The Select Committee on Benghazi released its much-anticipated report Tuesday, documenting through more than 800 pages a better understanding of what happened leading up to, during and after the terrorist attacks that killed four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador in Libya.
New information released in the report reveals a clearer picture about the government’s mishandling of the attacks, including a failure to accommodate increased security requests, a lack of urgency to respond to the attacks and a coordinated effort to mislead the American public about the nature of the attacks.
According to Alabama 2nd District U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, a member of the Select Committee, the United States government “failed its people and lied to the public.”
“While our guys were on the ground taking gunfire and mortar attacks, Washington was moving at a snail’s pace,” Roby said at news conference Tuesday announcing the report. “In Washington, the Administration was more concerned about diplomatic sensitivities with the Libyans and promoting its policy agenda as successful than it was about the safety of the Americans it sent there.”
Roby went on to explain the committee’s investigative efforts were met with strong opposition from the Defense Department, “and now we know why.” Pointing out the DOD failed to deploy to Benghazi in an effort to save Americans at the overrun compound.
“At the end of the day, no military assets directed by Washington ever moved toward Benghazi,” Roby said. “The bottom line is that Washington failed to have our guys’ back when they needed it. From my perspective, this lack of urgency demonstrates either incompetence or indifference, or both.”
“In this case, the American government failed its people and lied to the public in the aftermath,” Roby concluded. “This is unacceptable, and I know that our report shines a bright light on these events so we can prevent this from ever happening again.”
Watch Roby at the news conference below: