Security officials on ground challenge CIA's Libya claims
Did agents respond quickly to attack?
- Duration 5:09
- Date Nov 4, 2012
Did agents respond quickly to attack?
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Our third big stories for his denial and that's the fallout from Libya Senator John McCain is one of several.
Calling for a new investigation of what happened -- Ben -- Meanwhile Fox News reports that security officials working in -- are challenging the CIA -- That it -- responding quickly on the ground general Jack Keane retired -- -- Former vice chief of staff of the army KT McFarland Fox's national security analyst good morning to -- headline.
-- talk about the special hearing what you think should come a bit etc.
and also want to touch on to the you know what one of the questions that sticks out in my mind general something that Rudy Giuliani.
Says every time he talks about the story.
And what he says is that the president has never been asked whether or not he was aware.
The the security and Ben Ghazi prior to the attack on September 11.
Was he aware of that the various reports in the incidents of terrorism in that area.
And then he's he he says the second question will be asked and what did he do about that now.
If you've got answers on this two questions where where that takes its general.
-- are -- matter is it that it would be hard to imagine that the president and the entire national security team.
Not being made aware that a US diplomatic post had been attacked.
And also -- not happen twice prior to 9/11.
And also I believe that you would know that I.
Unit United Kingdom ambassador was tried they tried to kill him and -- forced the closing of that consulate so based on those facts alone.
You would think that people would be asking themselves tough questions do we have appropriate -- security -- Ben Ghazi the answer to that it on the surface is actually not.
You either close it or put the proper security and and we -- -- and thus we have.
This horrific event the bundle and now RKQ what do you think of those questions as to where they would leave us.
When and -- and our understanding of what happened there are -- school.
You know it just has an eerie ring of the Watergate hearings Mr.
President what did you know and when did you know it.
And what did you do about it and these are really the same questions being asked today I was in the White House during Watergate I worked in the White House situation room.
And it is inconceivable to me that the White House situation room which was informed of -- attacks in real time.
That nobody gave that information to the national security advisor fashion -- out of the national security advisor staff within five minutes.
He should have taken it to the president's desk within twenty minutes it is inconceivable.
That the highest levels of the White House were not aware.
Of their requests for additional security before -- attack were not aware of the request for additional security and rescue during the attack.
And we're not aware -- -- -- for additional security after the attack to secure the area.
General you find all this.
To use your words now you call it absolutely appalling.
Now we're two months down the road and don't have answers.
When he mean by that.
Well listen what what should have taken place we have here.
A major defeat for the United States the US diplomatic post is destroyed and ambassador and three others were killed -- -- wounded.
And we and thank you CIA clandestine base.
And just has to be an accounting to the American people on what happened.
Why did it happen at -- least some preliminary evidence of what we're doing about it knowing is going to be a long term investigation.
And I should involve the president that it states that.
It in terms of resources available what they did and so -- detailed briefing by the Department of State that should have been done.
Weeks ago and here we set.
And we don't have those answers and we probably won't get answers until.
Senate Committees start doing their work and on that point KT I know you think the bigger problem here is not just Libya -- -- -- Gaza but it's.
The middle east policy that's been carried out of the past several years but the generals point and then where would those investigations take us that folks like Senator McCain and others.
Well I had a certain re gonna have to subpoena if you remember your patent for quite similar to the Watergate hearings -- going to -- Have administration official pitted against administration officially gonna have career professionals.
Who come out of the CIA come out of the State Department come out of the military.
And to give their version of events but what happens when you start having these investigations is everybody has to hire a lawyer you have to hire -- -- -- your own nickel.
You don't get the government to pay for the lawyer what is your lawyer tell you immediately don't talk about anything.
Or cut a deal -- -- -- -- -- an absolute paralysis at the highest level of government.
Because when -- called in to testify your -- things like what did you do on February 12 at 2 PM what were -- doing and who did you talk to.
Remember what you were doing at that point so then -- then start having everybody clam up.
And start pointing the finger at everybody else and then there's paralysis at the highest levels of government.
And it takes really oxygen out of the room nobody focuses on anything other than whatever the scandal whatever the cover -- -- Mean there's some -- already you were you in some circles.
Thank you general thank you -- McFarland general demonstrate to get your insight thank you.