We'll track down Libya attackers - Clinton

2012-10-04 14:32

Washington - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday vowed to pursue a full accounting of the deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi "wherever that leads", but cautioned that it could take time for a complete picture to emerge.

"There are continuing questions about what exactly happened in Benghazi on that night three weeks ago. And we will not rest until we answer those questions and until we track down the terrorists who killed our people," Clinton said in an appearance with Kazakhstan's visiting foreign minister.

"The men and women who serve this country as diplomats deserve no less than a full and accurate accounting, wherever that leads, and I am committed to seeking that for them and for those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation."

Clinton's comments followed a demand by two Republican lawmakers this week for more information about the 11 September attack, which they said occurred after Washington repeatedly turned down requests from Americans in Libya for more security at the Benghazi consulate.

Security situation

US Representatives Darrell Issa and Jason Chaffetz also said that the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold an 10 October hearing on the security situation leading up to the Benghazi attack, which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other US government personnel.

Issa wrote to Clinton on Wednesday to request the testimony of two witnesses at next week's hearing. They are Eric Nordstrom, who was a regional security officer based in Libya from September 2011 to June 2012, and Charlene Lamb, who is deputy assistant secretary of state for international programmes, a committee aide said. He added that more witnesses were expected to be called.

Two Republican senators, Bob Corker and Johnny Isakson, also wrote to Clinton on Wednesday to repeat their demand that she send Congress all communications from US diplomats in Libya relating to the security situation before the attack, including any cables from Stevens.

Debate over whether the Obama administration was caught unprepared by an assault by militant groups has become US election-year fodder.

Republicans have criticised initial statements by administration officials, including US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, who suggested the attacks were precipitated by anger over an anti-Islam online video.

Eager for answers

Reuters reported on Tuesday that the US government received about a dozen intelligence reports within hours of the attack suggesting involvement by organised militant groups. Despite that, the Obama administration for nearly two weeks emphasized the role of the video.

Clinton noted that the State Department had named an "accountability review board" to investigate attack, and that she had urged the group "to move as quickly as possible without sacrificing accuracy".

"I am aware too that many people are eager for answers. So am I ... and no one wants the answers more than we do here at the department," Clinton said.

"Over the course of this review, there will naturally be a number of statements made, some of which will be borne out and some of which will not. So let's establish all the facts before we jump to any conclusions and let's do so so that we can get to the bottom of what did happen," she said.

  • Gcodi Mahomed - 2012-10-04 14:50

    Monica Lewinsky!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-04 15:44

      Another childish, brainless comment from you Gcodi. Grow up. And while you're mocking her, imagine if you were in her shoes. It may just happen, given your obvious lack of understanding and compassion.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-04 17:47

      Gcodi You were not even born when this issue became public !!!!

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-04 15:31

    I wonder if Hillarious can still see the funny side of a man being lynched by a mob? "We came, we saw, he died" Take a bow Hillary.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-04 15:45

      A completely heartless comment, Fidel. Another one from you. What a terrible thing to think and post on a public website.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-04 16:29

      Not too different from another leaders death Ghadaffi?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-04 17:48

      Just leave it to this Fidel; to spew out pure HATRED !!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-04 17:57

      Anthony, I am quoting Clinton, and we both agree that she is a HATEFUL person indeed to have uttered those words at the death of another human being, after having killed his son and grand children nogal. Clinton is a reptelian indeed, just look at those evil eyes!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-10-04 18:01

      I get it. It is ancestors and evil eyes. LOL!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-04 18:06

      Fidel, I much rather look into Clinton's eyes, than into those of your heroes, those religious psychopaths in Teheran. Now, THAT, is pure evil, that even scares the Russians and those slimy Chinese !!!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-04 18:19

      Fidel, ""and we both agree that she is......"" You sound more and more like that Patrick character; " WE agree..."" Just for the record Fidel; NOBODY agrees with you!!!!!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-04 19:38

      People who move the goalposts every five minutes in order to try and win and argument without actually bothering to provide any relevant counter-argument are as inane as they are irritating.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-10-04 19:43

      I understand the premise you are talking from and that mostly obviates any reply.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-04 21:41

      Patrick, You must be feeling a lot better now, that you have spewed out some more of your silly and childish anit American claptrap. Well done, you can go to sleep now!!

  • robbie.crouch - 2012-10-04 15:43

    Their incompetence is only matched by that of the SA government...

  • roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-10-04 17:29

    Keep voting Democrats USA and you will be exposing yourselves to more terror attacks.

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