In Thursday evening’s Vice Presidential debate with Republican Paul Ryan, Vice President Joe Biden claimed that the U.S. intelligence community was to blame for the Obama administration’s false stories about the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya–“throwing the intelligence community under the bus,” in political parlance.
Biden also claimed, falsely, that the administration had not received requests for additional security in Libya. (It was one of many misleading statements by the Vice President during the debate.) The Hill notes:
“Well, we weren’t told they wanted more security there,” Biden said. “We did not know they wanted more security.”
Biden’s statement directly contradicts the testimony of two security officers who were based in Libya earlier this year. Lt. Col. Andy Wood, the head of a 16-person Special Forces team that left in August, and State Department regional security officer Eric Nordstorm said Wednesday that they repeatedly asked for beefed up security but were turned down.