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Is reeling tonight its foreign policy under assault on Capitol Hill the president seemingly off balances while on the campaign trail.
As governor Romney has taken a slight overall lead in the national polls and the president seems to be criticized almost as vigorously by his friends.
Is is buying governor Romney and now Wheeler in the Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has sent our troops to Jordan.
The make a clear statement of support -- -- Jordanian allies and to give an unmistakable signal to Syria Turkey and Iran.
To take some care and some caution.
My guest tonight is no stranger to rather than making a foreign policy or it's likely consequences.
She says the White House is running from the political fallout of a major policy disaster in Libya.
And our crumbling middle east policy.
Joining us now is Fox News national security analyst KT McFarland -- held national security posts under presidents Nixon Ford and Reagan.
-- it's great to have you with us look let's start first with the testimony before the house oversight committee today an administration that is caught with contradiction and contravention of almost every term.
What does let's have a I was in the White House during the Watergate and cover up.
And what happens in an election year particularly as a backup policy -- buyers.
The administration the White House wants to get used our way from the presence they -- and they do if her a lot of death.
So you have no idea who did what when did they do it who said what what really happens this -- the dust settles.
And then what happens as the administration tries to blame everybody they blame the movie in this case.
They blame the intelligence community and -- in this State Department.
But it's inconceivable I think to most and that the president of United States three weeks on into this this tragedy.
Is still talking about it and -- net video.
And not talking about terrorism the terrorists who killed an American advisors.
Ambassador and at the same time.
Taking no at least a -- steps for retribution.
There are three things that happen.
One the ambassador and his team requested more security -- security was denied as a result for Americans died.
And now airline there -- they lied about al-Qaeda being finished they lied about this was all because of the movie.
An airline -- obviously all the various parts as this story is unfolding why are they doing -- it's criminal negligence frankly.
And they're doing it because as you just pointed out were three weeks from a presidential election.
And the -- that.
That why am a number of other officials today.
Testifying before that committee and acting as if it's -- dancing contests that at the time departs as if the US ambassador is not dead.
-- two Navy SEALs another foreign service officer dead.
-- Americans and there doesn't seem to be the slightest concern expressed by the State Department.
-- -- record be corrected.
About the way in which they died and the reasons for their deaths.
While I was at security tonight who made that decision those are not decisions made at a low level that's an ambassador the United States person represented the president.
-- second thing I'd like to now is once those attacks started.
-- did we not try to.
Rescue and get other forces there we had other forces in Tripoli why -- -- not go to rescue what about.
The private security forces that we had in Ben Ghazi what about the military forces we have the delta -- so we haven't Sicily.
Why did they not go try to -- to rescue.
-- get involved in some way they did know that these if for Americans would be murdered in assassinated.
Why would they not there to help.
And the time in which it -- Offering there for them to be murdered by the terrorists.
If this juncture now we learn from.
Secretary of defense -- out of that.
We have troops now in -- are being augmented.
We don't know by precisely the number nor precisely the mission.
But it's a clear signal to everyone involved in this in the region Syria Turkey.
Iran of that were there.
-- is it your expectation that we're gonna see more of our troops go there what is -- likely mission here.
What makes me very -- as this is an awful lot like 1983 when we sent Marines into Beirut at the airport.
As a symbol as a signal to everybody in the area and then -- Marines were killed in the Beirut bombings.
On the other hand I am very nervous about chemical weapons in Syria and where are -- and where are they going the same way when you -- I just talked about the Libyan.
War and everyone was concerned about where is Qaddafi -- didn't care about Qaddafi I cared about those 20000.
Man has the shoulder fired missiles the same way I Carolina still unaccounted for still on how to -- probably are some of them may have been even -- -- attack the embassy.
I'm much more concerned today.
-- much that the side where his chemical weapons who's gonna get their hands on.
When are they gonna be years.
Are you satisfied that we have some sense of where they are do you have any see any reason to believe our intelligence is better today about what is happening in Syria.
Than it was about what was happening in Iraq -- in 2000 -- Weapons of mass destruction which turned out not to be there I sure hope we finally -- this after Iraq.
After Libya because chemical weapons -- that part of the world are almost as dangerous as nuclear weapons that part of the world.