Did the White House do enough in Libya?
E-mail suggests communications breakdown during attack
- Duration 5:04
- Date Nov 2, 2012
E-mail suggests communications breakdown during attack
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-- normal election year we'd be all election all the time but right now we are three significant story -- one of them the elections another.
And this is a third Libya new signs of the communications breakdown.
In the Obama administration during the terror attack on the US consulate and then Ghazi.
US Intel sources telling Fox News that senior counterterrorism officials felt shut out.
-- potentially life saving decisions were being made on the ground.
KT McFarland former deputy assistant secretary of defense Reagan years and a former White House aide to Henry Kissinger and a Nixon and Ford administrations.
And a Fox News -- national security analyst Mike Baker former CIA Covert operations officer and president diligence LOC a global intelligence.
In security formed.
K teach you first the documents that Jennifer Griffin reported on live last night you have seen them as well what do we need to understand.
About what's in them to help us understand about the decision making that was happening.
There are a lot of documents but at the big picture of this the big take away is that the United States government.
Decided to Entrust its security of the US personality ambassador and others to the Libyan militias.
-- -- -- Libyans were not up to -- they were not able to protect the Americans there.
Example after example of the militia didn't show up when they were supposed to when they came I didn't bring -- heavy arms.
They in fact one of the members of the militia was taking pictures of the consulate on September 11.
Presumably elaborate -- thought that perhaps to -- to the al-Qaeda commanders are attacking.
I think all the way you should think about this is from the very beginning.
The Obama administration decide they organized everything different in Libya they were not going to lead from the front there relieved from behind they were not going to give the American.
People protection of Americans are gonna turn a matter of -- Libyans and the Libyans were not up to the job.
As a result we have four again what you're saying is that they were going to -- Libyans and every decision.
That's -- catch it right.
Yeah -- if I think the Libyans a brand new shiny bike and they said here go ride it and never written before.
They weren't gonna help hold the seat that we're gonna -- training wells on the bike.
The problem was when the inevitable happen and that bicycle crash there were four American sitting on the handlebars and -- The problem which would include intervening in -- off the government or the stride at the fledgling government there are -- Mike to what we're here is that.
Counterterrorism officials felt cut out of the loop during this attack -- -- how do we interpret that how -- we understand that.
Well I mean I understand is that the the White House just didn't start to finish.
Responded deal inappropriately poorly and end with a lack of aggression.
During the course of this whole thing they counted on.
Kate he was saying for a Libyan response -- the White House knew in short order.
That the Libyans -- not providing a counter assault force.
For this they left our our folks -- a global response staff there on the ground to try to fend off this.
Our long term attack these GE RS guys.
There therefore -- maybe a quick response may be a very brief counter assault and the expectation -- covenant.
That these people have that we have overseas in hostile environments is that the cavalry to -- -- And they never opted to send in the cavalry once the White House knew that Libyans were not providing the count of assault.
Then there was no other response send the military and to say that they didn't have enough information or insight.
It -- to send in a military response is insane you never have enough information if you wait for enough information bad things -- people -- And they also say well if you don't have the assets in place we may we -- have yet.
You do what you can do.
You -- we sent in some people from Tripoli that wasn't at a proper response but it was doing something you try to get something done and for the White House to stand by.
And not try breaks faith with with our code.
Not with this response team -- what they're arguing is that the investigative team could have been in there.
And -- securely key documents in key information in key evidence.
The fact that they weren't does what to this investigation does what to the argument and -- to the story in general.
What is their investigation.
Mean before they attack during the attack and after the attack.
The United States never -- Americans to save Americans and they were washing that in real time and know what I keep thinking about is that video that we all saw that picture.
Of the White House situation room that I think -- and a lot and everyone on the edge of their seat.
Wondering are they going to find bin Laden ever going to get over the -- going to get out safely and at the end of the day you had -- killing terrorists.
But there was another video that was the September 11 video in real time that any classified computer or call up on its -- They -- for seven hours while Americans were not being rescued -- and said this time you had.
-- -- -- -- -- Terrorist -- -- terrorist killing former sales it's another day and we've had revelations every day we'll see what today turns up KT yeah thank you and Mike Baker thanks -- as well with us today if.