President Obama has responded to a letter from the father of one of the four Americans killed in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.
Even though some may suggest that the response was insulting, at best.
On the one year anniversary of the attack in Libya, during an appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity,” Charles Woods read aloud four questions from a letter he’d sent to Obama, Breitbart News reported.
Woods’ son, ex-SEAL Tyrone Woods, was one of four Americans killed in the terrorist attack in Benghazi.
“What we want are not just answers,” the elder Woods wrote. “We also want the truth.”
A tall order for an administration better know for its stonewalling tactics than the “transparency” it so eagerly touts.
Nonetheless, Obama has written in reply to Woods’ letter, which is the first time the president has responded to a direct question about Benghazi since May of this year when he answered one question at a press conference, according to Breitbart News.
On September 27, Obama wrote, in part:
On that tragic day, I directed my national security team to do everything possible to respond to the attacks against our people and facilities in Benghazi. The United States Government considered a range of options and deployed additional military capabilities, but as our military leaders have said, the military forces needed to carry out the type of operation you describe were not close enough to have made a difference. Please know that my actions would have been the same if the attack had been against my own family. The sad truth is that attacks happened so rapidly that U.S. forces could not arrive in time to prevent the loss of our brave Americans.
Obama lays out the same talking points that his administration has stuck to all along, with the notable exception of invoking his “own family” in saying he could have done no more — a reference to one of the four questions directed at him.
Breitbart News’ Diana West wrote: “Obama’s other answers to Charles Woods are either hotly disputed, demonstrably false, or an illogical evasion.”
Amid so many unanswered questions about what happened on that fateful day, and an administration less than forthcoming about the details, Obama’s evasive response failed to touch on Woods’ specific operational questions:
Why did the president not give “cross-border authority” to rescue the 30 Americans that needed to be rescued?
Who made the decision to “stand down,” and when and why was that decision made?
Is it true that General Ham was relieved from duty for refusing to follow the order not to rescue?
If the president’s child had been in Benghazi, would the rescue attempt have been more aggressive?
The families of the four fallen Americans deserve better than that from the president of the United States.