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What Does Clinton Mean When She Says She “Takes Responsibility” For Benghazi?

I know what I mean when I say I take responsibility for something, but what does Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mean when she says:

“I take responsibility” for what happened on September 11, Clinton said in an interview with CNN’s Elise Labott soon after arriving in Lima, Peru, for a visit. The interview, one of a series given to U.S. television networks Monday night, was the first she has given about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

Is she offering…

  1. Mr. Dart

    She stood in front of four flag-draped caskets and looked at the American people and… blamed their deaths on a five minute trailer on Youtube.  She should resign for that alone.

    But, as a gambit to get the hounds off Obama’s trail… it only works if she resigns in shame.  Even then it’s likely that Obama will still own the scandal.

  2. Miffed White Male

    She probably means the same thing that Janet Reno meant when she “took responsibility” for Waco.  Nothing.  No consequences.

     

    It’s kind of like when a politician apologizes “if anyone was offended”.  It *sounds* like it means something, but it really doesn’t.

     

  3. mesquito

    It means, “Shut up, I can’t be fired.”

  4. Mark Wilson

    It means, “I said what I’m expected to say, now leave me alone.”

  5. Mothership_Greg

    Looks like a power play to me.  Trying to make Obama look weak, and herself like a leader.  No idea how that’s going to work out for her.

  6. Flagg Taylor

    She means: I am not Obama.

  7. doc molloy

    “I take responsibility” for what happened on September 11.. and so I hit the reset button and start all over again..

    “Nothing’s impossible I have found, For when my chin is on the ground, I pick myself up, Dust myself off, Start All over again.

    Don’t lose your confidence if you slip, Be grateful for a pleasant trip

    ( arriving in Lima, Peru, for a visit)

     And pick yourself up, Dust yourself off, Start all over again. ”

    Reset buttons are just the best..

    As wily old Fritz Kramer said, Bill Clinton was just a spinmeister but Hillary actually believed her nonsense..

  8. katievs

    She should resign.  

  9. Jimmy Carter

    She couldn’t “take responsibility” Sept. 11? Sept 12? Sept. 13? Sept 14? …..

  10. La Dernière Lettre

    If this comes up in the debate tomorrow night, is Obama really going to try and place the blame on Hillary?  Who decided she should take the blame?  Will the country believe her?

  11. Mollie Hemingway
    Jimmy Carter: She couldn’t “take responsibility” Sept. 11? Sept 12? Sept. 13? Sept 14? ….. · 2 minutes ago

    Exactly. Why all those other stories trying to pin responsibility on the American YouTube guy?

    If she’s going to say it’s now her fault, I want a lot more information and quickly.

  12. tabula rasa

    It means “I’m responsible, but I’m not to blame anyone dying.”

    I agree with Katie.  If the Benghazi incident doesn’t result in multiple resignations or firings then people in the Obama administration have carte blanche–they can do anything. When you screw up there should be consequences.

  13. Vance Richards

    “Is she offering her resignation?”

    Great question. People were murdered and then the White House and the Secretary of State went out and lied about the cause. If she truly is responsible for not trying to save these men, then I would think she has to resign. And while we are talking about resignations, doesn’t she have a boss of some sort?

  14. Bee Bob

    When I was a boy I listened to the album by David Frye “Richard Nixon: a Fantasy”. He had Nixon taking responsibility for Watergate; saying “being the man in charge I take full responsibility, but not the blame. Let me explain the difference: people who to blame lose their jobs, people who are responsible do not.”

  15. Eeyore

    As I was shutting off the car radio a few minutes ago, I heard that she said [approx] “I have responsibility for the entire State Department, but I leave the specific security decisions to the security experts.”

  16. R. Craigen

    Well, she’s moved up a notch in my estimation of her.  She’s only got like a million notches to go.  It would move her up somewhat more if the mea culpa extended past Sept. 11 to something like “…and I accept shared responsibility for the poor, even outright false, communication of facts to the American people with President Obama and his white house administration”.  Because aside from the stupid choices that led to the loss of the ambassador there’s the whole aftermath scandal to deal with.

    But there is also the deeper question of how America’s approval ratings in the middle east have tanked since Obama came to office.  Perhaps Clinton shares some responsibility for that too, but we know where the main burden of blame lies.

  17. Trace

    Joe tried to blame it on Ryan’s proposed budget. I wonder if the President might do the same. “We are too broke to defend our embassies. We need more money for the State Department.” I hope Romney is armed with spending figures.

  18. Albert Arthur
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.

    Jimmy Carter: She couldn’t “take responsibility” Sept. 11? Sept 12? Sept. 13? Sept 14? ….. · 2 minutes ago

    Exactly. Why all those other stories trying to pin responsibility on the American YouTube guy?

    If she’s going to say it’s now her fault, I want a lot more information and quickly. · 3 minutes ago

    Yeah! If she “takes responsibility” why did she go on and on and on and on about how despicable the video was?

  19. Mothership_Greg
    tabula rasa: It means “I’m responsible, but I’m not to blame anyone dying.”

    I agree with Katie.  If the Benghazi incident doesn’t result in multiple resignations or firings then people in the Obama administration have carte blanche–they can do anything. When you screw up there should be consequences. · 1 minute ago

    They already have carte blanche, per the fact that nobody was ever fired over Fast and Furious.  The Obama Administration thinks they can get away with anything.

  20. Whiskey Sam

    If you are not paying the penalty for a mistake, and if you are not working to make restitution for a mistake, you are decidely not taking responsibility for a mistake.

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