It’s been exactly five years since the tragedy at a US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead.
According to CNN, in 2016 Hillary Clinton was ready to “move on” and forget about it. Dorothy Woods, widow to the deceased Navy Seal Tyrone Woods, rebuked the call to move on during an interview with CNN. “Nobody in government can tell me how I feel, what I should feel about it. She 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.”
Clinton’s call to “move on” occurred during her campaign for the presidency after the House Select Committee on Benghazi released an 800-page report on the investigation, according to The Hill.
During a campaign speech in Denver, Colorado, Clinton dismissed the findings and told everyone to let it go. “I’ll leave it to others to characterize this report, but I think it’s pretty clear it’s time to move on.”
Clinton went on to chide the House Committee for wasting taxpayer time and money to investigate what she considers a non-issue. “I understand that after more than two years and $7 million spent by the Benghazi Committee out of taxpayer funds, it had to today report it found nothing–nothing–to contradict the conclusions of the independent accountability board or the conclusion of the prior, multiple congressional investigations carried out on a bipartisan basis in the Congress.”
During the interview, Woods stated that this response was a demonstration of Democrats’ behavior since investigations in Benghazi began. She said, “they have been dismissive, the committee’s been ridiculed, the committee has been criticized, and you know for [the committee] to sincerely do the right thing, to care about Americans, that’s what important.”
Admittedly, the report by the Benghazi Committee didn’t provide additional evidence showing Clinton was directly responsible for the attacks, but it did reveal that there was gross oversight into the security of the embassy and apparent contradictions in the explanations for the attack given by the Obama administration to the public.
The report accuses Clinton, among other things, of ignoring the red flags that an attack would occur and of trying to blame the subsequent violence on a Youtube video that was considered offensive to Muslims.
Woods also stated that she lays the blame on Clinton’s obsession to become president for why she told everyone to “let go” of the Benghazi incident. “It did not change my view of what happened, nor who to blame. 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.”
Woods went on to thank those Republicans who investigated the incident and tried to reveal the truth behind the tragedy, despite Democrat opposition. She said, “At the end of the day I am thankful for Congressman Gowdy (R-SC) and his committee for remembering that they are in fact servants of the people of the United States, and they took the time to answer questions that weren’t answered.”
Regardless of Clinton’s role in the Benghazi incident and how much responsibility she had for the tragedy that took the lives of Americans, it was insensitive for her to state that everyone should move on, while victims’ families, such as Woods, are still grieving the loss of loved ones.