BY JIM KOURI
During Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday, while answering challenging questions from Republicans and softball questions from Democrats, committee members sought answers regarding the 9/11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. One such interested committee member was Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) who boldly questioned Clinton’s judgement and said her errors would have gotten her fired if he were the Commander in Chief.
Secretary Clinton insisted on Wednesday that members of the U.S. Department of State are working hard to upgrade security at U.S. embassies, consulates and missions throughout the world after the attack on the Libyan consulate that left four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, dead.
Clinton, as in the past, stated she took full responsibility for the State Department’s failures leading up to assault at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
Clinton stated that her department is currently implementing the more than two dozen recommendations as written in an independent report. She also attempted to evade the direction of the questioning by attempting to soften her reputation as a hard-nosed, political operative in the Obama administration.
“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,” she stated.
“Nobody is more committed to getting this right,” she told the Senate committee.
“I am determined to leave the State Department and our country safer, stronger, and more secure,” Clinton added.
“Clinton managed to evade questions on Benghazi by discussing the rise of Islamic extremism in North Africa in countries such as Mali, Nigeria, Algeria and others,” said Michael Baker, a political strategist.
“Clinton told the congressmen about her discussions with various Arab and Islamic leaders, but she failed to inform the committee about the successes or failures of those conversations,” Baker added.
“The Arab revolutions have scrambled power dynamics and shattered security forces across the region,” Clinton advised. “And instability in Mali has created an expanding safe haven for terrorists who look to extend their influence and plot further attacks of the kind we saw just last week in Algeria.”
“Liberal Democrats and many members of the news media have always seemed to find it difficult to differentiate between ‘talk’ and ‘action’ when dealing with emergency situations,” noted former police detective and military intelligence officer Sid Franes.
“My overall opinion of these hearings is that Americans were sold a bill of goods by all concerned, especially Secretary Hillary Clinton,” said Franes.
The Moral Liberal Contributing Editor, Jim Kouri, CPP, is the fifth Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, has served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Contact Jim.