POSTED: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 7:43pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 6:30pm
Tyler, Tx — The Washington Times reported today about the Benghazi mess that the review board found some problems with the way things were done.
The report, produced by a panel led by retired career diplomat Thomas R. Pickering and known as an Accountability Review Board, criticized the State Department for relying too much on unreliable local militias for security in Libya; and for being lulled by the absence of specific warnings of an imminent attack, rather than responding to the general security environment, which had been deteriorating for some time in eastern Libya.
The board "found that certain senior State Department officials within two bureaus demonstrated a lack of proactive leadership and management ability in their responses to security concerns" in Benghazi. But the report notes that poor management is "ordinarily addressed through the performance management system" rather than through discipline.
However, the board adds that "findings of unsatisfactory leadership performance by senior officials" in relation to security "should be a potential basis for discipline recommendations" in the future, and recommends changes to department regulations that would make that possible.
The report does not name any of the officials concerned, but an investigation by House Republicans found that Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Charlene Lamb, responsible for diplomatic security in the region, denied repeated requests for additional security in Libya from security officials on the ground.
In other words. We'll try and do better next time.
That's my point of view, what's yours?