Hillary Clinton On Benghazi: I Accept Responsibility, But Congress Is To Blame

Today’s long awaited testimony from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a few explosive moments, but in the end it all comes down to passing the buck. While Senator Rand Paul(R-KY) acknowledged that she has “accepted responsibility” for what took place in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, Clinton was more than willing to pass the blame on to Congress for a lack of funding for State Department’s security needs.

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) opened the door for Clinton to put the blame on Congress, instead of actually taking responsibility herself as she claimed to do. Durbin basically blamed Congress for the lack of funding and then on top of that talked about Clinton’s department facing sequestration that is to take place in just a few weeks, which he said would cut $50 million in addition to not providing additional funds.

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Obviously Clinton was happy about Durbin’s comments as they got her off the hot seat for a moment. She talked about “deficiencies” and “inadequacies” and how she had worked as hard as she ever has over the past four years saying “I was doing what I could” to get State Department officials “to do as much as they could with what they had.”

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Awr Hawkins writes,

She said the State Department knew it was never going to reach “parity with the Defense Department,” and the implication was obvious–Benghazi was at least partially due to a lack of funding.

The argument was made even more strongly by Democratic members of the House of Representatives in their questioning of Clinton, who implied that Republicans bore responsibility for the lack of security in Benghazi.

But it seems that in the end Clinton was contradicting her Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Charlene Lamb who, when asked was there “any budget consideration and lack of budget” when it came to the issue of security at the Benghazi consulate, responded with a definitive “No.”

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