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The United States prides itself on its intelligence gathering.
But no warning was issued before the brutal attack in Libya that claimed the lives of four American officials how does that happen.
And how was the consulate so easily penetrated.
Let's ask former CIA Covert operations officer Mike Baker.
And rich brewer a former marine who was stationed around the world guarding our embassies.
And injured in a suicide bomb blast that they Beirut embassy in 1984.
Good evening gentlemen.
Evening all right Mike how how do we not know this is gonna have we -- four incidents in -- Gaza and it was the anniversary of 9/11.
And we are in a country that was known for turmoil.
Big -- is is this probably about a thousand kilometers of bad.
Desert highway between the guys in Tripoli so it's -- it's it's you're an outpost to begin with.
You're in a place where as you pointed out several attacks.
Now the problem I've -- and his weapons all over the place the armories were pilfered over a year ago during the revolution.
And there's no command and control so you have no government no real military or police so why is our best that are in this -- well and that's the problem we shouldn't be asking -- -- that we shouldn't be asking did we miss a piece of intelligence that pointed to this specific attack.
No these people lost their lives because over a year ago.
The State Department didn't properly assessed the risk which is pretty clear enough.
Yeah hindsight this is this is the fact -- -- you couldn't look at that ground environment a year ago and say you know this a war zone.
So the fact that they left the security up due to a couple dozen Libyan guards who came from a couple of militias basically.
The -- Libyan government now is obligated to -- heavy host government is obligated to provide security for the diplomats existing in that country.
And so what they did they provided Libyan security cards from a couple of malicious.
In -- -- okay all right is this not the Obama administration.
Not protecting our ambassadors and officials around the world I think is is denying.
You know are they ignoring the science or they just -- that.
Well in this case it's it's a complete mistake and and and why is is it I don't know whether it's indicative of other posts I haven't I haven't seen.
To degree and -- obviously in Iraq and Afghanistan we've got very heavy up security.
But in in Libya.
I don't understand the -- the State Department that the regional security officers terrific bunch of people.
But I don't understand how they they they missed the risk assessment on this facility.
-- -- predict that it's 9/11 and Libya which are or aren't right you're in the ring.
You were guarding embassies -- even -- Marines there.
-- The administration missed this by long shot at it as Mike said a month ago a year ago.
We should have had fast teams in place in places like Libya.
Sudan and a fast -- meaning a quick response if there's a problem.
Noted -- we should what we should have had these these that it did did the fasting and other fleet anti terrorist security teams.
That we are now trying to deploy -- Sudan is refusing to allow a fast team in place.
I'm hoping the Obama administration.
Forces that write down their throat -- as a team.
And president -- -- from region to do apologize I that -- -- the president wants not even apologized but these these rich why did.
He not have the security that he deserved.
Well -- -- ambassador.
He did these -- the marine should've been on ground.
The fasting should have been in place last year.
This is a volatile situation I think the Obama administration.
Has put too much confidence in transitional governments that it's.
Do not have.
Any infrastructure in place -- like Mike said these are.
It's shiny that's an experience I mean you're given them the benefit of the doubt let me because we don't have a lot of time here and what about the the fact that you have an ambassador's body.
Missing for eight hours being dragged through the streets -- they say they were taken to the hospital and I saw those pictures they were taken to a hospital.
What's -- about I mean where -- why does it take so long if that was fired on that safe house for two hours.
Well again to -- here here's the -- problem is that.
You you don't want to just say OK well how did this go wrong on that day.
This went wrong a year ago and we didn't go in there and do this properly and that's how you and again it's an outpost -- -- I can't stress this enough Ben Ghazi is on the eastern side of -- the people in the got to do not like the people in Tripoli.
They've they've been at war essentially with their own government and there really is very little government there and I and I have to stress that in in my experience when when we got hit with the car bombing in Lebanon.
We had to.
To nationals guarding our gate.
And they drove that car -- right through on -- -- might make her rich brewer.
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