Senators Preview Foreign Policy Debate
Foreign policy is the topic for Monday night’s debate-so “Fox News Sunday” held a preview of what voters might expect, in particular on the topic of the September attack in Benghazi.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said it is “not conceivable," that the president didn’t know about the prior attacks on Benghazi. The House Oversight Committee catalogued eight attacks on Benghazi prior to the one that killed US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
The Benghazi consulate was becoming a “death trap,” Graham said, adding that the US, “should’ve closed that consulate long before the 9/11 attack or heavily re-enforced it.”
Graham said, “I put that on the president.”
Senator Dick Durbin (D-Il), the number two ranking Democrat in the Senate, said we’ve got to have a comprehensive investigation, which is what is currently underway.
Graham challenged the administration’s truthfulness throughout the aftermath of the attack.
“If you left it up to this administration we would still believe this was spontaneous riot spurred by video.”
Graham said he is convinced it will go down in history as a “major break down in national security” and the biggest in a very long time.
Graham called the Benghazi attack a “case study of failure at every stage.”
Durbin defended the administration’s initial comments, noting that the Washington Post has reported the CIA sent the information to Washington that said they believed it had to do with the video.
He also defended the president’s national security record, noting that the war in Iraq has been ended, al Qaeda’s ranks diminished and bin Laden is dead.