UPDATED 7:40 AM EDT, May 20, 2013 | CONNIE CASS, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The night of smoke, chaos, gunfire and grenades that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, is well-documented. Eight months later, it is the decisions made back in Washington that remain murky and in perpetual dispute.
Why were a diplomatic outpost and the visiting U.S. ambassador left so poorly protected? Should the Pentagon have rushed jets or special forces to the rescue when the assault began? Did President Barack Obama's administration obscure the true nature of the terrorist attack to help him get re-elected?
WASHINGTON (AP) — The seasoned diplomat who penned a highly critical report on security at a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, defended his scathing assessment but absolved then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. "We knew where the responsibility rested," Thomas Pickering said Sunday.
"They've tried to point a finger at people more senior than where we found the decisions were made," Pickering, whose career spans four decades, said of Clinton's critics.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top military officer says ethics training for senior leaders is adequate but should begin earlier in an officer's career and be reinforced more frequently.
That's one of two initial findings by Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in response to a request by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for a review of ethics training following a series of highly publicized ethical lapses by top military officers.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has sentenced a onetime top aide to former Sen. John Ensign to a year's of probation for violating federal lobbying restrictions.
Doug Hampton is Ensign's former administrative assistant. He says he is "very relieved" at Wednesday's sentence.
Hampton resigned his job four years ago after learning that his wife and Ensign were having an affair. He lobbied the Nevada Republican's office, just a few days after leaving, on behalf of Allegiant Air, an airline headquartered in Las Vegas.