Heroes Don’t “Stand Down” from a Fight

We Americans have become desensitized to the point that there is no outrage among the general populace over the deaths of four Americans during Benghazi-Gate. Perhaps I shouldn’t be shocked over that, certainly dismayed, but not shocked. People can’t be outraged over an incident about which they know little to nothing.

 

In spite of the political talk on the news and talk shows, the TV and radio ads, blogs, newspaper editorials, lawn signs, mailers, and Facebook posts, by-and-large Americans are ignorant of President Obama’s failed leadership. We can mostly thank the mainstream media. They are eager to shield President Obama and his administration from any criticism.

 

Even Jay Leno made a joke regarding the media’s bias in favor of Obama. Leno joked, “Here is a very inexpensive costume idea. Wear a re-elect Obama button and go out as a journalist.”

 

Unfortunately it is not funny how they have shielded him over the now bankrupt energy companies, like Solyndra, that he subsidized with taxpayer money. They have protected him from criticism over sealing documents to help protect his buddy, Attorney General Eric Holder. Under his watch the ATF sold guns to the Mexican drug cartels who then turned around and used them to kill Americans. Fast and Furious in this case is not a movie reference.

 

English: President Ronald Reagan receives the ...

English: President Ronald Reagan receives the Tower Commission Report regarding the Iran-Contra affair in the Cabinet Room with John Tower and Edmund Muskie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Even though I was a little girl at the time, I remember the Iran-Contra Affair because it was on the news all of the time. I could’ve recognized Lt. Col. Oliver North if I had passed him on the street. There has been controversy over whether or not President Reagan knew about the exchange of weapons for American hostages being held by the Iranians. Even if he hadn’t known and sanctioned it he still took responsibility and went before the American people to apologize. As our leader he didn’t pass the blame onto someone else. He didn’t send a U.N. representative to the morning talk show hosts and offer up some obscure person as the scapegoat. He was the leader. He took responsibility. That’s what good leaders do.

 

It has now come out, thanks to the reporting of good journalists at Fox News, that as it become evident that the U.S. consulate was under attack there was help only a mile away. There was a Navy SEAL team at the CIA annex. A couple of times they asked to go help rescue Americans at the consulate. Each time they were told to “stand down”.  At least two Navy SEALS did not stand down and they ran to help their fellow Americans. They helped rescue and evacuate the remaining Americans at the consulate. Sean Smith was already dead, and they couldn’t find the ambassador. The fighting lasted for about seven hours. In all that time, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, fought the terrorist forces. Repeated requests for backup were disregarded by the leaders that watched this from the White House Situation Room. All that the president had to do was give the command to send reinforcements.

 

There were two Special Forces groups at Sigonella, Italy, that could have flown to Benghazi in less than two hours. Sadly, instead of sending help the powers that be watched as Woods and Doherty were killed by a mortar shell at 4 a.m. Libyan time.

 

Evidently, the reason that the SEAL team was in Benghazi was to provide security for the CIA officers who were trying to track and repurchase weapons that had been given to the Libyan rebels to overthrow Qaddafi. There are more than 20,000 MANPADS missing. They are shoulder-held missiles capable of bringing down a commercial airplane. Not something that I would want in the hands of a militant jihadists! Now there are reports that these weapons are finding their way to Syria. If I was in Israel I would be worrying about where those weapons will wind up and how they will be used.

 

English: President Barack Obama meets in the S...

English: President Barack Obama meets in the Situation Room for a briefing April 14, 2009, with Cabinet members and advisors (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Of course President Obama and his administration continue to dodge giving clear answers to what they did or did not do. He has been asked point-blank if he denied the requests for help to those under attack by terrorists. And he has not given a yes-or-no answer to a yes-or-no question.

 

Are you outraged yet? Have you had enough? Reagan asked that question to the people in regards to Carter’s administration back in 1980. The American people respond by voting for Reagan. He won by a landslide. Carter was a terrible president, but Obama makes Carter look good.

 

I don’t believe that Mitt Romney will be another Reagan. There can only be one Reagan, and I miss him. But Mitt Romney has already proven to be a good leader. A man that would turn NYC upside down to search for a missing 13-year-old girl will act to protect and lead.

 

 

 

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