Hillary Clinton Throws Herself Under The Bus On Libya, Or Does She?

Well isn’t this interesting…

Lima, Peru (CNN) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday tried to douse a political firestorm over the deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya, saying she’s responsible for the security of American diplomatic outposts.

“I take responsibility,” Clinton said during a visit to Peru. “I’m in charge of the State Department’s 60,000-plus people all over the world, 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.”

But she said an investigation now under way will ultimately determine what happened at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, where Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed on September 11.

…”In the wake of an attack like this, in the fog of war, there’s always going to be confusion,” Clinton said. “And I think it is absolutely fair to say that everyone had the same intelligence. Everyone who spoke tried to give the information that they had. As time has gone on, that information has changed. We’ve gotten more detail, but that’s not surprising. That always happens.”

She added, “What I want to avoid is some kind of political gotcha or blame game.”
“I know that we’re very close to an election,” Clinton said. “I want to just take a step back here and say from my own experience, we are at our best as Americans when we pull together. I’ve done that with Democratic presidents and Republican presidents.”

It’s even more interesting one night before the second Presidential debate. Is President Obama going to fall in line with Clinton’s assessment? Were he to do so that would open him to criticism that as to who the buck really stops with; Clinton or Obama?

Last week there were rumors that Hillary might resign over the ever-increasing possibility that she might be the administration “fall guy” for the debacle in Benghazi. Rumors were that Bill Clinton was livid, considering that he had gone out of his way to shore up Obama at the DNC, producing a dramatic (if short-lived) bounce for Obama.

There are many ways to read this admission, but considering all the scenario’s as to how this all could go down, it appears that this move serves the ball back to Obama’s court. If Obama wins re-election Clinton is already scheduled to step down so she’ll be taking 100% of the heat in that case – lap-dog media willing. If Romney wins the election one would assume that he’ll be too busy to be invested in a long blame pointing investigation. In that case the chances that she takes 100% of the blame goes down, as a new administration will surely want to spread the blame around the Obama administration as they bring in their own national security team.

Is it possible that this is a passive aggressive move to help put a final nail in Obama’s sagging re-election prospects? Considering Slick Willy and Hillary’s history, one would be naive to suggest that it might not be a possible motive.

Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte responded to Clinton’s admission with this:

“We have just learned that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has claimed full responsibility for any failure to secure our people and our Consulate in Benghazi prior to the attack of September 11, 2012. This is a laudable gesture, especially when the White House is trying to avoid any responsibility whatsoever.

“However, we must remember that the events of September 11 were preceded by an escalating pattern of attacks this year in Benghazi, including a bomb that was thrown into our Consulate in April, another explosive device that was detonated outside of our Consulate in June, and an assassination attempt on the British Ambassador. If the President was truly not aware of this rising threat level in Benghazi, then we have lost confidence in his national security team, whose responsibility it is to keep the President informed. But if the President was aware of these earlier attacks in Benghazi prior to the events of September 11, 2012, then he bears full responsibility for any security failures that occurred. The security of Americans serving our nation everywhere in the world is ultimately the job of the Commander-in-Chief. The buck stops there.

“Furthermore, there is the separate issue of the insistence by members of the Administration, including the President himself, that the attack in Benghazi was the result of a spontaneous demonstration triggered by a hateful video, long after it had become clear that the real cause was a terrorist attack. The President also bears responsibility for this portrayal of the attack, and we continue to believe that the American people deserve to know why the Administration acted as it did.”

Guess who is getting painted into a corner on this one? Hint: He is debating Mitt Romney in less than 24 hours and is have a foreign policy debate in less than a week…

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  • retired.military

    If I were Obama I would tread very very carefully. That wording does not look good for him.

    There is an old saying in the govt/military. Dont be the highest person in the chain with a secret. That means that if the shit hits the fan and you are the highest person in the chain that knew about it then you are the one who is held accountable. That is fine if your rank can handle the consequences of the decision and it is within your authority. But dont try to cash checks your rank cant handle. Bad news doesnt smell any better with age.

    • UOG

      Something else I remember from my time in the service: You can delegate authority, but not responsibility.

