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Rumsfeld: Clinton Statement On Benghazi Irresponsible

Former George W. Bush Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld appeared on Mike Huckabee's radio show on Tuesday and discussed his new book, Rumsfeld's Rules. He was critical of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for making remarks during her January Congressional testimony about the attacks against the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi.  

Huckabee:  Do you believe there was an operation that could have been launched the night of the attack in Benghazi?

Rumsfeld:  "Well, if you know September 11th Anniversary is coming up, and you have a command that we established [AFRICOM] and you have the kinds of capabilities that the United States Govt. has ...one would think that you would have people positioned so that you can move them where you need them.  Now, to what extent that was done, I don't know, which is why I said I thought that the investigations ought to take place.   There are many stories that there were in fact military assets in Tripoli, for an entirely different purpose that were there and conceivably could have been used ... and there are suggestions in the media that some of the quick reaction capabilities had been moved from Stuttgart [Germany] to Sigonella [Italy] or somewhere in Sicily...and whether they were available, I think that is why you need the hearings....you need to bring these people forward.  But, for the Secretary of State [Clinton] to testify and say, 'What, at this point does it matter?'...it seems to me, is not a responsible statement."

Listen to audio (cue at 6:18)



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