New questions about Obama's leadership during Libya attack
Did the president do enough?
- Duration 2:52
- Date Feb 8, 2013
Did the president do enough?
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Good evening I'm John Roberts in for -- -- this Friday evening we begin tonight with questions about President Obama -- involvement or lack of it.
As the terror attack against the US mission in -- Ghazi Libya unfold.
-- chief White House correspondent Ed Henry reports testimony on Capitol Hill has ignited a fresh round of debate today.
President Obama today bid farewell to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
-- what's not going away our questions about last year's terror attack Libya after -- final testimony yesterday.
If our family member.
And -- -- -- loved ones was killed.
And then Ghazi -- -- sick to my stomach.
Republican Lindsey Graham declared today on Twitter the president quote has to account for his leadership on -- Ghazi and after Panetta and general Martin Dempsey testified.
They spoke to the president only once during the eight hour attack -- -- And he talked to him how many times.
This same one time.
Graham and his Republican colleagues repeatedly pressed Panetta on why there was no direct follow up from mr.
Obama after they met in the Oval Office.
Are you surprised that the president the United States never ecology and secretary Panetta and say -- that go.
Normally in these situations so -- -- he knows the level of threat -- it -- let me finish cancer.
We were deploying the forces he knew we were deploying the forces he was being kept what I -- I hate to interrupt you but I got -- -- wouldn't deploy any forces.
The White House has said little about what the president did do on the night of September 11 the -- releasing this official photo today the administration tried to shoot down any notion the president was checked out.
With one top defense official -- fox quote.
We had multiple phone calls emails and secure video teleconference is with the White House National Security Council staff.
State CIA and all of the other players.
Panetta also stressed many American installations around the world faced threats you you can't just Willy Nilly.
Send F sixteen -- and then blow the hell out of a place without knowing.
What's taking place Panetta's testimony -- also raise new questions about the president's leadership on Syria.
After he and Dempsey revealed the president overruled almost his entire national security team -- they push to arm the Syrian opposition.
Did you support.
The recommendation by secretary of state.
Then secretary of state Clinton and then head of CIA.
General Petraeus that we provide weapons to the resistance and Syria do you support that we do.
Now White House spokesman Jay Carney today said he could not get into internal deliberations but added the administration has to be very careful not to send weapons that could wind up in the wrong hands -- Ed -- force tonight at the white has said thanks.