The New York Times headline says it all:
But you wouldn’t know that reading the right wing blogs.
Sure the report condemns many things, but not Hillary Clinton. Of course, wingnuts will try to blur the lines.
Here’s what the New York Times says:
Ending one of the longest, costliest and most bitterly partisan congressional investigations in history, the House Select Committee on Benghazi issued its final report on Tuesday, finding no new evidence of culpability or wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton in the 2012 attacks in Libya that left four Americans dead.
The 800-page report, however, included some new details about the night of the attacks, and the context in which it occurred, and it delivered a broad rebuke of government agencies like the Defense Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department — and the officials who led them — for failing to grasp the acute security risks in Benghazi, and especially for maintaining outposts in there that they could not protect.
And that seems to be an accurate assessment. Watch how the right wing plays it though.
For example, the report says “Despite President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s clear orders to deploy military assets, nothing was sent to Benghazi, and nothing was en route to Libya at the time the last two Americans were killed almost 8 hours after the attacks began. [pg. 141]” [http://benghazi.house.gov/NewInfo]
How is that spun on right wing sites like Hot Air? “Americans died because the Obama/Clinton team failed to deploy military assets”
Suddenly, Hillary Clinton was in charge of deploying military assets as Secretary of State. Did you know that? And let’s ignore the fact that Obama actually ordered military assets to be deployed.
But let’s pin it on Obama and Clinton anyway.
In truth, the House Benghazi report — while condemning the security in Benghazi, including the State Department’s own investigation — says essentially nothing new that hasn’t been found by prior investigations and congressional hearings. They fleshed out a detail or two. And that cost taxpayers $7 million dollars.
Cue sad trombone and sad elephant.
Meanwhile, Trump has not tweeted anything (nor has he tweeted anything about yesterday’s pro-choice Supreme Court decision)