Live blog: Clinton testifies before Senate on Benghazi attack
Secretary of State Clinton appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday.
January 23rd, 2013
12:13 PM ET

Live blog: Clinton testifies before Senate on Benghazi attack

[Updated 12:13 p.m. ET] CNN's chief Washington correspondent, Jake Tapper, says he wasn't surprised that Clinton became emotional when she recalled calling the families of the two State Department personnel who died in Benghazi - Ambassador Chris Stevens and computer expert Sean Smith.

"A lot of diplomatic people, we don’t perceive hem in this country as necessarily putting their lives at risk - we think, oh, they work for the State Department, their job is not as dangerous. And it’s not true," Tapper said. "And people like Secretary Clinton have now learned that firsthand. … The other point to take is, from sources close to her, this really did take a very, very, strong emotional toll on her. In addition to an exhausting job, I think probably it’s all part and parcel of the exhaustion we’ve seen that she’s been suffering.”

[Updated 12:05 p.m. ET] CNN's chief Washington correspondent, Jake Tapper, sums up the criticism that Clinton received from some Republicans on the Senate panel this morning:

"Republicans were focused on two areas of criticism. One, of course, (was) the fact that the administration - specifically the United Nations Ambassador Dr. Susan Rice - initially in the Sunday show appearances ... (gave the view that) this was not a terrorist attack, this was a spontaneous protest because of that anti-Islam video, which of course turns out not to have been the case.

"And a lot of senators - Ron Johnson and John McCain especially - focused on why were these talking points false. Specifically, Johnson said that Dr. Rice was purposefully misleading the American public. Dr. Rice, of course, has said she was not - that she was merely using the talking points provided by the intelligence community, and that there was no effort to mislead. She was providing as much information as she knew at the time.

"The other area where there was significant criticism, of course, came from Sen. Rand Paul, who was talking about the lack of accountability - how come nobody was fired? He said that if he had been president at the time ... he would have relieved Secretary Clinton of her job, specifically for not having read all of these cables from on the ground in Libya, of diplomatic personnel requesting more security in the months leading up to the attack."

[Updated 11:37 a.m. ET] This morning's hearing has concluded.

[Updated 11:36 a.m. ET] Chairman Menendez lists takeaways from today's hearing:

"We have to look at the totality of the threat environment," he says, when it comes to protecting our personnel, not just specific threats.

He also says there needs to be clear lines of authority, instead of styles when it comes to making those decisions about security.

Menendez says Congress should be able to provide the money to protect diplomatic personnel.

He says he hopes he can do that to "protect our people as robustly as possible" and that it would be a mark on Congress to not do it.

[Updated 11:32 a.m. ET] Clinton says posts in Baghdad and Kabul may be protected by private security. "Historically, Marine guards do not protect personnel," Clinton says, instead they take care of classified material and destroy it if it might fall into the wrong hands.

[Updated 11:24 a.m. ET] Clinton tells Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy that the diplomatic security situation going forward is largely unknown.

"We are in a new reality. We are trying to make sense of changes that nobody had predicted but that we will have to live with," she says.

"Let's be honest with ourselves, let's avoid turning everything into a political football. Let's try to say this is unprecedented, we don't know what's going to happen in this new revolutionary environment ... but let's see what lessons we can learned from the past," Clinton says.

[Updated 11:19 a.m. ET] Sen. Rand Paul says he thinks the Benghazi consulate should have been under military and not State Department protection and this could pose a problem for the U.S. elsewhere.

[Updated 11:16 a.m. ET] Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, says he would have fired Clinton over the Benghazi attack. "It was a failure of leadership not to be involved," Paul says, referring to Clinton's assertion that she couldn't read all the cables concerning security in Libya.

[Updated 11:13 a.m. ET] In response to a question about high-risks posts, Clinton cites Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen.

"In places where we know our facilities are being surveiled for certain attacks, where we have a steady intel stream of plotting against us, we make a decision, which is a difficult decision, whether that mission continues," Clinton says.

[Updated 11:08 a.m. ET] Clinton says al Qaeda remains a threat despite recent successes against its top leaders.

