There are several issues that are not being raised. One of them is the fact that Benghazi was and still a known hub for both Weapons and more recently Human Trafficking. At that time Benghazi was a known transit point for weapons heading from Sudan into the Gaza Strip. The question of whether or not this was point of US interest is not covered in the report. But it should be.
The Concerns about Human Trafficking are a more recent concern with the recent flow of Migrants from Syria and Northern Iraq. But it is still a valid concern nonetheless.
There were over 200 requests for improved security at the facility at the annex. Why didn't these requests reach Secretary Clinton's Desk? This does raise questions about the Machinations of the Bureaucracy within the Department under her watch. She may have some deniability as to the requests but her not getting them could be a sign of a level of mistrust in her leadership or being to mundane for her to deal with.
The Timeline from when SECDEF Panetta ordered the Military to prepare a response at 1900 hrs DC Time to when the initial response finally reached the annex at 1430 the next day. WTF is going on with this? A Marine Officer stated in the report that in that time that the Soldiers were told to change clothing 4 times. The State Dept had concerns about Marine Cammies offending the people in Benghazi. And Active Duty Military conducting an Operation wearing Civilian Clothes violates the Geneva Convention. Marines with High and Tights do have a habit of standing out in the Crowd. BTW Soldiers in Civilian Clothes will be considered to be Spies.
This item has to be one of the greatest pieces of Irony I have ever seen. The Libyan Forces that actually went in and secured the Complex were Qadaffi Loyalists. We had bombed them a little more than a year ago and at the request of a CIA Officer on the scene They showed up with enough force to drive away the Islamist Rebels.
Clearly there were failures to take in the Security Concerns at the facility in Benghazi. The Administration in particularly the State Department and the Agency did not request for any assistance whether from the Military when necessary or seeking funding to actually accomplish this from the Congress.
The response and the aftermath were pure political posturing by an Administration seeking reeelection. Now a key member of that Administration now seeks to hold this high office. Can the United States afford to do so for the next four years?