Joe Biden contradicts official State Department documents during debate

From Foreign Policy magazine.


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 cablescontaining those requests.

Who is right? My money is on the State Department, and that would mean that Joe Biden is a liar.

One thought on “Joe Biden contradicts official State Department documents during debate”

  1. Or it could mean that the president’s job isn’t to worry about the number of guards posted at buildings around the country – this would be a hillary failure. I remember you defending Bush over the whole Katrina failure – your response was along of the lines of “that’s why we have FEMA – the presidents job isn’t to deal with hurricanes” – and you were right. How many million documents do you suppose the state dept creates? How many of them are the president/VP familiar with?

    On top of that, lets say we did add some more security, are you claiming that we could have crammed enough security in that building that they could have stopped a rioting mob in the thousands? I have extreme doubts…just another issue to focus on as the reds are continuing to destroy the country. I’m just waiting to see them drive us over the fiscal cliff – too bad it doesn’t contain actual cuts to the bloated defense budget; instead is has cuts to future increases, i.e., instead of increasing spending by 7% we’re only gonna increase it by 5%…chilling


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