Hill on the hot seat

January 23, 2013

Amid laughs, chuckles, and verbal pats on the back that said, “Go, Girl,” few politicians went directly to the heart of the matter than Rand Paul (R-Ky) during Clinton’s testimony today before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Clinton sat stoically as Paul sternly, but politely, criticized her job performance as Secretary of State during the Benghazi attack.

Sen. Rand Paul seriously questions SOS Clinton's job performance

Sen. Rand Paul seriously questions SOS Clinton’s job performance

Sen. Paul said, “Had I been president and found you did not read the cables from Benghazi and from Ambassador Stevens, I would have relieved you of your post. I think it’s inexcusable.” He added, “I think we can understand you’re not reading every cable.” He proffered that he didn’t suspect Clinton of “bad motives” but said that it was a “failure of leadership.”

The senator indicated that the Congressional Committee could understand her not reading every cable, but indicated that her department had spent “$100,000 on three comedians on a promotional tour to India.” He added that she should have been aware of “$80 million that was spent on a consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif that will never be built.”

Sen. Paul stated that the ARB report noted 64 things that should be changed. He said, “A lot of them are common sense and should be done, but the question is, it’s a failure of leadership that they weren’t done in advance and four lives were lost because of this.”

Clinton’s tepid response, “I am the Secretary of State. And they [the Accountability Review Board] made very clear that the level of responsibility for the failures that they outlined was set at the Assistant Secretary level and below.” By the time she finished her testimony, it became apparent that the White House blames the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty on Congress for not having provided funding for additional security.

Despite Congress’ fawning over Clinton to the point of nausea, Sen. Paul restored the credibility of this investigative committee. Clinton’s evasive answers and belligerent behavior begs one to wonder why the word “Honorable” is placed over her name, even as a token gesture.

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