Benghazi - The 9-11 Attack Where Justice Has Not Been Served
One year ago today, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and U.S. Navy Seals Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were killed during an attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi. One year later, no one has been held accountable for this abject failure of President Barack Obamas and Secretary of State Hillary Clintons failure to provide either adequate security or to mount a rescue effort.
The attack on Benghazi is an iconic symbol of the amateurish foreign policies designed by Obama and executed by Clinton. About an hour and a half before the attacks began, I was sitting with then Congressman Dan Burton in his office in Washington discussing the Administrations failures in leadership related to foreign policy in the Middle East, North Africa and Russia. Burton told me that afternoon, "This Administration has really hurt the United States and our future foreign policy. Its a disaster, and I think its very likely were going to see a major conflict over there because of this Administration." Little did we know at that time that in less than two hours he would be proven correct. Following is my complete interview with Congressman Burton.
Americans value life in a way that is far different from the enemies we face in the world of terrorist attacks. Because of this, we expect our government to do everything in its power to defend our diplomats and military members we send into harms way on our behalf. What we have learned in the past year is that did not happen on 9, 11 2012.
President Obama and Secretary Clinton, through her actions as Secretary, led the U.S. into an illegal war against the government of Libya. In a story published Sept, 13th last year on TexasGOPVote, I spoke with Burton, Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX), and Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH) in separate interviews about the foreign policies of this government and the coming failures that could result. Turner serves on the House Armed Services Committee and Burton served on the House Foreign Relations Committee. Turner said on the day after the attack, "now we are in the aftermath of that action where the president is sitting with an ill-defined policy and Americans have been killed and our country is still at risk."
Poe commented on the Presidents foreign policy, stating, "The real question is, what is our policy? What is our foreign policy in North Africa? What is our foreign policy when you attack a US Embassy? I am not sure we know what it is. Its mixed signals." Of course, today we know there is no foreign policy when it comes to an American facility being attacked by terrorists.
Greg Hicks was the senior U.S. Diplomat in Tripoli on that fateful evening. He received a phone call from Ambassador Stevens saying the compound in Benghazi was "under attack" according to an interview he conducted this weekend on ABCs This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Stevens said nothing to Hicks about any kind of protest or demonstration as would later be fed to the American people by Obamas Administration officials. He said he was "under attack" and requested assistance. Assistance that would never come for him or the other three Americans abandoned by Obama and Clinton.
Hicks said in a very moving statement, "When I was a kid, I grew up watching western movies and the cavalry always came. I just thought that they would come."
Please take nine minutes and listen to this entire interview. It gives amazing insight into the events of this night from a man who was there and who has nothing to gain by telling anything but the truth about this night. He has been punished by the State Department for speaking out, but his service is indeed honorable and worthy of our attention.
Hicks details in this interview his timeline of events throughout the eight hours of the attack. He seemed stunned that no military support came from American bases in Italy. Americans were basically left to die while Obama and Clinton did nothing to save them.
In the end, could they have saved the four Americans? We, of course, will never know the answer to that question. Hicks said that perhaps not when it came to Stevens and Smith. But the two Navy Seals were killed 8 hours after the attack. There was plenty of time for military assistance to have arrived and made a difference in the outcome for these two Americans. Help never came. No attempt was even tried. They were simply left to die.
Hillary Clinton finally testified before Congress about the events of this tragic evening in Libya. When grilled on the issue of the White Houses attempt to downplay the attack as a simple protest that had gotten out of control, she replied, "What difference does it make!" at the top of her lungs. Apparently she believes it is okay for our government, and for her, to lie to the American people for political gain. For, after all, that is what the protest cover story was all about. President Obama couldnt be seen as having been subjected to a terrorist attack during a campaign where he had declared Al Qaeda to be dead. Hillary Clintons State Department team rode that political horse into the battlefield of the 2012 election without regard for the truth about what had happened and why our government failed to attempt a rescue or defense of our American brothers.
It is time today, to remember those Americans who gave their lives in brave service to our nation. But later this month, it is time for Congress to get back after this issue and get real answers for us and for the families of these victims.
Secretary Clinton must be held accountable for her failures leading up to this attack. She must answer for a foreign policy that has turned North Africa into the very mess that Congressman Burton predicted. She must also answer for why our U.S. State Department was allowed to be used as a political pawn in the presidential election. These actions and her failures make her completely unqualified to serve in the Office of President of the United States that she will be seeking in the 2016 election. We must not forget Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. We must not forget their families who await answers that may never come. But we also must never forget the role Hillary Clinton played in this attack and cover-up.