The American Enterprise Institute’s Marc Thiessen discussed his Washington Post op-ed calling on the Obama administration to release the Presidential Daily Briefings around Benghazi Monday on Fox News.
Thiessen said doing so would provide incontrovertible evidence determining whether the intelligence community told President Obama the Benghazi attack was at all connected to an anti-Islam video. ““We will learn whether they said there was an internet-inspired video, what they told him, what level of confidence, all that is in those briefings,” Thiessen said.
In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in 2004, Thiessen pointed out President Bush released his Presidential Daily Briefings revealing the administration was warned in the months prior to 9/11 that Osama Bin Laden was determined to strike America. However, according to Thiessen those briefings also vindicated Bush because they showed his administration had no actionable intelligence concerning a forthcoming attack. The AEI fellow said President Obama could adopt a similar strategy with his Benghazi daily briefings.
“This is how we can know it is a knowable fact what the President of the United States was told. So is he willing to come forward and tell us what the intelligence community told him just like George W. Bush did?” Thiessen asked.