Clinton to blame for Libya security?
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 6:27
- Date Oct 16, 2012
All-Star panel weighs in
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Everyone had the same intelligence but I've been around a long enough to know that.
It takes time to assess all the information that you have and has the intelligence community has now said.
Their assessment over the last now more than a month.
The fog of war.
That you get in any kind of combat situation -- this was an attack that went on for hours.
You know our post was overrun by this significant number of -- men.
Hillary Clinton talking to our own Wendell Goler -- what about this story where it's going to Libya story let's bring in our panel joining me from here.
On Long Island Steve Hayes senior writer for the weekly standard and here's some powers columnist for the Daily Beast and then Washington syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer start with Charles.
You've heard what Secretary Clinton said you've heard what Robert -- in the Obama campaign have said.
What about this day -- So let's and -- that explanation.
He's clearly implausible.
The changing stories were resolved.
And accumulating information which brought clarity.
And you would have had a straight line of more and more truth in the statements sort of a cleaning up of the mistakes but in fact as you showed in the timeline.
That you did last week and the week before.
They went here -- there and back and forth.
Completely uncoordinated and as latest 23 weeks later.
They were giving incorrect to tax now having -- secular state the fall on her sword for the president.
Works for one of the two scandals it works perhaps.
For the of this scandal -- the revolving around the lack of security in a very exposed and received a dangerous area.
We're on Qaeda was on the rise it's plausible that the White House.
Was -- although I'm not sure it's probable.
But on the second scandal of the cover up and the stories in the fictions about the mob.
And a demonstration which never existed that does not in any -- insulate the president.
Not only is he not outside of the story he was part of the cover up.
He was the one who said at the UN a week -- who made six reference to the video.
And announcing that he was a 12 weeks later.
Was on Letterman and spoke about the attack in -- in the context.
And as a result of the video.
So there's no way he gets out of dodge scandal no matter what -- executives shifted itself.
Because he's a principal in that cover.
-- If you listen day says secretary of State's argument it's it's just completely specious it's one of his argument that sounds like it could be true until you start breaking it down Lake Charles just did.
Which is she's trying to do sending a little rabbit out for everybody to -- all.
-- -- -- look at this week I'm gonna take responsibility.
And that's the end of the story but that's not the end of the story originally talking about one part of the story which is why wasn't there enough security.
I don't think I know there are Republicans that are blaming the White House for this it is not the president's responsibility.
To approve security for a consulate I don't I don't -- that argument is not working for me right at it each it is it is Hillary Clinton's -- filly and she should take responsibility for.
But that's nothing to do with the things that Susan Rice and that has not -- do with the president's standing at the UN and blaming.
It has nothing to do with why -- what was the pre 9/11 intelligence.
What you know and get the post 9/11 intelligence that they gave to Susan Rice was so wrong.
What are people being fired.
And those of the questions that they need to answer.
-- -- Andy card -- brought it up with Robert Gibbs.
You know Andy card is not one of these guys has thrown a lot of grenades out there usually -- by any stretch and today for him to say what he said on air on the record.
What was was pretty significant for him to say that he believed that the White House would know.
They would go all the way up the chain that these threats the bombings.
The consulate the UK ambassador.
This significant threats they are on the ground in Libya would make it up the change yes.
Yeah I mean I think it if you have any familiarity at all with how a White House handles intelligence panels a matter like this.
Christina what -- Andy card is saying is absolutely correct we put yourself.
In the west wing on September 11 on September 12 on the thirteenth.
You have one job we need to know what happened and we need to know what now.
To me that we were able to read.
About intercepts about you know discussions between al-Qaeda terrorists about the details of the operation which showed immediately that it was.
Pre planned premeditated that it wasn't.
Only a spontaneous self we were able to read that in the newspapers on September 12 on the thirteenth on the fourteenth all of the days leading up to Susan rice's appearance.
We knew it it seems more than the White House knew more than the -- if you believe the White House the intelligence community -- There are two possibilities here either what the White House is saying is correct they do have some cover from the -- because -- intelligence was rotten.
For more than a week or if you believe Joseph Biden and Stephanie Cutter in your interview last week the intelligence was bad for two full weeks.
So if you believe that -- somebody in the intelligence community needs to be fired tomorrow and if you don't think that.
I mean there are -- -- not to.
Believe I want to talk to look politically as Democrats.
And as Hillary Clinton falling on her sword here essentially Hillary Clinton the candidate back in 2008.
Said something very different about foreign policy -- take a listen quickly.
This isn't one of the most important elections in our country's history.
I believe we need a president.
Who believe what Harry Truman believed that the buck stopped in the Oval Office.
What I -- And manage the economy because I think we need a president who -- -- -- not not hands off.
-- the buck stops on certain things for the buck stop.
Does not stop with the president on improving security for consulates and she's taking responsibility -- the state departments responsible for that and that is correct.
Each other things that we've been talking about that buck stops.
But the president and and the button at the one Hillary said that I wanna highlight that was she -- it takes time to us that's.
Fox News -- reported Eli lake has reported that within 24 hours people knew that this was linked to Al -- so.
How much time they need argument they're making does not hold water.
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