House Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds hearing on Benghazi and Libya

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A retired general says the U.S. should have done more to respond to the attack on the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

Retired Brig. Gen. Robert Lovell said Thursday that U.S. forces "should have tried" to get to the embassy in time to help save lives during the twin attacks on Sept. 11, 2012.

He says the State Department should have made stronger requests for action. The State Department didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Lovell was monitoring the attack from U.S. Africa Command's headquarters in Germany.

He says it was clear that the attack was hostile action. The Obama administration initially suggested the attack stemmed from an anti-Islamic video, but later said that it was a terrorist attack.

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