As buzz of a possible Hillary Clinton Presidential bid in 2016 amplifies, the former Secretary of State is working to make America forget her indignant “what difference does it make” response to questions about the loss of American life that occurred under her watch at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.
During a recent keynote appearance before the National Automobile Dealers Association in New Orleans, Clinton said that her biggest regret of her tenure as the Nation’s top diplomat was the Benghazi terror attack.
“My biggest, you know, regret is what happened in Benghazi,” Clinton said
“It was a terrible tragedy, losing four Americans, two diplomats, and now it’s public, so I can say two CIA operatives. Losing an ambassador like Chris Stevens, who was one of our very best and had served in Libya and across the Middle East and spoke Arabic,” she said.
“I mean, you know, you make these choices based on imperfect information,” she said. “And you make them to, as we say, the best of your ability. But that doesn’t mean that there’s not going to be unforeseen consequences, unpredictable twists and turns.”
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s recently released report on the attacks absolved Clinton of any failures leading up and in response to the Benghazi attacks. The report concluded that the attack was preventable and cited some shortcomings in State Department policy — but Clinton’s name appears only once in the document, thanks to an addendum included by Republicans.
Republican Senators Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Jim Risch of Idaho, Dan Coats of Indiana, Marco Rubio of Florida and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma asserted in the addendum: “Ultimately, however, the final responsibility for security at diplomatic facilities lies with the former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. At the end of the day, she was responsible for ensuring the safety of all Americans serving in our diplomatic facilities. Her failure to do so clearly made a difference in the lives of the four murdered Americans and their families.”
Now that the Congressional investigation is behind her, Clinton’s remarks signal the beginning of a vigorous effort work her version of the tragedy into the American psyche before a possible Presidential bid.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), another potential 2016 contender, suggested that Clinton’s response to the Benghazi attack should disqualify her from running for President.
“To my mind, you should never have a commander in chief who is unwilling to send in troops for reinforcement — or in the six-month period of time, did not send adequate security when it was asked for repeatedly,” Paul said. “To me, that should preclude you from ever holding high office.”