The House Intelligence Committee, with its Republican majority, declassified its Benghazi findings on Thursday. What nefarious misdeeds did they find that the Obama Administration committed?
Among the Intelligence Committee’s findings, according to Thompson:
— Intelligence agencies were “warned about an increased threat environment, but did not have specific tactical warning of an attack before it happened.”
— “A mixed group of individuals, including those associated with al Qaeda, (Moammar) Khadafy loyalists and other Libyan militias, participated in the attack.”
— “There was no ‘stand-down order’ given to American personnel attempting to offer assistance that evening, no illegal activity or illegal arms transfers occurring by U.S. personnel in Benghazi, and no American was left behind.”
— The administration’s process for developing “talking points” was “flawed, but the talking points reflected the conflicting intelligence assessments in the days immediately following the crisis.”
So, uh, pretty much what everybody outside of the Republican conspiracy bubble already knew. There were general threat warnings but no specific warnings about that particular attack, the attackers weren’t all “Al-Qaeda,” whatever that means, no stand-down order was issued, and the “it was the YouTube video” talking point was problematic in hindsight but at the time reflected actual assessments as to what happened. Since there’s virtually no way that Republicans will allow this report to be the final word on Benghazi, let me just say that I can’t wait for additional multi-million dollar investigations to unearth absolutely nothing.