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September 11 2012.
That night US ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans.
Perished during eight hours bullets.
Mortars and flames.
The political and bureaucratic smokescreen that followed -- Ghazi not just a tragedy.
But a -- Hello and welcome to Fox News reporting from day one Fox News has been investigating the big questions surrounding -- -- How could Americans be left so vulnerable.
In such a dangerous place.
Did their government leads them to die did their president trying to cover up what happened that night.
Voters reelected Barack Obama but they aren't giving him a pass -- Ben -- A recent fox poll found more than seven in ten American voters want congress to continue investigating.
And sort of week.
We begin with Peter Boyer who finds one piece of common ground between Obama supporters and critics.
Both agree that to understand -- Ghazi you must go back a few years.
Any clear eyed examination of this matter must begin with this sobering fact Ben -- joins a long list of tragedies for America.
Hostages taken in Tehran in 1979.
Our embassy and marine barracks bombed in Beirut in 1983.
Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia in 1996.
Essentially said to understand and guys you have to understand this series of terror attacks that.
Had occurred before she -- she certainly right in terms of on -- -- the ideology that fuels.
These attacks Andrew McCarthy is a former federal prosecutor who won a conviction of the blind Sheikh.
Who plotted to bomb New York City tunnels in landmarks in the 1990s.
Islamic -- them is the motivating.
Cause of all these attacks and it's us against them and we are them.
The difference between the Obama administration and its critics as the lessons teachers learn from that history.
Through the 70s80s.
At -- the United States dealt with terrorism as a crime.
I was actually on the front lines -- what we found is that we were repeatedly attacked and the attacks actually became more.
Audacious overtime and the result was the 1 September the eleventh attack John Bolton.
UN ambassador under president George W.
Bush as -- Fox News good trip it was that attack tragically that made us realize.
That we were in a war and that the way to deal with international terrorism -- created.
As you would -- an active aggression against the United States -- -- -- power.
But the rise of Barack Obama was part of an emphatic turning away from the bush foreign policies.
Bush's global war on terror vanished from the presidential vocabulary.
The Middle East and all its problems would be managed through Smart diplomacy and thank you.
And -- days from arm -- Obama begin what his critics called an apology tour.
And -- June 2009 speech in Cairo.
He suggested that Bush's freedom agenda for the Muslim world had been a clumsy overreach.
No system of government can't.
Or should be and polls.
By one nation.
By any other.
-- within weeks of that Cairo speech came -- stirrings from the Middle East that seemed to catch Obama by surprise.
America stood by as -- -- green revolution was brutally suppressed.
Then an uprising -- -- followed by popular revolt against the Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak.
The Arab Spring would present the president with a defining foreign policy crisis.
In March 2011.
He addressed the American people from the National Defense University.
In Washington the president who wanted to pivot away from the Middle East was now explaining why he was intervening in -- civil war in Libya.
It was to stop a bloodbath.
And port city that most Americans had never heard.
A place called -- Gaza if we waited one more -- -- -- -- suffer massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained.
The conscience of the world I refused to let that.
But saving -- -- from Qaddafi was not the end of that story.
At that moment in a jail cell in Southern California.
Check hiding former meth cooker named in the cool of the -- -- -- was working on a loop peace scheme.
That would one day command international attention.
It employed a low budget comically inept -- look -- look old desert warrior.
Was paroled in June 2011.
Federal authorities would only allow us an interview technical.
-- when you began to make this film what was your intent.
If -- an important message.
Why are they really care reform even -- -- home for a bit.
And what was the nature of that evil -- -- Is it.
-- -- -- -- -- When Ben Ghazi flamed -- the new and 2012.
At the peak of Obama's reelection campaign.
This Coptic Christian and his film became part of a smoke screen that obscured the truth about what happened on the anniversary of 9/11.
