Did administration mislead Americans over terror attack?
Sen. John McCain sounds off
- Duration 4:49
- Date Sep 27, 2012
Sen. John McCain sounds off
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Yes the White House knew within 24 hours the deadly attack in the US consulate in Libya was the work of al-Qaeda.
In fact this report also says they knew exactly who the mastermind was.
Within 24 hours and still despite the evidence the administration declared repeatedly that was a spontaneous -- act listen.
Since our founder.
Of the United States has been a nation -- respects all faiths.
All efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others we have no information to suggest that it was a pre planned.
Attack it is not a reaction to.
The nine elevenths anniversary that we know of this was not a pre planned premeditated.
Attack we don't know and so we're -- to -- continue to investigate this.
Well they change their tune and if that reports correct -- flat out lying admitting the attack was in fact terrorism.
But some lawmakers want to know what the White House misleading the public with us right now.
Senator John McCain said from the opening of from the opening moment this is a terrorist attack.
And later -- we find -- al-Qaeda was behind it senator your reaction to that -- of clips you know the thing that's disturbing about this is -- -- -- team and -- salute.
Ignorance of the -- of warfare.
But this was an attack on its face -- like him where.
Heavy weapons mortars.
Facing a well synchronized direct fire and indirect fire attack.
And for them to somehow believe this was result of a demonstration.
Or anger over video by the way it's not the video this -- -- -- -- pushing the video.
It -- fundamental misunderstanding of the basics of what was happening you believe fundamental misunderstanding or do you believe the reports is says they knew exactly what this was it didn't want to talk about it.
There's a Wall Street Journal saying.
They they are now finding out that as early as -- as this -- US intelligence was worried about.
Radical militias in eastern Libya well of course they knew about that and of course now we know from.
MS cook Stephens diaries that he was concerned about the security.
-- all of bush knew about these malicious among had been infiltrated by.
Al-Qaeda radical Islamist elements.
Apparently Asia allegations on -- -- -- not one of these guys was a former gitmo detainee.
That is our -- in our report was -- behind it that's a foxes but -- senator -- always tell it like it is.
The fact is it it would do what -- flat out lying or that you believe that they would that much in the dark I don't know what's worse but I want to know your opinion had again I.
I have no idea but what he's got to put this in context very quickly Iraq after sacrificing or more 4000 lives is deteriorating al-Qaeda is back in Iraq a rainy and airplanes are flying.
-- weapons for Bashar -- Afghanistan and they just Afghanistan they just had a very sophisticated attack on one must heavily defended basis.
Six Harrier aircraft irreplaceable 200 million dollars we're just lost we can't train and organize with them a Rand.
Iran believes does not believe that we are going to attack in a course in Syria now 25000 people have been massacred.
And the president for the first time spoke up -- their behalf.
But didn't say we do anything about it -- this is your par in 2008.
Do you believe this is politics pure politics at play.
Delaying the game until after November 4 say I'm sure there's some of that motivation to just keep everything as it is until after November 4 but the thing that's really scary about it is.
The bit that people in the region believe the United States each week and withdrawing.
And you do that you leave the power -- clumps in the road senator that I tried pres United States is this is all bumps in the road yet.
And it and -- -- assassination of -- bastard.
In Iraq they did the looming crisis with Iran and of course.
Afghanistan and we would would keep the did you ever hear the -- nine states under the word victory or success since when do you do you gauge success or failure by dates of withdrawal.
He does not understand.
American exceptional as he does not believe that America should lead.
And all of these things flow from that and it's really.
I I understand that this election is about jobs and economy and I understand that but I deeply regret.
That'll more Americans don't know.
How serious this failed to feckless foreign policy years.
He looked through North Africa al-Qaeda is everywhere and on sadly it's just as bad as it ever was but we're just not getting that message and I just say one on one more.
The Libyan people do like us the Libyan people.
Were outraged at what happened to Chris Stevens but that doesn't change the fact that Libya is not a nation under control.
Senator John McCain it was great to have -- thanks for having me on my.