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The Obama administration is facing pressure from Republicans to explain internal government e-mails, released publicly this week, which shed new light on what officials knew about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. One of the e-mails suggests that the State Department was informed in the immediate aftermath of the attacks that a terrorist group had taken credit for the killings in a Facebook post. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton downplayed the e-mails, saying that a Facebook post does not amount to evidence. We’ll discuss what the e-mails reveal about the administration’s handling of the incident.

Guests:
Ethan Chorin, co-founder of the Avicenna Group, a non-profit in Libya, U.S. economic/commercial attache in Tripoli from 2004-2006 and author of "Exit the Colonel: The Hidden History of the Libyan Revolution"
Lynn Westmoreland, U.S. congressman (R) from Georgia's 3rd District and member of the House Intelligence Committee
Eric Schmitt, senior writer covering terrorism and national security issues for The New York Times and co-author of "Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al-Qaeda"
Kori Schake, research fellow at the Hoover Institution and professor in international security studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point

  • N. Bruce Nelson

    It is a shame that the discussion had devolved into a political scrum, taking attention away from the work Ambassador Stevens was doing.

    Ambassador Chris Steven’s family has set up a website to remember him, and a fund to continue his work of improving ties between the people of the US and the Middle East. Here is the web site address:

    http://www.rememberingchrisstevens.com/

    Here is a web site with thoughts stemming from the memorial held at San Francisco City Hall:

    http://brucescommentaria.blogspot.com/2012/10/remembering-ambassador-chris-stevens.html

    • chrisco

      Thanks for the links. Stevens was obviously an exceptional individual, although we all shine on.

  • Mrs. Eccentric

    huh. what i remember from right after this attack was a lot of administration statements prefaced with “According to the best current intel…”, “As far as we can tell from the info we have at this time…” etc.

    Speaking of double standards, whatever happened to concern on the right about letting otu information which might aid and abet ‘the terrorists’? Now they want the admin. to vomit up every single bit of information, sensitive or not, as soon as it crosses their metaphorical desk (or Facebook account).

    The White House doesn’t have a magic mirror like Miss Marianne did in Romper Room, so we can instantly know exactly what has happened anywhere in the world. It takes time to reconstruct events. The Repubs are doing their best to turn this into another October Surprise, when you would expect patriots to provide a united front against our enemies.

    steph

  • Guest

    This issue is of course being politicized — we are in the midst of an election. (We’d be complaining if they weren’t talking about it, too.) Callers trying to spin the Obama response as nonchalant or unconcerned about the fact that Ambassador Stevens was killed have apparently not been listening to what he and Sec. Clinton have said. Everyone complaining about *the response* to the tragic events, by any candidate, are in fact diminishing the events themselves.

  • Sean

    Of course the administration chose to cast the unfolding situation in the most positive light, because they knew that it would be exploited for political reasons by their opponents. You can’t simultaneously blame them for spinning details in their favor while twisting every word and action for your own political gain.

    If you want unbiased candor from the administration you have to also play fair.

  • menloman

    Krasney says that Obama blamed the Libyan security on cuts by Republicans. This is crap. The security of embassies are not line items in a budget, and the proposed cuts were not enacted.

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