Chertoff, Hayden Slam Biden over Benghazi Blame

by Patrick Brennan

Today, former CIA director Michael Hayden and former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff issued the following statement about Vice President Biden’s dissembling last night about the September 11 tragedy in Benghazi:

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. 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. Blaming those who put their lives on the line is not the kind of leadership this country needs.

Last week, Hayden had an op-ed in the Washington Post in which he explored the ways in which the intelligence community and politics intersect — particularly, the decision by the DNI to release a description of the intelligence assessment which the White House has used to defend its strong but clearly mistaken line about the Benghazi attacks.

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