Hayden: Attack in Benghazi Was "Not Unexpected"
October 7, 2012 • 10:57PM

There was every reason to be on the alert for an al-Qaeda attack on U.S. interests in Benghazi, former CIA Director Michael Hayden said on Sunday, during an appearance on CNN's Fareed Zakaria "GPS" show. While neither Zakaria nor Hayden addressed the fact that the Obama administration was criminally negligent in this regard, any reasonable person would come to that conclusion.

"I think of all the places on Earth you could point to for al-Qaeda and western interests, Benghazi is really a home game for al-Qaeda," Hayden said. "It's the home of the Libyan Islamic fighting group. Islamist militants have been very prominent there for a long time. They sent more foreign fighters to Iraq than any other country during the war there. This part of Libya is not under strong government control, and so in one sense, if this wasn't predictable, at least one can look at the circumstances and say ... this is not unexpected."

In fact, back on Sept. 12, in an interview with Newsmax.com, Hayden said that the death of Ambassadors Stevens was the result of President Obama's decision to intervene in the Libyan revolt without a "true or deep appreciation" for the consequences.