Give Them Their Due: Remember Benghazi
As Hurricane Sandy begins to strike the east coast, another storm is brewing nationwide as Americans begin to realize the truth of that night in Benghazi. A night when terror stalked, and heroic warriors persevered until the end against impossible odds. While those in power who could have, would not lend their aid and sat idle. Silent spectators to a grizzly scene of torturous flame and murder.
And the love of a father for his valiant son will not permit those responsible to turn away.
Charles Woods, father of slain Navy Seal Tyrone Woods, will not go gentle away from that horrific night. And as the truth manifests itself, and a grieved father struggles to cope with the senseless death of his heroic son, many Americans are raging against the dying of the light. And it is well that they should.
Those who failed to send cover that night for those who were beseiged, now seek to cover their shame. Therefore, they dare to accuse those who protest and seek justice as merely acting in the spirit of “politics”. Those who make such disgraceful accusations do so because they wish to hinder the truth, and so they seek to silence those who seek the truth with slander.
The voices who level the accusation that others are using the death of these men for “politics”, are the voices of an administration that not only refused to aid their own on the field of battle, but they are the voices of an administration that was fully prepared to allow these brave men to go to their death unsung, as mere victims of a mob rather than noble warriors who sought to save American lives.
This is inexcusable. This is the spirit of politics. For those who level such revolting accusations at those who seek justice, are those whose political career will be destroyed by the truth. No other explanation rears it’s head for this brazen miscarriage of justice.
Only the heinous deny the valiant their due glory. And only self serving tyrants are threatened by the unfailing spirit of sacrifice that moves patriots to give their lives so that others may live.
The truth is, Americans are honorable, they do not forsake their heroes, dead or alive. And they are repulsed by an administration who attempts to deceive them as though they were children to be lulled into sleep by a cleverly concocted fairy tale.
As the days pass, the evidence of last week continues to accumulate. As even more comes out, the evidence now demonstrates the senseless utter failure of the current administration to protect Ambassador Chris Stevens, Air Force veteran Sean Smith, and Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. The latest news provides evidence that as the terrorists overran the US Consulate in Benghazi, requests for back up from those defending those who were caught in the flames were denied. And those who were risking their lives to save their fellow Americans were told not to.
Air Force veteran Sean Smith died at the Consulate near Ambassador Stevens, as Stevens was struggling to breathe his last breath. Former Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty defied orders from higher up to “stand down”. They risked their own lives without hesitation and aided the escape of 30 Americans under fire in the attack. By doing so, they saved thirty lives.
Afterward, for hours, Doherty and Woods stood and fought until the end. Not realizing that help would not be arriving, Tyrone Woods trained his laser to point out the source of the mortar fire so that aircraft could take out the terrorists with a precision strike. But the strike he attempted to aid never came.
No help arrived, no relief, no assistance of any kind. Woods was a highly trained Navy Seal. He was surely aware that when he aimed that laser and exposed the terrorists, he was also exposing himself. He risked his life for a second and final time, and did it anyway. And the mortar fire continued unmolested, ultimately killing Woods who had knowlingly risked his life a second time that night, so that others might be spared.
After being killed by mortar fire from the terrorists, he was found dead on the rooftop of the annex by his machine gun, which was covered in blood as he made his final stand.
The families of those who fell at Benghazi are now mourning the senseless and horrific death of their loved ones. Following a meeting with Obama, Charles Woods, the father of Navy Seal Tyrone Woods, spoke about his sons death and gave details of his meeting with Obama:
In another interview last night, Mr. Woods again spoke of his justified heartbreak to America, and said it was better to die as a hero than live as a coward.
He is not the only one who is speaking up. The mother of Sean Smith, Pat Smith, is also understandably devastated. She has repeatedly demanded answers from Washington, and she too, has spoken out against the story spun by the White House in the wake of her son’s death.
In an interview with CNN she has echoed Mr. Woods’ impression of Obama’s indifference to the death of her son:
“I cried on Obama’s shoulder and he just kind of looked off into the distance. That was worthless to me.”
She also believes the White House has been dishonest in their story on her son’s death:
“I look at the TV and I see bloody hand prints on walls thinking my God, is that my son’s? I don’t know. They haven’t told me anything. They are still studying it. And the thing that they are telling me are outright lies.”
Joining these voices of outraged heartbreak, others are stepping forward who have lost their sons to the self serving vanity and irresponsible failures of Obama.
In the aftermath of the death of Osama Bin Laden, Navy Seal Aaron Vaughn, twenty one other Navy Seals, and others, were killed by terrorists in retaliation for their role in the death of Osama Bin Laden – after Obama had lauded Bin Laden’s death, and revealed Seal Team Six as those who carried out the raid.
In another recent interview, the mother of slain Seal Team 6 member Aaron Vaughn, expressed her outrage earlier this month.
Recently, Mrs. Vaughn put out a political ad against Obama, whom she is furious at because another political ad by Bill Clinton portrays Obama as the one who had something to lose if the raid against Osama Bin Laden had gone wrong.
