The Benghazi Effect: Embassy Closures Could Do Lasting Damage

U.S. struggles to prove it made the right decision in shuttering 21 diplomatic posts.

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pounds her fist as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pounds her fist as she testifies on Capitol Hill about the Benghazi attack, Jan. 23, 2013.

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But what the U.S. has done comes with a cost, Crowley says. Extremist chatrooms have shown some gloating, but the miltants also haven't achieved their ultimate objective of carrying out an attack.

"And no one is talking about leaving the Middle East," he adds.

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