The world can be a dangerous place. We all know that. We expect our government to keep us safe in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. Government is made up of hardworking, dedicated people – while there are many extraordinary people, both elected and unelected who work in government, to the best of my knowledge, no one in government has any super powers. No one can leap tall buildings in a single bound, stop a speeding bullet with their bare hand or run faster than a train. You work hard, you try your best, but at the end of the day, you are human. Resources are limited. Timing is everything. You work with what you have.
By owning what happened in Benghazi with strong, formal language (“on my watch” “as Secretary of State”), then pivoting to the loss of a colleague Chris Stevens and the other men who died that night, evoke the fog of war.
Put it this way, who would you rather have in charge of the Situation Room?