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Joseph Biden -- a major news during last night's vice president vice presidential debate -- did it right up top in the debate he claimed the Intel community dropped the ball in Libya and never told the administration.
It needed extra security.
There were no protests -- -- watching that now on what we were told by intelligence community.
Intelligence you really told us that we were told there would do what want more security and we did not know they want -- more security and by the way.
At the time we were told exactly we said exactly what -- -- -- -- community you've told us that they do.
That was the assessment and as the intelligent -- -- change your view we made it clear they changed their view.
It was about three networks who have a different story will throwing the agency under the bus really make this problem go away or make it worse -- the poll does the former.
Commander of USS Cole -- the author of this book front burner.
Al qaeda's attack on the USS Cole join us from the DC bureau commander your response to the vice president's assessment.
Why I think he's flat out wrong I mean it is clearly been proven that there was a request for security from both the ambassador and his staff.
It went to some bureaucrat in the Obama administration.
Buried somewhere in Hillary Clinton's State Department who made the decision that they would be worthwhile to save a few dollars rather -- get security on the ground.
The default value should be if those people living with the threat minute to minute and hour to hour need to security.
Get -- to them because I'm sure the American people would rather spend a little money cautiously.
Then have to have a greeting ceremony for body bags at Dover.
It's going to be a different story and Tuesday the CA is not want to take this lying down.
Now let's take a look at something else as you know twelve years since the USS Cole attack al-Qaeda it's on the run -- on its -- we keep hearing that.
Does that ring true from what we just heard about -- assassination of our representative in Yemen who's in charge of security and what happened on 9/11 last month.
Clearly not I think al-Qaeda today still represents a threat.
It may not have the strategic reach and capability that it have for the attack on USS Cole.
And the attack on 9/11.
But nonetheless what we are seeing is a broader more diverse more capable al-Qaeda.
Who is clearly expanding their reach in the Maghreb and Africa in -- and Yemen.
And across the Arabian Peninsula.
It is still alive and well in parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
So it does represent a threat to the United States and our interest across the globe here's the president on that very topic.
It is al-Qaeda more or less established in Libya since our involvement yes.
Focus on the people actually attacked us on 9/11 and today al-Qaeda -- on its -- and Osama bin Laden is no more.
They can -- bin Laden no more but on its heels I think he's got to change that today don't you.
Well I think what we have to do is look at it and realize that while that may be -- -- sound -- in a presidential campaign.
The blunt reality that the intelligence community and my sources are telling me is that al-Qaeda is alive and -- well it does represent a threat to our interest.
And I'll tell you right now Brian I've paused today.
I will be at Arlington national cemetery to remember those twelve or seventeen sailors of mine that were killed -- twelve years ago today.
And I know that al-Qaeda still represents a threat to this nation and we better not -- lower our guard and hopefully people listening commander thanks so much.
Thank you Brian.
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