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Top Story — Secretary Clinton Unloads on Republican Sen. Johnson [Video]

“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

Sen. Rubio and Secretary Clinton at Senate hearings on Benghazi. [via Marc Ambinder on Twitter]

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.

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6 Responses to Top Story — Secretary Clinton Unloads on Republican Sen. Johnson [Video]

  1. Art Pronin January 23, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    Hah Rand Paul claims if he were potus hed fire hillary. the gop is making huge mistake today with their handling of hillary. huge. americans like her not them.

    • Taylor Marsh January 23, 2013 at 11:31 am #

      Secretary Clinton swatted Rand Paul away like a gnat.

  2. Jane Austen January 23, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    What Republicans don’t understand about Hillary is that she knows her facts and never shows up unprepared. They try to act like they know what they are talking about; they never do. All they manage to be are a bunch of hot air balloons ready to have a pin stuck in them to be deflated. She does it beautifully.

  3. DaGoat January 23, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    Sending Susan “I just say what they tell me to say” Rice out to 5 TV shows to spout information that internally was known to be false was just stupid on the part of the Obama administration, and Hillary Clinton is paying the price, probably unfairly. Clinton has been quoted as saying she had nothing to do with the selection of Rice, and as far as I can tell questioning her about Rice’s quotes is misdirected. The Obama administration walked right into this one though by appearing as if they were hiding something even if they weren’t, and of the course the GOP is going to make hay over it.

    • Cujo359 January 23, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

      During the 2008 campaign, Susan Rice was one of Obama’s foreign policy advisors, not Clinton’s. There wasn’t a lot to choose from between the two, but on foreign policy Clinton was clearly the better choice.

    • Solo January 24, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

      Paying a price? Exactly what price is that? Secretary Clinton came off great. It was those GOP idiots asking the questions that are paying a price.

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