I received a call this week from my friend Robin who is one of those friends you pick up with right where you left off from no matter if it has been 9 days or 9 months since you last spoke.
I worked with Robin for several years, and we formed a bond I do not form easily. I treasure Robin, her family and our friendship.
Robin’s son currently serves in our military, and as our conversations often do, we turned to politics, discussed the state of our nation, and the Obama administration’s push for military action in Syria.
To know Robin is to understand her fierce loyalty to our country and military, yet as we discussed Syria she made it clear the terrorist attack in Benghazi broke a trust not only with military members but with the family members left behind. A necessary trust each must have in the commander in chief.
The concern in her voice is something I had not heard in the countless deployments she and her family endured over the last 10 years. It was the sound of betrayal.
When a person makes the decision to serve in the military, they do so with the understanding that in return for their sacrifice if they find themselves in trouble, the full force of the U.S. military will come to their aid.
One year ago on September 11, 2012, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty demonstrated they understood this commitment when they refused to stand down, instead going to the aid of their brethren under attack in Benghazi, Libya.
These two brave men, no longer bound by their military duty to leave no man behind, went to the Benghazi consulate under attack in an attempt to rescue Ambassador Chris Stevens and Sean Smith, and they would later valiantly fight off attackers at the Benghazi CIA annex for what some have called 7 hours of hell.
Although I would not presume to speak for Woods and Doherty, I wonder if at some point during the seven hours, when no one came to their aid, if they felt the same betrayal I heard in Robin’s voice as she contemplated the possibility of her son being involved in Syrian military action.
Betrayal was likely felt by Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who as a distinguished member of the State Department, repeatedly requested and was repeatedly denied the additional security he felt necessary in order to protect those under his charge as terrorist attacks leading up to September 11, 2012 increased in Libya.
It is likely betrayal is felt today by those serving in non-military U.S. posts worldwide as well. The mismanagement of the Benghazi attack and our government’s inability to protect members of State will likely have lasting effects. A breech of trust necessary in order to carry out assignments
The deepest betrayal felt, however, likely belong to the families of Stevens, Smith, Woods and Doherty, who are painfully aware that President Obama and Secretary Clinton knowingly lied as they looked these families in the eye and blamed the deaths of the four brave men, not on what it was – terrorism – but on a spontaneous demonstration due to a YouTube video that never occurred.
And finally Barack Obama is experiencing first hand the sting of betrayal felt by the American public as shown in their lack of support for military action in Syria.
The American people, who were to re-elect the leader of the nation less than 60 days post 9/11/12, were lied to by the President and his administration for almost 2 weeks about the cause of the attack while the media focused, not on the tough questions surrounding it, but rather on candidate Romney’s response given (gasp) prior to Obama’s Benghazi statement.
The same media, who has shown either their complicity or incompetence by the inability to uncover answers to the most basic of questions while accepting the administration’s statement that while the U.S. was under attack, the Commander in Chief’s whereabouts on 9/11/12 is irrelevant.
The fact is less than 1% of the U.S. population make the sacrifices necessary to serve their country, and so as we approach the twelfth anniversary of 9/11 and one year anniversary of the Benghazi terrorist attack, I ask each of you to honor those who serve as well as the families of Stevens, Smith, Woods & Doherty.
No matter the side of the aisle on which you fall nor the answers uncovered about the Benghazi terrorist attack, for a moment place yourself in the families shoes. Ask yourself if it were your son, daughter, or loved one, would you be satisfied with the Obama administration’s account of events on September 11, 2012?
If it were your son, daughter or loved one, would you be be concerned we do not know where the President was September 11, 2012?
If it were your son, daughter or loved one, would you be concerned that although charges were filed against Libyan militia leader Ahmed Khattalah and CNN and the Associated Press have interviewed the suspect, the FBI has not?
If it were your son, daughter or loved one, would you be satisfied that four low level staffers found to be “responsible” for the myriad of Benghazi security breaches before, during, and after the attack never missed a day’s pay and recently were reinstated to the State Department by Secretary Kerry?
If it were your son, daughter or loved one, would you refer to Benghazi as a phony scandal?
Or would you honor those who died in the terrorist attack on the eleventh anniversary of the worst attack on American soil and demand justice for the Benghazi four?