"Although there has been the decimation of core al Qaeda in certain regions we do have to contend with the wannabes and the affiliates going forward," she says.

[Updated 11:02 a.m. ET] Clinton says she wants a sensible budget discussion with Congress about the State Department. "We have to be smart in making the right investments in diplomacy," she says. She says it should be a "no-brainer" to transfer their own budget money around to improve diplomatic security.

[Updated 10:59 a.m. ET] In reference to earlier remarks that Congress is not doing enough, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, puts some blame on Republicans in the House. He says the GOP-controlled chamber did not act on Clinton's request for a transfer of money to protect diplomatic personnel.

[Updated 10:55 a.m. ET] Clinton hints that Congress bears some responsibility for the security shortcomings in Benghazi. She says that congressional holds were placed on help for Libya.

"We've got to get our act together," she says of the administration and Congress.

[Updated 10:52 a.m. ET] McCain rips Clinton on how the State Department responded to security needs in Libya.

"I strongly disagree with your depiction of what we did after Gadhafi fell. We did not provide the security that was needed," he says. "We did not give them the kind of assistance that would have been necessary to dismantle the militias."

[Updated 10:50 a.m. ET] McCain is outraged over what he's heard so far from Clinton today. "Four months later and we still don't have the basic information," Mccain says.

[Updated 10:48 a.m. ET] Sen. John McCain calls Clinton's testimony so far today "not satisfactory to me."

[Updated 10:47 a.m. ET] Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, calls Clinton "as combative as ever," but he thanks her for her service to the country.

[Updated 10:43 a.m. ET] Clinton says threats to U.S. diplomatic posts are ongoing. "Sitting here today we probably have at least 20 other posts that are under a serious threat environment as I speak to you," Clinton says. "We are constantly assessing. Sometimes we get it wrong. We usually don't. But this (Benghazi) was one of those terrible tragic times where we got it wrong."

[Updated 10:40 a.m. ET]  "If you wish to fault the administration, it is that we didn't have a clear picture and we did not do as clear of a job (telling people that)," Clinton tells Sen. Jeff Flake in response to inquiries about what the U.S. knew and when U.S. officials knew it. "I can only assure you that as the information came to light and as people thought it was reliable we shared it," Clinton said.

[Updated 10:38 a.m. ET] On the initial characterization of the Benghazi attack as a protest, Clinton says in retrospective that maybe the State Department should have waited for a better assessment of the situation before issuing statements. "But thats not what we do as Americans," she said, noting we like to share what we know and note that it is subject to change.

[Updated 10:33 a.m. ET] Clinton says that right now it is more important to catch those responsible for the Benghazi attack than to figure out the "why" behind it.

[Updated 10:30 a.m. ET] Sen. Ron Johnson has a heated exchange with Clinton over the immediate response to the Libya attack, saying the State Department didn't give clear answers to the nature of the threat, that what was going on in Benghazi was more than a protests.

Clinton gets angry. "What difference at this point does it make?" she says, slamming her hand on the table. "The fact is that people were trying in real time to get to the best information."

[Updated 10:25 a.m. ET] Clinton says Congress needs to keep the State Department accountable for making proper security arrangements. Keep asking "What are you doing and how are you doing it" of the secretary of state, she says.

[Updated 10:22 a.m. ET] Responding to a question from Pennsylvania Sen. Robert Casey, Clinton says Congress can help diplomatic security by responding to department requests.

"You can help by making sure that the needs we come to you with, like what are the training needs, the budgetary needs, the bureaucratic changes, that you help support that," Clinton says.

[Updated 10:19 a.m. ET] Clinton says the Libyan government wanted to help with security for U.S. posts but didn't have the means to do so.

"In willingness, but not capacity," she said of the Libyan government. "The Libyans were very responsive, but had no levers to pull."

[Updated 10:15 a.m. ET] Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, is asking again about security requests from the U.S. diplomatic posts in Libya.

"There were a number of conversations and meetings to try to see what we could do while Libya went through this transition ... to try to get in there to help them with security." Clinton reiterated that many of the requests never directly went through her.

