During the testimony on Wednesday of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing regarding the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) took Clinton’s claims that she was accepting responsibility to their logical conclusion, ultimately telling Clinton that he would have “relieved you of your post.”
Paul stated that one of the things that bothered him about the original 9-11 was that “no one was fired.” He said we had “spent trillions of dollars,” but there were “human errors,” “judgement errors.”
He said that those making such errors need to be replace, fired and no longer in a position of making these judgment calls.
Paul points out that the Review Board’s report indicated 64 things that should be changed. He said, “A lot of them are common sense and should be done, but the question is, it’s a failure of leadership that they weren’t done in advance and four lives were lost because of this.”
“I’m glad that you’re accepting responsibility,” said Paul. “I think ultimately with your leaving that you accept the culpability for the worst tragedy since 9/11. And I really mean that.”
In referencing the fact that Clinton admitted that she had not read all of the documentation surrounding the September 11, 2012 attack, Paul declared,
“Had I been president and found you did not read the cables from Benghazi, that you did not read the cables from Ambassador Stevens, I would have relieved you of your post. I think it’s inexcusable.”
“I think we can understand you’re not reading every cable,” Paul said. He then indicated that she was unaware of the cable from Vienna and that her department had spent $100,000 on three comedians on a promotional tour to India. However, he did point out that she should be aware of “$80 million that was spent on a consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif that will never be built.”
Paul said that anyone should have known that Libya was one of the worst “hot spots” around the world and for Clinton to claim she didn’t know about the requests for additional security and the danger there was simply “inexcusable” and that it cost the four Americans there lives, which could have been saved, if only she had only been “more on top of the job.”
Sen. Paul said that he did not suspect her motives, but clearly pointed out that it was most definitely a “failure of leadership.”
Clinton would later respond, “I am the Secretary of State. And the [Accountability Review Board] made very clear that the level of responsibility for the failures that they outlined was set at the Assistant Secretary level and below.”
However, no one held her accountable. In fact, no one anywhere was held accountable and it’s been five months! Four Americans are dead as a result of her negligence and not one person has been fired, not one. It was made to look like a couple of people resigned or were given leave, but that even turned out to be fraudulent.
Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) took time to rebuke Paul in the next exchange saying, “If some people on this committee want to call this tragedy the worst since 9/11, it misunderstands the nature of 4000 plus Americans lost in the War in Iraq under false pretenses.”
Liberals usually do this. Instead of “manning up” and calling Senator Paul by name, Murphy uses the phrase “some people.” While there is no doubt that many soldiers’ lives were lost in Iraq and I agree with him it is a great tragedy, the way in which it was brought up and used to rebuke an excellent point of the Senator from Kentucky was completely out of line, especially since Rand Paul was not even a Senator at the time troops were sent into Iraq.
Here’s the entire exchange:
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