Rand Paul to Hillary: Let’s face it, you should have been fired over Benghazi

posted at 12:41 pm on January 23, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via Gateway Pundit, I figured he might be the boldest Republican questioner but I had no idea how bold. The key line: “I think it’s good that you’re accepting responsibility because no one else is.” He’s taking dead aim at the insulting charade of buck-stops-here bravado among American politicians who are happy to “show leadership” by admitting to their failures on the condition that they’ll suffer no consequences for them. Accountability’s a smart theme for a populist would-be presidential candidate to take up. And telling a Clinton to her face on TV that she should have been fired for negligence, which is true, is a smart, splashy way to do it. It’s a dual critique, superficially a reprimand to Obama’s secretary of state but more broadly an indictment of how Washington tends to do business. I’ve always assumed there’s no way he’ll leapfrog Rubio and Ryan as a frontrunner among grassroots conservatives in 2016 but it’s getting harder to believe that every day.

And now that he’s demanded accountability from the most popular Democrat pol in America, he must pay:

One other note. This is not an exchange I would have expected Ron Paul to have with Hillary, not because he’s in any way comfortable with unaccountability in Washington but because his priorities lie elsewhere. You can imagine him grilling her about why the CIA is in Libya in the first place and what the root causes of the assault on the consulate might be. Not Rand; his showcase moment here has more to do with protecting Americans who are already in the field. A lot of what he’s up to lately has to do with distinguishing his brand from his father’s, the trip to Israel being the most conspicuous example. This is another.


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Ros-Lehtinen: What actions have you taken so that when posts raise security alarms in the future, they aren’t ignored?

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 2:45 PM

And that he doesn’t pretend otherwise sets him apart from the fake cowboys that play dress up for the GOP votes.

verbaluce on January 23, 2013 at 1:53 PM

He doesn’t play dress up as a fake cowboy for votes?

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 2:46 PM

I’m digging this gal from Florida. She’s taking it to Hillary right now.

Doughboy on January 23, 2013 at 2:44 PM

It’s good, but I think she is carrying on too much like McCain did. :(

Anti-Control on January 23, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Poe sounds familiar. I don’t know Stockman. I’ll look for them

that’s Illeana…she was also the Rep responsible for getting the ex-military guy out of Mexican prison at Christmas.

CoffeeLover on January 23, 2013 at 2:47 PM


Exhibit C

Exhibit D

Exhibit E

As they say in Texas, ALL HAT AND NO CATTLE.

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Someone needs to pin her to the wall for her stupid “What difference does it make?” crack to the Senate committee this morning.

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 2:47 PM

If we nominate a conservative from the first list, we can begin peeling back the socialist policies of Obama 4 years from now. If a RINO gets the nod, except the same result as Romney and McCain.

sauldalinsky on January 23, 2013 at 12:50 PM

I agree! The RINO list will be used by the Establishment Republicans, just as before. Who is next? Jeb Bush in my opinion.
Any one that hates Conservatives and the Tea Party will be chosen, you can be sure of that.

bluefox on January 23, 2013 at 2:48 PM

She and Bill both are starting to look like the picture of Dorian Gray. Bill looks about the same age as Billy Graham.

ddrintn on January 23, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Heh.

Tim_CA on January 23, 2013 at 2:49 PM

This is a dog show….I expect Hillary to get ‘best show ribbon’ any minute now

What a farce

Redford on January 23, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Polynesian guy making a statement, asking to questions…LEAVE HILLARY ALONE!

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 2:51 PM

FFS…HILLARY 2016!? Stow it, brah.

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 2:52 PM

I’m digging this gal from Florida. She’s taking it to Hillary right now.

Doughboy on January 23, 2013 at 2:44 PM

I like her… a lot. She’s the one who helped get the marine out of Mexico before Christmas.

jffree1 on January 23, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Polynesian guy making a statement, asking to questions…LEAVE HILLARY ALONE!

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 2:51 PM

“Where would you like me to lick you next, Madame Secretary?”

Anti-Control on January 23, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Polynesian guy: Hillary, tell us the story again of why Stevens went to Benghazi? (Not why was he there on 9/11.)

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 2:54 PM

As they say in Texas, ALL HAT AND NO CATTLE.

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Ever get the feeling Obama voters just aren’t all that bright? I’ve seen some slow curves served up but Tardulace just served you the slowest curve I’ve ever seen.

Well played.

