Bob Beauprez

Harry Truman had a sign on his desk proclaiming what became his motto; "The buck stops here!" Obama and Biden seem to have turned that completely around; "It's not my fault!"

Even before last Thursday's VP debate, you had to notice the inconsistencies, confusion, even lies coming out of the Obama Administration over the last month following the assassination of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya on September 11. 

After Biden's debate "performance" last week we're left wondering, "Which is it?" Do we have the most incompetent intelligence professionals imaginable or the best in the world? 

Or, maybe another possibility Biden didn't mention; a complete failure of leadership from the top?

Joe Biden elevated the pain already in my head from the Benghazi disaster to a full blown migraine during this exchange with debate moderator Martha Raddatz of ABC News:

RADDATZ: What were you first told about the attack? Why — why were people talking about protests? When people in the consulate first saw armed men attacking with guns, there were no protesters. Why did that go on (inaudible)?

BIDEN: Because that was exactly what we were told by the intelligence community. The intelligence community told us that. As they learned more facts about exactly what happened, they changed their assessment. That’s why there’s also an investigation headed by Tom Pickering, a leading diplomat from the Reagan years, who is doing an investigation as to whether or not there are any lapses, what the lapses were, so that they will never happen again.

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 again. And by the way, at the time we were told exactly — we said exactly 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.

But, Biden's contention doesn't hold up. U.S. Intelligence officials almost immediately had come to the same conclusion as virtually everyone else that had seen the publicly available video of the Benghazi attack. The following is from the Daily Beast:


Bob Beauprez

Bob Beauprez is a former Member of Congress and is currently the editor-in-chief of A Line of Sight, an online policy resource. Prior to serving in Congress, Mr. Beauprez was a dairy farmer and community banker. He and his wife Claudia reside in Lafayette, Colorado. You may contact him at: http://bobbeauprez.com/contact/
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