“What happens, during the course of a presidency, is that the government is a big operation and any given time something screws up,” Obama said. ‘’And you make sure that you find out what’s broken and you fix it.”
The report from the station chief was written late Wednesday, Sept. 12, and reached intelligence agencies in Washington the next day, intelligence officials said. It is not clear how widely the information from the CIA station chief was circulated.
U.S. intelligence officials have said the information was just one of many widely conflicting accounts, which became clearer by the following week.
Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN that the administration didn’t understand the gravity of the situation in Benghazi and bad decisions were made to promote the video as root of the violence.
“By continuing to promote the video, by escalating the value and credibility of that video to a presidential level, by buying ads in Pakistan that actually fueled protests all across Pakistan — and so, this is what’s so disturbing to me: Were those decisions based on intelligence? I think it’s hard to say yes. So why did they do it? That’s the question we need to get answered.”