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-- -- watching Capitol Hill we're awaiting the Ben Ghazi hearing a major point of contention between Republicans in the administration.
Has been the apparent lack of help available to -- Ben Ghazi consulate.
In hearings back in January secretary of state Hillary Clinton was pressed on that point by Illinois Republican.
-- -- -- -- If we have no assets on alert.
That can respond in a seven hour law in two different attacks in the most hot spot one of the most hot spots in the culture in the world.
Com on nine elevenths on the anniversary.
Is the lead from behind strategy fail.
The board found no evidence of any undue delays in decision making or denial of support from Washington -- for military.
Combatant commanders quite the contrary.
The safe evacuation of all US government personnel from Ben Ghazi twelve hours after the initial -- and subsequently to Ramstein with the result of exceptional.
US government coordination and military response.
And help save the lives of two severely wounded Americans.
Congressman -- -- her joins us live now I'm congressman you are the perfect person.
For us to have on this morning because before you -- and congress you served in the air force you.
Served in air force special operations.
Your pilot of course and it Air Combat Command so you flew.
The very kinds of missions that could have helped that night in your opinion could the air force have made it.
To the consulate from Sicily Italy.
-- sure I'd like to think so if you look at Italy 1000 I think 46 miles away.
Izod the unaware base from the Gaza and all you had to do -- and F sixteens from Fabiano.
Today in Gaza when they tended to be in -- and they can do something called a show of force it's basically a low flyover and it's done all the time and Iraq and Afghanistan to stop attacks from happening.
We could have done that and an accident started -- how long would it have taken to fly those little more than 1000 miles.
I would say probably about two hours and then you can add on the prep time to get these aircraft ready but keep in mind between the first and the second attack was a seven hour -- so I would think.
After the first attack happened that the administration would do absolutely everything in their power to send every military asset in the region.
To go to Ben -- to respond he could have tanker support both at a Turkey.
Out of being -- anywhere in between there's always a number tankers in the sky ready to refuel C seventeens -- -- over.
To Afghanistan -- wherever this is something that had the administration pulled out the stops.
We -- at least sent some assets over and tried to stop this terrible thing from happening you know one other quick thing.
As a military pilot one of the very first things I was told us you know that your country will never leave you behind.
And your country move heaven and earth to come get you if you're ever behind in the minds I believe that and that's what my concern isn't -- in the -- it looks like we did not.
Move heaven and earth take care of these people that have been serving our nation.
And content that is such a poignant point that you also made today and secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
Sometimes the mission you do end up having to leave people behind but you tried.
To get them out let's win this case it doesn't sound like we not -- didn't we move -- north we didn't really try that hard well.
And we also are finding out there were special operations soldiers have requested to go went.
They weren't given the opportunity to -- -- and -- had a missed their flight because of what some people are claiming this bureaucracy others are -- in his administration stonewalling.
But the reality is the united states military even if we couldn't have gotten assets -- -- that seven -- law which have a hard time believing.
It was the anniversary of 9/11 why were we not thinking this through and having people -- -- located in case something does happen and you know we just didn't and that's what we need to get to the bottom -- we have the greatest military in the world we have people voluntarily every day -- -- are willing to give their lives of their nation.
They need to know that there -- nations willing to give heaven and earth and -- anything in our obstacle to come get them out if we find ourselves in the such when.
Congressman here's what the Department of Defense said yesterday.
To counter claims from people -- among -- you who say that we could -- in time this is from a did Department of Defense itself the time needed from alerting the crisis response team or the CIA ethicists say.
To landing at Ben -- airport is greater than the approximately seven point five hours between the initiation of the first attack and the second one.
As such the -- requirement for notification.
Load and transit alone prevented the crisis team from being at the -- in enough time to change events.
Is something wrong if it takes us more than seven and a half hours for notification.
All of the crisis team and then for them to load and make it there.
Well we got the crisis -- one thing F sixteens out of obvious on the air base over -- Gaza is another thing that should have been forethought but secondly.
It doesn't appear that action was even taken.
They didn't know that it was going to be seven hours between the first and the second attack.
All they knew was an attack could happen and there are still threat out there so why weren't these assets at least put in place -- maybe it would have been eight hours maybe it would have been nine hours between the first and second attack.
But at least we would know today that America did absolutely everything in her power.
To ensure that our folks who were stranded on the ground had assets come -- to save them -- and what these are questions that have got to be answered not just from how -- we correct this in the future.
But why did the administration make the decision they did -- -- they need to be held accountable by congress.
And today we will -- hopefully gets on those answers congressman -- consider thanks so much for your service and thanks for your expertise on all of us.
-- that is great theater -- watching.
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