The congressional Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) claims that the Hillary Clinton-led State Department issued a directive to the Benghazi consulate one month prior to the deadly terrorist attack stating that “you are on your own.”

Westmoreland is in charge of investigating the Benghazi attacks.

Via CNN (h/t Weasel Zippers):

… Westmoreland said that when the CIA arrived at the compound that night, regional security forces were unarmed and one officer didn’t have his shoes on.

“I think they were totally unprepared for any type of attack,” he said.

Westmoreland said the committee is looking into why a directive was released on August 11 telling the personnel in Benghazi that “you are on your own.”

The compound itself is not set up for protection,” Westmoreland said, adding that the CIA operatives said “they couldn’t believe those guys were over there as unprepared and unequipped as they were.”

The congressman does not believe however, that the Benghazi debacle constitutes a “complete cover-up” but rather, is representative of incompetence in the State Department.

“I don’t think they knew what they were doing,” he said.He said the various arms of government involved — the State Department and intelligence agencies — “got their communications mixed up.”

“I think what ended up happening, you had the State Department trying to tell one story and you had the security, the intelligence community that may have been trying to sell another story,” Westmoreland said…

But hey, in the big scheme of things, “what difference, at this point, does it make?”