On “Taking the Fall”


President Barack Obama stands with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during the transfer of remains ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Sept. 14, 2012, marking the return to the United States of the remains of J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Ambassador to Libya; Sean Smith, Information Management Officer; and Security Personnel Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, who were killed in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

4 people under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s civilian command died. It’s not taking the fall.. It’s reminding a press rabid for points to be able to score and track in a presidential election that the State Department is a huge bureaucracy inside of the executive branch of the federal government. Hillary Clinton is in charge of that bureaucracy with a high degree of operational autonomy and in balancing embassy security requests with perceived need, they got it right at all the other US Embassies except that one. Period.

All this talk about bucks stopping places is for children and movies. This was a security request that wasn’t properly taken care of, the Secretary of State and her deputies are the people who handle these issues. In the end, issues may have with the placement of an embassy in Benghazi. Who knows. It’s just not something that I think is the most important question.