Obama haunted by Jimmy Carter's October surprise?
KT McFarland weighs in
- Duration 3:48
- Date Sep 20, 2012
KT McFarland weighs in
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The first primary of the White House now is calling the deadly embassy violence in Libya a terrorist attack and this is a complete 180 from what the White House was saying.
Earlier in the week.
I'm not gonna put labels on this until we have a complete investigation OK you know -- of -- -- of terrorism I don't think we know enough.
I don't think we know enough we're gonna continue to assess she gave our preliminary assessment we're gonna have a full investigation now and then will be in a better position to put labels.
-- All right so I guess investigations done and KT McFarland they've concluded to terrorist attack -- -- -- of it.
What I had to say it because yesterday their counterterrorism chief came and testified before congress and senator with a terrorist attack.
So they couldn't hide behind this spontaneous.
Became violent or it was all a result of -- YouTube movie were saying that particular.
But now I think what they're trying to do is there while absolving themselves of any responsibility.
Politically and in foreign policy terms.
Do you wonder though I always stated that -- it's never it is obvious as it appears.
That may be there are holding back on us that there's so there's more to this that we don't know something more widespread than we can appreciate.
And they're just getting their arms around or is it as simple as you say -- a little bit you know I -- I won't let me tell you why I -- -- a bit it's they're covering their their stories is because first of all.
-- president I was not running for reelection on his economic successes he's running as foreign policy success he killed bin Laden the war on terror is over al-Qaeda is Spanish.
Well what happens if al-Qaeda isn't finished what happens with al-Qaeda really is back and in fact is back with a vengeance -- -- wrote that political argument but there's also.
-- are the thing I think costs all Democrats which is Jimmy Carter 1980.
Jimmy Carter was running.
For reelection as president he would he would negotiated the peace between the egyptians and the Israelis.
He was he didn't have a great economy but he too -- -- foreign policy but I want happen.
Terrorists at a different diplomats and our diplomats in the embassy in Tehran were taken hostage by students.
Jimmy Carter try to rescue mission wish failed.
Jimmy Carter was not elected reelected president Ronald Reagan was in 1980 -- a lot of people feel it was because of -- October surprise it was because.
Jimmy Carter became the personification.
About an America that was on the decline I think that's got -- haunt.
Every democratic candidate running for reelection they don't want to be compared to Jimmy Carter in -- -- in this economic environment.
Present Obama does not want to be compared to Jimmy Carter.
But you know you think about the polls and that.
Year on October leading up to the election even allowing for all they were dead even up until the like -- A breakthrough for Ronald Reagan.
That weekend before and I don't wondering whether this is an issue we're trying to bide time -- the administration.
Trying to calm things down.
Focus on the fact this was might have been an -- and and -- in this country but that this is actually much more widespread across the region.
I think it's much more widespread across the region and the wheels are coming off this -- the question is when -- they come off the trolley.
-- let's just think about this for a minute.
What happens if if instead of assassinating.
As diplomats have been taken hostage.
What went on what conversation will -- be having right now if you saw al-Qaeda in black ski masks with the black al-Qaeda flag in the background and -- hostage video of Americans blindfolded.
In -- it would be a very different conversations going and what's to prevent.
More hostages from coming in the future -- today if you -- that's what YouTube video what -- what's the reaction going to be.
When the bin Laden movie comes out of Barrick.