Not fit for fiction?
Author isn't buying Benghazi story
- Duration 3:48
- Date Dec 8, 2012
Author isn't buying Benghazi story
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Too -- even for fiction that's what New York Times best selling author Brad the worst sides of the White House a story on the Ghazi.
He says this -- he thrown out of his editor's office if he's submitted that he's got a new book out it's called black list and -- sort joins us this morning Brad great to see this morning.
It great to see you both as well thanks for having me to read your book foreign influence most recently about it I think about a year ago and I think evolves -- navy seal turned Covert operative.
This story has a lot of twists and turns but the narrative is there.
You say though this Ben -- -- you're gonna craft a story ripped from the headlines you'd be thrown out of your publisher's office why.
Well at least with a big -- story I would because there are so many holes in this particular story.
You know out of all the dates that are dangerous for Americans to be traveling anywhere in the Islamic world I would suggest you that 9/11 is probably right at the top if not you know do it you -- switch it may be with bin Laden's death now.
This in the biggest story I've got here is I talk to men and women I know in the diplomatic community in the intelligence community -- may have also going to be.
Why was he traveling why was a master Stephen's going to -- -- which is highly dangerous.
Of all places on 9/11 knowing that the red crescent the Islamic Red Cross have been attack there in May.
That the British ambassador had been intact in June and two weeks before 9/11 the State Department put out a travel warning to Libya.
So what was so important that Cris Stevens had to be and Ben Ghazi and risk not only his life but the lives of other people.
On that day why not that -- be at the embassy in Tripoli that's where it starts but the next thing that doesn't make sense is.
Chris Stevens the minute our embassy in Cairo came under attack Cris Stevens other ambassadors around the world would have been notified of this.
Chris Stevens chose to stay in Ben Ghazi knowing that his embassy in Tripoli might have come under attack as well why didn't he leave -- go back to Tripoli.
He's supposed to be a very very bright very.
It's a very talented.
In -- that are who knew the area so this doesn't make sense to me that he remained -- Ghazi.
-- Brad for someone who's written countless military.
Did this just this is a red flag for you because I guess when you write your novels you have to sit down with the experts and say.
All right would this make sense -- this actually really happened and when you heard about this you thought I can't believe this is actually happening.
Is that what happened.
It absolutely -- when I looked at this I reached out to people I knew and I said does this make sense -- you and they said no absolutely not.
And the question I keep coming back to it when Hillary Clinton gets.
It's finally testifies on this she needs to be asked very purposeful very specific questions what was -- doing there.
When did you talk to win when -- the State Department let him know that the embassy in Cairo being under attack why didn't he leave.
You know the other thing I want and always is if these guys were there at the consulate big guys -- to kill him.
Why didn't they bring mortars there why not -- the heck out of the consulate these are concrete buildings and -- -- Why did they like it would get how why do you like concrete buildings on fire with gasoline you're not gonna -- down.
But maybe they were trying to smoke -- -- -- the intent was take Cris Stevens hostage.
-- -- that was the thing they wanted to do -- -- you know why were they hoping to trade him for somebody else there's this question after question after question but it comes down to.
Why was Chris Stevens risking his life in the -- of other Americans we lost four Americans that day in Ben -- why was he there.
Interest -- -- -- the author of the new book -- -- out now go pick it up great author enjoy your books all and all your research Carolina once told me Brad.
When you worked in the White House you couldn't believe the stuff that Brad knew right sources did -- have nice to see Brad banks -- coming next well nice to see you next on the run -- only.