Former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden has joined the chorus of GOP voices slamming Vice President Biden’s comments on the White House’s inconsistent explanation of the Sept. 11 assault on the American Consulate in Libya.

During Thursday’s vice presidential debate, Biden placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of the U.S. intelligence community for its initial claims the attack in Benghazi was the result of a anti-American protest gone awry.

“The intelligence community told us that,” Biden said. “As they learned more facts about exactly what happened, they changed their assessment.”

“Look, if we are hit by terrorists, we are going to call it for what it is: a terrorist attack,” Rep. Paul Ryan (W-Wisc.) shot back during Thursday’s debate.