Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman of the House Republican Conference, appeared on Battle Line with host Alan Nathan, a nationally syndicated radio show on the Main Street Radio Network, on Wednesday, October 10th to discuss the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya in September. Below are excerpts from the interview.
“… I think the American people are seeing a foreign policy that is literally disintegrating and burning before their eyes on the television screen. We have an administration that can’t explain what they knew and when they knew it. The left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. It’s in complete disarray. The American people deserve answers and we’re not getting them. We have a president who is on the verge of allowing a 10% cut to happen to our national defense; who is allowing great space between us and our ally in the Middle East, Israel, which is clearly not strengthening our hand. Again, the American people deserve answers and they are not getting them. And they are seeing a foreign policy that the president once bragged on literally going up in flames before their eyes.
“…there was a hearing in Washington today, with the Oversight Committee, and it clearly appears that there are elements of the administration who aren’t shooting straight with the American people; Who aren’t telling the American people the truth about what is clearly a terrorist attack. I don’t know that the president intentionally mislead the American people, but again, there are elements of the administration that certainly give the appearance that they did mislead the American people, and at a bare minimum, they don’t know what is going on. They have misstated the facts, and you wonder again, how much of this is getting tainted by the fact that there is a campaign upon us, and something that they used to view as a political strength is now clearly a political weakness. I don’t know all the answers to that, but the American people are going to be able to make up their mind in the most vociferous way the first Tuesday in November.”