One of the principal unanswered questions is where did the story about the Mohamed video come from is it imaginable to the president and states having a conversation about what story we're going to can -- -- Explain this well the conduct of the top leadership of the administration during the entire attack is hard for me -- understand sometimes disaster strikes suddenly.
Ben Ghazi gave us plenty of warning.
After the break.
Welcome back to Fox News reporting.
We asked the White House for interviews with people in the administration involved in Ben Ghazi.
We were turned down but many administration officials have testified about the debacle or spoken publicly.
Like the president himself.
In addition the State Department and congress have released unclassified.
From these sources and our own exclusive reporting emerges a timeline of disastrous decisions.
And deadly consequences.
We resume our story in the fall of 2011.
October 20 2011.
-- Moammar -- is captured and killed by rebels in his hometown of -- and revolution is complete.
The US keeps its embassy in Tripoli Libya's capital.
But quickly sets up a diplomatic outpost -- -- the rebel stronghold President Obama vowed to safe.
But the violence continues there.
Says the state department's number two man in Libya Greg hicks who had assassinations and car bombings and Ben Ghazi.
-- assessment was that this was Libyan Libyan.
And not directed at Warner's the Americans move into this Villa on the west side of the city.
Inside its walls are four buildings including a large residents were -- safe haven is built.
You entered through -- heavy metal grill with several blocks on security at the US and -- compound consists of five diplomatic security special agents.
And four members of the February 17 martyrs brigades.
And Islamic militia group.
More than a mile away is what's called the -- -- now known to be a CIA facility.
There's more security there.
And based in Tripoli but moving around the country is a Department of Defense -- security team with special forces capability.
The lieutenant colonel Andrew wood takes charge of the SST on February 12 2012.
Spring of -- twelve there's an uptick in terror attacks in Libya there has to and it's going to be targeting more -- worker.
Despite an average of about two security incidents every three days.
Would and his team is partially to leave Libya by -- cents march 28 2012.
Americans in Libya send a cable to secretary of state Clinton requesting more security April 6.
-- -- is tossed over the wall of the Ben Ghazi compound.
No one is hurt April 19 a return cable signed by Clinton says security would actually be scaled back.
Clinton will later denied knowing about the exchange.
June 6 and IED is placed on the compounds north gate.
Again no one is hurt.
The next day the newly named ambassador Christopher Stephens.
Asked to keep to security teams the State Department had ordered to be removed.
Is denied June level.
A convoy transporting the United Kingdom's investor is ambushed in Ben -- he isn't hurt but two of his security squad talk.
The brits decide to pull out of big -- Clear that was it terrorist attack I actually conduct an investigation and it was a couple of skilled operator.
And he's skilled operators would realizes.
-- increasingly dangerous enemy to Americans.
Because if you have this -- are growing stronger when the last.
I think on the part of us.
Stephen sends another cable warning Washington of a deteriorating situation.
Where Libyan extremists are quote targeting international organizations.
And foreign interests.
Why would stay tell us special forces security team it's not needed in a place like.
And guns and trying to tell about her story than was actually a wonderful program.
Lieutenant general William G Boykin was the United States deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence it's because they live -- a fantasy.
Which brings us back.
Remembered that cool a bit silly -- cola the Coptic Christian who made that desert warrior -- he's renamed the film innocence of -- a lot.
And in late June advertises -- screening at divine theatre in Los Angeles I heard about the promotion of the film which act that was brilliant.
Steve Kline is an anti Islamist activist who would become a spokesman for the film.
The flyers were designed to get the attention of the young Taliban al-Qaeda type kids the wannabes here at Southern California and they've been.
Dated for lack of a better word so we'll watch this video about your hero.
But instead of seeing a positive film about bin Laden.
They'd be -- one that portrays the Prophet Mohammed as a homicidal.
Gay child molester.
We anticipated bad.
They would boil out of the theater and acting angry or something of that nature Klein waited outside in -- call with a video -- I dyed my hair black and my mustache like a lot of these characters know -- I am -- nobody come into the theater.
