Reaction to Libya hearings on Capitol Hill
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 5:05
- Date Nov 15, 2012
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So we just heard from senator Saxby Chambliss vice chair the Senate Intelligence Committee after his closed hearing with top administration officials.
And it today that 23 headlines I got out of that -- that they were able to see.
Videos from drones and from the consulate that showed it in real time.
What was going on when the attack happened and it sure looked at him like a terror attack like not like a mob -- -- -- was over.
He he delays that Susan Rice when she appeared on the five Sunday talk shows was delivering.
Political talking points political talking points from the White House and finally he contradicted.
The statement of thought Paul abroad well the idea that possibly the CIA annex was holding Libyans and as prisoners and that's why.
The attack took place let's get reaction now from our panel Charles Krauthammer in Miami your reaction.
I've always most -- about what senators said was.
Did he wasn't willing.
To allow the CIA -- the intelligence community to be thrown under the bus and demand for have all the blame placed on them.
Which is clearly what the administration is trying to do.
President says Susan Rice was simply listening.
Repeating what the CIA and others it said.
And he's saying look we've now begun to hear from the CIA and the rest of the intelligence community and whenever their assessment was.
This was a political statement.
Coming from a president who was remember one week after a convention.
Where they were dancing on the grave a bit -- And saying al-Qaeda is dead at a time when we now know.
That al-Qaeda affiliates were -- all around North Africa and most likely.
Behind this attack so that it was a way to shape the story.
Emphasize and as I said before for Susan Rice to be unequivocal.
That it was a mob and not al-Qaeda to maintain the administration.
Tucker your reaction I think I mean I think think the great mystery in this whole story is why is the White House twice the president self pushing Susan Rice for state.
Mean keep in mind we're in the middle of we have just begun one of the most consequential negotiations of this president's political career over the fiscal cliff he's gonna need.
Every ounce of political authority in capital he has and he is squandering it to some extent.
In this fight overseas and I set up to two prominent Democrats the last two days and why is he doing this John Kerry -- mean there are plenty of a faithful Democrats have to be secretary of state and I think.
This debate over Susan -- qualifications for secretary of state does nothing to draw attention being consistencies in the White House -- story over -- Ghazi and therefore perks Obama.
In his negotiation.
In the next month.
One -- let's go back to what we just heard from Saxby Chambliss.
Reaction about why he said clearly that you know -- Events in Egypt were triggered by the video and it could be that some of what took place and -- god he was in response.
But he could have been used as a pretext by people who want to engage in any terrorist attack.
The second thing is he talked about throwing Susan Rice under the bus.
And he said he thought it was a political statement -- defended his comrades in the senate Senator McCain senator Graham.
But clearly didn't respond to the idea that there was intelligence as you point out earlier in the show intelligence that have a national Metallica director national television -- said.
That's the information that Susan Rice -- there's no question about that there's nothing political about what she came out that she was responding and he has said.
That she had the intelligence.
And by the way the fragmentary stuff that they may pick up somebody -- this plea that the guy in Tripoli sent in this report here.
That's not what the intelligence committee based its assessment on that was fragmentary stop at the time -- It's look it's not at all fragmentary the take away from what's next Saxby -- Said having spent the afternoon reviewing this intelligence was this it's very clear from day one.
That this was a terrorist attack now -- we're two months out we've -- all of this intelligence and that's his assessment it's also the assessment of everybody whose looked at the intelligence.
Even the State Department has acknowledged that there was no protest you -- Democrats coming out on September 13 saying in effect.
This was a terrorist attack it was pre planned it was sophisticated the question is why did we know all that information the first three days and why did David Petraeus on September 14.
Say this wasn't.
Perhaps triggered by video and why -- Susan Rice San September 16.
This was all about a protest gone bad the real question here and this goes I think to the question the heart of the question about David Petraeus.
And his scandal and Ben -- in his scandal is why David Petraeus offer testimony or offer a briefing to members of congress on September 14.
That was so at odds with.
The bulk of the intelligence that.
Everybody in the US government head into every day's proceeding and I just don't agree -- State Department.
-- -- apartment none of them had said Paul that's that I'm -- lied and rice can't nobody tell him.
I'm glad to see that as -- I'm trying to -- as -- -- -- -- -- to -- everything that's -- for the --