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Benghazi attack returns to haunt Hillary Clinton [Letter]

The deadly 2012 attack by militants on U.S. government posts in Benghazi, Libya, was preventable according to a recently released report by the Senate Intelligence Committee, and it was the fault of the U.S. State Department for inadequate security precautions.

Several months before the attacks on an American diplomatic post and CIA compound in Benghazi, U.S. intelligence agencies had issued numerous reports warning that security in eastern Libya was deteriorating and that U.S. personnel and posts there were at risk. But the State Department paid little or no attention to the warning.

The State Department simply failed to increase security enough to address the threat, even though the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi had suffered two earlier, less damaging attacks during the previous six months.

Unfortunately four Americans, including Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, were killed when militants attacked the lightly protected U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi and a better-fortified CIA base nearby on the night of Sept. 11, 2012.

The attack became a political issue in Washington in the run-up to the 2012 election, and President Barack Obama tried to play down its significance as he campaigned for a second term.

The fault for this disastrous failure lies with the State Department and with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Al Eisner, Silver Spring

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