Could more have been done to save Americans under attack?
Liz Cheney on handling of Libya
- Duration 5:28
- Date Oct 24, 2012
Liz Cheney on handling of Libya
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Now there are more questions and answers when it comes to the terrorist attack in Benghazi the left for Americans dead according to emails obtained by the Fox News Channel.
The two former Navy SEALs -- -- -- England already were killed seven hours after the fighting at the consulate began so.
Why since the State Department admits that they were watching these events unfold in real time did the administration not act sooner now earlier today.
Fox News -- Jennifer Griffin was on America's news room explaining what actions were taken by our military.
-- -- Here's what the Pentagon did do they did send a team of special operations forces from Tripoli.
To -- Ghazi -- -- a fast team of Marines from wrote to Spain.
They sent a special operations force they moved it from Central Europe -- -- -- -- air base in southern Italy about 480 miles from the Ghazi.
Then they left F sixteens and Apache helicopters parked at -- on the air base in northern Italy they did not take off.
Two navy destroyers -- already in the Mediterranean were moved off the coast of Libya.
-- what I -- with reaction Fox's contributor Liz Cheney Liz if it that literally they're saying that these forces.
Or an hour away.
Our state department's watching in real time we know that by 4 PM eastern in the White House knew about it by 6 PM eastern they knew more what was happening.
Why when they send -- military to help people at the consulate.
Well that is a question the president United States needs to answer for the American people.
Yeah I thought that Jennifer is reporting was interesting and if you combine that with the State Department briefing that they have provided on October 8.
What looks to have happened is the only reinforcements had actually arrived in -- -- it sounds like were called in from -- Ghazi.
The rest of the movements that occurred resulted in no additional reinforcements.
At Ben Ghazi.
And whatever other movements occurred we now know they clearly were insufficient because we lost four Americans.
We also note that at 5 PM on September 11 2012.
President Obama Vice President Biden and the secretary of defense were meeting in the Oval Office.
As you had these emails coming into the White House situation room.
Explaining that our consulate was under attack that we didn't know where the ambassador was the people were wounded.
So these emails are coming in while they were in the Oval Office and so far everything we can tell.
Points in the direction the president making no decision to do anything to rescue these people -- got -- under -- American people whether or not that's the case.
And any gifts to with a there -- there in the situation room so -- if that makes it to the White House situation in the White House -- And what is so they knew everything that was going on in spite -- what their claims are they knew that this was terrorist related.
Does that mean and on the night of September 11 the president of the United States went to bed.
Knowing that the first ambassador in thirty years and other Americans were killed or under fire and then he goes that he takes off to Vegas.
Is that is that possible that all -- and true you are available them -- them retaliate.
Yeah I mean.
That is exactly what we need my -- on we need to know the president directly needs to say the American people in his answer the question what did -- when you went to bed that I -- president did you go to bed while this attack was still ongoing.
He needs to explain to the American people why he made the decision apparently.
Not to send in reinforcements that we're you know a little over 400 miles away that could have been there.
Within hours you've got a situation where we know for example from this the same State Department briefing that happened on October 8.
-- -- And the State Department official said well we didn't believe that you're gonna have to ask somebody else.
Yet in the days following we've seen again and again and again the secretary of state the president the vice president.
The ambassador to the United Nations saying this is all because of a video there are very serious questions it got -- answer.
There's others something else that I think could happen here as well and I think the American people in congress should demand this and that is if all this is on video in the video exists.
Why can't we be given the video find out what the White House knew when they knew it put any real time based on the answers that they have given publicly.
Which turned out to be -- now we have found out.
RA I think that it would that be fair as long as there was nobody on video that -- I mean we saw the trade centers get hit.
We saw the trade -- fault we saw America under attack on -- 112001.
Why can't we get these videos.
Yeah I mean look the president said that they were releasing everything real time as they got it we now know that wasn't the case.
Each time more information comes out all it does is to call further into question the actions of our president and our secretary of state.
And -- secretary defense calls into question what they were doing while this attack was under way.
The other issue at stake here shot and this is something that that's Saxby Chambliss the ranking member of the senate Intel committee brought up this morning on fox.
Is that we now have somebody in custody in Tunisia.
Who's responsible for part of this attack we as a nation have no -- asking many questions or to detain him because we don't have any detention -- interrogation policy.
Evidence now seems incontrovertible an overwhelming the president.
Lied repeatedly to the American people I think we need to know before this election on November 6.
I think you're absolutely right -- -- -- thank you for being with us and thank you coming up to.