Secretary of Statehas taken responsibility for last month’s attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, saying she is in charge for security of US diplomatic facilities across the world.
Clinton, in a couple of interviews Monday, also said that micro decisions regarding security measures for worldwide US missions by security experts are not in the knowledge of President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
"I'm in charge of the State Department's 60,000-plus people all over the world," Clinton said, according to Reuters. "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."
Clinton, while expressing personal regret for Ambassador Stevens' death, said the responsibility for Benghazi attack should rest with her office.
Clinton also said she had appointed Stevens as an ambassador to Libya and that she told him to be in Benghazi throughout the Libyan unrest because he possessed all the skills and capabilities to manage things in a tough situation.
It is pertinent to mention here that since the Sept. 11 attack, the Obama administration has come under severe inquiry and attack from critics and the GOP over the manner the security at the US mission in Benghazi had been managed in the months prior to the attack.
The Republican presidential nominee,, has made attempts to exploit the tragedy to knock President Obama's foreign policy credentials ahead of the Nov. 6 presidential election. Romney camp in particular has all ears on the Obama administration’s budging explanations about the attack.
Leaders of the GOP have also attempted to fire off downbeat allegations by some of the Obama administration officials who, at first, laid the blame for violence on an anti-Islam amateur film made by a US citizen that went viral on the internet and sparked bloody protests across the Muslim world. That account has now been disposed of and the State Department has admitted it was a well-planned militant attack.
Meanwhile, some Republican leaders have declared Clinton’s admission "a laudable gesture," but said they were still not satisfied with Obama’s foreign policy.