State Department never asked us to respond to Benghazi
âWhy didnât you put forces in place to be ready to respond?,â Senator John McCain asked the general.
Dempsey started, âBecause we never received a request to do so, number one. And number two, we ââ
McCain interrupted, âYou never heard of Ambassador Stevensâs repeated warnings?â
âI had, through General Ham,â responded Dempsey, referring to the commander of AFRICOM. âBut we never received a request for support from the State Department, which would have allowed us to put forcesââ
âSo itâs the State Departmentâs fault?â
âIâm not blaming the State Department,â Dempsey responded.