Today is the 12th anniversary of the most horrific event that has ever occurred on U.S. soil; the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks that killed 2,996 Americans and plunged us into a War on Terror that will probably never end.
America was forever changed, and we will never forget that day.
For as much as it was a day of horror, it was also a day of tremendous sacrifice and bravery, and we must never forget that it was also a day where individual Americans, in a country that often has deep divides, came together as a nation to say “we will not be destroyed by these terrorists.”
Today is also the 1st Anniversary of an equally horrific event in which 4 brave Americans died in another terrorist attack on foreign soil at our embassy in Benghazi, Libya.
These four, one of them our Ambassador, died to save dozens of others, and two of them who were former Navy SEALs fought bravely for hours to hold the terrorists at bay while the others escaped to safety. These two brave men made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation after waiting hours for the help that never arrived.
The families that met the returning remains at Andrews were promised personally by President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary of State Clinton that they would investigate the circumstances behind the attack, and that the terrorists who perpetrated the attack would be brought to justice.
To date we have heard nothing but lies about the events leading up to the attack, heard nothing but excuses about why no help was dispatched, and seen nothing but stonewalling from the Obama Administration during the Congressional investigation. The terrorists are still at large, and even though several U.S. news agencies have been able to track down and interview the perpetrators, the U.S. government claims they cannot find them.
We have indications of weapons dealing from the Benghazi compound which were uncovered by CNN, and the apparent loss of hundreds of man portable surface to air missiles after the attack, lies about a video that supposedly caused the attacks, and a refusal of State Department and the White House to provide any information.
State Department employees who survived the attack have been sworn to secrecy through non-disclosure statements they were forced to sign, and have since been pigeon holed in obscure jobs to keep them away from reporters and Congress. Recently, Secretary Kerry told Congress he would not make these survivors available to Congressional committees that are investigating the attack. Thankfully there are whistle blowers who through their lawyers are making the facts of that night know to Congress and the American people.
We must never forget this legacy of the day we know as 911 either, and we owe it to these four brave Americans to force the Obama Administration to own up to its mistakes, and to hold those responsible for the lax security and the subsequent cover up, accountable for their actions.
We must not allow the words of former Secretary of State Clinton who said in her testimony in front of Congress, “What difference at this point does it make?” be the last words spoken on this subject.
In honor of Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Sean Smith, Foreign Service information officer, and Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty former Navy SEALs working as security personnel at the consulate.