House Armed Services Chair: Say, It Sure Doesn’t Look Like Obama Issued and Order to Help Americans in Benghazi

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 at 2:07 pm


“If the president thinks that just throwing his hands-up in the situation room and saying, do whatever you can to prevent this, is equated with a military order, he’s sadly mistaken,” said McKeon. “If in fact he did issue such an order, and the order was not carried out by the military, then Congress needs to get to the bottom of it. But I don’t think he issued such an order. I think the inadequate security and not heeding the warnings leading up to the attack, and the seven hours that they watched this attack and did nothing to help our people on the ground, and then the six weeks of different kinds of responses, different stories coming out of the White House, the administration.

“The American people want to know what really happened,” McKeon said on Fox earlier today. “This is just a terrible response. The president’s leadership has been woefully lacking. Looks to me like a cover-up, they just want to keep everything under wraps, until after the election. But that just doesn’t cut it. We need to find out what happened. Why we left those people without protection. And why we did nothing to help them.”

The man needed his rest, obviously, before his big Vegas fundraisers.

If that’s not enough, this will break your heart.

Ray Smith hadn’t seen his son Sean in 15 years.

But the former Marine, who was severely injured in Vietnam, was rekindling the relationship. A few months ago, the two exchanged letters for the first time in more than a decade. Smith got to see pictures of the grandchildren he’s never met.

“I was trying to make things work between father and son,” said Smith, 63, who moved to Gulfport four years ago.

Smith had been hoping to get together with his son again but realized last month that would never happen when he saw a story on CNN about the bodies of the four Americans killed at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, coming home to the United States.

“I seen all these coffins come off the plane,” Smith said. “Four of them. Then I saw his picture in the corner. They mentioned Sean Smith was one of those killed.”

Seeing that was like a gut punch.

That’s gotta be my son.

It was.

“It put me in shock,” Smith said. “It was just horrible. A father doesn’t have to see that.”

Sean Smith, 34, an information management officer for the State Department, was killed during the Sept. 11 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, along with Ambassador Chris Stevens and ex-Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

Smith was furious to learn about his son’s death on TV, and he wanted answers about what had happened. So he reached out to his congressman, Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young.

“He blew up when he saw that,” Young said. “I went to [Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton to see if she could talk to him about his son. She and his son were friends.”

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