Clinton: I'm responsible for diplomats' security
October 15th, 2012
07:52 PM ET
9 years ago

Clinton: I'm responsible for diplomats' security

Lima, Peru (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday tried to douse a political firestorm around the deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya, saying she is responsible for the security of American diplomatic outposts.

"I take responsibility" for the protection of U.S. diplomats, Clinton said during a visit to Peru. But she said an investigation now under way will ultimately determine what happened in the attack that left four Americans dead.


Filed under: 2012 • Hillary Clinton • Libya
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  1. stars

    What a classy lady Vote for Mrs. Clinton 2016.

    October 15, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  2. jmmjr49er

    Wow, its a first for a Clinton. She has taken responsibility for something other than her vast right wing conspiracy.


    October 15, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  3. racerxx

    Wow, can't believe she fell on her sword for that guy.

    October 15, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. Pete

    Mrs.Clinton has strong shoulders,more than I can say about the Issas and other in the committee that cut over 400 million from all security details in embassies world wide!!Republicans would never come forward,did they in '83 for the embassy attacks in Kuwait,Lebanon embassies that left over 70 dead,Reagan sure didn't ,neither did your republicans in either house..Republicans are truly chicken hawks in advocating war but run from it as well,true patriots right,I have another word for it but its unprintable,let's just say spineless!!

    October 15, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  5. dachozen1

    I love this woman! I pray that she runs in 2016!!

    October 15, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  6. Maria

    Aw chucks!!! who let the worms out of the can ? Bite that bullet Hilary cause the truth will surface. Dems are all filthy

    October 15, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  7. Patriot

    Hillary finally stands up and takes the heat for what happened in Benghazi. Guess she has a pair that Obama lacks. He is a coward and takes no responsibility when things go bad. There is always someone else at fault. I guess this is what you can expect from a so called leader that doesn't meet with his security team on a regular basis. Do you realized he has been on more vacations than meetings with his security team? Be a man Obama, like Hillary. You like to take the credit when things look good, but want to point the finger when things look bad.

    October 15, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  8. jpmichigan

    It is one month since 5 Americans were killed in Libyia, and another Democrate bite the bullet for Obama. When the President heard 5 Americans were killed, he should have stepped up and lead, instead he hopped air force one to Vegas. Ths great nation is in sorry state of affairs, when our President makes campaigning more of a priority than clearing up the questions surroundidng these murders. Hillay , I hope it was worth it, for you have now blown any chance of running for President in 2016!!!

    October 15, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    Time for all pigs to chime in with their fake concern and holier than thou comments.

    It doesn't matter what the president, VP or Hillary say, these pigs will not stop trying to find Obama's 9/11 moment. These same pigs, never cared W sent us into a war with no evidence or facts. Thousands of good men and women will never walk the earth again due to their incompetence and greed and yet, not a word of sympathy or outrage. The lost of four people (although unfortunate), is a lot better than thousands dying for unknown reasons. Try all you want PIGS but again, you can't wipe 9/11 off your republican resume.

    October 15, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  10. g

    she,s a biggerman than any of the lieing clowns bush hung around with911 3000 plus iraq wmd,s

    October 15, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. Name w.bullock

    I said no excuse for clinton hillary so why biden was lots rude and laughter to Ryan
    I was remmber that clinton hillary saying liar to obama what happened about 2008

    October 15, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  12. Patrick in Wisconsin

    Republicans, if you really want to bloat this thing way out of proportion, than I guess George W. Bush and Collin Powell were the ONLY ONES responsible for 9/11... Yea, you all are just grasping at straws. You know that Obama's foreign policy record has been near flawless and that the economy is improving in front of your noses back home. Look at the electoral map. Obama just needs to win two swing states aside from New Hampshire. If he wins Florida, it's over by the time polls in the midwest close. If the closest you can get to beating Obama is being two swing states behind 270 in the polls, you're screwed. Romney's done and he's been done for months.

    October 15, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. Steve O

    Pay attention Liberal women. This is what Obama will do to you as well if it is in his political interest. This needs to backfire against him badly. Throwing Hillary under the bus is unconscionable. The Obfuscator in Chief has fallen to new lows. Vote 2012 because we deserve better. One and done.

    October 15, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  14. Larry in Houston

    WoW !!! What a Gorgeous Woman !! Bill should be proud to be her husband. Too bad she didn't make it, she had a lot of people's support ! That's one smart Lady ! ( not to mention very classy )
    If obama loses – and Romney screws up this country, and leaves the middle class in a ditch, with the debt going Up / Up / Up – the voters are going to end up remembering 2012 . They will Never and I mean Never Vote for a republican again.
    May the Best Man Win – 2012
    Hillary – 2016 (back to a surplus with Bill's help – 2018 )

    October 15, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    Hillary–we love you, it is congress that is irresponsible to cut funding... Yes, on Obama12.

    October 15, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  16. jane

    Screw you Repubs we will be behind Hillary 100%....and our president!!!!

    October 15, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  17. Marine1957

    In spite of her mismanagement of the Department of State while she was flitting around the world, Hilary has more gumption than Obama. With her statement, she literally crawled under the bus while Obama sat in the driver's seat. He is a disgrace to the country and is too cowardly to face up to the failure of his administration. He is guilty of malfeasance in office and deserves all of the criticism that will be heaped on his failed administration. His only campaign approach is to go hang with his show business buddies while the nation suffers.

    October 15, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  18. Pedro

    Clinton:" I'm responsible for diplomats' security" and their deaths!! thanks to the gynarchy! otherwise you could be jobless.

    October 15, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  19. Dan

    She is in Lima Peru, talking a lot of Malarkey................................ afraid to talk the nonsense "buck stops short of the top" at home... The administration surely relies on media support in hiding their ideology-misled-national-security (they are successful since the media are in their tank, but really, is this what the public will take!).

    October 15, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  20. Melissa

    That's my girl. Thank you for standing up for what no one else had the guts to stand up for!!

    October 15, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The request would have to come to her and not the White House. Biden was correct in the fact that he and Obama didn't know because Clinton would have heard and responded to this request first.

    October 15, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  22. anonoymous

    Mrs Clinton I have the utmost respect for you. With that said its a shame that this is being used as a polictical piece. anybody with sense knows that the we protect our own. This is just a divide and conquer tacted since Mr Clinton is supporting the president and openly campaigning for him. Where are the living ex rep president at? Guess there's not a good living example to speak of. Just repubs who ran for president and didnt make it for good reason. Not all americans can be fooled by r/r some of us actually know how to read between the lines.

    October 16, 2012 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  23. anonoymous

    Mrs Clinton dont lose hope mitt and ryan will be gone soon.

    October 16, 2012 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  24. GI Joe

    It's true. Tho I suspect someone further down the line dropped the ball.

    How many people to put at any one of the thousands of embassy's is not a daily or weekly or monthly decision that reaches the desk of the Pres. or Vice Pres. Of course RMoney will go all drama queen on us, and give knee jerk reactions over and over again on things like this.

    I voted for Obama/Biden 2 weeks ago and now help elderly and semi-invalids to get to the polls. We don't need a corporatocracy or autocracy in this country.

    October 16, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |