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Benghazi: Fake Resignations at the State Department?

I truly hope this report isn’t accurate:

The four officials supposedly out of jobs because of their blunders in the run-up to the deadly Benghazi terror attack remain on the State Department payroll — and will all be back to work soon, The Post has learned.

The highest-ranking official caught up in the scandal, Assistant Secretary of State Eric Boswell, has not “resigned” from government service, as officials said last week. He is just switching desks. And the other three are simply on administrative leave and are expected back.

The four were made out to be sacrificial lambs in the wake of a scathing report issued last week that found that the US compound in Benghazi, Libya, was left vulnerable to attack because of “grossly inadequate” security.

If this is true, then we would have to add yet another failure to the Benghazi scandal. The administration failed to adequately protect its diplomatic compound in spite of repeated warnings (and even attacks), it failed to adequately respond the night the compound was overrun, and it failed to tell the truth for weeks following the attack. Is it now failing to hold anyone effectively accountable for the disaster of September 11, 2012?

Resigning in the face of obvious failure is an honorable act by those who aspire to true “public service.” That we’ve had to wait this long — and for faux resignations, perhaps — is a sad comment on the character of our bureaucracy. And, yes, I know this is a bipartisan pattern dating back to the previous administration (and before). When honor demands a certain action, we are becoming increasingly accustomed to public servants who do the opposite.

David French — David French is a senior writer for National Review, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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