(NEW ORLEANS) — What some critics believe will be a huge liability for Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for president is admittedly her “biggest regret” while serving as secretary of state.
Addressing the National Auto Dealers Association convention in New Orleans Monday, Clinton spoke candidly about the attack against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.
She said it “was a terrible tragedy losing four Americans — two diplomats and now it is public so I can say two C.I.A. operatives. You make these choices based on imperfect information.”’
Republicans say as head of the State Department, Clinton was ultimately responsible for the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others for not proving the consulate with adequate security. The Obama administration was also harshly rebuked for not immediately establishing a link between the attackers and al Qaeda.
If she runs for the White House in 2016, it’s more than likely her GOP opponents will bring up Benghazi as a failure of leadership although her supporters contend that it’s just another instance of Republicans turning a tragedy into political scandal to besmirch Clinton’s reputation.
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