[Updated 10:08 a.m. ET] Clinton says there were growing threats elsewhere after the Benghazi attack.

"I had to call the president of Tunisia to beg" for extra security while there was a threat against U.S. interests in Tunisia, she said.

[Updated 10:06 a.m. ET] Sen. James Risch of Idaho has directed the questioning back to Benghazi.

"It was a terrorist attack," Clinton says. "I called it an attack by heavily armed militants. That is clearly what happened. The harder question is what caused it? And that we didn't know."

[Updated 10:02 a.m. ET] Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, asks Clinton about what is happening with a jihadist insurgency in the northern African country of Mali.

Clinton says that Libyans with ties to former leader Moammar Gadhafi came into northern Mali at the same time there was a move by al Qaeda to establish a base there.

"We have been working to try and upgrade security around northern Mali," Clinton says. "We are now trying to help put together an African force so that African soldiers will be at the front of this fight."

"We cannot permit northern Mali to become a safe haven" (for al Qaeda), Clinton says. "This is not only a terrorist syndicate, it is a criminal enterprise. Make no mistake about it, we've got to have a better strategy (for Mali)."

[Updated 9:56 a.m. ET] Clinton talks about the security climate faced by U.S. diplomatic posts going forward:

"We now face a spreading jihadist threat. We have driven a lot of the al Qaeda operatives out ..., killed a lot of them, including of course bin Laden. But we have to recognize this is a global movement. We can kill leaders, but until we establish democratic institutions, our values, we're going to be faced with this level of instability."

[Updated 9:47 a.m. ET] Sen. Corker asks why security changes weren't made when officials were "screaming out" for help.

"We did immediately do this high threat assessment," Clinton responds, noting that had never been done before. Clinton said she wanted more Marine guards, security guards, updates to construction. Clinton says that she has also recommended that the next secretary state and deputies are now included in conversations about request for security.

[Updated 9:44 a.m. ET] On her response when notified of the attack, Clinton says she went into continuous meetings. "I instructed our senior department officials and diplomatic security to consider every option - to break down the doors to the Libyan officials to get as much security support as we could," she said.

[Updated 9:41 a.m. ET] Clinton says there were efforts to upgrade the security of the Benghazi facility that was attacked. "There were inadequacies in the response. Those are the specific kind of recommendations we are currently implementing," she said.

[Updated 9:37 a.m. ET] Clinton says there conversations within the State Department of what would be the safest compound for U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens to be in.

[Updated 9:25 a.m. ET] "As I have said many times since September 11, I take responsibility," Clinton said of the security for the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. "Nobody is more committed to getting this right. I am determined to leave the State Department and our country safer, stronger, and more secure."

[Updated 9:22 a.m. ET] Secretary of State Clinton has begun reading her prepared text.

[Updated 9:20 a.m. ET] Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, called an earlier briefing on the Benghazi attack "bizarre," because of how little information was given.

[Updated 9:14 a.m. ET] "I know I speak for many when I say you've been an excellent secretary of state," Sen. Robert Menendez said, referring to all of the work Clinton has done during her tenure. "You have changed the face of America abroad."

[Updated 9:04 a.m. ET] Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The hearing has begun with remarks by Sen. Robert Menendez, who is standing in as chairman of the committee for Sen. John Kerry. Kerry recused himself from the hearing as he has been nominated to replace Clinton as secretary of state.

[Posted 8:34 a.m. ET] Republican members of Congress plan a host of questions for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her long-awaited testimony on Wednesday about the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Questions are expected to range from a security vacuum in northern Africa to new cables suggesting that Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was killed in the September 11 assault, once proposed moving the compound to a more secure location adjacent the CIA Annex, sources tell CNN.

Clinton will testify for 90 minutes before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee beginning at 9 a.m., and 90 minutes before the House Foreign Affairs Committee beginning at 2 p.m.

soundoff (799 Responses)
  1. M

    McCain doesn't know where he stands from one day to the next. I used to think he was principled, then he ran for president.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. phart

    Sen. McCain simply gave a speech. He went on and on. He claims to be looking for answers, yet, he didn't even pause to ask and listen. I consider him to be a class A jerk.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. LHW

    that was a display that should disgust and frighten all americans....did Senator Menedez just bring up 9/11 and compare it to Bengazi. this was pure politics...look at the line of questioning and who asked her what....travesty and we'll never know why the blood was spilled....there are no better than republicans....EVERY POLITICIAN in our GOVERNMENT should be jailed.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      No that was Senator Paul - remember he will be running for president! He is an i*ot!

