On the evening of September 11, 2012, an organized force of Islamic terrorists, including elements of the Libyan branch of al Qaeda, attacked the United States embassy in Benghazi, Libya, killing four Americans. The attacks, murders and looting of the embassy occurred despite repeated requests for increased security, all of which were ignored or denied by the United States State Department. The attacks, murders and looting of the embassy occurred despite repeated requests for military assistance during the course of the attacks, all of which were ignored or denied by military commanders, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the State Department.
The four Americans killed were Ambassador Chris Stevens, foreign service officer Sean Smith, CIA operative Glen Doherty and CIA operative Tyrone Woods. Ambassador Stevens left behind his wife Mary and his parents and three siblings. Sean Smith left behind his wife Heather and two young children, Samantha and Nathan. Tyrone Woods left behind his wife, Dr. Dorothy Narvaez-Woods, and three children (two teenagers and an infant son. CIA operative Glen Doherty left behind a sister, Kate Quickley and other family members. All were young men with a lifetime of opportunities ahead of them.
For those of you who have lost a loved one, a family member, or a close friend to a sudden act (a fatal accident, a sudden medical onset, or an act of violence) you can recall the dismay you felt and the hope that there has been a mistake – that the report is wrong – and that the pain and the nightmare that is just beginning will vanish as if it were simply a bad dream. The intensity of that feeling is magnified when the incident occurs at a distance from you. And even more so when there are conflicting reports about what happened – those conflicting reports giving additional hope that somehow, if there is confusion about the incident, there could also be confusion about the victims. And so you sit. And wait. And the fear of what will come next if the report is right begins to crowd into you.
If you are a spouse, it is the loss of your companion – the person to whom you have dared to give your heart – (s)he will never be there again. That agony is magnified when there are children. Children to whom you must explain why their father (mother) is never coming home again. And infant children who never had the chance to actually know their parent, to learn from them, to love them as they have been loved by the one that is gone. And if you are a parent, your heart tells you that this is not supposed to be – that your children should live beyond you and that you should never have to bury someone to whom you have dedicated so much of your love and life. The hollowness that is left by the death of a loved one – particularly a sudden death – may dissipate over time, but not for a time, not for a spouse, a child, or a parent.
While this miasma enveloped the wives, children, parents and siblings of the four slain American, they are called to Andrews Air Force Base to receive the bodies. There is probably not a time in one’s life when you are more vulnerable. What little hope that there has been a mistake is crushed and all of your fears are now reality.
On September 14, the bodies of these four men slain in Benghazi were returned to the United States where members of their families were joined by President Barack Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta – the four people primarily responsible for denying requests for additional security at the Benghazi embassy prior to the attacks and for denying military assistance during the attacks.
There was a public part of this reception and then a private meeting between the family members and Mr. Obama’s senior officials, including Ms. Clinton. During the course of the private meeting, Ms. Clinton told various family members that the Benghazi attack was a spontaneous uprising of Libyans angry about a video produced in America that was critical of the Prophet Mohammed. That despite the fact that she had been informed by her own State Department that Ansar al Sharia (an affiliate of al Qaeda) had claimed responsibility for the attack. That despite the fact that on the night of the attack (two days before the bodies were returned) Ms. Clinton send an email to her daughter, Chelsea, stating:
“Two of our officers were killed in Benghazi by an al Qaeda-like group: The Ambassador, whom I handpicked and a young communications officer on temporary duty w a wife and two young children. Very hard day and I fear more of the same tomorrow.”
So intent on deception was Ms. Clinton that her email was addressed to Diane Reynolds which was the cover name that she used for her daughter.
Ms. Clinton has subsequently denied that she told the family members that the incident was due to the video.
But CNN reported that Patricia Smith, mother of Sean Smith stated: “National Security Adviser Susan Rice “talked to me personally, and she said this is the way it was. It was because of this film that came out.”
Later, in testimony before a House Committee on Benghazi, Ms. Smith stated that Mr. Obama, Ms. Clinton and Ms. Rice all told her that the Benghazi attack stemmed from the video.
On the October 25, 2012 Glenn Beck Show, Tyrone Woods’ father Charles Wood confirmed Ms. Clinton’s statement and noted tht Ms. Clinton stated that:
“We will make sure that the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.”
Later Mr. Woods would share with Fox News, a diary with notes of that day which noted:
“I gave Hillary a hug and shook her hand. And she said we are going to have the filmmaker arrested who was responsible for the death of my son,”
Kate Quigley in an October 2015 interview with Anderson Cooper of CNN stated:
“She spoke to my family about how sad we should feel for the Libyan people because they are uneducated, and that breeds fear, which breeds violence, and leads to a protest,” Quigley said, adding that Clinton chose to “perpetuate what she knew was untrue.”
There is additional external evidence which tends to confirm the statements of the family members. First, the families had no reason to lie. Ms. Clinton, on the other hand, needed to protect herself from her internal decisions that left the Benghazi embassy virtually defenseless and from her role in deposing former Libyan dictator Mummar Ghadafi and abandoning the successor government thus creating the chaos that actually gave rise to the attack. Additionally, Ms. Clinton has a long and unchecked history of lying running from back in the days when she was dealing with Whitewater all the way through the current scandals involving her use of a private email account and server through which passed literally ten of thousands of State Department messages, including classified, Top Secret, and some so secret that they cannot be currently released. In this instance history and the law are the on side of the victims and not on that of a demonstrable liar.
Ms. Clinton in public speeches, prior to and following that fateful meeting, blamed the attack on the video. Due to her email to her daughter, we know that she knew her statements were a lie and yet she continued to perpetuate the lie for political expedience. We also know that in furtherance of this deception, including the threat to bring the filmmaker to justice, he was arrested in a very public manner. (The arrest was for other charges since by the time the Obama administration affected the arrest not a single American, including the members of the Obama administration believed the video was responsible.)
But let’s bring this back to actual perspective. Here were the families of the four men murdered in Benghazi at their most vulnerable point – a point at which they were seeking answers and reconciliation – and Ms. Clinton, for political expedience, lied to them. Lie not once but repeatedly. Lied before the meeting, during the meeting and after the meeting.
Here stood a women so cold, callous and calculating that she would prey on the vulnerable for her own political ambitions. That is the “ultimate Hillary Clinton.” And for those who continue to support her to be President of the United States, it tells as much about you as it does about Ms. Clinton.