The Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff both have testified that there wasn't sufficient time to send support, a statement I found leaving me unconvinced After all, two brave souls hunkered down on the roof of the CIA annex for nine hours giving cover to the escape of most of our diplomatic and support corps. Nine hours was plenty of time to scramble support to the site; we have a great air arsenal within one to two hours, part of which is usually on twenty-four hour alert for emergencies.
By the time anything was done, Ambassador Stevens and three others were killed, many more were wounded, some missing arms and legs. And Ambassador Stevens' body was dishonored and mutilated before being surrendered by unknown people at a hospital.
Just imagine being the two brave men on the roof of the CIA annex, fighting for their lives and defending others, knowing where the enemy was and then finally coming to the realization that no one from the country they served was coming to their aid and defense. What a horrible way to die? What a disgrace on the part of our governmental leaders?
The earlier hearings on this matter gave clues to the problems. Eric Nordstrom stated that he thought things weren't done properly but the discussion really never got to the "gut" of the problem or to the real source. And Hillary Clinton went so far as to say that since it's all over and we'll find out what the problem really was, "What difference does it make?"
Well, Hillary, it makes a huge difference to Americans and the family members of the victims and you need to come clean?
Of course, the first hearing was the opener, and since that time the House committee investigating has received sworn testimony from a number of brave souls who were on the ground. From the testimony released so far, it would seem that two former key players who have since left office, Clinton at State and Leon Panetta at Defense have some " 'splainin' to do". And then, of course, what did the Commander-in-Chief do that night,why did he remove himself from detailed intensive meetings with key leaders quickly and, lastly why didn't he involve the terrorism experts who normally are at the middle of finding a proper course of action?
One terrorism expert who should have been involved, and who was locked out of that first and only key meeting, will testify today.
I hope and pray that the House Committee will get to the bottom of this and come to some conclusions. We as a nation must come to grips with the fact that Islamic Extremists, and there are a large number of them, want to kill Americans. There is no escaping that fact.
We almost must recognize that political correctness has run amuck and a nation can't defend itself without facing the truth. This isn't a matter of not hurting feelings. It is a matter of common sense, and common sense needs to prevail always.
I know that not all Muslims support terrorism, and that many of them are good citizens here in America who only want to live their lives peacefully and productively. I would only ask that they be strong, unafraid, and willing to speak out with all Americans in condemning evil actions. Not doing so sends a bad message.
Finally, while all sinners will be forgiven by Jesus Christ if they ask and commit to Him, I ask that those people who failed to do their jobs in support of our personnel, be it for personal political gain or even cowardice, tell the truth and ask for forgiveness from God. And while He will forgive them, and we His followers who are Christians must, they should also be punished fairly for what they have done.
May God shine His light on all involved in the hearings today, that the truth be displayed and Americans informed, and that the survivors and the families of the victims receive peace.
And May God always bless America.