Defiant Hillary Clinton fires back

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton offered a fiery response Wednesday to Republican critics of the Obama administration's handling of the deadly attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, facing off with lawmakers who included potential 2016 presidential rivals.
Associated Press
Jan 23, 2013

 

At times emotional and frequently combative, Clinton rejected GOP suggestions in two congressional hearings that the administration tried to mislead the country about the Sept. 11 attack that killed Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three other Americans. She insisted the State Department is moving swiftly and aggressively to strengthen security at diplomatic posts worldwide.

In her last formal testimony before Congress as America's top diplomat — but perhaps not her last time on the political stage — Clinton once again took responsibility for the department's missteps and failures leading up to the assault. But she also said that requests for more security at the diplomatic mission in Benghazi didn't reach her desk, and reminded lawmakers that they have a responsibility to fund security-related budget requests.

Three weeks after her release from a New York hospital — admitted for complications after a concussion — Clinton was at times defiant, complimentary and willing to chastise lawmakers during more than 5 ½ hours of testimony before two separate committees. She tangled with some who could be rivals in 2016 if she decides to seek the presidency again.

Her voice cracking at one point, Clinton said the attack and the aftermath were highly personal tragedies for the families of the victims who died — Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty — as well as herself.

"I stood next to President Obama as the Marines carried those flag-draped caskets off the plane at Andrews. I put my arms around the mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters and the wives left alone to raise their children," she told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a packed hearing.

Clearly annoyed with Republican complaints about the initial explanation for the attack, she rose to the defense of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, who was vilified for widely debunked claims five days after the attack that protests precipitated the raid rather than terrorism.

Clinton said, "People were trying in real time to get to the best information." And she said her own focus was on looking ahead on how to improve security rather than revisiting the talking points and Rice's comments.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., pressed her on why "we were misled that there were supposedly protests and something sprang out of that, an assault sprang out of that."

"With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans," she said, her voice rising and quivering with anger as she and Johnson spoke over each other.

"Was it because of a protest? Or was it because of guys out for a walk one night decided they would go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator."

If Johnson's comments drew an irritated response from Clinton, she notably ignored Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., when he said he would have fired her if he had been in charge and found that she had not read cables from her team in Libya asking for more security. Paul is a potential 2016 presidential candidate.

"Had I been president and found you did not read the cables from Benghazi and from Ambassador Stevens, I would have relieved you of your post," Paul said. "I think it's inexcusable."

Clinton and other officials have testified that requests for additional security did not reach her level, and a scathing independent review of the matter sharply criticized four senior State Department officials who have been relieved of their duties.

"I did not see these requests. They did not come to me. I did not approve them. I did not deny them," she said.

Later, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina repeatedly challenged Clinton's claim to have looked at the tragedy with "clear eyes," saying she should have personally ensured security at the mission.

He said Clinton had "let the consulate become a death trap" in denying requests for additional security and called it "malpractice."

Clinton said she could have let the review board's report remain classified and told Congress "goodbye" before leaving office. But she said, it's "not who I am. It's not what I do."

Absent from the Senate hearing was Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., the man tapped to succeed Clinton, who is leaving the administration after four years. Kerry, defeated by George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election, is expected to win swift Senate approval. Clinton is to introduce him at his confirmation hearing on Thursday.

Politics play an outsized role in any appearance by Clinton, who was defeated by Barack Obama in a hard-fought battle for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. She is the subject of constant speculation about a possible bid in 2016.

A former New York senator and the wife of former President Bill Clinton, she is a polarizing figure but is ending her tenure at the State Department with high favorability ratings. A poll last month by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found 65 percent of Americans held a favorable impression of her, compared with 29 percent unfavorable.

On the panel at the Senate hearing were two possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates — Florida's Marco Rubio and Paul, a new member of the committee — as well as John McCain of Arizona, who was defeated by Obama in November 2008.

Clinton, 65, did little to quiet the presidential chatter earlier this month when she returned to work after her hospitalization. On the subject of retirement, she said, "I don't know if that is a word I would use, but certainly stepping off the very fast track for a little while."

In a second round of questioning on Wednesday, Clinton testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee where Republican members pressed her on why cables and other memos about security deficiencies in Benghazi seemed to be ignored.

