On September 11, 2012, Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Tyrone S. Woods, Glen A. Doherty, and Sean Smith were killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
This article was actually drafted a few weeks ago, but I couldn’t quite finish nor bring myself to publish it, and now I know why. The story of Ambassador Chris Stevens, and those of the three brave Americans who died with him, has not been completely told. In fact, with each passing day, more of what really happened in these men’s final hours is revealed.
There’s a reason why some of us don’t watch horror or scary movies, or look at graphic pictures. Yes, I know, many can and do, but I can’t. The pictures imprint on one’s mind, and the visuals persist in the mind’s eye. Likewise, the horrendous final hours and moments of our courageous and faithful men in Benghazi won’t fade for a long time. The families of these men will live with almost unbearable emotional pain for years to come. The scenes showing the desecration of Ambassador Stevens’ body as he was dragged through the streets of Benghazi by a frenzied enemy are unforgettable, and we should not forget. Similarly, Americans well remember the scenes from the disaster at Mogadishu – Black Hawk Down.
Now we’ve learned that the attack took place over a period of seven hours, and a drone was overhead recording it in real time; numerous emails were sent to the State Department (and certainly other security branches of the U.S. gov.), and nothing was done to send immediate aid, which had the potential to save lives. Nessa, a retired paratrooper who knows about these military type ops, said this:
The necessary SOF forces were three hours away in Italy. They could have conducted a surgical strike, that’s what they do. They could watch the video from the overhead UAV while in flight, I’ve done it myself, and be more prepared for the coming battle than any force in history has ever been. Real time video goes a long ways to clearing “the fog of war.” There were aircraft carriers in the med, they could have launched within minutes. Subs with cruise missiles and all the cruise missiles on the Carriers escorts would have gone a long ways towards buying the survivors more time. Or could have been used as a retaliatory strike once we knew they were all dead.
The Middle-East has been embroiled (actually for centuries) in conflict. The Arab-Spring, much touted by President Obama and our State Department, has brought havoc to the region, not stability. Replacing tyrannical but stable governments with the even more extreme elements of the Muslim Brotherhood, and Islamic Sharia governance has taken what limited freedom the people in these countries had. Barack Obama deserves a big share of the responsibility for the now volcanic and deteriorating Middle-East. It is his policies which contributed to the meltdown; America is seen as weak and unwilling to intervene. Sadly, President Obama has proven them right.
President Obama entertains a worldview which needlessly endangered not only our Ambassador and those who died with him, but has also increased the number of deaths experienced by our American military serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. His pressure on the upper echelons of the military for restricted Rules of Engagement are responsible for these needless deaths, and I believe it is time to bring all our troops home…if you’re not going to fight militarily, then stop letting our men and women be targets for the enemy. Of course, the malignant media is complicit in hiding the real story about our “wars” in the Middle-East. While they counted and headlined all the bodies they could under President Bush, they’ve almost ceased to mention the wars or the body count, which has been significant under President Obama.
The story of Benghazi and what happened there is proving to be an ugly one. But, it was ugly before the actual terrorist attack took place. There is clear documentation that the consulate had been asking for more security, not less, in the months leading up to September 11th. Yet, despite the pleas, forces were withdrawn in August, and the Ambassador and his staff were left defenseless.
A president’s job is to protect and defend this country. Our embassies and consulates are considered part of U.S. sovereignty. In one of the most dangerous areas of the world, a bubbling cauldron of animosities, where it is difficult to distinguish friend from foe, this president’s foreign policies, driven by his Islamic sympathizer worldview, caused the death of Ambassador Stevens and those who tried to save him. President Obama (and his State Department), is ultimately responsible and accountable for the outcome at Benghazi. It is clear that if he had had at least some reasonable measures of security in place, then these men would have had a fighting chance. But they had none.
Saying “9/11” is all that is required in America for every single person to know what is being referenced. Every year when this date comes up it is an anniversary date. Until this administration, America had always been placed on heightened alert and extra precautions initiated both here and abroad. Common sense guided our actions around 9/11, and we paid attention and took no unnecessary risks, but President Obama, in his zeal to dismiss the reality of Islamic terrorism, and thus eliminate the need for a War on Terror, increased our danger and risk.
On that Tuesday (BTW, note that it was also a Tuesday the day of the original 9/11 attacks), we know that Mr. Obama did not change his plans and he even went to bed that night not knowing the fate of our/his ambassador who was missing. He continued with his schedule, not making a statement to the American people for sixteen hours. He finally spoke the next day, briefly, from the Rose Garden of the WH, and then jetted off to Colorado and Las Vegas for campaign fundraising. His official twitter account’s first tweet on that Wednesday was to ask people to sign up and help his campaign.
Family members of the slain are speaking out. Charles Woods, father of Tyrone Woods, wants to know who gave the order not to attempt a rescue. He also describes his meeting with the president at Andrews Air Force Base (you should read the rest at Powerline):
‘I’m really sorry, you know, that your son died,’ but it was totally insincere, more of whining type, ‘I’m sorry.’
Woods says that shaking President Obama’s hands at his son’s memorial service was “like shaking hands with a dead fish.”
I’ve written a series of articles about Barack Obama, focusing on his indifference, disdain, and lack of empathy or genuine sympathy, but this president’s behavior in the hours, days and weeks following the terrorist attack on our Benghazi Consulate is beyond anything Americans have seen in their elected leader. Leftist historians will try and whitewash these “bumps in the road” of President Barack Obama, but he can never be cleansed of the blood of these men.
America deserves a president who exemplifies her nobility, her decency, her generosity, her great spirit. This country deserves an individual who is a real leader. They deserve competency.
This president demonstrates none of the above.
Rest in Peace, Gentlemen, Rest in Peace.