Susan Rice's role in Benghazi
What questions still need to be answered?
- Duration 10:55
- Date Nov 29, 2012
What questions still need to be answered?
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Anti new troubles for UN ambassador Susan Rice this ask questions surface about her time at the State Department when al-Qaeda -- two African embassies in the late ninety's and how the situation.
Parallels what happened prior to the terror attack in -- -- that left four Americans dead.
How here's how the new information surfaced.
Yesterday Republican senator Susan Collins met with ambassador rice for ninety minutes.
And after the closed door meeting the senator a question rice's role at the State Department back in 1998.
When she served as the assistant secretary of state.
For African affairs in the Clinton administration watch that's.
Those bombings in 1998.
In the lots of life at twelve Americans.
As well as many other foreign nationals.
People were injured.
And what troubles me so months.
Is that when -- -- attack.
In many way some echoes.
The attacks on those embassies in 1998.
When Susan Rice was head.
The African region for our State Department.
In both cases the ambassador.
-- -- For additional security.
The ambassador to Kenya.
Sent repeated messages.
To the State Department.
-- as -- needs a stronger facility.
Because of the increased threat.
And those requests as in the case of Andy Katz C were turned down by this stage to -- -- asked ambassador rice what her role was.
She said that she would have to refresh your memory.
But that she was not involved directly.
In turn -- down the request.
Given her position -- said -- assistant secretary for African affairs.
She had to be aware.
Of the general threat assessment.
End -- the ambassadors.
For more security.
-- senators actually write the comparisons they are eerily similar now here's why back in September Prudence Bushnell the former US ambassador to Kenya at the time of the 98 bombings.
Penned an op Ed in the New York Times in reaction to the Ben -- terrorist attack.
-- she wrote quote we must make that work safer -- the reasons for violence change -- the time and place but the human effects while they are the same.
For two years before we were blown up in Nairobi Kenya my team and I fought -- -- was the word the State Department colleagues used.
To have security threats and vulnerabilities addressed.
-- we were too close to the street an easy target Washington's assessment was that things were okay.
Anyway I was told there was no money for a more secure embassy.
Now just to make sure everyone is following this let's recap back in the late ninety's those at the Kenyan embassy they were begging the state department for additional security.
Before the bombings but they were not given any additional resources now.
Does this sound familiar.
While it gets worse after the attacks in 98 Susan Rice was put out by the administration at the time to go on PBS and talk about the attack we have the tape.
Watch what she says very closely.
All of our embassies around the world -- that receive that warning of this notice of this and are taking.
That we maintain a high degree of good security at all of our embassies at all times and obviously.
That a high degree of security has been increased even further as a result of this information.
Wow -- after an attack on our embassy Susan Rice she put on television trying to explain the attacks to the American people.
All the sound familiar joining me now with reaction the author of leading from behind Richard miniature and Fox News national security analyst KT McFarland.
Welcome -- -- back to the Hannity welcome back.
I shot right well good to see let me let me start with the escalating this is really important so here we have embassy bombings.
We had numerous requests for security tell me where this doesn't sound familiar.
Those some requests were denied -- and art and ignored.
And then we have one person again go out there and propaganda -- who is that.
It seems like it's the same person both times now I don't think we should give her the -- saying she denied the security.
Because she certainly didn't in the bank -- affair wasn't shooting ram right -- like for that threat but the fought port issue comes -- -- it.
Now I look at this and say.
Why would President Obama want to put her out there.
If she has confirmation hearings they have gotten away with that they've gotten away with the lies and cover up the mainstream -- ignored it.
The news cycles moved on if they put her.
I'm in a congressional hearing that can of worms -- -- all over again people not only gonna ask about Ben Ghazi.
Who we -- event who told him to do this why you and I Secretary Clinton going out.
But now they're gonna go -- talk about the bombings in East Africa in 1998.
To me it's just political suicide.
And -- in it will cost too much political.
Leverage that Obama needs -- elsewhere.
What are we to make of this especially when when I look at the words that were used prior to these embassy bombings Richard.
-- -- but the embassy was warned Washington was quote alerted.
To the embassies extreme vulnerability.
And called for assistance.
I mean so it is very similar to -- Ghazi and sit assistance denied again.
Well in both cases.
At this this is was that I think in -- than the August 7 -- embassy bombings which by the -- killed 224 people and injured more than 4000.
Including twelve American diplomats -- that was those two embassy bombings.
