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(WNN) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES: Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and later before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton broke down in a show of emotion, concern and empathy for the families from the Benghazi consulate who lost loved ones.
“As I have said many times I take responsibility, and nobody is more committed to getting this right,” said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “I am determined to leave the State Department safer, stronger and more secure,” Secretary Clinton said as she referred to the ending of her term at the U.S. Department of State.
“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,” Secretary Clinton continued.
Around the world at over 270 posts around the world, nearly 70,000 U.S. State Department employees are stationed within the United States in the federal capital city of Washington, D.C. and beyond.
Secretary Clinton officially ends her term of office at the U.S. State Department when her replacement, U.S. Democratic Senator John Kerry of the State of Massachusetts, is sworn into office.
The 6 hours of what some may consider exhaustive questioning with the Secretary was not without its critics including U.S. House Republican Representative Joe Wilson of the State of South Carolina who mentioned that Clinton needed to appear on Sunday morning TV shows before her appearance at the Benghazi hearings on Wednesday in order to give what he described as “correct information” about what some in the House consider to be the ‘true’ facts with the White House response to the attack in Benghazi.
Clinton was most often strong and on point during her session with the U.S. Senate and the House today as she answered questions seeking to expose weaknesses in the State Department and the White House response during the Benghazi attack.
In spite of the events in Benghazi, according to recent polls, Secretary Clinton has been one of the most ‘well-loved’ Secretaries of State ever. Placing the issue of women’s rights worldwide toward the front of her agenda, the Secretary has met with wide receptions among women in nations that previously have had a lukewarm reception to the U.S.
Before she finalizes her term in office, Secretary Clinton is getting the wheels rolling on establishing a new deputy assistant secretary who will be working with tightened security under high threats in response to attacks.
“Clinton’s fared well during her tenure at State; 68 percent approve of her work, second only to Colin Powell among the last five secretaries of state,” says one of the latest respected ABC News/Washington Post polls released December 5, 2012.
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