Before tonight's big debate, it was important for Obama to have someone to blame for the 9/11/12 terrorist attack in Benghazi that left Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.
Hillary Clinton is taking responsibility, sort of. She is, but she isn't.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday tried to douse a political firestorm over the deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya, saying she's responsible for the security of American diplomatic outposts.Hillary is temporarily taking responsibility, qualifying that there's confusion "in the fog of war," blah, blah, blah.
"I take responsibility," Clinton said during a visit to Peru. "I'm in charge of the State Department's 60,000-plus people all over the world, 275 posts. The president and the vice president wouldn't be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals. They're the ones who weigh all of the threats and the risks and the needs and make a considered decision."
But she said an investigation now under way will ultimately determine what happened at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, where Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed on September 11.
"I take this very personally," Clinton said. "So we're going to get to the bottom of it, and then we're going to do everything we can to work to prevent it from happening again, and then we're going to work to bring whoever did this to us to justice."
..."In the wake of an attack like this, in the fog of war, there's always going to be confusion," Clinton said. "And I think it is absolutely fair to say that everyone had the same intelligence. Everyone who spoke tried to give the information that they had. As time has gone on, that information has changed. We've gotten more detail, but that's not surprising. That always happens."
She added, "What I want to avoid is some kind of political gotcha or blame game."
"I know that we're very close to an election," Clinton said. "I want to just take a step back here and say from my own experience, we are at our best as Americans when we pull together. I've done that with Democratic presidents and Republican presidents."
Her remarks drew a quick response from three Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee, including ranking member John McCain.
Clinton's statement of responsibility was "a laudable gesture, especially when the White House is trying to avoid any responsibility whatsoever," the Arizona senator said in a joint broadside with Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire. However, they added, "The security of Americans serving our nation everywhere in the world is ultimately the job of the commander-in-chief. The buck stops there."
Once again, Hillary is standing by her man. This time, she's providing excuses for Obama.
I suspect she agreed to give Obama some cover now with the promise that eventually she would be cleared, but it still reflects poorly on Hillary.
We have a doormat as secretary of state and a sleazy, ineffective president.
Actually, Hillary is sticking to the same old lines/lies from the White House. Information has changed as they've learned more about the deadly attack. They are still insisting there was no cover-up, hoping we'll be willing to disregard the facts and the timeline.
She's also regurgitating the old "Americans need to pull together" crap, in an attempt to put the topic off limits.
That's incredibly self-serving. Democrats didn't "pull together" for the sake of the country after 9/11. They undermined President Bush at every turn, while engaging in CYA.
Hillary says she wants to avoid a "political gotcha or blame game."
Sure. More specifically, Obama wants to be able to avoid taking responsibility for his failures.
Of course, Hillary declares that there should be no blame game, allowing her to frame holding Obama and his administration accountable as an unpatriotic act.
The fact is the death of Osama bin Laden was not the end of al Qaeda and the terrorist threat. Islamists still hate us and want us dead. Obama's alleged "gutsy call" didn't put an end to the Islamists' war against the U.S. They are still killing Americans.
This "Osama's dead and GM is alive" mantra doesn't cut it. Bin Laden was killed on Obama's watch. That's true enough, but four Americans were also killed on his watch, in a plot timed for the 9/11 anniversary.
The "it was the video" lies, two weeks of lie after lie, can't be erased by Hillary making this statement on the eve of the debate.
Obama is such a coward. Americans are dead and he's trying to dodge responsibility. That is truly disgusting. It speaks to Obama's character, his shamelessness, and his poor leadership.