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New information on the Ben Ghazi terror attack the Justice Department filing sealed charges against several suspects.
The move marking the first American tangible response to the attack.
Nearly a year after it happened it was last September 11 -- four Americans were murdered including ambassador Christopher Stephens.
We're told one of those now charged in the attack.
Is the founder -- Libya as Islamist militia his name Hochman -- look at -- officials say he was seen at the compound that night but he.
His reportedly denying any involvement despite the charges still no arrests have been made at this hour -- John Bolton is a former US ambassadors of the UN.
And a Fox News contributors ambassador let's start with that last point YA.
Despite these charges.
Have no -- been made.
Well I think it goes to the heart of the question why this criminal law approach to the attack on bad guys he is so inadequate then I'm glad the charges are filed but but that fact alone doesn't do us.
Thing real life.
To demonstrate American resolve I don't think anybody doubted we could indict somebody.
As the saying goes you know a -- Take something to a grand jury you can indict a ham sandwich.
The real issue is what you're gonna do to the people who carried out the attack and I'm sure that.
That the terrorist who did this or no more worried about this indictment than they were about statements from the White House about bringing them to justice.
I think it reflects that in adequacy of treating attacks by terrorist is criminal events rather than acts of war.
Let's talk a little bit about the policy response that you -- we have some facts to present her viewers thank god the September 11.
We have four Americans murdered we know it's a terror attack and we know this name.
-- -- has come up before he was the one drinking a strawberry -- pay with a New York Times journalist just weeks after the event that's what we know.
Now we have charges filed supposedly against him.
In Yemen no.
This is this is interesting is we're talking a lot about Yemen these days we know that there's alleged -- on the ground in Yemen so far they haven't murdered anybody on the ground there.
Yet we're hearing repeatedly about drone strikes that are taking these terrorist out so why the different response.
Well I think it's very difficult to explain especially given the similarity.
Of the threat information or at least the US response to -- To be worried about embassies and consulates in the broader Middle East.
Up coming under attack.
And you know -- the in the inconsistency.
I think is is should give us cause for concern because it once again sends a signal.
That the United States' capabilities to protect itself for so weak I don't think anybody can seriously argue.
Given the threat we saw in Yemen that there was anything to do prudently other than close down.
But the real question is why why is the al-Qaeda terrorist -- still so robust that we we see this -- why don't we have.
Undertaken to prevent the the threat from spreading and those are the real policy questions it ought to be addressed.
Both then -- light of Ben Ghazi and with what's happening in -- today and my administration's.
Anti terror policy is failing.
But here's what members of the administration might say if they were part of this conversation they say listen we have great support in Yemen.
From the government there we have for a long time.
Libya we don't have the same support this is post Qaddafi the government's little bit of -- quite frankly we are not sure about our partnerships there what about that.
Well I think if we had such great support from the government of Yemen we wouldn't have had to evacuate our people it is the responsibility of the host government in the first instance to provide security.
And I think it's concerns frankly that government security forces are infiltrated.
That that leads us not to be so sure.
That we can keep our people there and keep them safe so I think that attempt -- distinction fails.
Real quick ambassador -- about thirty seconds -- watching for next when it -- the Ganassi affair.
Well I wish what would come next would be retaliation against the people who carried out the attack but I honestly don't see it coming I don't think the administration thinks.
That we should -- -- as an act of war or that were in a war against terrorism after all they think the war on terrorism is essentially over.
The repercussions of our actions in Libya in being -- is something we're going to be talking about Bret Stephens next hour from the Wall Street Journal on -- thank you very much it was great to have you.
Thank you again.
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