2012 Benghazi AttackJohn McCain

Dempsey: ‘We never received support request’

7 Feb, 2013

General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the State Department never requested “support” in Benghazi:

General on Benghazi: 'We Never Received a Request for Support from the State Department'

McCAIN: Why didn’t you put forces in place to be ready to respond?,” Senator John McCain asked the general.

DEMPSEY: Because we never received a request to do so, number one. And number two, we – ”

McCAIN: You never heard of Ambassador Stevens’s repeated warnings?

DEMPSEY: I had, through General Ham. But we never received a request for support from the State Department, which would have allowed us to put forces--

McCAIN:So it’s the State Department’s fault?”

DEMPSEY: I’m not blaming the State Department.

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