20 January 2014

Libya: Mrs Clinton's Road to the White House and the Big Bad Benghazi Bend


With the release of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's report on Benghazi, the disaster that included deaths of four Americans (including the ambassador) has been exhaustively evaluated by both an internal State Department investigation as well as a major Senate inquiry. Meanwhile, the New York Times carried out its own, separate examination of the events.

Broadly speaking, these three essentially reached the same conclusions. J. BROOKS SPECTOR takes a closer look at what they found and contemplates what it may portend for Hillary Clinton's presidential chances.

Two weeks ago, Daily Maverick reported on the preparations of Hillary Rodham Clinton's supporters to position the potential candidate for a final run for the Democratic Party's nomination for the presidency in 2016, as well as Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio's initial efforts to position himself to capture the Republican nomination.

But this was just a few days before the US Senate's Select Committee on Intelligence released its report on the Benghazi attack on 15 January. Benghazi is now shorthand for the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other staffers at the Consulate in that Libyan city on 11 September 2012, when the building came under attack with fatal consequences. To...

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