(CNSNews.com) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a global audience of young diplomats Tuesday that her biggest regret is “the loss of American lives in Benghazi.”
“Certainly the loss of American lives in Benghazi was something that I deeply regret and am working hard to make sure we do everything we can to prevent,” she said in response to a question posed by a British Pakistani young woman during the Global Townterview at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Four Americans were killed, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi, in a terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. Clinton recently testified before House and Senate Foreign Relations committees investigating the Benghazi attack.
"With all due respect, the fact is, we had four dead Americans! Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they'd go kill some Americans?! What difference, at this point, does it make?! It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator,” Clinton said in response to a line of questioning by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing last week.
“Are you planning on writing your memoirs already, and if you are following in the footsteps of Madeleine Albright in hers where she said that her lasting regret was what happened in Rwanda. What would you say was your lasting regret?” a British Pakistani young woman asked at the Global Townterview.
“When you do these jobs, you have to understand at the very beginning that you can’t control everything. There are terrible situations right now being played out in the Congo, Syria, where we all wish that there were clear paths that we could follow together in the international community to try to resolve,” Clinton said.
“So every day is a mixture of trying to end crises, help people, be smart about using the tools of American diplomacy and development to join in with others who are facing similar crises as we are,” she added.
Clinton said she will take away “far more positive memories” from her time as secretary of State. “And yes, I will write a memoir. I don’t know what I’ll say in it yet, but I’ll have a chance to go into greater detail on this and other matters,” she said.
The Townterview was “designed to expand on the success of the town halls” that the secretary has held all over the world. Six regional media partners linked via satellites from Middle East Broadcasting Corporation, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Nuestra Tele Noticias 24 Horas in Bogota, New Delhi Television, Channels TV in Lagos, Nigeria, and British Broadcastring Corporation.
Each network and their audience posed questions to Clinton via satellite. The 150-person audience at the Newseum included young diplomats from local missions and embassies in Washington, as well as students from the State Department’s new class of Foreign Service Officers.