Has the Benghazi attack emboldened terrorists?
New questions after hostage situation in Algeria
- Duration 5:00
- Date Jan 17, 2013
New questions after hostage situation in Algeria
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A spate of recent terror attacks raising serious concerns over whether terrorists are emboldened -- After the lack of reaction to the attack.
In Ben Ghazi four Americans were murdered on September 11 including our US ambassador.
Not one suspect has been charged in this case the one that was was released here is Charles -- -- are talking about this last night.
A special report.
We had a -- guys you attack and we thought it was -- now a -- essentially is the same people.
The same affiliated groups and the groups in the region.
Saw that complete lack of response.
By the United States about -- -- guys you attack.
About -- leading suspect in the attack going openly in the streets have been -- -- Strong words last night from Charles Krauthammer joined now by John Bolton former US ambassador to the UN and Fox News contributor ambassador good morning.
What do you do about what Charles Krauthammer had to say there.
Well I think there's much to be said -- and -- we don't know the specifics.
About this hostage taking.
In Algeria and and whether in fact it's a direct response to the French intervention -- But in the bigger picture the that notion that there is widespread terrorist activity there -- a lot of terrorist groups that are loosely coordinated loosely affiliated.
But certainly all share the same objective of radical Islamic -- replacing the existing.
Arab regimes and threatening the west I think is very much in evidence and I think that the the fact that it's been now over four months.
Since the attack on Ben -- for Americans murdered no visible American response.
Has to say to people given everything else that President Obama has said for four years.
About his view of the the the Muslim world in the war on terror that they are much safer much more likely to decide to use.
Forced to take hostages.
Then than in previous years and I think we're seeing the evidence of it right now.
You know -- President Obama was emphatic.
About the fact that he's -- justice would be done those killers would be tracked down.
From the Ben Ghazi raid that killed four Americans that has not happened.
As we pointed out -- in your mind goes back to other events in the past interns -- retaliation -- the USS Cole.
Like the bombing at the World Trade Center in 1993.
Which we know was followed up and you have said it many times under his program.
You know it they've got a lot of patience and they got a lot of time.
And if they feel that there's an opening in a window al-Qaeda has proven to us time and time again that they will continue to strike.
Well and that's why this attack on a natural gas facility in Algeria significant this is a direct attack on a critical element of Algeria's economy.
And it's I think bill said a moment ago you know the Islamist -- have been present in Algiers sometime twenty years ago they won the elections there.
The military had to come in and take over the government to prevent them from.
Assuming power so.
This phenomenon didn't happen overnight it's been building in the Arab world the rise of fundamentalist Islam the rise of radical politicized as -- So we've seen its manifestation in a number of different ways including al-Qaeda but it's -- it steep and and the idea that we can simply say as we've done in the past four years of war on terror is over al-Qaeda has been defeated we don't have to worry about it we can cut our.
Defense budget without without limit.
That we're we're seeing right now right in front of us the danger of this kind of thinking.
What to redo it up Americans are still being held and and this is a very Fuzzy situation right now what to the reaction -- Well I think we need to get some clarity what's going on on the ground but I think what it also shows -- can't wait for this kind of event to happen before you plan in advance I think we were.
That -- we were blind sided by the attack in bad guys he by the attacks on our other embassies.
We we should have had plans in place where -- Americans private citizens -- talking about here that our government should protect just as much as our official representatives.
In case this happened and there's just no evidence to -- it should be a subject for congressional inquiry.
What plans the administration has contingency plans.
That when this sort of hostage taking takes place but but more broadly this is a problem about fundamental.
Failure of conceptual as a nation what the issue is with the rising and the growth of Islamic terrorism this is not a law enforcement question this is not something we dealt with now by an FBI investigation this is a war.
Against the United States against the west against Arab regimes that are not radical islamists is until we.
Act on that basis or -- which we had been after our first 9/11 attack.
We're not going to be able to cope with it effectively it's gonna grow and it's going to continue to threaten us.
You've been saying that -- along John Bolton thank you very much good to have you here thank you -- I thank you.