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The military wrapping up its ability to respond -- potential attacks moving 250 Marines to Italy ahead of the one year anniversary.
Of the -- -- attacks.
Tax them up or Americans dead including ambassador Christopher Stephens my next guest and taken an in depth walk and share.
About what happened on the night of September 11 a year ago in their new book.
The untold story of the attack and been Ghazi the the book is entitled under fire.
Count -- terrorism expert Samuel -- joins us and Fred -- Former State Department diplomatic security agent and vice president of intelligence -- Strapped for.
There are authors of this new book under fire the untold story of the attack in Ben -- John and thanks for being here congratulations on the book what's get right foot.
You highlight some it was just on discussed until your book Brinkley in the popular press at least.
The actions of five diplomatic security agents.
In the role they play.
-- -- and each played a pivotal role.
Why did it take so long to get the story now.
The attack transpired during a presidential election.
Where and the fallout in the firestorm over the narrative became more important than any than the actual story of heroism.
And the five special agents who were there were young.
It -- later in the city that was completely void of law and order.
It was controlled by fundamentalist militias and they found themselves on -- very symbolic mark for this country.
Under fire and under attack.
Predicting -- -- the story of these agents that -- talking about was lost in the political wrangling in the aftermath.
In the campaign.
You say it's not -- a story of a a failure.
Or cover up what how would you describe the story that.
I think it's a story -- Simple.
Courage and heroism.
And the ability to do the job under very difficult circumstances.
As a former agent I certainly felt for the agents and were.
Out there alone.
I know how that businesses.
Help is a long way away.
And I know that they were struggling with just trying to do the best they could and they actually followed protocol.
And their emergency action plans to -- -- And I don't know that any of us.
Most of the certainly believe that there that there.
That that answer for the agents that you you -- chronicled in the book are heroes.
As are all of those who respond.
What do -- is understanding comprehension so far is why in the world did not the government of the United States.
Respond during the course of seven hours to help those.
Those folks in bad guys.
Agents from the diplomatic security service who find themselves in these critical -- outposts in Africa North Africa the Middle East wherever in the world.
Know that sometimes back up is only an aircraft carrier 6000 miles away.
And because of a million and one reasons that just fix sometimes confusion in the fog of terror.
They realized that their jobs to hold out as long as possible until help -- one of the untold stories have been -- is the fact that help that Iran when word.
Into the US embassy in Tripoli that the -- these special mission compound in the Gaza was under attack.
The CIA contract reason to -- truck operators who were in Tripoli stood up volunteered right away Graham make people want.
That was seven -- seven.
How many terrorists were there Fred I mean this is simple math to me and I don't like the fact that the only super power in the world.
Their answer in all of this over the course of twelve months is.
You know we just made that decision and we don't have to defend it it's the way it is and by -- without.
That is exactly what this is a statement in my opinion by this administration.
That hell -- them because they didn't even.
-- How wrong am -- threat.
Well Lou I think that if you look at this in context.
The terrorists to storm the compound were.
Anywhere from thirty.
Upwards to fifty -- actually came on to the actual Villa where the ambassador was hunkered down.
And the agents had one of those kinds of decisions that nobody ever wants to he encountered was.
Do I shoot it out and make a last stand similar to the Alamo.
-- I tried to cover and evacuate which is exactly what they tried to do right unfortunately.
They were just overwhelmed with numbers send and with.
The -- are higher -- Gaza -- these terrorists had firepower.
In -- could match just about any unit of the US military or anyone.
In the annex.
Who was a CIA operative right well and the markets and in Gaza you can buy AK forty seconds and RPG's that just as fast as you can buy a pack of cigarettes.
Forum -- bottle of milk.
You guys -- in the in in the security business you're in the intelligence business.
The imagination most of America that upon.
Learning of the attacks on.
Whether -- be either red crescent whether it be the British ambassador and his convoy.
Whether it be the attacks Atlanta opt to September 11.
That the United States government for whatever reason the State Department responsible for that that -- facility.
In in -- -- Didn't listen to the investor who begged them for -- The security staff these special agents from the diplomatic security service don't have a seat at the table and that's -- I understand that I'm talking about why and how.
Hasn't somebody been held accountable for this in the State Department.
In them in the Obama administration.
With a very good right.
That's very good point Lou I think that there was an effort to throw a few.
Good agents under the bus when this first unfolded.
Nobody is a response finally there's a response I mean and that's something the Obama administration should be a problem.
-- when we're out of time.
I it's a fascinating story we've been waiting a long time for your mark the book is the untold story of the attack and in Gaza -- Sam -- and Fred Burton gentlemen.
Thank you for being with us we recommend the book kindly to you links -- -- it on Lou Dobbs dot com.
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