"The dots here were connected ahead of time. The State Department saw this was coming," said Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., the chairman of the panel. "The State Department didn't act."

Clinton told senators the department is implementing the 29 recommendations of the review board and going beyond the proposals, with a special focus on high-threat posts.

"Nobody is more committed to getting this right," she said. "I am determined to leave the State Department and our country safer, stronger, and more secure."

Clinton had been due to testify in December but postponed her appearances after fainting, falling and suffering a concussion while recovering from a stomach virus that left her severely dehydrated. She was then diagnosed with a blood clot near her brain and returned to work only on Jan. 7.

She won bipartisan well-wishes on her recovery, but while Democrats were quick to praise her for accomplishments as secretary of state, Republicans then hit her with withering criticism.

"It's wonderful to see you in good health and combative as ever," said McCain.

But in the same breath, he dismissed her explanation of events, the administration's response to warnings about the deteriorating security situation in Libya and even the attention paid to Libya after rebels toppled Moammar Gadhafi. "The answers, frankly, that you've given this morning are not satisfactory to me," McCain said.

To McCain, a friend that Clinton served with in the Senate, she replied matter-of-factly: "We just have a disagreement. We have a disagreement about what did happen and when it happened with respect to explaining the sequence of events."

Some Democrats raised the point that Congress had cut funding for embassy security.

"We have to get our act together," she told the panels, chiding House GOP members for recently stripping $1 billion in security aid from the hurricane relief bill and the Senate panel for failing for years to produce a spending authorization bill.

In something of a valedictory, Clinton noted her robust itinerary in four years and her work, nearly 1 million miles and 112 countries.

"My faith in our country and our future is stronger than ever. Every time that blue and white airplane carrying the words "United States of America" touches down in some far-off capital, I feel again the honor it is to represent the world's indispensable nation. And I am confident that, with your help, we will continue to keep the United States safe, strong, and exceptional."

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., expressed incredulity that the independent review board did not interview Clinton for its extensive report. She also complained about the department's "false narrative" that four employees lost their jobs over the attack.

"There's just been a shuffling of the deck chairs," said Ros-Lehtinen.

Clinton said earlier that she was not asked to speak to the review board but would have been available. She said the four employees have been removed from their jobs and have been placed on administrative leave, but federal rules prevent the department from taking more drastic steps.

Her testimony followed more than three months of Republican charges that the Obama administration ignored signs of a deteriorating security situation and cast an act of terrorism as mere protests over an anti-Muslim video in the heat of a presidential election. U.S. officials suspect that militants linked to al-Qaida carried out the attack.

Associated Press writers Bradley Klapper and Andrew Miga contributed to this report.

 

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goofus

Alas another puff piece from the All Praise Obozo newsgroup. I like this part of the testimony
http://www.weeklystandard.com/bl...

There you go again

Clinton will walk back that statement to explain "what I really meant!"

sorryhog

More B.S.

dontcare

Hillary 2016

There you go again

Clinton had 4 months to practice her "show" and that is all she came up with?
I am still not convinced that Obama and Clinton were innocent bystanders in the Benghazi debacle.

dontcare

What do you mean all she came up with, she shoved it down the rebumblicans throat I thought.

The Big Dog's back

Hillary slapped those Repubs around like the cheap suits they are.

wiredmama222

Yes, she did. It appalls me to see the RP use the deaths of these men to promote their political agendas. It is sickening to watch them argue that they seem to have the right to lay blame at the feet of Hillary Clinton while all the time reducing the funding for security and knowing that is the truth of the matter. Good for her for standing her ground and speaking out as she did. She certainly did not take their "crap". Punching back, she showed them she can stand up for herself, her department and her decisions without cow-towing to the RP without fear and demoralization. I thought she was very good at it. Especially with specific senators.

