WH handling of Libya response raises more questions
Fallout from administration's handling of deadly attack
- Duration 5:25
- Date Sep 24, 2012
Fallout from administration's handling of deadly attack
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Let's bring our pay and health care -- -- come as the Daily Beast and a Fox News contributor and Tony say is a Republican political analysts and campaign consultant.
And national political correspondent for talk radio news service welcome everybody good to have you here this morning morning you know.
We saw -- -- sort of what the response was to all of this from the White House and and basically you know the initial response was that it was spontaneous.
And then it sort of elevated itself to a and an evident terror attack.
On our consulate there.
You know who -- doing and handling all this Hairston.
They're not very well and the question is whether they lied or whether they're just completely clueless and neither are great scenarios because.
I understand what Robert Gibbs was saying that this was the best information that they had a good time it and it was -- that way by Susan Rice but the point is she said this is our -- our best assessment of the situation.
And how could that be your best assessment when it was quite clear that this was not spontaneous attack but people don't show up spontaneously.
With the type of weaponry.
-- we already knew these people had so.
I think -- are a lot more questions to be answered and I I hope -- they're going to be asked because they don't feel like we're getting the straight story here it you know I feel like so often politicians and administration officials are so good.
At deferring an answer on something.
You know same team we just haven't really evaluated this yet we're not ready to it did put a label on -- -- yet and it seemed like they were they couldn't way to put that label on it that it was it was clearly spontaneous she sat right.
Tony you know I wonder about that that makes you wonder if whether or not there was a meeting where they said look we're gonna get out front and -- and we're gonna make sure everybody knows that this was not a policy issue that this this is just a random thing that happened.
Yes nice actually start -- Monday agreeing with -- because.
-- and this is absolutely right.
The problem is the administration was so forceful that this was nothing other than some sort of spontaneous.
Resistance to some video that was made that.
They now have spent millions of dollars if you've alluded to and in your programming earlier.
I'm having public service announcements all over the Muslim world suggesting that the American government has nothing to do with the videotape we we understand that but that's not.
The good responses especially now that you have terror as the actual culprit here this was a terrorist attack.
The other thing that's almost mind boggling especially because someone like Susan Rice is such a high caliber person in the world of national security and diplomacy.
On Sunday she made these comments so adamantly with Chris Wallace.
On Wednesday the head of the US counterterrorism.
Com office actually testified in front of a congressional committee and said this was an act of terror and on Thursday as we've been pointing out all morning.
Shame on you so quickly and right -- aren't.
Here's the problem for them you know -- in the big picture because it we're about to have debates the president's about to make the argument that he has successfully.
Solved a lot of these problems that the drone strikes have decimated al-Qaeda as he says frequently and I think he's got a lot of credit from both sides of the aisle.
For those attacks in many ways but but if if the problem is still there if -- were still in a war on terror.
You find yourself and it scenario where you could your success could be could be questioned.
I'm all back here and -- -- -- Qaeda attack does kind of mess up that story doesn't.
You know I don't think -- -- -- like I cannot -- a lot of in the war on -- is over and then there's a terrorist attack by the people that you allegedly have eradicate it.
So that's one problem the other problem is there's been some reporting that this could have perhaps been in retaliation for a drone attack.
So you know that there's a lot of questions and making that the administration doesn't want to answer and so.
Like I -- if I innovating just really didn't come out and say we're gonna try to be forceful about this is convince people it was this spontaneous uprising.
Like it was in Cairo which -- -- basically said that she referred to as a copy cat.
Yeah as if it was kind of the same thing.
I said this hurt the sort of making a couple comments she -- on shell after shell after shell and it really drove this point at all and all.
Is raises a question -- there's a pattern here -- thing about the underwear bomber you think about -- all -- -- All of which the immediate yes sort of knee jerk reaction was to say -- it isn't what it looks like it this is not a continuation.
-- you know.
War against Americans it is something else is on -- It's -- nothing to see here answer because there's obviously such a glaring problem the problem is.
The policy of this administration in the Middle East was very risky at best.
You basically cited for the first time in our history with the Arab street over are known allies even in the case of Mubarak.
Somebody who was maybe nefarious in Egypt he was very good to our interest that we we double down on the wrong people that's the first problem.
The second problem to -- point it's really exposes that the killing of bin Laden while a great.
Feat and victory for America.
Is not the end of the war on terror and the third is.
The response to this still is very weak let's remember something -- the 9/11.
Was pointed to by al-Qaeda as being possible actually encouraged.
By the lack of response to the embassy attacks in Nairobi and dar salaam -- 98.
And the Cole in 2000 points what is our.
Response this gonna really -- -- points from both of you a lot of people are asking -- what is our response gonna be and will we hear about it for a president and the highest levels of this administration.
Thank you very much -- and timing good -- -- about -- -- popcorn and admitted.