January 23rd, 2013
07:48 PM ET

Five things we learned from the Benghazi hearings

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday took on Republican congressional critics of her department's handling of the deadly September terrorist attack in Libya.

Conservative GOP members challenged Clinton on the lack of security at the diplomatic compound in Benghazi as well as the erroneous account that the attack grew spontaneously from a protest over an anti-Islam film produced in the United States.

At two hearings, which together totaled more than five hours, Clinton acknowledged a "systemic breakdown" cited by an independent review of issues leading up to the armed assault and said her department was taking additional steps to increase security at U.S. diplomatic facilities.

Here are five things we learned from the hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs committees.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    Hillary told the truth.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Steve

    The administration lied about the known cause because of the impending election. It was a coverup. They could not say it was an Al Qaeda attack – that wouldn;t look good.. At best, it was stonewalling so Obama could look as good as possible. A video? For 2 weeks? Really? Really???

    January 23, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rascal Rabble

    i've learned from these hearings that land of oz emeraldville green is one ugly color...

    January 24, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |