Rivera: Obama's opponents trying to 'score points' on Libya
Geraldo Rivera with the latest on the handling of Benghazi attack
- Duration 6:50
- Date Oct 26, 2012
Geraldo Rivera with the latest on the handling of Benghazi attack
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Let's bring in the Fox News anchorman and -- on national radio talk show host mystery there.
So what about this new Libya stuff very disturbing and I should say that Jennifer Youngblood the CIA office of public affairs says.
This isn't true Jennifer -- reporting isn't true the CIA did everything they could so we we should put that on the record but I I believe Jennifer -- Very briefly let me state here at three entities involved in this the military and there's the CIA and -- the State Department look at that the military says it -- -- do it didn't know when they had nothing growing in Libya except for two unarmed drones that you are arrived at the scene two and a half hours after the initial attack.
All right so bear in mind that this division so you have no military so you have the State Department and the CIA.
This State Department to talk to the consulate that's -- the ambassador is attacked and slain.
This CIA and the semi secret annex a mile away this is a totally different.
Facility run by a -- totally different agency right on a totally different mission they hear gunfire at the consulate.
They request permission to go and help out the the personnel the embassy personnel at the consulate permission is denied by the CIA.
-- woods ended several of his great colleague go anyway.
They rescue the survivors at the consulate they bring them back to the CIA and acts and they bring back -- Steve Smith's body also the ambassadors -- -- Okay so now they're at the at this time they can't find the ambassador and I don't know Greg Taylor and now they're back at the CIA facility -- mile away from the cellular member a right.
So now -- they start this I'm Howard they're frantically asking for help help us -- there are snipers now shooting at us.
We've got our our -- -- have the viewfinder as we can see the attackers that they can't send -- help they get no help.
This CIA however that's from the military the CIA however.
Sends this rapid reaction force from Tripoli the Libyan capital they get to being -- several hours later.
That's -- -- -- already that's the other former navy seal who now works for the CA like woods does.
They don't finally at the some -- -- linked up with a Libyan militia they get to the CIA and next that's where woods and Garrity are killed when a mortar hits.
It was -- it is unclear how -- the attack was on the annex as the evening progressed but I think that when you put it in that context.
That the CIA.
Would -- grid inmate they've tried to do things within their own chain of command the State Department is totally different from them and the military in Europe is refusing to send in any assets does that -- what the hell is going on so I think there's a fog of war aspect visited this.
And they announced the president has -- and gets -- CIA -- there it's all right but I but here you here's the thing.
The president of the United States is it is the bottom line guy here all right and right now six weeks we're not getting we didn't Stonewall.
His answers Barack Obama's answer are Stoll wall.
And all I do was break it down.
He's got to know as I said the talking points who.
Hold hardy and rice to say what they say he passed didn't know that what you don't -- -- -- -- it is -- a long time okay.
Right is there any excuse.
For that question not being asked Mike to.
Highly paid news people she further.
And Williams any excuse why wasn't had to ask my governor Mitt Romney I already Google already -- and get it done little rock and that is he's got.
-- rivalry with all due respect who gave these officials sure these morons on the run he's got his whole reasons for not asking -- what -- the jump.
All of Schieffer and Williams to ask it -- they didn't.
Number one there is a legitimate scandal on why there wasn't more security for the ambassador in Ben -- why the intelligence failed to predict.
That this militia was going to carry -- a deadly attack that's one scandal.
Then there's the attack itself and I think that it's going to be very very difficult to argue that they should've sent in the Marines who were done a drone strike during the course of the attack it was -- -- -- very very dead that third party is the cover up and therein lies the political -- this error I think.
There is some legitimacy to the criticism because Susan -- clearly was not articulating.
Real time intelligence when she did the Sunday talk show circuit why not what does she know when that you know -- that is.
Agenda -- you have been very kind of Barack Obama.
It during his administration you've been very kind to him.
Is there any excuse in the world for the president -- this point in time.
Not answering fundamental questions about this situation not holding a press conference and answering fundamental question we are ten days from -- ever wanted to yelling excuse form we are ten days from what -- is going the most important election of our time do you realistically believe that for example the house oversight committee run by the Republicans would be -- thing for truth.
-- We're sticking to score political points let him as a -- how difficult time.
Why would he answer at the press conference when he always you know what what -- -- gonna tell the CIA's mission in not a he's gonna say this is who told Jay corny this this is who told Susan writes this.
This is what I think happened there and and -- ago I spoke with three Republican senators yesterday including senate to Jim in -- the Republican of Oklahoma.
Who said the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is holding these hearings on November and I don't hear about all that's at that point that -- that -- had -- argue that you're avoiding my question.
Is there any reason on -- the president of the United States tomorrow.
Shouldn't hold a press conference and answer fundamental questions about.
This I think that the is there I don't know bill I don't know why -- know -- the -- -- getting in America and he Shula did.
Listen do you think you're an American citizen the president should answer questions to the press about this the president should tell what he knows when he feels he knows it and I think that is totally appropriate but -- Doesn't know this is the fundamentals -- and I'm also ordered the political sharks bill.
This is just beyond it is set -- why didn't -- asked him if you're so Smart and you know so.
Different Ronnie is not a journalist and he's not organize -- well -- didn't governor Romney when he was sitting this close to the president.
Asked the question I don't you know why because he knew that it's a lot more ambiguous.
Then political operatives are making it out.
It is not.
This narrow like you can't count -- Darrell wanted -- -- truth here I'm not talking about congress and talking about the president holding a press conference which Egypt didn't get the governor has opponent chooses to avoid the issue why didn't always so that's that's that's it tortured excuse by the way.
-- I don't on the I know you -- that president of marketing president I'll explain it to you break traffic here.