Independent panel blasts security in Libya before attack
Where does Benghazi investigation stand?
- Duration 4:29
- Date Dec 19, 2012
Where does Benghazi investigation stand?
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Some new information on a closed door hearings on the been -- terror attack after a scathing new report about what went wrong.
And independent panel finds security at the US mission in Libya was grossly inadequate to deal with the September 11 attack.
For Americans as you know were killed including our ambassador there.
The report also highly critical of the state department for quote systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies.
Joining us now ambassador John Bolton the former US ambassador to the United Nations and -- Fox News contributor.
Ambassador Bolton Hillary Clinton publicly said that the buck stops with her on this you know security problem that led.
To the four deaths.
This report suggests that.
Nobody should be held responsible I mean it talks about all of these problems but but doesn't laid them the blame.
At anybody's feet why.
Well it it doesn't name names at least in the unclassified.
Version that's been released it but I think if you read the whole report.
When it talks systemic failures.
And even though it focuses on the near east bureau in the diplomatic security bureau.
Reading about the the general -- lack of sensitivity in the department to the deteriorating.
Security situation around the entire Middle East I think.
This repetition this emphasis on systemic failure.
Really points to the very top leadership of the department if you've got a systemic failure you should ask who's in charge of the system and I do think that.
Ultimately gets right to the captain of the ship Secretary Clinton well she was supposed this -- testify this week on Capitol Hill she's been on able to do that because of her health condition.
The -- -- Tennessee senator Bob cork her and says that we ought not confirm a new -- secretary of state until.
Would the senate or the house are both here that testimony to -- It's imperative that senator that evening Secretary Clinton.
-- testify in an open setting prior to any -- secretary's statement.
Why do it prior to -- confirmation.
Well I thinks I don't want I would try and read senator workers mind but I think he's making a very important point that.
One Secretary Clinton becomes a private citizen it it's a very different circumstance and he's put it.
An interesting dynamic in place since they expected successor.
Is Senator John Kerry the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who would be the senator responsible.
For re scheduling secretary Clinton's appearance.
So it puts a strong incentive behind as Senator Kerry get that hearing out of the way so that his confirmation hearing can take place.
Thanks senator coworker his it has has correctly identified.
That congress can't be satisfied until it hears from Secretary Clinton at an appropriate time.
There were a lot of questions.
During -- during and after these attacks whether the military could have or should have done more one of the questions that gets answered by this independent review board.
They say the military was not at fault here this was so.
A problem that -- completely with the State Department.
It's very interest -- the report is limited in its scope that -- huge did the mandate the State Department gave it so there'd be a lot of questions that that remain to be answered through some other mechanism but in this particular.
Instance it is very definitive -- and we'll have to see what others say but.
On the day of the attack.
It doesn't leave the impression much else could be done which is why the criticism of the State Department.
For failing to take the steps before hand it is so devastating and it also shoots down the storyline of this all developed over that protest of -- movie.
Right and and there -- that report again we're only talking about the unclassified version but it was funny and they do it's short sweet and to the point.
That this was a security threat that they could tell from the get go at the consulate in Ben Ghazi.
That this was a terrorist attack and I was struck by how that clear and unambiguously the report's finding on that point was and and as you point out this is only the unclassified version.
Ambassador John Bolton thank you.
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