My tribute to the Benghazi heroes by Pat Boone

Pat Boone delivered this speech at a 9/11 commemoration event Wednesday on the steps of the California State Capitol. The event honored the four Americans killed in Benghazi one year ago.

Long ago, when Jerusalem was under imminent threat of destruction (ironically, from Syria) the prophet Isaiah uttered this word from God: “Unless your faith is firm, I cannot make you stand firm.”

We stand here today on 9/11. And none of us will ever hear this date spoken without feeling again the pain and seeing the searing images of what occurred to America and its people on this date, both in 2001 and 2012.

Twelve years ago, 3,000 American patriots died in the fiery destruction of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93 – an unspeakable deed accomplished by terrorists who hate everything we stand for. And one year ago, four brave Americans – Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods (two former Navy SEALs) – died so bravely, but unnecessarily, in Benghazi, Libya.

Unnecessarily, because they were stranded – essentially abandoned – by their government, which unaccountably denied them the security and protection they urgently asked for and which, when asked for permission by their comrades to rush to their aid, ordered them to stand down!

This has yet to be explained or satisfactorily defended by the administration. Witnesses that are known to have been present and saw what was happening have been sequestered and prevented from telling what they know to duly authorized congressional investigators. For reasons we so far can only guess at, there is an ordered darkness, a lack of “transparency” over the whole Benghazi tragedy. Surely the president himself has nothing to hide, so as the Bible declares, “all that is hidden will come to light, and that which is secret will be revealed.” And “though now we see through a glass darkly, we shall know, even as we are known.”


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