Panetta: Clinton Would've Acted If She Knew About Benghazi Security Issues
In part three of his interview, Bill O’Reilly pressed former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta over Hillary Clinton’s role in Benghazi.
O’Reilly said that the former secretary of state got cable after cable that security in Libya was bad, and she didn’t do anything. He asked Panetta if that charge is unfair.
“I think it’s unfair because if I know Hillary Clinton, if she knew that there was a security problem in Benghazi, she would have done something about it,” Panetta said.
“The Factor” host also asked Panetta who made a better leader: Bill Clinton or Barack Obama? While Panetta said both presidents are bright, able, and want to do what’s right for the country, he said that Clinton likes the process of engagement in politics and Obama doesn’t. He said this hurts Obama in terms of getting things done because there is already partisanship in Congress, and if Obama doesn’t engage politicians, everyone gives up.
“That is what concerns me, because I think this country cannot stand another two-and-a-half years of stalemate,” Panetta said.
Panetta and O’Reilly agreed that they are concerned for the country.
“I’m the son of Italian immigrants, and my parents believe deeply in the American dream. My father used to tell me the reason he came to this country is because my mother and he believed they could give their children a better life. I’m worried about whether or not our children are gonna have a chance at a better life,” Panetta told O’Reilly.
Panetta said that the country can go one of two ways: we can have an American renaissance or be in decline. Today, he said the U.S. is governing by crisis.
Watch part three of the interview above.