Heated Debate: Has the Discourse on the Libya Consulate Attack Become All About Election Day?
In an interview with CBS, Lt. Colonel Andrew Wood, the former head of the Special Forces Site Security Team in Libya, claimed that there were serious worries about security in Libya in the weeks ahead of the attack on the U.S. Consulate, and that forces on the ground asked for more help, but instead the State Department cut the security staffing.
Wood said, “For the environment we had, we felt we needed more, not less.”
Brad Blakeman and Dick Harpootlian got into a heated debate about the claims on America Live.
Brad Blakeman, former deputy assistant to President George W. Bush, believes that the incident proves that the truth eventually comes out “no matter how the White House wanted to stonewall in the aftermath of a terrorist attack.”
Dick Harpootlian, South Carolina Democratic Party Chair, countered that “disinformation” may assist in finding the perpetrators of the attack. He said, “To rush to judgment on this, simply because we’re four weeks before an election, is contrary to everything I’ve ever heard about in terms of intelligence, and security …”
Blakeman jumped in, asking, “Disinformation to who? Disinformation to the American people? Lying to the American people?”
“Well, I’m sorry, when you make an announcement that you want digested by Al Qaeda, sometimes when you make that publicly the American people get the same message,” Harpootlian asserted.
He continued questioning whether all the details surrounding the attack really need to be released in such haste. He asked, “Do you really need to know this by November 6? Unless, unless this is purely a political issue, and really has nothing to do with the security …”
Blakeman shouted over him, “You don’t want us to know by November 6, that’s the problem. You don’t want the American people to know the truth. You guys want to ride this out …”