December 21, 2012

FIRST THE HORSE, NOW THE BARN DOOR: State Dept. focusing on ‘deteriorating security’ at diplomatic posts.

State Department officials on Thursday said the department is evaluating all high-risk posts in the wake of a report that found systemic security problems were to blame for the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Thomas Nides told panels in the House and Senate that the department would focus on a troubling pattern of “deteriorating security” at U.S. diplomatic posts. . . . An independent report released Wednesday found State should have been paying more attention to broad political changes that were affecting security.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sidelined by a nasty case of athlete’s foot, was unavailable for comment.