We leave no one behind

“We don’t turn back. We leave no one behind. We pull each other up. We draw strength from our victories, and we learn from our mistakes, but we keep our eyes fixed on that distant horizon, knowing that Providence is with us, and that we are surely blessed to be citizens of the greatest nation on Earth.” President Obama, Democratic National Convention, September 6, 2012

Democrats, Liberals, Progressives, Marxists, Socialists, Communists, whatever you are calling yourselves, I can imagine your glee, clapping your hands and nodding knowingly at your neighbors. You eat up everything this man says. Good or bad, you always ascribe the very best intentions to him. When he said, “We leave no one behind,” he probably meant it. It certainly sounds strong and positive, something to strive to be part of, and something to count on in times of trouble.

Just five days after President Obama declared at the Democratic National Convention that we leave no one behind, he did just that.

Ambassador Chris Stevens and Sean Smith were left behind in Benghazi, Libya with inadequate security even though the Ambassador had requested it. The ambassador was sent by Secretary of State Clinton to be there on a day when all Americans should be on high alert, the anniversary of the terrible terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, DC.

Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty must have realized at some dark moment that there was no help coming. They fought off the enemy until they were killed.

“This is a tough time for a lot of people; millions of folks all across the Eastern Seaboard, but America’s tougher. And we’re tougher because we pull together, we leave nobody behind, we make sure we respond as a nation and remind ourselves that whenever an American is in need, all of stand together to make sure we’re providing the help that’s necessary.” President Obama, remarks at the American Red Cross, October 30, 2012

“And when you see folks like that respond with strength and resilience, when you see neighbors helping neighbors, then you’re reminded about what America is all about. We go through tough times, but we bounce back. And the reason we bounce back is because we look out for one another and we don’t leave anybody behind.” President Obama, remarks after surveying damage from Hurricane Sandy, October 31, 2012

Those of us who don’t hang on his every word with unfettered delight notice the contradiction here. The President has forgotten already about the four Americans who died in Benghazi. The President would not mock the American people, but his choice of words is suspect at the very least.

This article was first published on May 15, 2013. Read more at Commentari, I’m just getting started. Also on Twitter @verytari.


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