Lima, Peru CNN -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday tried to douse a political firestorm over the deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya, saying she's responsible for the security of American diplomatic outposts.
"I take responsibility," Clinton told CNN in an interview while on a visit to Peru. "I'm in charge of the State Department's 60,000-plus people all over the world, 275 posts. 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."
But she said an investigation now under way will ultimately determine what happened at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, where Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed on September 11.
Blog author's comments - Clinton said "I take responsibility.” What does that mean? There is no price to be paid. She won’t lose her job and her standing among the leftists if she should decide to run for president in 2016. It is Obama who is the commander in chief and holds the ultimate responsibility.
She didn't actually take the blame. She said, 'I'm in charge of the State Department's 60,000 people all over the world. Specific decisions are made by security professionals.' She did not say that she was responsible for the decisions that led to the consulate not being able to defend itself. She blamed the 'security professionals.'
Some Republican Senators released a statement after hearing that Hillary Clinton said the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 was her responsibility. "If the President was aware of these earlier attacks in Benghazi prior to the events of September 11, 2012, then he bears full responsibility for any security failures that occurred. The security of Americans serving our nation everywhere in the world is ultimately the job of the Commander-in-Chief. The buck stops there."
President Obama’s campaign spokeswoman said that he “takes responsibility” for the security of U.S. diplomats, less than a day after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took the blame.
“President Obama takes responsibility for the safety and security of all diplomats serving overseas,” said Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Fox News today. “Secretary Clinton of course has a great amount of responsibility as Secretary of State.”
Psaki denied that Clinton’s remarks were a “coordinated roll-out” to shelter Obama ahead of the debate, as Fox’s Shepard Smith suggested.