Ex-CIA chief slams Biden for throwing U.S. spies under the bus during debate by ‘blaming those who put their lives on the line’ for Benghazi debacle
- Biden said ‘we weren’t told’ that the consulate had asked for more security
- State Department officials have testified more security was requested
- Michael Hayden, ex CIA director, speaks out
- Michael Chertoff, former Homeland Security chief, joins him in scathing statement about Biden’s Benghazi claims
- Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in attack, wrote cable warning militias could turn against U.S. on day he died
By TOBY HARNDEN
PUBLISHED: 10:19 EST, 12 October 2012 | UPDATED: 12:17 EST, 12 October 2012
Two former intelligence chiefs today blasted Vice President Joe Biden for making the U.S. intelligence community a scapegoat for ‘the inconsistent and shifting response of the Obama Administration’.
Michael Hayden, former CIA director, and Michael Chertoff, who served as Homeland Security chief, hit out after Biden stunned many in the intelligence community by insisting that the U.S. consulate in Benghazi did not ask for additional security before it was attacked on September 11 – directly contradicting what security officials and diplomats have testified under oath.
The tough joint statement was issued via the Romney campaign. In it they added: ‘Blaming those who put their lives on the line is not the kind of leadership this country needs.’
Shameful: Michael Hayden (left), ex-CIA director, and Michael Chertoff (right), who served as Homeland Security chief, said: ‘Blaming those who put their lives on the line is not the kind of leadership this country needs’
Scapegoats: Joe Biden has come under fire from former intelligence chiefs for using them as the fall guys for ‘the inconsistent and shifting response of the Obama Administration’
Denial: Biden claimed that he didn’t know U.S. officials in Benghazi had asked for additional security before the consulate attack, an apparent contradiction
‘During the Vice Presidential debate, we were disappointed to see Vice President Biden blame the intelligence community for the inconsistent and shifting response of the Obama Administration to the terrorist attacks in Benghazi,’ they said in the statement.
‘Given what has emerged publicly about the intelligence available before, during, and after the September 11 attack, it is clear that any failure was not on the part of the intelligence community, but on the part of White House decision-makers who should have listened to, and acted on, available intelligence.
- Biden ‘Facts’ Require Clarifications (foxnews.com)
- Biden blames intelligence community for changing story about Libya attack (thehill.com)