Sen. Lindsey Graham: Obama Admin's Handling of American Security in Libya Is 'Failed Presidential Leadership at Its Worst'
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Sunday the Obama administration’s handling of security for the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed is a “case study in failure” in American foreign policy.
“This is Exhibit A of a failing national security policy,” Graham said on “Fox News Sunday.” “This is failed presidential leadership at its worst.”
Graham’s comments are the latest following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in which U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed. They also come one day before the final presidential debate, in which foreign policy will be the topic.
Graham, a member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, also raised concerns about reports of eight attacks on the consulate six months prior to the fatal attack and Stevens’ concerns and requests for additional security.
The administration originally said the attack was a “spontaneous” assault sparked by an anti-Islam video, then fully acknowledged it was a planned act of terrorism.
Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin on Fox defended the administration’s handling of the situation, saying President Obama is a “strong responsive leader.”
The exchange followed a Capitol Hill hearing last week on the Libya by the Republican-led House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Committee Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., in connection with the hearing released 166 pages of documents related to the Libya security issue that administration officials said Saturday threatens the lives of several Libyans who are named in the documents and who worked with the United States.
Durbin, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also said the final answers to the security concerns will be answered when “the investigation is complete,” and that the response to the attacks by Republicans and others “shows the length many will go to politicize the situation.”