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Secretary of state Hillary Clinton suggested this week that the September 11 consulate attack -- -- Ghazi Libya involve the al-Qaeda affiliate.
In North Africa.
Going further than any other Obama official and acknowledging the assault was likely the work.
Of the terrorist group.
-- admission Wednesday has led to many questions about what took the administration so long with Republican senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham issuing this statement.
We recognize that al-Qaeda involvement in a terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Libya is an inconvenient truth.
For a president who claims to be destroying al-Qaeda.
But it is not too much to ask why the president and his administration taken so long to state what has appeared obvious for a long time what really happened in big Ghazi.
On September 11 20124.
Back with Dan -- here.
Also joining the panel wall street journal editorial board member -- Kaminsky and foreign affairs columnist Bret Stephens.
So given all that we've.
Got to we've learned in the last couple of weeks how big a security failure was that attack on the count.
So what's far bigger than anyone in the administration is willing to admit you've known for about six months -- -- -- That the security situation in Gaza is getting out of control.
To attacks on the British consulate which was closed to -- -- on the UN -- -- -- extra bombing police convoy.
And bombing attack also on the USS -- bond that was on the set off outside outside the US costs of their two.
So there's been reports I've been -- and -- of Libya US.
Issued a statement -- late August warning Americans not to travel there telling them that there's problems bombings and assassinations.
We also know that zawahiri the number 21 now he's number one and al-Qaeda heads basically called for the revenge against the United States for the killing of of a terrorist by -- drone attack.
Named Al -- So they had ample warning here to be able to do something did they fall down on the job -- yeah I mean it seems like that -- -- I mean a word number.
-- of cascading failures I think that's it's fair to say that.
I mean it was it was probably a serious mistake for the ambassador ambassador Stevens to go to big Ghazi.
It was a serious mistake for them to do not have a marine detachment.
At our facility -- Ghazi.
At the fact that are at our embassy but I'll say this for Stevens in a -- he was a brave guy.
And he was involved in the transition and wanted to be involved in the transition for building and Libya so you have to take some kind of risk like that if you're going to be and there's there's no question about that but at the same time people knew that Libya it was a terrorist hot zone and becoming.
Most of our embassies almost all of our facilities are secured.
By marine guards it seems strange that we would have -- Marines guarding our facilities in the Bahamas but not not in and not in Benghazi or Tripoli.
So why did the administration go to this story so quickly which was -- it was just all about video reaction in the Muslim world to.
Let's face it obscure YouTube video.
That nobody knew about until almost after.
The riots start.
I think this is the key question -- I don't know why they went to that narrative.
But what's interesting is that the secretary of state Hillary Clinton stepped off of that narrative herself several days later.
And when she was at the United Nations also said.
That it was they knew that al-Qaeda have been active in the Arabian Peninsula.
It seems to me that secretary of state is basically distancing herself from the White House was saying because if that comes out later in an investigation.
That the White House or it's sector ambassador rice was withholding information about what happened.
When they knew it there is going to be a problem for this administration -- out.
-- -- just to be clear here ambassador rice the US ambassador to the United Nations reports to Hillary Clinton.
I mean she is -- technically report part of the State Department operation -- and she made one of the most clear statements about the association with a video and basically refused to acknowledge.
Whether or not this was a -- and we don't.
Know who was calling the shots but we do know that.
What they were saying breaks into two separate parts and that what they've been saying now suggest that they did know early on that al-Qaeda was involved in that and I suspect that that is probably one of the reasons ambassador Stevens was getting active there because it was well known to people in Libya.
That Islamic extremists and al-Qaeda was getting much more active in eastern -- -- Well we know this from his diary which is CNN reporter came across -- reported.
His anxieties that were represented in that -- re about to what was going -- ending at the State Department press spokesman Hillary Clinton's right hand medium.
Attacks CNN for reporting this the very things can attack and -- -- disgusting and -- he got involved in exchange with a different reporter using.
Words that we can't repeat here.
They just reveals a very sort of a reluctance on the part of administration to be very open about this I mean it is a campaign.
They have other things going on but -- has been a stunning attack on US sovereign soil and it's a time that you should be very transparent.
About what you know what went wrong it should be right.
I mean there's there's something about the larger narrative of the Obama administration and its attitude towards the Middle East.
Eight that the Obama and that does the president has that has gone after an al-Qaeda in an unprecedented weight and be that -- -- -- are lighter cultural footprint.
Helps secure American interest and that's precisely why.
Our our facilities were not well defended both of those narratives -- Al-Qaeda.
Remains in Syria has not -- defeat yet and and just because President Obama is in the White House.
Doesn't mean -- beloved by millions of -- world we're gonna find out a lot more about this Libya as a test days -- --
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