Hillary Clinton has given comments in which she claims that Benghazi is her “greatest regret” as secretary of state.
“My biggest, you know, regret is what happened in Benghazi,” Clinton said when asked to identify “do-overs” of her time as America’s top diplomat during her keynote appearance before the the National Automobile Dealers Association in New Orleans.
What a venue to express such a deep regret, but to be fair, the national media have had chances to ask her about Benghazi. 60 Minutes had that chance, with both Clinton and Obama giving a joint interview. 60 Minutes didn’t ask. Barbara Walters doesn’t care about Benghazi. She just finds Hillary Clinton fascinating.
“It was a terrible tragedy, losing four Americans, two diplomats and now it’s public, so I can say two CIA operatives, losing an ambassador like Chris Stevens, who was one of our very best and had served in Libya and across the Middle East and spoke Arabic,” she said
“I mean, you know, you make these choices based on imperfect information,” she said. “And you make them to ,as we say, the best of your ability. But that doesn’t mean that there’s not going to be unforeseen consequences, unpredictable twists and turns.”
Just for the sake of history, let’s recall that Clinton could have prevented the attack but failed to do so. Her State Department turned down repeated requests for enhancing security at the U.S. facility in Benghazi. After the attack, she blamed it on a YouTube video and promised one of the parents of the victims that the U.S. government would go after and get the man who made that video. Clinton made good on that threat. The perpetrators who actually carried out the attack, however, remain at large and the Obama government has shown no interest in capturing them.
Congress called for the State Department to investigate Benghazi, so Clinton hand-picked an Accountability Review Board that ruled out holding anyone among Clinton’s political appointees or senior staff, let alone Clinton herself, accountable.
When she was questioned about her “biggest regret,” and why she blamed it on a video, in testimony before Congress in January 2013, Clinton screeched, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”