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-- welcome to The Journal Editorial Report I'm apology -- riveting testimony this week from veteran.
Diplomats about the deadly assault on the US mission in Ben -- Gregory hicks the deputy chief of mission in Libya gave an emotional.
We're counting of the night of September 11 2012.
The first public detailing from a on the ground official.
His testimony -- new attention to the events surrounding the attack and how the administration handled its aftermath.
What ambassador Stephens -- did you perhaps minutes before he died as a dying declaration.
What precisely did he say to you.
It said Greg were under attack did he mention one word about a protest or a demonstration.
-- -- did not.
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.
Joining the panel this week Wall Street Journal columnist and deputy editor Dan had anger foreign affairs columnist Bret Stephens and political diary editor Jason -- So Dan what's them.
Single most important take -- you had from this year.
I guess Paul it is that that there is such a vast.
Distance between what Gregory hicks described as happening that night and what the administration describe for virtually a week.
Put Gregory hicks -- -- was -- in -- serious firefight and been Ghazi lasting all night involving heavy weaponry right.
That's September 11 on September 13 Jay Carney attributed to this California YouTube video.
Five days later Susan Rice goes on television and says the same thing and in fact.
On the following Tuesday September 18 Jay Carney is still attributing this to a YouTube video why it was the Obama administration trying to suppress.
But that's that Gregory do you think your conclusion is based on -- testimony that they were.
Trying to suppress yes the story that this was a -- -- you can call it whatever you want they didn't want to talk about what happened -- -- -- that on and.
Hey let's pick some folks that during the testimony that he was pressured -- keeping his mouth shut -- -- -- department.
Official outfit the FBI did not talk to him during there investigation of this that's about transparency -- to national security.
Failure and it's transparency.
In the aftermath it that's the problem here that the but much of the media particularly the liberal media wants to make -- old with a simple.
Partisan bickering in congress same old same -- let's move on now this is this is about -- eight administration not being forthcoming.
Months after the fact about what really what.
-- is about an administration that sees the death of an American ambassador and three of his three of his personnel as a political problem.
Not a national security problem not a policy problem.
But a political problem for an administration that's in the middle of the of a political campaign.
And -- a stunning things for me coming out of a great -- testimony.
Was his commenting on the fact that when he was trying to talk to visiting congressman congressman -- from from you -- The State Department was concerned that -- should be a lawyer at all times present -- and Hillary -- a former secretary of state Clinton's chief of staff Cheryl Mills who some of us remember from the impeachment defense in right Bill Clinton.
Was with the one person who called -- according his testimony and said do not talk alone.
To a member of congress and afterwards he also thought as he -- -- chill from from Beth Jones another close aide.
To Secretary Clinton so you get a sense that.
Here you have a kind of a phalanx around Secretary Clinton for whom the first priority is make sure that our political bosses.
Aren't touched in any way by a serious Powell the way to do you blame them into middle of a presidential election -- could -- blame them why.
Because they're not campaign officials -- State Department officials and their -- -- that Americans that's a serious problem that's an inability to separate the role.
As partisans and is as excited as officials of the US government.
Well bear in mind as well that that night Greg hicks.
Or his aides spoke to the State Department describing what was going on they talked to the -- -- pentagon joint chiefs and they talked to -- African command in Stuttgart Germany.
Trying to get help.
There was -- what would wide array of very senior officials -- US government who at least knew what was going on there and again the question is why.
Did the administration Israel what's your answered I think it's I think.
My answer is that the talking points were sat in the White House either by the president himself or one of his top aides and then it forced everyone down below them to come up with these totally implausible accounts of what happened there's new evidence while to get out.
The record here for our viewers there's new evidence here that's come out reported by ABC news about.
The email that the the talking points which are distributed to the government as a matter of routine about what to say about something like this.
Twelve times right that's -- and and and this is highly important part -- a point because.
Early on we heard from Jay Carney White House spokesman at the -- the talking points and all come from from -- -- from the CIA from from the Intel community.
Now we're learning -- various departments we're getting in there equities basically.
Bureaucratic cover ups where they didn't want to point out that CIA have been warning for months that diplomatic facilities in western diplomats have been Ghazi.
Were under increasing threat.
And so it was a classic case of bureaucratic and political cover up.
Leading up to Susan rice's testimony on on the fifteenth time via Frank Wolf congressman from Virginia education has been arguing for the house to put together a select committee instead of -- five committees with disparate interest that are looking into this do you support that idea I think it's a very good idea and and -- they make some of the same conclusion as the committee that's already.
Looked in this we don't know but.
An ambassador in his recent award that a review our guests like them but yes I think a bipartisan select committee I think this does -- that rises to the -- This review board never even interviewed Secretary Clinton.
Do you understand that.
It's impossible to explain the FBI did not interview Gregory -- when they were in Tripoli I do not understand that and I think that's why.
We need to reboot of the national security agencies on issues like that and they're one of the only mechanisms to do that is stupid.
Committee of congress like they did under Watergate looks and the this and as opposed -- density as well -- chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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