Senator calls State Dept. failures a “dereliction of duty”

Steve Watson
May 8, 2013

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has said that Hillary Clinton should never be allowed to hold another public office ever again following the failures and subsequent response surrounding the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi.

As hearings into the September 2012 attack begin in Washington DC today, video has emerged of the Kentucky Senator laying into Clinton and calling her failures “inexcusable” in a speech before the Missouri Republican Party.

“I think her dereliction of duty and her lack of leadership should preclude her from holding any office,” Paul said before a thunderous ovation.

“I don’t think she should read every cable. Maybe from Estonia and Bulgaria an assistant should read it. But from one of the five most dangerous countries in the world, there’s no excuse for her not reading the cables,” Paul added.

The Senator was following up on comments he addressed to Clinton during a Senate Foreign Affairs Committee hearing earlier this year when he said that he would have fired her over Benghazi if he were president, because she failed to read communications requesting additional help and security in Libya.

At the hearing in January Clinton claimed that ”That cable did not come to my attention.”

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As this report goes live, Greg Hicks, the number two to murdered US Ambassador Christopher Stevens, is set to testify that US Special forces personnel were ordered to stand down as the attack on the US embassy in Libya was taking place on September 11, 2012.

The scandal may de-rail the momentum that has been building around Hillary Clinton for a potential 2016 run.

In recent weeks Clinton has been cited as leading several polls of potential 2016 presidential candidates. She has even been tacitly endorsed by the elites at lavish gatherings.

That may all change today however.

“I think the dam is about to break on Benghazi. We’re going to find a system failure before, during, and after the attacks,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday. “We’re going to find political manipulation seven weeks before an election. We’re going to find people asleep at the switch when it comes to the State Department, including Hillary Clinton.”

Fox News’ James Rosen has also reported that the second whistleblower, senior official Mark Thompson, will testify on Wednesday that Clinton tried to cut the State Department’s counterterrorism bureau out of the process during the attack. This has led to suggestions that a cover up was hatched to make it appear that the attack was a demonstration that had gotten out of hand, rather than a premeditated terrorist attack.

“Clinton’s team denies the claim, but even in so doing, reaffirms her central role in the response and talking points about the attacks. No bystander was she.” a leading Fox News report states today.

“I think it was political rather than security,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the chairman of the Oversight subcommittee on National Security, told Fox News on Monday. “But what boggles my mind is four and a half months after the fact, Secretary Clinton still had the gall to come here and perpetuate [that] things that we know as common knowledge are simply not true.”

Democrats are attempting to argue that Republicans are politicizing the issue in order to bring down Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers and stave off a potential presidential campaign. Some have even gone as far to accuse the lawyers representing the Whistleblowers as having a political agenda.

Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly, a senior Democrat on the Oversight and Foreign Affairs panels told The Hill that “They both worked with and for, in some capacity, Mitt Romney. There’s no law against that, but don’t tell me that I’m supposed to accept with a straight face that they’re just professional lawyers representing their clients…They are active Republicans who have partisan agendas, as they always have.”


Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’, and He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.

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