Three CIA military contractors who were in the fight for their lives when our consulate in Benghazi was attacked on Sept. 11, 2012, gave a riveting first-hand account in a bombshell interview with Fox News anchor Bret Baier of what really happened that night.
U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans — including Winchester native Glen Doherty — lost their lives in the brutal attack by Islamist terrorists who launched RPGs, mortars and heavy fire into both the consulate and nearby annex — for 13 hours — while the White House and State Department ignored their cries for help.
When our consulate was attacked, these three CIA first responders wanted to immediately rush over to the compound to rescue Stevens and other personnel but say they were repeatedly told to wait and “stand down” for nearly 30 minutes by their CIA base chief, who was with them that deadly night. Their team leader was a CIA official who got direct orders from Washington to wait multiple times.
This long delay cost Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith their lives.
Baier’s report is based on a book coming out Tuesday, “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi,” written by Boston University journalism professor Mitchell Zuckoff along with the CIA contractors.
BAIER: If I gave you that 30 minutes back, would Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith be alive today?
KRIS PARONTO (CIA contractor): Yes, they would still be alive.
BAIER: You in on that?
JOHN TIEGEN (CIA contractor): I strongly believe if we would have left immediately, they would still be alive today.
Not only did the delay cost two Americans their lives, but these three CIA security contractors and two others, Tyrone Woods and Doherty, were still fighting for their own lives as the attack continued. They requested air support and military back-up from the State Department — but Hillary Clinton didn’t answer that 3 a.m. phone call. No help came. And good American men lost their lives because of it.
The Obama Administration — of course — denies they told anybody at the CIA annex to “stand down.” It’s no surprise they’ve been playing word games on what “language” they used to order the CIA security team to wait. Former President Bill Clinton — when caught in a sex scandal which led to his impeachment — spliced words during the investigation saying, “It depends what the meaning of ‘is’ is.” With an ongoing congressional Benghazi investigation and upcoming midterm elections, the White House and their spokesmen are doing the same.
And America’s not buying it. They know a cover-up when they see one.
Prior to the Sept. 11 attack, Obama was selling the phony narrative that terrorism was “on the run.” So instead of admitting he was wrong when Islamist terrorists attacked our consulate, his administration made up the phony story that protesters upset by a video attacked our consulate and murdered these brave Americans. And then they went into cover-up mode. They put politics first and violated the “leave no man behind” military code.
And with a complicit mainstream media they got away with it, and Obama got re-elected. Politics and personal career ambitions should never trump human life. But in the Obama/Clinton regime, it does.
My heart goes out to the victims’ families.
Adriana Cohen is co-host of “Trending Now” on Boston Herald Radio. Go to adrianacohen.com or follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16.