"If I were President, I would have relieved you of your post."
That's what I told Hillary Clinton earlier today when she testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing over the Benghazi terrorist attacks that left four Americans dead.
Of course, that's a tough statement, but when it comes to the loss of precious American lives - I'm not going to beat around the bush.
You see, in September of 2012, the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi was attacked, leaving four Americans murdered in cold blood.
During the weeks leading up to the attacks, U.S. personnel in Benghazi pleaded several times for additional security.
U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was killed during the attacks, requested additional security from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Unfortunately, his requests were ignored and overlooked.
Despite a review board citing 64 things that could have been done differently - potentially saving 4 precious lives - the Obama Administration hasn't been too candid with the American people about what happened in Benghazi.
I believe those who make judgment errors need to be replaced, fired, and no longer in a position of making these judgment calls.
So far, no one has been fired - even though it's clear that no one even bothered to read the cables from Benghazi and Ambassador Stevens requesting more security.
Ultimately, with her leaving, Hillary Clinton is accepting the culpability for this tragedy - and I commend her for that.
But this problem should have been addressed earlier.
If I were President, I would have relieved Hillary Clinton from her post a long time ago.
Of course, some cables are going to be missed and not read.
If she would have missed the cable from the Ambassador in Vienna asking for $100,000 for electrical "green" car stations, I would excuse that.
Or if she missed the cables requesting $100,000 for three comedians who went to India to "make che, not war," I would have excused that.
But she didn't miss these cables, and instead missed the cable coming from Libya - one of the hottest terrorist spots in the world.
Not to know cost four Americans their lives. These are lives that could have been saved.
As the review board stated, Hillary Clinton and her Department weren't "willfully negligent."
It was a failure of leadership not to be involved and know these things.
This post was modified from its original form on 24 Jan, 10:23
And for those failures, she should have been relieved from her position a long time ago.
As a U.S. Senator, I believe it's my duty to get to the bottom of every judgment and leadership error that occurs within our government - especially one that results in the loss of precious American lives.
That's the only way another tragedy like this can be prevented in the future.
Senator Rand Paul
P.S. Please take a moment to watch the brief video of the tough questions I had for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the Benghazi terrorist attacks that left four Americans dead.
He was by far the best at bringing out the fact that she is incompetent and should have been fired.
Too bad he didn't get more time to grill her. Most of the others were just a waste of time.
The press is trying so hard to portray it as if she had emerged unscathed from the hearings but they are totally ignoring the skinning Rand Paul did to her. Bill O'Reilly made some snarky comment about "well he's planning on running in 2016" like that was the important point and not focusing on what Paul said except he did bring up the fired comment....he had to because nobody else dared to say it.
Rubio only afforded Clinton time to bloviate and run out the clock....what good did that do? Not once did he criticize her performance....but he did find time to thank her for her hard work. What a chump !
I didn't know that she had all the questions preapproved. Maybe this guy doesn't know what he's talking about but it might be true too.