U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney with the ‘Exchange of the Day’ re: Benghazi

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During yesterday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing on Benghazi, U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney questioned former CIA Acting Director Mike Morell on the decision not to send a military response during the attack, and asked what steps can be taken to prevent future attacks. 

“What can Americans expect (us to do) in the future, should something like this happen again, to avoid it? What can the people on the ground in these places expect when they go and serve?” Rooney asked. 

“I think you’ve asked the most important question,” Morell responded. 

Rooney also questioned the decision not to send a military response to try to save American lives during the attack. 

“We were told there wasn’t enough time for a military response to get there, but the question I continue to have, and we need answered to keep our agents and embassies safe, is: How did they know when it was going to end? What if it went on for another eight to 10 to 12 more hours? For the sake of people like this in the future, knowing that nobody is coming from the United States of America, is very concerning to me.”

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