Will Libya become a major scandal for the Obama admin.?
Talking Points 10/10
- Duration 5:58
- Date Oct 10, 2012
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I'm Bill O'Reilly thanks for watching us and I will Libya become a major scandal for the Obama administration.
That is a subject of this evening's talking points memo.
Today a house committee held hearings on the giant screw up that occurred immediately after our ambassador to Libya Christopher Stephens was assassinated -- -- in September 11.
Many believe the Obama administration initially covered up what was a terrorist attack by saying the violence might have been generated by an anti Muslim tape.
We now know ambassador Stephens foreign service officer Sean Smith former Navy SEALs planned -- entire route -- woods.
Were all killed in a planned terrorist attack.
The situation has a potential the potential.
To damage president Obama's reelection chances so let's take it step by step in a very methodical way.
On September 12 -- Obama reacted to the murder of investors -- my first discussing the anti Muslim tape.
All efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.
But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence.
-- Now the next -- secretary of state Hillary Clinton made a public statement again emphasizing.
The United States government had absolutely.
Nothing to do with this video.
-- -- its contents.
America's commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation.
Notice no mention of the possibility that terrorists attacked us in Libya.
On September 14 White House spokesman Jay -- stepped up with this explanation.
We have no information to suggest that it was a pre planned.
-- the unrest we've seen around the region has been in reaction to.
A video bit.
Muslims many Muslims find offensive.
Again with the video.
Two days later UN ambassador Susan Rice makes a crucial mistake.
The best information and the best assessment we have today.
Is that in fact this was not a pre planned premeditated.
That what happened initially was it it was a spontaneous.
Reaction to what had just transpired in Cairo.
It as a consequence of the video.
So we are now five days into investigating what happened to -- Stevens and the video tape.
It's still dominating the administration's reaction.
On September 17.
Hillary Clinton spokesperson reiterated that.
Ambassador rice in her comments on every network over the weekend.
Was very clear very precise about what our initial assessment of what happened.
Is and this was not just her assessment it was also an assessment that you've heard.
In comments coming from the intelligence community in comments coming from the White House.
But two days later two days later things changed drastically when the president's director of counterterrorism.
Certainly on that particular question I would say yes they were killed in the course of -- terrorist attack on our embassy.
So took eight days eight days for the administration to classify.
Ambassador Stevenson's death as a terror attack.
On September 25 President Obama address the issue on the view.
We're still -- and an investigation.
There's no doubt that.
That kind of weapons that were used.
The ongoing assault.
That it wasn't just a mob action.
Now -- we don't have all the information -- and so we're still gathering of.
Well now -- seen YA.
Time in Washington the State Department held a conference call yesterday saying is not their fault not our fault.
Others in the administration misled the public.
Apparently secretary of state Clinton not about to take responsibility.
One footnote to that conference call Fox News was excluded.
This is -- Fox News alert as you look at the White House -- just finished up way.
Phone call conference call with two senior State Department officials Fox News was not invited -- to dissect conference call for reporters we usually are on this list but.
We were not invited to this conference call.
Today the former head of the US military team in Libya testified in front of congress.
Lieutenant colonel Andrew -- angry about what happened telling CBS news that two security teams were withdrawn from Libya in August.
Why Hillary Clinton's State Department.
And not put everybody over there any danger according to the current.
Also today offense he White House correspondent Ed Henry grilled and Jay Carney.
Did you and others mislead the public -- because she didn't want to admit there was a terror attack.
Absolutely not the president of the United States referred to it as an act of terror.
Immediately after it occurred and -- at this podium for several days after that saying we don't know this harassment -- -- that.
I never said we don't know if it's terrorism and it did there's an issue about the definition of terrorism is that definition an act of terrorism president make clear.
It's been -- side there is no question that the Obama administration screwed this up there's no question.
They screwed it up.
We simply did not half -- enough security in Libya to protect the American ambassador.
The big question going forward it this was there -- conscious effort to -- of a drop that poor security situation.
The answer to that question.
Could decide the election.
And that's -- them now.