The Buck Stops Where?


Remember when Obama said this about leaders taking responsibility for the actions of their employees (emphasis mine)?

“Well, here’s what I know, we were just talking about responsibility and as president of the United States, it’s pretty clear to me that I’m responsible for folks who are working in the federal government and you know, Harry Truman said the buck stops with you.”

So who will take responsibility for this (emphasis mine)?

“An independent inquiry into the attack on the United States diplomatic mission in Libya that killed four Americans on Sept. 11 sharply criticized the State Department for a lack of seasoned security personnel and for relying on untested local militias to safeguard the compound, according to the panel’s report made public on Tuesday night.”

“The panel also blamed the government for over-relying on specific warnings of imminent attacks or other threats to take action rather than adapting security procedures and protocols to a deteriorating security environment. By this spring, Benghazi, a hotbed of militant activity in eastern Libya, had experienced a string of assassinations, an attack on a British envoy’s motorcade and the explosion of a bomb outside the American mission.”

“Finally, the report also blamed two major State Department bureaus — Diplomatic Security and Near Eastern Affairs — for failing to coordinate and plan adequate security at the mission. The panel also determined that a number of officials had shown poor leadership.”

Systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus,” the report said, “resulted in special mission security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place.”

Did our Government move military support into the area to protect the US citizens who were working in this volatile region? No.

“On the night of the attack, the Pentagon was able to divert an unarmed Predator drone operating 90 miles away to Benghazi, and the C.I.A. later used it to help plan an escape route for the surviving Americans. But other military forces were too far away or could not be mobilized in time.”

“The closest AC-130 gunship, a devastating and accurate weapon against insurgents in urban areas, was in Afghanistan. There are no armed drones within range of Libya. There was no Marine expeditionary unit — a large seaborne force with its own helicopters — in the Mediterranean Sea.”

Notice how the inquiry panel report didn’t mention anything about a YouTube video inciting a riot at the embassy?

It’ll be interesting to see how the Main Stream Media provides cover for Obama on this one.  Expect them to invoke the Ezra Klein Rule early and often.  “Rules for Thee and not for Me!

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4 Responses to The Buck Stops Where?

  1. In cases like this, you can always recall ANOTHER classic Obama quote:
    “Words. Just words…”

    President Genius IS impressive in one way, however: he continually makes me lose ever more respect for him, month after month after month.

    Honestly, I figured that I was at “none” some time ago.

  2. tannngl says:

    Our president was at ‘none’ for me early in his first campaign. He’s way under water now.
    And I don’t see the main stream media saying anything of any substance about this report. It is what it is. Stuff happens…

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