Report: Benghazi Could Have Been Prevented

(Washington, DC) -- A report on the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya says the tragedy could have been prevented. The Senate Intelligence Committee has released a newly declassified report on the attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The report faults the State Department for not boosting security at the compound, despite warnings about possible attacks. The document cited "known security shortfalls" at the American consulate. The report also noted that U.S. military assets were not positioned to respond to the attack in a timely fashion.

Newly declassified documents show it didn't take long for the U.S. military to conclude that an assault on a U.S. post in Benghazi, Libya, was a coordinated attack. Republican Congressman Darrell Issa says hardly anyone believed the assault on September 11th of 2012 stemmed from anti-Islam movie, as the administration initially claimed.
The documents detail the testimony of former AFRICOM commander General Carter Ham to the House Armed Services Committee in June. Ham said that the accounts from the attack showed some decent firepower and accurate small arms fire. He said, quote, "it started to become clear pretty quickly that this was certainly a terrorist attack." The strike in Benghazi left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Soon after the attack in Benghazi, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice told the Sunday talk shows it was the administration's belief the attack was a protest that had spiraled out of control. Later, Obama administration officials admitted a possible terrorist element to the attack. Critics of the administration have said the Obama administration may have tried to downplay terrorism as a cause because it would counter the White House's claims that al-Qaeda is losing strength.