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Clinton defends response to Benghazi

Last Updated: Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 02:48

Washington: Hillary Rodham Clinton defended her response to the deadly 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, writing in her new book that she will "not be part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans."

Clinton`s upcoming book, "Hard Choices," is both a rebuke to Republicans who have seized upon the terrorist attack that killed four Americans, including US Ambassador Chris Stevens, and a road map for Democrats to defend the Obama administration`s reaction to the September 11, 2012, attack.
Should Clinton run for president in 2016, her four years as secretary of state, including the deaths in Benghazi and the follow-up inquests, could be a driving factor in that campaign.

The former first lady and senator from New York is the leading potential Democratic presidential candidate and Republicans have long criticized her response to the Benghazi attack.

They have accused the Obama administration of stonewalling congressional investigators and misleading the public about the nature of the attack in the weeks before the presidential election.
Republicans have used the attack as a way to first undermine President Barack Obama`s re-election bid and, later, to perhaps tarnish the still-uncertain Clinton bid to replace him in early 2017.

Obama and Democrats have accused Republicans of politicizing a national tragedy, and the president`s allies have argued that there is no new information following more than a dozen public hearings and the release of 25,000 pages of documents.

Multiple independent, bipartisan and Republican-led investigations have faulted the State Department for inadequate security in Benghazi, leading to four demotions. No attacker has been arrested.

First Published: Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 02:48

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