Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was one of four Americans killed in Benghazi on September 11, 2001. His father, Chris Woods, recently read the letter he wrote to Obama on Sean Hannity’s evening show. The administration has refused to address his concerns about his son’s death — has refused to address the concerns of all of the families seeking answers. Below see the four questions Mr. Woods asked Obama, prefaced with “What we want are not just answers. We also want the truth,” and then Obama’s more-than-a-little-late and utterly lame response.
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? ~ Charles Woods to Barack Obama
Obama’s disingenuous response (all emphasis mine):
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.
About General Ham:
Woods related to Congress that a general has told him that Carter Ham, then AFRICOM commander, was relieved of duty in the middle of the Benghazi attack. Immediately after the distress signal was relayed to Ham, and Ham was then told to stand down, Ham’s words, according to this general, were “Screw it.” “And within moments,” Woods recounted before the committee, “General Ham was relieved of his duty by an inferior officer.” Woods continued: “Now, the spin that was given by the administration was that this was a `pre-scheduled rotation’ of generals. Well, I think it’s an insult to the intelligence of the American community to say that a general in the middle of a battle would be relieved because of a `pre-scheduled rotation’ and especially by an inferior officer.”
U.S. Navy Admiral Charles Gaouette was reportedly relieved of his AFRICOM Command for some reason. Some are theorizing he ignored Barack Obama’s order to “stand down” in the Benghazi attack. The rest of the story that we know is true, is that U.S. Army General Carter Ham decided to ignore the “stand down” order. Gaouette was preparing to “assist and provide intelligence” for Ham’s forces planning to defend the Benghazi Consulate and Annex – read that as a question. According to the story, within a minute after General Ham made the decision to step in anyway, he was relieved of his Command by General Rodrieguz, who was Ham’s second-in-command.
The U.S. Military could not protect a U.S. Special Mission Compound? That’s not the story those on the ground and elsewhere in the region have testified to. Woods and former SEAL Glen Doherty were at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli when they learned of the attacks. Both disobeyed orders and went to Benghazi to help. Both died defending United States sovereign soil.