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Joining us now Fox News national security analyst KT McFarland was held national security posts under presidents Ford Nixon Reagan.
And -- that this.
This incident and as Jennifer just reported.
-- still very dangerous and for an unknown.
All of Americans being held hostage.
But we do know or as a result of or -- more power of the leader.
That they have at least two Americans route that they are willing to trade or first your your reaction to the statement.
That we do not negotiate with terrorists when clearly we have done just that in the instance of the Taliban at least going to the PO.
Hello as well.
Well we have encryption you with terrorists I gotta say that hostage situations are what got a lot of presidents in trouble.
When Jimmy Carter couldn't you know rescue American hostages in Iran.
That was what costs in the presidency President Reagan tried to negotiate.
Out with terrorists or hostile hostages -- -- -- -- said he didn't you have been in effect that's what it looked like and the -- So this is very dangerous territory politically that the presence getting into it really strikes me though is the -- density.
Of saying don't trade your American terror wrote to combat those two hostages will trade -- for the blind -- a man who probably after us -- bin Laden.
Is the most despised.
Terrorist planner -- that's affected the United States.
About also it's a trade that is different been specifically ruled out by this administration they have not.
Said categorically that it would not occur.
And I thought that was generous in the statement today.
From the State Department press spokesman we don't negotiate with terrorist.
Asset follow -- question can assure us that we will never trade the blind Sheikh.
Or any kind of hostage situation that hasn't been -- about I sure hope.
-- in the confirmation hearings are gonna have next week.
Next two weeks for the new cabinet officers that question will be asked.
Troubling statement by the the secretary sick today and I -- quarter.
Clinton said it is absolutely essential that we broaden and deeper deepen our counterterrorism cooperation going forward with Algeria.
And all countries of the region -- -- grab the northern Africa.
We stand ready to further enhance the terrorism support that we already provide.
What the United States does not seem to require at this point our history.
Is greater involvement in the region from which it appears were extricating ourselves.
And that's the real problem ask United States is perceived as leaving North Africa the Middle East.
I'm Afghanistan -- -- left Iraq.
What signal -- and -- -- leaving behind an awful lot of American civilians.
People who are very involved with NGOs teaching girls out of how to read working in hospitals those people are gonna be unprotected.
And if we have a situation where it looks like.
Terrorists -- are gaining some kind of an advantage by taken American hostages will they take more American hostages -- around.
This the audacity of this operation.
Against this BP gas plant in the the eastern desert of -- here.
I thought it was curious that the State Department and others in our government were saying this was a and and I found that to be so provincial.
As if my god you know these -- al-Qaeda terrorists with whom we've been engaged in battle by the longest conflict in the history of this super power.
Actually planned things and we need it came across -- utterly mindless but to me your reaction.
OK I think what that was all about with -- to go back to this this September the bank Gaza attack right the initial reaction of the administration was this is an unplanned attack.
This was a bunch of people who were -- they were in relation -- -- -- which they were proved to be completely idiots so I think that's why the tough talk now it was a planned attack and it was.
And tough talk to say it's a planned attack at some in the same instances if it's a -- rationalizations.
Again for inaction.
And perhaps it is -- -- -- not knowing the circumstances to say.
-- -- it's -- it seems again -- that this administration has been caught flat footed and incapable of responding.
Our -- where are we now for months after the bank -- attack we still don't have anybody custody we have not retaliated and the signal that has -- -- al-Qaeda and took on Islamic extremists has come get us again that's what happened when we didn't respond.
In 2002 the USS Cole attack to the East Africa bombings that's what led to September 11.
Here we are all over again not respond.
-- -- That this incident happened absolutely and -- -- sent the content claims responsibility for the bank Gaza attack is sitting in a luxury hotel.
Cool side in -- Ghazi.
Sit in strawberry -- is according to the New York times' breaking about it why are we not -- Casey -- thank you.
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