Panetta cites miles, time in Libya attack

Posted: February 8, 2013 at 12:35 a.m.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Dempsey says he was surprised Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton wasn’t alerted to a cable warning of threats against U.S. officials in Benghazi, Libya.

The U.S. military couldn’t send armed drones, gunships and jet fighters to stop the September attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi because the planes were too far from Libya to get there in time, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday.

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