Video: “Mr. President … I totally forgive you”

posted at 2:41 pm on October 29, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The Daily Caller captured an extraordinary moment on Fox News last night, during Geraldo Rivera’s interview of the father of Tyrone Woods, the slain Special Forces security agent who gave his life in defending our consulate in Benghazi and protecting Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, the first US Ambassador murdered in office in 33 years.  Charles Woods claims he is not speaking out from anger; he looks into the camera and tells President Obama, “I totally forgive you” even if Obama is responsible for his son’s death.  However, Woods wants answers as to why the US didn’t respond militarily to an attack on American soil at any time in the seven hours that the attack took place, and asks whether Obama would have delayed a response for better intel if the American soil was located closer to home:

“I was contacted by military personnel yesterday, who told me an interesting fact. And that is any consulate anywhere in the world is American soil,” Woods said. “Any attack on an American consulate is an attack on American soil. There were American citizens that were attacked for seven hours on American soil a couple thousand miles away from Washington, D.C.”

“My question of the president would be this: Your Honor, I respect your office as president. But if this attack on American citizens, on American soil, happened 2,000 miles away from Washington, D.C. — say in Los Angeles or in Seattle — would you have waited seven hours before you sent the first airplane? Would you have waited seven hours until the attack was over? Would you have waited a couple of days until you had all of the videos and all the information before you responded in a responsible military way?” …

“This is about honor, courage and about love for America. And remember this, Mr. President:  My son and the others died heroes and it’s better to die the death of a hero than it is to live the life of a coward. If you are responsible for the death of my son, I forgive you, I love you. I also love America.”

Pete Hegseth, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, has a few thoughts about the lack of response to the attack as well, and that the data we know now points to a military response ready for nothing more than a green light.  And that, Pete writes, prompts a big question:

More on-the-ground questions continue to emerge (presumably not from the White House for the purposes of glorification). K-Lo’s post last night includes a strong piece of information to consider — the former Navy SEAL on the ground (Tyrone Woods) who was using the infrared laser to “paint the target” (enemy mortar team) was doing so at the risk of exposing himself, which someone with his training would have known. This fact would lead you to believe that there were armed air assets available (AC-130 Gunship or Predator/Reaper drone) in the skies above the consulate and annex. Previous reports have indicated that only a surveillance drone was monitoring the attack, but if that drone was armed, it ups the ante. More than likely — pending more details — Woods was taking the risk to identify himself, in order to identify the enemy target for an immediate air strike. The questions then become — Why didn’t they fire? And who made that call?

Moreover, we know that Woods and his fellow Navy SEAL Glen Doherty were told to “stand down” rather than aid a besieged ambassador. Who gave that order? And why, especially in light of the President’s directive? There’s lots of finger pointing going on, and very few answers. Eventually the buck will stop and the truth will come out — it always does.

Taken together, the events on 9/11 in Libya tragically illustrate this administration’s “Stand Down” foreign policy. Rather than aggressively confront enemies (with the notable exception of bin Laden), we appease them. Rather than call the threat what it is (radical Islamists), we sanitize our enemies or wish them away completely (it was an Internet video, dammit!). And rather than make the tough call to save American lives — including our ambassador’s — we stand down.

These questions deserve answers.  More importantly, these questions deserve asking, but so far few in our national media seem interested in asking them.

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bigmike on October 29, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Yup .. Lessee some action from O or admin that they ARE responsible .. we all want to see that … however, what if that NEVER happens ?? This is Obama et al we’re talking about, here, after all.

Mr. Woods is no longer subject to the deleterious effects of UNforgiveness, at least.

pambi on October 29, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Tell the truth, and do the right thing. Simple, yet impossible for Obama.

disa on October 29, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Does he forgive and love the Libyan mortar crew, too? That’s the hard part.

Christien on October 29, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Yes -I believe so. That is after all what Christ instructed us to do….To love our enemies. However, I don’t think it would merely be hard for Mr Woods… or for anyone else for that matter,… I believe it would be impossible in and of ourselves in our own strength, flesh – apart from God’s Holy Spirit in us.
In case you didn’t know, the power of Gods Spirit working in us is only made possible when we become Christians, or ie,..are BORN AGAIN- that’s what happens when we place our trust in Christ Jesus and INVITE him into our hearts as Lord and Savior, – we are then sealed with God’s Holy Spirit who is born anew in us, who lives and works in us as we yeild ourselves to him. There is of course also an on-going struggle we have with our flesh, where we fail at times to yield to God. Thankfully, by God’s grace, we have a great Savior, exactly for the reason that WE ARE SINNERS. When we acknowledge that, we can then REST in Christ and HIS FINISHED WORK because all of the law is fullfilled in Him.

W.KY-hillbilly on October 29, 2012 at 7:15 PM

W.KY-hillbilly on October 29, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Amen, and amen.

It’s all waaay above what we humans can manage, especially if we are continually in the presence of our offenders.
We draw on His power to extend His Fruit toward them, as we submit OUR feelings to what He asks, which is to extend love to/prayers for those who (continually) persecute us, as recently as the day before !! Tis possible, but only thru Him and His Spirit.
If we fully follow Him, we must also walk in that personal crucifixion of our own humanness, as did He.
Then comes the glorious resurrection of freedom, and His pleasure !!

pambi on October 29, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Geraldo is still a first-class jerk.

29Victor on October 29, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Geraldo is still a first-class jerk.
29Victor on October 29, 2012 at 8:05 PM

agreed !!

pambi on October 29, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Geraldo looks like a little rat with that mustache.

claudius on October 29, 2012 at 11:20 PM

It’s far worse than dereliction of duty.

As a hypothetical federal grand juror, and in light of the Benghazi murders and cover-ups, the Fast and Furious murders and cover-ups, ongoing economic and monetary sabotage using Cloward-Piven, attempts at unilateral disarmament, failure to defend our borders, military destruction by sequestration, repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, indefinite detention under the 2012 NDAA, etc., who would you indict under the following federal treason statute?

“Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.” 18 USC 2381.

If we cannot redress substantial grievances and our national destruction judicially or legislatively, what are our options and duties?

Marco on October 30, 2012 at 6:31 AM