Fiery O'Reilly on Benghazi: Obama Admin Is 'Completely Derelict and the Press Doesn't Give a Damn'
The Benghazi scandal keeps getting bigger – that was the subject of Bill O’Reilly’s Talking Points Memo. During a House Oversight Committee hearing today, retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Lovell testified about why the United States military didn’t respond to the attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans.
Lovell testified that it was clear early on that the attack was terror-related and not a demonstration in response to an anti-Islamic film.
On The Factor, O'Reilly said the Obama administration created a fiction to mislead the country. In a newly released White House email, top adviser Ben Rhodes wrote that then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice should emphasize on the Sunday talk shows that the protests were in response to a movie.
After the memo became public through a FOIA request for Benghazi documents, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney denied the email was about Benghazi. He said Rice was speaking to the broader environment in the Middle East, even though she went on the Sunday talk shows soon after the September 11, 2012 attack.
“While Carney may think the press corps is stupid, he knows the press corps doesn’t care and that’s why he says these outrageous things,” O’Reilly said. “He knows the coverage will be minimal except on Fox News.”
The Factor host noted that news broadcasts and newspapers either ignored the story or had minimal coverage of Benghazi yesterday.
“Talking Points is angry. The Obama administration was completely derelict in the Benghazi terror attack, and was dishonest in the aftermath. And the national press doesn’t give a damn?! Disgraceful," O'Reilly said.
“So let me break it down again,” O’Reilly continued. “According to Gen. Lovell’s testimony today, the U.S. military made no attempt to defend the Americans under siege because they were not asked to do.”
He went on to say that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama have some explaining to do.
Lovell also said today, “We didn’t know how long this would last when we became aware of the distress nor did we completely understand what we had in front of us.”
Based on that testimony, O’Reilly noted that the attack could have been larger and no forces were mobilized to save people under siege.
“That’s shocking. See that’s what the story’s all about. The failure of the U.S. government to protect Americans under fire in Benghazi and then after the fact trying to say, ‘oh, the killers weren’t organized terrorists,’” O’Reilly said.
For reaction to the Talking Points Memo, Bill was joined by Col. David Hunt and Lt. Col. Ralph Peters.
Peters said there may have been an order from the White House to stand down and not help the Americans under attack.
O’Reilly said the question that needs to be asked of former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey is “did someone tell you not to get a rescue mission up and running.”
Peters believes that the military was put on a short leash by the president because, “Even if you do not think there’s one chance in hell you can rescue those Americans, you try. You try. You go after them.”
More on today's Benghazi hearing from Fox News: