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For Abu Ghraib, Clinton Insisted 'Leadership Has to be Responsible and Held Accountable'

"That goes all the way up the chain of command."

4:39 PM, Oct 16, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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In 2004, after the Abu Ghraib prison scandal news broke in the press, Hillary Clinton went on Wolf Blitzer's show and demanded accountability. 

"Is it your opinion that people at the highest levels of the Pentagon, the U.S. military knew about this or they were kept in the dark themselves?" asked Blitzer.

"Well, that's one of the questions we have to answer," Clinton responded. "That's why we are demanding public hearings with Secretary Rumsfeld as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the information forthcoming so far has been totally insufficient. They have had a lot of contradictory answers to questions. There's the story of General Myers calling CBS and talking to Dan Rather and asking that they not go forward with their own report about prison abuse. There's other indications that some people knew, other people didn't. Some people had vague ideas. They hadn't seen the report. It doesn't matter. I mean the bottom line is that leadership has to be responsible and held accountable and that is not just in the prison in Baghdad. That goes all the way up the chain of command."

It's worth remembering Clinton's remarks then, especially the day after she said "the buck stops with her" in terms of what happened in Benghazi, Libya. Because now Clinton's saying that a serious flaw in the security of a U.S. ambassador stops with her--not the man in the Oval Office.

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