Ambassador Chris Stevens’ stepfather said Wednesday Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reached out to his family to offer her sympathies about the deadly Sept. 11 raid on the consulate in Libya that killed his stepson, but offered them no privileged information about the adequacy of diplomatic security.
As Clinton testified before Congress about the department’s missteps leading up to the assault at the U.S. outpost in Benghazi, the family avoided discussions of how to keep diplomats safe and focused instead on Clinton’s personal efforts to express her regrets through meetings and missives.
“We’re very aware of her sympathy because of our contact with her and the way she has connected with us,” said Stevens’ stepfather Bob Commanday, of Oakland. “It’s a tragedy and nothing that is said or done can bring him back, so we are just going on with life.”
In her last formal congressional testimony on Capitol Hill as America’s top diplomat on Wednesday, Clinton once again took full responsibility for the State Department’s shortfalls preceding the evening attack that killed Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans.
Her voice cracking at one point, Clinton said the experience was highly personal and insisted that the department was moving swiftly and aggressively to strengthen security at U.S. missions worldwide.
CONTINUED at the Huffington Post.