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The the special committee hearings into what happened -- during the -- Ghazi attacks expected to begin with in the hour of the testimony.
Should be shed some new light on the events in men -- as well as the administration's response.
To those deadly terror attacks they left for Americans dead including our ambassador.
Ambassador John Bolton is a former US ambassador to the United Nations and -- Fox News contributor.
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Thank you -- for rejoining us once again.
So as as we go through these hearings today and as we hear through the witnesses who are supposed to be testifying in front of congress what is the most important thing that you would like to learn.
Well I think there are three broad areas that people need to focus on the first what happened before the attacks on September the eleventh.
Why were repeated request for security enhancements denied.
Was it because of the administration's.
Blindness to the continuing threat.
Of terrorism internationally in the breakdown of order in Libya following the overthrow of Gadhafi that sort of issue number one issue number two obviously.
What happened on September the eleventh itself.
Was it a terrorist attack from the outset.
Was there any thing the United States could have done to protect its people and then issue three.
After the attack.
Where did the story come from that this was not terrorists.
Assassinating four Americans.
But a demonstration about this famous Mohammed video that got out of control.
And and that also speaks to the administration's attitude about.
The war on terrorism did they think this was serious or did they have some other motivation for coming up for that story.
Well then it also may answer the question as to why the their requests made by the ambassador himself for improved security.
Why those were denied.
Exactly -- -- what happened before the attack.
Because if the -- the administration was what terrorist threat Libby is on the road to stability.
Everything's improving the Arab Spring will take care of everything that could be a motivating factor to deny request for enhanced security.
Libby obviously turned out to be -- a dangerous indeed a deadly place so the administration's reaction.
Whether you want to call and a political cover up -- willful blindness to the continuing threat of international terrorism.
Perhaps we'll find out a little bit of that today as well.
I know you respect.
Your career in the State Department but there is a military question here -- well these attacks apparently went on over the course of ten hours.
The Pentagon has officially said that that there was not time to scramble military assets.
-- to effect any kind of a rescue or or at least some kind of you know of a scare tactic or something -- you know to try to prevent.
These attacks from continuing.
What's your assessment of that.
Well with all due respect to the people in the Pentagon saying there wasn't enough time that is utterly irrelevant.
When the attack began no one could know when it would end.
No one could know what the geographical limitation was was it simply an attack in Ben Ghazi.
Could terrorists be poised to attack the embassy in Tripoli where other posts around the Middle East in jeopardy.
So that the notion that Jews gotta sit and wait for this to.
To work itself out.
Left a lot of other people at risk and there's a predicate question there as well.
We've known we knew -- in September of last year for over a year the entire Middle East was in turmoil.
That wasn't in Libya could have been in Egypt it could have been -- -- number of post in North Africa and the Middle East that came.
Under attack and in fact there were riots outside other post.
Why wasn't there a general increase in capabilities military and diplomatic security.
Throughout the Middle East against this prospect and indeed even in Libya we had to evacuate.
American civilians I believe in February 2011 we didn't have.
Naval capabilities to do -- we had to rent a Greek ferry boat had did we learned no lessons from that.
Michael Chertoff the former director of Homeland Security said on fox this morning that.
You know when he was in that position September 11 -- year became a period of high alert.
In his department.
-- and also in the State Department.
Well it certainly should -- especially in the Middle East where where the risk of terrorist attack.
Is grave because the terrorist have very short supply lines that's where most of them live.
And therefore it's a lot easier to -- terrorist attacks against American targets in in the region and I think it's this.
What what went on before they attack.
That is as much open to criticism as the failure or the inadequate response on September the eleventh itself.
I think these witnesses given their positions the deputy chief of mission in Tripoli.
The Alter ego ineffective ambassador Chris Stevens.
They acting deputy in the counterterrorism bureau who would have a sense of the worldwide terrorist threat and American capabilities to respond to it.
And then that Eric Nordstrom the regional security officer who has already testified.
-- continued State Department denials of requests.
For enhanced security who may well give us a sense of the retaliation he's already experienced as a whistle block these are fact witnesses I think that's the most important point.
And no more opinions that we're gonna get from these people is this is not political.
A finger pointing or or process questioning these were people who experience.
The before during and after of the Ben -- attack I think it's very important.
That they are allowed to speak directly to the American people and you know if I had my druthers I'd asked the congressman to ask questions not make statements and get out of the way and what these witnesses tell their story.
You know that seemed to be part of the problem in some of the earlier hearings that were held in the senate ambassador John Bolton we are about an hour away from the scheduled start time of those hearings.
We appreciate you -- joining -- -- -- -- thanks.
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