Senate seeks answers from Panetta on Benghazi
Sen. Lindsey Graham previews questioning
- Duration 6:54
- Date Feb 7, 2013
Sen. Lindsey Graham previews questioning
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He is and we are just moments away now from a big hearing on the bank Ghazi terror attack.
Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had been pressed to make his appearance.
And he will do that this morning he faces a Senate Armed Services Committee.
South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham has wanted to add to have this opportunity to question Leon Panetta about what he knew and what the president knew and what the Pentagon -- About what was unfolding on the ground that -- that night and we are very pleased to have the senator with us this morning.
Good morning senator Graham walk on.
And good morning thank them.
Lot of questions obviously.
Are still out there I think a lot of people have moved beyond this and -- story that I know was very important GAO.
Before we got a new Defense Secretary to question the current one what do you want to ask him this morning.
I'll -- that we not respond in a better fashion half of these people be left -- that's set for seven hours on nine elevenths.
And most importantly what did our commander in chief Barack Obama do.
To come today eight of these people.
I wanna know in detail what the president's.
Actions were we know everything he did in the bin Laden raid.
They're making two movies about it we know virtually nothing about his leadership has and I try to find out what the president did.
And I would expect.
Had posing the question.
And why did you called us -- 911 call that you know.
911 call Leon Panetta sent.
Well during the hearing you -- -- get five minutes so it's very important to get information I hope we have two rounds.
The first thing -- in a nose in detail what did the president do what would DD.
Orders did -- make it be ordered assistance to be rendered.
At what point did he get that order why did no -- show -- you know general Dempsey said the military responded properly to being guys in his written statement.
I'm on -- Campbell -- -- an inappropriate response.
The system failed and the department offense needs to be held accountable.
But the person -- blame the most for -- Gaza as President Obama.
-- his light footprint foreign policy strategy that allowed this consulate become a death trap he's the one to share the blame.
Above all others.
He had as -- -- calling -- John McCain Senator McCain pointed out.
That the last two seals we believe according to the timeline were killed in the final hour of a seven hour siege -- it makes the argument that.
You know that you can't respond to the second 911 call -- that they simply couldn't get there in time a little more complicated doesn't it.
It makes it a system failures and unacceptable result when general Dempsey says the -- responded appropriately I think not.
Not one DOD assets reach these people before they -- evacuated.
For over seven hours and when the attack started no one knew it would last seven hours.
So I just found it dumb founding -- believed we could not provide any military assistance.
-- 9/11 of -- days and given the history of the threats the reports coming out of Libya about the consulate in deteriorating.
Situation this assistant -- here nobody is pressing the president than mainstream media has given the Obama administration pass and that needs to stop.
Obviously we're also gonna hear from the that the CIA.
You know the man his is expected to be this ahead of the CIA John Brennan visit.
Top security advisor to the president the White House he you know there's so much focus now on the drone issue and I -- -- get your thoughts on that many of supportive of that program overall.
But the do you think that it -- 'cause of the drowned.
Issue that John Brennan will get a pass on what he knew and what he understood about what happen on the -- in the Gaza because they really haven't heard from him on that.
And that are really good question the counterterrorism director for the United States has not said one word.
About the actions he took when he was -- the -- There's a counterterrorism.
Joint task force -- law that's supposed to be supposed to -- when there's a terrorist attack they weren't even tell Linda in the session.
-- last and I don't want that was was so.
And -- yet no one's asked John Brennan help any thing about being Ghazi and it he's in the chain of command to do something about it is just -- -- the lack of scrutiny this administration's had regarding the -- Yeah we will we know that Hillary Clinton was basically up all night answering phone calls and trying to get.
The governments in the area to help you know -- she says she was yelling on the -- you know please send help and -- -- from the limited government.
You know we don't our Tom Brennan was we don't know where the president was during those hours.
And we also -- didn't John -- did not choose to appear on the Sunday shows to explain what had happened and it it's also a question as to why that would be right.
Well why did Hillary Clinton not appear in the one thing I can say about Secretary Clinton she could not have possibly had a clear -- -- Understanding of the threats we face in being Ghazi.
Libya if she didn't know -- the August 16 memo from investor Chris they've been saying we can't defend the place.
Against a coordinated terrorist attack in al-Qaeda flags are flying all over in Gaza so her statement that the State Department had a clear eyed view of the -- Makes no sense in -- the fact she knew nothing about what invest with -- And if we're getting cables from ambassadors throughout the world we can't -- consulates and NASA routine matter we really are in trouble.
Let's talk about the -- program because don't have that -- have much time left and wanna ask you about what you think Anna your very supportive of the residents -- program.
As you are of that President Bush is it would take on the war on terror.
Against those who were very anti President Bush's war on terror and now seem to have no problem with the drone program.
And the political hypocrisy is stunning but -- in great -- that time of great danger.
The drone program to kill how level al-Qaeda operatives we find -- anywhere in the world serves our national security interests and -- all -- was a senior.
Al-Qaeda operative who coordinated attacks against American.
Interest throughout the world -- happen to be an American citizen.
An American citizen can under our law albeit enemy combatant subject to capture -- -- Being -- so I I think that from programs make -- safe.
But here's Obama's lead us down we've captured one person in the last four years because he won't use gitmo.
We're losing a lot of valuable intelligence dead men do not giving much information.
So I like the drone program I hate the fact that we're out of catching terrorists now the interrogation business that makes us less safe.
And undercuts our intelligence obviously we can't question any of these people right.
Dead men don't tell all right Lindsey Graham senator thank you so much very good to have you listen now we'll watch with great interest these hearings -- your questions today is our.