Sure, I don’t work for the State Department or Department of Defense or CIA or any agency of government and had absolutely no role in any of the decisions or actions that failed to prevent or stop the attack and that led to the deaths of four Americans.
Of course, my declaration to accept responsibility won’t result in any consequences or any hardship for me. Which makes it exactly the same as Hillary Clinton’s vow to accept responsibility.
In most cases, at least those outside of government, taking responsibility means being held accountable, suffering consequences when things don’t go well. As the hearings yesterday revealed, she has no intention of doing that.
She blamed her underlings, citing a report that “made very clear that the level of responsibility for the failures that [the report] outlined was set at the assistant secretary level and below.” She also blamed House Republicans for budget cuts she claimed hampered the ability of State to provide necessary security and to help stabilize post-Qaddafi Libya. She said she had nothing to do with creating the talking points infamously repeated by UN Ambassador Susan Rice that blamed the attack on a spontaneous protest that got out of hand in response to an Internet video, though she never addressed the fact that she delivered a similar message on several occasions in the weeks after the attack and is even reported to have told the father of one of the victims she would “make sure that the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.”
And most lawmakers are perfectly fine with it.
On the few occasions when she was confronted she became combative, dismissive and deflective. In response to prodding about State’s sticking to the line that the video had anything to do with the attack for long after they should have known the truth, Clinton snapped,
With all due respect, the fact is, we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or because of guys out for a walk one night who decide to kill some Americans, what difference at this point does it make?In the very next breath, she unwittingly explained exactly what difference it does make,
It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator.That obviously doesn’t include any consequences for the person who pledged to take responsibility for the failure to prevent it. Knowing they won’t suffer any consequences for the failures of their Department will surely make future Secretaries of State more effective, won’t it?