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Secretary Clinton may have accidentally or perhaps intentionally.
Further confounded the search for truth.
With what seemed to be her initial claims of responsibility.
Last night for -- Gaza.
But her -- shifted just as did the story itself of the administration's role in the been -- -- tragedy.
To assess whether this is a massive cover up of some critics claim are somehow the forgivable failings of well intentioned government officials and they.
As Secretary Clinton put it -- war.
And how all of this will likely play out in tonight's presidential debate I'm pleased to welcome a decline.
He's the author of the New York Times best seller the amateur and veteran democratic campaign strategist.
Fox News political analyst -- -- who tonight is at Hofstra University the site.
Of this very important debate.
Well let me first jar if -- -- go to you and asked the since there are.
This debate there we know the stakes are high for the president is there any special element in the atmosphere there.
-- -- -- there's there's a lot of anticipation here you you can feel it LL lot more I think energy and excitement in the even the first debate I mean I think again in anticipation.
A rematch or you know round -- -- every one a college but.
Look a lot more is on the is at stake here I mean as much as Romney had to turn.
Last time around -- in the first debate Lou.
The stakes are high for the president this time -- can't have the same a repeat performance he's got -- got to come back and in a new.
A new arena with that the town hall that's a little bit tougher to be aggressive -- so it's going to be very period.
-- and the stakes are rise the economy is still in the doldrums one point 3%.
This this economy stubbornly refusing to create jobs 23 million people remain unemployed underemployed.
Folks who just given up ever finding work.
And the case.
Against this administration in the Gaza he seems to worsen.
By the day even efforts to to clarify if that's what those efforts were -- moment -- found dead.
But the role here of secretary plant can you clarify a bit at all for us tonight I'll try.
Do you know just before it came on your show I spoke to a member of Hillary's legal staff.
This staff has been working for weeks and try to find out who try to come to -- Decision on how to handle this in a way that wouldn't hurt hurt.
Reputation and wouldn't prevent her from running for president in 2006 feet when you say handled this you're referring to the big -- attack yet and her response to those are the administration's the entire big guy he -- Question.
When David Axelrod.
Went on fox and said it it was the state department's responsibility.
And therefore Hillary's.
Hillary even to hold the White House that she was thinking of resigning -- got to that point.
Ultimately they decided this legal team not to go that way after.
They reviewed the cable traffic to and from being -- and -- here's what I discovered.
That cable traffic and I'm being very careful about this but I took notes when I was.
Speaking to this -- member of the legal team the cable traffic will ultimately show that Hillary Clinton gave specific.
-- Did he thought the security there and that that if those orders had been carried out which they weren't.
It could have conceivably avoided this.
And yet and secretary of state Clinton.
Taking at least broad responsibility for what -- from last night.
But -- very carefully.
Not accepting responsibility.
What it was obviously a lack of security is our bastard through the Americans were killed in it to you in in tax terrorist attacks on that date.
Why did -- did she stepped forward.
Just about 24 hours ago.
You know beyond -- human tragedy -- there is a political.
School rob a political scrimmage going on between the Obama is and the clintons.
Over who's gonna take ultimate responsibility for this.
And that -- this and have huge impact on tonight's debate and in the next 21 days this election campaign let's go to -- -- -- you've heard and report here are your thoughts your reaction.
Well look if if -- -- cable's that it stated Hillary Clinton ordered.
For security to be beefed up and it didn't happen.
I mean that they're gonna that investment investigations gonna fall out why weren't why didn't it happen.
But she's doing the right thing here I don't think it's political -- politics involved everything but the fact is.
She was really saying that prior anything about.
Not beefing up security here why the rips it right security wasn't there.
Or why things weren't you you -- were handled batter its -- -- her dad's.
The rest of it.
-- they talked about the film so much you know on the shows things like that she didn't have anything that wasn't her responsibility and that the gonna have to be answers to that.
But I think Hillary Clinton has done a standout.
Thing here by taking responsibility for the security -- the other side of this is look.
I don't I think he's wrong I don't think there -- it who -- the source was it said had they called her.
Orders this thing could've been thwarted repelled.
I don't believe that from my reading of the two State Department.
Individuals who did the briefing for the press on October ninth.
There was any any sodomy.
And a platoon maybe but.
No no security did diplomatic security agents.
Could've number of them could have repel that attack and that that's what's important is that they have diplomatic security agents -- I think.
Are the professionals who -- protect the dignitaries.
-- you know who you read that report the bravery they showed that night and what I it's experience with the people who who protect those folks.
They deserve better but I'm not sure dead.
Anything we do normally would have in other words what I'm saying now is it look we had to redo airport security after.
If -- eleven we -- have.
Dialing 800 -- -- what you're really saying is that this was a failure not only of security which is.
-- wildly it can be imposing an effective is typically not a large force.
It's it's usually a detachment of of Marines and the fact to guard our embassies in our consulates.
But -- earlier -- saying is it's a failure of intelligence because we had no way to prepare to react with that because -- -- an absence of intelligence.
-- -- -- -- Yes there are lots of things wrong -- Marines don't guard consulates and embassies that's -- misnomer they don't -- gets diplomatic security that does that it's usually a very small team of five.
Sixteen people in.
And I just don't see how it it did.
How we currently have to rethink how we do security government.
We get into the all of that of the big questions really destroy here I think the important question -- the important question is why wasn't their security.
Why in the world wasn't there intelligence and why in the world isn't this administration five weeks later being forthcoming about what happened.
And why and for that matter Ed -- Why is it that we -- announcing these cables -- because it would seem to be if it's in the secretary's interest she would or one of her supporters certainly within the State Department.
As pristine as it is in -- values would've made certain of those republic.
I think they will be -- I think we're gonna see that in the coming days but I just with thinking that you and Joseph -- talking.
If George W.
Bush were in the White House today and this had happened in being -- him.
This this country would have had been papered with the headlines in the New York Times in the Washington Post everything about.
George Bush's administration should take credit card should take blame for this this is not happening yet and it ought to happen.
What -- wanna go YouTube and in terms -- the debate.
A focused on on the difficult issues of the economy do you believe that we're going to see significant questioning develop tonight.
Around the very issues that we have been discussing here that -- has reported from the from the Clinton camp within the within the us State Department and within her personal legal staff.
Well well -- look if you were the moderator I think that it and it was a moderated debate I think you would it would happen I just don't know what.
The twelve undecided individuals that you know Gallup.
Put this group of folks together in the town hall and ask questions and they may be you know asking about jobs about energy about you know -- Author of the things that may not and this may not be -- consider and they may not know about what Hillary Clinton set hours ago earned them.
-- trip is always.
Are we thank you very much big evening I had or assault.
Especially -- Joseph terrorist.
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