Dr. Anne Stephens, the sister of Ambassador Chris Stephens, was asked if she blamed anyone for the death of her brother in the Benghazi attack, September 11, 2012. The Select House Committee to investigate the Benghazi attack did not directly blame Hillary Clinton for the deaths of four Americans. It was clear, however, that the inaction of the State Department and the Obama Administration left the consulate and outpost in an insecure condition prior to, and during the attack. Clinton’s attempts after the attack to mislead and misinform the American people are well documented in the report.
Dr. Stephens blames Congress for her brother’s death. She says that the State Department was grossly under-funded. It’s impossible to say if lives would have been saved if there was more money in the budget for extra security at diplomatic missions around the world. She went on to say that, in hind-sight, we know now that the mission in Benghazi was understaffed, but the Ambassador, her brother, also knew that and took on the assignment himself regardless of the risk.
Independent Journal reports:
On the same day that the House Select Committee on Benghazi released its final report, the sister of Ambassador Chris Stevens spoke out about the terrorist attack that killed her brother.
It is clear, in hindsight, that the facility was not sufficiently protected by the State Department and the Defense Department. But what was the underlying cause?
Perhaps if Congress had provided a budget to increase security for all missions around the world, then some of the requests for more security in Libya would have been granted. Certainly the State Department is under-budgeted.
I do not blame Hillary Clinton or [former CIA Director] Leon Panetta. They were balancing security efforts at embassies and missions around the world. And their staffs were doing their best to provide what they could with the resources they had.