Clinton on Bergdahl, Benghazi, bin Laden and more
CBS managed to pick up a copy of Hillary Clinton’s new book Hard Choices, which is scheduled for release June 10. Here are some of the choice revelations from the former secretary of state and possible 2016 presidential candidate.
Clinton knew the prisoner exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could be politically difficult back home
In every discussion about prisoners, we demanded the release of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who had been captured in 2009. There would not be any agreement about prisoners without the sergeant coming home….
I acknowledged, as I had many times before, that opening the door to negotiations with the Taliban would be hard to swallow for many Americans after so many years of war.
Clinton remains defiant about investigations into the 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi
It is unlikely that there will ever be anything close to full agreement on exactly what happened that night, how it happened, or why it happened. But that should not be confused with a lack of effort to discover the truth or to share it with the American people.
She was most proud of President Barack Obama on the day Osama bin Laden was killed
We watched on the video feed as the SEALs improvised, sweeping through the courtyard of the compound and heading inside to look for bin Laden. Contrary to some news reports and what you see in the movies, we had no means to see what was happening inside the building itself. All we could do was wait for an update from the team on the ground. I looked at the President. He was calm. Rarely have I been prouder to serve by his side as I was that day.
She doesn’t quite compare Russian President Vladimir Putin to Hitler, but…
He also proved over time to be thin-skinned and autocratic, resenting criticism and eventually cracking down on dissent and debate…
She says she was wrong to vote to authorize the Iraq War in 2003
I thought I had acted in good faith and made the best decision I could with the information I had. And I wasn’t alone in getting it wrong. But I still got it wrong. Plain and simple.
Meeting with Obama before the 2008 Democratic convention was like an “awkward first date”
We stared at each other like two teenagers on an awkward first date, taking a few sips of Chardonnay. … both Barack and I and our staffs had long lists of grievances. It was time to clear the air.