“I take responsibility,” Mrs. Clinton said in a recent interview in her office. “I’m the Secretary of State with 60,000-plus employees around the world. This is like a big family…It’s painful, absolutely painful.” […]
In her comments to CNN in Peru, Mrs. Clinton said President Barack Obama and Mr. Biden weren’t involved in security decisions at the consulate in Benghazi. “I want to avoid some kind of political gotcha,” she said.
Despite the tragedy, Mrs. Clinton insisted that the Obama administration’s support of the Arab Spring had been appropriate as countries experienced a “burst of revolutionary energy” recently. “It would be a contortion of who we are not to support freedom,” she said. “Democracy is hard. It’s a never-completed journey.”
At the same time, Mrs. Clinton said she was encouraged when Libyans a few days after the attack in Benghazi protested in support of “our four colleagues” and against the violence directed at the U.S. consulate.
If there is going to be political damage for the Libyan tragedy, Mrs. Clinton may well be the most capable within the administration to withstand it.
With an approval rating at about 70%, she has already said she will leave as secretary of state at the end of the president’s first term.
+ added: I don’t know how WSJ edited all her statements or took it from different source - but:
“I take responsibility,” she told CNN. “I’m in charge of the State Department’s 60,000-plus people all over the world (at) 275 posts. The president and the vice president wouldn’t be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals. They’re the ones who weigh all of the threats and the risks and the needs and make a considered decision.”
“In the wake of an attack like this, in the fog of war, there’s always going to be confusion,” Clinton told CNN. “And I think it is absolutely fair to say that everyone had the same intelligence. Everyone who spoke tried to give the information that they had. As time has gone on, that information has changed. We’ve gotten more detail, but that’s not surprising. That always happens.”
She said: “What I want to avoid is some kind of political gotcha or blame game.”
She told Fox News that “the decisions about security are made by security professionals. But we’re going to review everything to be sure we’re doing what needs to be done in an increasingly risky environment.”
Last night CNN didn’t have transcript up - I think. It only had one strange blog post (while it’s CNN interview).