While much of the criticism over President Barack Obama’s handling of September’s Benghazi terrorist attack has come from Fox News, perhaps one of the president’s biggest defenders on the issue has also come from Fox News: “Geraldo at Large” host Geraldo Rivera.
On Friday’s “Fox & Friends,” Rivera and co-host Eric Bolling sparred over the White House response. Bolling insisted the Obama administration could have done more, while Rivera suggested the situation is being used to score political points.
BOLLING: So Washington, the State Department, the CIA does nothing, sends no help. They have no drones —
RIVERA: That is an obscene lie. That is an absolute misrepresentation. You are a politician looking to make a political point.
BOLLING: Absolutely wrong. Where was the help?
According to Rivera, the military isn’t intended to be a rapid response unit.
“The United States military is not a fire department,” Rivera said. “They’re not a SWAT team. They’re not sitting around with their backpacks on waiting to respond.”
Bolling insisted there could have been more done in the time allotted, but according to the “Geraldo at Large” host, any action would have been unprecedented.
“We have never in the history of this republic mounted a raid on the circumstance described here ever,” he continued. “We have never done it. The Israelis when they rescued their people in Entebbe, it took them seven days to mount that operation. This was seven hours.”
Rivera also referred to his Sunday night interview with Charles Woods, father of slain Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, which Woods called Obama a murdered. That according to Rivera was a result of these criticisms he deemed unfair by some media outlets.