Clinton tears up about dead Americans in Benghazi: ‘It’s personal’

In her opening statement to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton became emotional when recounting the terrorist attack that killed Americans Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012.

Clinton said Stevens was well aware of the dangers in Libya: “first during the revolution, then during the transition. A weak Libyan Government, marauding militias, terrorist groups; a bomb exploded in the parking lot of his hotel, but he did not waver. Because he understood it was critical for America to be represented there at that time.”

Her voice then cracked, and she became visibly emotional when she said:

Our men and women who serve overseas understand that we accept a level of risk to protect the country we love. And they represent the best traditions of a bold and generous nation. They cannot work in bunkers and do their jobs. So it is our responsibility to make sure they have the resources they need, and to do everything we can to reduce the risks.

For me, this is not just a matter of policy. It’s personal. I stood next to President Obama as the Marines carried those flag-draped caskets off the plane at Andrews. I put my arms around the mothers and fathers, the sisters and brothers, the sons and daughters, and the wives left alone to raise their children.

It has been one of the great honors of my life to lead the men and women of the State Department and USAID. Nearly 70,000 serving here in Washington; more than 270 posts around the world. They get up and go to work every day, often in difficult and dangerous circumstances, because they believe, as we believe, the United States is the most extraordinary force for peace and progress the world has ever known.

And when we suffer tragedies overseas, as we have, the number of Americans applying to the Foreign Service actually increases. That tells us everything we need to know about what kind of patriots I’m talking about. They do ask what they can do for their country, and America is stronger for it.

Watch the segment of Clinton’s testimony on The Blaze:


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  • the hammer

    Liar Liar Liar if giving them the best security possible is denying request for more security then she is completely ass backwards, they were not given 5% of the security they deserved so don't give us this B.S its personnal, If it is so personal then you will tell the truth at your hearing so congress can bring your piece of crap boss up for impeachment so we can get this country going back in the right direction.

  • yvonne

    She is such a LIER…To think i once thought this Woman was a human being. ..NOT..

  • Michael J. Nappi

    If Hillary had come out once any of the times that Bill was in office and got cause cheating on her and said "He's just a lying cheating bastard" I may have had a little respect for her. Instead she smiled and waved and went with the rest who tried to sweep it under the rug. I was living in NY when shan was spotted looking at homes there. the press asked her is she had intentions of running for office in NY. Hillary said "Oh no, but NY is a great place to work and live." Two months later she ran for the senate seat in NY.

    She is just like the rest of the curent administration. She will lie to our faces and do anything she can to save her own ass and keeo herself suckling on the political teat of the tax payers. She needs to be in prison along with Obama, Biden, Rice and Holder. A treasonous group all oth them. Oh America I weep for you, our founding fathers are turning over in their graves at what is happening to this once great land.