State Sec. Hillary Clinton said last night she takes “full responsibility” for last month’s attack on a U.S. embassy in Libya.
The Wall Street Journal heard it but isn’t satisfied:
In Thursday’s Vice Presidential debate, Mr. Biden claimed, “We did not know they wanted more security again.” A White House spokesman said on Friday that the Veep was referring only to the White House, not State.
Asked about this on Friday, Mrs. Clinton passed on the opportunity to clarify what she was doing the night of the attacks, when she knew about changed intelligence, and what she told Mr. Obama. She said a review board is looking into it, and in passing she defended Ms. Rice whom she said “had the same information from the intelligence community as every other senior official did.”
CNN reported Monday night from Lima that Mrs. Clinton finally addressed the White House comments by saying “I take responsibility” for what happened in Benghazi. She added that “I want to avoid some kind of political gotcha” so close to an election. That’s nice, but it still leaves many questions, such as why her own comments to the U.N. differed so much from the substance and tone of Mr. Obama’s. Saying you take “responsibility” in brief interviews from faraway Peru is a long way from acting as if you’re responsible.