On Sept. 12, 2012, CBS’s Steve Croft held a White House interview with President Obama which was later telecast on “60 Minutes” on Sept. 24. One of the topics discussed was “The recent events in the Middle East,” which included the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi on the American Consulate. Four Americans were murdered during the hours in which that attack took place: Chris Stevens, ambassador; Sean Smith, information officer; Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, security personnel and former Navy Seals. In that interview, Obama described these events as “bumps in the road” for his foreign policy initiatives.
By Sept. 14, the bodies of the slain Americans were recovered and flown back to Andrews AFB, Washington, D.C., and were met there by Obama and Hillary Clinton. The father of Tyrone Woods was told at that time by Clinton that the individual responsible for instigating the “protest” attack (because of an anti-Mohammed movie) ” … would be arrested and prosecuted.” That the film-maker was responsible for the attack was an outright lie, and she knew it was a lie. The military had an unmanned Predator drone overhead sending live streaming pictures to authorities during the attack, so they knew instantly that it was a planned and organized terrorist attack and not a “protest” demonstration in reaction to some film.
For at least two subsequent weeks the administration continuously misrepresented the facts to those of us who wanted answers as to what really happened. Obama’s boyish press secretary, Jay Carney, delivered those same “facts” to the press corps at the daily White House press briefings, reaching a point where he began insisting that the Benghazi issue is now ” … just an old story” and no longer worth discussing. The combat code in the U.S. military is that we don’t abandon our dead and wounded on the battlefield. That is a sacred trust. So in an effort for us to not forget those who were abandoned and who lost their lives that night, a U.S. Marine colonel composed a commemorative poem in honor of the two ex-Seals:
The Battling Boys of Benghazi
We’re the battling boys of Benghazi,
No fame, no glory, no paparazzi.
Just a fiery death in a blazing hell,
Defending the country we loved so well.
It wan’t our job, but we answered the call,
Fought to the Consulate and scaled the wall.
We pulled 20 Countrymen from the jaws of fate,
Led them to safety and stood at the gate.
Just the two of us, and foes by the score,
but we stood fast to bar the door.
Three calls for reinforcement, but all were denied,
so we fought, and we fought, and we fought ‘til we died.
We gave our all for Uncle Sam,
But Barack Obama didn’t give a damn.
Just two dead Seals who carried the load,
No thanks to us … we were just ‘Bumps in the Road.’
In a recent press conference, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., confronted the press corps by directing questions to them about why they have never investigated the Benghazi circumstances; never insisted on getting answers from this administration. And until they do investigate, this administration will not be held accountable because it is too obvious that they embrace Clinton’s outrageous statement: “What difference, at this point, does it make?” Does it make any difference to you?
CDR, USN/USPHS (Ret)