US State Dept seeks more money, vows reforms after Benghazi

By REUTERS
December 20, 2012 18:55

 
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WASHINGTON - The US State Department will seek billions of dollars in new funds and revamp security procedures around the globe in response to a critical independent probe into the Sept. 11 attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, senior State Department officials said on Thursday.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's two top deputies appeared at a Senate hearing and conceded that US officials had failed to "connect the dots" ahead of the attack, which killed US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

"We learned some very hard and painful lessons in Benghazi. We are already acting on them. We have to do better," Deputy Secretary of State William Burns said.

The State Department announced on Wednesday that its security chief had resigned and three other officials have been relieved of their posts following the report, which cited leadership and management deficiencies, poor coordination among officials and confusion over who had the authority to make decisions.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, tipped to be President Barack Obama's pick to replace Clinton when she steps down next month, chaired the session and led the call for increased funding.

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