In a previous post Stacy linked to today’s latest news on Benghazi in which it has been revealed that Americans under attack asked for help at least three times over a seven hour period and in all instances that help was denied. The father of one of those slain SEALS is not amused, via Daniel Halper at the Weekly Standard:
Charles Woods, the father of Tyrone Woods, who was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attack at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, reveals details of meeting Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at the publically broadcast memorial service for the slain Americans at Andrews Air Force Base only days after the attack. And, in a recent radio appearance, Woods publicly questions who made the call not to send in back-up forces to possibly save his son’s life, as well as the three other Americans killed in Benghazi (which includes the American ambassador to Libya).
“When [Obama] came over to our little area” at Andrew Air Force Base, says Woods, “he kind of just mumbled, you know, ‘I’m sorry.’ His face was looking at me, but his eyes were looking over my shoulder like he could not look me in the eye. And it was not a sincere, ‘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.”
“It just didn’t feel right,” he says of his encounter with the commander in chief. “And now that it’s coming out that apparently the White House situation room was watching our people die in real time, as this was happening,” Woods says, he wants answers on what happened—and why there was no apparent effort to save his son’s life.
“Well, this is what Hillary did,” Woods continues. “She came over and, you know, did the same thing—separately came over and talked with me. I gave her a hug, shook her hand. And she did not appear to be one bit sincere—at all. And you know, she mentioned that the thing about, we’re going to have that person arrested and prosecuted that did the video. That was the first time I had even heard about anything like that.”
Woods continues: “Apparently even the State Department had a live stream and was aware of their calls for help. My son wasn’t even there. He was at a safe house about a mile away. He got the distress call; he heard them crying for help; that’s why he and Glen risked their lives to go that extra mile just to take care of the situation. And I’m sure that wasn’t the only one received that distress call—you know, come save our lives … I’m sure that other people in the military, in the State Department, in the White House, received that same call that he would receive. And I’m sure that most military people would jump at the chance … to protect that life [and] not leave anyone behind.”
“When I heard, you know, that there’s a very good chance that the White House as well as other members of the military knew what was going on and obviously someone had to say, don’t go rescue them. Because every person in the military–their first response [would be], we’re going to go rescue them. We need to find out who it was that gave that command–do not rescue them.”
Chilling and unbelievable are just two words that come to mind to describe what can only be called dereliction of duty … or worse. The latest lame excuse coming from this sorry excuse for an Administration is that the military didn’t have enough “real-time information” to act on. As Ed Morrissey notes in a post as Hot Air, that excuse is absurd:
Yesterday, Leon Panetta told reporters that the US military didn’t intervene to assist our consulate in Benghazi during the attack because of a lack of real-time intelligence. Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin now reports that the CIA got at least three requests for support from the annex in the city to help fend off the attack — and that the chain of command not only refused the requests, but ordered its personnel to “stand down.”
Griffin’s sources tell her that the annex had painted a laser target at a terrorist mortar position and had called for an air strike. I’m not sure what that looks like in Panetta’s world, but it at least sounds like real-time intelligence on the attack, as well as a clear target, if this report is correct.
The more we learn, the more we see why Obama and his allies in the media want to cover this up. This guy has no concept of duty, honor, or country. He and his Administration deliberately left these American patriots in the field to die because he didn’t want to do anything that had the potential of contradicting his “I’m a tough guy who killed bin Laden and decimated al-Qaeda” re-election narrative. I never would have believed such a cold political calculation would be made by any President, even this one, but there’s simply no other explanation that makes sense.
When American lives are at stake and the assets are available to save them, you act immediately. That’s what Commander-in-Chiefs are paid to do. You don’t ask political hacks like David Axelrod what the political pros and cons may be. You act, even if there’s the potential for another Desert One. The lives of our brave military men and women are far more important than any politician’s re-election prospects. This is unconscionable. Imagine the media’s reaction if a Republican president had done something even close to this. Ironically, if Obama had given the order and succeeded, he’d probably be cruising to a second term.
Update: A friend reminds me that after all of this, the Obama Administration spent the next 2-3 weeks shuck and jiving the nation with that cheesy YouTube video nobody had ever heard of. I guess that’s what happens when the President prefers to be Campaigner-in-Chief rather than Commander-in-Chief. There was a plane to Vegas to catch the next morning, after all.
Update II: (h/t Hot Air) Megyn Kelly interviewed Charlies Woods today when he called in to her show on Fox News. You don’t want to miss this:
Update III: In case you missed it Colin Powell, who, unbelievably, still claims he’s a Republican, endorsed Obama for the second time in as many presidential elections. That being the case, one has to assume Powell, a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is fine with Obama’s decision to leave Americans on the battlefield to die in Libya. Beyond that, how can any Republican, even a moderate, endorse the most incompetent and radical leftist who’s ever occupied the Oval Office? Mark Levin was all over this on his radio show.
Update IV: Hot Air’s Allahpundit discusses why Obama, oddly, isn’t eager to discuss why repeated pleas for help were denied in Benghazi:
“We’re going to gather all the facts,” he says, echoing Hillary’s plea to let the investigation play out until, oh, say, mid-November at the earliest. Simple question: Why does he need “all the facts” about Benghazi to find out (a) whether anyone at the consulate called for help during the attack and (b) if so, who in the chain of command denied that request? He could find that out with 10 minutes of phoning around and then spend another 10 firing the people involved — assuming, of course, that it wasn’t The One himself who delivered the thumbs down on the calls for help. Problem is, there’s only one thing he really cares about, and that thing wouldn’t be well served by an admission 10 days out from election day that his administration screwed up badly enough in Benghazi to warrant canning people. So he’s playing the “all the facts” game. Estimated arrival of all the facts: 11 days from now.
Allah does a thorough job and you should go here and read his entire post.