William J. Burns, left, deputy secretary of state, and Thomas R. Nides, deputy secretary of  state for management and resources, speak before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a hearing Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 on the Benghazi attack. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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William J. Burns, left, deputy secretary of state, and Thomas R. Nides, deputy secretary of state for management and resources, speak before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a hearing Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 on the Benghazi attack. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)