It was Sept. 11, 2012. Less than 60 days before President Obama's re-election.
The Libyan Embassy and the annex in Benghazi were under attack. The attack lasted about 8-9 hours. When the attack was over, Ambassador Chris Stevens and 3 of his countrymen lay dead. I have never been more ashamed of my country or more specifically- it's alleged leadership- than I was in the days following the attack.
Not only did our Commander in Chief disappear that night (his whereabouts have never been disclosed) but we had military support available within a 3 hour arrival time. They had been alerted and were ready to go but they were never sent.
I don't really care what we were doing in Benghazi. Perhaps we were smuggling arms or housing CIA spies and operatives. I don't care what shady shit we were up to. We violated the one rule that is encoded in our collective DNA. We let our comrades die at the hands of savages and we didn't move a muscle to help. The shame doesn't wash off.
Within 24 hours, Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice began telling this false narrative about Benghazi being beset by an impromptu gang of attackers angered by some silly anti-Muslim video created in California. They even had the poor idiot arrested. https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-06-28/why-susan-rice-not-hillary-clinton-took-the-fall-for-benghazi
So why lie? Why lie about a coordinated attack as opposed to a spontaneous one? Because Hillary was well aware of Stevens' pleas and had ignored his requests for additional security for months. And when you fact check the entire Benghazi debacle- your only source of information comes from the same government employees that stand the most to lose from disclosing the truth. You realize then that fact checking- has approximately the same accuracy as a CNN electoral poll. It's a garbage in- garbage out process that awards itself credibility.
So not only did our officials do nothing but they created this horrendous lie which they spewed for three days and repeated it to the grieving families. Our Commander In Chief went missing that night. Who was going to give the order to fly military assets in?
This is the same Obama who called a press conference in the middle of the night to take credit for the death of Osama Bin Laden.
The only conclusion any reasonable person could draw was that Americans were left to fend for themselves and die that night rather than President Obama risking a military mission and failure less than 60 days before his re-election. Perhaps they were worried about unveiling a CIA gun smuggling operation at the annex. The details don't matter, help should have been sent immediately.
I can't imagine, even once, letting a fellow officer's screams or pleas for help go unanswered or ignored. I can't imagine leaving wounded soldiers to die on a battlefield. Rescuing our comrades or die trying is a ship that we all agree to go down on. That's just the way it is.
I will never forgive Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for violating that sacred code of conduct. I don't care that both are non- military. I don't care that both of them are liars and crooks. I don't care that one's black and the other is female. They let their countrymen die without exhausting every possible remedy that night. I don't care to hear lies, excuses, or rationales about help not arriving in time. They failed to do the job they were elected or hired to do. Not only would I have demanded they be recalled or fired on the spot- I would have had both prosecuted for dereliction of duty. http://definitions.uslegal.com/d/dereliction-of-duty-military-law/
Chris Stevens is buried in Grass Valley, California. Sean Smith an information officer, and two CIA operatives and former Navy Seals, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, all went down with the ship that night.
We know the truth. I don't need a confession.
So please forgive me if I don't feel bad when I read reports of Hillary Clinton crying after the election results came in early Wednesday morning. Forgive me if President Obama's "legacy" of bad law and executive orders gets summarily erased. That level of superficiality is unimportant. Those two cowards will enjoy their lives, their children, and their grandchildren. They will get large pensions, make speeches, and tell everyone about the great deeds they accomplished.
I don't think I'm going to remember them that way- if I am forced to remember them at all. Instead, I'm going to remember the heroes of Benghazi and the spirit of courageous men and women everywhere who put it on the line and die in the process. That's the spirit we should all remember.
I can't help but think that maybe a few patriots showed up to vote this week. Maybe Chris Stevens had the last word. I hope so.