Newt Gingrich reacts to fallout from Benghazi attack
Former presidential candidate on 'Huckabee'
- Duration 5:23
- Date Oct 14, 2012
Former presidential candidate on 'Huckabee'
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Yes it is a very distinguished.
Member of congress who was the speaker of the house he understands how these congressional investigations go.
And I'm anxious to get his perspective on that and many other things and that's why he's here please welcome former house speaker Newt Gingrich.
And this investigation that's going -- -- congress.
How plausible is it that the president of the United States was unaware.
For security in one of the hottest places.
On our diplomatic map in Libya.
Muslims -- first of all that I think it's very plausible.
That this president didn't know anything before the attack because he had been them skipping 60% of his briefings.
So it strikes me as very very likely that Obama didn't have a -- And event in the Biden didn't have -- It is inconceivable.
There within 48 hours.
They didn't know what was going on so -- this sort of -- are now clearly they had sent a signal.
You know the distinct problems found -- -- to put in four stations revolts.
And embassies in Europe and bought -- to go to Europe.
The state from -- the money to send Marines to islands in the Caribbean where -- primarily guarding I assume against drunk but vacationers on Friday night.
But they couldn't find any money for -- -- An -- I think that's because Obama had this fantasy.
That having killed bin Laden he could now claimed they had defeated al-Qaeda and therefore he didn't want to deal with whom he's consciously avoided being honest.
About the level of the threat I I thought the line that that.
The CBS correspondent of the unit by the way does a tremendously powerful yes it is show and I thought that segment you did.
With car and then with the congressman Meehan was amazing.
Capture of where we are and she's had -- an hour before -- pretty -- and then that was repeated.
By the State Department official who testified that is when he said the Talabani and his mind is inside the government.
And I think this should she used the phrase Taliban sympathizer tell about apologists.
I think this administration is dedicated to a belief.
That Islam cannot ever be wrong that there's always an excuse that is somehow always -- in the west to do something bad.
And -- therefore it's always a surprise to them.
When something bad happens meanwhile in the real world there are radicals who hate us dig up every morning trying to forget how to -- -- There was a signal sent on the tenth of September.
By a leading al-Qaeda figure who said the Americans recently killed a key Libyan leader why don't you get even on the eleventh.
Now that we know that the NSA picked it up.
Nothing was said about the ambassador we know from his diaries.
Was worried about death threats and had asked for security.
We now know on the record that they were asking for security what bothers me and I guess -- this -- -- I think I don't wanna use a Watergate like I don't want to talk about.
Ben Ghazi for this reason trivializes it.
Four Americans were killed imagine the terror of those five hours and there's a five hour attack.
Had we even prepared -- rapid reaction forces.
The -- to be alive to.
-- we've been prepared by sending in Marines beforehand be -- -- should be alive today.
This is much worse than Watergate nobody died of water you -- and I think that is inconceivable.
That the vice president states would go on national debate as she did the other night and willfully and deliberately lied to the American people -- when he did.
He knows better -- now there's no excuse now it's 32 days later there is no excuse and Joseph Biden went out of his way to lie to the American people.
And I think it is dishonorable.
And it's a threat to the very capacity they have self government when you're leading officials -- do you like that.
You know mister speaker the other side says well we're just trying to politicize this close to -- election this is desperation politics.
If it weren't an election year we wouldn't be that interest and and it.
And I personally take umbrage of that.
I I believe -- all my heart I can sit here and say to you that if this -- the bush administration and they claimed that they had no idea.
Even after the event that this was a terrorist attack and it took them weeks to come to that conclusion when everybody else on the globe seem to -- -- I'd like to believe with all my heart that I'd be just as outraged.
I think this election there was going to be -- incredibly important moment to determine do we want our government to continue.
To engage in this type of activity where they just.
Level with this -- I would say you are liberal apologists.
Tell -- to the families of the four people who were killed.
He explained to them why it's okay to lie about the death of their loved ones.
I think it's.
It just tells you how sick the system has gotten that anything to protect Obama is okay.
No matter how dishonorable.
And and he sought again with the with the vice president the other night when he lied about.
The war on religion -- the attack and Catholic hospitals and things where where he just he was just totally false and what he was saying.
Has hit an embarrassment to have the vice president -- be that deliberately dishonest with the American people.
-- what you do.