Transcript for Were The Libya Attacks A Failure of the Obama Administration?
My colleague from the Associated Press ask you direct question was there any polls suggest. You -- -- that the story -- stories being false and that there was no actionable. He didn't question. Was there any intelligence period intelligence period suggesting that that was going to be it. -- -- -- -- -- Relatives. That in any way could have. And then acted on to prevent these attacks. It is. I mean I think the the NI spokesman was very declarative about this that the report is false reports suggested that there was intelligence that was available prior to this that led us to believe. That this facility would be attacked and that is false. Why -- adequate security around ambassadors to. In terms of security at the Ben Ghazi. Facility -- post I would have to refer you to the state department for specifics about what security was there there was a security presence. It was unfortunately not enough to. Resist the attacks that we saw and and resulted in the tragic loss of life but there was security. It is also on. The case that in reaction to this the president has ordered it we review. All our security. Arrangements for Tennessee facilities and other diplomatic facilities around the world but in terms of the specific security that was in place. At -- -- have to refer you to the State Department. Wouldn't. Call for the anniversary of 9/11 news time that you want to have extra security around. Diplomats and military. Well as you know do. We. We're very. Vigilant around anniversaries like 9/11 president is always briefed -- brought it to speed on all -- precautions being taken. But -- -- but but but very different -- -- let's be clear. This these protests. Were in reaction to a -- -- had spread to the region. -- we we certainly don't know we don't know otherwise. You know we have no information to suggest that it was a pre planned. Attack the unrest we've seen around the region has been in reaction to. A video. Muslims many Muslims find offensive and while the violence is. Reprehensible and unjustified. It is not a reaction to the 9/11 anniversary that we know or to a US. Policy. But the -- -- post was well it was a well coordinated attack you think it was a -- -- protest. Against the movie. Look this is obviously under investigation and -- I don't have. It out. -- properties but I do afterwards that was in response to be. Smart growth that's that's different properties as the -- assumptions. It looks like this was something other then I think there's in his -- What's on this -- even in the press which some of it has been speculative. What I'm telling you is this is under investigation. The unrest. Around the region has been in response to this video. We do not at this moment have information to suggest -- to tell you that. Would indicate that any of this unrest was pre planned what is true about Libya is -- a couple of things one as it's it's it's one of them. More pro American countries in the region. Two is a very new government it is a country it has just come out of a revolution. And a lot of turmoil and there are certainly a lot of armed groups of the fact that there are weapons. In the region and the new government is not. You know is still building up its capacities in terms of security. And it's in its ability to. To ensure the security -- facilities. It is not necessarily reflective. Anything except for the remarkable transformation that's been going on in the region. My last question. It was said that what happened. Policy makers and characters. -- -- The fifth place this would seem to be the exact -- Wasn't that -- -- failure Obama administration did the president and his administration messed up -- anyway. Jake again well. We have seen. Is unrest around the region in response to. A video. -- it. Muslims find -- many Muslims find offensive. We have seen incidents like this. In the past in reaction to. Other actions cartoons and other actions that have been taken that have been. Have. Led to protests and violence in the region. And we have managed those situations. -- and we are working to ensure that our diplomatic personnel on our diplomatic facilities are. Secure. As we deal with. The response to. This video which which we believe is offensive -- and and discussed. Her -- yeah. I don't think. I think you have to understand what is happening currently in the region and what it is a response to this is not. This this has been -- that I think people protecting embassies and understand. The cause of the unrest. Was Nvidia. And that continues today as -- now as we anticipated. And it may continue for some time. We are working with governments around the region. To remind them of their responsibilities to provide security. Two. Diplomatic personnel and facilities. And we are ensuring -- -- more resources are put in place to protect. Our embassies and consulates and our personnel. In these parts of the world where unrest. As -- current. Faster. Senate observes -- Senators and -- Instead the indication was that this for the attack the terrorists quote very terrorists that it was premeditated. -- a calculated act. Terror weapons and the eleventh it was a plan and attacked -- -- they had -- evidence it was a plan. Is there anything -- -- -- Administration's briefing senators on this very good morning -- in my life we. Wait to hear from. Administration officials. Again -- -- actively under investigation. Both the bank Gaza attack in incidents elsewhere. You know. And -- my point was that. We don't have -- did not have concrete evidence to suggest that this -- Not in reaction to. The film. Now but we're obviously. Investigating the matter and you know certainly. You know I'm sure that both the department of defense and the White House and other places we'll have more say about that as more information becomes available --
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