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Friday, Feb 27, 2015

What is the truth?


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Eight months ago on Sept. 9, 2012, the anniversary of the worst domestic attack on the United States, four Americans were murdered, including the ambassador to Libya, during an attack in Benghazi.

Americans were told that this was a result of an anti-Muslim film that caused people to demonstrate, resulting in a razing of the American building in Benghazi and the death of four Americans. That is what was presented to the American people ad supported by our ambassador to the U.N., who went on five TV shows and proclaimed that a video was responsible for the attacks.

When initially informed about the attack, President Obama told the Secretary of Defense to do whatever was necessary to ensure the safety of our people. Nothing was heard from the president for the rest of the event. The following day, he flew to Las Vegas for a fundraiser. To this day, no one has bothered to explain where the president was and what he was doing during this event.

The mainstream media has literally ignored this story, including Wednesday when three men who had specific information about it appeared before a congressional committee. Fox News was the only organization who thought that it was important enough to air during this testimony. None of the survivors from the attack have been heard from to this day.

It is obvious that this administration lied about what happened and has continued to do so. This was an attack by Muslim extremists with links to al Qaeda. That in and of itself is not earth-shattering, but remember that this was just two months before a presidential election that polls reported was very close. President Obama had been saying that Osama bin Laden was dead and the terrorists were in retreat. How could they attack if that was true?

Four of our fellow citizens were murdered, and it is obvious that we were not told the truth about what happened. I know that it is difficult during combat to know what truly happened, but after the event interviews and questioning try to present the facts so that lessons are learned. This is such an event.

During my lifetime, there have been too many times when something bad happened and for whatever reason, those in charge decided that it was better to hide the facts from the public. I saw reputations ruined and lives ended because of it. A former Chief of Naval Operations committed suicide because of lying about an insignificant decoration. A president resigned because of a cover up, and another president was impeached because of lying before Congress. In every case, the truth came out. The same will occur here. The truth will finally be told, and we will be better for it.

Donald J. Myers, a retired colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, is a regular columnist for Hernando Today. He lives in Spring Hill and can be contacted at

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