Consulate attack controversy
Were Libya security fears ignored?
- Duration 4:01
- Date Sep 30, 2012
Were Libya security fears ignored?
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Fox News has reported that the Obama administration knew within 24 hours that the murder of the US ambassador and three others.
It Libya was a terrorist attack.
And they labeled it that way internally.
So why didn't they tell the American people.
Here for a fair -- debate.
-- former communications advisor to senate majority leader Harry Reid and Republican strategist Michelle Celeste the ladies thanks so much for being here.
Things and happiness didn't -- let me -- review.
How can the administration justify.
Be misleading information that they put out for the first two weeks about this thing -- into.
He information that they could have there is based on the best intelligence they had at that time and as you know and often times in the initial assessments.
It is often imprecise it is often incomplete and as they have learned the facts they have shared that with the members of congress and the American public.
So as a -- as it has evolved as the as the intelligence director has said.
We will let people know but this is being an evolving thing is often times.
Unclear as my former boss at in the fog of battle okay hasn't learned it is -- it is being given.
Okay Michelle do you agree was this -- the fog of war that led people like Jay Carney and Susan Rice to say that this was all the results of this ridiculous movie trailer.
Now look as if.
This wasn't for political reasons it was out of sheer incompetence and given what the administration has done to cover up things like Solyndra to cover up fast and furious it's not a stretch of the imagination to think this is another case it.
-- information for political purposes so the question we have to ask.
Is did they do this out of incompetence or -- liars.
And that's -- -- question.
-- because eating just yesterday James clapper the director of the office of national intelligence.
-- mountain look this was sort of our fault we didn't have all the information.
However witnesses on the ground.
They seem to know that it was a terrorist attack and as we now know the White House internally.
Labeled it as a terrorist attack they knew that there were Al -- al-Qaeda offshoot in the area that it may have been planning -- -- -- temper eleventh so.
Is this a failure of intelligence.
I can and let is go back I mean there -- a lot of different.
Information that is being given investors eye witnesses that you need to collect an innate and in as.
Responsible manner and think about the president Al -- will remind everybody that the president the day after.
In his statement from their -- from the Rose Garden said.
He believes this to be an act of terror so I think did have some some ideas but they didn't have the full and complete picture and once they did.
Then he'd been able to go and make sure -- that -- in to assure the American people what is taking place but as you know you can't go out there in the initial couple hours.
And just make a declarative statement if you don't know all of the facts and they were willing to wait to -- to make sure that the intelligence that they were getting was accurate.
And some guests in the first couple hours that the as -- said that they won't believe because of the uprisings in -- and some other areas.
That they were unsure is exactly what this once they did though.
And they're gonna continue to get to to bring to justice to better to continue to provide the intelligence that is on the ground and assess it.
Then but to go back and call them liars posters.
If you're just trying to -- worst at the Imus is -- if the press is old time has been that you're still fact gathering still conducting an investigation.
Then why -- they so enthusiastically -- his video.
Susan Rice stated Obama spent a lot of his time in the UN speech talking about the video and show you aren't edited out of your head then I was eight depart as a financial kind of -- it back on -- -- -- -- The State Department paid 70000 dollars to -- an ad across Pakistani television denouncing.
The YouTube video why would you do that if you weren't sure of the facts.
And and -- this message to listeners of political agenda talented -- are not talented -- thank you would have to leave it there but Michelle thanks so much for the debate obviously this continues at penny Lee.
Michelle Celeste thank you for coming in this morning and yet.