Latest on Benghazi: Tyrone Woods Painted a Target, But the Missile Never Came
October 29, 2012
RUSH: Okay, coming up in the next hour, ladies and gentlemen, some of the highlights from a Saturday night show on Fox. Jeanine Pirro had the father of Tyrone Woods on. There's something that has come up about Benghazi, about Tyrone Woods that needs to be pointed out with a question asked about it, and it's this: The consulate was being shelled by mortar fire. Now, Tyrone Woods, Navy SEAL, violated three orders not to go.
And it's not correct to say, folks, that they were ordered to stand down. That doesn't quite cut it, because what that really means is they were told not to go help. They were told not to relieve the ambassador. They were told not to offer assistance. That's what they were told. They weren't told to stand down. What that means is, “Sit tight and don't go there and don't help.” He violated orders. He went over there.
He found where the mortar fire was coming from. He painted it with his laser. Now, folks, talk to anybody in the military. There's only one reason you do that. He was painting where that mortar fire was coming from because he figured there was air support that was then gonna take that mortar location out. That's why he was lasering it. He was effectively lighting it up.
He thought there was air support. He thought there was cover. Because all he did was tell the terrorists at the mortar control place where he was! They were able to find him, and it was that mortar fire that killed him. Now, why would he light it up? Why would he paint it if there was no assistance? He clearly thought there was. This becomes more outrageous as the days go by and as we continue to learn more and more about it.
RUSH: Jim Hoft at the Gateway Pundit has run across a bombshell blog post from a former Delta operator, BlackFive. “Having spent a good bit of time nursing a GLD (ground Laser Designator) in several garden spots around the world, something from the report jumped out at me. One of the former SEALs was actively painting the target. That means that Specter WAS ON STATION!
“Probably an AC130U,” an airplane on station. This is a former Delta operator. This guy has painted targets with lasers, which guide the bombs from the aircraft. In this case, the Specter is the C-130 out of Italy. We're told we didn't have any assets. We're told the assets were told to “stand town” and the people were told to “stand down.” But BlackFive, this former Delta operator, said (summarized), “Wait a minute, I heard that Tyrone Woods was painting the target.” In other words, he was giving the laser-guided bomb the target.
“One of the former SEALs was actively painting the target. That means that Specter WAS ON STATION! Probably an AC130U,” an airplane. A ground laser designator is not a briefing pointer laser. You do not ‘paint’ a target until the weapons system/designator is synched; which means that the AC130,” the Hercules, “was on station. Only two places could have called off the attack at that point; the WH situation command (based on [presidential] direction) or AFRICOM commander based on information directly from the target area.”
And we first learned of AFRICOM with our really wonderful, great caller last week.
“If the AC130 never left [Italy] (as Penetta [sic] says) that means that the Predator that was filming the whole thing was armed. If that SEAL was actively ‘painting’ a target; something was on station to engage! And the decision to stand down goes directly to POTUS!” That’s from this former Delta guy, and this is what got Tyrone Woods killed. Because by painting the target, he was also illuminating himself.
He was targeting a laser-guided missile to the mortar-fire encampment, location. I don't know what the military term for that is, but where the terrorists were firing mortars, he had found it and he was painting it for a strike. He thought that there were assets in the sky. There would be no reason -- you don't need a Delta operator to tell you this. Common sense. There's no reason to paint that target and give yourself up in the process if there's no attack.
Why point the laser at a target that's gonna guide the missile if there isn't a missile? So what all of these military people who know this stuff are thinking -- and you can see this popping up now on various blogs all over the Internet. There is an outrage bubbling up because the lies are being compounded, and none of it makes any sense. What Panetta and the White House and the State Department and all these other people are saying doesn't make any sense, when put in context with the actions taken by the SEALs on the ground.
So the conclusion these guys are coming to is that the asset was there to launch the laser-guided missile. Tyrone Woods was painting the target, but the missile wasn't fired. So the question becomes: Who ordered no attack, after having the asset? And if it wasn't the Hercules it means the drone that was videotaping this -- which is what enables the White House and the State Department to see it in real time, the drone up there -- then the drone was armed and somebody pulled the order to have the missile fired from the drone.
This is outrageous, folks. This is just unacceptably outrageous. It's not just the incompetence here. It is now the lying and the cover-up that is really getting to people. Charles Woods, the father of Tyrone Woods, was on Fox. He’s been all over the place, but he said some really powerful stuff on Saturday night.
RUSH: Okay, folks, please bear with me here. I'm gonna get to the sound bites of Charles Woods el quicko, but I want to make one more point about Tyrone Woods painting the mortar target with his laser in the expectation -- by the way, BLACKFIVE is a website run and operated, frequented by former military types, including a lot of Delta operators, Delta Force, Special Ops. They're livid. He wouldn't have painted the target if he didn't think there was an asset that was gonna fire on the target. That mortar encampment is what killed him. When he painted it he gave his location away. Cell phones have night vision capability. He gave himself up.