There you go again

Surely you heard that Ms. Hillary accepted the responsibilty for her department. RP wants to know why the coverup/delay? Facts show that cables were sent, to no avail. Seems like evidence to me.

wiredmama222

It shows only that certain people who were DISMISSED in her department got the memos, not that she saw them. And like any good leader, she takes responsiblity for her department. Where that comes down to a 'cover up' in the eyes of a RP is beyond me. I simply do not see it. But, true to form, the Republicans must find a Democrat to blame or it simply isn't over until they do. That is the game of politics in this Washington we have. There is no such thing as justice any more, nor cooperation or fair play nor resolution. Not in Washington DC. Not with the way the party is going. They are too busy pushing politics as usual. They better find a far less complusory way of doing business before the next presidential election or they are sure to lose again. This old way just is not working.

deertracker

Agreed! She held her own very well! Impressive!

bored reader

Yeah four months to practice and her handlers could only produce that cheap garbage. "At some point Hillary you must act outraged and indignant". Sad that dead Americans were simply "bumps in the road". Absolute democrat morons.

Yellow Snow

At the end of June 2008, Hilary was 12 million in debt from her failed presidential run. According to FEC documents reported today, her debt is now retired. Same day as her testimony. ..........

There you go again

Maybe now she can afford to get her hair done...please!

arnmcrmn

Hillary looked really bad again. Her party just can't decide what story they finally want to tell.

gilamonster

I did not have sexual relations with that woman....err wrong Clinton but lies as about as good as Slick Willy

KURTje

Dick Nixon, "How can we screw him."

Nor'easter

Doesn't anybody ever hold their oath of office as more than parroting another's voice. Dereliction of duty and/or treason comes to mind.

Contango

Why don't we the people know "exactly" what happened prior and during the Benghazi attack?

Three letters: C.I.A.

Shhhhhhh! Hush, hush.

The Endless War marches on.

“Be the first one on your block to have your boy (or girl) come home in a box.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d...

tk

I watched the hearings on C-span. Secretary Clinton was masterful as expected. She is a strong lady who can stand her ground. The Republicans weren't trying to find out what happened. They were trying to tarnish her image and all they succeeded in doing was tarnishing their own.

Speakezy

Nor'easter... excellent comment and ditto!

Swamp Fox

"They were trying to tarnish her image." I think she accomplished that on her own. Surprise, surprise a Clinton who lies, and tries to divert attention from their own mistakes, at least she didn't have a stain on her dress, classic Clintonesse.....

Swamp Fox

After watching her, she clearly does not have the temperament for higher office, she appeared to be an angry out of control person attempting to lie her way out of this........

arnmcrmn

Dont worry folks, its all Bush's fault. I surprised some of the liberals on here aren't posting that yet.

Obama and his defense staff and everyone in charge clearly dropped the ball, but what does that matter now according to Clinton?

At least she kinda manned up and took a tiny fraction of responsibility, but that was soon overlooked when she started finger pointing in a direction where nobody was standing.

This was a terrorist attack, and nothing was done by your leaders. SAD and PATHETIC are the words I think of everyday when I think of our leadership.

shucks

The Republican propaganda machine is in action.

FORWARD to the 2016 ELECTON !!!

SamAdams

After seeing parts and pieces of the hearings, I'm not surprised Secretary Clinton got a little defensive! It's SO insulting when you lie and people don't buy the story, especially when you've had four months to plan your testimony. All that effort, and people STILL know you're lying! Whether it's to protect her own political behind or the President's — or some combination thereof — is the only question I still have. Everything else is crystal clear:

Security was lax, and had been despite the State Department's knowledge of that fact.

Warnings were received in advance of the attack from credible sources (British and Israeli Intelligence among them), but were ignored.

and

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Susan Rice lied, lied, lied, lied, and LIED, apparently in a coordinated matter of policy.

I don't care if Republicans DO have a political agenda at least partially behind their role in the investigation. Whatever the reason, the truth needs to get out however ugly it will be, and no matter the tarnish it puts on the golden idol residing in the White House or anybody else!

Think for a second if this had happened in a Republican administration, and the deafening outcry from Democrats (and I'd frankly agree with them)! Now explain why it's okay for Democrats to commit crimes (or it's defined as "doesn't matter" or "not REALLY a crime"), but it's far more serious if a Republican does the exact same thing...?

