Video: Mother of State Dep’t worker killed in Benghazi begs White House to stop stonewalling her

posted at 10:04 pm on October 10, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via the Standard, which has a transcript. You’ve watched a lot of clips about Benghazi today but none of them bring home the anguish of Stevens and his team finding themselves defenseless inside a terrorist maelstrom the way this one does. Her exasperation at the administration is gut-wrenching, all the more so because she met personally with Obama, Hillary, Panetta and the rest of the “spontaneous protest” crew and was assured that they were working quickly to find out what happened. Back in reality, the FBI didn’t even get to the consulate to investigate until a few days ago thanks in part to agency infighting between the Bureau and State. Presumably, at this point, they’ll never be able to give her a firm answer about how her son died.

In fact, it was her son, Sean Smith, who in his final hours ended up raising one of the great unanswered questions about the attack. Remember this item at Eurogamer, posted the day after Smith was killed?

Gianturco shared a chat room message posted by Vile Rat [a.k.a. Smith], presumably from earlier that day.

“(12:54:09 PM) vile_rat: assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures.”

I haven’t heard anything about the mysterious picture-taking Libyan “policeman” since then. Over to you, Rep. Issa.


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I am absolutely done with this administration. I have had to console a second party over the last month on Sean Smith’s death. It is outrageous to me that the MSM has referred to him as the ‘fourth American.’

Thank you, Mrs. Smith, for your sacrifice to this Nation. (Your son’s sister-in-law worked with Melanie.) We were all devastated by the loss of your son, Sean. We further applaud you for seeking answers from our government who owes them to you–don’t let up–you need and deserve your answers,

It is appalling to me how any C-in-C could fathom to mail form letters to the surviving family members of American Heroes and consider that the end of his/her commitment to our nation.

While Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden go on their ‘military tour,’ the military is left behind. So, tour as many cities as you will, ladies, until you address the real issues, all you offer is a bunch of chatter.

God-speed and God bless, Mrs. Smith. May your son, Sean, rest in high heaven.

jersey taxpayer on October 11, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Where in Hades are the calls for the IMPEACHMENT of this piece or excrement President?

Steveangell on October 10, 2012 at 11:38 PM

He’s the first (half) black president. He could drive around town shooting random people and they’d never impeach him. Hell, he could blow up the White House while screaming Allahu Akbar and they wouldn’t impeach him. He’s historic. Too big to fail.

The Rogue Tomato on October 11, 2012 at 1:52 AM

I just saw an interview on Hannity of the parents of a Navy Seal killed in the helicopter crash last summer. These poor people are so outraged that the administration leaked the details of the raid on bin Laden for political advantage and effectively killed their son and the others by making them targets. A devastating interview about the aftermath of the unprecedented leaks.

ktrich on October 10, 2012 at 11:23 PM

I saw that too. Talk about p*ssed off parents. Even Hannity couldn’t screw up that interview.

They should be featured in a swing-state ad.

And how about Michelle Malkin? She was absolutely on fiyah ripping the Obama administration. Anymore, during her Wednesday night segments on Hannity (one of the few reasons to watch Hannity), she practically loses her breath as she tears Obama a new a**hole every week. She’s awesome.

BuckeyeSam on October 11, 2012 at 2:27 AM

We do know if her son wore an eight foot yellow bird suit – The One has got his six. Wearing fatigues- meh.

NeoDawg on October 11, 2012 at 6:16 AM

“I cried on his shoulder, and then, he kind of looked off into space.”

And then he offered to validate her parking ticket.

