Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said during a question-answer session at Simmons College this week that her biggest on-the-job regret was Benghazi, and that she still suffers pangs of pains at the memory.
“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,” Mrs. Clinton said when asked about her biggest regret, United Press International reported.
Mrs. Clinton also said the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. compound in Libya that left four Americans dead — including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens — is a constant source of pain for her, UPI said.
“It’s very, very painful and it was certainly the biggest regret that I had as secretary of state,” she said, UPI reported. “They weren’t the only people that we lost, but we lost them in such a terrible, senseless, terrorist action that, you know, it’s just deeply sorrowful and it went on for hours, because the CIA annex was attacked after the State Department facility was attacked.”
In the months after the attack, Mrs. Clinton was called to give testimony about the attack on Capitol Hill to help clarify the Obama administration’s changing narrative on its root causes.
In May 2013, during a heated exchange with lawmakers, she made the statement heard around the nation: “Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they’d go kill some Americans. What difference — at this point, what difference does it make?”