Thursday, December 12, 2013
The Associated Press
In this photo taken Oct. 3, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the State Department in Washington. An independent panel appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is opening its inquiry into the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, amid demands from Congress for speedy answers to questions about the security of the mission and concerns that the FBI investigation into the incident has been delayed. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is heading to Peru to talk women's empowerment amid a political drama in Washington over the handling of last month's deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Clinton is leaving Monday for the long-planned event in Lima after a weekend of more criticism from Republicans over the Obama administration's initial explanation of the Sept. 11 attack and security at the consulate where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans died.
Republicans have seized on the attack as a sign of weakness in President Barack Obama's foreign policy. They accuse the administration of mishandling security at the consulate and then misrepresenting the nature of the attack.
Clinton has vowed a full and open investigation into the incident. She returns to Washington Tuesday.