The he11 with ideology here. Let's move on to the TRUTH for a change! People are dead because other people messed up.

meowmix

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).

arnmcrmn

Obama carried the war over to Afghanistan and we are still there to this day and lives are being lost weekly. Before you post, remember Obama = just as guilty. Try again.

meowmix

SamAdams said: I don't care if Republicans DO have a political agenda at least partially behind their role in the investigation."

Just goes to show just how shallow Repub's can be.

Here are a few fun facts:
Where was the outrage over Embassy and Consulate attacks under the Bush Admin?

2002 US Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan 12 Killed, 51 Injured
2003 Diplomatic Compound Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 17 Killed
2003 US Consulate , Karachi, Pakistan (SECOND time) 2 Killed
2004 US Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan 2 Killed
2004 US Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 5 Killed, 10 Injured
2006 US Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan (THIRD time) 4 Killed
2006 US Embassy Damascus Syria, 1 Killed 13 Injured
2007 US Embassy Athens Greece, Zero Killed, 8 Injured
2008 US Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, 3 Killed
2008 US Embassy in Yemen 13 Killed, 16 injured

Contango

"WHAT DIFFERENCE...DOES IT MAKE"?

meowmix

Good question Contango. What difference does it make?
Another abject fail for Republicans. She had them for breakfast, wiped her lips with a napkin, all looking awfully gracious and, may I say, presidential.

Contango

Agreed. It made no difference under Bush and it doesn't matter under Obama.

Incompetence, malfeasance, obfuscation and lying are the hallmarks of the American nomeklatura.

The reason NOTHING was learned yesterday by "We The People" is because THEY didn't want you to know.

Be good little droids and keep focusing on the political parties.

The CIA was operating a covert operation in Benghazi - end of story.

More wars and rumors of war to follow.

shucks

Quoting a biblical phrase,eh? how convenient.

SamAdams

I agree. Where WAS the outrage?

During the Bush administration, I didn't give a crap if the Democrats had a hidden agenda behind their opposition of the USA PATRIOT Act. They were right to oppose it. But now those same Democrats are watching a Democrat president renew and EXPAND the PATRIOT Act, and sign into law really awesome freedom-stealers like the NDAA, and they say nothing.

Sounds to me like it's ALL politics, and that BOTH sides are guilty of it.

So are you suggesting, then, that nobody bother with trying to find the truth behind Benghazi-gate? That once a crime (or at least a mistake) is done and over, we should not only move past it but excuse MORE crimes and mistakes because we did it once (or even 100 times) before?

shucks

Meow, I've got backup:

http://answers.yahoo.com/questio...

Quote Sam Adams :"Think for a second if this had happened in a Republican administration, and the deafening outcry from Democrats (and I'd frankly agree with them)! "

It did happen.
I didn't hear a deafening outcry.
You should be angry, ashamed, and humiliated.

meowmix

for sure 4shizzle!! Pathetic little beings the GOP.

Swamp Fox

The Clinton record on terrorism

So she wants to take credit for her husband's administration. She wants to take credit for any foreign policy achievements during the Clinton years, she wants to claim the national security mantle, and she claims to be fully vetted. She claims there are no more SURPRISES in her and her husband's background. That remains to be seen!!

But who says all the other baggage we know about can't be effectively re-used, re-hashed and re-manipulated for political advantage?

I can just see the Rethugs coming out with a commercial (visuals and all) outlining a string of terrorist bombings that effected U.S. interests, property and persons during Bill Clinton's administration. Shall we list a few here:

1993 - The first World Trade Center bombing
1995 - Attempted crashing of plane on White House
1995 - Oklahoma City bombing
1996 - Khobar Towers bombing - Saudi Arabia
1998 - U.S. Embassy bombings Kenya/Tanzania
2000 - USS Cole Bombing - Yemen
Not to mention Clinton's lack of action (non-sexual) that lead to 9/11

The Clinton response, One stained intern dress....

deertracker

Wow, you are way off topic!

Swamp Fox

You do realize in your little far left mind the topic is terrorism and how the Clintons has always mishandled it including the latest in Libya..

The Big Dog's back

swamprat, 9-11-2001, 2,977 deaths.

Swamp Fox

dog breath, compliments of Wild Bill Clinton and lack of attention to terrorism for 8 years, he was busy conducting business in the Oral Office......

eriemom

Actually swamp, what I remember about any lack of action included the phrase, 'wag the dog" from the gop-ers.

