Something was deeply wrong at White House Dossier.
I decided to order an investigation. And this mission was so important, I decided, that I would have to perform the investigation myself.
My conclusions are now in: While some mistakes were made by other people, I did nothing wrong. I’ve decided to clear myself of any wrongdoing or error, but I will of course assiduously implement my own recommendations to avoid further screw ups down the road.
The Benghazi report released today will be taken by Washington as proof President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton in fact did nothing wrong with respect to Benghazi, where four brave Americans died unnecessarily, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.
But the report is completely meaningless. It was written by people appointed by Hillary Clinton. Yes, that’s right folks, she made the brave move of investigating her own department. And, unsurprisingly, the report failed to find fault with her.
Actually, if you read it, the report didn’t even investigate her – or President Obama. It doesn’t mention him at all, and it only mentions her as having appointed the commission. It didn’t accuse either of them of anything because it didn’t even examine them.
In the briefing room Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney sought to make the report seem like a searing indictment, “blunt in its criticism.” Quite profound, this document. The last word on things – tough – all that’s needed.
And then he made sure to read aloud the section of the report that said – with no evidence to back up the assertion – that the response from Washington the night of the attacks had been timely and well coordinated, and that there “was not enough time given the speed of the attacks for armed U.S. military assets to have made a difference.”
That is, the response by the big shots was wonderful. It was the lesser people in the State Department who are to blame.
But the report really doesn’t discuss what Clinton or Obama did. We still don’t know if the president stayed up and monitored the situation or fell asleep.
There’s no explanation of what was tried or not tried in terms of a military response. What does it mean that the military could not have “made a difference.” A difference in what, exactly?
And the fact remains that multiple requests from Benghazi prior to the attack for more security were ignored. The report sites “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department.” Who is responsible for “systemic failures” in multiple bureaus other than the person running “the system?” That would be Hillary.
The report also points a finger at Congress for not appropriating enough money for embassy security. But Obama seems to have been able to extract money from Congress for the things he really wants. Perhaps he was planning on defending the Benghazi consulate with reinforced solar panels.
It’s become very amusing to watch as people in Washington, like Clinton did in October for Benghazi and Obama does from time to time, take “responsibility” for bad stuff that happens under their watch. They all learned in college that JFK bravely “took responsibility” for the Bay of Pigs disaster, and that Harry Truman declared, “The buck stops here.”
But these days it’s all a crock. They’re not really taking responsibility for anything.
During the briefing today, I heard two reporters guffawing about “impeaching” the president. I assume they were mocking the assertions by some that Obama’s actions the night of the attacks, or lack of them, could end up constituting impeachable offenses. They, like the rest of Washington, assumed today Obama and Clinton have been exculpated.
I know how Obama and Clinton feel. My investigation of White House Dossier, thank goodness, found I did nothing wrong as well.
Nevertheless, I do take full responsibility.