She may be leaving the Obama Administration, but this morning, Mrs. Clinton was back in action for her potentially final public act as Secretary of State.
I was thrilled to hear her sparring with Senators at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s hearing on the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, on the U.S. Embassy, which President Obama has called “an act of terror.” The attack left four Americans dead including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Secretary of State Clinton began the hearing with a prepared statement where she took full responsibility, quoted by The New York Times saying:
“Nobody is more committed to getting this right. I am determined to leave the State Department and our country safer, stronger and more secure.”
She was then grilled (especially by Republican) committee members — like Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, above — and dished out a series of zingers making it clear that this is not a matter of politics for her, but rather a matter of security. An analysis by Slate pointed out that most of the questions were less focused on the attack itself, and more focused U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice’s Sunday morning show talking points.
Politico put together a list of her seven best lines. All in all, Clinton held her ground, and again proved to be the badass we’ve come to love.
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