State Department never asked us to respond to Benghazi
â€śWhy didnâ€™t you put forces in place to be ready to respond?,â€ť Senator John McCain asked the general.
Dempsey started, â€śBecause we never received a request to do so, number one. And number two, we â€“â€ť
McCain interrupted, â€śYou never heard of Ambassador Stevensâ€™s repeated warnings?â€ť
â€śI had, through General Ham,â€ť responded Dempsey, referring to the commander of AFRICOM. â€śBut we never received a request for support from the State Department, which would have allowed us to put forcesâ€“â€ť
â€śSo itâ€™s the State Departmentâ€™s fault?â€ť
â€śIâ€™m not blaming the State Department,â€ť Dempsey responded.