Obama: No confusion over response to Libya attack

Obama: No confusion over response to Libya attack

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A picture shows the damage inside the burnt US consulate building in Benghazi on September 13, 2012, following an attack on the building late on September 11 in which the US ambassador to Libya and three other US nationals were killed. Libya said it has made arrests and opened a probe into the attack, amid speculation that Al-Qaeda rather than a frenzied mob was to blame. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/GettyImages)

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Associated Press

Posted on October 18, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 19 at 4:44 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama is pushing back against critics who say there was confusion within his administration following the deadly attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

Obama says on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" that he "wasn't confused" about the need to ramp up diplomatic security around the globe and investigate the Libya attack, which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

When host Jon Stewart pressed Obama to admit that government coordination was not "optimal," the president says that when four Americans are killed, quote, "it's not optimal. We're going to fix it. All of it."

Republican Mitt Romney has challenged Obama on why U.S. officials initially argued that the Sept. 11 attack was prompted by a protest against an American-made film ridiculing Islam.

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