Americans died because someone made mistakes in Benghazi. Too often, Washington bureaucrats protect each other by blaming circumstances rather than people. We cannot afford for facts and good information to fall victim to finger-pointing. The newly released report on Benghazi provides another round of warnings about steps we must take to ensure that a similar tragedy never happens again. This report needs to shake the State Department from its pattern of repeating past mistakes. It should be taken seriously, not shelved.
Congress is ready to do all we can to help prevent attacks like this, but the administration must come clean about its failures. Democrats and Republicans have similar questions about this tragedy. The American people deserve to hear the answers.
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee and chairman of the Republican Policy Committee.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.