Clearly testing the national stage waters ahead of a potential 2016 run for president, Senator Rand Paul is already levelling harsh criticism of outgoing Obama Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ahead of her testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
(Don’t think Senator Rand Paul’s words will go unnoticed by the Clinton machine…)
EXCERPT (via Business Insider)
Rand Paul To Hammer Hillary Clinton On Benghazi: ‘It Was A Career-Ending Mistake’
“I think she has to accept responsibility for Benghazi,” Paul told Business Insider during his recent trip to Israel. ”That’s the problem with government — government is anonymous and so no one is accountable. The reason you want somebody to be accountable is that you don’t want someone to make that decision again.”
Paul added that he plans on demanding Clinton explain what she knew about the deteriorating security situation in Libya and provide details about who denied requests for additional security personnel at the consulate in Benghazi.
“In government, there is usually an incentive to overspend when it comes to security,” he said. “You’re in charge of security in Benghazi and someone asks you for a 16-person detail — and the security people on the ground in Libya are asking you for it — it’s impossible to say no. So how did someone possibly say no to that security? That’s an incredible ineptness.”
“It was an enormous mistake,” he added. “It was a career-ending mistake, I think.” LINK
Senator Paul has done a couple of things here. First, he is giving a rather strong suggestion little to nothing the Obama administration has said by way of explaining the Benghazi Massacre makes sense. Second, he is already sizing up and dealing a blow to a potential 2016 political rival in the form of Hillary Clinton.
Rand Paul is already proving himself a capable politician and emerging leader within the GOP.
In addition to his comments about Hillary Clinton, Paul made certain to take on Barack Obama directly as well – likening the current president to a monarch, and reminding reporters that the American people already fought to overthrow one monarch, and would be in no mood to accept another.