What does Iran attack mean for our foreign policy?
Should this be considered an act of war?
- Duration 6:03
- Date Nov 9, 2012
Should this be considered an act of war?
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We're now learning new details about another possible cover up from the Obama administration.
It involves Iran's attempt to shoot down an unmanned US -- Last week Iran -- warplanes fired on and missed the aircraft as it flew an international airspace.
The Pentagon revealed this information for the first time yesterday saying in the -- returned to base safely.
But today the question lingers why -- we only learning about this attack now why was this information kept under lock and key until the election was over.
Here to talk about this in the abrupt resignation of CIA director David Petraeus is former US ambassador the United Nations John Bolton.
And Fox News military analyst and retired four star general Jack -- -- thank you both very much for being here this evening.
General -- let me start with you and it's sad tragic news and very surprising news about that General Petraeus and his abrupt resignation.
What's your sense of sort of the implications asked for the nation and dad and it's really tragic end to it's been a stellar military career.
All of this only sent a personal lives I mean I don't don't paper trail is very well as spam land.
I got just such a -- a loss and and sympathy for the amount of pain -- there and I love this LA and and and him as well so it's.
That's a partial loss from -- but and it's also -- loss for the country -- some most accomplished general officer generations of terrible.
The legends we had in World War II he didn't fight a war -- figures they did.
But he fought a war that we were definitely losing the most -- on the stand.
How how tremendous it was that he was able to turn it around and then began to turn to -- and Afghanistan as well know.
General all of -- has been offered two wars to turn around except -- off Aaron.
And he failed miserably.
-- the second one he is a consummate public servant.
Loves this country love so evident that he's got such tremendous ability I have to believe.
That America has not heard the end of Dave Petraeus.
Well I appreciate that general -- thank you -- and I I'd like said go to you John and and talk about what does this mean in terms of what comes next to the agency and also get your thoughts on what it means in terms of the -- got the investigation do you think that General Petraeus will in fact be called to testify.
Well I think gay in terms of bad guys -- it is inevitable that he will testify do not think that the resignation.
Had anything to do with the hearings next week.
Just because the general is now -- private citizen doesn't mean that he can't be called to testify or subpoenaed if if need be.
It may well be the hearing would have to be closed.
Because of the classified nature much of the information.
But there's no way you can for -- congress from having him testify simply by.
Leaving the agency.
I think there are a lot of unanswered questions here in terms of timing though with respect to the presidential election and what.
What the FBI investigation had uncovered when the White House.
Where the attorney general knew about it that this is a very very.
Series of events and I think -- -- have a profound impact on.
The CIA I think it it's now incumbent on the administration to come up with a new director.
As quickly as they can to try and restore morale this -- got to be a shattering blow.
To the agency to its personnel in the field and the ramifications here for -- for all of the agency's operations -- are very grave indeed.
Jack let me ask you and on the issue this drowned you know we've had these reports now that -- had the two Ronnie -- Soviet designed fighters.
They apparently fired on the -- and missed which I think they have raises some questions about the skill in the capability of the fires in the pilots that.
Give me your sense of what the Ronnie -- are up to what it means and and YE we failed to respond in any way whatsoever.
Well I think it's it's just part of their.
The gradual influence of Iran -- are trying to have in the region it at large and and also to acquire -- nuclear weapons and they clearly want us out of the region.
And that's been a stated objective for years -- we're gonna have clashes like this with them.
And also I think -- -- clearly on the stands at the United States is in a weakened position.
In the region based on our policies for the last few.
Few years of of disengagement and that there are encouraged by all of that and mean.
That's why there -- on the rise in the region and the al-Qaeda and affiliated groups on arrives in the region their emboldened by it.
They -- that time in that I mean misses.
It seemed to me this was a routine a predator operation as I understand that.
And as such when the United States property is attacked either in the -- -- on the ground.
I believe the administration pentagon has an obligation once they have the facts report that immediately to the American people.
This was not a Covert operation which says.
No obligation to report from various reasons and so I don't on the stand you know why this was -- reported that as soon after the event itself.
And basketball and do you think there is something political and that decision to hold the reporting any events until we got past the election.
I absolutely I don't think there's any.
Their explanation you know the original report was leaked by people in the administration.
A pattern a disturbing pattern.
That we've seen for the past several years and be -- the official Defense Department spokesman what he went on the record.
Said well you know we don't normally talk about these things because they're classified and -- if it was classified before the election is classified after the election if you don't want to comment on it.
A standard formulation is we don't comment on intelligence related matters and yet they didn't do that so.
If it's of a pattern of trying to have it both ways keep classified what.
Is that detrimental to the administration and leak out what benefits of coming up we'll have more with the basketball in general keen as we look.