Now, here's what's interesting. On the campaign trail in Denver, on October 26th, Barack Obama said this: "The minute I found out what was happening, I gave the directive to make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to do. I guarantee you everybody in the CIA and the military knew the number one priority was making sure our people are safe." Now, our ambassador in Libya was killed in the consulate in Benghazi on September 11th. For three weeks after that, Obama said the morning after the attack was over he ordered increased security in our embassies in the region. Then October 26th he changed the story. He said, "The minute I found out what was happening I gave the directive."
So here's what military experts are asking now. If the operative story from Obama is that he had given orders to do whatever it took to secure the lives of these people, who didn't follow them? In other words, who ordered either the AC-130 or the drone not to fire on the target Tyrone Woods had painted with his laser? Because Obama is out there on record, he gave the order, do what's necessary. So Obama's trying to cover himself by saying, "Look, I'm not the one that told anybody not to use the military." He's out there now saying he essentially gave the order to do what was necessary to defend and protect these people. So the question now has become, well, who disobeyed orders? And of course the logical conclusion is that Obama never gave the order, that he's just lying now, saying that he did.
Wait 'til you hear Pat Caddell. You can't follow this story and learn more and more without becoming physically angry and repulsed -- you just can't -- at all of the cheap lying and rear-end covering that's going on here. It's just unacceptable. We are the United States of America. The idea that they don't have the ability to defend and protect people in that kind of situation is simply absurd. And the idea that we wouldn't take the action necessary to do so is also absurd.
Okay, Saturday night on Fox it is Justice with Judge Jeanine, Jeanine Pirro. She interviewed Charles Woods, the father of security agent, former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, killed in the attack at the consulate at Benghazi. This is the young man painting the target with the laser. She first said to him, "Mr. Woods, what did the president say to you?"
WOODS: He came up to me and in not a very sincere voice said, "I'm sorry." Now -- and then we shook hands, gave him, you know, like that, and then what I said to him was, "Mr. President, I appreciate your service." And I said, "I am at peace." And I could tell that he was not at peace. And I said, "My heart grieves because I've lost my son. My emotions have gone up and they've gone down, but the reason that I am at peace is because I know that God is in control of every situation. That's why our family is handling this much better than you would expect."
RUSH: That's what he told President Obama. Jeanine Pirro said, "Why do you think no help was sent? You know that your son, Ty, was on the ground asking for backup. He was pleading for an AC-130. How does that make you feel?"
WOODS: The Navy SEALs are extremely honorable, and they have a code of ethics, a code of honor. And part of that code of honor is they will never leave anyone behind. Okay, why did they allow them to die? Why didn't they send help? When it came out this last week that whoever it was -- I'm not gonna say who it was, but whoever it was in the White House was watching this live feed of my son being murdered, then I decided, it's time to do two things. One, is this is not political, okay. If this becomes political, that would dishonor my son's life and his death. But what we want to do is we want to honor my son, and we also want there to be truth and justice, as well as forgiveness.
RUSH: He wasn't going to go public with any of this. That was the nature of her question. He wasn't gonna go public until he found out that they started to lie. When he found out that there was video of this in the Situation Room at State Department, people were watching this, and no help was sent, that's when he decided to start doing interviews. Then Jeanine Pirro said, "You feel your son risked his life and that your son was murdered. You've made some strong statements here."
WOODS: The legal definition of murder would not fit into this. Let's put it this way. My feeling is, that in fact it was murder.
PIRRO: And if you could say something to the president, what would you say?
WOODS: I would say, if it was you, Your Honor, I totally forgive you. But for your benefit, I would want you to turn your life around and head the other direction so that blessings can continue to flow into your life. I want the best for you, and that means you need to stand up, admit your fault, and then change the direction of your life. I love this country of ours.
RUSH: That is the father of Tyrone Woods. And that was, folks, powerful. She asked him, "If you could say something to the president, what would you say?" "I would say if it was you, Your Honor, I forgive you. But I would want you to turn your life around, head the other direction. I want the best for you, and that means you need to stand up and admit your fault and then change the direction of your life." Charles Woods, the father of Tyrone Woods. Next question from Geraldo Rivera. This was last night on Geraldo's show. He said, "How do you feel about calling the president a murderer?"
WOODS: If this attack on American citizens, on American soil, happened 2,000 miles away from Washington, DC, 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 the videos and all the information before you responded in a responsible military way?
RUSH: Okay, we have a break coming up. When we come back, Pat Caddell was on Judge Jeanine's show Saturday night on Fox. Caddell followed Charles Woods and he nearly loses it in describing his anguish and his anger over the way this whole story is not being reported, the way the substance of the story was dealt with by the United States government, and it will, I'm sure, sound very similar to the reactions that you have been having as well.
RUSH: Folks, take a moment and just stop and think of what heroes these guys were, Tyrone Woods and the other three. They defied orders three times. They gave up their lives to try to save and protect the seven or so Americans that were still in the consulate, including the ambassador. And they're being ignored by the nation's media. Their acts of valor are being ignored and swept under the rug, all because the media is deathly afraid that it would redound negatively to President Obama.
