President Obama’s reelection campaign has focused on the theme of trust, especially on his foreign policy record. But the father of one American victim of this year’s 9/11 attacks says that, based on his firsthand interaction with Obama, that trust isn’t warranted.
Charles Woods, the father of former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, who was killed in Benghazi on September 11th, called into the Lars Larson show yesterday. The call was not scheduled; Mr. Woods indicated that he does not usually call into radio programs. But in light of recent news reports about what happened on the ground in Benghazi, and the discovery that the administration monitored events real time, Tyrone’s father says he felt compelled to speak out.
Mr. Woods described his meeting with President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, describing their apologies to him as feeling “insincere.” He expressed concerns that the administration was deliberately negligent of the safety of those in Benghazi on the 11th. He further proposed that the White House is not yet telling the whole, and the public needs to keep pushing for answers. “Something is fishy about what happened over there,” he said.
Sadly, Tyrone Woods was only expected to be in Libya for a few more days before the attack happened and he responded to the calls for help, as his father described. “In six more days, he would have been home.”
When asked by the host what we can do to honor his son, Mr. Woods replied:
We need to make sure that this does not happen again. Ty isn’t the only military person that’s willing to lay down his life for his buddies and for the other people that he works with. Every person in the military is willing to do that, and it would just be a matter of just, I don’t know, for people to continue to be courageous. He’s gone, he’s dead, one of these days I feel I’ll see my son in Heaven. And I’m not mad at anyone, so it’s not a matter of revenge or anything like that…but the truth needs to be out so something like this doesn’t happen again, so that people like Ty who are out there – principled men and women – that are willing to sacrifice their lives, that they won’t be abandoned by their Commander in Chief.
The show ended with a chilling statement from Ty’s father:
We do need to find out who it was that gave the order not to protect our military people there,and whoever it is needs to have the guts to stand up and say, “I was theone that gave the order not to send troops to protect,” because theycould have, the military would have wanted to. Someone had to have saiddon’t rescue them.
Tyrone Woods was killed along with US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, fellow Navy SEAL Glen Doherty and State Department Information Analyst Sean Smith.
In the words of Mr. Woods, “I hope that the public will not forget this.”