Exclusive – Marco Rubio: Benghazi Report Highlights ‘Extraordinary Failure’ of State Dept., Clinton

Sen. Marco Rubio of Fla. speaks with reporters while he walks through the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Today’s report by the House Select Committee on Benghazi is a reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices made by the four brave Americans who lost their lives in the deadly terrorist attacks against U.S. facilities in Libya on the night of September 11, 2012. The report also brings to light the extraordinary failure on the part of officials at the State Department, including Secretary Hillary Clinton, to grasp the security risks in Libya and Benghazi in particular, and take the appropriate action to protect Americans stationed in that country. It raises concerning questions about why it took so long for military assets to respond that night and the State Department’s elevation of concerns about perceptions about our response above the goal of saving American lives. We have long known about the steady stream of diplomatic cables and intelligence reports highlighting the deteriorating situation in Eastern Libya and the fact that little was done to meet the requests of those stationed there for more support. This report highlights the manner in which the Obama administration responds to national security crises with spin designed to influence the media rather than with facts based on accounts from the ground. Following the attack, the administration’s spread of misinformation, which is now confirmed in this official report, and its lack of meaningful action to