Ice water runs through his veins.

petefrt on October 11, 2012 at 6:23 AM

You’ve watched a lot of clips about Benghazi today but none of them bring home the anguish of Stevens and his team finding themselves defenseless inside a terrorist maelstrom the way this one does.

you were absolutely right about that…

ted c on October 11, 2012 at 6:26 AM

Ugh, I need to vent for a bit. On Huffpo a top story is still the one about Doherty’s mom, who’s mad at Romney for saying nice things about her son. Nothing about the mothers of Smith and Woods, who are furious at the admin for their stonewalling. Anything to protect teh Precious.

juliesa on October 10, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Surely, the demagogic HuffingPoo won’t mention Doherty’s sister Kate, who’s reaction to Mitt’s usage of his encounter with her brother is far more respectable, uplifting, and mature than her mom’s is…

Anti-Control on October 11, 2012 at 6:31 AM

ON a side note… I’ve come to the conclusion that a lot of secrecy causes us more harm than good. In this situation, is all cover up and incompetency. But secrecy as rule is damaging. Most of the time they engage in secrecy in the foreign affairs is just to keep from damaging some slime ball or corrupt nation.

JellyToast on October 11, 2012 at 6:31 AM

Just perused the front page of the NY Times. No mention of the hearings from yesterday.

johnboy on October 11, 2012 at 7:04 AM

Special report w/Bret Baier (FOXNEWS)is doing a great job covering this.

KBird on October 11, 2012 at 7:10 AM

The incompetence continues…

Gunmen kill U.S. embassy employee in Yemen

The attackers on a motorcycle opened fire on a car carrying Qassem Aqlan – who headed an embassy security team – in the center of Yemen’s capital

Note this is a Yemeni national who headed an embassy security team.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on October 11, 2012 at 7:37 AM

Just perused the front page of the NY Times. No mention of the hearings from yesterday.

johnboy on October 11, 2012 at 7:04 AM

Well, of course not. You wouldn’t expect an subsidiary of the DNC to print something unfavorable about the criminals and liars they support, would you? It would be as if the Nazis printed something from the Jewish perspective. Any I’m not exaggerating.

Willing to bet there is at least one story in the NYT that includes a reference to Muppets.

Happy Nomad on October 11, 2012 at 7:58 AM

It is appalling to me how any C-in-C could fathom to mail form letters to the surviving family members of American Heroes and consider that the end of his/her commitment to our nation.

jersey taxpayer on October 11, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Form letters with autopenned signatures. In short, the rat-eared coward isn’t even aware they were sent.

Happy Nomad on October 11, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Over to you, Rep. Issa.
-POSTED AT 10:04 PM ON OCTOBER 10, 2012 BY ALLAHPUNDIT

For sure.
Another grieving family member ripe for exploitation for political gain.
Issa seldom pontificates without one.

verbaluce on October 11, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Oh this poor woman. But she is brave to stand up and call them out. She made me cry.

You know I kind of wish Trey Gowdy had Issa’s job. He would cut the liars to ribbons.

magicbeans on October 11, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Surely, the demagogic HuffingPoo won’t mention Doherty’s sister Kate, who’s reaction to Mitt’s usage of his encounter with her brother is far more respectable, uplifting, and mature than her mom’s is…

Believe it, or not…HuffPo did run the sister’s comments as an update. When I cut and pasted it, I was told only the mother’s views counted. I think I’ll post this video and see what the Obamophiles come back with.

Kenz on October 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM

I have been waiting for a family member to come out and demand answers. This is a start, where are the other three?
I am outraged and did not lose a family member.

carolt2 on October 11, 2012 at 11:43 AM

How ridiculous is it that this poor woman doesn’t even know her son’s cause of death?

Murf76 on October 11, 2012 at 12:56 PM

For sure.
Another grieving family member ripe for exploitation for political gain.
Issa seldom pontificates without one.

verbaluce on October 11, 2012 at 8:52 AM

I would cross the street to piss on you if you were on fire, you shameless reprobate. 8D

tom daschle concerned on October 11, 2012 at 12:57 PM

YELLOW….BELLY…….COWARD.

itsspideyman on November 1, 2012 at 6:59 PM

For sure.
Another grieving family member ripe for exploitation for political gain.
Issa seldom pontificates without one.

verbaluce on October 11, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Go vote for the coward.

itsspideyman on November 1, 2012 at 7:01 PM

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