Rubio: Administration Either Badly Miscalculated on Benghazi or Didn’t Want to Admit Terrorist Threat

'We're not happy with either one'


MARCO RUBIO: John McCain made a great point today when he said people don’t bring RPGs, and they don’t bring the kind of weaponry that was used in this attack to spontaneous demonstration. Why does this matter? Here is why it matters. When they put out word this was not a terrorist attack, it was sprung out of a spontaneous uprising, it furthered the narrative that somehow al-Qaeda was in disarray and that we had, by the elimination of bin Laden, had made this extraordinary reduction in the risk in the area. As it it turns out, not only was that not true in Libya, we’re now seeing that’s not true in other parts of North Africa as well. And the fundamental question is, did the administration really believe that? If they did, they badly miscalculated. Or did they know it wasn’t true, and for political reasons didn’t want that narrative out there? That narrative they were winning the war on terror and these groups and they were no longer capable of carrying out attacks against the U.S. It was one or the other. Either they were wrong, they assessed wrong, that radical terrorists were not capable of carrying out an attack, or they knew that they could but they didn’t want to admit it because it went against their narrative during an election season. So it’s one of those two, and we’re not happy with either one.

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