Dorothy Woods shreds Hillary after investigators announces State Department stopped Marines from rushing to Benghazi
Hillary Clinton told a braying crowd of supporters that voters should “move on” from the Benghazi scandal, just hours after a government report revealed her office blocked a contingent of Marines from rescuing Americans from the besieged consulate.
At least one person isn’t ready to “move on” after learning that Clinton’s office thwarted rescue – Dorothy Woods, the widow of Benghazi victim Tyrone Woods.
“Nobody in government can tell me how I feel, what I should feel about it,” Woods told CNN’s Erin Burnett. “She [Clinton] has no right — nor does anyone in government have the right — to tell me it’s time to move on. They’re not in my shoes.”
“It did not change my view of what happened, nor who to blame,” said Woods. “I place a blame on this sentiment, on this attitude in the upper level of government that says, ‘Hey, you know what, I’m just gonna lie about this, gloss over it, because I want to protect what I look like, and I’m thinking about the next job.’”
The House Select Committee on Benghazi’s final report reveals President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered military in the region to immediately launch a rescue mission.
But the Marines were told to stand down by Clinton’s State Department and were demanded to arrive in Benghazi unarmed, in civilian clothes.
Clinton’s office feared local Libyans would be “offended” by the sight of guns and American uniforms.
The Benghazi report reveals the Marines changed in and out of their uniforms four times as Obama administration officials, desperate to rescue Americans, tried to get around Clinton’s obstruction of a rescue mission.
“We were told multiple times to change what we were wearing, to change from cammies into civilian attire, civilian attire into cammies, cammies into civilian attire,” the platoon commander told the committee, testifying under anonymity. “There was also some talk of whether or not we could carry our personal weapons.”
“I was basically holding hard and fast to the point where we were carrying our personal weapons. Like, we’ve got a very violent thing going on the ground where we’re going, so we’re going to be carrying something that can protect ourselves. But as far as what the Marines were wearing, that continually changed, and we had to make those changes inside of the aircraft,” he testified.
The Marine Corps Times reports:
Patrick Kennedy, the State Department’s undersecretary for management, requested that the FAST Marines wear civilian attire instead of their uniforms during a White House meeting, the report says. Kennedy told the committee that the move was meant to “enhance the security of our personnel.”
“They wanted to minimize the signature that looked like a big military invasion, a big military arrival there,” Vice Adm. Kurt Tidd, then director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the committee.