State Department's role in Libya security lapses
All-Star panel weighs in on new report
- Duration 4:12
- Date Dec 19, 2012
All-Star panel weighs in on new report
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We did conclude that certain State Department bureau level senior officials.
In critical positions of authority and responsibility in Washington.
Demonstrate a lack of leadership and management ability appropriate for senior ranks.
In their responses to security concerns posed by the special -- The 39 page unclassified report on the -- Ghazi.
Attack September 11 out today that's former chairman joint chiefs -- -- Mike Mullen here are some of the bullet points from that report.
First involvement no demonstration prior to that attack al-Qaeda is not dead there's -- -- safe haven in eastern Libya.
Systemic failures at senior levels of the State Department when it came to security.
Also administration relied on Libyan militia and outside contractors on that security.
And that was -- fault and twenty security related incidents prior to 9/11 attack should have been seen as far as a warning.
We're back with the panel.
Charles your thoughts on this report.
It's devastating and it's only on one aspect of the Seattle before.
But it shows security denied.
It shows that there -- no preparations.
It shows also more broadly -- complete the sort of lack of understanding what was happening in the region which was that.
North Africa was becoming a -- -- by al-Qaeda.
Does is extremely insecure area and -- that they ended up doing essentially nothing.
I think the real question for the secretary of state to be asked is where -- -- -- all this was happening in real time.
But what we orders but it apparently she's suffering from acute the Ben -- allergy.
Which causes light headed this when she -- the word -- guys he or is being asked about it so we're gonna hear tomorrow from her deputies.
But no question about her responsibility which you ostensibly is taken.
At least in public -- remains very open and very troubling.
-- and they canceled the State Department briefing today there was no White House briefing today the president was not asked about that -- a report today.
So we'll see what happens on Capitol Hill to -- Yes.
Well it's just saying that that report you -- not all that if you just watch the shot so it's sort of funny and -- they had to do an investigation to figure all that out.
Also they also found that nobody needed to be disciplined which sort of interest thing.
You know that somebody said today that you know mistakes were made but nobody made them basically.
-- -- house I -- resigned appropriately.
And you know there were these claims that I I think one of the things I find kind of suspect along about the report those of -- sort of try to cannon on.
The dead ambassador are you know saying you didn't give us enough.
He didn't I guess cry out enough for enough.
Security when we know that he did send requests up you know the lines too far for us security -- that somehow it's his fault that he was killed.
The other issue I think John was that federal -- said there was not enough time for the US military forces -- have made a difference saying that there was.
A twenty to thirty minutes with respect to the mission itself to rescue -- not rescue.
However the report goes on to say there were about three and a half to five hours where they didn't know where the ambassador was.
At that -- they thought it was possibly kidnapping situation that in no -- that that he was dead at that time.
It's really quite something here are some details in this that will come out -- -- coming days -- it is.
It's it's one of these funny Washington -- it's not quite a whitewash because it is kind of scathing in his kind of damning bit the same time so diffuse.
And decision tree either it's very difficult to.
Sort of have a clear narrative on it I think because in that with that sense and it helps Hillary Clinton and they can say look there was accountability.
While the same time not actually providing very much accountability.
We'll say on the story.
-- work even if the press obviously shown a news conference today.
Has apparently zero interest in the I think it's going to be hard to -- -- escape entirely because we are gonna have feelings and we're gonna have hearings also in the second half of this.
-- -- The -- density of that occurred after the event.