Patricia Smith, mother of slain State Department employee Sean Patrick Smith has come out and blamed Barack Obama for her son's death, which occurred during the September 11, 2012 attacks on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
“I believe that Obama murdered my son,” she said Thursday from the living room of her Clairemont home. “I firmly believe this.”
Smith’s view echoes that of Charles Woods, father of Tyrone Woods, former Navy SEAL who died fighting in Benghazi.
Charles Woods appeared on Fox News shows over the weekend to denounce decisions made by U.S. officials during the Libya attack.
“I’m a retired attorney, and I know that these actions legally do not constitute murder. But in my mind the people in the White House, all of them who have authority to send in reinforcements to prevent what they knew was going to be the death of my son, are guilty of murdering my son,” Woods said Sunday on Fox’s Sean Hannity show.
Some believe that people are just looking for a place to direct their anger and they have Barack Obama to do that. Greg Doherty, older brother of Glen Doherty said that his brother and Tyrone Woods has been part of the force that responded to the consulate attack.
“They rescued a bunch of people and brought them to the (consulate) annex, and then people defended the annex after Glen and Ty fell. All those people didn’t get overrun and wiped out. They had enough people to fight off that battle,” said Doherty.
He said that the debate of needing more help doesn't make sense to him, unless it was concerning U.S. airstrikes.
“But then you are getting into real specific strategy, and I don’t think it is civilians’ job to pick apart an actual battle and talk strategy, unless you are a general,” said Doherty. “It just seems like people are looking to direct their anger at Obama somehow.”
Charles Woods said, “I don’t want this to become political and become dishonoring to Ty.”
Sadly it is both a political issue and an issue of national security and since the Benghazi incident has every facet of a cover-up, it may also be criminal, even treasonous.
Former Navy SEAL Brent Gleeson said that an order given to stand down could have been because Woods and Doherty were outnumbered and had very little opportunity for success. Hoever, the CIA has completely denied that an order was given to stand down. He pointed out “If they are given the green light to go in and help, and they both die, that makes the decision-maker look bad."
He also spoke to the issue of air support and troops being flown in. From UT San Diego:
“Logistically speaking, it’s not as black and white as people are making it sound. It’s not just, call for help and they fly in the reinforcements,” Gleeson said.
“If they fly people in, well great, how are they going to get to the target? They need vehicles. Where from? Unless the vehicles are staged there already, logistically in that situation it’s kind of a nightmare. They weren’t prepared for this, obviously.”
Calling in air support would have brought challenges, as well.
“There’s certainly the possibility of air cover, but then you are talking also about moving air assets into Libyan airspace — which would have spawned a whole other situation,” Gleeson said.