Thanks to commenter AesopFan we have Hillary Clinton’s comments on Benghazi. Most importantly, for a woman who aspires to become our first commandress in chief, we have Clinton’s explanation for why she did not bear any responsibility for what happened to our ambassador and three others.
Interviewing her for 60 Minutes Scott Pelley asked her the right question. She bobbed and weaved and evaded responsibility. We are a long way from “The buck stops here.”
The transcript is from J. E. Dyer, on the Liberty Unyielding blog:
Hillary Clinton: Distinguished Americans, military and civilian experts, they came out, and they said, you know, “The ball was dropped in security,” and, you know, uh, some of the decisions that were made probably should have been rethought –
Scott Pelley: But wasn’t that your ball to carry?
Clinton: No. It wasn’t. It was not my ball to carry. It was very – eh – read the, read the reports, read all of the reports, all many hundreds of pages of them, including this latest one, which was a political exercise from the very beginning.
Uh, those [department communications on security concerns] never reached me, those never came to my attention –
Pelley: The concerns about the security never came to your attention.
Clinton: No! The experts…we have security experts. I am not going to substitute my judgment for people who have been in the field, who understand what our men and women are up against. So, this has all been investigated, over and over again, but as Tim [Kaine] was just saying, it didn’t get the result that some of the Republicans wanted, so they kept at it, and I feel very sorry that they have politicized it unlike any prior example, and I just think the most important challenge we face is learning from it and doing everything we can to keep our people safe.
As J. E. Dyer says:
…these are the words of a defensive bureaucrat, not the words of a national leader. Certainly not the words of a commander in chief.