New fallout from deadly attack on US Consulate in Libya
When will we know what really happened?
- Duration 5:22
- Date Nov 2, 2012
When will we know what really happened?
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Now Christopher Hahn he's a former -- to near democratic senator Chuck Schumer and Fox News contributor and Chris -- he's the host of Demi and -- the Chris Plante show.
So I mean the narrative.
Let me start with you -- -- -- -- -- the narrative that that is emerging here is the counterterrorism folks were were kept out they were they -- cut out of what happened on the night.
And they felt -- out -- after.
That more and more the CIA saying they knew that it was -- -- -- -- react or had reason to believe it was them a terrorist group.
That there were warnings they've -- there were warnings eight -- even go to the hospital where they thought ambassador Stephens are being held in might still be alive because and they believe in sorrow Sharia.
Might have been outside of the hospital.
In there was a question about whether we can go there so the point is at that and -- -- it was written all over it.
And that's written all over now and that's a terrorist group -- and yet the administration.
Was talking about a video and talking about spontaneous.
-- mistakes were made.
I think that the administration's gonna have to come up with a clear case of what actually happened there but I think in -- highly partisan environment right now.
No one believes what anybody says right now on either side.
Right now -- Republican you believe what Republican sources say if you're a Democrat you believe what democratic sources say.
And I think that after the election we should have a full accounting of what actually happened there and people who made mistakes should be fired or held accountable as as such.
But between now and Tuesday is not the time to have that debate.
Between now and Tuesday we have to focus our national election and again like I said nobody believes what anybody saying any -- it's unfortunate but that's what our politics has come to in this country.
Where we just don't trust each other anymore.
Chris plant is this relevant to the national election.
Of course it is and we need answers we deserve answers before the election the president.
Needs to come out make it clear whether he was the one making the calls during the massacre and Ben -- whether he's the one that personally in the situation room watching -- -- -- live.
Made the call the we -- going to send in reinforcements and the decision was made.
To let people die and of course we need answers before the election it's not that we don't believe what either side is saying.
This this is sort of the Democrat fallback position the truth there is no one believes that anybody wanting attention what the administration has provided to the American people that's why we -- -- before the election.
There's a question about whether this attack was handled the way it should have been weather should have been treated as terrorism whether nice being treated as terrorism and so on but.
I like your thoughts Chris -- and her thing on this about that the inadequate security that was clearly there.
Prior to the day we were attacked has more more we're hearing that the ambassador knew -- inadequate yup those on the ground it was inadequate foreign policy.
Magazine has a -- now talking about June 2 letters dated September 11 -- expressed strong fears about the security situation there.
And what turned out to be this tragic day including one from which saw Sean Smith the guy who wanted victims.
Who said talking about -- how he didn't trust the police -- supposed to be guarding them saying assuming we don't died at night and he did right.
Look -- Clearly the world is a dangerous place and that part of the world is a very dangerous place the ambassador knew this.
The president took responsibility in the second debate he said -- if mistakes were made -- need to buck stops with me so the American people have that option to do that -- -- weigh this against his entire.
Foreign policy record but look yes there should have been -- security there maybe we shouldn't have even -- Had people there at this point looking back guy in hindsight but again.
We -- -- do what we can with the information we happen.
What we've heard is that the Libyan people for the most part are supportive of this I'll I'll -- boss of the United States but what we have there is unfortunately a bit of a lawless situation where groups like.
Al-Qaeda are taking hold and I think.
After this election -- full debate about why -- happen but right now partisans on either side are twisting this you know we can easily say that this is a Republican plan to say to try to attack the president -- his strength which has been foreign policy because they're not winning on the economy.
You know me then before we respond to that Chris Chris -- -- why it is that it needed to your thoughts on -- -- the State Department employee.
Who I mean now we know that she and others were basically getting -- for more security by the ambassador and others who are good to telling a long narrative about al-Qaeda related groups growing.
And listen what -- slammed.
Told congress couple weeks back.
The slam yesterday you told us in testimony that.
A recommendation but not a request for more security and you.
Admitted that in fact you had previously said that.
If he submitted a request you would not supported his.
Under the current conditions yes.
-- we had the correct number of assets in Ben -- at the time of 9/11.
For what had been agreed upon.
-- -- For what had been agreed upon -- not really the standard that we go by.
It's scandalous that there weren't provided the security that was necessary prior to the events of September 11 it's scandalous that they watched and stood by and did nothing on September 11 and -- scandalous that they didn't tell us the truth afterward why it's a little gantlet that there's such partisanship being played over people's lives in my -- -- -- -- -- all play just partisan I got a spare me the fake indignation good debate as well thank you guys coming -- it.