New questions about Benghazi terror timeline
Karl Rove weighs in
- Duration 6:57
- Date Oct 22, 2012
Karl Rove weighs in
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Libya attack timeline now when exactly did the president to call the -- for Americans a terror attack specifically.
Was it today after.
As the president says or two weeks later as Republicans claim.
I was fellow Democrats come -- presence defense ahead of the debate on foreign policy.
Senate majority whip Dick Durbin out of Illinois FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace watch.
What I find really hard to accept I have to disagree with my friend senator Graham.
Is this notion about the president's foreign policy the president has been -- strong and steady leader.
I just have one question -- and and you're quite right there is a report that -- CIA put -- talking points that sad that this was a spontaneous demonstration.
But if that was what the CIA's best intelligence was then why does Obama want as President Obama claim that he called a terror the day after.
Well of course it involves an act of terror whether it was a result of a spontaneous demonstration or something that was planned.
-- you know this just is unacceptable that you would attack another embassy and kill the ambassador it is terrorism in any form.
So -- Carlo -- to react former senior advisor president George W.
Bush and a Fox News contributor part of American crossroads as well and Carl.
Good morning to you and welcome back here this is where we left off last Tuesday night -- that.
A -- stood up and said who was it who denied enhanced security in Libya and why.
As far as I can say that question has not been answered yet is that where we start tonight.
We're somewhere else.
Well I think we start with the broader question which that is part which is how mismanaged this has -- looked.
We have the question of months and months and months of requests for upgrades in security that we're ignored that the State Department we have the president United States on the did well after the murder of our ambassador on the -- of the eleventh canceling the meeting with the intelligence leadership.
On the morning of the twelfth and spending the next two days the twelfth and thirteenth out on the campaign trail and then we have this differ.
This changing narrative for the president clearly refers to this as a murder and is an assault.
In his comments on the morning of the twelfth he does mention the word terror attack but not does not call this a terror attack.
He sends out the administration sends out its United Nations ambassador to go cover all the Sunday morning talk programs five days later and say I blame this all on a spontaneous.
Right you know reaction to a video which very few people have seen and now the administration says -- we know is a terror attack all along I think this is a you know a bungled management of aid of a very dangerous moment in our.
Nation's foreign policy and you know we're we you can either you can either blame it on mismanagement or you can suggest something more devious that the administration is trying to sort of downplay the threat from al-Qaeda that still clearly exists.
The death of Osama bin Laden as important as it was does not mean the end of al-Qaeda effective means al-Qaeda may be entering an even more dangerous phase.
We're trying to mutate into something that they can have viability of durability over the long -- -- taking more dangerous acts against the United States.
So I you know do whatever way it is mismanagement or an attempt to hide the truth it ain't a pretty picture -- Sort of phrase was acts of terror -- -- -- this -- quickly this a little Wallace's team ran on Sunday yesterday and FOX News Sunday.
That was the -- a statement in the Rose Garden on September 12.
And what they did was they picked out certain parts of the the address that specifically referred to Ben Ghazi and perhaps a description of the White House head of the time.
-- this listen must feel very specific question after you hear now.
Yesterday four of these extraordinary Americans were killed in an attack on our diplomatic post in -- Gaza.
All efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.
For just there was already a painful day for our nation as we mark the solemn memories of the 9/11 attacks.
No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve this great nation okay that moment came about three minutes and fifty seconds and do you address.
What you also did not hear and that was -- referred to -- senseless violence this terrible act and outrageous and shocking attack now.
Count on me folks can make a girl mind you know you know -- address them and decide for yourself.
Yet you can also go online to find the address which I did yesterday after after -- Chris Wallace's a program.
You -- know what's interesting is when he says acts of terror it's in the paragraph that follows the paragraph that says yesterday was a solemn remembrance of nine elevenths.
So you know the acts of terror seems to relate to the need to 9/11 2001 referenced.
Not to the senseless murder senseless attack and you'll notice -- the administration quickly goes from talking about the death of the four Americans.
Too -- to linking it to the video by saying we you know we we don't we don't in our country.
Believe in -- of this kind of kind of stuff but we do have freedom of speech so.
EL I think I I think in the debate -- governor Romney was on target -- Obama was off target in asserting that he called in an act of care.
Certainly didn't call it an act of terror five days later when they sent out the administration video and.
And hasn't missed a moment there to an -- -- -- -- -- Thomas Friedman called the story entirely contrived.
On Meet the Press Sunday morning now I've listen to a lot of folks over the weekend what they say is that governor Romney has to look presidential tonight.
Not -- -- can't go over the sticky tacky stuff he did under -- round number two do you agree with fast.
Yes I do I had you know he needs it like he looked very presidential the first debate he looked.
Somewhat presidential the second debate but then present Obama only looks somewhat presidential -- -- -- -- -- -- -- started circling each other like you know.
Like you know regular -- the finalists in the statement -- with guys that wrestling failures and a safari exactly.
It it wasn't very presidential for either one of them and and I think that was delivered on president Obama's strategy I think pres Obama -- -- it in Iraq it wanted to interrupt him.
He knew also that -- governor Romney has a tendency to ask questions and so he was ready for those.
And then tactic and president governor Romney and use -- so well against Newt Gingrich and others in the Republican primary.
He attempted to use against President Obama for pres Obama's ready for but yeah definitely good but look here's the deal the second debate.
That you know governor Romney came in second -- Obama came in first but governor Romney increased his lead on all the issue questions it's CNN asked.
Including the most import of all the economy where he went from 5550.
After the first debate to 5840 after the second so.
You know it's -- we we look at these debates who to francs one -- Olympic judges what was the difficulty of the dive and then you know.
Then -- how well what about substance.
-- -- Carl thank you.
-- there will be substance tonight and we look forward to talking due later in the week OK thank you Karl Rove -- New York.