U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made big news earlier this week when she took responsibility for the security, or lack of it, at the American diplomatic outpost in Benghazi. Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, died as a result of a Sept. 11 attack on the outpost.
Online WSJ reported that in a recent interview Clinton said, “I take responsibility. “I’m the Secretary of State with 60,000-plus employees around the world.”
This comes after weeks of the White House first blaming a YouTube video for the attack and then finally acknowledging that it was a terrorist attack. Information also surfaced that Stevens was concerned about security and reportedly asked for this to be stepped up, but his request was denied. This has drawn a lot of criticism of the current administration for not addressing the issue and taking responsibility for it.
Most of the criticism has been directed at the president, but his supporters have blamed the criticism on politics. With the election just weeks away, President Barack Obama’s opponents are being accused of making it an issue to gain political points. There are others, however, who believe that Clinton is effectively falling on her sword to help save the election for the president.
What do you believe? As president, should Obama be the one taking responsibility for the failure at Benghazi? And what of Clinton, is this a smart move? Will it help or hurt her should she run for the presidency in 2016?