Political fallout from attack on US consulate in Libya
Panel debate aftermath of violence
- Duration 5:57
- Date Sep 20, 2012
Panel debate aftermath of violence
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And now new information about the deadly attack on the US consulate in Libya.
Intelligence sources telling Fox News they are convinced the attack -- -- -- that killed four Americans including our ambassador.
Was directly tied to al-Qaeda.
This is a top administration official calls the incident on terror attack for the first time.
Now that goes beyond what we originally heard from Susan Rice the US ambassador to the UN and white house Press Secretary Jay Carney.
Who called the attack spontaneous.
Matthew Olsen the director of the National Counterterrorism Center.
Testifying before a senate committee saying officials are investigating a link to al-Qaeda or al-Qaeda affiliates.
And now we're looking at the political fallout from the attack in Libya.
A new Wall Street Journal NBC news poll finding 49%.
Of Americans approve of mr.
Obama's job performance on foreign affairs.
That is a five point drop in approval from the month before and a six point rise in the president's disapproval numbers.
His approval rating on handling of foreign policy also below 50%.
For the first time since April 2011.
Just before the president announced the death of Osama bin Laden.
Here for a fair and balanced debate on all this Angela McGlowan Fox News political analyst and Donna genteel O'Donnell.
An advisor to democratic senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.
Adonal we know you're not officially a member of the administration but you're sort of here to give -- their viewpoint why would they make this turn around why after insisting.
All this time that this was just a spontaneous demonstration why all of a sudden is it now a terror attack.
Well I think what's been very clear from the outset is that -- is an ongoing investigation.
By the Libyan government.
And in cooperation with the United States me very much I think have made substantial investments.
In this country and that is probably best that best finds expression in the important contributions that -- deet -- In yes in today's Washington Post by the prime minister before -- the first prime minister.
Who talked very compellingly in this piece about the contributions of of the ambassador of of Chris Stevens.
So I think that every one is -- to rush to judgment.
About what prompted that's what really drove it and -- and an investigative process is absolutely essential to producing better information.
-- what occurred so that the investment that we've made in Libya.
Can be can produce the kind of outcome that we all need -- -- Terrible relations yeah yeah yeah a -- Angela yeah.
-- nobody's talking about a rush to judgment here but -- difference between adjust our rush to judgment and willful blindness as to what took place.
Exactly and not a gave a better explanation didn't Carney and also our US ambassador Susan Rice basically they said it was the 'cause -- -- This videotape.
And clearly now with everything that's coming out it's not listen if you look at the timeline where we had installations diplomatic installations attacked in June.
Now we have we find out of there was -- report.
In August at some part of his an unclassified.
Where there were reports that there -- increased dangers in -- live yet ending yet it.
And the US ambassador.
To Libya all cells said that.
He was very concerned about his safety in Libya so -- you -- a better explanation when you have.
And -- engineering and say that these attacks were spontaneous.
And that these attacks war due to a videotape that's not a great explanation.
The the president we have been told -- we have learned recently from some reporting in the Washington Post.
Has been skipping.
The personal daily intelligence briefing more than half the time now Jay Carney from the White House press office says all he reads them.
Instead but it.
He doesn't get to give and take every day.
Why should it why should a -- the American people Modano why should they not be concerned about that at a time like this.
The American people have every right to be concerned and I think that is expressed in the polling data that you first.
You know there is a lot of jittery nests in the American public about the circumstances in the Middle East.
With respect to on the specifics I mean I would point out that in yesterday's Washington -- And these.
And that is that these insurgencies are predicated on the collapse of crumbling regimes.
And hierarchies and -- ignited complex sectarian and tribal power struggles.
And sometimes anti Americanism is useful in these power struggle.
I think it's very important for not a must be rushing to judgment but absolutely be engaged in -- delivered a prospect but.
Yeah I don't love carcinoma listening to jets -- here.
We listened to that the spokesperson of the White House content we've listened to I I UN and ambassador.
And basically they said it was because this video tape and now we're finding out.
That is not and listen when you when you listen to this administration.
For the last couple of years they've not mention the -- -- They've not talked about it extremist jihadist and the bottom line is this we see that these attacks.
Are connected to al-Qaeda and George W.
Bush -- candy giant.
Every Intel meeting dealing with national security every day he did not miss one thing to have -- -- chief.
Read about it instead of sitting there and listening to -- exports.
That's a problem.
Well then that maybe the the reason for some softness in the president's -- handling of foreign policy is reflected by that Wall Street Journal poll.
-- genteel O'Donnell Angela McGlowan thank you both thank you --