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You served all of us well

July 2, 2013
The Daily News

EDITOR:

All veterans say "we will never forget" and we won't, but with all the scandal in D.C., on Memorial weekend I believe these heroes were.

They should have been national news. The news has been painful for me, other veterans, and I hope all Americans, of the attacks on our embassies throughout the Muslim world, and in particular, the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others in Benghazi, Libya.

However, there is a bit of the story not being told.

The story is of incredible bravery, heroics, and courage that should have been the top story.

I do want all whom are responsible to pay.

I believe those who were involved, had to lie, because they have no credentials what so ever, that qualify them to have been in any government leadership position, let alone to protect our embassies.

So what actually happened at our U.S. embassy in Libya? Ambassador Stevens and Foreign Service officer Sean Smith, along with administrative staff, were working out of temporary quarters due to the fact that in the spring of 2011 during the so-called Arab Spring, the United States cut ties with then president Moammar Gadhafi.

Our embassy was looted and ransacked, causing it to be unusable.

It is still in a state of disrepair, which should have been a red flag. (Yaw think?)

Security for embassies and their personnel is to be provided by the host nation, which would be us.

Since Libya has gone through a civil war of sorts in the previous months, the current government was and is very unstable, and therefore, unreliable.

A well-organized attack by radical Muslims was planned specifically targeting the temporary U.S. embassy building.

The Libyan security force that was in place to protect our people deserted their post, or joined the attacking force.

Either way, our people were in a real fix. And it should be noted that Ambassador Stevens had mentioned on more than one occasion to (what difference does it make) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that he was quite concerned for his personal safety and the welfare of his people.

It is thought that Ambassador Stevens was on a "hit list." A short distance from the American compound, two Americans were sleeping.

They were in Libya as independent contractors working an assignment totally unrelated to our embassy. They also happened to be former Navy Seals.

When they heard the noise coming from the attack on our embassy, as you would expect from highly trained warriors, they ran to the fight.

Apparently, they had no weapons, but seeing some of the Libyan guards dropping their guns in their haste in fleeing the scene, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty snatched up several of these discarded weapons and prepared to defend the American compound.

Not knowing exactly what was taking place, the two Seals set up a defensive perimeter.

Unfortunately Ambassador Stevens was already gravely injured, and Foreign Service officer, Sean Smith, was dead.

However, due to their quick action and suppressive fire, 20 administrative personnel in the embassy were able to escape to safety.

Eventually, these two courageous men were overwhelmed by the sheer numbers brought against them, an enemy force numbering between 150 to 200 attackers which came in two waves.

But the stunning part of the story is that Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty killed over 60 of the attacking force.

Once the compound was overrun, the attackers were incensed to discover that just two men had inflicted so much death and destruction.

As it became apparent to these selfless heroes, they were definitely going to lose their lives unless some reinforcements showed up in a hurry.

As we know now, that was not to be. I'm fairly certain they knew they were going to die in this gunfight, but not before they took a whole lot of bad guys with them: One whistle blowers statement.

Others have been threatened by the administration. Consider these tenets of the Navy SEAL Code: 1) Loyalty to Country, Team and Teammate, 2) Serve with Honor and Integrity On and Off the Battlefield, 3) Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow, Never Quit, 4) Take responsibility for your actions and the actions of your teammates, 5) Excel as Warriors through Discipline and Innovation, 6) Train for War, Fight to Win, Defeat our Nation's Enemies, and. 7) Earn your Trident every day. Hats off to you, Tyrone and Glenn.

To the very last breath, you both lived up to the SEAL Code. You served all of us well. You were courageous in the face of certain death.

And Tyrone, even though you never got to hold your newborn son, he will grow up knowing the character and quality of his father, a man among men who sacrificed himself defending others. God bless you and your families.

In response to the word hate, a lady described me in one of my articles: About 4 or 5 years ago in one of my articles I stated that I was not a fan of Barack Hussien Obama, but never used the word hate.

This individual not only used the word hate in her article, but also used several words pertaining to the word hate. This tells me that this individual has a lot of hate in her heart, so will someone please give her a hug?

While you're at it, ask around how she feels about our troops that are fighting for our freedoms.

You will be shocked.

Rich Moore

Iron Mountain

 
 

 

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