(Washington Times) Congress has generally given the Pentagon a "pass" on failing to come to the aid of Americans in Benghazi — that is until now.
Six Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, led by Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, have issued a blistering criticism of Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, who as Joint Chiefs chairman is the nation's highest-ranking officer and chief military adviser to President Obama.
Under the heading, "Failures in leadership — General Dempsey," the senators signaled out the four-star officer for not having an emergency plan in place for a crisis in al Qaeda-infiltrated North Africa, to include Benghazi in Libya.
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No plan meant there were no U.S. forces close enough to arrive in time to help after terror groups invaded the U.S. mission in Benghazi at 9:40 p.m. Sept. 11, 2012 and then attacked a nearby CIA annex holding spies, diplomats and security personnel.