Conflict of Visions” said,mainly, the left see reality differently. That’s wrong; they see a whole different reality. A reality made up on the fly.
    Does anyone think Americans are immune from the visictitudes of human nature?

  • I see we’re not talking about the 50% price bath we’re taking on the GM stock sale.  The one where we lent them the money to buy back our stock at half the value.

    Sweet dealings, if you have the right friends no?

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