Former Vice President Dick Cheney criticized the Obama administration for attempting "a cover-up" of what transpired in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, when traumatic attacks killed four Americans, including U.S. Amb. Chris Stevens.

"It looks to me like [the Libya investigation] is going to get messier and messier, and in fact, it looks like the administration’s been involved in a cover-up claiming that it was all caused by this YouTube video," Cheney said on Sean Hannity's radio show on Tuesday. "When in fact, it was clearly the result of the developments with respect to al Qaeda and terrorism in North Africa. ... They refuse to recognize the situation we are in, and that's the first step towards ultimate failure and ultimately, future terrorist attacks."

Cheney pointed toward the Benghazi episode as symptomatic of the inadequacies of Obama's foreign policy.

"They like to go out and say, 'Bin Laden is dead. Terrorism is dead. Al Qaeda is dead, and you know, we're great in the foreign policy field,'" Cheney said. "But that's hogwash."

In the weeks since a militia of Islamic radicals stormed the American consulate in Benghazi, conservatives lawmakers and pundits have criticized the Obama administration for what they see to be mixed messages after the attack. The White House hesitated to use the words "terrorist attack" immediately after the Sept. 11 situation erupted, but on Sept. 20, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said it was "self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack."

Evidence suggests that a Libyan militia launched the attack as part of a coordinated terrorist measure against the U.S. presence rather than as a spontaneous eruption over a now-infamous YouTube video denigrating the Prophet Mohammad.

Cheney, who was one of the strongest advocates for invading both Afghanistan and Iraq, also referenced a report that the American mission in Libya had requested and were denied additional security before the attacks. Cheney allowed that the information was "second-hand" and had not yet been confirmed.

In an Oct. 1 letter to the State Department, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) claimed that several federal officials had reported the consulate made a number of requests for increased security.

"Multiple U.S. federal government officials have confirmed to the committee that prior to the Sept. 11 attack, the U.S. mission in Libya made repeated requests for additional security in Benghazi," Issa wrote. "The mission in Libya, however, was denied these resources by officials in Washington."

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded to Issa's letter on Oct. 2, promising that her department was conducting a thorough investigation into the matter.

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  • A burnt out vehicle sits smoldering in flames after it was set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi, late on September 11, 2012. (STR/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A broken window after an attack on the U.S. Consulate by protesters in Benghazi, Libya, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri)

  • The U.S. Consulate after an attack by protesters in Benghazi, Libya, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri)

  • A burnt car is seen after an attack on the U.S. Consulate by protesters in Benghazi, Libya, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri)

  • Soot and debris spills out of the U.S. Consulate after an attack by protesters in Benghazi, Libya, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri)

  • A man looks at documents at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. The graffiti reads, "no God but God," " God is great," and "Muhammad is the Prophet." (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri)

  • A man walks on the grounds of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri)

  • Glass, debris and overturned furniture are strewn inside a room in the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri)

  • A man walks through a room in the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri)

  • Libyans walk on the grounds of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri)

  • Libyans walk on the grounds of the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri)

  • A vehicle and the surrounding area are engulfed in flames after it was set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi, late on September 11, 2012. (STR/AFP/GettyImages)

  • An armed man waves his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi, late on September 11, 2012. (STR/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A vehicle burns after it was set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on September 11, 2012. (STR/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A vehicle sits smoldering in flames after being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on September 11, 2012. (STR/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A vehicle and surrounding buildings smolder after they were set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi, late on September 11, 2012. (STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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