Rand Paul Grills Clinton On Benghazi: "I Would Have Relieved You Of Your Post"
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky grills Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on her lapse of leadership resulting in the terrorist attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya which resulted in the death of Ambassador Stevens and 3 other Americans.
SEN. RAND PAUL (R-Kentucky): One of the things that disappointed me most about the original 9/11, was no one was fired. We spent trillions of dollars, but there were a lot of human errors. These are judgement errors and the people who make judgment errors need to be replaced, fired and no longer in a position of making these judgment calls.
So we have a review board. The review board finds 64 different things that we can change, a lot of them are common sense and should be done. But the question is, it's a failure of leadership that they weren't done in advance and four lives were cost because of this.
I'm glad that you're accepting responsibility. I think that ultimately with your leaving, you accept the culpability for the worst tragedy since 9/11, and I really mean that. Had I been president at the time, and I found that you did not read the cables from Benghazi, you did not read the cables from Ambassador Stevens -- I would have relieved you of your post. I think it's inexcusable.
The thing is, is that we can understand that you're not reading every cable. I can understand that maybe you're not aware of the cable from the ambassador in Vienna, that asks for $100,000 for an electrical charging station. I can understand that maybe you're not aware your department spent a $100,000 on three comedians, who went to India on a promotional tour called 'Make Chai, Not War.'