And then I want you to compare the kind of media attention Cindy Sheehan did get from the mainstream media. Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, was made a national heroine. Every move she made was followed and documented. She was bought and paid for by a San Francisco advertising agency to go camp out on the grounds just outside the home of George W. Bush, Crawford, Texas. Everywhere Cindy Sheehan went, she was the mother of a nation. She was a heroine. They used Cindy Sheehan to the point she thought she could actually get elected to Congress, in Nancy Pelosi's seat. They built her up into the most important American citizen for two years. And not a word about Tyrone Woods and his three colleagues, Navy SEALs and private sector security. Not a word. Not a single word.
The media was given every shot. The Republicans on the Sunday shows yesterday brought the subject up. Last Sunday they brought the subject up on the Sunday shows. And none of the mainstream Sunday show anchors, other than Chris Wallace, wanted to talk about it. They have not even asked Obama about it when they've had the chance. And that leads me to Pat Caddell who was also on Justice with Judge Jeanine on Saturday night on Fox. Pat Caddell, a former pollster for the Democrats and for Jimmy Carter. She said, "It just comes out, Pat, that the CIA operative on the ground asked for help three times. The New York Times doesn't cover it. A front page from yesterday, and a front page from today, and they don't even mention it, Pat."
CADDELL: I am appalled right now. This White House, this president, this vice president, the secretary of state, all of them are willing apparently to dishonor themselves and this country for the cheap prospect of getting reelected, willing to cover up and lie, and the worst thing is, the very people who are supposed to protect the American people and the truth, the leading mainstream media, they have become a threat, a fundamental threat to American democracy and the enemies of the American people. What I saw with Ty Woods' father and family and the outrage I feel for my country and the shame that these people have no honor, and when will people finally say it? Cover-up is too nice a word, and the media is the one that it's worse on.
RUSH: Pat Caddell, talking about the media. They've become a threat, a fundamental threat to American democracy. They are the enemies of the American people. You shoulda seen him. He was practically crying, describing what he had seen with Tyrone Woods' father and family, the outrage he feels for his country. He wasn't finished.
CADDELL: This president didn't care enough to stay in the White House and, quote, "find out what was going on" the next day. Now I know why he didn't meet with his national security adviser. And why he got on a plane and went to a fundraiser, an act, if any president, Democrat or Republican, prior to this had done while the consulate was smoldering, would have been crucified. I've said it. This is -- I'll tell you, I'm so personally -- not politically, but personally nauseated by this.
RUSH: Personally nauseated by all of it. Now, let's go back to Obama. Obama left Washington yesterday to attend a fundraiser in Orlando, Florida today. He left in the midst of all of the forecasts of this storm that is now hitting the northeast. Yesterday was known, just as what is today known, how bad the forecasts are, the warnings, the admonitions, get out, evacuate, all those orders came yesterday. In the face of all that, Obama left the command center, the White House, and goes down to Florida for a fundraiser, and then overnight somebody decides -- it has to be what happened here. Somebody decides, because of this Benghazi business, I am convinced they got him on the airplane and they flew him back to DC today. He blew off the campaign appearance. Somebody had to get control of the situation. I'm sure some people said, "Look, we can't defend you anymore." It's probably what they're saying to themselves. You've got this storm about to wreak havoc, just like Benghazi had havoc wreaked upon it, and they're probably trying to save him from himself by not letting him do this campaign appearance.
So Mark Halperin of TIME Magazine has a tweet. "No one thinks that the president shouldn't go back to DC for the storm. The issue is the previous times when he didn't return ... and the staff said it made no difference." Well, the staff obviously says it does make a difference now. Mark Halperin is being roasted by Obama supporters because they view his tweet as unhelpful to Obama. He's being roasted on Twitter by fellow Democrats. Meanwhile, everywhere you look on cable TV today with this storm, every Obamaite is out trying to make the case that this storm can help Obama's reelection. Stop and think of that.
Obama campaign people on TV today speculating, hoping, explaining to people how this storm could be good for Obama. Who cares whether it's good for Obama or not? The people in line, in harm's way, the people targeted by this storm don't care whether this helps Obama or not. It's their lives that are about to be disrupted and, in perhaps unfathomable ways. And they turn on television and they watch Obama campaign aides salivating over the possibility this could really make Obama look presidential, really good in a crisis. That's why they had to get him back to DC. The people on Twitter are so ticked off at Mark Halperin they're calling him a Republican now, just for that little tweet that I read you. They have been blindsided.
The polling data, folks, is just devastating for Obama. The first debate was devastating. And the little secret is that this is who Obama has always been. He never was the myth that they created in 2008. He never was any of that. He never was messianic. He never was postpartisan. He never was somebody that could make the world love us. All of that was a myth. All of it was manufactured. You live by the media, you're gonna die by it. Live by the sword, die by the sword. I guarantee, you let the media build you up, at some point they're not gonna be able to protect you if they're lying about you. The truth will out, and it is in the process of doing that even as we speak.