Official: “We Should Have Tried” to Help in Benghazi

Retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Lovell, who served at U.S. Africa Command in Germany during the time of the Benghazi attack, told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday that the U.S. should have tried” to send help to Americans under fire there. U.S. officials knew at the beginning of the attack that it was “hostile action” and not a spontaneous protest to an anti-Islam video, he said. The hearing comes after the White House denied that a top aide’s email sent three days after the attack indicates that the Obama administration aimed to steer attention away from the assault by extremists.

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