“As I have said many times since September 11, I take responsibility. Nobody is more committed to getting this right. I am determined to leave the State Department and our country safer, stronger, and more secure.” – Secretary Hillary Clinton
THE ONE clear thing that’s being revealed in the Senate hearing with outgoing Secretary Hillary Clinton is that Republican senators are ignorant regarding diplomacy in dangerous zones.
As Senator Johnson proves, and Senator John McCain buttresses, Republicans are strong talkers on foreign policy and military policy, but as Secretary Clinton continually has pointed out and proved through her own efforts, Republicans don’t want to fund efforts that had the late Ambassador Chris Stevens hung out to dry in Benghazi.
The other point is that diplomacy is dangerous business. The foreign service officers serving our country are diplomatic soldiers, many of whom are in very perilous posts. As Clinton had to teach Republican senators today, the U.S. is just now building up our military presence on the African coast. But even then, there aren’t enough resources to have forces ready to deploy all over the world at a given moment when violence erupts.
Diplomacy isn’t patty cake. Republicans have little respect for the actual foreign service officers or the State Department, which has been proven over multiple administrations, because they never fund the State Department adequately. They are as much to blame for Benghazi as anyone.
I can’t resist adding that Senator Dick Durbin got in a classic partisan shot during his questioning of Clinton. He reminded his Republican colleagues of the Bush-Cheney era lie that there were WMDs in Iraq, something, Durbin said, that we still can’t find. It was a classic partisan moment.