I called up the -- -- there's a bus nobody showed up he was really disappointed.
And depressed in fact.
A samba sealed upload to trailer for the film re titled innocence of Muslims to -- to market though Nicole would denies -- he.
Is -- seal.
And using an alias violates his probation.
Fuller for now in Hollywood terms.
He's still a nobody who made a film no one wanted to watch.
July 6 back in Libya the Americans are even more concerned about terror attacks.
But deputy assistant secretary for diplomatic security shortly -- -- Tells them they should not make a formal request for an extension.
Of the security teams set to leave in August lamb was discouraging.
Put it mildly why do you keep raising these issues why do you keep putting the sport all -- estate investor -- sends another cable to Washington.
Quote what we have seen are not random crimes of opportunity but rather targeted -- -- attacks.
Less than a week after that cable.
Lieutenant colonel ward and his military sites security team leave the country.
How did you feel that the security situation when he left I didn't like it.
That is much what concerns -- with the program -- still Stevens is being pushed to increase the US diplomatic presence in that city.
And soon says -- According to Chris Secretary Clinton wanted.
And -- converted into a permanent constituent post timing for this decision was important -- needed to report.
September 30 the end of the fiscal year.
September 6 Charlotte -- -- Carolina.
The democrats' national convention today without a single American casualty.
Moammar Qaddafi is gone and the people of Libya are free.
The same day.
More -- subject and Egyptian American Coptic Christian activist.
Blast an email to hundreds of journalists promoting a 9/11 event with core Ron burning pastor Terry Jones.
The email includes a link to -- coolers YouTube trailer.
September 8 Cairo.
A popular Islamic broadcaster errors portions of that trailer outrage and soon.
September not as ambassador Stevens gets ready to leave Tripoli for Ben Ghazi.
-- Henderson a diplomatic security officer in Tripoli warns that the February 17 martyrs brigade can't be trusted to protect.
September 10 and -- ambassador Stephens arrives in the city.
-- his movements are supposed to be secret.
Local media are there.
And that's cause for grave concern.
On the eve of the anniversary.
Of nine -- Coming up America suffers another blow on another 9/11.
After the break.
In the days after September 11 2012.
Obama administration officials would claim that Ben -- was a spontaneous.
Carried out by a mob outraged over -- YouTube video.
As you're about to see nobody but nobody in Libya.
Was thinking that on this fateful day.
September 11 2012643.
AM Ben -- A Libyan police officer atop a building next door just caught photographing the inside of the American mission.
The idea that a Libyan -- might -- casing the place rattles information management officer Sean Smith.
Around noontime he messages a friend on the Internet.
Quote assuming we don't die tonight we saw one of our police.
-- -- the compound taking pictures.
12:11 PM Cairo.
US embassy staffers release a statement about -- coolest video which has been shown on Egyptian TV.
Quote we firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.
By late afternoon the Cairo embassy is surrounded by protesters.
Voicing a variety of grievances.
Andrew McCarthy the video was born -- much larger demonstration.
That featured open brandishing the al-Qaeda flag.
And so on 6:45.
The Egyptian crowds -- the embassy.
Watching from Tripoli -- -- America's number two man in Libya.
Reaches out to his boss ambassador Chris Stevens in -- -- Crist are you aware of what's going on in Cairo.
And he said.
-- alive told him that the embassy have been stormed.
They were trying to -- down flat.
-- thanks very much no sign in Ben -- of protests.
Over the video or anything else.
9 PM investor Stephens and Sean Smith retire for the evening in the main residence.
For diplomatic security officers join them including lead officer Scott -- Another officer -- Henderson is at the nearby tactical operation Santa was there any awareness of YouTube video.
The YouTube video was a non event in -- 9:42 PM.
Asian Henderson here shots and an explosion.
-- and -- was radio and sounds in the long.
It's 3:42 PM in Washington Charlene -- is on duty at the State Department.
