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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 16 2012 8:20 a.m. MDT

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worf
Mcallen, TX

Obama takes responsibility for nothing.

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

It is to Clinton's credit that someone from this administration actually takes responsibility for anything.

Obama's blame Bush-now-Romney antics are incredibly juvinile

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

It is to Clinton's credit that someone from this administration actually takes responsibility for anything.

Obama's blame Bush-now-Romney antics are incredibly juvinile

Joan Watson
TWIN FALLS, ID

H Clinton first tried to blame an anti-muslim video when she of all people knew the facts. She should and must resign - and Pres. Obama should demand her resignation. Otherwise it will be treated as a 'mis-step' and "just another bump in the road."

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Someone has to fall on their sword for Obama and since they can't blame Bush Mrs. Bill Clinton has been chosen to take the fall.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

What did Obama know about the rising threat level in Benghazi, and when did he know it?

NedGrimley
Brigham City, UT

...And if he "really didn't know", why not?

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Mrs' Clinton's statement seems much more forthright than anything we EVER heard from Bush/Cheney concerning 9/11 even years after we know they were repeatedly warned. That debacle resulted in the deaths of some 3000 people, while what happened in Libya led to the sad deaths of four Americans. worf and Rifleman must have been very angry in 2001, but not enough to stop being total Republican loyalists - even after the attempts to blame Democrats all failed.

LetsDebate
PLEASANT GROVE, UT

The entire world knew within 24 hours that the violence in Benghazi was a planned terrorist attack. If the "best intelligence" the Administration was given up to 10 days later pointed to a disorganized mob that was mad about a video and got out of control, then our intelligence structure must be immediately dismantled and every leading officer fired, because that would represent stunning incompetence and denial of overwhelming evidence.

Personally, I don't believe that our intelligence officers are that inept and blind. I do, however believe it's entirely possible for the Obama Administration to be dangerously naive about the risk of violence in Libya, and to be that narcissistic about their deluded perception of victory over terrorism, and foolish enough to think we would buy their lie that a video and a mob incited the violence, and arrogant enough to mock anyone who would challenge them on their highly amateurish cover-up.

Also, considering Hillary's political ambitions, I'm shocked she would fall on her sword for Obama, and that Bill wouldn't stop her from doing it. This is potentially very damaging to her if she intends to run for President in the future.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

So, the logical next step would be for Obama to call for Hillary's immediate resignation. After all, four Americans are dead as a result of her error.
Don't hold your breath. Obama needs the Clintons right now. Politics above leadership.

FT
salt lake city, UT

Mark B is absolutely right but why keep arguing the point? Even Republicans agree Bush was the worst President since Calvin Coolidge. So, Democrats need to stop pointing this out. BO was handed a mess, just like Clinton was. It took Clinton 8 years to clean up the mess from Regan/Bush but BO may not get that long. Americans will give their vote to the person they feel is most qualified to clean up the mess. If you believe the DN blog it looks as if Willard will our new Commander in Chief!

Makid
Kearns, UT

The better question to all this is:

Why didn't Republicans in Congress care about embassy security when they created appropriation bills? Cutting $600 Million in 2 years for embassy security yet now stating that it isn't their fault.

If security funds weren't cut, extra guards would have been able to be posted. While yes it is Clinton that runs the department, if there isn't enough money to go around, you have to pick and choose where to spend it.

Chaffetz was proud of the fact that he cut funding for embassy security when interviewed on CNN. He stated he would vote to cut again even if he knew that another attack would happen. Then he goes on and blames Obama for the deaths. That is taking credit for the cuts but blaming others when they happen.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Joan Watson said: H Clinton first tried to blame an anti-muslim video when she of all people knew the facts.

How could you and the righties let this happen in Libya?
The republicons all new this was going to happen, I've read it for days, Mit knew exactly what happend 20 min after it was announced and blamed obama for pulling the trigger.

Thousands are killed in the war for profit "Iraq," and not a blink.
Republicans are total Hypocrites about foreign policy!

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Makid Kearns, UT
"Why didn't Republicans in Congress care about embassy security when they created appropriation bills?"

A real leader provides appropriate security for our embassies and other installations around the world when it is asked for. A loser blames someone else and then gets Hillary Clinton to fall on her sword when everything else fails.

The Obama Administration knew from day one that this was a terrorist attack but tried to hide it by blaming it on an anti-Muslim video.

Blaming others for Obama's failures has become a habit the liberals can't break.

VST
Bountiful, UT

@Makid,

The embassy security funds were not cut by Congress. It was the U.S. State Department budget that was cut by Congress ($500B), by both Republicans and Democrats in the House AND in the Senate. It is the State Department that determines how its budget is expended – not Congress.

The reason why it was cut is because the State Department has been sitting on $2.2B that should be spent on upgrading security at U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide, but the Obama administration will not spend the funds.

Why? Because they do not want to give the appearance (visibly to outsiders) of needing increased security at the embassies/consulates.

It was a State Department decision, and now, four people and an Ambassador are dead.

FT
salt lake city, UT

Rifleman is right on. This happened under BO's watch and the buck stops at his desk. I've always said the same about 911. Bush/Chenney let this country down and should have been held accountable for that tragegy. That's what worries me about Romney and all his spineless flip flopping. His track record shows little to have us believe he'll be better.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Rifleman said:
"Blaming others for Obama's failures has become a habit the liberals can't break."

But not nearly as often as the right blames Obama for things which he had absolutely nothing to do with!

Mad Hatter
Provo, UT

There is an excellent column by Kathleen Parker in today's Washington Post which deals with this issue. She asks important questions and we expect real answers. What we don't need is the partisan hacks trying to politicize this issue.

Unfortunately, these things happen will all administrations. There was 9/11 and the intelligence failure there. There was the bombing of the marine barracks in Lebanon during the Reagan years. What we don't need is a rush to judgement just because of the political season. With tempers running hot, judgement in severely impared. For something happening half-way around the world, it is difficult to get a real assessment of what is happening on the ground.

So go read Kathleen Parker's column and take a deep breath and step back a moment.

AZ Blue & Red
Gilbert, AZ

Then take responsibility and quit to show us that you are serious.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Ah, Hillary falling on the sword for BO, how touching.

Wasn’t it Mike Dukakis that said a fish rots from the head down?

Mark B,
Guess what, bush isn’t president. Bush had nothing to do with the deaths in Benghazi. Thanks for playing, though.

Letsdebate,
You’re right about Hillary’s ambitions; this is just further evidence of dem hubris.

FT,
Worst president since and before Coolidge? – BO! just edging out Jimmy Carter.

The failure to which Rifleman is referring is the failure to bolster security, which occurred on BO’s watch, the deaths were the natural result.

The failure to take OBL out the two or three times he had the chance happened on slick willy’s watch, 9/11 was the result. You’re confusing cause with effect.

HVH such as??
If BO had nothing to do with the failures that occurred during his misadministration, what HAS he been doing? Oh, yeah – playing golf, campaigning, lying, appearing on the View, campaigning, lobbying for the Olympics for Chicago, lying, campaigning, campaigning, campaigning…

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