Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens to opening statements before testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the terrorist attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, in Washington, DC on January 23, 2013. UPI/Molly Riley
Hillary Clinton obviously feels passionately about her responsibility to American personnel abroad, choking up a little during her testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday morning.
But Clinton looked furious when a senator later questioned Clinton's immediate response to the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and accused her of making excuses for not contacting U.S. diplomats.
"I realize that's a good excuse," Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, when Clinton said she didn't think it was "appropriate" to interfere with the FBI's process of conducting interviews with diplomatic staff.
"No, it's a fact," Clinton responded.
"With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans," she said.
Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they'd go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make? It our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. Now, honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this. But he fact is that people were trying, in real time, to get to the best information.
Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Roskos with the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, "The Old Guard," participates in the annual Flags-In ceremony, May 23, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Soldiers place American flags in front of more than 260,000 gravestones in the cemetery in honor of Memorial Day. UPI/Kevin Dietsch