Former Vice President Dick Cheney blasted the Obama administration’s handling of the Benghazi terror attack saying George Bush always ramped up security at U.S. military and diplomatic facilities around the world on the anniversary of Sept. 11.
Speaking exclusively to London’s Daily Mail Online in Washington, DC Tuesday evening, Cheney said the administration “should have been ready before anything ever happened,” and that its handling of Benghazi was a “failure of leadership.”
According to the article:
Cheney said that the George W, Bush administration made a point of ramping up security at military bases, diplomatic outposts and other American facilities worldwide each year on September 11.
‘When we were there, on our watch, we were always ready on 9/11, on the anniversary,’ he recalled. ‘We always anticipated they were coming for us, especially in that part of the world.’
‘I cannot understand why they weren’t ready to go,’ the former two-term vice president said of the Obama administration.
‘You’ve got units in the Defense Department that are superb. They practice for this contingency. And they didn’t have anybody in the area,’
Cheney said the Obama administration needed to be able to say, “We got bin Laden. Problem solved,” in the weeks before the presidential election, which is why it spun a tale about Benghazi not being the result of a terrorist attack in the early days after Sept. 11.
Cheney also said that even if caught unprepared, the Bush administration would have handled the situation differently.
“I’ve heard senior officials in the Obama administration say, ‘well, we didn’t know what we’d be sending them into, so we didn’t send ’em,’” Cheney told the MailOnline. “Hogwash! Those guys train for that. They’re damned good at it.”
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