January 23rd, 2013
11:50 AM ET
2 years ago

Clinton takes on Benghazi critics, warns of more security threats

Washington (CNN) – At times angry and choked with emotion, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday took on Republican critics of her department's handling of the September terrorist attack in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, but repeatedly distanced herself from a direct role in specific situations.

"As I have said many times since September 11, I take responsibility," Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the first of two long-anticipated congressional hearings Wednesday on the attack that became a major issue in the November presidential election.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. luke,az

    There should be an investigation into the unnecessary war in Iraq,causing the deaths of 4,000 US servicemen and women. Cheney and Bush need to be indicted. Benghazi pales in comparison to the Iraq war.

    January 23, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Randy

    Full responsability ??? what does that mean ??? she feels bad ?? major mess that she will just walk away from ??

    January 23, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Does anyone out there remember Ted Koppel when he first started his late night show, "The Iran Crisis"? That's what the above photo reminds me of.

    January 23, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Hey, you changed the photo, CNN.

    January 23, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Randy asked:

    Full responsability ??? what does that mean ??? she feels bad ?? major mess that she will just walk away from ??
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    Should anyone be surprised that a right winger does not seem to understand what "full responsibility' even means? The whole point of this exercise by Republicans is to put a stain on someone's record. A stain that would only get embillished with more and more distorted beliefs as time passed.

    January 23, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. not my WMD

    While the NRA protects my right to own a personal nuke, McCain needs to invoke the Palin doctrine and tutor Hillary on its details.

    January 23, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Moose

    Just once i would like one of them, to ans a queston. Obviously covering up and lying

    January 23, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. freedom

    And her lies are part of a bigger cover-up – leading directly to the president. He's next for questioning. And what an exit for her – foreign policy travesty on her watch.

    January 23, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. freedom

    Choked with emotion? She lied over the flag-draped caskets of the murdered ambassador and servicemen -

    January 23, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. Evergreen

    Lie: Iraq has WMDs. How do we know this is a lie? Before the invasion we had experts in Iraq checking suspected sites. After the invasion we had experts checking, none were found. In order to say someone is lying there most be evidence to the contrary. Just saying someone is lying does not make it so.

    January 23, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. jpmichigan

    The REAL truth needs to come out about ,"Who told Miss Rice to give false information to the American people, and why? She , herself stated , while walking though an airport to reports and shown on television, information given to her by a SENIOR WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL." Instead of telling who and the truth, American taxpayers have to speculate who that might be. Choices: Axelrod, Jarrett, or the President. Done so to protect the re-election and to maintain the falsehood that Al-queda was on the run.

    January 23, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    Apparently Hillary Clinton having stated on the record that she takes full responsibility has so nonplussed our GOPer friends that they've nothing to offer beyond their stuttering rhetorical nonsense. Ah, well. This is what happens when you follow the Rush Limbaugh / Sean Hannity rule book of stupidity.

    Hey Limbaugh followers, while HE (and so very many conservative others) will make millions in personal profit riding the coat-tails of Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama and Barack Obama, you folks never will see a Limbaugh penny come your way. I suspect you will never see a Hannity penny come your way either.

    January 23, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Yonni

    We need to demand to see McCain Vietnam classified record for the sec of openness. One record of him for sure we know is his vise president pick in 2008 clearly showed us his lack of judgment . The most vindictive man world ever seen.

    January 23, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. PoliticsAsUsual

    The "Good Ole Boys", GOP, are trying to discredit anything they can, especially when it comes to Hillary. The are afraid, and rightfully so, that she will run for President 2016. The death of any American, including the men and women of the military, should not be brushed aside. So if the GOP is trying to crucify Clinton, then those same "Good Ole Boys" need to respond/take the heat for how many lives lost in a war brought on by SUSPECTED weapons of Mass Destruction, that were never found...and how many trillions of dollars have we spent.......?

    January 23, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Borderless

    I have a lot of respect for Hillary Clinton. Sadly she is part of a completely corrupt and dysfunctional administration. I would have supported her run in 2016 but thanks to the Obama administration, she has a huge uphill climb.

    January 23, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. john

    Yeah, and aliens are running the world. Hows that for a conspiracy.

    January 23, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. Name lynn

    Thats right hillary you speak whats rights, dont let on one scare you or put fear in your heart. They can be wrong as well as anybody else, stand your ground with the people whoever they are.

    January 23, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. Boykin

    The media showed up in full protection mode so we are absolutely assured that nothing will be investigated or reported that is damaging. Pathetic.

    January 23, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Woman In California

    Hillary will be fine, it's the black people they're after.

    January 23, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. Boykin

    Rudy NYC

    Randy asked:

    Full responsability ??? what does that mean ??? she feels bad ?? major mess that she will just walk away from ??
    -----–
    Should anyone be surprised that a right winger does not seem to understand what "full responsibility' even means? The whole point of this exercise by Republicans is to put a stain on someone's record. A stain that would only get embillished with more and more distorted beliefs as time passed,
    ______________
    Full responsability means answering all the questions instead of dodging and misleading as she has done from the start. She stained her own record. As for feeling bad every American feels bad. In the real world it works like this: I screwed up: This is what really happened: Please forgive me and here are the decisive steps taken so this never happens again. Of course its government so there is no accountability at the top and especially with this ethically challenged administration.

    January 23, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Randy

    Rudy, anyone who disagrees with you is right winger??? dont flatter yourself, brown noser, enjoy what you voted for
    put a stain ??? rudy your the stain. go get a soda, enjoy the weather, bye bye geek boy !!!!!!!!!!!

    January 23, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. DR

    These Repubs are scary. They know there are icebergs ahead in the dark, but they side with the Tea Party, Limbaugh, and the Hannity bunch as they yell "fire up the last boilers, lets go full steam ahead".

    January 23, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. Donna

    Was she aware of all of the previous attacks on the consulate? And all the attacks on others in the area?? And it was 9/11 for God's sake!! Did she actually have to put others on high alert? That should have been done a week prior! I think what we have here is total, utter incompetence, pure and simple. And 4 Americans are dead because of it. Anybody else would have been fired, or would have resigned in disgrace for this. But the media has shielded Hillary Clinton and Obama from the consequences of their incompetence and negligence.

    January 23, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |