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Clinton: 'I take responsibility' for security ahead of Benghazi attack

Posted by on Oct. 15, 2012 at 8:47 PM
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Clinton: 'I take responsibility' for security ahead of Benghazi attack

From Elise Labott, CNN
updated 8:20 PM EDT, Mon October 15, 2012
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Clinton: 'I take responsibility' for Benghazi security failure

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Clinton says the buck stops with her regarding a deadly attack on a U.S. consulate
  • She says there was "confusion" about the attack in the first days
  • U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi

Lima, Peru (CNN) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the buck stops with her when it comes to who is to blame for security ahead of a deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

"I take responsibility" for what happened on September 11, Clinton said in an interview with CNN's Elise Labott soon after arriving in Lima, Peru, for a visit. The interview, one of a series given to U.S. television networks Monday night, was the first she has given about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

Clinton insisted President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are not involved in security decisions.

"I want to avoid some kind of political gotcha," she added, noting that it is close to the election.

The attack killed Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three other Americans at the consulate.

The Obama administration has been heavily criticized after Vice President Joe Biden said during last week's vice presidential debate that the White House did not know of requests to enhance security at Benghazi, contradicting testimony by State Department employees that requests had been made and rejected. Following the debate, the White House said the vice president did not know of the requests because they were handled, as is the practice, by the State Department.

Clinton also sought to downplay the criticism that administration officials continued to say the attack was a spontaneous product of a protest over an anti-Muslim film, a theory that has since been discarded.

In the wake of an attack, there is always "confusion," Clinton said. But the information has since changed, Clinton said in the interview.

The secretary of state also described the desperate scene in the State Department during the hours of the attack on the night of September 10. It was an "intense, long ordeal" as staff tried to find out what had happened.

Clinton said her mission now is to make sure such an attack will never happen again -- but also that diplomacy, even in dangerous areas like Benghazi, is not stopped.

"We can't not engage," she said. "We cannot retreat."

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incognito116
by on Oct. 15, 2012 at 8:48 PM
I'm surprised she let herself get thrown under the bus like that. Wonder what Obama promised her......
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punky3175
by on Oct. 15, 2012 at 9:01 PM
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I admire her for taking responsibility but no one person can be blamed. As for 'being thrown under the bus' she IS the head of the Department of State and decides what the President should be made aware of just like the Directors of any other federal agencies.
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Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Oct. 15, 2012 at 9:03 PM
Oh more reason to bash Obama? Lol

Has the cylindrical light source posted this yet with some anti Obama screaming?

Snicker
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grandmab125
by Gold Member on Oct. 16, 2012 at 1:32 AM

The "buck stops here" with the President.  Obviously, Clinton wasn't doing her job either.  That consulate had been attacked at least twice in the last six months, was in an area of a country full of Al Qaeda....under the "leadership?" of a new weak gov't, and the State dept has no Marine guards there.

It'll be interesting to see down the line what kind of a pay off she's going to get for taking a bullet for this one.  But then again, she's probably thinking people will forget all about her ineptness by the time the 2016 elections roll around and she's running again...and lest we forget, she can't afford to tick off any of the dems and big money donors they have.

Goodwoman614
by Satan on Oct. 16, 2012 at 1:36 AM


Quoting Momniscient:

Oh more reason to bash Obama? Lol

Has the cylindrical light source posted this yet with some anti Obama screaming?

Snicker

LMAO! @ the oblique reference.  Remember "bleached intergalactic one?" That was me, lol.

Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Oct. 16, 2012 at 1:40 AM


Quoting Goodwoman614:


Quoting Momniscient:

Oh more reason to bash Obama? Lol

Has the cylindrical light source posted this yet with some anti Obama screaming?

Snicker

LMAO! @ the oblique reference.  Remember "bleached intergalactic one?" That was me, lol.

Heeeeheheheheeee. I am sitting in bed giggling and getting funny looks.


Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Oct. 16, 2012 at 1:41 AM


Quoting grandmab125:

The "buck stops here" with the President.  Obviously, Clinton wasn't doing her job either.  That consulate had been attacked at least twice in the last six months, was in an area of a country full of Al Qaeda....under the "leadership?" of a new weak gov't, and the State dept has no Marine guards there.

It'll be interesting to see down the line what kind of a pay off she's going to get for taking a bullet for this one.  But then again, she's probably thinking people will forget all about her ineptness by the time the 2016 elections roll around and she's running again...and lest we forget, she can't afford to tick off any of the dems and big money donors they have.

Rush must be so proud.

lol


shannonnigans
by Platinum Member on Oct. 16, 2012 at 1:45 AM
Oh completely


Quoting Momniscient:

Oh more reason to bash Obama? Lol



Has the cylindrical light source posted this yet with some anti Obama screaming?



Snicker

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Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Oct. 16, 2012 at 1:48 AM
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I laugh at the complete predicability of it, but in all seriousness I have been disgusted with certain groups willingness to exploit loss of American life because of hatred of The President and liberals. It's disgusting.

Quoting shannonnigans:

Oh completely


Quoting Momniscient:

Oh more reason to bash Obama? Lol



Has the cylindrical light source posted this yet with some anti Obama screaming?



Snicker



cammibear
by Gold Member on Oct. 16, 2012 at 2:11 AM
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I do admire her for stepping up and taking responsibility for the negligence as far as security is concerned.

However, I do not believe for a second there was "confusion" after the fact. Not when plenty of sources were reporting the truth of what happened. They were trying to hide something, or cover something up. It's just too obvious.
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