WASHINGTON -- The U.S diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya. was "woefully vulnerable" prior to the deadly 2012 attack by militants, according to a report by House Republicans on the incident that blames the Obama administration for failing to beef up security.
The report, released Tuesday by Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee, contains few new revelations about the Benghazi attack, which has sparked a long-running partisan battle.
It debunks one of the persistent claims about the response to the incident: that the U.S. military was ordered to "stand down" instead of going to the aid of Ambassador J.
"There was no 'stand down' order issued to
It quotes Gen.
No troops arrived in Benghazi in time to assist the
The report does not mention former Secretary of State
The report blames unnamed White House officials, who it says "failed to comprehend or ignored the dramatically deteriorating security situation in Libya."
It acknowledges there was no specific intelligence that the attack was coming but criticizes the administration and the State Department for not seeking to beef up the U.S. military presence amid concern about worsening security in Libya.
Like previous investigations, the Republican report largely absolves the military for failing to make it to Benghazi before the attack was over. U.S troops and aircraft in Europe and in the U.S. were not positioned to respond quickly enough, it says.
[For the record, 12:32 p.m. PSTon Feb. 11: An early version of this post stated that four Americas died in the attack on the diplomatic post. Ambassador Stevens and another American were killed at the site; two other Americans were slain the following morning by mortar fire on a nearby CIA post.]