Benghazi-gate – Let’s not forget the families of the slain, they could be you tomorrow

Waiting for upcoming May 8th House hearing, and the recent revelations of the three “whistleblowers”, I cannot help but think of the families of Amb. Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.  It’s one thing to live with the grief of burying your child, and knowing he died in a foreign land away from friends and loved ones, but now to listen to the latest news reports and learn that proof is being offered that your government officials lied, were negligent, incompetent, and this negligence and incompetence resulted in your child’s murder?  Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods’ father, Charles Woods, probably fully understood at the onset, when he waited for his son’s casket at Andrews Air Force Base.

President Obama and Secy. Clinton at Andrews Air Force Base with caskets of slain from Benghazi Consulate (BostonGlobe)

At the memorial service at Joint Base Andrews for his son and the three other Americans killed, Woods said that the president approached him. “Shaking hands with him was like shaking hands with a dead fish,” he said. He recalled Vice President Biden saying to him “in an extremely loud and boisterous voice,” “Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?” He questioned the sincerity of their sympathy, and that of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Sean Smith’s mother sent a letter to Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) in support the formation of a Select Committee (denied thanks to Mr. Speaker) pleading for answers:

Hon. Frank R. Wolf

This letter is to endorse resolution H. Res. 36 to create a Select Committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks.

I am the mother of Sean Smith, one of the four people murdered in Benghazi by terrorists along with ambassador Chris Stevens and ex-seals Ty Woods and Glen Daugherty. When I was in Wash. DC at the reception of the caskets, I asked for and received promises from Pres. Obama, Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta, VP Biden and several other dignitaries in attendance. They all looked me directly in the eyes and promised they would find out and let me know. I got only one call from a clerk about a month later quoting from the time line, which I already had.

I agree completely with items 1 thru 16 of this resolution. I especially want to know WHY the four were abandoned the way they were. My son told me that he saw someone taking pictures just before this happened and reported it. He told me they asked repeatedly for better security.

Please, Please help me find out who is responsible and fix it so no more of our sons & daughters are abandoned by the country they love. It is very difficult to find out Leon Panetta advised Pres. Obama that the attack was occurring and Pres. Obama went to bed without sending help. It is too late for my son but not too late for those that follow.

I have been following John McCain and Lindsay Graham hoping they had the ability to get some answers but no luck. Hillary finally testified but didn’t answer the questions (i.e. If they were watching this happen in real time, why wasn’t help sent).

Patricia A. Smith

Mother of Sean Smith

Killed in Benghazi

Ps Sean was in Special Operations in Okinawa before joining the State Dept.

While the family of Glen Doherty chose not assign blame, they, too, learned from friends in high places that the attack at the US Consulate was not due to a YouTube video:

The family says they knew the truth about the attack long before the rest of the nation.

“We certainly got conflicting reports and we also have a lot of friends in high places so a lot of it just came through personal channels,” says Quigley.

Quigley adds that she doesn’t know why the motive for the attack was distorted.

“I have no idea why it was spun that way probably because it was Sept. 11 and nobody wants to admit what happened again that day,” Quigley tells FOX 25.

The House Oversight Committee will begin hearings tomorrow featuring the contrarian testimony of the three “whistle-blowers.”  Will the families finally begin to know the truth and receive the answers they’re entitled to, as well as the rest of America, as to why these men were left to die with no help sent.   Or will the political future and plans of both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton over-shadow and continue to obfuscate the truth.  While some may say the answers lie with how well the the Congressional Committee presses for answers tomorrow, and how the media reports this, the answers and demand for truth lies with the American people.  If we, as a nation, accept lies and deceit from our government, then there will be more families like the Dohertys, Woods, Smiths and Stevens and more Benghazis in our future.

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