Hillary Clinton claims fault for Staged Setup events in Libya
Clinton claims fault for Libya events to save Obama on eve of debate
Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:12PM GMT
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has claimed “responsibility” for security failures that led to the killing of the nation’s envoy to Libya in an apparent bid to take the heat off President Barack Obama in the second presidential debate with his Republican rival Mitt Romney.
“I take responsibility,” Clinton said during a Monday night interview with major American news broadcaster CNN. “I want to avoid some kind of political gotcha.”
The remarks by the top American diplomat, which came on the eve of the second presidential debate between incumbent Democratic President Obama and the Republican contender Romney, served as a clear indication that she was attempting to avert the growing Republican criticism of Obama for failing to adequately protect US diplomats abroad and making contradictory statements on the killing of four Americans at the US Consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi on September 11, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
During a Friday address, Clinton insisted on continued US engagement in volatile but strategic regions of the Middle East, adding that it was the State Department’s responsibility to make sure its diplomats possessed resources to carry out their tasks overseas. She, however, stopped short of taking responsibility for the fatal incident in Benghazi.
During the interview, Clinton attempted to explain the initial assertion by the Obama administration that Benghazi killings came after an anti-American demonstration over the release of a US-made video that insulted Muslims but later claimed that no such protest was held.
She claimed confusion in the State Department over the incident, adding that the department’s employees were involved in an “intense, long ordeal” to learn about what had occurred.
There has been growing questions over the past week on the Obama administration’s diplomatic security measures for the American Embassy in the Libyan capital of Tripoli and its consulate in Benghazi.
During a Congressional testimony last week, the ex-security officer at the embassy underlined that the State Department had turned down his pleas for extra security at the time.
Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers have tried to focus attention on the role the White House had played during the incident.
According to a New York Times report on Tuesday, veteran South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham proclaimed in a Monday interview that he had sent two separate letters to Obama and his national security team, inquiring about “attacks against the Benghazi compound carried out in April and June” and the sorts of action taken in response.
“If he was informed, it is nobody’s responsibility other than the commander in chief to take corrective action,” Graham argued, hinting the sort of challenges Obama may encounter during his Tuesday night’s faceoff against Romney.