During last night’s debate, Vice President Joe Biden blamed the U.S. intelligence community for providing bad information about the cause and nature of the September 11, 2012, terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. Via The Weekly Standard:

Moderator Martha Raddatz asked Biden directly why administration spokesman “were talking about protests” in Benghazi. “When people in the consulate first saw armed men attacking with guns, there were no protesters. Why did that go on?”

“Because that was exactly what we were told by the intelligence community,” Biden said. “The intelligence community told us that. As they learned more facts about exactly what happened, they changed their assessment.”

Hogwash. Eli Lake reported in The Daily Beast that U.S. intelligence officials knew almost immediately after the attacks occurred that this was a staged terrorist attack:

In the hours following the 9/11 anniversary attack on the U.S. consulate inBenghazi, Libya, U.S. intelligence agencies monitored communications from jihadists affiliated with the group that led the attack and members of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the group’s North African affiliate.

In the communications, members of Ansar al-Sharia (AAS) bragged about their successful attack against the American consulate and the U.S. ambassador, according to three U.S. intelligence officials who spoke to The Daily Beast anonymously because they were not authorized to talk to the press.

At this stage there is no consensus inside the U.S. intelligence community that AQIM planned the attack, but the communications are more evidence that the attack was no spontaneous reaction to an Internet video, as the Obama administration had said for the first nine days after the attack.

The Daily Mail’s Tony Harnden:

When asked by [debate moderater Martha] Raddatz why the White House had blamed the death of Stevens on protests about a movie, [Biden] responded: ‘Because that was exactly what we were told by the intelligence community.’

There is ample evidence that this was not the case. From today, expect a number of senior intelligence figures to come out and say that.

The U.S. intelligence community is not about to take the fall for what happened in Benghazi just so Obama can be re-elected.

No wonder our intelligence officers are disgusted.

Good question.

  • linnicy

    America deserves better. When our VP lies in front of the world, it humbles us all to the stupidity of our leaders.

  • Grumpa Grumpus

    The officer they pulled the story from wasn’t MidAirius Husseinis.

    The officer they pulled the story from was their usual source of these stories, Colon bin Obamassiah.

  • bb8689

    What about reports that DNI Clapper and CIA Patraeus (sp?) were telling WH and Capital Hill that it was related to the video? I hope someone will follow up on that. It makes no sense that the CIA would say that. Clapper would say whatever Obama tells him to say.

    • Michael

      The same James Clapper that testified before Congress that the Muslim Brotherhood was largely secular.

      The same James Clapper who was unaware of the widely-covered arrest of 12 men in an
      alleged terror plot in London while being interviewed by Diane Sawyer.

    • Michael

      The same James Clapper that testified before Congress that the Muslim Brotherhood was largely secular.

      The same James Clapper who was unaware of the widely-covered arrest of 12 men in an
      alleged terror plot in London while being interviewed by Diane Sawyer.

  • ZoriahShepard

    All the administration can say that “We’re still finding out what happened.” Ask any Tom, Dick or Jane on the street – they’ll tell you exactly what happened.

  • Fire and Adjust!

    Sooooo, Joe………… what you’re saying is, either our intelligence community is vastly incompetent, OR, you are throwing the intelligence community under the bus, blaming someone else (big surprise there), and flat out lying to the American public (your boss)………….. Either way I’m scared for this country……..

  • http://twitter.com/TeacherMan66 eric t

    I can tell you as a former intel analyst, that it was obvious it was a planned terrorist attack and that’s not even having access to the info that they have. No intel analyst worth their salt would have said it was because of a YouTube video unless the evidence was absolutely unequivocal.

    Biden is an idiot. I really hope this thing blows wide open and heads roll.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bernie.northam Bernie Northam

    I find it amazing that the same intelligence community that Biden blames for bad information about Benghazi are the same people that he relies on for updates on Iran’s
    nuclear capabilities.