Former Secretary of State Colin Powell defended the current Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Sunday, saying that one cannot stop everything from happening and a tragedy in Benghazi could have happened irrespective of who was in charge of the affairs at the time.
"I think she's had a distinguished record," Powell said in an interview on NBC's "Meet The Press" broadcast Sunday. "And I don't think that this one incident -- which is one of these things that those of us in government have been through many, many times where suddenly an action happens late at night -- I don't think it's a blot on her record."
"You're surprised," Powell said of the attack on Sept. 11, 2012 that killed four Americans, including US Ambassador Chris Stevens. "Somebody gets killed, something gets blown up. And then the after-action reports start and everybody wants to know who was at fault. Who was responsible? 'Why didn't you keep this from happening?' Well, you can't keep everything from happening. Benghazi was a very, very difficult one and a difficult situation, and maybe they shouldn't have been there in the first place."
Powell, who remained the secretary of state during the first term of the Bush era, also reflected on the current situation in the Congress. Giving out a frank assessment of what he has seen over the years, Powell said that he feels that present Congress is having some identity issues.
“In recent years, there's been a significant shift to the right, and we have seen what that shift has produced: two losing presidential campaigns. I think what the Republican Party needs to do now is take a very hard look at itself and understand that the country has changed. The country is changing demographically. And if the Republican Party does not change along with that demographic, they're going to be in trouble.”
Powell said that a vein of intolerance has suddenly emerged in the party and instead of joining their hands together behind a single leader; everyone wants to become the next presidential candidate. He said the party is at present facing a number of questions, the most pressing one of which is ‘what the party actually represents.’ Powell noted that if the party wants to represent just the far right wing of the political spectrum, then it’s in for some big trouble in the days to come.