In the ad, Clinton had the unmitigated audacity to declare Obama was the one with something to lose if the raid had gone wrong. Quoting Clinton:
“Look he knew what could happen. Suppose the Navy Seals had gone in there and it hadn’t been Bin Laden? Suppose they had been captured or killed? The downside would have been horrible for him”.
Following this sick political effort by the Democrats to promote their candidate, Mrs.Vaughn recently participated in a political ad of her own.
In a followup interview, Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn explained why they hold Obama responsible for the death of their son, and what they want done about it. You can see a video of their emotional interview here, their ad is also included in the interview. This video is hard to watch, and my heart goes out to the all of the families of these slain heroes as they demand answers in the midst of their grief.
Benghazi: America’s “other” Alamo
As I penned yesterdays post on Texas and The Battle of the Alamo, I recalled the battle cry for justice that came in the aftermath of that famous battle:
“Remember the Alamo!”
I could not help but see the simialarities between those brave patriots of Texas, and the fallen patriots of Benghazi.
I could not help but feel the need for their memories to be rightfully preserved with full honors, as due patriots killed in action while saving the lives of others.
Like Davy Crockett, and the other heroes of the Alamo in Texas, the brave men who fell at Benghazi were outnumbered and outgunned by heavy weaponry, but stood and fought until the bitter and tragic end. Also like those of the Alamo, they died amidst the smoke and flames of a cruel and heartless death, and they did so willingly for their countrymen.
Here is the inscription from the Alamo Centotaph, a memorial of the battle, which is called “The Spirit of Sacrifice”:
“In memory of the heroes who sacrificed their lives at the Alamo, March 6th, 1836, in the defense of Texas. They chose never to surrender nor retreat; These brave hearts with flag still proudly waving, perished in the flames of immortality that their high sacrifice might lead to the founding of this Texas.”
Heroes in their own right, those whose death occurred in Benghazi also died in the Spirit of Sacrifice, as they ignored the order to “stand down”, and fought against all odds to save the lives of thirty Americans. They succeeded in doing so, and lost their own lives in the process.
These men deserve better than a false epitaph written by an administration to ashamed to tell the truth to the American people. These men deserve better than to be portrayed as victims of an angry mob who overtook them.
They deserve to be recognized and honored for their sacrifice, set down in history as valiant patriots who fought until the end, patriots who gave their lives for their fellow Americans.
Remember the Alamo, yes. And remember Benghazi.
Political Partisanship or Patriotism?
Like many Americans, I would never have voted for Obama, or any President who has so utterly failed this nation, both at home, and overseas. A President who promotes socialist principles, and thus, stands in opposition to the very principles our nation was founded upon. Our nation was born by the blood of Revolutionary patriots. Patriots like Tyrone Woods, who gave their all out of a Spirit of Sacrifice.
For the sake of these, then, and now, I will not vote for Obama. Not because of a petty love of politics, but because of an enduring love for America.
And for that same love of America, and respect for those who defend her, in the aftermath of Benghazi, many will not go quietly while the White House covers their political agenda in brazen deceit that dishonors the blood of our fallen. The evidence will not be denied, and the truth of it will not be silenced by slander.
As Al Qaeda rose to higher and higher prominence in Benghazi, hoisted their flag, and began to take over, two prior attempts were made to bomb the Consulate. For months proceeding the attack, the current administration refused to hear distress calls and requests from the Consulate for more security. On the contrary, the powers that be reduced security to the handful that were on hand that night.
And the powers that be continued to refuse assistance for back up, until the last man standing could stand no longer, and fell dead.
Meanwhile, Democrats like Stephen Colbert trample decency underfoot to promote their party – as he makes a mockery of the coverage of the Benghazi cover up, and thus, the death of these men.
And they ignore the reality of Obama’s failures and destruction of our economy. They exchange petty insults for leadership, as they cheer Obama’s very much mistaken sarcasm that we use less bayonets and horses these days.
The truth is, not only was this comment totally irrevalent and nothing but pure sarcasm, it was also inaccurate. Bayonetts are still issued, and to this day, we are just as reliant on the role of the cavalry as we were in days past. Which is why we still have Armoured Cavalry units, such as the 11th Armoured Cavalry Regiment, also known as the Blackhorse Regiment.
As those in the land of the Alamo stand their ground and prepare to arrest foreign intruders if neccessary at the polling stations, when I arrive at the polling station I will stand with them, because I will stand with those who stand for and defend freedom.
I will stand with Ambassador Stevens who worked tirelessly on behalf of freedom for all Libyans. I will stand with parents like the Vaughns and Charles Woods. Parents of our heroes whose sons can’t vote, because they were murdered by terrorists in a terrorist attack that the current administration lied about.
I won’t need bayonets and horses to make my stand. I will do so by casting my vote. And when I do, I will remember Benghazi.
“They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast, and their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.” ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow