On Saturday, Nov. 14, I attended a packed speech at the Little Church in the Pines in Bass Lake given by Kris (Tanto) Paronto, an American hero directly involved in the fight at the Benghazi, Libya embassy on Sept. 11, 2012. Much was discussed, but I will focus on their heroic escape.
We know now from the recovered 32,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s illegal server, that Ambassador Stevens sent more than 600 email messages requesting more security backup. He never got this backup; in fact, some of what little he did have, was eliminated. Additionally, the Libyan militia hired to secure the embassy was never properly vetted and turned out to be in alliance with Al Qaeda.
It’s true, they were told to stand down. Most of the survivors heard this call twice, a few heard it a third time. Although men and assets were in Tripoli, ready to roll, about a 30 minute flight away, they were not allowed to assist. Kris felt, had they been able to assist immediately, all four who died that night would still be alive. If they assisted even a short time later, for certain, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods would still be alive.
Service members in Tripoli were told to “Stand Down,” they were not permitted to assist with available assets. They became anxious, pulled personal monies together and chartered a flight to Libya. Meanwhile, surviving fighters (including a Libyan interpreter, not trained to fight, but did that night) managed to get the Americans from the embassy and the CIA annex to the airport, getting them safely on that chartered flight. Our fighters took out more than 40 Islamic fighters.
Five or six heroic fighters went back to the annex, for one last sweep, confirming all Americans were out, then went back to the airport in hopes our government would have a plan in place for their emergency evacuation. The wounded and embassy personnel boarded that chartered flight and left, however there was no plan to rescue the fighters themselves. They knew that it was only a matter of time before the Islamists would attack them and they were certain they would all die in what would be their final battle that night.
Moments later, they watched as a plane came in for a landing. Hoping this was our State Department’s rescue plan, they watched as it touched down, taxied, and came to a complete stop. They learned that this plane had not come for them. Their Libyan interpreter ran to the pilot to speak with him. During this time, our fighters did the only thing they could do - they prayed. There was a pause, and then they heard the plane’s engines start. They looked up, they were being waved over to the plane - their prayers were answered. They ran to, and boarded the plane, making it out alive.
Paronto took questions after the speech. One woman asked the exact same question that I’ve been waiting to ask for two years.
“What about the other 30-plus survivors? Where are they and why haven’t they come forward?”
Paronto replied, “They’ve been paid off, silenced, and threatened.” He stated he made it to one of Trey Gowdy’s hearings where a CIA annex survivor testified. He sat there, jaw in his lap,while he listened to this individual lie to protect his job, livelihood, and the administration.
Every American should know that while assets were near, available, itching to go, the Obama Administration/State Department would not allow them to assist.
In a nutshell, the administration/state department was willing to sacrifice those 30-plus lives, as collateral damage, to protect a presidential campaign. Ironically, these heroic survivors were saved, not by their government, but by military personnel who pulled personal monies together to charter a flight, by a Libyan pilot who decided to do the right thing, and by God.
Meanwhile the administration quickly came up with a lie about a protest over an offensive video, knowing full well what really happened.
The next day was a big one for Barack Obama. With less than two months until the next election, he woke up, got in his toy plane and hurried himself to Vegas. Time to start campaign funding with Jay-Z and Beyonce, but hey - “What difference does it make?”