Major info learned during Sec. Clinton's Libya testimony
What was revealed on Capitol Hill?
- Duration 4:48
- Date Jan 23, 2013
What was revealed on Capitol Hill?
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He's now to talk a little more about this the former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton he is also a Fox News contributor we heard some questions there.
On the secretary of state ambassador Bolton.
Is there one you would have asked the did not get -- Well I think unfortunately the nature of congressional hearings is that it's not a question and answer so much as it is a statement -- statement.
Although I do think some important.
Questions were asked and I think the most important.
Was that Secretary Clinton admitted that she was unaware of the request for enhance security.
From embassy Tripoli I think that's very significant and I think that reflects.
A real failure of leadership on her part I would have liked to have seen some follow up given.
That the denial of security.
Enhancements I think flowed from her policy the administration policy.
To have a light footprint to move toward normalcy in our relationship with the government of Libya that obviously wasn't up to it because if we had a heavier security footprint it would've been an acknowledgment.
That the overthrow of Gaddafi was not being followed by a movement to representative government I think that's a very important point I think in the consideration what happened after September 11 the one question that I didn't hear asked.
But I think most Americans want to know is Secretary Clinton why didn't you appear on those talk shows on Sunday.
She did say she didn't take ambassador rice I think we all knew that I think we knew it was the White House.
Secretary Clinton said she didn't get involved in the talking points no surprise there either but why didn't she appear it was her responsibility.
For the people in -- Ghazi and yet she was absent.
For a long time.
You have -- said you've written actually that the administration had an utterly wrong headed.
Opposition of its mideast successes what what do you mean much.
Well I think they believe that the overthrow of Gaddafi was one of the great successes of their foreign policy this was the origin of the phrase leading from behind.
In the overthrow of Gaddafi and yet obviously you have to judge -- policy by its aftermath.
As well as people have criticize the bush administration for what happened in Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.
Libya was not just another.
It was in Iceland it wasn't.
France it was a very dangerous place and the fact that the administration would have Libya as a success even as our ambassador.
In Libya was describing.
They descend into chaos.
That the country was saying the growth of terrorist.
Cells and training camps.
Nothing was being done to affect security but nothing was being done to recognize the failure in the -- to American interest more broadly.
Being reflected by the chaos growing in Libya.
The administration asserted that the -- and the deaths of our ambassador in the others resulted from this protest over the online video.
The secretary was asked about that today she got pretty angry and said what does it matter why this thing started.
Your thoughts on that white what what does it map.
Well I think that answer which was obviously emotional and testing.
Shows that senator Johnson hit a real sore spot.
It does matter it mattered that day of the attack itself.
Because if we didn't understand what the cause of the attack in Libya was.
We might not be able to defend American embassies throughout the region and other embassies were attacked.
So that that big possibility the the likelihood that this was a real terrorist attack.
Is something that we should have been focused on and I absolutely do not by secretary Clinton's argument in the argument others have made.
That it was the fog of war that made it difficult to find out what was going on that we had to.
Get more intelligence.
I think is Senator McCain and others pointed out all you had to do was talk to the diplomatic security people who were defending the consulate in Ben Ghazi that day.
They knew what was happening we didn't need our intelligence agencies helped the State Department itself knew and secretary Clinton's.
Failure to find out quickly and her failure to acknowledge even today how important that is I think is a real problem for the administration.
More testimony from her coming up at 2 PM eastern in front of the house.
Secretary Bolton ambassador Bolton excuse me ambassador Bolton thanks very much for being with us.