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And did President Obama call it terrorism and when -- -- it seems to me that that's something of a side issue here we're really costing statements.
-- -- you know would would playing any game of semantics.
All the more important issues here are very important ones that need to be -- Well I think that the part of it though is an important issue because if it reflects is I think is at least possible.
An ideological blindness to the continuing threat of international terrorism.
The unwillingness of the administration to say flat out.
Within days if not the day after the September the eleventh attack that it was international terrorism has significant implications -- -- -- -- what's that what's the practical effect.
Of saying on day one that this was an act of terror or saying -- on -- ten or date twenty.
Well I think the that the problem continues to today I think we saw -- in the administration's.
Hesitation over the Boston Marathon bombing the first inclination of some like.
His top political advisor David Axelrod say well you know was tax day.
Implying that maybe it was a tax protestor rather than.
Than an international -- a problem and ending the issue here is if you can't or not are now willing to see.
That the threat of international terrorism al-Qaeda it's metastasized.
-- -- -- remains a serious threat to the United States then you can't take.
Adequate steps to protect our citizens and our facilities around the world war or here at home for that matter eight.
So the book what we get a.
Eight from that and it seems to be one of the biggest issues that perhaps has not been -- -- debt adequately yet.
Is security around that facility.
We know there will request the greatest security we know they would turn down we don't know precisely to which level.
Those requests went and to act which level they would turn down is that something that you would you want more clear on -- Yes I I think these are among the questions that committees in congress are gonna ask -- but there are predicate questions to that too which is.
Who should may have gone -- in other words in a properly functioning Department of State.
When you have made -- as important to the policy of the administration as Libya where after all they overthrew the sitting government.
Through the use of American military force.
This is something bad in state department's I've been involved in would have been -- sufficiently high priority.
That is secretary of state himself or herself.
-- well been involved in decisions that in 90% of the diplomatic posts around the country -- secretary would not be involved -- so I'd like to know more about for example why were we establishing a consulate in Ben Ghazi.
To begin with and some have said it was to cover the CIA activity in the annex in my response to that is if -- were trying to cover what was going on in the -- why did you have.
The annex and the -- -- facility co located pretty hard to imagine cover when one is operating.
Some distance from the other.
Some say that we were in preparation of putting a console into showed that political -- had been restored and then Gaza.
That obviously wasn't true so there's a problem there as well and all of these are questions at a policy level.
That go beyond.
The reasons why request for enhanced security were denied although those requests than the denials obvious they're important as well -- and then there's the question -- All of the reaction all of the administration.
Whether they -- quick enough to.
-- recognize what was going on.
And then it could they have done -- militarily speaking.
Try at least to save the lives -- world totally -- -- Heard former Defense Secretary Robert Gates saying it yes seeing a couple of days -- I think it was to CBS news that.
It's G that he would not -- put up a single act cropped over that facility without knowing a lot more about what was going on and he was.
Implying and actually said that those who say.
We could've done a lot more we could just send Davis was special operators just -- -- land on the ground -- get on with it.
Are doomed to walking a war the war movie version of military action is that a fair point.
Well I've heard people who are retired from the military that I respect come down on both sides of that question so to me it's not something I feel I can second guess we do know from Gregory -- testimony that he was prepared to spend.
-- for people from Tripoli to Ben Ghazi and that was the subject of the so called stand down order and and I think that's an area question.
But again I would say there -- predicate issues here.
By the by the summer 2012 we had had a year and a half almost two years of the Arab Spring we've seen riots demonstrations in major Middle Eastern cities.
What we -- we could understand.
Individual American citizens private as well as official might well be a threat hostage taking her kidnapping.
Or as we had to do in Tripoli itself in early 2011 we might have to evacuate Americans.
In that dangerous context.
Why -- -- not more assets pre positioned near North Africa or the Middle East.
In in advance of such a contingency it may well be that on September the eleventh there was nothing else it could be done.
But -- and -- and that's something to find out.
But even if that's true it doesn't answer why there weren't more capabilities there -- 22 acting in exactly this kind of -- -- what a president Obama's assertion that this is a poll about politics that a lot of these questions -- side -- The implication being that to some extent that designed to -- Hillary Clinton office stride -- and are expected run for the presidency in 2016.
And the people made it making political hay out of this.
Well I think one fundamental question is whether the president himself made political hay who were tried to avoid whatever the opposite of political -- is -- right after September the eleventh by coming up with a story about the -- video but I believe in all the politics.
The fact is that the the the potential danger to official Americans and private American citizens in North Africa and the Middle East.
Remains acute today if any thing as we've seen from the recent.
Withdrawal of of Americans from Libya -- that the problem is is still very serious so.
Understanding what happened on September the eleventh understand what we did wrong before hand.
And honestly what we've done wrong since -- eight months gone by these killings un avenged at this point.
Goes directly to the question whether Americans are as we speak in danger and whether we're adequately prepared to protect them.
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