Fox News pundit Juan Williams told a “Fox News Sunday” panel to get over Benghazi after a shouting match with panelist Karl Rove who insisted that President Barack Obama’s administration deliberately misled the public about the attack.
“The American people have a legitimate question: why were efforts not undertaken to save our people?” Rove asked.
On Sep. 11, 2012, the American diplomatic mission at Benghazi in Libya was attacked. Four people were killed, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, and 10 others were injured. Initially the administration thought the attack was not terror related, but sparked by an anti-Islamic film published to Youtube.
Speaking over Williams’ rebuttal, Rove said, “No assets were put in motion, and as you just admitted, U.S. military on the ground in Tripoli were told don’t go to Benghazi.”
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“There was no stand down order,” Williams said. “What we have is: don’t go in after the fact, when we don’t know what you’re getting into, and it could result in more American deaths.”
He continued despite interruption from Rove, “You’re all in the weeds here. You continue to prosecute this like there’s some huge crime. Stop living in the past, and trying to get after Susan Rice or whoever. This has nothing to do with Ambassador Stevens.”
“You may be comfortable with the American people being told a deliberate lie by the administration, but I’m not, and I think we need to get to the bottom of it,” Rove said.
“The list of questions that remain unanswered to this day are what make this still a legitimate conversation,” said panelist Brit Hume. “Juan, I’m sorry to say, this is simply not over.”
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“It’s gone baby,” Williams said, as the panel laughed. “It’s in your head. That’s about the only place.”