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Bolton: Failure to Avenge Benghazi Gives Wrong Message to Terrorists

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013 02:04 PM

By Christiana Lilly

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The United States' failure to retaliate for the Benghazi scandal is giving terrorists a message that they can attack American institutions with impunity, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said on Fox News' Happening Now segment.

"The failure of the administration eight months after the attack either to retaliate, to avenge the killing, to exact retribution, to make it clear to the terrorists you can't do this and get away with it, is much more serious," he said. "It tells terrorists, you can attack Americans with impunity, and that's very dangerous."

Bolton said that arguing over whether witnesses should testify in public is a "sideshow," and the report released by the Accountability Review Board is unimpressive due to its limitations.

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"I don't think the ARB tells us that much because its mandate was specifically limited to look for responsibility within the state department," he said.

The report fails to answer questions that still linger eight months after the attack on the consulate in Libya in Sept. 2012, killing Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

"Why did we have a facility in Benghazi at all, particularly one that wasn't up to state department standards? And why were repeated requests for security enhancements denied beforehand? That's a policy question," he said.

Bolton claimed the administration wanted a post in Benghazi to "show things were going great there."


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