Bill Clinton defends Hillary Clinton over Benghazi
May 14th, 2014
03:51 PM ET
5 months ago

Bill Clinton defends Hillary Clinton over Benghazi

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton defended his wife Wednesday against renewed political tension over the 2012 Benghazi terror attack that left four Americans dead, including the U.S. ambassador.

He also argued there's been disproportionate attention on the deaths compared to diplomatic personnel killed when George W. Bush was president.

"In my opinion Hillary did what she should have done," Clinton said at an event in Washington.

The former president praised former secretary of state for creating a review committee that investigated the incident and came up with 29 recommendations, which she "started implementing."

He said the last time diplomatic staff killings became such a public issue was when he was president and terrorists bombed U.S. embassies in Africa.

"So, most Americans don't even know how many American diplomatic personnel were killed when President Bush was president," he said during an on-stage interview at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation's 2014 Fiscal Summit. "They don't know what, if any, after action review was done. What, if any, recommendations were made. What, if any, action was taken to implement those."

According to analysis by Politifact, which references the Global Terrorism Database, 66 people were killed at U.S. embassies and consulates during the Bush years, with the vast majority of them being non-U.S. citizens.

"So I think my advice to everybody involved is to not be defensive and realize what this is and answer the question," Clinton continued.

House Republicans last week voted to form a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attack, and some Republicans have argued that Hillary Clinton, a potential presidential contender in 2016, should be called to testify.


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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Toomuch

    "In my opinion Hillary did what she should have done,"

    And what is it exactly that she did?

    May 14, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. tom l

    Fundraising off the deaths of 28 Americans (mostly children) makes democrats right on the same level with repubs.

    FIFY (wow! that's 2 old school comments for ya, Sniffit!)

    May 14, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. truth hurts but reality bites

    "In my opinion Hillary did what she should have done," Clinton said at an event in Washington.
    --

    So Bill Clinton agrees that cutting their security when they were begging for more, not sending help when they were attacked and then lying about a video was what she should have done? OOOOKKKKKAAAAYYYYY.... Good luck on selling that one to the American people Bill!

    May 14, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Thomas

    @just asking
    hey billy bob bubba! how many people are dead because you failed to give the go ahead for a head shot on osama bin laden when he was literally in the gun sights onf the cia? tens of thousands. thanks billy bob bubba but you have no credibility in this matter as you are an even bigger failure than hillary.

    ===========

    And GW Bush didn't think Ben Laden much of a threat after he took office , What was the children's book GW was reading those kids on 9/11 " The Pet Goat " ?

    Also Benghazi was not an Embassy .

    And you don't know if the CIA had a clean head shot on Ben Laden .

    I'm not a big Bill Clinton fan , His inaction in Rwanda , he's repealing of the glass-steagall act 1999 .

    Yet you and guys like Donna have no clue , your facts have no credibility , all speculation , Neo Con white trash spin .

    May 14, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Dumbas[R]ocks

    Hey Just Asking: how many people are dead because the presidential FAILURE you voted for failed to give the go ahead for bin Laden's capture at Tora Bora when he was unquestionably located and surrounded? Now remember too, this was AFTER the certainty of his sin of 9-11, not before. And you have the unmitigated stupidity whine on about Bill?

    It is amusing to hear from the [R] cesspool about whether Bill or Hillary are the bigger failure, while the gurgling slime ignores completely the abject FAILURE of their own boy GdubBush.

    You are a real floater.

    May 14, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. CryBabies

    Spin it Tampa....Spin it!

    May 14, 2014 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. andyoo

    Bill want to be 'First Lady' really bad. :P

    May 14, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Norma jean

    ......Tommy G............"..HOW MANY TIMES"......the Democrats have as many and more times to say that to the Republicans ...and some to spare.......How about the fact that additional funds for the Benghazi situation were asked for and ignored by the the Repubs???

    ........

    May 14, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. emskadittle

    with Bubba campaigning for her, she cant lose

    May 14, 2014 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. bwanadave

    Trotting out a proven liar to defend one's self is an odd approach.

    May 14, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. bwanadave

    Trotting out a proven liar is certainly an odd approach.

    May 14, 2014 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. jinx9to88

    There were 13 Benghazi's under Bush. Where was the "special" committees for the 60 people that died? GOP are such clowns!!!