Swamp Fox

After listening to her rants I can now understand why Bill looked for strange...

meowmix

Oh now swampy-- the son of your god Rand Paul had this to say about Benghazi that is was "The most tragic event in America since 9/11". Gee, think he was emoting just a tad? Or did he think that below was somehow just inconsequential?
Iraq
Katrina
Sandy
Deep Water Horizon
Tucson
Aurora
Newtown
Virginia TechR

Swamp Fox

Cat food, It might not be the most tragic event but its clearly the biggest example of misdirection and a continuing pattern of conduct by this administration...

Contango

Russia warned us to stay the (bleep) outa Libya. Tellin' us we'd open up a whole can o' worms.

But no, The Puppet-in-Chief Obama had to do the bidding of his masters to keep the machinery of the Endless War greased with new money and power.

http://www.businessinsider.com/r...

shucks

@ Con
Who are his masters? The chicken-hawk Republicans?

Good to know that you like to obey the Russians.

meowmix

Contango--you're infamous for calling we dem's communists--NOW you're telling us we should have listened to RUSSIA??? Welcome to the party, comrade. :)

Contango

News flash: Russia has had more experience with Islamist nuts and long before the U.S.

Good to know that you approved of Obama's war in Libya.

I'm sure you'll support him in his next one and the one after that, etc, etc.

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BW1

Russia also currently is further from being a communist nation than most of the West, including the USA.

Pterocarya frax...

So why don't you move there and live with Putin? Then we'll see how bad Obama is.

shucks

.

Mime Bloggling

I think what has the average patriotic citizen upset about the whole Benghazi debacle is that the White House et al was willing to blame the attack on the Consulate in Libya and the subsequent murders of Ambassador Stevens and 3 others military personnel on an anti-Islam YouTube video, when in fact within a couple of hours of the attack according to time stamped emails, the White House and over 400 security officials KNEW it was a terrorist attack linked to Al Qaeda. After all it was September 11th.

They kept up this subterfuge for weeks trying to avoid political fallout during a grueling election season understanding clearly that President Obama had campaigned on the notion that Al Qaeda was virtually a vanquished foe.

Because of the YouTube video LIE more riots occurred (in 25 countries) and more people died. Seventeen died in Pakistan alone. The more the Obama Administration blamed the video the more intense the rioting became and greater the anti-American sentiment grew.

"What difference would it make?" Madame Secretary? Just maybe more people would not have died... In the end the truth finally came out, it had nothing whatsoever to do with a YouTube video. The American people hate being LIED to and it doesn't matter if you are Republican or Democrat.

I chuckle when I see the AP headlines "Defiant Hillary Clinton Fires Back". She's had 4 months to process her response. I appreciate the fact that she's taken "responsibility", but in Washington what does that mean anymore? I see no consequences. She still has her job and her 4 subordinates who supposedly did not pass on vital information to her still have jobs. We have buried 4 patriots. In the real world they would have been fired.

Contango

Has anyone seen Oliver Stone's "Untold History of the United States"?

Important point:

At the end of the 1940s, Winston Churchill, the PM of a bankrupt UK, in essence handed the keys to the job of world policeman to the U.S. and figuratively said, "Good luck"!

Is the U.S. goin' to bring possible military destruction and bankruptcy upon itself while acting as the Earth's top cop?

So far, so good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z...

arnmcrmn

If the leadership in this country would have been up front and honest about this entire deal, it wouldn't of turned out to be what it was. Honest and manning up......something you wont see from this administration.

We all understand that tragic things are going to occur under each and every presidents watch that will cost American lives. That is not the point. The point is, some of our top leaders came out to the media that this attack was nothing more than a protest about some video that has been on the internet 6 months prior to any of this happening.

If they had all this intell and knew what was going on, then the response that we initially got shouldn't of happened.

All we wanted was answers, not finger pointing. If the ball was dropped then fire those responsible for dropping it and make sure it doesn't happen again.

The Big Dog's back

The only place this is even a "story" is in the shallow right wing world.

