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September 12th, 2012
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Fmr. House Speaker Gingrich: Egypt, Libya attacks likely had 'collusion & planning,' says Romney shouldn't backtrack on statement

This morning on "Starting Point," former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich suggests there may be a connection between the US compound attacks in Egypt and Libya.

"You don’t get, simultaneously, attacks in Benghazi and Cairo, in Libya and Egypt on a purely local basis," he says. "And you don’t get them on 9/11, a day we’re already honoring terrorist attacks against the United States, without a fair amount of collusion and a fair amount of planning. I think you have to look at this in a larger context…. There’s a substantial faction, particularly in Benghazi, which was sending people to Iraq to kill Americans. There’s a substantial faction in Egypt which wants to defeat the United States and destroy Israel. That faction looks for opportunities to do things to hurt the United States and yesterday was the example of an attack that’s part of a very long war that we’re going to be at for a very long time.”

CNN Anchor John Berman presses Gingrich if he has proof of a connection between demonstrations and attacks in Egypt and Libya. Gingrich admits that though he has not seen internal documents, he argues that anyone who studies terrorism would agree there had to be a connection.

"Anybody who’s ever studied terrorism will tell you, there’s almost certainly a link," he adds. "This is a lot like the Danish cartoon outrage a few years ago. We are faced with enemies who want to defeat the United States and impose their radical views. How can the US government apologize for a film no one has seen, which is what the Embassy in Cairo did yesterday. It’s not just about an event in Libya. It’s about a longer war, part of which we were being reminded of yesterday on 9/11.”

Gingrich also addresses GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s statement Tuesday that says President Obama sympathizes with attackers before condemning the events.

Filed under: Egypt • Libya • Politics • Terrorism
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  1. NanH

    Gingrich should take note of McCain's wisdom, no one wants advice from a loser.

    September 14, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse | Reply

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