      January 23, 2013 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. ShawnDH

    How do you goofy right-wing losers feel about the fact that nobody outside of Teabagistan cares about your imaginary conspiracy? Ha Ha.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Just for the record

    McCain embarrassed himself today. He's an old man that needs to know he has over stayed his visit.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. Scottish Mama

    Replace Rand. He produced no new information and his attack on Clinton was unfounded. He is not in the White house so he does not have the ability to replace her. His republican ficticious power has nothing to do with the hearing. He is still bitter. Maybe if we keep saying YOU LOST the election, by 2016 they will get it. If I were in charge, he was in charge of the money they could have given the appropiated funds to give diplomat for protection.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. CommonSensed

    Kabuki theater.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. n222s

    Lisa – McCain's sacrificed years of his life under unspeakable torture for defending our country. It gives him every right to ask any question he wants. It doesn't make him infallible or even fair. But he's earned the right to question, in my book.

    I'm sorry you don't know of how he was tortured and how he earned that right and why he should be given more leeway than the other senators.

    Lisa, can you truly say that he hasn't earned the right to question anyone in this government? What have you done that exceeds his sacrifice and enables you to question his judgement?

    It doesn't make him correct. It just gives him the right you and I haven't earned as did he.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • New Generation

      Fortunately, in the country we live in, his past does not give him the right to his irrational behavior. We comment McCain for his military service, his time as a POW, and as a Civil Servant; however, his behavior cannot be excused. His time as a POW does not allow him any more political power than any other elected official of his level, and it is folly to believe otherwise. It does grant him a certain amount of respect, but that respect is still subject to influence by his current behavior. Mr. McCain's past service has no bearing on the issue at hand.

      January 23, 2013 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Columbo

      Well said!

      January 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • IreneNY

      You expressed by sentiments exactly. McCain has the same right to ask as any other Senator. I don't see McCain as being all that intelligent, regardless of his experience in the military. He was a hot-shot pilot who took risks and was reckless with aircraft that cost the taxpayers many millions – then he was shot down over Vietnam. He exploits his experience as a POW and blusters about, but he is pretty irrelevant and becoming more so as time goes on.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • obaWeydon

      I use to love and respect McCain. Now I can't stand him. He has shown he is a poor loser, makes bad choices (Palin) and thinks he is above everyone else. His behavior since losing the Presidential election has been appalling and pathetic for someone we all use to love so much.

      January 23, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • essmeier

      Tortured? I think you mean he was subject to "enhanced interrogation techniques."

      January 23, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      No – he was tortured. He was beaten daily for 5 years. That's why he can't even raise his arms above his head now. His teeth were kicked in. Many other things he doesn't even want to talk about today. We scare people. We make it really loud all night long. We pour water up their nose. Give me a break. Not even the same thing. You are insulting.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason Davis

      No, he was tortured, there is a difference, too bad you are too ignorant to grasp the difference. I guess you are worried about the rights of those who never signed the Geneva Accords nor follow them.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veteran

      I say there is no amount of service that gives him the right to be Un-American.

      January 23, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Bert Gertman

      And the Marxist cow Hillary is better? She has the blood of the dead Americans on her hands.

      January 23, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @n222s- Since it was McCain that pushed for the Obama administration to go into Benghazhi, shouldn't he be held responsible for the republican congress to get funds to the defense department to maintain military protection, which they withheld. Looks to me he is blaming her for their inept funding?

      January 23, 2013 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • kkdford1013

      The Dept. of Defense does not provide protection for embassies or consulates. That's under the purview of the Dept. of State. I agree that they should have done more to protect it, but they can't ask DoD for funding or resources to increase protection. Those are two different jobs led by two different agencies.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I am an American also, ask McCain why he withheld funds to diplimats and I will repeat thi as many times as you print thses posts. He is no more American and deserving than the men and women whom died in Afghanistan or Iraq.