He also alerted the quick reaction security team station nearby.
The Libyan 17 February brigade the embassy in Tripoli.
And the diplomatic security command center in Washington.
The armed attackers entered the main games without warning or resistance.
From the February 17 martyrs brigade.
In Tripoli a diplomatic security officer runs in the -- Villa yelling Greg Greg.
The consulates under attack.
He calls Stephens who's hiding -- Sean Smith in the -- if he said Greg were under attack in the line cup.
The attackers set the main residence a blades and the safe haven filled with thick dark smoke.
More than a mile away at the CIA -- -- former navy seal Tyrone woods and other agents.
Get their weapons -- they were mobilizing.
A response team there to go to our facilities and provide reinforcements and to repel the attack.
9:59 PM off as an unarmed surveillance drone heads towards the compound -- places -- -- to Washington.
Where it's just turned four in the afternoon -- called the operations center at the State Department to report the attack.
Did you report to anyone in Washington that there is a protest in connection to -- -- No the only report that.
Our mission through every channel was that there had been an attack on -- 405 PM Washington time.
An internal State Department -- alert reports that Ben Ghazi special mission is under attack.
I was notified of the attack shortly after 4 PM I spoke to the national security advisor Tom Donnelly and Tom was my First -- call.
I instructed our senior department officials to consider every option.
To just break down the doors of the Libyan officials to get as much security support as we possibly could.
State Department counterterrorism official Mark Thompson.
Wants to immediately dispatched the US for an emergency support team called fast it is on -- to do just this mission.
I notified the White House my idea we needed to act now and not wait.
But the NX sources tell Fox News the CIA team was told to stand down twice.
While an independent accountability review board appointed by the State Department concluded the CIA officers were quote.
Not delayed -- orders from superiors.
Either way at 1007 PM Ben Ghazi time.
The CIA team leaves the annex bound for the compound.
But what about help from the Pentagon.
10:45 PM I asked.
The defense that actually does anything coming on the short answer no that's -- thank you very much.
And we went on with -- work 10:54 PM Ben -- The six man response team from the -- drives the attackers out of the compound.
By that time Sean Smith he's confirmed dead.
But nobody can find and faster -- It's now 5 PM in Washington.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta attends his weekly meeting with the president.
He ordered all available DOD assets -- response but not outside Libya will.
The quickest response option available.
Was a security team that was located.
At the embassy in Tripoli but the Americans have no plane in Tripoli we agreed.
That we would move forward with the chartering a plane to fly.
-- response team to bring Gaza to provide additional reinforcements.
11:10 PM then -- a US drone.
Armed only with cameras begin circling above the compound.
Five minutes later a second wave of attackers Iran it's the and -- team withdrew from the facility and the second wave of attackers took you know.
If anybody leave any base anywhere.
To go to the -- of the people under attack him and guys in Libya.
Before the attack in Dayton.
No because the attack ended the thing they could get off the ground -- But as senator Graham pointed out this is an attack that lasted nearly eight hours from start to finish.
There was this initial attack on the facility.
That been -- Frankly we thought that was the end of of what occurred there and we had no intelligence.
That a second attack would take place at the annex two.
Miles away coming up the Obama administration is tragically wrong about what's happening on the ground.
And more American blood will spill.
In -- down.
-- September 11 turns into the twelfth.
Ben Ghazi becomes a modern day Alamo.
A handful of brave Americans facing terrible odds.
With no help on the way.
5:30 PM Washington.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta finishes his regular weekly meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office.
Once back at the Pentagon he summons Africa on commander general Carter -- joint chiefs chairman general Martin Dempsey and other senior staff.
To discuss spend gossip.
That meeting will last more than two hours.
Back in Tripoli Greg hicks has neither hole that help is on the way that -- time to dwell.
We're on our own we're going to have to try to pull this off with the resources that we have by midnight 6 PM Washington time.
