I have to disagree on this as Obama is commander in chief, he is the one who is the leader, and is supposed to take the blame when something happens, not shove it off on someone else. This is nothing more than to take the focus off of his failure as a president, and try to make him look good in the eyes of voters. I say this is going to backfire in a big way.
Today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, took responsibility for any security failures leading up to the consulate attack last month in Libya that killed an the American ambassador, but she seemed to push back against claims of a cover-up, blaming the “fog of war” for the Obama administration’s shifting explanations for the attack.
She said the buck stops here, but in reality, it lies on Obama’s doorstep.
Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans died in the assault on the consulate in Benghazi. Administration officials initially suggested that the attack was “spontaneous” violence that grew out of protests over an anti-Islam film, rather than a premeditated attack.
It later became clear that intelligence officials suspected terrorism almost immediately, and investigators now think extremists tied to Al Qaeda carried out a coordinated attack, with no evidence that the attack was preceded by a protest outside the consulate.
“Remember, this was an attack that went on for hours,” Clinton said in an interview with Fox News during a trip to Peru. “There had to be a lot of sorting out. … Everyone said, here’s what we know, subject to change.”
The Obama Administration has faced much scrutiny from Capital Hill, over the level of security at the consulate, with allegations that requests for increased protection were denied or ignored. That question was a prominent topic during the vide presidential debate Thursday, when Vice President Biden denied getting any requests for increased security. The White House later clarified that Biden was speaking for himself and the president, not for the State Department.
In trying to save face, Clinton backed up Biden by saying the responsibility lies with the State Department. No, the responsibility lies with the president, as it is his duty to protect the interests and citizens of the United States.
She also addressed the question of a June explosion at the consulate in Benghazi that some have argued should have raised a red flag about security.
“I can’t speak to who knew what,” she said. “We knew there were security breaches and problems throughout Libya. That’s something that came about as the aftermath of the revolution to topple Qaddafi, with so many militias formed, so many weapons loose. … It was taken into account by security professionals as they made their assessments.” Fox News