The Hillary Clinton Interview: 21 Revealing Quotes


"As the independent board that investigated every aspect of this, including all the cables, concluded, there was a lack of appreciation and response to the level of threat. ... That was never brought to me ... What I did was give very direct instructions that the people who have the expertise and experience in security. ... That is personal though, Diane. And, I mean, I'm not equipped to sit and look at blueprints, to determine where the blast walls need to be or where the reinforcements need to be. That’s why we hire people who have that expertise. ... But that doesn't mean I wasn't saying all the time, "We've gotta make sure we secure this spot and that spot."

8. Threat To America

"We have to be very thoughtful as the United States of America where we send people, why we send them, what we expect from them, and how we do the best to protect them. We cannot eliminate every threat, every danger."

9. On Her Famous Quote to Congress About What Prompted The Attack--'What Difference Does It Make?'

"Well, in the moment, it did not. In the moment, what we had to be focused on was saving American lives. ... the point of what I said at the time [when Clinton said as much while testifying before Congress] was, 'You know, if you're gonna stay fixated on things like talking points, or fixated on whether or not everybody was affected or not by the video, you're missing the larger picture.'"

10. Politicizing Benghazi

"I will continue to provide any information I have. There is reams of it out there. But what I do not appreciate is politicizing this at the expense of four dead Americans. That's not what we used to do in this country. When 258 Americans were killed in Beirut in two separate attacks, people mourned. People were shocked. Decisions were made. Bring them out. You know, strengthen the embassy."

11. Why Benghazi Scrutiny Is ‘More Of A Reason To Run’ in 2016

"Actually, it's more of a reason to run, because I do not believe our great country should be playing minor league ball. We ought to be in the majors. And I view this as, really, apart from, even a diversion from the hard work that the Congress should be doing about the problems facing our country and the world."

12. 'No Lingering Effects' from 'Serious' Concussion

"It was, I think, a serious concussion ... Because of the force of the fall, I had double vision for a short period of time and I had some dizziness. ... No lingering effects."

13. Response to Karl Rove, Who Suggested She Might Have Brain Damage

"I know he was called Bush's brains in one of the books written about him. And I wish him well."

14. Watching The Raid That Killed Bin Laden

"My heart was in my throat because we were watching on the video screen what was happening. And we saw one of the helicopters' tail clipped the wall as it tried to get into the compound. ... I take very seriously the obligations of secrecy ... because he understood. And, when President Obama called to tell him, I think the president started by saying something, like, 'Well, I assume Hillary told you.' He goes, 'Told me what?'"

15. Nuclear Talks With Iran

"... tough sanctions on Iran that got them to the negotiating table. Now, whether we get an agreement or not ... I think it's going to be very difficult, but it's a lot better than what we inherited where there was no international consensus and Iran was just, you know, pursuing its nuclear ambitions including building underground facilities."

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