excerpt from Secretary Clinton's Opening Statement at today's Benghazi Hearings on Capitol Hill:
We need leadership at home to match our leadership abroad. Leadership that puts
national security ahead of politics and ideology. Our nation has a long history of
bipartisan cooperation on foreign policy and national security. Not that we always
agree -- far from it -- but we do come together when it counts.
As Secretary of State, I worked with the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee to pass a landmark nuclear arms control treaty with Russia. I
worked with Republican Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, to open up Burma, now
Myanmar, to find democratic change. I know it’s possible to find common ground,
because I have done it.
We should debate on the basis of fact, not fear. We should resist denigrating the
patriotism or loyalty of those with who we disagree. So I am here. Despite all the
previous investigations and all the talk about partisan agendas, I am here to honor
those we lost, and to do what I can to aid those who serve us still.
And my challenge to you, members of this Committee, is the same challenge I put to
Let’s be worthy of the trust the American people have bestowed upon us. They
expect us to lead. To learn the right lessons. To rise above partisanship and to reach
for statesmanship. That’s what I tried to do every day as Secretary of State. And it’s
what I hope we all strive for here today and into the future.
Read the entire statement here.