Are you expecting her to specifically point the finger at one person? Again, anyone who is a successful leader realizes you don't throw subordinates under the bus like that. Doubt if it was a "one person" decision in any event.
Hillary killed. She was probably mad about the look Bill gave Kelly Clarkson Monday.
Let's look at this from a historical perspective. On February 14, 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that Republicans’ proposed cuts to her department would be "detrimental to America’s national security" — a charge Republicans rejected.
House Republicans cut the administration’s request for embassy security funding by $128 million in fiscal 2011 and $331 million in fiscal 2012.
Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was a personal friend of Secretary Clinton. The truth seems to be that he was at the consulate in Benghazi and was warned not to be there. The embassy in Libya is in Tripoli, not Benghazi, and there seems to be agreement that Benghazi was a CIA operation. For the GOP to continue on this failed witch-hunt is shameful. Let's continue to look at history,
There were twelve terrorist attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities abroad during George W. Bush’s tenure — the most of any president in history, including in:
2002: US Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan: 12 killed, 51 injured.
2002: US Consulate in Calcutta, India, 5 killed.
2002: US Consular office in Denpasar, Indonesia.
2003: US Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan
2004: US Consulate in Uzbekistan: 2 killed, at least 9 injured.
2004: US Consulate in Jedda, Saudi Arabia: 9 killed.
2006: US Embassy in Karachi, Pakistan, 2 killed
2006: US Embassy in Syria: 4 killed, 5 wounded.
2007: US Embassy in Athens, Greece.
2008: US embassy in Serbia.
2008: US Ebassy in Yemen: 16 killed.
2008: US Consulate in Istanbul,Turkey: 6 killed.
Earlier today you saw that on one side of the room, serious Senators asking serious questions about how to improve embassy security, what resources are needed, practical, serious, probing. On the other side of the room, the appropriately named Flake and others keep asking about talking points for a TV show. In the meantime, the hearing makes clear that the House Republicans blocked funding for improved security as recently as this month.
McCain, Rand Paul and others continue to insist that there was some kind of conspiracy to cover up a security failure. But both President Obama and Secretary Clinton accepted responsibility from the beginning. By contrast, GW Bush and his neocon policy team NEVER accepted responsibility for their mistake in starting the Iraq war - despite the loss of thousands of lives and the waste of a trillion dollars. When they say that they're not satisfied by the Administration's answers what are they looking for exactly? For President Obama and Clinton to say "We were incompetent, we had terrible judgment, we lied to cover up, we are guilty and ashamed and will immediately resign from our positions and never appear in public again?" Constructive, forward looking suggestions from the right wing would be helpful. Do they have any, besides giving the DOD a blank check at the expense of all domestic programs, bombing Iran and seeing military intervention - or the threat of it - as the best way for America to further its interests worldwide?
We need to understand and appreciate that members of our Foreign Service often put themselves in harm's way to do the very work we send them to do on our behalf. We can choose to isolate ourselves from this dangerous world we live in, or we can engage that world through dedicated men and women like Chris Stevens. He and his colleagues knew the risks, and were willing to accept those risks to be the face of the United States in a frequently hostile world.
McCain, Flake, Rubio, Paul, Johnson, and others on the right dishonor the service of our diplomatic corps when they preen before the cameras, rather than participating constructively in how to improve the way our diplomats go about their very important, and frequently very dangerous, business.
The Secretary of State has publicly taken personal responsibility for this failure. The corrective actions are being implemented. There is nothing more to see or to do here. There are no more scapegoats to be found. Secretary Clinton is departing from office soon. Now that the Republicans have gotten their last bit of political mileage out of this, this incident will be removed from their talking points. I believe the majority of the public are sad for the loss of life in Libya, but to make something out of all this instead of working to put our country together for good instead of tearing it apart for bad is not in anyone's best interest.
Watching Clinton smack down the conspiracy crackpots has been hilarious.
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