By Douglas J. Hagmann
There is much focus on the events following the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, as there should be. Four Americans, including a U.S. Ambassador, are dead. Real Americans, real men do not leave other Americans to die mercilessly in the throes of battle, at their time of greatest need. That’s not who we are, individually as people or collectively as a nation. Yet the inquiries of late boil down to one simple but very revealing question that no one in a position of authority has answered: Is this what we’ve become?
This is a question that transcends politics, political parties, and agendas. It is much bigger than all of that and all of us and speaks to the very heart of who we are as a people, a nation, and a brotherhood and sisterhood of soldiers who have entrusted their lives to the men and women leading the greatest nation on earth. It is the very essence of who we are and everything for which we stand. It is about honor, and a man or a nation who has lost honor can lose nothing more.*
At the heart of the issue are four Americans whose names and faces we must never forget: Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, and U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. They were sons and fathers, friends and family, and fellow soldiers doing what other Americans were not, could not, or would not. They are the face of America’s integrity and honor, exhibits of courage, and members of a special group who have died in the name of our nation.
Have we abandoned not only our dead, but our nation’s honor? With regard to the events in Benghazi, there is one straightforward and expeditious way to put inquiring minds to rest and to assure every American serving their country that they will not be left behind in their time of greatest need. Through a simple stroke of a pen, one man can put an end to the growing undercurrent of speculation and fear of abandonment: Barack Hussein Obama.
The accounts of the September 11, 2012, meeting in the Oval Office are well documented and undisputed in open-source reports. Barack Hussein Obama, Joe Biden, and Leon Panetta were meeting in the Oval Office at the very moment in time when the frantic pleas for help were made by our men who were engaged in a battle for their lives. In Benghazi, it was their final battle, but I beseech every American that it must not be ours.
Barack Hussein Obama has publicly assured every American that he ordered assistance to be dispatched to save our people. Let there be no equivocation, no wordplay, and no doubt, as the stakes are too high, the grief too real, and the consequences too dire to our country for anything but complete and honest disclosure. Barack Obama has told us that he issued an order, in real-time, to save the lives of our men as the doors of hell opened before them.
That is his statement recorded in history. Three men know the truth. Four men are dead. A nation’s honor hangs in the balance.
Accordingly, it is a very simple matter to produce the “execute order,” or the written documentation of that one very narrow but very specific verbal command. Lest one opines that such disclosure would compromise our national security, I remind everyone of the massive disclosures that were so freely and willingly offered in the wake of the bin Laden operation.
Just as the bin Laden operation is over, so is the Benghazi attack. A nation given the inside view of a celebrated successful operation now demands accountability in another. It must be done not only for the honor of the dead but for the sake of our nation.
As an American, I say this to Barack Hussein Obama: Show us that you have the honor and integrity that you claim. “Own” this situation as you did the bin Laden operation. Put America first. Produce the order. Today.
*A Paraphrase of the first-century Syrian writer Publilius Syrus.