Wednesday, January 23, 2013
As she testifies to a pair of Congressional panels today about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya in September, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been hearing the anger of Republicans who aren't satisfied with steps taken by the Obama administration before and after the attack.
Sen. John McCain dismissed Clinton's explanation of events, as well as the administration's response to warnings about the worsening security situation in Libya.
Republicans repeatedly questioned Clinton about whether she had seen earlier requests for beefed-up security. She said those requests hadn't come to her, and she didn't approve or deny them.
Her comments provoked a testy response from Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky -- who said that if he had been president, and he'd found out that Clinton hadn't read the cables, he would have relieved Clinton of her post.
Clinton, though, criticized House Republicans for recently stripping a billion dollars in security aid from a hurricane relief bill.
In response to continuing Republican attacks on U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice -- who initially said the attack in Benghazi resulted from a protest over an anti-Islamic video -- Clinton asked, "What difference, at this point, does it make?" She said, "It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again."