Joe Biden

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event at Keene State College in Keene, N.H., Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

 

As the attack against the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was going on, people on the left were desperately trying to compare it to Benghazi.

From a progressive veterans group to people in media like Joy Reid and CNN, it seemed as though they were hoping things would turn bad for Americans if it meant it might hurt President Donald Trump.

But in bringing up the subject, they basically were admitting Benghazi wasn’t the scandal-free event that many on the left have tried to portray it as for years.

When we think about Benghazi and the scandal around it, we naturally think of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and the lies about the video, among other lies.

But there’s another person who was involved that we may forget, who told a huge whopper and even got called out a little on it. And now that folks on the left are talking about Benghazi, we think it only appropriate to remind them about it.

During the vice presidential debate on October 11, 2012, a month after the Benghazi attack, Biden claimed that the Obama administration wasn’t aware of requests for more security in Libya before the Sept. 11 attacks.

“We weren’t told they wanted more security. We did not know they wanted more security there,” Biden claimed.

That, of course, had been completely and contradicted by the State Department by then.

From Foreign Policy:

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.”

Washington Post factchecker called it out.

It was such a blatant falsity that even MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell had to call it out.

Now, we know not only had Eric Nordstrom desperately been begging for help, but that Amb. Chris Stevens himself had asked and was denied. This, despite specific threats against Stevens, despite threats to Western assets in the area and despite two prior attacks on the Benghazi mission before the Sept. 11 attack. Charlene Lamb also testified that the refusal was not due to “budget cuts” or any other financial reason, a common false talking point of the left. They had more than enough warning and requests. Not only didn’t they provide more security, they actually removed some of the security that was there in August.

The White House later tried to spin Biden’s statements at the debate, claiming he meant that the White House and he, Biden, didn’t know, even if the State Department did, which is an incredibly lame spin for a misleading comment. It’s still the Obama administration and it’s deceiving to Americans listening to the debate.