Former Secretary Hillary Clinton told the audience at the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston today that Benghazi attack is “very very painful” and “certainly the biggest regret” she had during her tenure as Secretary of State…see excerpt of a script from the event below.
QUESTION:If you could change the outcome of any event that occurred while you were Secretary of State what would that be?
CLINTON: Oh it would certainly be the attack on our facility in Benghazi and the loss of two State Department personnel and two CIA contractors from the terrorist attack and the terrible consequences of that. It’s very very painful and it was certainly the biggest regret that I had as Secretary of State. They weren’t the only people that we lost but we lost them in such a terrible senseless terrorist action that you know is just deeply sorrowful and went on for hours because the CIA annex was attacked after the State Department facility was attacked. You know it’s one of the tough parts of the job and whether you’re Secretary of Defense or the Director of the CIA or anywhere in government, when you lose people – whether it’s to the earthquake in Haiti where we lost people and the children of one of our Foreign Service officers or to a roadside bomb in Iraq or you know an attack in Afghanistan – it’s deeply deeply saddening that’s why I said I take responsibility and do everything I could to make sure it didn’t happen again and what can we learn from events like that.