The annex is now under attack the second phase commences it after.
The teams have returned to the annex they suffer for about an hour and a half probing attacks after -- two -- scramble.
Teen Tripoli finally secures that charter plane.
Among those aboard.
Former navy seal -- -- meanwhile in Washington State Department counterterrorism official Mark Thompson.
Wants to know why the for an emergency support team or fast.
Has not been deployed as he requested.
The reason I was given was that this was not the time for the fest.
It might be -- and safe for the fest -- reacted.
We -- by a code that coach says you go after people when -- in apparel.
-- in service of their country 1207.
AM Libya 607 PM Washington the State Department issues and internal ops alert.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- Is claiming responsibility.
For -- -- By 1230.
Twitter posts are calling for attacks on the embassy in Tripoli and so we now have to take care.
Around 1 AM Ben -- Someone using quickly and cell phone re dials hicks the caller says the ambassador is at the -- Ghazi medical center.
That it is hospital which is controlled violence archery -- suspect to track.
1:15 AM Libya the American chartered plane from Tripoli arrives at the Ben -- airport.
But there's a hitch the Tripoli team had to -- yet.
The -- Gaza airport because it no transport.
And -- escort from.
The Libyans the delay would give the -- time to set up another lethal assault.
2 AM triple.
Gates gets a call from Washington where it's now eight PN secretary of state Clinton pulled.
Along and along with her senior staff role -- the phone.
-- asked me.
What was going on I spoke with are charged day in Tripoli I talked with the then Libyan national congress president to press him on.
Greater support we were reaching out to everyone we could -- to try to get an update about ambassador Chris Stevens.
8:39 PM Washington.
Five hours after the attacks begins.
Secretary of defense banana wrapping up -- two hour meeting at the Pentagon.
Officially authorizes a military response.
We ordered a marine fleet anti terrorism secure team to prepare to deploy to -- -- A second fast platoon.
Was ordered to prepare to deploy.
A special operations force training and Central Europe.
Was order to prepare to deploy to sick and -- Prepared to play prepare to deploy prepare to deploy.
It's not deployment of actually going toward -- -- why did it take almost four and a half hours.
To start the clock to prepare to deploy we had people there -- being killed we an ambassador was missing we didn't know when that attack was -- end.
And the American military did not respond.
So what about the house republicans' own interim progress report that concluded in April quote.
Department of Defense officials and military personnel reacted quickly to the attacks in Ben Ghazi.
I ask -- it's about that as I read the house.
Joint committee report it says.
There were no planes no helicopters no armed drones nothing could have saved the lives of Americans killed -- -- am I reading that report correctly the report is in in term report.
-- any discussion.
About what the military did and did not do is not yet complete 3 AM Tripoli.
Hicks gets a call from the prime minister of Libya.
I think it's the status phone call.
I've ever had in my life.
And he told me that.
Had passed away -- -- immediately.
4 AM Ben -- 10 PM in Washington.
I spoke with President Obama later in the evening.
-- -- You bring him up today to hear his perspective it's the only call between the two that night.
The secretary of state should have been on the phone to the president constantly.
Saying we've got people at risk at 1008 PM Washington time.
Clinton issues a statement despite the months of security warnings in Ben Ghazi and claims of responsibility.
By an al-Qaeda affiliate.
Clinton links the attack to the anti Mohammed video produced by -- -- of the silly -- Quote some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet.
The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.
Back in Ben -- the seven man Tripoli response team finally gets to leave the Ben Ghazi airport bound for the CIA and -- Within fifteen minutes of arriving at the annex facility they came under attack by mortar and rocket propelled grenades the accuracy was terribly.
Sites first mortar round -- long the next was short.
The next three landed on the on the roof.
Killing -- and -- -- former Navy SEALs -- toward and Tyrone woods become the third.
And fourth Americans killed that night.
-- is still in Tripoli.
Knows he must send another plane today in God's people have been -- -- had been fighting all night.
