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"Clinton: 'I take responsibility' for Benghazi"

According to CNN Clinton absolved Obama and Biden of responsibility for the assault on the American consulate in Benghazi.

“I take responsibility” for what happened on September 11, Clinton said in an interview with CNN’s Elise Labott soon after arriving in Lima, Peru for a visit. The interview, one of a series given to U.S. television networks Monday night, were the first she has given about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

Clinton insisted President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are not involved in security decisions, Clinton said.

During the debate with Paul Ryan Biden said the issue of diplomatic security in Libya never reached his desk. We weren’t told they wanted more security. We did not know they wanted more security there”.

Hillary had nowhere to turn. According to Politico Darrell Issa found $2B in unspent security funds.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) says the State Department is sitting on $2.2 billion that should be spent on upgrading security at U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide, but the Obama administration will not spend the funds.

Issa made his comment during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation” to discuss the recent attack in Benghazi, Libya, that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead. Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, held a highly partisan hearing on the incident last week.

Issa claims the State Department will not spend the already approved funds because they didn’t want to the appearance of needing increased security.

“The fact is, they [the State Department.] are making the decision not to put the security in because they don’t want the presence of security,” Issa said. “That is not how you do security.”

Clinton may have copped the plea to prevent worse from emerging. Hillary’s acceptance of the responsibility means the President can meet Romney’s questions at the next debate with a single gesture. There are also reports suggesting that an Africa-wide strike against al-Qaeda suspects is in the offing. But the question is whether feeding Hillary to the wolves will put off the pursuit or only make it hungrier.

The Buck Stops There

It may have only been coincidental but Twitter crashed shortly after Hillary’s mea culpa from an overload. Rather than diverting the public’s attention from Benghazi, Hillary’s immolation may have in fact drawn attention to it. Most people know enough to suspect that where there’s smoke there’s fire.


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