September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Egypt was a horrific reminder of the “9/11” Americans remember as the worst terror attack ever on U.S. soil. How could the Obama Administration not make a connection between the threats and riots and ultimate attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission compound? Guys going for a walk to kill Americans and anti-Islamic videos; everything entered the narrative except why help was not rendered in a timely fashion.
Three men, Kris Paronto, Mark Geist, and John Tiegen, were there and eventually disobeyed orders to “stand down” and made efforts to rescue the vast majority of individuals who were pinned inside the compound by terrorists. Of course, this is to say nothing of those who died before these three defiant heroes could reach them.
Rep. Adam Schiff, (D) California, publicly accused these three men of lying about the order to “stand down” just to draw attention to their new book. Paronto, Geist, and Tiegen adamantly deny that they misrepresented the facts in any way. Another Congressman, Adam Smith (D) D.C., was in attendance at the news conference and seems to dispute the account of Rep. Schiff. In an appearance on the Sean Hannity show, he clarified the details of the orders to “stand down” and stated that no official order appears to have come from the Obama Administration, but admits that the men were delayed by their chain of command.
Regardless of the semantics, people died and three of the men who attempted to save them have now been slandered by an elected official. The trio’s book, “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi”, is sure to sell. With elections just over a month away, however, those up for re-election may want to choose carefully who they should verbally attack when the cameras are rolling.