Tired and exhausted with -- in Tripoli a special forces team led by lieutenant colonel Steve hoot Gibson.
I told him to go bring our people home.
That's what he wanted to do as.
Carl Gibson in this -- personal world we're getting in the cards.
He stopped -- cold Martins has told me that.
It not been authorized to go how -- the personnel reacted being told to stand down -- quote.
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 lieutenant colonel Gibson later tells congress he was not ordered to stand down.
But to stay in Tripoli due to threats against Americans there.
Gibson's -- -- Africa -- commander four star general Carter -- -- -- the Pentagon with Panetta and Dempsey he declined to speak with thoughts.
But he did meet with congressman -- it's about the overall lack of a military response that night.
Heat hold me.
That they have proximity that capability but they were not ordered to go and he was sitting as far as you and I are sitting why would they be ordered.
Not to respond why it's the big question I think you're gonna fine.
That a lot of levers that the president had at his disposal were not -- Coming up Ben Ghazi and the -- YouTube video.
Was the administration trying to get out the truth.
Or create a smoke -- After the break.
Back in the 2008 campaign Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton famously -- Over who was prepared to handle that 3 AM emergency phone call.
As we've seen the call actually came at three in the afternoon.
From Benghazi Libya.
Now for Americans are dead.
And the new election.
It's just weeks away chief Washington correspondent James Rosen.
Reports on September 12 the NSA intercept communications between two al-Qaeda terrorists claiming they participated in the attack.
And -- CIA station chief reports back to Washington on the involvement of militants with al-Qaeda time.
Finally that same day Beth Jones a top aide to secretary of state Clinton.
Email State Department spokeswoman Victoria -- and and Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills among others I spoke to the Libyan ambassador and I told him that the group that conducted the attacks on -- Sharia.
Is affiliated with the Islamic terrorists there is no -- Of a video in that email.
Republican congressman Jason -- fits of Utah -- -- the Libyans we know who did it.
And it was these terrorists.
10:30 AM the Rose Garden President Obama also seems to link the YouTube video to the murders of four Americans invented our.
All efforts to got a -- the religious beliefs of others.
They thought they can get away with -- if they make it a story about a crack on American -- not.
Al-Qaeda it's not a failure of American policy it is not the fault of the president it was since simply summoning an out of control because of -- video it doesn't wash.
September 13 10 AM Washington DC.
Clinton again links -- -- as video and the Ben Ghazi attack.
The United States government had absolutely.
Nothing to do with this video.
It appears to have -- deeply cynical purpose.
A great religion.
And to provoke rage.
I'm back in California new cool is surprised to find himself at the center of such a huge story but is grateful for the publicity as he tells -- -- Peter Boyer.
They didn't -- -- long term thank you -- much.
Thank you -- -- much.
September 14 2:30 PM joint base Andrews the bodies of the fallen arrived back home.
We've seen the heavy assault on our post in Ben Ghazi.
It took the lives of those great men.
We've seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful.
Internet video that we had nothing to do with.
The father of slain former navy seal Tyrone woods says Clinton then approaches him.
She mentioned that thing about.
We're going to have that person arrested and prosecuted.
That it -- video.
Thirteen hours later in Cerritos California -- Los Angeles county sheriff's hold a cooling in on suspicion of violating his probation meanwhile the CIA is circulating an initial draft of talking points about Ben Ghazi that administration officials and Capitol Hill lawmakers can use.
On the upcoming Sunday shows.
The agency states flatly quote we do know that Islamic extremists with ties to al-Qaeda -- participated in the attack.
And the talking points note that the Islamist group bonds -- -- Sharia has according to published reports already claimed credit for the attack.
The point also mention that CIA had long warned about the worsening security environment in Ben -- September 14 and fifteen after two days 100 pages of emails untold phone calls and meetings the State Department CIA and the White House agree on the twelfth and final version of the talking points all references to al-Qaeda and -- -- Sharia and to CIA's warnings about security.