MNHawk on January 23, 2013 at 2:55 PM

It’s good, but I think she is carrying on too much like McCain did. :(

Anti-Control on January 23, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Well, she did preface her remarks by saying she wanted written responses from Hillary to all her questions. The problem is these written responses won’t be aired on live TV, so their impact politically will be minimal at best. And that’s assuming the Congresswoman even gets any response from the State Dept. I’m willing to bet good money she never hears back from them.

Doughboy on January 23, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Smith, NJ: Reminds Clinton of two embassy bombings in Africa on Bubba’s watch in 1998. Says we keep having to re-learn the same lessons.

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Ouch Christien

Heh

cmsinaz on January 23, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Smith, NJ: You claim responsibility after the attack. What did you do before to take responsibility? Are you in any way personally at fault?

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Christien…….she is ducking the question. Needs more money!!

CoffeeLover on January 23, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Once again the witch blames “the funding, Iraq…”

Goebbels orgasms again.

Answer the questions, cow!!!

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Hil gets loud again…

jffree1 on January 23, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 2:47 PM

HA! When I lived in Texas they would call it being a ‘Goat Roper’.

ghostwalker1 on January 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Hillary flails, blames Bush/Iraq/Afghanistan.

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Thanks christien for keeping us in loop

cmsinaz on January 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM

“The cables did not come to my attention” — Liar, liar, liar.

Onother one licks her lardbin…oh, now it’s about “women’s rights”.

The Left have NO Shame!!!

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Four men were left to died, douchebag Sherman. What the fvck are you grinning about?

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:01 PM

In answer to Terry Moran, don’t have a clue as to Rand Paul’s foreign policy creds, but he is a U.S. Senator on this committee and therefore, that makes him all kinds of eligible to ask questions and make comments.

Angstlee on January 23, 2013 at 3:01 PM

WTF? Ask this witch who told the soldiers and support to stand down!

The GOP is worthless. But you knew that already.

Mr. Arrogant on January 23, 2013 at 3:01 PM

She sure is creating a lot of nice shouting and angry soundbites that can be looped during GOP commercials in 2014 and 2016–oh wait, that would require the GOP to actually have some balls. Never mind.

Nutstuyu on January 23, 2013 at 3:02 PM

When did Obama first contact you personally that night? She knew at 4:00pm, so did he. When did he leave Walter Reed? WH photo prop shows dark outside. 3.5 hours after that. What were they doing?

Dem from California is a vile pos.

winoceros on January 23, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Well, she did preface her remarks by saying she wanted written responses from Hillary to all her questions. The problem is these written responses won’t be aired on live TV, so their impact politically will be minimal at best. And that’s assuming the Congresswoman even gets any response from the State Dept. I’m willing to bet good money she never hears back from them.

Doughboy on January 23, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Me too.

So far, the only person I’d give a satisfactory grade to is Johnson.

Anti-Control on January 23, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Once again the witch blames “the funding, Iraq…”

Goebbels orgasms again.

Answer the questions, cow!!!

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2013 at 2:59 PM

They’re setting themselves up for major embarrassment given how much money they were wasting on non-security related measures. Rand Paul cited a few of them this morning.

Doughboy on January 23, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Sherman, D-Who cares?: Congress didn’t throw enough money. No amount of security would’ve helped, woulda, coulda, shoulda. Bada bing, bada boom. How would you grade yourself re: your cooperation with Congress in the investigation?

GOLD STARZZZ!

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 2:47 PM

lol.

You’re on fire today!

Tim_CA on January 23, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Wow Hillary really got her ass handed to her today. Not an easy task. Well done Blue Buddha!

Bmore on January 23, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 2:46 PM

DjangObama!

soundingboard on January 23, 2013 at 3:04 PM

“Lybians were willing but without capacity”

You and Obama own Lybia, you two charlatans.

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2013 at 3:04 PM

@TerryMoran Because he is a US citizen and she is answerable to him, assmunch. It takes nothing else. #Bootlicker

winoceros on January 23, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Hillary: Every Libyan government official was outraged about Benghazi. We need to give them lots of taxpayer money.

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Polynesian guy making a statement, asking to questions…LEAVE HILLARY ALONE!

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Pic of the Day: You Asked For It!

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Well, she did preface her remarks by saying she wanted written responses from Hillary to all her questions. The problem is these written responses won’t be aired on live TV, so their impact politically will be minimal at best. And that’s assuming the Congresswoman even gets any response from the State Dept. I’m willing to bet good money she never hears back from them.

