Last Updated:October 22 @ 09:16 pm

Just before next debate, Hillary falls on her sword for Obama

By Matthew Lee

LIMA, Peru (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clintonis taking responsibility for security at the U.S. consulate in Libyawhere an attack by extremists last month killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

Pushing back against Republican criticism of the Obama administration for its handling of the situation, Clinton said Monday in Lima, Peru, that security at all of America's diplomatic missions abroad is her job, not that of the White House.

With only weeks before the presidential election, the outrage has crystallized around Vice President Joe Biden for claiming in last week's debate with Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan that "we weren't told" about requests for extra security at the consulate where assailants killed the Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Congressional hearings revealed that the State Department was aware of, and rejected, several requests for increased security in Benghazi. Spokesmen for both the State Department and the White House took pains Friday to make clear that Biden's "we" referred to the White House, where such requests would not go.

There are three separate investigations into the attack going on now: an FBI probe into the deaths of the four Americans, an independent inquiry by a panel appointed by Clinton and the congressional hearings. Ambassador Chris Stevens was among the four killed in the attack, which came on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington.

In television interviews, Clinton said she is responsible for State Department security. She told Fox News that "the decisions about security are made by security professionals."

"I take responsibility," she told CNN. "I'm in charge of the State Department's 60,000-plus people all over the world (at) 275 posts. The president and the vice president wouldn't be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals. They're the ones who weigh all of the threats and the risks and the needs and make a considered decision."

Bloomberg News reported Sunday that Ambassador Stevens' father said he believes his son's death is being investigated adequately and that it would be "abhorrent to make this into a campaign issue."

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  1. billwvComment by billwv
    October 16, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    We all know that this is her responsibility whether she wants to claim it or not. But on the day when her boss stands ready to receive another ‘debate drubbing’ she ‘fesses’ up to her ‘job title’. Tis amazing what a man like Romney can bring out in these people. We are ‘led’ by the most ‘incompetent’ and tis time for some ‘hope’ for a ‘change’ so that this nation can move ‘forward’.

    Romney / Ryan 2012

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    • capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
      October 16, 2012 @ 8:55 am

      she fell on the sword for HER,not the faker in charge.
      so when she runs for president she will say i am not olblunder i take responsibility for my mistakes and successes.
      mark it down….

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      October 16, 2012 @ 8:58 am

      I guess when that call came at 3:00 am in the morning that she spoke of so often as a requirement for Presidency, she was snoozing. Someone quick put that glass ceiling back up before we get 4 years of HER incompetency,,,we already have had four years of a Democrat Rip Van Winkle and 4 dead Ambassadors. How come when Bin Laden successfully went down we got more details than we should have got, that compromised national security. Now when Obama fails and it is our Ambassadors go down, we can’t get any details? Just how stupid does Obama think we are?

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    • agent007Comment by agent007
      October 16, 2012 @ 11:03 am

      While it is true that the State Department OWNS the responsibility for securing our embasseys, and is culpable for the lack of security in Benghazi, that is only the first item on the list of problems.
      The next item is the issue of the cover up itself, which is totally owned by the White House.

      Stating that they could not claim it to be terrorism until they had all the facts is total bogus, since they did go out to the world and claim it was a protest and based on a video!
      That was wrong on 2 aspects:

      1. If you don’t have facts yet, you don’t publicly come to ANY conclusion, and therefore certainly not that this was a protest, incited by a video.

      2. Everyone knew within 24-36 hours that this had indeed been a terrorist action.

      The White House foolishly continued this narrative for almost 2 weeks after it had become totally clear that there was NO protest at all!

      The White House failed to receive all available INTEL information from all their sources, which include the State Dept, and continued to send Susan Rice and their campaign managers out to keep pushing this BOGUS story!

      The only reasonable conclusion is that the REAL INTEL information was extremely inconvenient to this White House because it clearly indicated that AL Queda is still alive and well, and that we were again hit by a terrorist action, while they were trying to win the foreign policy debates for re-election based on the slogan “Osama is dead” which supposedly would create the impression on voters that the President had been really successfull in defeating terrorism. The reality unfortunately is that Mitt Romney was completely correct when he said that hunting the earth to find one single man was possibly not worthwhile, and that it does not equate to defeating terrorism, which is like a snake with dozens of heads! Cutting off one only makes it grow a new head.

      It is time for Obama and Biden to confess that they didn’t want the truth to come out, at least not before the debates, and that they were trying to run out the clock to November 6!

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      October 16, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

      Speaking of the 3am call, does anyone remember the SNL skit about this? SNL writers were big Hillary fans during the primaries. They spoofed the 3am commercial by showing a President Obama calling Hillary at 3am to ask her what he should do. Hmmmmm….. her claiming ultimate responsibility for this has made parody reality. Obama will never take personal responsibility for anything he says or does. How he got Hillary to go along with getting thrown under the bus is beyond me. I thought she still wanted to run for POTUS.

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    • canada3dayerComment by canada3dayer
      October 16, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

      I can tell you in 2 words how I believe the DNC got Hillary to go along with the nominee being Obama – VINCENT FOSTER.