      • Jwb10001

        The question I have is what does “I take reponsibility” mean exactly, is it just the words or is there going to be some real responsibility taking like, being fired! It’s easy (sort of) to say I take responsibility but difficult to accept the outcome of being responsible for a complete disaster. What should the person responsible for the death of 4 Americans face a result of that massive failure?

        • retired.military

          In this case I dont think anyone will be held accountable.

          • Jwb10001

            Obama can be held accountable on Nov 6th it’s up to us.

  • http://twitter.com/JonPavlovsky Jon Pavlovsky

    Oh I think she and Bill are even craftier then you are suggesting. There are two issues. security on the ground. BUT Obama’s policy might have been that they did not want the compound in Libya to be a fortress to show (whatever friendliness etc) so Hillary can always say she followed the policy mandates but still ok buck stops with her. BUT she did not want to continue the cover up of the video blame game etc and no one knows if Obama asked her to get out there on the sunday shows and she refused and then UN amb Rice had to go out there. Think about it when have you ever seen Rice speak until now? it also is not her place to be out there discussing this. I think Hillary pulled the pin on a grenade and yes is saying ok Obama your move. She knows everything that happened. The intel dept and career people in the intel dept are also none too happy with Obama . She can come clean explain all and come out looking damn good. Think also about this…. She used some carefully crafted words especially the buck stops with her. She and Bill traversed through whitewater other people took the dive for them. Vince Foster (if he was alive) would say to Obama HAAAAA! you are a neophyte small time thug you do not know who you are dealing with. if you think she is ever going to take the fall for you. I predict ISSA now has info in his possession. I predict soon he will have a closed door session with Hillary first. and this will be before the election. Then i think Rice will be out there in open session and BOOM shrapnel hitting everyone but Hillary secure in body armor

  • Oysteria

    “And I think it is absolutely fair to say that everyone had the same intelligence.”
    Somehow this wasn’t an acceptable response on another September 11th a little over a decade ago. But now, this is what we’re supposed to accept unquestionably.

    • 914

      Were talking liberals here. Intelligence does not come into play.

  • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente
    • Jwb10001

      Thanks for nothing there Chico. Be sure to vote for the one person that can have zero effect on any of this. You’re worthless. Nothing changes if nothing changes and voting for Gary Johnson changes nothing, except it let’s you “feel” better about yourself.

      • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

        Romney has vowed to continue and intensify our violent meddling in the Middle East, why would I vote for him, he sounds worse than Obama in that regard.

        • Jwb10001

          Blah Blah Blah. Is someone talking? Oh must be Chico spewing his non sense again.

    • jim_m

      Your tin foil hat link to Ray McGovern misses the point entirely. The issue is not our military involvement in the middle east. While there is much to criticize on how we have handled things the fact remains that al qaeda would still be planning attacks wherever they could.

      The fault lies in the supine stance taken by this admin toward islamic radicalism. obama has allowed islamic states to rise up in Egypt and now Libya. Soon we will have another in Syria. What obama is doing by attempting to placate and appease the islamic radicals is ultimately giving them more credibility and more power. THAT more than anything is creating a dangerous situation that will lead to a real war, a war the left intends for the US to lose.

      • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

        True, but what the heck, Romney wants even more assistance to the al qaeda Syrian “rebels.”

        • Jwb10001

          Who’s this, oh Chico again. You know you keep this Romney is a chickenhawk war monger non sense acting like he a loose cannon about to go off. It wasn’t even a week ago you tried to assert the idiots in Iran were reasonable and should not be feared. Romney says he’ll defend us and our allies, Iran says they will wipe another country off the map. You make no sense and have become irrelevant to any intelligent discussion on American foreign policy.

          • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

            You are drunk on propaganda. I know what is going on and Obama and Romney will lead the USA into disaster by their flailing and warmongering.

          • Jwb10001

            Oh YOU know what’s going on do you? I’m so freaking impressed. You’re so full of yourself it’s unbelieveable. Please spare me your self importance.

          • retired.military

            JWB

            shhhhh Chico knows all about the eeeeebbbbillllllll oligaphy conspiracy.

