What Was Hillary Clinton’s Role in the Benghazi Attack?

A new OPSEC report announced Tuesday combines for the first time in a single document the findings of multiple official investigations and media reports about Hillary Clinton’s role before, during and after the attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi – an attack a bipartisan committee of U.S. senators called “preventable.”

Breach of Duty: Hillary Clinton and Catastrophic Failure in Benghazi relies on sworn testimony, findings by independent and bipartisan congressional investigations and media reports to demonstrate that Hillary Clinton was unsupportive before the Benghazi attack, unresponsive during the attack and has worked to remain unaccountable after the attack.

Excerpts include:

  • “During the highly-charged 2008 Democratic primary season, Hillary Clinton attacked Barack Obama for being unprepared for a phone call in the middle of the night that demanded a decisive response. Her 2008 campaign claimed that she, in contrast, was prepared for those urgent calls. Yet when her phone rang at approximately 4pm EDT on September 11th, 2012, and she was briefed about the Benghazi attack, she demonstrated the very lack of decisiveness she had attributed to then-Senator Obama.”
  • “The attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi on September 11th, 2012, actually consisted of three distinct but interconnected phases: an unsupported diplomatic expansion into the city that enabled the attack; an uncoordinated and unresponsive reaction to the attack itself; and a concerted effort after the attack to remain unaccountable. Although a wide range of decisions contributed to each of these individual phases, only one person was responsible for the most critical choices during all three: Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
  • “As this report will show, the information available to Secretary Clinton was actually very clear and the consequences of decisions made by her and the team under her direct supervision were entirely predictable. The information wasn’t inadequate; her leadership was.”
Hillary Clinton’s Role in the Benghazi Attack
Hillary Clinton’s Role in the Benghazi Attack

Breach of Duty: Hillary Clinton and Catastrophic Failure in Benghazi is being released by OPSEC, a non-partisan grassroots advocacy organization of former members of Special Operations Forces and the Intelligence Community.

OPSEC is focused on protecting U.S. Special Operations Forces and national intelligence assets from political exploitation, misguided policies, and intentional misuse of classified information, all of which expose them and their families to greater risk and reduce their ability to keep Americans safe. More information about OPSEC can be found at www.OpSecTeam.org.

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