During the 2008 Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton argued that America would be safer if she were the one making security decisions.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the bucks stops with her when it comes to who is blame for a deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.
“I take responsibility” for what happened on September 11, Clinton said in an interview. . . President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are not involved in security decisions, Clinton said.
Is Clinton falling on her sword here (which would be very, very atypical for a Clinton) or are they playing some sort of devious political game? As much as Obama would like to be out from under the Benghazi debacle, being seen as completely out of the loop probably isn’t good either.
UPDATE: Contrast with this:
Reagan takes blame for Beirut bombing
President Reagan said today he as chief executive accepts full responsibility for the terrorist bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 U.S. servicemen. In a hurriedly scheduled press appearance in the White House press room, Reagan said the local Marine commanders “should not be punished” for the lack of proper security in the suicide attack.
“If there is to be blame, it properly rests here in this office, with this president,” Reagan said.
Reagan also never claimed that the attack was a protest against Flashdance that spun out of control.