Secretary of defense Leon Panetta used what will likely be his last appearance in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee to draw attention to the crippling impact sequester will have on our military readiness.
However, Republicans on the committee were far more interested in getting an explanation from Panetta about the efforts made to save the lives of Americans under attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.
Republican Ted Cruz asked both Leon Panetta and Martin Dempsey, "In between 9:42 p.m., Benghazi time, when the first attacks started, and 5:15 am, when Mr. Doherty and Mr. Woods lost their lives, what conversations did either of you have with Secretary Clinton?"
Neither men talked with Clinton during the nearly 8 hour attack.
The question however became even more contentious whey Sen. Lindsey Graham question the two men about efforts to deploy troops and military aircraft, and the level of communication that took place between the Defense Department and President Obama during the nearly eight-hour attack.