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Lamb to the slaughter
Foreign Policy, by Josh Rogin

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Posted By:Emerson, 10/12/2012 6:55:23 PM

In an often heated congressional hearing Wednesday, lawmakers and witnesses alike pointed to State Department official Charlene Lamb as the person most directly responsible for rejecting multiple requests for increased security at the U.S. diplomatic missions in Libya prior to the Sept. 11 attack. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) excoriated the State Department for rejecting requests from the U.S. Embassy in Libya for an extension of temporary security forces that were withdrawn in the months prior to the attack that killed Amb. Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

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Issa released the unclassified cables in which the requests were transmitted. "Requests", not "recommendations".

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Emerson, 10/12/2012 6:58:37 PM     (No. 8929119)

The article goes on to document the testimony given for Eric Nordstrom, Lt. Col. Andy Wood, and Charlene Lamb that was given in the hearing on Wednesday. Lamb did not come off well at all. A Dilbert character confined to her own mental cubicle.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Judith, 10/12/2012 7:04:27 PM     (No. 8929127)

BUT...she was being fed her lines by kennedy.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: schnapps, 10/12/2012 7:06:26 PM     (No. 8929128)

The problem for the regime now is finding a bus large enough to throw all the people they need to throw under. Charlene Lamb was following orders from someone whose name starts with H.
(Hillary or Huma - take your pick).

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Reply 4 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 10/12/2012 7:22:04 PM     (No. 8929157)

No one was feeding this honey her lines on Wednesday. She was all but licking her lips as she recounted how she was on the phone for the real time play-by-play as the murderous attack occurred on the consulate in Benghazi. Reveling in it.

Her narrative was finally called to a halt when it was clear that she might be giving out some classified information.

She reports to someone (Boswell?) who reports up the chain to Hillary.

Lamb is basically the human resources department for our embassies and consulates world wide. 200some facilities. She is scary!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: earlybird, 10/12/2012 7:33:51 PM     (No. 8929180)

You want bureaucracy? Come'n get it!

Here is Charlene R. Lamb's official bio (Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Programs):

http://www.state.gov/m/ds/rls/rm/143420.htm

She reports to Eric Boswell, head of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security:

http://www.state.gov/m/ds/index.htm

Boswell reports to Patrick Kennedy, who appears to have a pretty outsized bailiwick:

Under Secretary for Management
http://www.state.gov/m/index.htm

And they are all terrified to talk!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 10/12/2012 7:41:25 PM     (No. 8929193)

I understand that the WH has ordered a reticulated bus...

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 10/12/2012 7:47:43 PM     (No. 8929204)

Between Ms. Lamb and Mrs. Clinton, it's going to a pretty big bump in the road!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Smaj, 10/12/2012 8:18:31 PM     (No. 8929269)

She appeared to be not only incredibly incompetent but also incredibly inarticulate. If she is an example of a typical careerist in the DOS, then that agency is truly broken. "Ambassador" Kennedy ain't the sharpest knife in the drawer, either.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: sinic, 10/12/2012 8:19:55 PM     (No. 8929275)

As Obama, Biden, and the rest of these clowns say...the buck stops over there somewhere!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: ann, 10/12/2012 8:30:08 PM     (No. 8929288)

$4..She is no lamb....and she is scary!---did you see her reaction...her physical turning away of her head, when one of the senators compelled her to call terrorism....terrorism!...She could barely utter the word, she's so PC!!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: nonsense, 10/12/2012 8:57:48 PM     (No. 8929322)

Her words were horrific, and the smirk on her face sent chills down my spine. Does she have a clue that Americans died, or does she just consider them "units"?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 10/12/2012 10:31:30 PM     (No. 8929461)

Some observations:

Ms. Lamb does appear to be the designated fall 'girl' for this screw-up. I'm sure the higher-ups are hoping that placing her on the sacrificial altar will cool this thing before election day and/or save their skins.

But much more importantly, what the hell are her qualifications to make final life or death solutions regarding security?! Is she a former SPECOPS warrior...or (more likely) just another State Department political hack?!

"Mrs. Lamb said she and other officials had wanted to train a local Libyan force to protect the consulate. 'I made the best decisions I could with the information I had,' she told the hearing."

No, lady, you screwed up BIG TIME with your "best decisions" and four of our fellow Americans died because of your ineptitude. And three of them were real warriors, the fourth a darned good Ambassador. And you wanted "to train a local Libyan force to protect the consulate"?!!!

What in God's name are you clowns doing with this social experimentation which is killing our guys.

Get the hell out of the way and let experienced pros handle security. Those who are more interested in security and the preservation of lives than in politics and PC bs.



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Reply 13 - Posted by: Trigger2, 10/13/2012 8:25:09 AM     (No. 8929880)

Big deal if Lamb goes the slaughter. She looks old enough to be able to retire on her bloated SES salary.

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