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-- -- -- you -- thank you Greta I realized today it was a hearing with the secretary of defense and general Dempsey I'm curious though.
Do you know what the CIA was doing at that and -- -- what was their job.
I do not know what their job was and I'm sure -- gathering intelligence.
The thing that was really frustrating about it is that.
General Dempsey and secretary Panetta who I admired basically said well.
It was nothing we could do it's 330 miles.
From the patient -- it's should they create.
Too bad guys -- If we had assets there they could have reacted remember this attack last for seven hours to the Americans died in the last power.
And they -- somehow that this -- it.
At the consulate and -- guys he was no different than many other places in the world.
Absolutely confident there was no place in the world where there was the attack on the British ambassador.
-- Red Cross closed -- on August 15.
And message that said they could not resist -- sustained attack on the consulate.
And yet there was no provision made to move.
Any Department of Defense has said either air or ground anywhere near.
The consulate and the guys see that's reprehensible.
He and the reason that I asked him about the question about what was the CIA doing -- is one of the other issues that came up is.
Arming of the Syrian rebels a question -- came up and in the long controversy as to whether or not the United States is -- arm that the Syrian rebels -- not and who is on board and who wasn't on board.
And there's been some suggestion that that through that consulate at least some of our reporting that fox is -- weapons were were being sent.
To the serious and I'm curious.
Whether or not that -- it was being used.
Throw to channel weapons -- to the Syrian rebels for one and number two what do you think about the response.
From general Dempsey and secretary Panetta about weapons to rebels.
Well there were published reports that some of the arms were coming from that the that we're.
Arriving in for the resistance in Syria.
But that information that we had was not through.
The United States government but through other sources but -- -- I'm not clear on that.
But the thing that's really astounding to me is that we had a hearing with secretary Panetta.
And general Dempsey back one in March a year ago.
And at that time some 7000 Syrians have been killed they both said at the time.
Russia aside we'll follow inevitably when galloped over sixty -- who had been massacred.
Hundreds of thousands of refugee camps million displaced -- -- -- numbers are staggering.
And we now have found that as result of this hearing.
That both secretary -- and general Dempsey supported sending arms to the Syrian resistance how did we find that out.
Because -- -- a New York Times story that revealed last week.
That both Secretary Clinton.
And General Petraeus and head of CIA.
It also advocated.
Sending arms to the rebels -- and the resistance in Syria.
So now we have a situation where -- -- tighter national security team secretary of defense secretary of state.
-- head of CIA chairman of the joint chiefs staff.
Who while advocated sending weapons to these -- so they could defend themselves keeping in mind the Russians are supplying.
Aside as as his Iranians including Iranian revolutionary guard.
On the ground.
So what happened.
Obviously the buck stopped.
With the -- United States overruling the recommendation.
The national security team that he appointed really remarkable.
Have you ever known that to happen ever never happened for I have never known of the case.
Where the heads of all of these national security agencies uniform and non uniform.
Made a recommendation and the -- United States overrode it I'm sure that one of the individuals who also was -- to it.
Which the president's national security advisor.
-- who is the same one that advocated getting all of our troops out of Iraq without leaving.
A residual force and of course we know that Iraq is unraveling in this now.
To a large degree under a -- and influence.
Another wrote several a topic is that -- everyone knows -- that you say torture doesn't work.
And now the report about drone sound that document coming on the Justice Department that.
Americans thought to be terrorists on foreign so well can be -- disintegrated by drones your thought about this.
I thought -- two thoughts one because of this administration's policy if you.
Find it a terrorist who is an American citizen United States and that person has to be read his or her Miranda rights.
If that same persons overseas then after a certain process.
You can kill.
Practices that that doesn't compute.
But my -- thought -- This should we have the CIA.
Central Intelligence Agency.
Being the ones who are carrying out these drone strikes.
Which are taking place all over the Middle East or shouldn't be a military mission.
Before a military mission then that would be much greater disclosure there would be much greater oversight on the part of congress.
But instead we're now it seems turning an intelligence agency.
-- -- the prime an instrument or one of the prime minister mentioned combating.
In waging the war on terror wars that are our efforts to -- do radical Islamic extremists so.
It seems to me we've gotten things kind of out of balance here late.
As senator Graham doesn't oppose it and stuff as you might know but -- -- that I find curious is that there is that.
An unnamed person becomes judge to judge.
Jury and executioner.
And the information to Lincoln American on foreign soil to act terrorist act is.
Intelligence and intelligence has had such failures that this is a dramatic step further than we've ever gone at least I think am -- wrong.
I think you're right about it and that's why it requires him -- -- congressional oversight.
That's we know of many cases throughout history where an agency has basically gotten out of control and I'm sure that they are good people over there it's not.
-- -- -- to accomplishing and their mission.
We have quote decapitated.
But yet at the same time -- Qaeda is on the rise all over the Middle East you can go all the way Bolivia and -- took.
Iraq to -- two.
Al-Qaeda is on the rise so simply killing people.
He's not counterinsurgency.
It's counter terrorist.
In only counter insurgency works in the long because al-Qaeda will always find somebody to take the place of the people we kill.
Apparently be classified documents -- -- to the town.
Senate judiciary and senate in town last summer.
I'm curious does mean is there really give it give a profound sense that there's -- oversight of this program and you know an adequate and American -- be satisfied that.
That congress is providing your side.
My my opinion is and I was a member and I'm not now of the intelligence committee.
No I don't think that congress was exercising its over.
Site responsibilities with the diligence that frankly I would -- thanks thanks for having me and.