January 23rd, 2013
08:02 PM ET
7 years ago

Five things we learned from the Benghazi hearings

Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday took on Republican congressional critics of her department's handling of the deadly September terrorist attack in Libya.

Conservative GOP members challenged Clinton on the lack of security at the diplomatic compound in Benghazi as well as the erroneous account that the attack grew spontaneously from a protest over an anti-Islam film produced in the United States.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Libya
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  1. Tony in Maine

    1. Republicans will say anything
    2. Republicans don't mind making idiots of themselves.
    3. Rand Paul wouldn never be my eye doctor.
    4. House Republicans are as stupid as Senate Republicans.
    5. John McCain needs to get over losing in 2008.

    January 23, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  2. gt

    we learned that she is getting older looking and needs to loose some pounds...

    January 23, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    What you still didn't learn:

    Why they lied for two full weeks, when they knew the truth immediately?

    January 23, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  4. NameLib hater

    Keep drinking the cool aid libs. You do not know how to think for yourselfs

    January 23, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  5. Dan

    I see the " what difference does it make" is a headlines now. In my opinion it makes a difference to the famlies of those that lost their lives and to all the lives they could have helped. I would have rather heard we screwed up we dropped the ball and we will learn from the mistakes. We will take threats more seriously and protect our American dignitaries no matter what.
    Do I personaly blame Clinton, no. I blame the attitude to pass the blame. Just like a manager at the plant. He gets told what to do so he just tells the one under him to do it. You know how that goes! On down the line, and then when it does not get done the last on list get fired. In my opinion the one in charged should followed up and make sure it is done. If they do not follow through then why are we paying them hundreds of thousand of dollars just to push blame on someone else. I don't care who is at fault I just care they fix the problem so this will not happen again. If that means to fire slackers, do it.

    January 23, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  6. sbgulliver

    She is much worst than I previously believed. This person was never qualified for such an important position.I hope she drops out of the scene and her and Bill can spend some quality time together!

    January 23, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  7. Dan

    I hear "what difference does it make" is a headline now. That coming from a highly educated official does not cut it.
    Say the truth, we dropped the ball we screwed up and we will make sure this will never happen again. I understand this seems like a political battle and shame on the gop, stop trying to blame and help fix the problem.
    I would expect the President to dig deeper into this then congress after all he is comander and chief and this was an attack against Americans and if he doesn't he becomes the problem.
    The families that lost there loved ones have had thier lives for ever changed. If you need to know what diffirence it makes it is just that. For what ever your point of view is, finding the problem and making sure this never happens again should be the most important thing to do. To bad the election out trumped this on the rating scale.

    January 23, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  8. Pete

    This was a republican led witchhunt plain and simple.Rand spoke of firing Clinton if she worked for him,well she's got more brains than both Rands put together,fire them both because they're useless not Mrs Clinton.And one of those republican idiots asked her how come she didn't read her emails,texts and her response was she gets roughly 350,000 of those per year all addressed to her,she can't read them all you idiots can she..I liked how she constantly put republicans in their place showing them just ignorent they are about the real workings of security around the world and their workings..It was George Schultz and Reagan who's own debacles led to over 300 dead in two embassy attacks as well as an attack on a marine barracks,remember that republicans or are you in denile because you know you republicans have always had a double standard for politicians and its proven time and time again but as usual republicans who's arrogence overshadows their ignorence always shoot themselves in the feet every time,its hilarious as well as pathedic isn't it!!

    January 23, 2013 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  9. kel

    That Rand Paul was made to look like a fool thinking if he was President, he would remove her from her post. Keep dreaming–never would happen. The Republicans were only grandstanding and not interested in the truth.

    January 24, 2013 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  10. Martina Prendergast

    Four Americans died when the heroic ambassador drove directly into a firefight to save his staff. It was incredibly painful for all Americans. But since 9/11, we've also had Katrina, Sandy, Aurora, Tucson, the Iraq war, the Afghanistan war, the BP Oil Spill (which killed 11 and affected hundreds of thousands of lives), and just recently Newtown, where 20 children and 6 adults were massacred. There's plenty more I don't have the time to name. There are so many tragedies that affect our country day to day, but we just don't use them to score cheap political points in an investigative hearing. We should be better than that. Sen. Paul should know better. And he should apologize. It's inexcusable.

    January 24, 2013 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  11. Name lynn

    Tell the hillary clinton the five things people need to know, even if its coming from a women. Hillary your a out standing lady an good speaker.

    January 24, 2013 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
  12. Marie MD

    The one thing I learned is that Hillary is da man!!!
    She made those rethugs look like the woman hating fools they all are.

    January 24, 2013 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  13. zanny

    1. Thank goodness we will never have to woerry about Fox's new entertainer, Rand Paul, ever being President. What a jerk!!!
    2. Where was this anger when it was revealed that we had been lied to about WMD. 4,000+ died there because of that lie and tho0usands injured.
    3.All this was just another 15 mins for many Republicans who otherwise would be unknown since they were the ones who voted to cut money for security for embassies.
    4. Hillary Clinton is one tough woman.
    5. No matter what she said there was not a single Republican who really even wanted to hear what she had to say. This is an excellent example of how divided our country is. The real anger, especially for McCain and Fox, is that they tried to stir all of this up before the election and the real news networks wouldn't bite because they had already been sucked in by their stories that had been proven to be wrong. So Mr. McCain you lost again

    January 24, 2013 07:18 am at 7:18 am |