There are a few items of note in this post on Glenn Beck’s interview with Charles Woods, the father of former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, who was killed by terrorists on 9/11/12 in Benghazi, Libya. Among them is Woods’s description of shaking hands with President Obama as being”like shaking hands with a dead fish,” the fact Obama “would not look me in the eye,” and the wildly-inappropriate-in-typical-crazy-Uncle-Joe-Finnegan-way that Vice President Joe Biden approached Woods and his family and “asked in a ‘loud and boisterous’ voice, ‘Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?'” Yes, he probably did – but that’s a question that’s more appropriate once all involved have consumed half the whiskey at an Irish wake than for a somber ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base featuring flag-draped coffins.
The most revealing comment Woods recounts, though – and one which it will be interesting to see the government’s official comment on, if they can be imposed upon to make one – comes from Hillary Clinton, who has generally escaped public finger-pointing for Benghazi and the colossal fumbling of the ensuing messaging campaign. According to Woods, after offering her condolences on the loss of his son, Clinton told him that the U.S. government would “make sure that the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.”Go straight to 1:20 in the video below:
Some have pointed to this as furtherance of the administration’s blame-the-YouTube-video-because-real-terrorism-is-dead line on the Benghazi attacks, but that misses the real story in Clinton’s statement: the fact she evidently promised to “arrest and prosecute” a resident of the United States for exercising his right to free expression. As Allahpundit notes at Hot Air:
That’s perverse, but in keeping with the fact that she decided to run ads on Pakistani TV apologizing for the film while Islamist cretins menaced American diplomats across the region. Even if you give her the benefit of the doubt and assume that she had no intention of prosecuting the filmmaker but was merely telling Woods something she thought would console him, why on earth would she zero in on the filmmaker as the target of blame instead of the degenerates who actually shot his son? She and O need to answer. Let’s see how much they really value free speech. Simple question for both: Is Woods a liar or not?
The Obama administration – including the President, the Ambassador to the United Nations, and the Secretary of State – have used a great deal of time and oxygen condemning a YouTube video, and blaming it both for the decision by a number of Muslims around the world to riot and threaten America’s embassies and consulates, and for the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi by Ansar al-Sharia. While these condemnations of free expression by official representatives of the U.S. government are wrongheaded to begin with, the declaration by Secretary Clinton that a government whose actions are specifically restricted by the U.S. Constitution will “arrest and prosecute” a person for exercising their right to free expression is at once unconscionable, illegal, and chilling.