Doughboy on January 23, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Not if the Senator follows through and posts those responses on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, anywhere the low-info voters go nowadays–that is once they’re done with their daily brea$t feedings.

Nutstuyu on January 23, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Perfect…I spotted the symbol :)

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Rohrabacher: None of us should apologize for trying to get to the facts. Any suggestion this is a budget issue is “off base.” When did you first speak with Obama? When did you see the president?

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Hillary: There was no monitor, there was no real-time…

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Rohrbacher. Finally.

winoceros on January 23, 2013 at 3:08 PM

I was too busy to enjoy any of it.Do we know if any of these questions got answered?

Bmore on January 23, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Somebody PLEASE ask:

Who gave the Stand Down Order?

kingsjester on January 23, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Rohrabacher: Did you act on basis of this was a film review gone wrong, or did you act on the basis of Mullen’s immediate assessment it was a well-coordinated terrorist attack?

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Hillary Clinton lying her ass off the Congressman Dana Rohrabacker.

SWalker on January 23, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Dana….only person in jail right now is the film maker!!!! WTG

CoffeeLover on January 23, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Rohrabacher: Only person in jail right now is filmmaker. Over and over and over we were told it was our fault, not their fault.

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:10 PM

She called it a terrorist attack the next day….BS flag has been thrown!

Mr. Arrogant on January 23, 2013 at 3:10 PM

He did not say it was “an act of terror”. He said “no act of terror”. The first is specific positive, the second is non-specific and hardly dispositive.

Dance, Hillary, dance!!

winoceros on January 23, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Dana….only person in jail right now is the film maker!!!! WTG

CoffeeLover on January 23, 2013 at 3:10 PM

No kidding. Can’t be emphasized enough. No one actually involved with the attack has been brought to justice.

Doughboy on January 23, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Meeks (D-eluded): Thank you for an extraordinary daughter! Extraordinary, EXTRA-ordinary, EXTRAORDINARY! TY for a job well-done.

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Tonight on msnbc: left wing opinion leaders and media figures praising Hillary to the rafters and bashing the GOP/Sen. Paul for daring to question her or the President. (The issue of Obama’s complete lack of foreign policy experience prior to election as potus first dismissed as partisan sniping then defended as virtue not vice).

Tonight on FOX: right wing opinion leaders and media figures dropping hosannas on Sen Paul and bashing Hillary for being such a weaselly pol (The issue of Paul’s complete lack of foreign policy experience prior to election as Senator first dismissed as partisan sniping then defended as virtue not vice).

Sacramento on January 23, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Meeks(D-NY) it’s Congresses fault !

Mr. Arrogant on January 23, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Meeks: Republicans’ fault for not throwing enough money in the Money Hole. Ac swiffly! No one could’ve imagined Arab Spring–how can Congress help further the Arab Spring?

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Meeks…it is those evil Rs who won’t give you Ds more money

Hillary knew that the ARB she requested was going to provide her cover for this.

CoffeeLover on January 23, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Hillary to Tunisian President: You.Have Got.To Send.Reinforcements NOW!

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Christien….but it had to be Lindsey Graham to pick up the phone to get Tunisia to allow our FBI to question the guy they were holding and who is now free. The only person who has been held as far as we know!

CoffeeLover on January 23, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Chabot: What troubles me is the hoops this committee had to jump though to get info from State, which delayed and delayed, then delivered disorganized “document dump.” Unacceptable that State made it so difficult.

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Y’all have gotten quiet. Did she have a fainting spell?

kingsjester on January 23, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Chabot: Why was State so obstinate and why did senior dept. leadership deny Stevens, esp. on around anniv. of Sept. 11th?

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Do we know who got the 3:00 a.m. call yet? Rameriz seems to think it was 0. At least the one from Egypt anyway.

Bmore on January 23, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Chabot: Is State currently conducting internal reviews re: offsets. CFO for Diplomatic Security denies ever lacking funds.

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:21 PM

no she is covering. She’s saying she didn’t get the 3am call either. ugh

CoffeeLover on January 23, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Deutch (D-ork): You’re marvelous, good luck in 2016. Your commitment to dipl. security is a testament to your commitment (huh?) What kind of strain will less military personnel in area after Iraq/Afghanistan draw downs put on dipl. sec.?

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Hillary: DoD assets were too far away to–wait for it–make any difference (i.e., “What difference does it make?)

