Panetta and Dempsey to testify Thursday on Benghazi


Panetta’s testimony will satisfy the demands of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who last week had threatened to hold Hagel’s nomination unless Panetta testified on last year’s Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, in which four Americans were killed.

Panetta defended the Pentagon’s actions in the Benghazi attack from critics who have suggested the military should have intervened, saying Sunday there wasn't enough time to move military assets into place.

Panetta said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the intelligence had not suggested an attack was going to occur in Benghazi.

“This is not 9/11,” Panetta said Sunday. “You cannot just simply call and expect within two minutes to have a team in place. It takes time.”