Geoffrey Dickens of the Media Research Center wrote an article (9/9/13) called “Benghazi Blackout” on the mainstream media’s collective yawn on details of last year’s attack.
For example, Dickens writes: “On July 18 Republican Congressman Frank Wolf went to the House floor to claim survivors of the Benghazi attack, State Department and CIA employees were forced to sign non-disclosure agreements. Total Big Three Network stories? 0.”
No wonder these three heroes (and probably there were others) are largely forgotten. They’ve been ignored by the dominant media.
Ty Woods’ father, Chuck Woods, did everything he could not to politicize his son’s death or to make it a campaign issue (during the heated 2012 campaign). But he wondered if the administration has been forthright in how they have handled the Benghazi killings.
Chuck Woods delivered this statement: “I want to honor my son, Ty Woods, who responded to the cries for help and voluntarily sacrificed his life to protect the lives of other Americans. In the last few days it has become public knowledge that within minutes of the first bullet being fired the White House knew these heroes would be slaughtered if immediate air support was denied. Apparently, C-130s were ready to respond immediately.”
Woods states the White House knew what was going on, but for whatever reason chose not to respond: “In less than an hour, the perimeters could have been secured and American lives could have been saved. After seven hours fighting numerically superior forces, my son’s life was sacrificed because of the White House’s decision.”
He added, “This has nothing to do with politics, this has to do with integrity and honor. My son was a true American hero. We need more heroes today. My son showed moral courage. This is an opportunity for the person or persons who made the decision to sacrifice my son’s life to stand up.”
Apparently, Woods and Doherty even defied orders to “stand down,” to save lives.
Although the White House seems to acknowledge now that it was a terrorist attack (trying to claim that they did from the beginning), initially they tried to shift the blame on an anti-Mohammed Internet video. That video was so poorly made, as a video, that Saturday Night Live couldn’t do a better job in a parody against it.
For about two weeks, the President, Secretary of State Clinton, Jay Carney, and other White House officials tried to make the video the cause of the attack on Benghazi. The whole world now knows differently. (Yet as of this writing, the film-maker is still in jail for reportedly violating something else.)
In our remembrances of heroes of 9/11, Ty Woods, Glen Doherty, and Scott Strickland should also be included. Too bad political correctness has obscured the memory of their sacrifice, so far.