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Benghazi Attack: Clinton Takes Heat Off Obama
Hillary Clinton has said she is "responsible" for the security of the country's diplomatic staff around the world after criticism of the handling of a deadly attack on a consulate in Libya.
The US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was killed along with another diplomat and two security personnel when armed men broke into the US mission compound in Benghazi.
Republicans have used the issue to criticise President Barack Obama's government - particularly after it emerged that requests for additional security at the consulate had been turned down by the State Department.
But Mrs Clinton's remarks, during a visit to Peru, could take the heat off Mr Obama as he prepares to face a grilling on the Benghazi attack during the second televised presidential debate.
"I'm in charge of the State Department's 60,000-plus people all over the world," Mrs Clinton said in an interview with CNN.
"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."
Vice President Joe Biden said during last week's debate with republican challenger Mitt Romney's running mate Paul Ryan that the White House had not been told about the request for more security.
Mrs Clinton has launched an internal investigation into whether there were any security failures in Benghazi, while the FBI and Libyan authorities have launched criminal investigations into the killings.
The Obama administration has also been criticised for its original assertion that the assault on the mission appeared to be linked to protests against a film mocking Islam that had been produced in the US.
But it quickly became clear that it was more likely a planned attack by Islamist militants.
Mrs Clinton said the shifting explanations for the attack were simply a consequence of "the fog of war".
"Remember, this was an attack that went on for hours," she said in another interview with Fox News. "There had to be a lot of sorting out ... Everyone said, here's what we know, subject to change."
In a joint statement, Republican senators led by John McCain said Mrs Clinton's acceptance of responsibility "is a laudable gesture especially when the White House is trying to avoid any responsibility whatsoever".
"The security of Americans serving our nation everywhere in the world is ultimately the job of the commander-in-chief. The buck stops there," it added.
what do you think?
This is what happens when idiot politicians support and arm islamic jihadists, and they knew exactly what sort of people they were supporting in their hunger to seize control of Libya's oil reserves, Prior to Cameron providing the jihadists with an airforce, I watched with amazement when a "rebel" leader admitted to Paxman on Newsnight that "Our young men travel abroad to fight the ( US and British troops) invaders" .
Mindless individuals. Libya as a nation was quite tame before all this occurred, and attracted a lot of overseas workers.