The more we learn about the terrorist attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi the more information is revealed about the two SEALS killed in the attack, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. For instance, we now know they defied their superiors and orders to stand down and instead continued to ask to provide assistance to the people trapped in the diplomatic mission. No clearance came, instead they were basically ordered to do nothing.
Doing nothing grates on any American military member who believes they may have a chance to help out and fix a problem to intervene and save a life, so I can’t imagine how hard it must have hit these two Navy SEALS, the top of the Navy’s elite warriors, men who were prepared to do just about anything in the defense of their country. We know they went ahead and gave assistance anyway providing cover for the mission during a six plus hour attack.
We also know that help was never going to come. The targets the SEALS lazed were never going to be struck because permission was never going to be given. What we really don’t know is why during a six-hour siege on a military complex were forces, who were two plus hours away, were never mobilized to engage the enemy. The other thing we don’t know is why the drones on station relaying near-real-time video back to decision makers which were probably armed, you don’t usually laze a target on the ground without being in synchronization with a weapons platform that will have lock on that system in a few minutes, didn’t ever get launch authorization.
Woods and Doherty were injured at their post and continued to fight and were finally killed by the enemy as evidenced by the blood around the machine gun they were manning at and before the time of their deaths. We may never know why no one was sent to help them and why they were left to die by their country. But we know, just from the initial reports, they went above and beyond the call of duty. They engaged in a heroic action, against the orders of their superiors, to attempt to save the lives of a U.S. embassador and his staff at the diplomatic mission in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. They were not successful and they gave their lives in the defense of the United States.
Their sacrifice should not go unnoticed. The actions they engaged in were the biggest sacrifices they would ever make in their careers and lives and it demands notice. Present these two fallen heroes with the Medal of Honor. They deserve nothing less for what they have given for their country.