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Following this week's Democratic presidential debate, many pundits and news outlets were quick to declare former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the winner of the night. Still, as the presidential campaign season presses forward, Clinton faces many vocal critics, particularly among Republicans, who focus on two major issues: the use of a private email server while Secretary of State as well as her role in the 2012 attacks on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi.
What happened in Benghazi three years ago? On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the American diplomatic compound in Libya came under attack. The violence that ensued killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya. As U.S. officials rushed to comment on the events, UN Ambassador Susan Rice said the attacks were part of protests in response to an anti-Islam video that was circulating online. Although the Obama administration positioned the attack as a spontaneous act of violence, it later became apparent that it was premeditated and carried out by Libyan rebels.
Since then, Clinton has come under intense scrutiny for her involvement in the events of that day. Republican lawmakers have slammed Clinton's leadership and her failure to take more preventative security measures. For her part, Clinton has taken responsibility, but maintains that she followed every protocol in the State Department. Furthermore, she has criticized Republican lawmakers for politicizing the attacks, saying they are using the tragedy to gain political advantage. Clinton is slated to testify before a congressional panel on Benghazi on October 22, 2015. It will be the 13th hearing of its kind.
Hillary Clinton Responds To Benghazi Questions By Defending Libya Intervention, Diplomacy (huffingtonpost.com)
"Clinton began, not by addressing the Benghazi attack and her management of it, but by defending the invasion itself."
What happened to Benghazi? Focus is on Clinton (bigstory.ap.org)
"A special House committee on the 2012 Benghazi attacks has devolved from an investigation into the deaths of four Americans in Libya into a political fight over Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails and private computer server - a battle that is likely to stretch into the 2016 presidential election year."
40 Minutes In Benghazi (vanityfair.com)
"When U.S. ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was killed in a flash of hatred in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, the political finger-pointing began. But few knew exactly what had happened that night."
When "No Acts of Terror" Actually Means "This Act of Terror" (time.com)
"The Administration spent days trying - hoping - that an inflammatory U.S. anti-Muslim video sparked a spontaneous attack. Even as it became clear that it was a sophisticated planned strike by militias possibly linked to al Qaeda, the Administration continued to blame the video."
Hillary Clinton Opens Up: Could She Have Done More in Benghazi?
"I'm not equipped to sit and look at blueprints, to determine where the blast walls need to be or where the reinforcements need to be ... That's why we hire people who have that expertise."