In -- intensity -- a major attack by al-Qaeda.
As was frankly that Ben -- attack which involved almost a hundred people some of them wearing Afghan clothes according to Libyan intelligence.
Using a rocket propelled grenades machine guns organized teens and apparently radio controlled attacks it was very sophisticated attack the -- Packard's.
What would Susan Rice has said as a demonstration before hand.
There is no images in the Libyan press that support that.
Any intelligence briefings that Susan Rice was certainly a party to show that al-Qaeda had been building up training camps and other facilities.
In eastern Libya for more than a year in fact much as US intelligence reports.
British intelligence reports French intelligence -- and Libyan intelligence reports show the same pattern.
And we have congressional testimony that showed that 35 minutes into the attack on the big -- -- consulate.
There was real time video so she knew very well the talking points she was asked percent.
Were false or -- the very least misleading and yet that's what she said public or.
False I mean -- -- we -- we can't spin this any more because this was a lie and it was done for political purposes now -- let me go back to you there with three conclusions.
As a result of the terror attacks in 98.
One was a flawed process for assessing the level of threat worldwide at arrested at -- out our embassies they are under underestimated the threat of terrorism in Nairobi.
The ambassadors -- there a chronic major lack of funding for new safer embassies and then three failing to prepare.
Vehicle bombs by providing emergency action plans -- In other words the exact same.
-- pattern that word to -- chronology.
The same pronounce a word for word and it's one that we really should -- learned.
Even back in Beirut in the marine barracks bombing in Beirut in nineteen.
83 we -- that we UNICEF was coming we knew al-Qaeda was operating in this way we made out of -- a lot about al-Qaeda at that point but it was continuing to build.
This is their way of attack simultaneous attacks surprised suicide bombers and so if we didn't learn it by East Africa 1998 -- actually learned it by and gas right yeah we still had a shot and it gives you treat.
Every every thing about it -- yeah I think we have never gone after the people we know where those training camps are there still there.
And there were two previous attacks on the console -- Ghazi one blew a forty foot hole in the wall three months before the September 11 2012 attack.
The other was -- -- thrown over the wall so there was a period of attacks.
The British ambassador fled in June to read -- also for the attacks there were multiple attacks and Susan Rice.
Must've been briefed on those and yet she stuck with this YouTube video commentary.
Yeah well I think that's really port -- Here's the deal IE we have spoken to people in the know behind the scenes there were people there.
In Benghazi that know that know that the White House knew that know that the State Department knew that everybody knew this within.
Hours the latest.
Yes all it takes is one person doesn't it to come forward.
And and tell the truth.
Well I was in the White House during Watergate and it and it was one person -- one person comes forward.
And a lot of other people rush in part they -- -- clear themselves.
They don't want to face prison time and no -- wasn't raised their hand and take an oath and lie and lie under oath.
And but at the very beginning of this this is a fairy tale from the beginning why.
What we did try it -- the pressure RS is out what did they do it -- they do -- election.
If the election but also.
We have gone -- eighteen months time from a Middle East which was stable.
There would they were dictators they're pro American dictators and now what do we have eighteen months later chaos al-Qaeda has made a comeback and we are dead America all right.
Richard will all the we've known now we know certainly the White House's role we know what everybody knew -- and then David Petraeus said he knew it instantaneously.
And they watched -- some real time thirty minutes into this in this one on seven hours and we know there were pleasing cries for help.
Now the question is Susan Rice is she qualified.
To be the next secretary of state.
And what do you make of the political attacks -- this is about a war on women and racist attacks against an hour.
-- American women.
Woman offers -- -- war -- women argument is ridiculous is Susan Rice is actually nominated and confirmed to be the fourth woman secretary of state.
And the third African American so the idea that Republican opposition is driven by -- sexism or racism when many of those same members raising questions Susan Rice.
Had voted for previous women -- -- state and previous African Americans is just simply ridiculous and this is where the left really needs to move off the 1960s.
But there's a big character question which is -- in the minds of lots of senators.
And that is Susan Rice has a hard time admitting when she know she's wrong.
When she was asked in flight out of Kenya in the mid 1990s about the Lancaster house -- she had an opinion.
And when that tenuous contradicted by British diplomat who said he actually negotiated -- the Lancaster house -- and that her theory was wrong she didn't back down she assistant for the next 45 minutes that she was right thank you -- -- -- -- didn't see -- thanks for being with us.