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Bolton Accuses Obama of Playing Politics with Libyan Attack

Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 09:15 AM

By Greg McDonald

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Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton accused the Obama administration of playing politics with their explanation of the attack on the American consulate in Libya that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
 
"The administration could have said from the beginning, 'We don't know all the facts, and therefore, we're not ruling out any potential explanation,'" Bolton told Fox News's Greta Van Susteren Wednesday.
 
"But that's not what they did. They came down in the midst of great uncertainty and said it was spontaneous. It was not terrorism, it was caused by this [anti-Islam] video. Now, they've staked out their ground and they're going to stand or fall on it as the facts come out."
 
Bolton said the reason the administration took that position is because "it was  convenient to their U.S. domestic political agenda and their very flawed world view."
 
"The war on terror is over. The White House has declared it's over," Bolton said. "And,  therefore, it cannot be a terrorist group in Libya that killed our ambassador. It cannot be that there's hatred for the United States since Barack Obama has been elected president. Therefore, the riots must be caused by the video.
 
"So the flawed world view, the flawed policy, and the importance of their domestic political agenda all explain what their position was," Bolton added.
 
Bolton said if the administration believed it was really operating in what he called "a benign environment" where terrorism is becoming less of a threat, then it follows that "you're not going to have adequate intelligence [on security needs in the region] because you think you don't need it."
 
He also called the FBI investigation of the attack "another political cover-up" and another example of the administration "shirking its responsibility.
 
"I think people need to know what exactly happened because there was a massive [security] failure here. You can't have four dead Americans and not attribute it to failure," he said.
 
 
 

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