At Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Benghazi hearings on Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky told Clinton that he would have fired her as Secretary of State had he been president at the time of the attacks because of her responsibility in the matter. "The people who make judgment errors need to be replaced, fired and no longer in a position to make judgment calls," Paul told her. "Had I been president at the time and I found that you did not read the cables from Benghazi ... I would have relieved you of your post. I think it's inexcusable."
Ambassador Stevens had asked for additional security in the weeks prior to the attack due to what he called a "security vacuum" in Libya. On August 2nd, Stevens requested "protective detail bodyguard" personnel because the area was "unpredictable, volatile and violent." Then the administration failed to protect Stevens and his staff when 125 to 150 gunmen descended upon the diplomatic compound with AK-47s, machine guns, hand grenades, and gun trucks sporting mounted artillery.
Clinton defended the Obama Administration's response to the Benghazi attack by trying to look forward to the future instead of rehashing the poor response to the September 11-12 attacks. "What difference, at this point, does it make?" she said at the hearing. "It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again."
Rand Paul's point was that it does make a difference how the administration responded to the crisis because there were "human errors" which are "judgment errors." Therefore, Paul argued, the humans who make judgment errors need to be replaced so that they cannot continue to make these same kinds of bad judgment calls. Paul blamed Obama and Clinton's poor leadership for the deaths in Benghazi. "Not to know of the requests for securities really I think cost these people their lives. Their lives could have been saved had someone been more available." He concluded that he is glad at least Clinton is accepting responsibility, unlike others in the administration.