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2012 Benghazi Attack Leon Panetta

Panetta: Bengahzi ‘not 9-1-1’

3 Feb, 2013

Leon Panetta said Sunday that lack of intelligence information and logistical challenges made it difficult to respond quickly to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year. Panetta said the administration had no warning about the attack, despite requests for more security from U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens in the weeks leading up to the violence.

This is not 911. You cannot just simply call and expect within two minutes to have a team in place. It takes time.

We deployed. We knew there were problems there. We moved forces into place where we could deploy them quickly if we had to. They were ready to go.

In these situations, you’ve got to look at what we we’re facing, what we knew, what intelligence we had in order to respond. Admittedly, better intelligence about what was taking place there would have given us a head start.