  • Hank_M

    This is a first. Someone in the Obama administration taking responsibility for something.

    Brilliant move by Hillary. And she made Obama even smaller by comparison.

    • Jwb10001

      This should be the end of Hillary’s time as sec of state, saying “I take responsibility” without also saying I’m firing these people and resigning is just talk. Her failure has cost 4 American lives what should be the outcome of her being “responsible” for that?

      • Hank_M

        Good points. And normally, I’d agree.
        But there’s something more going on here.

        If Hillary has to resign, I think she’d be inclined to take Obama down with her. After all, a resignation here ends any chance she has to be President in 2016 or later.

        If Hillary hadn’t “taken responsibility” then this debacle continues to grow, perhaps ruins Obama’s re-election chances and by extension, Hillary’s plans for President later on. Hard to run for President when your stint as Sec State results in a middle east on fire and dead American bodies.

        Nope. I think she made a pact with the devil here. Take the heat for Obama, look as if she’s taking a brave stand by seeming to take responsibility, and come out of this looking good. Please note, she only comes out of this with her reputation intact with the help of the MSM, the side benefit being that Obama looks even smaller. That can be spun, however, and considering the alternatives, Obama has to eat that.

        • 914

          And She plays the used abused Woman again, looking even more hopeful as the DNC front runner in 2016!

        • Jwb10001

          I tend to agree that this is all calculated. But if all that is what’s going on then the republicans should demand her resignation. She has no leg to stand on she has confessed incompetence that has resulted in American deaths. This is a complete disaster on all levels.

        • Plinytherecent

          I expect that she would rather take Obama down now – she’ll have an easier time in 2016 running against a Republican President than as a Democrat following eight years of failed Democrat policies.

  • Brian_R_Allen

    The recidivist, treasonous, lying, looting, thieving, mass-murdering, co-serial-rapist Missus Billy-Bubbah Blythe may say whatever the Heck she wishes to say. But the call is not hers to make and the Buck in any case stops way beyond her Pay Grade and way beyond her dumbest woman in all of time to have ever shat between two shoes IQ level.

    Way up Pennsylvania Av, with the world’s most dangerous dullard:
    Zero.

    (Dear Lord please rid us of these vermin!)

    • retired.military

      “recidivist, treasonous, lying, looting, thieving, mass-murdering, co-serial-rapist”

      At this point in your post I didnt know if you were referring to Hillary Or Obama.

  • herddog505

    I suggest that the Hilldabeast is reaching back for an old but successful play. Remember when, in the wake of BATF roasting a few dozen women and children alive at Waco and the scrambling by all Slick Willie’s goons to explain how this outrage came to pass, Janet Reno stepped up, said, “I’m responsible”… and MiniTru had a collective orgasm over her “integrity” and “courage” and then let the matter drop (except to paint anybody still critical of the government’s actions at Waco as a right-wing nut)?

    democrats know that the media is in their corner, and that it is MORE than willing to turn the tiniest threads into a full-blown blanket of protection. After all, MiniTru uncritically trumpetted the regime’s first cover story about Libya, i.e. the hateful YouTube video (probably made by a Jooooo) was to blame for the spontaneous and irrepressible demonstration against American intolerance of peaceful Muslims. Well, that finally fell apart, so the Hilldabeast has given them a new meme: The Brave Cabinet Offical Taking Responsibility. MiniTru can spend the next several days talking about how courageous she is, how this sets her up to take the reins in ’16, etc. Let’s face it: MiniTru cannonized her for she serving as a human doormat for her horndog husband twenty years ago. Is it unreasonable to expect them to REALLY pour it on after she’s so bravely Accepted Responsibility?*

    ====

    (*) Not, as with Janet “Flamethrower” Reno, that this means very much. “I accept responsibility, but I’m not going to suffer any penalties, and anyway it was REALLY the fault of unnamed people beneath me, so shut up and let me go about my business.”

    Anybody know if there’s a Chinese dissident somewhere that the Hilldabeast can send a SWAT team to round up and and send him back to Beijing?