Swamp Fox

dog breath thanks to the loyalty of the lackeys in the far left media....

tk

Latest poll show Secretary Clinton with a 67% favorable rating. Not bad, huh?

gilamonster

Good job Obama, your private illegal war has destabilized Libya with far reaching consequences. Now we have all sorts of terrorist crawling out of Libya. How many times did Obama need to be told that extremists would use the uprising in Libya to gain power? By golly looks like they were right, looks like the Obummer administrations got themselves a real mess. Obama you broke it, now its yours. Onward Africa!!!

Contango

"The 'War On Terror' Has Changed, And Not One In 1,000 Americans Has Noticed":

http://www.zerohedge.com/contrib...

“We’ve always been at war with Eastasia”. - "Nineteen Eighty-Four"

"He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future." - George Orwell.

"You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes." - The Matrix

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thinkagain

Hil-liar-y learned from the biggest liars of them all…her hubby and the current liar-in-chief.

The Big Dog's back

Listen, hear that? That's right wing world exploding. bwahahahahaha.

Swamp Fox

dog breath, maybe its a drunk on a golf cart you hear?

rickross2

If you dont have anything nice to say, you must be talking about Hilary Clinton-Jeff Foxworthy

meowmix

OUCH rickross........to throw a quote in from Jeff Foxworthy?? Boy, you sure did teach us libs a thing or two with that one. :)

goofus

For all leftists with short term memory loss can google Jamie Gorelick and the Wall. The true contributing factor of 911. It seems head clintonista Hillary instructed Gorelick to set up the wall to protect Bill from future interns from popping up from under the desk in the oval office. She is a shrewd liar and a devious person who had 4 months to formulate her response to questioning.

The Big Dog's back

goof, tell me again who was President on 9-11-2001. Hint, it wasn't Bill Clinton.

arnmcrmn

Goof, who was the president in the worst economic plunge and recovery ever? It wasn't Bush.

Pterocarya frax...

No but Bush (I mean Cheney) was president for the 2nd worst economic plunge ever.

arnmcrmn

and Obama is in place for the worst ever. Thanks for trying to play again liberals. Doesn't work both ways....lol.

Swamp Fox

9/11 compliments of wild Willy and his lack of concern for terrorism, he was diverted by intern issues.... Then there was Black Hawk down compliments of Wild Willy giving the UN command & control over U.S. Troops...

arnmcrmn

911 was Clinton's fault.

tk

9-11 was Osama BenLaden's fault.

SamAdams

Osama bin Laden? You mean the one that Bill Clinton was offered on a silver platter and DECLINED? Him?

tk

But Obama got him.

meowmix

Wrong SamA-- Bin Laden was offered up on a silver plate to Bush. Clinton wasn't going to go after him with the transfer of power from himself to Bush so close at hand--ever read anything by Richard Clark??? Dubya simply chose to ignore the warning.

Contango

meowmix writes:

"Dubya simply chose to ignore the warning."

"WHAT DIFFERENCE, AT THIS POINT, DOES IT MAKE?"

Great "catch all" sentence yes?

The "Powers-that-be" like the populace apathetic and "dumbed down," since it makes 'em easier to control.

goofus

Kitty Litter, go into your browser and google Jamie Gorelick and the Wall. Bush wasn't told half the stuff because of it. Bush was guilty of being too benevolent by keeping democrats in higher up positions.

KURTje

Hey arcrmen......since you never served here's a news flash from history. "Charlie Wilson's war." It involved Ronnie Reagan & a Texan. Then to Afghanistan. Opps....facts again. That's IS what got the US startec over there.

arnmcrmn

Ohhh the hypocrisy by the liberal posters on here. Saying the Republican Party is using this tragedy for their political gain. So what say you libs on the Sandy Hook event? Are not the same liberals you are defending here using the Sandy shooting for their political agenda and gain with gun control. Exactly so. Thanks for playing hypocrites.

The Big Dog's back

Strong women like Hillary scare the bageezus out of Repubs.

Swamp Fox

Strong women do not stay with a husband that has embarrassed her and this country with his Oral Office escapades along with a past history of being a womanizer. She stays because she only cares about her own political ambition and power. If only Vince Foster could speak......

meowmix

Swampy-- you seem to be very obsessed with the sexual indiscretion of Clinton. Why?

arnmcrmn

ummmm he was our president and cheating on his wife with numerous women but got caught in the White House of all places. But, he gets a pass from the liberals.

