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We Still Need a Comprehensive Libya Policy Review

Still needed on Libya: A comprehensive congressional policy review. The Benghazi attack didn’t just represent some operational security problems, as the latest statements from the State Department would have you believe. The NYT reports:

“We have to do better,” said Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns. [ . . . ]

State Department officials promised on Thursday to carry out quickly the recommendations of a review board to beef up security for the foreign service and urged Congress to provide more money to protect American diplomats.

The Benghazi attack was one small chapter in an an expensive and still unfolding tale of policy failure, in which U.S. forces were committed to Qaddafi’s ouster without proper assessment of risk, analysis of policy costs, or preparation for consequences.

Especially now that the election is over and there is less danger of partisan infighting dominating the analysis, we need a thorough congressional review to shed light on the problems, identify lessons learned, and prevent a repeat performance.

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