  • Plinytherecent

    Smart move by the Clintons. Hillary gets to look like an adult (rara avis in this administration) while actually blaming someone else; she had to deal with “60,000-plus people all over the world, 275 posts”, (poor girl, how could anyone be expected to handle such awesome responsibility) but an investigation will “ultimately determine what happened” (i.e., a scapegoat to be named later). The last of the quoted statement is a great way to give the MSM their marching orders on how to shut down the Romney campaign when they try to use this as an example of the total failure of the Obama foreign policy (note how doing that also helps Hillary).

  • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

    I’ll bet that knife didn’t even sting as it slipped between his ribs…

  • Justrand

    Hillary took responsibility for ONLY the security in place BEFORE the attack.
    She was careful NOT to take responsibility for the deception AFTER the attack. Obama owns 100% of THAT.
    In fact, she had the State Department release transcripts showing the State Dept. did NOT claim it was a video that spurred a “spontaneaous demonstration”.
    Obama LIED…any remaining government credibility DIED.

  • jim_m

    2 key points;

    1) Unlike anyone else in this admin she distinguishes herself by taking responsibility, something the obama WH seems to be allergic to.

    2) “And I think it is absolutely fair to say that everyone had the same intelligence.” She screws obama by saying “Hey, we all knew the same stuff.” so while over time the understanding may have changed it does not excuse the WH putting out a story the contradicted the State Dept. When we see that State knew this was a terrorist attack within the first few hours we know that the admin lied when they said it was the video.

    This was an artful way of screwing obama.

  • GarandFan

    “I take responsibility,”

    Oh? And just what the hell does that mean? Are you going to resign Toots?
    ,,,,,,,,,,crickets………………

    • Jwb10001

      Exactly, and if she doesn’t resign she should be fired. If Obama allows this failure to stand he will continue to get hammered as he should.

      • 914

        He doesn’t have time to make it go away. The ministry of disinformation is turning on him. Time to hide in the bunker and cap that cyanide tablet..

        • Jwb10001

          I tend to agree I think the end is near.

  • 914

    Why does ‘To Sir with Love’ come to mind when I look at that photo?

  • Highsider

    No, Hillary, the “Buck” does NOT stop there! Are you under the delusion that the State Department is a fourth branch of government in addition to the Legislative, Judicial and executive branches? Your department is one of many within the Executive Branch and, as it has always been, the POTUS is ultimately responsible for the actions of both you and your underlings. You progressives once again are found in ignorance of our Constitutional Republic form of government. Perhaps this is why you so consistently muck up our nation each time you weasel your way into power.

    You are of course welcome to fall on your sword for your department’s security screw-ups that resulted in the deaths of four Americans on American soil. You are NOT however, going to be allowed to dive under the bus for the Obama Administration’s Benghazigate cover-up. He and his administration will pay the price for lying to and trying to manipulate the American public into thinking that this was “just a spontaneous demonstration, gone violent”, rather than the result of your shortcomings as his appointee to lead the State Department.

    Good luck to both you and he in your next jobs.

  • http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com Joseph G Figliola

    Well, she did make it a hot topic the day of a townhall debate. And the only cover she offered was passing the buck. Devilishly clever knife in the back. Et tu, Hillary?

  • Jeff Shaw

    So where’s the danger in throwing oneself under a bus that the wheels have come off of?

  • Sky__Captain

    Just how old is that picture of Shillary?
    She looks almost human, and she certainly doesn’t look much like that now.

    Lately, she looks really unkempt with stringy, unstyled hair.

    • http://www.traveLightgame.com/ ljcarolyne

      They both (HITLARY & OBUMMER) look haggard now, this lying takes it’s toll, mass confusion has set in. “Where confusion is, there is every evil work.”
      Oh what a tangled web they weaved. . . Hitlary can just forget about 2016 along with Obummer which will have already been forgotten! Oh happy day!
      God Bless America in Christ also Romney/Ryan – their protection and good success so America can have a win/win.

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    We early voted today along with our friends, guess who for – Romney/Ryan without question. It was crowded which was a good sign that people are going to be voting in record numbers. YEA!!!!!!!!!

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