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Back now -- general grange and ambassador Bolton and I are I wanna turn to the Syrian response.
And what you might do.
Well and to see -- you think of it general first to what degree does Syria have a capability.
To you to react to Israel strike.
Well -- they have a capability to launch missiles aircraft.
Ground ground forces I think it would be stupid on their part.
I think -- Israel Israel would love that to happen that they would slam them.
And just as an excuse to to take you under any kind military capability they have.
So I don't think they'll do that I think the don't don't be done through that -- -- maybe through Hezbollah.
Tensions in other ways but not not -- not direct assault in -- it was just a last ditch effort on the sides.
Ambassador Israel beefing up its security its moved.
Reinforcements of its so called iron dome.
To the northern part of of the country.
Oh what are your expectations.
Well I think Syria the regime is otherwise occupied I don't think they're gonna retaliate and I think this is actually a lot less about the Syrian civil war that it is about Iran.
Moving assets from Syria where it thinks they're probably not very useful to has the -- Lebanon where they might be very useful and where your talent in -- -- Right retaliating against Israel.
And I think it's also significant that after delaying for a couple of hours on Sunday night Israeli prime minister Netanyahu left for China.
Where he's scheduled to to be until Friday and I don't don't think he would have left the country.
If he felt that there was a real risk of Syrian retaliation or for that matter an -- Hezbollah strike.
And let let's turn to Ben Ghazi Wednesday those hearings are taken -- by the house oversight committee.
This looks potentially to be explosive indeed general.
I wanna ask you about one part of what one -- war will be testifying in that Russell war.
Is Greg hits the deputy chief of mission.
At the US and embassy in -- at the time of this terrorist attack.
A saying that everyone in his judgment included he and everyone in his judgment besides all of it was a terrorist attack as he put it from the get go.
And he told congressional investigators.
Obviously for the committee that a team of special forces it was prepared to live from Tripoli to -- -- And they were forbidden to do so by the US special operations command.
It is that.
How -- how do you assess that the credibility of the whistle -- -- and the facts as you understand.
-- will -- don't have I don't have all the facts but this what would normally happen.
If there's an issue like been guys.
We have a consulate embassy under attack or individuals anywhere in -- world that there's an issue what we have to respond especially government officials.
We have an extremist forces that are on standby in each region.
I mean that it's not.
Necessary -- the the U premier event may be goes at a train noted do this and in extremists.
And -- no doubt in my mind that they were put to a stage an area to prepare for something like this.
The launch approval would have been through the secretary of defense of course then the president.
But my whole feeling is if you have Americans and arrests.
Which would that I think is a known fact.
And you don't launch.
I think that's wrong I'd rather be damned for doing something -- -- for doing nothing.
And if one American -- left in harm's way.
There should be a response.
-- questions are always do you sacrifice.
A few for the whole.
But -- if you don't go win for your people.
You lose confidence.
-- pride loyalty.
And a sense of unity and force so -- -- should've been moved and to go after and helped these people under us.
Ambassador I can't.
I can't recall a single sentence uttered by the Defense Secretary around -- -- -- That resonated.
With the values that general grange is just articulate and you.
Now it's very hard to explain the lack of response by the administration on September the eleventh you know we know in retrospect how long.
The attack took.
But at the time decision makers couldn't know that was about to end what it did and they couldn't know that would be confined to the consulate in -- guys a there were other posts that were potentially endanger around the Middle East private American citizens throughout the region.
And yet almost nothing happened so that this hearing is potentially quite significant and beyond the tragedy itself on September the eleventh.
Why request for enhanced security were denied for months by the State Department.
And how is that the administration came up with -- story about the Mohammed video when those on the ground knew what was false.
Ambassador thank you very much general -- here we appreciate both of you are being with us tonight on wall.
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