Swamp Fox

cat food, Lack of trust, and what both Clintons will do to keep power, can't trust either one of them......Best way to know when a Clinton is lying, their mouth moves....

arnmcrmn

Swamp. Im not a Clinton hater at all. However, the guy can't get a free pass for cheating on his wife in the White House. Sorry that just wont happen, but as we both see, the liberals give anyone a pass that is Democratic.

Also, we as a nation can thank Clinton for the housing collapse. His ideas and push, so that "everyone should own a home" caused banks to hand out loans they normally wouldn't. We all see how that went.

8ballinthesidepocket

She is a lying sack of s&@#!!!!

Don S

HELL, WE STILL DON'T KNOW EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED WWI,WWII,KOREA,VIETNAM. SO, HOW ARE WE TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT ALL HAPPENED IN THE BENGHAZI ATTACK IN AS LITTLE A WEEK OR MONTH? HAS McCAIN EVER OPENED UP COMPLETELY ABOUT EVERYTHING OF WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM WHEN HE GOT SHOT DOWN?? IS HE SO OLD THAT HE CAN'T REMEMBER HOW CONFUSING COMBAT WAS FOR HIM?? SO, WHAT GIVES THIS HOLY AZZ THE RIGHT TO QUESTION ANOTHERS ACTIONS IN THIS STRESSFUL ENVIROMENT?? McCAIN,,,A WAR HERO???? PLEASE GIVE ME A BREAK, FOR GOD'S SAKE!!!!

There you go again

Please give us a break and stop SHOUTING!!!!

gilamonster

Kurt, are you saying a drunk, sexist, cokehead, progressive Democrat drug America into a one-man war against the commies in Afghanistan? Thanks for that tidbit of lost history, seemed to repeat itself in Libya. At least Wilson supported the second amendment.

KURTje

Yes gila I am. Along with an senile old man (Reagan), Wilson is another reason many do not trust most from Texas. Or for that matter those that display the stars & bars. Glad you looked at my discourse. Thank you for checking on facts.

Contango

"On 3 July 1979, Carter signed a presidential finding authorizing funding for anticommunist guerrillas in Afghanistan."

"Operation Cyclone":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope...

“WHAT DIFFERENCE, AT THIS POINT, DOES IT MAKE?”

The Big Dog's back

Those who ignore history (winnie), tend to repeat it.

arnmcrmn

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Minuteman

This is America's Secretary of State?

Argue back and forth all day, but the world is watching this play out. If there's no coverup, why all the wailing? You can always tell who is not truthful by who is making the most noise.

Swamp Fox

Always can tell when a Clinton lies, their mouth moves....

The Big Dog's back

Yep, rand paul, john mccain, johnson. I agree minuteman.

Swamp Fox

Typical liberal far left media "Defiant Hillary Clinton fires back" if she was a Republican women who stated the same testimony the caption would have read, "Right Wing BitC%" loses control and lies." Which we know she did....

goofus

I think slick willy should be wearing Hilary's prism glasses, no wonder he went for interns and pro's

Contango

Talk about "phoney": She's not and never has been a "real" blonde.

The Big Dog's back

This is the 45th President of the United States you are talking about.

Contango

@ Dog:

Yea right, dream on. :)

#1. The Dems already threw her over-the-side once for a younger black man.

#2. She'll be 69 yrs. of age in 2016. Nobody will want an old fat lady for POTUS.

#3. You mean Joe Biden ain't gonna be elected???? :)

Contango

What a sweet "love-fest" puff piece on 60 Mins. last night.

No need for "hard" or "difficult" questions. It might "confuse" the Obama tools. :)

"The president touted Libya and Egypt as places where his policies had made a difference; how that difference advanced U.S. interests went unasked and unanswered."

Long gone are the days when the words, "I'm from 60 Mins., could you answer a few questions?" produced sweating and fear.

The Obama Media Network - kiss, kiss.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/20...

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-1856...

KURTje

Like you served......

Contango

"What difference, at this point, does it make?"