Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Where Does the Benghazi Buck Stop?

Either the Obama administration is/attempting covering up, what happened, what they knew and when they knew it in regards to Benghazi or it is gross incompetence on the part of Clinton, Obama and his administration for events the disaster in Benghazi.  Let’s assume, for a minute, that there is no cover up, that the President had no idea of what was going on in Benghazi, that he wasn’t aware there was a credible threat to the Benghazi Embassy, or that Ambassador Stevens had requested additional security he, and that United States citizens, whose safety the State Department and the President were directly responsible for, needed based on credible threats, and that those citizens were left without adequate protection on 9/11/12, the one day out of the year with the highest risk of terrorist attack.  What you have left is gross incompetence. 




The responsibilities of Secretary of State that Hillary Clinton failed to do adequately:

  • Serves as the President's principal adviser on U.S. foreign policy;
  • Conducts negotiations relating to U.S. foreign affairs;
  • Advises the President on the appointment of U.S. ambassadors, ministers, consuls, and other diplomatic representatives;
  • Ensures the protection of the U.S. Government to American citizens, property, and interests in foreign countries;
  • Provides information to American citizens regarding the political, economic, social, cultural, and humanitarian conditions in foreign countries;
  • Informs the Congress and American citizens on the conduct of U.S. foreign relations;
  • Administers the Department of State;
  • Supervises the Foreign Service of the United States.


Clinton says the buck stops with her, but does it?  While Hillary Clinton is certainly responsible for the failure to protect our citizens in Benghazi, does President Obama bear any of the responsibility?  The answer is yes, here’s why:


The head of any organization has to delegate work to others.  This is what happened in The State Department(then called Department of Foreign Affairs) was created in 1789.  The department was created to alleviate work for the President. The head of the State Department, the Secretary of State, reports directly to the President.



It is the responsibility of the head of any organization who delegates responsibilities to others to make sure they are performing their responsibilities satisfactorily. Mrs. Clinton admits she did not do this. Are Mrs. Clinton’s failures also Obama’s failures?

In the hierarchy of the United States Government, The State Department, specifically, the head of the State Department, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, is directly responsible to the President of the United States. 


What responsibility does Obama hold? Obama, being the one ultimately responsible for what occurs underneath him, is responsible for the following:


Not maintaining adequate communication between himself and his appointee Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  President Obama failed at ensuring he received information on the conditions in Benghazi.  He should have been aware that the staff did not have adequate protection and that they had requested additional protection.  The fact that that information did not, presumably, reach him does not exempt him from blame.  It is his responsibility to make certain that those he delegates report to him and give him that information.  The breakdown in communication lies squarely on his shoulders as the person the Secretary of State reports to.


If I knew there was increased risk for violence on 9/11, President Obama knew it too.  That was why security and risk were discussed, at great length by the Obama Administration/State Department in the days leading up to 9/11.  Heightened awareness leading up to 9/11 has occurred every year since 2002.  To claim ignorance of this fact would be gross negligence on Obama’s part.  Being that it was the anniversary of 9/11 and a greater risk of violence toward the United States, the President should have known this and kept on top of things and ensure that our citizens were safe on 9/11.  He failed to do that.


Claiming ignorance is not an excuse, it is proof of failed leadership and gross incompetency.  The buck stops with Obama. 



1 comment:

  1. Great information. This makes the entire situation crystal clear where the responsibility lies.