    1. Jan. 22, 2002: Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami Attacks Indian U.S. Consulate.

    2. June 14, 2002: Suicide Car-Bomb Outside U.S. Consulate in Karachi

    3. Oct. 12, 2002: String Of Bali Bombings Included U.S. Consulate.

    4. Feb. 28, 2003: Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, Attacked For the Second Time in One Year.

    5. May 12, 2003: 36 People Including 9 Americans Die After Terrorists Storm U.S. Compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    6. July 30, 2004: Islamist Attacks U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

    7. Dec. 6, 2004: Five Staff and Four Security Guards Die in U.S. consulate attack in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

    8. March 2, 2006: Third Attack on Karachi U.S. Consulate Killed U.S. Diplomat

    9. Sept. 12, 2006: Four Gunmen Stormed the U.S. compound in Damascus, Syria

    10. Jan. 12, 2007: Greek Terrorists Fired a Rocket-Propelled Grenade at the U.S. Embassy

    11. March 18, 2008: A Mortar is Fired at the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen

    12. July 9, 2008: Three Turkish Policemen were Killed When Gunman Fired on the U.S. Consulate Istanbul, Turkey

    13. Sept. 17, 2008: 16 People Including 2 Americans Die in an Orchestrated Attack on the U.S. Embassy Sana’a, Yemen.

    May 14, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. Marty

    Bill would be better off being quiet. If the woman is qualified to be President maybe her husband shouldn't have to "stick up" for her. If it was the other way around a prospective candidates wife was making statements it would be an issue. If Hillary is elected President what would we expect of Bill??

    May 14, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. Norma jean

    Reggie....If you go back and listen carefully.... you and many others will find that when Hillary Clinton said after Benghazi "what difference did it make " .." she was saying that whether it was one attack source or another ..........meaning it was a crime no mattter who was responsible.... Some people only hear what they want to hear...... Next time that is run on TV ..listen very carefully....Y"ALL..
    ...

    May 14, 2014 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. tom l

    There were 13 Benghazi's under Bush. Where was the "special" committees for the 60 people that died? GOP are such clowns!!!

    1. Jan. 22, 2002: Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami Attacks Indian U.S. Consulate.

    2. June 14, 2002: Suicide Car-Bomb Outside U.S. Consulate in Karachi

    3. Oct. 12, 2002: String Of Bali Bombings Included U.S. Consulate.

    4. Feb. 28, 2003: Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, Attacked For the Second Time in One Year.

    5. May 12, 2003: 36 People Including 9 Americans Die After Terrorists Storm U.S. Compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    6. July 30, 2004: Islamist Attacks U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

    7. Dec. 6, 2004: Five Staff and Four Security Guards Die in U.S. consulate attack in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

    8. March 2, 2006: Third Attack on Karachi U.S. Consulate Killed U.S. Diplomat

    9. Sept. 12, 2006: Four Gunmen Stormed the U.S. compound in Damascus, Syria

    10. Jan. 12, 2007: Greek Terrorists Fired a Rocket-Propelled Grenade at the U.S. Embassy

    11. March 18, 2008: A Mortar is Fired at the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen

    12. July 9, 2008: Three Turkish Policemen were Killed When Gunman Fired on the U.S. Consulate Istanbul, Turkey

    13. Sept. 17, 2008: 16 People Including 2 Americans Die in an Orchestrated Attack on the U.S. Embassy Sana’a, Yemen.
    ======

    Gosh, there must have been a LOT of videos being made from Jan 22, 2002 – Sept 17, 2008

    May 14, 2014 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  16. Dennis Fitzpatrick

    Thanks for bringing light to hypocracy about there being no outrage over embassy attacks under Bush when not one question from Republicans on this area. Fox News did not bring it up as major concern. There was at least 13 Bengahzi such attacks under Bush. If one were to say what could have been a cause, the Republican House gutted the budget for the security of worldwide embassies and now asks why there was no security? Hope that comes up in hearings they have established but can be sure they are to busy looking for political funds and gains to even look at themselves.

    May 14, 2014 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. Chris-E...al

    Dems are are just killing our kids souls with the bastar az ways and trying to rob their spirit where they can have their way with them . The pervert pro's have got to go .

    May 14, 2014 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Tony D

    "In my opinion Hillary did what she should have done," Clinton said at an event in Washington.
    --

    Right... She lied about what happened and why, got others to do her dirty work, didn't get interviewed by her sham Accountability Review Board (because I guess she feels she is not accountable), and now has you out lying for her. Yup, got all those bases covered alright!.

    May 14, 2014 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. george t hibbs

    Of course Bill Clinton would defend his wife. I seriously doubt however, that the four families to the dead state department employees would defend her. Her words "What does it matter?" The 2016 battle cry.

    May 14, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. Here's Johnny!

    The sense of fear about the House Select Committee is palpable. Trey Gowdy is going to be putting everybody under oath and taking depositions. He knows the type of people he is dealing with, namely professional liars. Tell the truth or commit perjury Hillary! Finally there will be accountability.

    May 14, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. Paul

    Bill Clinton, Slick Willy, the guy who LIED TO a Grand Jury and ended up Losing his Law License.... why on earth would anyone believe him ?

    May 14, 2014 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    There is most assuredly the stench of fear coming from the Grand Old Party surrogates this week. Even more so than when they tried everything under the sun to make President Obama a two-term President all the while wailing against him day after day in an attempt to actually make him a one-term President.

    May 14, 2014 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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