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Senator Rubio- Hillary Clinton “Ultimately Responsible” On Benghazi

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By Javier Manjarres

Republicans are teeing off on the recent report that Obama’s State Department utterly failed to keep the consulate in Benghazi safe, and raises questions about the security measures that are currently in place at other U.S. consulates and embassies around the world. Earlier today, Republican Congressman Tom Rooney stated that Obama and his administration actions in Benghazi was a “failure in leadership.” (Source)

 U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, who sits on both the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent out a screed that pointed out the deficiencies in security of the Benghazi consulate, and called out Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as being “ultimately responsible for the department (State) and the U.S. Posts around the world.”

 “The independent report on the September 11 attacks on our mission facility and annex in Benghazi confirms what we have long known to be true: that Ambassador Stevens and the other Americans who lost their lives in the attacks could have been saved by better protection, a swifter military response and more attentive leadership from Washington. In the months leading up to the attacks, credible reports were brought to the attention of the State Department alleging insufficient security in the area. These reports also contained warnings of rapidly growing radical militias that threatened anti-American attacks. Despite all of the information available to them, the State Department failed to construct an adequate safety plan, declined to provide sufficient security personnel and failed to consider closing the mission given the growing threat.

 “This is evidence of a flawed process to access and provide security for our diplomats. Such oversight failure and neglect is unacceptable. The report made strong recommendations regarding personnel who should be held accountable, and I am pleased that some individuals in positions of responsibility have resigned today. However, such resignations are a small step toward addressing this issue, which can only be fully resolved by an open and transparent internal review of the State Department’s relevant policies, operations and procedures. The men and women who represent our nation have the right to expect that our government is taking every possible measure to ensure their safety, and it is now clear that a leadership failure at the State Department led to grossly inadequate protection of our diplomats in Benghazi.

I join my colleagues in wishing Secretary Clinton a speedy recovery. However, as she is ultimately responsible for the department and U.S. posts around the world, her testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is indispensable to any effort to address this failure and put in place a process to ensure this never happens again.”-Senator Marco Rubio

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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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10 Comments

  1. Whats_Up December 19, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Failure and Deficiencies, Errors and Tragedies, yet no ONE is to blame. Hmm, sounds like another “Let’s just move on and can’t we all just get along”. YEP – you won’t be hearing a word about this in the media. And come Dec 26 – all will have been swept under the rug and put to rest.

  2. Democrat Demagoguery December 20, 2012 at 9:23 am

    More deception and evasiveness from Obama and Hillary Clinton. They must think that their Deocrat base is incredibly stupid. Even Debbie Blabbermouth wouldn’t believe the Obama-Clinton Democrat skullduggery.

  3. corneliusvansant December 20, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Congress must investigate the video deception thoroughly and ask Mrs. Clinton where she got the “protest out of control” illusion. Two huge related questions critical to oversight remain: Who invented the deception and what was the motivation for the sham. The Secretary cannot be excused by merely stating “I accept responsibility.” That is a vacuous announcement without meaning.
    http://corneliusvansant.newsvine.com/_news/2012/12/19/16019614-benghazi-manifestations

  4. Roy McDade December 20, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Whatever happened to the Question? Who ordered any possible rescue attempt to stand down ???? Like the F&F investigation. is this Benghazi investigation just another horse and pony show to mollify the people and blaming a non-person like the state dept and letting ALL the real MURDERERS off the hook…

  5. Sally December 20, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    VIVA RUBIO 2016! He is the only one that can beat Hillary!!!

  6. Jacqueline December 21, 2012 at 6:47 am

    My sticking point here is GOOD AMERICANS DIED WHILE OBAMA LIED AND HILARY SUPPORTED THE LIES!
    Before, during and after the attacks THIS GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING STATE, willfully and criminally refused to take the actions needed to protect American Lives and property!
    If RMN could be pushed into resigning over bloodless Watergate THESE PEOPLE SHOULD BE IMPEACHED AND TRIED FOR BLOODY BENGHAZI!

  7. chopper December 21, 2012 at 11:49 am

    If Secretary Clinton’s head injury has her incapacitated this long she should resign her position for medical reasons. As for a replacement, if PBHO nominates Kerry, RVN vets need to unite against the man who vilified them in front of Congress as a political ploy to advance his own career.

  8. anne December 24, 2012 at 7:59 am

    if one of the murdered four was yours, would you sue?

  9. Nancy Celano December 24, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Sen. Rubio is totally correct. It is Hillary’s responsibility to keep all diplomatic missions safe. It is really Obama’s fault that 4 Americans died. The buck stops at his desk, but, he is such a wimp and blames everything on everybody else. The order to stand down could only have come from someone very high up the chain of command,and, we all know who that was. Someone who was never a member of the military, Obama.

  10. DeltaDawn December 24, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    True, the buck stops at Nobama, however, Ms. Hero declared that the was responsible for the debacle, and concussion or not, the committee needs, along with the American people, for her get up there and fess up…America deserves to know the truth- 4 people are dead, so enough of the cover up now, and let’s get on with it…..she can nurse her head later!