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Panetta: U.S. military is not global 9-1-1 service

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Read more here: mcclatchydc.com/2013/02/07/182296/panetta-us-military-is-not-global.html#emlnl=Daily_News_Update#storylink=cpy
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Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta put responsibility for embassy security back on a divided and bickering Congress during a combative appearance Thursday before a Senate Armed Services committee hearing on the attack last fall on the American consulate in Libya. Facing a highly partisan array of senators, Panetta said, 'The United States military is not and should not be a global 9-1-1 service capable of arriving on the scene within minutes to every possible contingency around the world.'

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