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Biden: We Didn’t Know They Wanted Security

From The Weekly Standard:

Biden: ‘We Did Not Know They Wanted More Security’

By DANIEL HALPER | Thurs October 11, 2012

In regards to security at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Vice President Joe Biden says "we did not know they wanted more security":

ABC’s MARTHA RADDATZ: "And they wanted more security there."

BIDEN: "Well we weren’t told they wanted more security there. We did not know they wanted more security there. –

Which, of course, is in direct contradiction to what was testified to under oath before the House Oversight Committee.

"And by the way, at the time, we were told exactly, we said what the intelligence community told us that they knew. That was the assessment. And as the intelligence community changed their view we made it clear they changed their view.

Which, of course, is in direct contradiction to what we have heard from the intelligence community, including the State Department’s own Bureau of Intelligence and Research.

That’s why I said we will get to the bottom of this. You know, usually when there is a crisis, we pull together, we pull together as a nation. But as I said, even before we knew what happened to the ambassador, the governor was holding a press conference, was holding a press conference. That’s not presidential leadership.”

Remember how Joe Biden and the rest of the Democrats pulled together as a nation when we were losing the war in Iraq? (We don’t either.)

Anyway, Josh Rogin, at Foreign Policy magazine, points out Mr. Biden’s outrageous mendacity:

Biden contradicts State Department on Benghazi security

By Josh Rogin | Thurs October 11, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden claimed that the administration wasn’t aware of requests for more security in Libya before the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi during Thursday night’s debate, contradicting two State Department officials and the former head of diplomatic security in Libya.

"We weren’t told they wanted more security. We did not know they wanted more security there," Biden said.

In fact, two security officials who worked for the State Department in Libya at the time testified Thursday that they repeatedly requested more security and two State Department officials admitted they had denied those requests.

"All of us at post were in sync that we wanted these resources," the top regional security officer in Libya over the summer, Eric Nordstrom, testified. "In those conversations, I was specifically told [by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Charlene Lamb] ‘You cannot request an SST extension.’ I determined I was told that because there would be too much political cost. We went ahead and requested it anyway."

Nordstrom was so critical of the State Department’s reluctance to respond to his calls for more security that he said, "For me, the Taliban is on the inside of the building."

"We felt great frustration that those requests were ignored or just never met," testified Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, a Utah National Guardsman who was leading a security team in Libya until August.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released the unclassified cables containing those requests.

Rep. Paul Ryan pointed out the testimony to Biden during the debate

At which Mr. Biden laughed hysterically.

For the record, Mr. Biden also lied when he claimed that he did not vote for the Afghan and Iraq wars.

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Biden Claims He Voted Against Afghanistan, Iraq Wars

By Washington Free Beacon Staff | Thurs October 11, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden accused Rep. Paul Ryan of putting two wars on the “credit card,” and then suggested he voted against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"Suggested"? Biden specifically claimed that he "voted against them."

“By the way, they talk about this great recession like it fell out of the sky–like, ‘Oh my goodness, where did it come from?’” Biden said. “It came from this man voting to put two wars on a credit card, at the same time, put a prescription drug plan on the credit card, a trillion dollar tax cut for the very wealthy.”

“I was there, I voted against them,” Biden continued. “I said, no, we can’t afford that.”

Then Sen. Biden voted for the Afghanistan resolution on Sept. 14, 2001 which authorized “the use of United States Armed Forces against those responsible for the recent attacks launched against the United States.”

And on Oct. 11, 2002, Biden voted for a resolution authorizing unilateral military action in Iraq, according to the Washington Post.

Still, to his ‘credit,’ Biden did oppose the ‘Surge In Iraq’ with all his might. In fact, Biden even went so far as to brag that he would "shove [the Iraq surge] down Bush’s throat." Which, we suppose, is an example of how he thinks ‘the nation should pull together during a crisis.’

By the way, Mr. Biden only voted against Medicare Part D because it didn’t go far enough. He thought the seniors shouldn’t have to pay so much for their prescriptions.

Anyway, remember, the news media and the rest of the Obama campaign claim that Mitt Romney only won the first debate because he told lie after lie.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, October 12th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Biden: We Didn’t Know They Wanted Security”

  1. GetBackJack

    Didn’t we see this episode in the House of the Borgias when there was a clan war inside the family?

  2. Right of the People

    That’s the problem with lying, unless you’re really sharp, which nobody will ever accuse VP Bite Me of being, you forget which lies you’ve told and end up lying about your lies. Biden is the prototypical hack politician who will follow the party line right off the cliff like a good little lemming.

  3. Mithrandir

    Looks like the administrations SHOT BEFORE THEY AIMED about this whole Benghazi thing.

    Laughable that they would nit-pick Mitt Romney for calling them out on their own contradictory, and confusing statements. No matter what their screw up is, it’s either GEORGE BUSH’S FAULT, or now it’s all MITT ROMNEY’S FAULT.

    They never change their tactics, which makes me shocked that Republicans can’t anticipate their every move. Heck, even I can predict 6 or 7 of their counter-rebuttals on down the line; you would think the Republicans would have printed a copy, and memorized it by now.

  4. jimreport

    It must have come up at one of those security briefings that neither of them attended. Now watch this drive…..


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