Obama: US has ‘good leads’ on who carried out Benghazi attack
Amb. John Bolton weighs in
- Duration 5:26
- Date Dec 30, 2012
Amb. John Bolton weighs in
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Evens it happened back in September.
So how is it now that we're getting quote good leads four months later.
And why haven't there been any arrests joining us now is -- former ambassador to the United Nations and Fox's contributor John Bolton joins us every Sunday about this time ambassador good morning.
Good morning -- area good what what is it to the president saying that there were good leads.
Well I think the administration has a huge credibility gap on the whole Ben -- tragedy.
And the notion that we've got good leads three months later.
I think doesn't particularly ring true I thought the other thing and in the president's statement there that was absolutely stunning.
Was for him to say that.
Attention to security at the Ben -- facility was sloppy.
Right four dead Americans.
That this is this is a a tragedy I think did that demonstrates.
That policy and management problems that the State Department.
And -- and underlines why so many other American official personnel overseas.
Citizens are -- that this is not just -- -- That this is a substantial failure.
The administration still hasn't answered questions about.
We just saw those bloody hand prints on the side of that law and the advantage of soul chilling and haunting -- indicate exactly what happened there.
As you mentioned the president calling a sloppy the State Department itself says it would grossly inadequate security systematic failures and leadership.
And dealing with this let me get back for second to that that the suspects -- potentially carry this out look we brought.
To justice the Khobar tower attackers.
The US embassy in Africa attackers back then.
How long do you think this will take -- do you think.
Anyone eventually will be held accountable for this attack.
Well I think it's very doubtful you know the the main problem is the president continues to treat terrorist attacks.
As a law enforcement matter like it's a burglary of the local 7-Eleven or something.
Bit eight -- the threat of terrorism internationally is not going to be resolved file law enforcement response we saw that during the ninety's that.
Approach was tried.
Tragically it failed on the 1 September the eleventh with the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
These are acts of war they need to be treated as such.
And the president's inability or unwillingness to see that I think is gonna leave us vulnerable to future attacks I think the fact that it's.
Almost three months now since the -- guys the attack with no visible retaliation.
No real evidence that we are on on on the track of the people who committed this.
Sends a terrible signal to other terrorists around the Middle East and indeed around the world.
So I'm I'm worried that the vulnerability of Americans overseas -- our vulnerability in this country frankly is rising.
It had about a terrible signal look at this back in October.
More than two months ago there was a suspect called -- -- book act -- and then there are times found him sitting at a cafe here's the quote from the New York Times.
Quote just days after President Obama reasserted his -- to bring those responsible to justice mr.
Boca Tolle spent too leisurely -- on Thursday evening.
At a crowded luxury hotel sipping it strive very front page.
On a patio.
And scoffing at the threats coming from the American Libyan government's Libyans -- national army is a quote national chicken.
-- -- Tolle said.
So here's a guy apparently a suspect.
Assisting strawberry front page and -- patio and he has been brought to justice.
No -- no reason to think any of his colleagues are gonna be apprehended either say you've got this chaos and Libya you've got the ongoing civil war the prospect of chaos and Syria you've got anarchy in Somalia and Yemen.
You've got to run continuing to finance terrorists that make progress on nuclear weapons.
And the administration just doesn't take it seriously it's it's an administration that's.
But sets with transforming the a domestic American economy.
And quite comfortable with the decline in American influence overseas and we're gonna see it.
In in technicolor here in the next few days if the deal that they're talking about.
On Capitol Hill which does not include any solution.
For the defense sequestration problem of half a trillion dollars in additional cuts and our defense spending over the next several years at that kick sand as it now looks like it's going to.
Our ability to do much of anything around the world is going to be substantially decrease that is very troubling but you know -- back.
There's some critics may jump on you for saying that the administration doesn't take this national security as seriously.
You think that's that's really a fair assessment.
I think in the list of Obama's priorities national security is no where near the top I think that makes him very different.
From the long line of American presidents Republican and Democrat since Franklin Roosevelt after Pearl Harbor.
I don't think that's what its main interest is and I think ideologically.
He is content with the declining America around the world.
And -- whether that's what his ideology is or not that's what his administration is giving us make no mistake about it.
All right some blunt talk from former ambassador John Bolton as always mr.
ambassador thank you so much for joining us every Sunday.
And we'll see of course -- these quote good leads actually pan out to Paramount to any arrests.
Right at interior -- for you to thank you so much -- next.