by Charlie Spiering 1 May 2014, 10:09 AM PDT
Retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Lovell admitted during a House Oversight hearing Thursday that saving the Americans under attack in Benghazi might have been possible, but he added they would never know for sure.
Lovell was in command of the U.S. Africa Command’s headquarters in Germany during the attack, but he has since retired.
Lovell said they looked to the State Department in regards to Libyan authorities and worked to get “situational awareness” of the attack as it unfolded.
“Did they ever tell you to go save the people in Benghazi?” Rep. Jason Chaffetz asked.
“Not to my knowledge, sir,” Lovell replied.
“Four individuals died, sir. We obviously did not respond in time to get there,” Lovell stated.
"Could we have?" Chaffetz asked.
“We may have been able to, but we’ll never know,” Lovell answered.