January 24th, 2013
05:14 AM ET

Five things we learned from the Benghazi hearings

By Elise Labott

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday took on Republican congressional critics of her department's handling of the deadly September terrorist attack in Libya.

Conservative GOP members challenged Clinton on the lack of security at the diplomatic compound in Benghazi as well as the erroneous account that the attack grew spontaneously from a protest over an anti-Islam film produced in the United States.

At two hearings, which together totaled more than five hours, Clinton acknowledged a "systemic breakdown" cited by an independent review of issues leading up to the armed assault and said her department was taking additional steps to increase security at U.S. diplomatic facilities.

Here are five things we learned from the hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs committees.

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  1. libertygrace

    The only good thing that I can say about Hillary Clinton is that she can see what Barack Obama cannot, that violent Islamic Jihad is not going away anytime soon. However, does she really think that she can insult our intelligence and get away with it? Clinton claims that she was not up to date about the high level of danger in Benghazi, are you kidding me?!! The lies about a You Tube video to the American Public and apologies to the Muslim world for weeks afterword reek of a cover up and gross incompetence at best. Yet, the worst part is that Barack Obama did absolutely nothing to help Ambassador Stevens and the three other men. Clinton denies being in a 'situation room' with the President and seeing Benghazi unfold in 'real time' from a drone. Furthermore, she blames any failure to make a decision to rescue these men on a “fog of war” confusion. What would Hillary Clinton know about “the fog of war”?
    Not for one minute would Clinton ever accept such a sorry excuse from someone else for such a bad job performance that cost four people their lives. Though she accepts full responsibility for this fiasco and she should, does this mean she will not try to run for president in 2016? Hillary Clinton is lying and she does not deserve any praise for her work as Secretary of State, but she is not alone. Barack Obama, her partner in crime, is the question still hanging. What did he know about Benghazi and when did he know it? What was the meeting about that Stevens had that night with a Turkish official and most important of all, why did Obama do nothing to help these men? Barack Obama is a sorry excuse for a President and a national disgrace!! I may be the only person who lives in Hawaii that sees him as an ambitious and dangerous amateur, but I stand by my words, even if I must stand alone.

    January 26, 2013 at 5:22 am | Reply
  2. Hahahahahah

    #6 – The GOP are a bunch of idiots. Hahahahahahahhaha

    January 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Reply
    • Bibi Satanau The Great Player

      You dopey AMerican sheep haven't learned diddly . . . . or squat!

      Hey, look at my thumb . . . gee, you're dumb!

      We laugh at you dopes everyday!

      Just keep the money coming in . . . .chaaaa-ching! I love free money, espeically hard-earned American tax dollars!

      Yipppppeeeeee . . . . .we are so smart!

      Just remember . . .those who help us god will help you! Wait, it goes like this . . .bend over and smile . . . . wait . . .I think it goes like this . . . Those Who Bless israel Will Be Blessed, and Those Who Curse israel Will Be Cursed.

      LOL . . . . .boy, we're so smart . . . pass the wine!

      January 25, 2013 at 12:41 am | Reply
  3. George Patton

    One thing that these idiots haven't learned and never will is the simple fact that we had no business in interfering in Libya's civil war in the first place. Both Libya and the rest of the world would have been better off just by leaving Mohammar Qaddaffy in power! Unfortunately, you can't cure ignorance!!!

    January 24, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      you phunnie boy, stop making me look like die hard Arab terrorist huger. You know I support War on Terror any place any time. I am for removing or helping local people to remove all muslim tyrants from Middle East and the South Asia.

      January 24, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Reply
      • George Patton

        Good grief Phunnie boy, don't you get sick and tired of vomiting your Tea Party manure under my name? One would think so!!!

        January 24, 2013 at 7:57 pm |
      • George Patton

        ha ha ha phunnie boy what is your real name? Ahmed, Mohammed, Alibaba, Saddam, Qaddafi, Hussian, Assad, Ahmejidan? just wondering

        January 24, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
  4. Bibi The Puppet Master

    boy I love stupid Americans!

    LOL . . . . if you believed the official 9-11 story . . . .then you'll believe anything!

    We are your masters . . . we are the zine-0-ists . . . we are smarter than you dummies.


    January 24, 2013 at 10:51 am | Reply
    • Copenshaw

      Thank you for the information, Muhammed Abdullah!

      January 24, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  5. Brian

    I don't know why so much is being made of this attack? These are people worked in harms way every day. Will there be a hearing on the deadly shooting in Newton, Denver or any other of the many places where mass shootings occurred?

    January 24, 2013 at 8:59 am | Reply
    • George Patton

      No Brian, there won't be. Those idiots in Washington are only interested in expanding their control overseas in order to fatten up their bank accounts and promote their political careers!!!

      January 24, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      on second thought, yes Brian, there will be, one day. Those elected officials in Washington are interested in bringing peace in the Middle East, Pakistan, Afghanistan in order to jump start the world economic recovery and promote the peace by eliminating muslim terrorists around the world!!!

      January 24, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Reply

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