Thoughts on State Dept. testimony on Libya attack
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 5:39
- Date Dec 20, 2012
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We've read the cables.
You are fully aware and either.
You send people there with security or you don't send them there I don't understand why you didn't send a notification.
With the cables coming -- with concerns about security.
We work -- evaluating our security posture.
-- -- console we have reevaluated where we need funds.
And we're consummate guy win the current situation on the ground and all of our countries as you know this is as you know are well aware.
We have -- all over the world and we're constantly evaluating determining at the time.
Well two hearings.
On Capitol Hill on Ben Ghazi today some fireworks as two deputy secretaries.
And not Secretary Clinton.
Testified on this unclassified report third -- on pages pretty scathing overall.
But not a -- of specifics.
It did lead to four State Department.
Personnel officials -- -- we're back with the panel.
Charles your thoughts on this testimony today.
We're just watching that think of the optics and a political implication.
What coworker had said should have they've addressed.
-- secretary of state -- her department.
She said -- no one who's responsible and I'll -- respect civility.
And -- instead we have to underlings who nobody's ever heard of and I'm not denigrating.
Them as officials I'm just saying of the political impact and the optics.
-- the caucus statement had been made to the secretary of state I think you would have had a lot of resonance so I think -- -- is a really important event.
In what it prevents.
You from our perspective.
And the registration which will be -- huge embarrassment.
The caucus statement is true how do you do this how can you send somebody to -- -- -- completely can misread the situation.
And we end up for the first ambassador -- dead in thirty years the question that would have been asked of the secretary of state news.
Did you know anything about -- -- And did you do anything about it now she could plausibly say no and that too believable answer but it will you would have been important for her to say it.
And did it for the nation actually here.
And we reported.
Many times on this cable classified cable.
And an emergency meeting in Libya one.
Sent up the chain.
There was talk about that today this hearing.
Senator rubio asking what levels to -- cable get reviewed.
Other talked about whether it got to the six -- the seventh floor of State Department seven fours were secretary Clinton's office is.
And it was a little vague about whether it made it all the way to the seventh floor.
So the question is whether Secretary Clinton if she says she's -- -- Senator Kerry says she's in testifying.
What does that mean in January.
Of next year.
I know that I mean is she doesn't have the title at that much is that secretary of state.
I think the political consequences might be less for her if she was found that she did have this knowledge.
But there's no indication from the official report that she did have -- -- they do not point to her.
I mean that's the big difference today -- is that what you have is a situation that was that weren't so politically.
Excitable and today it came off is rather sober hearing which.
You have a State Department ultimately saying give us more money don't cut our budget so that we can have better security more Marines more construction money.
But all the suggestion that there was a slow response.
-- from Washington or that there was -- lack of interagency response that the defense folks didn't help.
Or the people -- the CIA folks didn't help none of that none of that from the report none of that from Republicans on the hill today.
There were some close systemic failure systemic failure inside the State Department.
Winning today finds security well -- -- the report said for battle resign back Chris yeah that because they didn't have a good sense of the fact that.
-- -- guys see there were radical elements of mounting changing the environment there and they did not respond quickly.
And that ambassador Stevens had unusual latitude in his movements around there they don't know why this was.
And somehow he had asked for additional support in Tripoli specifically.
But basically all of these allegations that have been made so excitedly in the course of the campaign had melted away Steve -- -- him.
-- -- now that that -- -- the allegations on on the lack of security we're demonstrated again and again and again it's reported that the only thing that makes this work this report.
Even somewhat worth worthwhile I mean otherwise the report in terms of assigning blame in terms of fixing blame.
They did none of it they seemed in my reading of the report due out of their way to avoid blaming.
Senior leadership of the State Department it was a systemic failure but then they go unemployment as process it's basically unnamed bureaucrats and we still don't know the names of some of the people who.
Have taken leave of their posts at this point.
They -- nobody did he -- of the big questions Hillary Clinton still has not -- the big questions and remember if we look at this.
At the so it has three distinct parts to do it before the during -- the after this dealt with the before answered some of the questions but didn't tell us what we didn't help.
Didn't deal much with the during and black thought left a number of unanswered questions about during didn't do anything at all about the after.
We need these answers from Hillary Clinton she has incident directly.
-- have to testify I don't think she'll she'll be able to get out and even -- there's some speculation that she's going to try again I think she's gonna have to testify and we'll have to get these answers.