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How Benghazi will shape 2016 presidential race

Christian Science Monitor

Originally Posted: June 28, 2016

The final report of the House Select Committee on Benghazi is out, and the news for Hillary Clinton is both good and bad.

On the plus side, for Mrs. Clinton, the committee didn’t make any major new revelations, in general, and did not target her for blame specifically. The 800-page report affirmed the conclusions of previous investigations – that the United States’ national security apparatus, including the Clinton-led State Department, was ill-equipped to protect the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, and had not heeded warnings about risks to the facilities.

On the down side, Benghazi is back in the spotlight, and that, by definition, is bad news for the Democrats’ presumptive presidential nominee. The retelling of the Sept. 11, 2012, terror attack, which left the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans dead, brings the worst episode of Clinton’s four years as secretary of State back to the headlines. READ MORE