Washington: Gearing up for a possible 2016 presidential run, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the "biggest regret" of her tenure was the 2012 attack on a US consulate in Libya that killed four Americans, including its Ambassador.
"You know, my biggest regret is what happened in Benghazi. And it illustrated one of the biggest problems that I faced as Secretary of State," Clinton said in her keynote address before the National Automobile Dealers Association in New Orleans.
"We have a lot of dangerous locations where we send not our military, but our civilians. And they go in, they have language skills, often. They try to assess what`s going on in the area. But they are vulnerable," she said.
Four US nationals, including the US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, was killed in a terrorist attack at US Consulate in Benghazi in 2012.
"We had a very small outpost there, the CIA had a very big well-defenced one. Two of our people died at the outpost. Two died on the roof of the CIA annex. So, you know, it`s a constant balancing. And I had to do that all of the time, and obviously it was a great personal loss to me since I sent Chris Stevens to Libya the first time," she said.
The attack became a political flashpoint in the run-up to the 2012 election, with Republicans arguing that President Barack Obama tried to play down its significance as he campaigned for a second term. Republicans might make it an issue if Clinton runs for the president`s office in 2016.
Clinton has not made it clear yet if she would run for the post of the president in 2016.