Benghazi: Fake Resignations at the State Department?

DAVID FRENCH, ACLJ

aclj 10I truly hope this report isn’t accurate:

The four officials supposedly out of jobs because of their blunders in the run-up to the deadly Benghazi terror attack remain on the State Department payroll — and will all be back to work soon, The Post has learned.

The highest-ranking official caught up in the scandal, Assistant Secretary of State Eric Boswell, has not “resigned” from government service, as officials said last week. He is just switching desks. And the other three are simply on administrative leave and are expected back.

The four were made out to be sacrificial lambs in the wake of a scathing report issued last week that found that the US compound in Benghazi, Libya, was left vulnerable to attack because of “grossly inadequate” security.

If this is true, then we would have to add yet another failure to the Benghazi scandal. The administration failed to adequately protect its diplomatic compound in spite of repeated warnings (and even attacks), it failed to adequately respond the night the compound was overrun, and it failed to tell the truth for weeks following the attack. Is it now failing to hold anyone effectively accountable for the disaster of September 11, 2012?

Resigning in the face of obvious failure is an honorable act by those who aspire to true “public service.” That we’ve had to wait this long — and for faux resignations, perhaps — is a sad comment on the character of our bureaucracy. And, yes, I know this is a bipartisan pattern dating back to the previous administration (and before). When honor demands a certain action, we are becoming increasingly accustomed to public servants who do the opposite.

This article appeared first at ACLJ.org and National Review Online.


David French is a Senior Counsel for the ACLJ. A Kentucky native, David is a 1994 graduate (cum laude) of Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a 1991 graduate (summa cum laude, valedictorian) of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. David has been a commercial litigation partner for a large law firm, taught at Cornell Law School, served as president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), and currently serves as a Senior Counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice. He is the author of multiple books, including A Season for Justice: Defending the Rights of the Christian Home, Church, and School and the upcoming Home and Away: The Story of Family in a Time of War.


Used with the permission of the American Center for Law and Justice.