“His face was pointed towards me but he would not look me in the eye, his eyes were over my shoulder.”Those are the words of Charles Woods, father of murdered former Navy Seal Tyrone Woods. Ty Woods lost his life saving the lives of others on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi. Here, Charles Woods was describing his moments with President Obama on the day his son Tyrone’s remains were returned stateside.
“Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?”That was the question asked of Mr. Woods by our Vice-President, Joe Biden.
Thanks to the excellent reporting of Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin, we learned today that Tyrone Woods was amongst a group of Americans who disobeyed orders in order to save fellow Americans. Griffin reported that sources on the ground in Benghazi told her “that three urgent requests from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. Consulate and subsequent attack nearly seven hours later were denied by officials in the CIA chain of command — who also told the CIA operators to ‘stand down’ rather than help the ambassador’s team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11.”
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday addressed the “Monday morning quarterbacking” about why the U.S. military didn’t act sooner. He said military assets had been moved, but that the attack on the consulate in Benghazi was over before there was enough good information about what had actually happened. Not knowing exactly what was going on had he and other military leaders feel that “we could not put forces at risk in that situation.”
So in the heat of the moment, regardless of the politics of the situation, Americans did what Americans do best – the right thing. Tragically, Glen Doherty and Ty Woods lost their lives because they knew the right thing to do was to try to save fellow Americans who were in harm’s way, consequences be damned.
Fox News reports:
Woods, Doherty and at least two others ignored those orders and made their way to the Consulate which at that point was on fire….The quick reaction force from the CIA annex evacuated those who remained at the Consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight.
At that point, they called again for military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied. There were no communications problems at the annex, according those present at the compound. The team was in constant radio contact with their headquarters. In fact, at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the CIA compound. The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Specter gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights. The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours — enough time for any planes based in Sigonella Air base, just 480 miles away, to arrive. Fox News has also learned that two separate Tier One Special operations forces were told to wait, among them Delta Force operators.
In the words of Pat Smith, mother of Sean Smith who also died that day:
“Don’t give me any baloney that comes through with this political stuff, just tell me the truth, what happened, and I still don’t know.
I look at the TV and I see bloody hand prints on walls thinking is that my son’s? I don’t know. They haven’t told me anything. They are still studying it. And the thing that is they are telling me are outright lies. That Susan Rice, she talked to me personally and she said this is the way it was because of this film that came out.
The things they are telling me are just outright lies.” U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, she said, told her the attack was a result of protests around an anti-Muslim video. “I don’t trust you anymore,” she said of the administration. “You — I’m not going to say lied to me, but you didn’t tell me and you knew.”
I cried on Obama’s shoulder and he just kind of looked off into the distance. That was worthless to me.”
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