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article imageOp-Ed: In exit speech Hillary accepts no blame; attacks Benghazi critics

By Larry Clifton     Feb 1, 2013 in Politics
Washington - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, her tenure as Secretary of State short on global accomplishments and mired in controversy, used her final press conference to attack critics of her role in the destruction of the U.S. Libyan embassy.
Immediately following the attack, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was trotted out by the Obama administration to tell the public that U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three colleagues were murdered and the embassy destroyed during a protest over an obscure anti-Islam video.
Long after the truth came out – that the successful assault on the U.S. embassy was a well-planned terrorist attack - Clinton appeared on television to "accept responsibility" for the attack, however Clinton was not penalized for leaving the embassy unfortified and grossly under-defended and never accepted any official blame, even though she was in charge of the state department.
Several Clinton underlings resigned even as the former secretary was unscathed by the controversial failure at the state department she headed.
Friday, in a broad slap at Republicans and all other opponents of her actions regarding Benghazi, Clinton said critics of the administration's handling of the attack don't live in an "evidence-based world," and their refusal to "accept the facts" is unfortunate and regrettable for the "political system."
During the last one-on-one interview before she steps down on Friday, Clinton told the AP that the attack in Benghazi “was the low point of her time as America's top diplomat.” However, despite recently saying she is not considering a presidential campaign, she suggested that the Benghazi attack that occurred under her watch would not affect whether she runs for president in 2016.
As Clinton leaves her cabinet level job, U.S. Israeli relations have reached a new low, the U.S. embassy in Turkey was assaulted on Friday and Middle East affairs are in shambles, with tens of thousands dead in Syria and Egypt being ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood while major protests erupt across that country. Meanwhile Iran is busily constructing nuclear facilities as North Korea prepares to launch more ballistic missiles.
Clinton was careful to accept no blame for the dangerous state of foreign affairs on her way out of the state-house door, preferring instead to launch repeated attacks against critics whom she referred to as “some people.”
"I was so unhappy with the way that some people refused to accept the facts, refused to accept the findings of an independent Accountability Review Board, politicized everything about this terrible attack," she said. "My job is to admit that we have to make improvements and we're going to."
Clinton remains coy and noncommittal when asked about a run at the presidency in 2016, however questions about her health, most notably her vision, is the source of many reports since Clinton was hospitalized recently and doctors discovered a blood clot near her brain.
Since her hospitalization Clinton has traded her contact lenses for particularly thick-lens eyeglasses, which experts say are used to treat double vision. The left lens, which is the side of Clinton’s head where doctors discovered the blood clot, is visibly thicker than the right, which has led to further speculation over the state of Clinton’s general health.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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