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Muscle last -- focus specifically on the military response when the Americans in Libya let Washington know they were under attack.
And what happened when people started questioning the administration.
About its response here's a little of what the witnesses have -- on those points.
Lieutenant colonel Gibson he said it's the first time.
In in my career that a diplomat has more balls than somebody in the military.
-- other part of the counterterrorism bureau is responsible for responding to a crisis this is a crisis.
My office was not involved in -- subsequent meetings.
The question that I have about the AARP and again it's not what -- AARP has is what it doesn't have and that it stopped short.
Of the very poor people that need to be asked those questions.
Like Hillary Clinton BA RV is the internal State Department group -- and external growth but it was ordered by the State Department to look into what happened and gusty and the one person Nate.
Didn't talk to was the secretary of state.
Who said the buck stopped with her but apparently so -- the interviews.
She gave testimony before congress but that the group tasked with telling us what went wrong and Ben Ghazi never spoke to the secretary of state.
There's a real question here about the administration botched the response.
In the wake of -- -- the bank -- -- flat out lied to the American people and it's obvious obvious to everyone now that we were inadequately prepared.
For what happened on September 11.
When it -- Crist are Walt up here.
-- did you politics editor and host of power plant foxnews.com.
And your thoughts so far on what we have seen in terms of the tone and the tenor coveted a couple of the Democrats interestingly.
Wind up making some of the Republicans.
Best points for them as they tried to cross examine these these career State Department witnesses who.
You know got up there and said look we're not political people the story is -- what the story is and and gave a little push back as we watch this event unfold.
Well sometimes and hearing like this -- you expect that the results will not match expectations in this case these witnesses.
-- Have acquitted themselves in such a way that there -- That the prior rumors about what they were gonna testified.
Have only been amplified in terms of their significance and their impact they have been called their demeanor has been the emotional at times.
But they have been able to keep a clear narrative together and they've been able to describe this in a way.
That can't that hasn't been unwound by the democratic talking points on -- you know there's a there's a clear set of talking points out there as Democrats today are pushing back.
On this story on this story -- because it's potentially very damaging to the current.
Democratic president and it's also potentially very damaging to the woman who they would like to be the next democratic president Hillary Clinton.
And these guys in the face of a brutal partisan situation between Republicans and Democrats these guys are acquitting themselves well.
We saw Eleanor Holmes Norton -- -- Democrat from DC trying to get.
Mark Thompson to admit that the counterterrorism.
Wasn't completely cut out of the meetings that they did have a role in that they -- disk in discussions after that attack on 9/11.
And she wanted him to admit that because I think it's his boss submitted a written letters saying I was I was involved in this that I wasn't you know.
And Ghazi air Libya than it does happen but I was involved discussions -- -- and we saw marked top to push back on her.
Look my part of the counterterrorism bureau he said the park that responds to crises.
Was kept out not the -- bureau I never said.
It was the entire counterterrorism bureau within state I said Mike park which responds to crises and that was the part he said that would've been the most effective.
And it's interesting because you know you see sort of these Democrats who're trying to rehabilitate.
The State Department and so on and yet wind up.
Sparring with these guys who are experts about what actually did happen in the week -- -- Ghazi and maybe walk away you know a little.
A little stunned at the line of questioning and how it worked out.
Well the Democrats -- you can sum up the democratic position as a relates this stuff and what Hillary Clinton had to say at this point what does it matter she was talking about.
Was there cover up Wear what about the false talking points all the things that brother Rosen was talking about there.
Well to a certain extent.
She's right she was right and the Democrats are focusing on that and trying to make the discussion about the bogus talking points because what does it matter but you know what definitely matters.
Could lives have been saved.
Could justice have been brought more swiftly to the attackers those Islamist militants who raided the compound could something have been done at all.
And odd that hangs the question of the long term consequence of this scandal with people who could have saved lives.
Or at least killed the attackers even if it was after it was too late to save the Americans who the doomed Americans who were there.
That becomes a real scandal.
And then there was a dramatic moment.
Where trade Audi Republican asked.
It was Eric and it was Gregory hicks.
That's the guy who with the former deputy of the mission in Libya he became he was number -- it became number one as soon as Cris Stevens who was murdered.
OK so who could you -- who's better to ask.
What was your reaction when you saw Susan Rice.
Our UN ambassador go on five Sunday talk shows and tell the world this was a spontaneous protest.
In response to a video and it wasn't pre planned in downplaying the terror angle.
And here is that exchange.
So fast forward mr.
-- to the Sunday talk shows and ambassador Susan Rice she blamed this attack on a video in fact she did it.
Five different times what was your reaction to -- that.
I was stunned.
My jaw dropped.
And I was embarrassed.
I mean you tell me whether what is the administration do with that they come out say hicks is it he's a jerk he's a liar don't believe the guy just cried over the ambassadors -- -- -- I -- let's just say that -- he's he's a partisan hack.
What are we supposed to do with that.
The talking -- for the Democrats they relate to -- we feel bad for him because he's very emotional and he was there on the ground and he lost his colleague and -- we feel bad for him because he obviously is very emotional and they use the word emotional a lot to indicate maybe he's not thinking so clearly.
Then there's the next spin which is the which is sort of the the sub Rosa -- spin here which is.
Yes there was spin after the fact yes there was that.
-- lighting yes there was half -- yes there were these false talking points but yeah and that part was political and that's not cool.
But remember that we did everything that we possibly could the president and the secretary of state did everything that they possibly could.
In the time that was available yet there was some phony baloney from Susan Rice afterwards but whatever mr.
-- is talking about he's just very.
But what hicks is saying and what makes the testimony so damaging.
Is the fact that there were options he believed that there were options available.
To save lives or at least provide a definitive show of American strength.
Instead of instead of saying to these Islamist militants that we would throw our hands up.
And allow Americans in a US facility to be murdered without -- We saw the one lawmaker try to play that sound bite from the Director of National Intelligence.
Saying I felt bad for Susan Rice -- issue just seeing what we what we told her well it's true she was reading talking points on the Sunday talk shows from the intelligence community.
Talking points -- been heavily edited at her department the state department's request and we have.
The emails in which victory in new in the spokesman.
For the State Department was saying -- it's -- they're not gotten there I'm unhappy get get rid of these references to al-Qaeda and so on and they kept cleaning them and cleaning and cleaning them.
To the point where the substance of the remarks had been completely guided the message had been changed.
From one of these are al-Qaeda terrorists who were attacking us in a terrorist attack to.
Oh he's a spontaneous demonstrations and ignored the issue with that -- that weathered Susan rice's fault it's whether the state department's fault.
For -- talking points that came from the intelligence community.
Quick last thought Chris.
Once -- pays our friend got a hold of that email and knew that.
The jig was up and that's why you get the tacit admission that that talking points were political phony baloney.
Right and so for that for the and I clapper to say I felt bad for Susan Rice it was her fault it was the Intel -- -- -- it wasn't -- any Intel community did it.
But it -- dated after state kept objecting to their talking points over and over and over and then finally.
Again according to the house report quote White House officials responded by stating the state department's concerns would have to be taken into account.
Which means do it cleanse their talking points and -- rice went.
Chris thank you.
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