A State Department-ordered investigation into September's attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, concluded that "systemic failures" left the facility inadequately protected, according to the independent review board's report, which confirmed that no protest preceded the deadly attack.
The report, posted Tuesday night on the State Department's website, also identified "leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus," and it suggested 29 ways the department can improve its operations but recommended no disciplinary action. ...
Although the motive for the attack remains unclear, the report released Tuesday confirms what quickly became evident -- that the attack was the coordinated work of heavily armed terrorists.
But in many ways, the security failures were of even greater concern.
Despite clear and present threats, the review board found the security posture at the Benghazi consulate was "short-term, transitory" and "relatively inexperienced" -- and ultimately "inadequate."
It also found "a pervasive realization among personnel who served in Benghazi that the Special Mission was not a high priority for Washington when it came to security-related requests, especially those relating to staffing." (continue reading at Fox)