Why Is Hillary Clinton Blamed For The Benghazi Attack?

As the Democratic Party takes the debate spotlight away from the Republicans, frontrunner Hillary Clinton continues to be questioned about her role in the 2012 Benghazi attacks Most recently, e-mails in which Clinton privately discussed the situation have sparked a whole new round of inquiry

So we wanted to know, what does Hillary Clinton have to do with Benghazi? Well, on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, a diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya was attacked by Islamic terrorists Within hours, a second compound nearby was also attacked An American Ambassador was killed during the assault, along with three other American citizens Soon after, United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice reported that the attack came as the result of spontaneous protests against an anti-Islamic video However, it was discovered that it was, in fact, a premeditated attack, committed by Libyan rebels

One of those thought to be responsible has since been arrested The day after the attacks, President Obama delivered a speech, within which he referred to “acts of terror” in reference to Benghazi This phrasing has been criticized, as being intentionally vague So what does Hillary Clinton have to do with any of this? Well, at the time, Clinton was the Secretary of State, and thus responsible for security standards at diplomatic locations This was significant, as an American ambassador had not been killed on duty since 1979

One of the two primary criticisms against her was that the consulate in Benghazi was not appropriately prepared for an attack This included having a weak perimeter, incomplete fence, and broken video surveillance Clinton’s response to this has been that she does not have enough expertise to design security systems, and that there are experts who do the job for them But the larger criticism has been that the Benghazi consulate requested additional security before the attacks, which was not provided In fact, it was discovered that a large number of diplomatic bases in Africa and the Middle East could not quickly be reached by US forces in the event of an attack

The closest US planes to Benghazi were located in Italy at the time As the Secretary of State, Clinton took full responsibility for the lapses in security, and not acting on intelligence information about the increasingly unstable region While Benghazi represented a potentially avoidable tragedy, the previous Bush administration saw thirteen attacks on American embassies and 87 deaths This discrepancy in focus would suggest that the situation is primarily one of politics, and not national security However, many have criticized Benghazi activists as attempting to politicize a terrorist attack in order to improve the standing of the Republican Party

As the Presidential race continues, there is no doubt Benghazi will be brought up by Clinton’s opponents But Benghazi has little to do with Clinton’s record on the issues To find out where she actually stands, check out this video! Thanks for tuning in! Make sure to like and subscribe to TestTube News down below Have a good one

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