Sen. Graham: 'Massive failure' of national security in Libya
S.C. senator on latest in investigation
- Duration 4:13
- Date Nov 1, 2012
S.C. senator on latest in investigation
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Earlier we told you about exclusive new information on the attack in Libya that left four Americans dead including our US ambassador.
The US mission in Ben Ghazi warning Washington in August that the consulate would be defenseless against a coordinated attack.
Senator Lindsey Graham is a member of the house armed services committee he's been leading the charge for more information on the attack and -- -- -- math.
He joins us now on the phone I know you've written the White House you've written on the CIA you've written lots of people letters.
To get some more information have you heard back.
Now one word way to distort -- all for a -- that's not political gotcha question John but.
Basic questions what did the president know what DTL it.
And what did he do about it but this report back after inherited gently he did not stomach.
It may be bad and the president bill the people in Libya it was clear they were crying out for help that al-Qaeda was all over -- got beat.
-- wrecked process both they're all this the British ship left.
And -- -- Bobble they Walt when it comes in the protecting our boat and Libya this is the -- that they Europe national security by the Obama administration make the edit banks being very.
You heard the president say many times during the course of the campaign he hasn't said it recently but he said many times.
Al-Qaeda is on the run Osama bin Laden is dead do you think event this attack on our embassy taking the lives of well the first US ambassador killed in thirty years plus the others.
That didn't fit the campaign narrative.
I guess what drove this that story about Bob it's it's the -- -- -- our riot like bad video.
Bet they Obama administration lets blame -- -- it -- -- that act.
Long in the -- -- or al-Qaeda has.
Resurrected itself then there are on the -- throughout the region but at the cable -- up about al-Qaeda training camp.
So that narrative that we you'll spend a lot that al-Qaeda in this battle all -- run the -- restating.
It's completely destroyed Libya they'd be at the bit today.
And that's -- al-Qaeda is -- being.
And the war -- not receding and what happened in the idea what the failure of leadership but the president.
Asia closed discs are split actually he attacked the -- are heavily reinforced it it became the death trap.
And the people were denied.
Security assistance because who ordered a -- group.
Relationship with -- does the government is that -- -- the text of beauty stay here I'll blame the president above all else.
-- on the Al Tariq Aziz the Tunisian man who apparently was caught on video.
Present there at the compound tonight are compound was attacked he's being held by the Tunisia -- I know you have written them and said.
Turn him over to us have you heard back.
I called us secretary of state for teenagers they've generally been a pretty good ally have been the nature why this is where they're -- started.
I -- them that submitting written questions about it that the ball.
I UPS do about being their agent but we want our people on the ground based -- they would get -- Sydney.
And I am convinced that the president the United States -- all the prime minister -- Asia.
That they would cooperate with us but you have this is that the president but very state we've done very little bit get an interview with this guy.
In every day that goes by that we don't have access that this.
This suspect makes it harder parts the track -- these people that think -- in the samples while rolling that the best -- they're trying to run up a lot.
Yet that these -- behind.
And I it just begs the very angry they that they would be transparent charity bills for the public they won't answer any question that that congress is that the damn.
And I just don't trust them this is that they your leadership.
-- could -- -- trust the president built the lead there weren't competent every turn and I don't trust this administration to -- patient with -- El al-Qaeda is pulverized but that's what this story -- Senator Lindsey Graham hand South Carolina and joining us by phone senator thanks for your insights.