Corker With Clinton: ‘Probing but Not Slamming’

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker lived up to his reputation as a moderate Republican on Wednesday, reports Chris Carroll. Corker is characterized as “probing but not slamming” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing over last year’s attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
Unlike various colleagues, Corker, the committee’s top Republican, didn’t say he would have fired Clinton or that her testimony was unacceptable in response to questions about the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks that killed four Americans, including an ambassador.
Tennessee’s junior senator suggested using the incident to modify America’s approach to North Africa and the Middle East.
“I think it’s an opportunity for us … as a committee, but also as a country, to develop a foreign policy that reflects the dynamics of the region as they really are today,” Corker said.
…While Corker panned the security situation at Benghazi as “a denial of the world today” and its political aftermath as “all that’s wrong with Washington,” the former Chattanooga mayor mostly struck a conciliatory tone. In a question to Clinton, Corker said there were “systemic deficiencies” in Libya and asked her to “mention one reform” since then. Clinton replied that she’s changing department policy and lobbyng Congress for more money for security.
At one point, Corker thanked Clinton for her service, friendship and transparency.
“All Republicans were respectful and most praised her service,” National Journal wrote in a blog post after the hearing. “At times you wouldn’t have known the party affiliation of the member who was speaking — especially when it came to the courtly ranking member, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee.”

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