      January 23, 2013 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • zandhcats

      He was tortured half century ago, the US & the American have been given him all the right of being a senator since then. He is playing a political game here, shame on McCain & his supporters.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      John McCain is a disgrace to the US military. He is a senile foul mouthed evil tempered small man who deserves NO respect.


      January 23, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jinx88

      Agreed!! Did u see McCain face when Mr. Durbin mentioned the failed intel on WMD that sent us to war that cost more than 4000 lives? That was priceless.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      I totally agree with you. The last few years he is hard to look at. I think he's bitter because he will never be president. I think he road on the coattails of vietnam for too many years and should stand more progressively and objectively as to the current year. Can't get over how bitter he is. He is absolutely hateful. I think he is disgraceful and a bully. As far as Rand Paul, vicious little so and so. If I was president. lol...dream on.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Woody Hilliard

      Don't know about your first sentence about McCain, but agree with your assessment of what he is today. There was a time when I might have voted for him, but after his VP pick in the 2008 election my respect for him has gone steadily downhill.

      January 23, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @n222s- Again for the atleast 10th time you printed this.The fundsfrom senator McCain were not appropriated for the defense department, look no further than the republican quilt in their inaction.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sun

      No one has ever question McCain patriotism in this country and nobody in their right mind will. My concern with Mr. McCain is the inconsistencies in showing his patriotism. I expect him to bring his well known patriotic act out on.every issues including those incident that happens during previous administration. Haven't said that, I still respect the man.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony McDay

      OH PLEASE !!! That is no excuse for being rude. McCain is a bitter man, and I am gald americans choose to not make him president. He did not ask questions he made statements most being false.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • zandhcats

      It's half century ago! The US & Americans didn't give him all the privilege to torture his colleagues! Shame on McCain & his supporters!

      January 23, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vince

      Part of my tax dollars pay his salary, Clinton's salary, and the military a tax paying citizen, we have ever right to ask any question or pass any personal judgement we want.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      I'll say it if Lisa won't. There is no correlation between Vietnamese torture and a terrorist attack on a consulate in Lybia. If anything it would further indicate the success of the vietnamese's impact on his brain.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • ll

      Whatever his past was a long time ago...his recent history is nothing more than a very bitter old man.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Being tortured doesn't give you a special badge to do whatever the hell you want to do. There are people, both civilian and military in our population, who have been tortured and still don't act like a child throwing a temper tantrum like McCain does. And let's face it, he's not looking for answers because no answers will satisfy him... he's out to attack political opponents and his grudge against Obama is what this is ALL about. He's Joseph McCarthy 2.0.

      If that torture that you're making such a big deal about has impeded his judgment to this extent, then he doesn't need to be a senator. Not only is it harmful to our nation, but it's not healthy for him either.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • superbole

      Poor comparison. He suffered in Vietnam serving his country and has been recognized and rewarded for it. As a senator, he is a representative among equals. He does not get a free pass to be irrelevant.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      How many times will you print this. Republicans had the funds they would not give it to defense. Where was congress when this happened? a three month hiatus.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • GianCarlo


      January 23, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • sly

      n222 are you still whining about McCain's torture?

      McCain got what he deserved.

      Funny how folks tend to not like you when you murder their women and children with Chemical Weapons.

      January 23, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • gfish2

      John Mccain's service and sacrifice does not give him a right to ask any question he wants. His service like that of all of us who served was to protect the rights of all americans and does not afford us any special rights. His oath of office as a United States Senator carries with it the responsibility to do what is best for this country Now! I respect his service as I once served under his command. However, none of us can affiord to rest on what we have done in the past when America needs all of us to move our great nation forward Now!

      January 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • dreamer96

      What did John McCain say about Orin Hatch telling the whole world we were listing to Bin Laden's cell phone calls?...
      What did John McCain say about NORAD having drills just like the real 911 attacks...hijacked passenger jets used as home made cruise missiles, using their on-board jet fuel as a weapon and attacking our government buildings...We knew about that threat....Richard Clark tried to get SAM sites around New York and Washington DC and was turned down by Condoleezza Rice...

