Secretary of State CNN on Monday that she, and not the White House, was ultimately responsible for security at the embassy in Libya. Clinton pointed out that the security of all US embassies abroad fall under her authority. The Obama administration has come under harsh criticism from the GOP for its handling of the Sept.11 terror attack on the embassy in Benghazi. The attack killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.told
"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," said Clinton.
Clinton added that she has taken the attack personal and vowed to do everything to ensure that such an attack never takes place again. She also promised that those responsible will be found and brought to justice. Obama administration officials came under fire for suggesting that the anti-Muslim video produced by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula incited the crowd to attack the embassy.
However, further investigation by intelligence revealed that the attack was carried out by terrorists. The terrorists were linked to al-Qaida, according to intelligence reports.
Clinton's acceptance of responsibility concerning the attack comes at a crucial time for the administration, with the presidential election mere weeks away.
It is very commendable of Clinton to step up and claim responsibility for the lapse in security that led to the tragic deaths of American citizens. It is rare these days for politicians to take complete responsibility for their mistakes. Normally, they adopt the "pass the buck" mentality and retreat into "save yourself mode."
While it is admirable that Clinton has risked her career to shield the administration, it still doesn't excuse what has taken place. Clinton is correct in her statement that security matters concerning embassies fall to her. However, Obama is the commander-in-chief and the leader of this nation. Regardless of how many line up to fall on their swords for this, it still does not completely absolve the president.
The hallmark of a true leader is his or her ability to take responsibility for the bad things just as well as the good. A leader must have the courage to stand before his people and speak the tough words, even if they make him look bad.
Just as he can take part in the celebrations of success, he must also share in the bitterness of failure.
Clinton has shown great courage and integrity for coming forward with the truth of what really took place and also for her acknowledgement of her mistake.
Now we wait and see if Clinton will now be sacrificed on the altar of political expediency in order for others to remain afloat. Will they step up and share in the responsibility? Or, will they allow her to be fed to the vultures?
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