Two questions the mighty Senators failed to ask. Why was our Ambassador at the consulate? Who, definite name, vetoed the begged for more security. It is extremely, and I mean extremely, difficult to fire any federal civilian employee. It can be done and the best is dereliction of duty. Regardless of rank, GS 2 to GS 21, dereliction of duty is, if proven, means out the door. But, if a higher rank, say the President, said no, that would have been the end of it.