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Hillary Clinton: 'I Take Responsibility' for U.S. Security in Libya - VIDEO


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took some heat off the White House for the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya in September and accusations about inadequate security, CNN reports:

"I take responsibility," Clinton said during a visit to Peru. "I'm in charge of the State Department's 60,000-plus people all over the world, 275 posts. The president and the vice president wouldn't be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals. They're the ones who weigh all of the threats and the risks and the needs and make a considered decision."

But she said an investigation now under way will ultimately determine what happened at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, where Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed on September 11.

"I take this very personally," Clinton said. "So we're going to get to the bottom of it, and then we're going to do everything we can to work to prevent it from happening again, and then we're going to work to bring whoever did this to us to justice."


UPDATE: In related news, GOP Senator Lindsey Graham continues to push the false narrative that the State Department denied requests for additional security in Benghazi when in fact the requests for security were made for Tripoli.

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  1. She should be president.

    Posted by: Rick Roberts | Oct 16, 2012 7:37:38 AM

  2. She fell on the sword. LOL. Her boss ain't exactly Harry Truman.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Oct 16, 2012 7:53:45 AM

  3. OMG! She's ON HER WAY OUT anyway! And people fall for this cr*p? All the president and and Clinton have to do is admit their responsibility for a dead ambassador and diplomacy and intelligence gathering being left in a FUBAR state? Many people everyday are terminated from their places of employment for A LOT less.

    Fact is the state department contracted out security for the Benghazi consulate to a tiny, inexperienced British security firm based in Wales. They in-turn hired 6 UNARMED, poorly trained rent-a-cop 'locals' and 1 British supervisor to protect the consulate and staff! Other security firms with wide experience who routinely are contracted by state were denied this contract. Why? Why in a place so dangerous and volatile was this allowed to occur?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 16, 2012 8:01:51 AM

  4. So did Rice ever take responsibility for her absolute failure to protect America on 9/11? Or for her failure to vet the Iraq war. No Republicans are the party of no responsibility

    Posted by: Joey | Oct 16, 2012 8:29:09 AM

  5. @Joey,

    They both S*CK. They are basically ALL frauds, Republican and Democrat alike. And I certainly never claimed the Republicans past or present were or are any better, they of course,aren't.

    Why do otherwise intelligent people continue to buy into this cr*p?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 16, 2012 8:48:30 AM

  6. @ Joey
    I have to add to your comment.
    The Republicans are the party of personal responsibility because they all believe that the Democratics are personally responsible for all the problems.

    Just ask Markus about the Iraq war, he'll be happy to tell you it was all the Democrats fault.

    Posted by: ELI | Oct 16, 2012 8:58:27 AM

  7. @Eli,

    BOTH Republicans and Democrats, 'Progressives' and so-called conservatives, pull the exact same cr*p.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 16, 2012 9:20:52 AM

  8. @ Ratbastard,
    I'm not a Democrat. Most of my votes go to Independents like myself.
    How does "they both do it" make it okay?

    Posted by: ELI | Oct 16, 2012 9:30:11 AM

  9. Ahh, the Obama admin once again throws everyone under the bus to protect the Holy O's image. Fact of the matter is, he lied to the American people for weeks.

    And yea, like others mentioned, both parties are liars and charlatans. Voting for either is a complete waste of time.

    Posted by: Jack | Oct 16, 2012 10:57:36 AM

  10. Only people who aren't paying attention fall into the false equivalency trap of the Democrats are just as bad as the Republicans.

    They're not - and they're not by a long shot.

    The problem is people have an extremely limited capacity to actually recall news facts over periods of time longer than a year. So its just easier to say, "Well hell, they're all a bunch of lying, cheating crooks."

    And thats exactly what the ACTUAL lying, cheating crooks want you to believe!

    Posted by: AERES | Oct 16, 2012 11:37:26 AM

  11. @AERES,

    Sorry, that's just B.S. If you think the Dems and most Dem politicians especially at the national level aren't OWNED by special interests, included BIG BUSINESS, you're at best naive. Even President Obama has been Wall St and the military-Industrial Establishment's best friend these past 4 years


    The day's when propagandist of all political parties, ideologies, etc., had tremendous control over what info the average person got on a daily basis is over. With the advent of the internet age and Information Revolution, all people can now get almost instant access to info and data ALL political parties, special interests, big business, etc., would prefer they not know. But, the old school still controls all of the so-called mainstream media [and some non-mainstream], and they control MANY blogs,

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 16, 2012 11:59:11 AM

  12. @Joey Rice wasn't Secretary of State until Bush's second term. Colin Powell served for the first term.

    Posted by: OddBet | Oct 16, 2012 12:03:25 PM

  13. Oddbot
    She was national security adviser when the attacks took place. That is why she is responsible for failing to stop 9/11.

    Posted by: Joey | Oct 16, 2012 12:51:31 PM

  14. Rice was National Security Adviser during Bush's first term.

    Of course, the gesture of "taking responsibility" is completely empty. There are no consequences. Is she going to dock her own pay? (which can't be done under civil service regulations anyway). Is she going to resign? Not take vacation? Ah, no.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 16, 2012 12:54:09 PM

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