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM

He is a piece of work isn’t he Christien.

CoffeeLover on January 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM

That’s not justice, it’s humiliation.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 23, 2013 at 3:22 PM

It is exactly what Obama promised. If an ill wind blows against Islam, I will side with Islam.

SWalker on January 23, 2013 at 3:26 PM

This is a complete waste of time. With only 5 minutes, even if the Congressmen don’t bloviate, Hillary only needs to ramble for a couple minutes and not answer the questions.

Doughboy on January 23, 2013 at 3:27 PM

she is using Columbia 20 yrs ago as an example….we had a lot more money back then Hillary!!!

CoffeeLover on January 23, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Uh oh. “YOU LIE!” is up.

Doughboy on January 23, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Repeat waste of time by dems and Hillary. Just not curious, I guess. Must just not get it. Too stupid, I guess.

winoceros on January 23, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Wilson: Rohrabacher is right about CFO letter. Funding not the issue. Why weren’t you on the Sunday shows immediately following attack? Susan Rice says you declined.

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Hillary: I’m not into that stuff, normally. (Hello? You’re SecState, and this ain’t “normal” times.)

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:29 PM

She lies like a rug.

kingsjester on January 23, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Wilson: What was going on at State’s OpCenter while Benghazi attack went on for seven hours? Why the delay in labeling attack as terrorism, when we knew right away? Why weren’t Marine guards not posted in Benghazi in the first place?

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Ha…
do you really think a pic of Obama in a hat is a counterpoint to what I said?
Really?

Wow.

verbaluce on January 23, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Bass: You’re awesome, hope you are feeling better. Bummed this is our last visit of your term. You’ve been a good friend to Africa. What should Congress do to throw more money at Africa?

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Bass: Can we give more money to Mali, DRC, Somalia?

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Man-o-man, all she is doing is using that ARB as her crutch. Seems to be better than using Exec. Privilege and/or National Security.

CoffeeLover on January 23, 2013 at 3:36 PM

lol.

You’re on fire today!

Tim_CA, et al on January 23, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Does Verbaluce deserve her own whipping post post on my blog?

Yeehay!

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Bass: Which terrorist groups in which in African countries pose greatest threats to us? Are we throwing enough money at the problem?

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Does Verbaluce deserve her own whipping post post on my blog?

Yeehay!

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 3:36 PM

No! Verbaloser would like it too much.

Anti-Control on January 23, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Ha…
do you really think a pic of Obama in a hat is a counterpoint to what I said?
Really?

Wow.

verbaluce on January 23, 2013 at 3:33 PM

A steaming cow pie can be counterpoint to anything you say. STFU.

Nutstuyu on January 23, 2013 at 3:40 PM

McCaul, Texas: Were you aware of August 16th cable? Was it a surprise to you?

Hillary: Did not come to my attention or above Asst. Sec. level where ARB placed responsibility. Learned of it after ARB. Not aware anyone within my office seeing that cable. Not brought to my attention, but we’re fixing it putting in place protocols and systems so it doesn’t happen again.

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:41 PM

It is exactly what Obama promised. If an ill wind blows against Islam, I will side with Islam.

SWalker on January 23, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Whatever BHO touches I expect to go abysmally. I am seldom disappointed.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 23, 2013 at 3:41 PM

ARB ARB ARB ARB AND MORE ARB

CoffeeLover on January 23, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Hey, verbose one…

You never answered my request to please explain what happend in Benghazi.

Cat got your tongue?

kingsjester on January 23, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Rand does it again. Great show.

He has 3 times the chance of being nominated as his father. But 0 x 3 is still 0

Flapjackmaka on January 23, 2013 at 3:42 PM

McCaul: Someone in your office should’ve seen this cable. Ambassador himself sent emergency cable. Bottom line, this cable went unnoticed by your office. Why was he in Benghazi on September 11th?

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Oh POOP….MCCaul asked her but ran out of time. I want to know what Amb Stevens was doing in Benghazi that night.

CoffeeLover on January 23, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Not brought to my attention, but we’re fixing it putting in place protocols and systems so it doesn’t happen again.

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Protocol and systems kept it out of you office.

More of the same will not help.

Jabberwock on January 23, 2013 at 3:45 PM

well said Jabberwock. Stovepiping I am sure had a lot to do with it.

CoffeeLover on January 23, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Verbaluce Gets Pwn3d.

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 3:47 PM

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