Lt. Col. Dan Hampton, decorated Air Force pilot and author of The New York Times Bestseller, Viper Pilot, weighed in on the reports from former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Dempsey, which stated that they would not have sent help to Benghazi. "That is a load of manure!" Hampton exclaimed, "As a fighter pilot we're supposed to take risks. That's what we get paid to do. Sending a fighter jet overhead wouldn't stop an attack, but it might have been a deterrent."