Have been deleted from the final product CIA director David Petraeus dismisses the scrub talking points saying he just as soon not use them.
Lastly there is in the final talking points no mention of the video only a reference to earlier protests in Cairo.
10:32 AM Sunday September 16.
The president of Libya's general national congress appears on CBS news's face the nation and says the Ben Ghazi attacks were anything but spontaneous.
It was time definitely was found by -- partner.
On the same day Susan Rice US ambassador to the United Nations makes the rounds of all five major talk shows and contradicts the Libyan president directly.
What sparked the recent violence was the erring on the Internet a very hateful very offensive video.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- And salted in front of its own people his ability to lead his own country was damaged he was angry I was stunned my jaw dropped.
And I was embarrassed on September 25 the president addresses the United Nations crude and disgusting video.
Sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world two days later Nicole is arrested and held without bond.
Meanwhile the hunt for the perpetrators make scant progress the Obama administration wants to send the FBI.
But the bureau's agents are unable to gain entry to the consulate and -- grounds for a critical two weeks.
-- believes the Libyan president angry over Susan rice's false account of the attacks orchestrates the delay.
A friend of mine who ate dinner with him told me that he was still steamed about the talk shows two weeks later that it.
Negatively affected our ability to get the FBI team quickly to -- -- by Election Day November 6 two thirds of American voters call Ben Ghazi troubling.
With 44% believing the Obama administration had willfully misled the country.
Yet Barack Obama handily wins election to a second term in the White House.
The next day a judge sends no -- -- sealing a cool look back behind bars.
He remains in custody.
Coming up Ben Ghazi Boston.
And the end of the war on terror.
Today more than half of American voters say the Ben Ghazi scandal has weakened their faith in their government.
What happened in Ben -- and the response to it.
May have sparked an even wider debate over the war on terror.
It's not possible for America simply deploy a team a special forces to capture.
Every terrorist even when such an approach may be possible.
There are places where would -- profound risks to our troops and local civilians may 23 2013.
Another address by the president at the National Defense University we lost Americans to terrorism and our embassy in Beirut.
Our marine barracks in Lebanon but the World Trade Center and our military facilities in Saudi Arabia -- the long litany of attacks.
He reveals the lesson he's learned about terrorism.
-- -- we -- smartly and proportional.
These threats may not rise to level that we saw on the eve of nine -- lot.
He announces plans to take the nation off the war -- -- we've been on since that -- this war.
Like all -- Instead.
That's what history advises.
All wars must and that's the lesson of history well that's true usually after somebody wins bush era UN ambassador John Bolton.
Believes the speech provides a moment of clarity.
That helps explain the importance of -- guns Americans lack of attention as exemplified by the president it's lack of preparation.
It's lack of willingness to respond as demonstrated by -- guys who.
These are all inducements for the terrorist and make no mistake our nation is still threatened by terrorists.
From -- -- the Boston we have been tragically reminded of that truth.
We have to recognize that the threat has shifted and a ball from the one that came to our shores on -- what is it.
Dangers down play at all threat from outside the US -- there's nothing in the president's speech.
That suggested that -- downplaying -- PJ Crowley served under President Obama.
As an assistant secretary of state we have to figure out is whether in dealing with this challenge will still confront this in the context of war.
The problem as -- sees it.
Is that the way America dealt with terrorism before 9/11.
Is what brought -- And he says.
It's what brought us in Gaza as well.
I'm afraid that what would have to happen to get them to wake up to reality is another major terrorist attack.
So Americans at a crossroads.
We must define the nature and scope of this -- Or else it will define us.
September 11 2001.
Has largely defined America for the better part of -- generation.
What -- the legacy of Ben Ghazi -- As we saw in the years before 2001.
The -- the nation takes away from an attack like the one on September 11 2012.
Can make a profound difference.
For every American.
That's all for tonight.
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