And yet because of that title, the aggrieved troops cannot speak truth to power. This tragedy demands answers from various military levels on questions about how their trust was trampled by the current President and the former Secretary of State who may wish to be his successor.
This is just the latest dishonor foisted on our armed forces by this regime. Here in the season of sequester, The budgetarily minuscule Blue Angels and Thunderbirds are grounded, silencing their ability to create goodwill. But far more seriously, a carrier group that should be patrolling treacherous Persian Gulf waters is stuck in port, all because this President chooses to strand them there so that an inattentive public can think this is what spending cuts do.
This cries out for a military hero to step forward to proclaim, “Enough!”
I can imagine the testimony of such a valiant figure. “The air shows did not need to be cancelled. Our ships certainly do not need to be shackled to their docks. This is pure politics.”
But this will never happen. The hierarchy of military power precludes all ranks from publicly highlighting the duplicity of the President, a rule which probably serves us well.
But we need more. We need military heroes to step forward with details of any effort by Barack Obama to spread lies about Benghazi and its aftermath. And we need for even more courageous voices to share any measures undertaken by Hillary Clinton to obscure the truth, including the question of who ordered the silencing of Benghazi survivors and key players.
I am dreaming, of course. This would be the height of insubordination.
The Benghazi hearings, thorough as they were, merely scratched the surface of what people did at the highest levels of power, to keep power.
They simply could not have witnesses spilling out with a story of a terror hotbed that Obama somehow had not fixed.
So the cover-up began, and it continues to this day, a corruptive stain that spreads across multiple figures.
Military personnel are not used to being caught up in political self-protection games. But they surely are now, and it sickens them. Or it should.