A new report blamed a slow military response for the deaths of four Americans during the 2012 attack on a U.S. embassy in Benghazi.
“Despite President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s clear orders to deploy military assets, nothing was sent to Benghazi, and nothing was en route to Libya at the time the last two Americans were killed almost eight hours after the attacks began,” the report stated.
The House Oversight Committee published its findings from a two-year investigation led by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-SC. He urged Americans to read the 800-page report before coming to their conclusions on the matter. For the investigation, the panel reviewed more than 75,000 new pages of documents and transcripts.
“Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were heroes who gave their lives in service to our country. Their bravery and the courageous actions of so many others on the ground that night should be honored,” Gowdy said.
“When the Select Committee was formed, I promised to conduct this investigation in a manner worthy of the American people’s respect, and worthy of the memory of those who died. That is exactly what my colleagues and I have done,” he said.
Many lawmakers remain critical of the Obama Administration’s lack of consistency and transparency in the aftermath of the complex incident. The attack occurred on Sept. 11, 2012.
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