60 Minutes Benghazi Retractions
60 Minutes’ retraction of its Benghazi report shows what a mess Benghazi was. This is months after the attack and CBS still got it wrong. So, it’s not surprising that Susan Rice might have gotten something wrong when she appeared on TV news shows just a day or so after the attack. The Republicans no doubt blame the State Department for hiring low quality people to defend Benghazi, but I blame them for forcing the government to outsource almost everything, including security for embassies. Of course, Benghazi was not an embassy; it was not even a consulate. It was some kind of special purpose cover mission for some wild, crazy CIA activities in Libya, which were run not out of the mission building, but out of some safe house a few blocks from the embassy. The CIA officers were clearly the Keystone Cops in this operation who let Ambassador Stevens die through cowardice or incompetence. The CIA station chief in Libya should be censured and fired. The head of Blue Mountain Security should be no longer be allowed to do business with the US government, since the lying security agent who spoke to 60 Minutes worked for Blue Mountain. This is a scandal, but not for the State Department; it’s a scandal for the CIA which failed to come the Ambassador’s aid and for the Republicans who failed to fund adequate security for the Benghazi mission, forcing it to outsource its security to a bunch of unknown, worthless foreigners.