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October 16, 2012


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member on the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s comments regarding the attacks to the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012: 

“In the 2008 Presidential election, Hillary Clinton, then a presidential candidate, said America needs a leader who understands ‘the buck stops in the Oval Office.’ Now she finds herself in an administration where the buck seems to stop at her office or anywhere but the Oval Office,” said Inhofe. “Just ahead of tonight’s presidential debate that will feature foreign policy issues, Sec. Clinton is taking the blame for the Obama-Biden ticket by claiming responsibility for the security failure at our Benghazi consulate. While she fulfilled her duty, she was then quick to blame her advisors. The attack was a major foreign policy and national security failure for President Obama.  Rather than taking responsibility and providing leadership, Obama has clearly done what he does best: shift blame.  He can’t blame President Bush for this one, so he has had his own Secretary of State fall on her sword.  Despite the White House and theState Department receiving the same intelligence briefings, the Administration claimed just last week they were unaware of security requests and concerns at our Benghazi consulate. What happened to the establishment of the Director of National Intelligence and expanded daily intelligence briefings set up after the terrorist attacks in 2001 to ensure a President and Vice President are well informed? Instead, Obama was absent from the presidential daily intelligence briefings prior to the planned terrorist attack in Benghazi.  Investigation of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy failure cannot be postponed for the sake of the elections lest we jeopardize future security of Americans at home and abroad. Apology, denial and blame avoidance is not how a Commander-in-Chief keeps America safe.”###

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