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Clinton takes responsibility for Benghazi security
 
Hillary Clinton speaks to the media on May 24 at the State Department: Clinton had a whirlwind weekend in which she made a surprise visit to Afghanistan, and joined other world leaders at at conference in Tokyo, where $16 billion was pledged to aid Afghan citizens.
Hillary Clinton speaks to the media on May 24 at the State Department: Clinton had a whirlwind weekend in which she made a surprise visit to Afghanistan, and joined other world leaders at at conference in Tokyo, where $16 billion was pledged to aid Afghan citizens.
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stepped into the brewing political storm surrounding the fatal Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, telling CNN: "I take responsibility... I'm in charge of the State Department's 60,000-plus people all over the world (at) 275 posts." Backing up an assertion Vice President Joe Biden made last week, Clinton added, "The president and the vice president wouldn't be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals." Republicans responded that President Obama is the one ultimately responsible for diplomatic security in Benghazi, and should have known about earlier attacks in the Libyan city. "I know that we're very close to an election," Clinton told CNN. "I want to just take a step back here and say from my own experience, we are at our best as Americans when we pull together."

 

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