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Clinton Hearing

I am curious what you all think of the Clinton Hearing this morning?

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I am still reviewing all of the video clips of the hearing, but I do have respect for Sec. Clinton for submitting to the hearing and for saying that she accepts responsibility.

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I thought she did very well.

Over all, I'm mostly just disgusted that the Republicans are still trying to turn this into their big political issue. Like when they said that she must be faking her illness to avoid talking about it. Wheels within wheels, ladies and gentlemen. :rolleyes:

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Is there a debate question?

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Yes, how do you think it went?

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I was in a meeting all morning but from what I saw of her live on TV before leaving the house this morning, I thought she was doing a good job of standing up to the questioning and getting across what she wanted to say. That can be very hard when you're being interrogated. As for whether I believe what she said or I accept her explanations, that's going to have to wait until I can read a transcript. Blum 3

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I haven't read it yet. But, I do think she is allowing herself to get thrown under the male dominated bus a bit, just like she did with her husband.

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I don't think there is any excuse for this. Saying she did not see the cable is a cop out. If she or no one else saw this they weren't doing their job.

Another pivotal issue Wednesday dealt with an Aug. 16 cable. That cable summarized an emergency meeting the day before by the U.S. Mission in Benghazi and warned the consulate could not defend against a "coordinated attack."

That cable is seen as one of the vital warnings sent out of Libya in the months leading up to the attack. But, to the dismay of lawmakers, Clinton repeatedly said she never saw it.

"That cable did not come to my attention. I have made it very clear that the security cables did not come to my attention or above the assistant secretary level," Clinton said. "I'm not aware of anyone within my office, within the secretary's office, having seen the cable."

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said "somebody within your office should have seen this cable."

"An emergency meeting was held and a cable sent out on Aug. 16 by the ambassador himself, warning of what could happen. And this meant this cable went unnoticed by your office. That's the bottom line," he said.

Clinton said it was "very disappointing" that "inadequacies" were found in the "responsiveness of our team here in Washington," and said "it's something we're fixing and intend to put into place protocols and systems to make sure it doesn't happen again."

The secretary tried to explain that "1.43 million cables" come through the department every year. They are addressed to her but in many cases do not go to her. Rather, they go through "the bureaucracy."

Republicans argue the Aug. 16 cable was rather high priority. As Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., put it, "Libya has to have been one of the hottest of hot spots around the world." He claimed that not knowing about their security requests "really, I think, cost these people their lives."

Read more: Republicans challenge Clinton claims on budget cuts, Benghazi cable | Fox News

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I'm going to have to wait to read the transcript too. So far from the articles on CNN and Fox News, I'm upset for the men who died. Our government really failed them.