      What did John McCain say about John P. O'Neill being driven out of the FBI because of his warnings about a Bin Laden Attack.....

      John McCain attacked Susan Rice..but did nothing to Condoleezza Rice...Which did far more damage to Americans?...

      January 23, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      BS...McCain and Rand Paul are both traitors to our country...

      January 23, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • f. carter

      McCain did not volunteer to became a POW he was shot town. Being a pow does not give him the right to talk from both sides of his mouth. If this man had been elected at this very moment we would still be in Iraq for a hundred years like Korea. He would have deployed our people all over the middle East, and he would lead the charge with Jews to attack Iran
      Not me saying but I agree when people say that McCain came out of prison with one short of 6 pack the guy is literately a nut? may God have mercy on him

      January 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • dreamer96

      And what would John P. O'Neill have said it he had lived....What would he have said to those people that ran him out of the FBI right before the 911 attacks...

      What would John P. O'Neill say about the GOP supporting Condoleezza Rice even after she turned down Richard Clark's request for SAM sites around New York and Washington DC...and those drills that NORAD had that were just like the real 911 attacks...

      January 23, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kevin

    Where are the Jobs? Stop the witch hunt and get America back to work! Tired of this political football game.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. Truth

    You have to remember ..Hillary had evidence in another court case that happened to show up in her closet two years later. The Clinton's have memory problems that are selective.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • IreneNY

      The republicans have sanity problems.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nodack

    To me this is all BS. Fifty something Americans were killed at US embassies abroad in nine different terrorist attacks while Bush was President. There were no hearings or witch hunts afterwards to try to pin it on anybody. They were terrorist attacks against Americans and we were all in it together.

    Republicans don't give a rats but about who attacked us at Benghazi, They only war they care about is the war on Democrats. They think as they have in the countless other attacks trying to discredit the administration that this will convince Americans to vote Republican. It has the opposite effect on me. They only come across as self serving traitors only concerned about getting elected by fabricating conspiracies.

    I remember that day well. There were dozens of protests at American embassies all over the world by Muslims upset over a dumb movie insulting them. All the networks covered it including FOX. After the attack and after Republicans decided that they found their conspiracy to go after they changed their assessment and told everybody that there were no protests going on anywhere over any movie and that Democrats made it all up to cover up the Benghazi attack, I know that to be total BS as usual.

    I want the witch hunt on why Bush got away with deliberately lying to the American people in order to start a war and kill hundreds of thousands of people even going against a UN vote of no that Bush demanded they take. Not one Republican cares one bit about that. So we started a war based on lies and fabrications, so what. They are upset that Obama doubled the debt while trying to fight off the second worst recession in US history that he was left with, but not one Republican will even admit or care that Bush doubled the debt or destroyed the economy and they even get offended that anybody would bring it up.

    Bottom line, it will be a cold day in h- before I ever vote for another Republican again.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Very well said!

      January 23, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • People

      Hmm. Another waste of tax payer money on a discussion that just divides the country.

      January 23, 2013 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Oh

      I agree 100%. And I won't forget how the GOP has failed us. Over and over and over.

      January 23, 2013 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. Steve S

    Who cares what McCain has to say any more?
    After Sarah Palin, his judgement is beyond suspect.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    Boo you must be crazy. Our politicians where not lied to. The US government knew that Iraq had no WOMDs. They just used to media to make sheep like you believe other wise. Hans Blix made it quite clear in his reports that Iraq no longer possesed any WOMDs. Plus we knew exactly what he had and didn't have since WE where the ones who supplied him in the first place.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. Scottish Mama

    How do the republicans feel here that it has come to light here that the republican congress did not give the defense department appropriated funds to help protect our diplomats?

    January 23, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. Oh

    What a GOP circus. They have absolutely no interest in putting America back on the right track. All they want is to gain cheap political points. They should be ashamed of themselves. What a complete and absolute waste of time...our country needs leadership from them, and they've failed us.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
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