24 January 2013

Tunisia: Clinton Survives Benghazi Scrutiny

The Senate Intelligence Committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack says that day was "likely preventable" ( Resource: New Benghazi Revelations In Senate Report )

Washington — Hillary Clinton's testimony on Benghazi US consulate attack before Congress on Wednesday had it all: laughter and tears, anger and poignancy. She conquered Capitol Hill and looked anything but frightened. Her testimony produced plenty of heat but little new light on the attacks.

On one of her last days as Secretary of State--John Kerry could be confirmed as her successor within days--Clinton spent a long day answering often-hostile questions from two different oversight panels about the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in Libya that claimed the lives of four Americans.

Some Republicans, first on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and later the House Foreign Affairs Committee, charged that Clinton should be held responsible for inadequate security at the compound where Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed and suggested that she'd been part of a White House effort to mislead Congress and the public about the true nature of a terrorist attack that struck at the height of the presidential campaign.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson relentlessly grilled her, perhaps in an effort to appease their base. Paul said he would have demanded Clinton's resignation if he had been president. He almost sounded condescending to the former first lady. Johnson, too, strongly interrogated Hillary about whether the Benghazi attack began as a protest or a terrorist attack.

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