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  2. Jota_Comment by Jota_
    October 16, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    Yes, it is true U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is responsible for the State Department and Obama is responsible for her, and obviously, neither one knows what is going on

    If it was Hillary who made up the story, about the video, and Obama swallowed it, he is an idiot.

    If Obama made up the story and thought the American people would swallow it, he is a fool and incompetent.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      October 16, 2012 @ 8:59 am

      When you are a wife of Bill Clinton you are expected to swallow the sword, not fall on it. Now it is the voters who are expected to swallow it and their phony story also.

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    • gramfinnComment by gramfinn
      October 16, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

      No big deal, I wouldn’t have voted for her in 2016 anyway.

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  3. iamwinnerComment by iamwinner
    October 16, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    Any chance for Hillary’s run for president is totally over and done with. She is a stupid ***** for allowing Obama to blame her for the murders of 4 heros.

    Obama is the murderer! Down with Obama!

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    • BobinmsComment by Bobinms
      October 16, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

      She seems to be spending a lot of time in Lima??

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  4. tomtComment by tomt
    October 16, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    Mommy Hillary rescues her son Barry!

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      October 16, 2012 @ 11:47 am

      And commits HaraKiri Seppuku on her Presidentail aspirated Stomach. The kindest cut of all she could offer America.

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    • agent007Comment by agent007
      October 16, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

      Looks almost as if the rats are leaving the sinking ship! :)

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  5. powertothepeopleComment by powertothepeople
    October 16, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    Amazing….they just keep spinning with not the slightest look of shame for the shameless cowards Hillary and fake-in-chief prove themselves to be. They hung our people out to dry and should pay a high price for their role in the deaths of fellow Americans. If this had happened under a Republican admin., the media would be camping outside the WH demanding answers.

    What is so sick is to watch the liberal excuse squad we know as the media cover Obozo’s backside on this one. Anyone with half a brain has to see that the asylum has been overrun and vote these liberal screw ups out!

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    • aretiredgiComment by aretiredgi
      October 16, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

      Is it my imagination (or CRS) but has Debbie Wasserman Schultz been awfully quiet on this issue? I didn’t know she could be silenced.

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    • agent007Comment by agent007
      October 16, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

      aretiredgi:

      Thank God for small miracles :)

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  6. RoBoTechComment by RoBoTech
    October 16, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

    If Hillary takes responsibility, then WHY hasn’t she resigned, been fired by Obama, and face criminal charges.
    Doesn’t four people dead, dozens wounded, and MILLIONS in damages warrant such actions?
    Oh, I forgot, she is a “proud” Progressive. Responsibility has no consequences for them, only Conservatives.
    RESIGN Hillary!

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    • agent007Comment by agent007
      October 16, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

      RoBoTech:

      I bet no one has resigned until at least after tonight’s debate! Again, another example how this administration is just trying to run out the clock until Nov. 6

      Let me point out again that Hilary is taking the blame ONLY for the security lapse at the embassey, and NOT for the INTEL mess. Obama and his National Security Advisor are RESPONSIBLE ultimately for the INTEL failures.

      Most likely however is still that INTEL did its job, Obama administration didn’t like the truth (terrorism is alive and well and gaining influence even) and for political reasons tried to cover up the real INTEL to try run out the clock to Nov. 6!

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      October 16, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

      That’s okay. Holder, Clinton, Obama and the whole bunch will be gone when we elect Romney for POTUS. Too bad we have to wait until January, though. They can still do a lot of damage in that amount of time.

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  7. zazzoComment by zazzo
    October 16, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

    Seems to me even though she says she takes the blame it was more of a setup to fire someone else down the line. Because she said the decisions are made by security professionals. She has 60,000 people under her at 275 posts and it will come out sooner or later that she never knew anything about the security requests.

    I had read another article on how Bill Clinton was checking with lawyers on the best way to keep Hillary from being hurt by this scandel. It is nothing else but the Clinton Machine doing what they think best to find an out for Hillary.

    I agree with an earlier post that she will try to use this as a positive thing when she runs for president. How she did her job in cleaning up the security professionals by adding further regulations etc. blablabla The same ole same ole but the MSM will lap it up.

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  8. smitty37Comment by smitty37
    October 16, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

    President Harry Truman had a sign on his desk that said “The Buck Stops Here”. Just look how far the Democratic Party has come. Now the Secretary of State says — “This time the buck stops here. My boss is innocent.” I can’t believe how often this president has said “It’s not my fault.” The previous champion for the “Don’t blame me.” award was William Clinton but President Obama beats him by a mile.

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  9. Willard LivelyComment by Willard Lively
    October 16, 2012 @ 4:17 pm
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  10. JDZComment by JDZ
    October 16, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

    It is a sad situation to watch as Hillary and Biden attempt to circle the wagons around Obama to protect him from his own incompetence and lack interest in running the country. I keep waiting for him to take the responsibility for anything other then the killing of Osama Bin Laden which he just happened to be in the Whitehouse when the Bush policies finally got Bin Laden.

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