House Democrats stage mass walkout before parents of Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith testify before Oversight Committee

Darryl Issa has tweeted out one of the most appalling photographs I’ve ever seen emerge from the United States House of Representatives.

Today the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing about events in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. You remember what happened on that day, don’t you? If you don’t, I’m happy to give you the official Obama administration version:

That was the day that a Libyan movie review got a little bit out of control. Apparently Libyan fighters coincidentally affiliated with Al Qaeda took umbrage at a poorly made seven minute YouTube trailer promoting a movie that was never actually made about Muhammad’s life. Since Libya has no popcorn to throw at the screen, these same outraged movie critics inadvertently managed to overwhelm our under-guarded diplomatic mission in Benghazi, killing Ambassador Christopher Stevens (and perhaps torturing him before doing so), as well as U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith.

The same crazed movie reviewers then shifted their attack to the nearby CIA Annex where they engaged in a several-hour-long firefight with former Navy SEALS Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. Both men died at their stations.

Meanwhile, back at home, some unknown person, but definitely not Barack Obama (even though he had sole authority to do so), told nearby troops told to stand by. Also, after a single phone call early in the attack, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was sufficiently well informed about everything to vanish from the scene entirely. (And really, what difference at that point, did it make?) As for Barack Obama, well, he really did need his beauty sleep before an upcoming Las Vegas campaign stop.

The administration later assured us that, despite a slew of increasingly desperate emails from Ambassador Stevens about security concerns, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had absolutely no idea whatsoever that an American embassy outpost in a war-torn land riddled with al Qaeda operatives might need more than a couple of local guards at the front door. That’s why the Marines weren’t there to fire any of those “shots across the bow” that Obama suddenly loves so much.

In sum, the incompetence of a Democrat administration left a U.S. outpost vulnerable to a terrorist attack; that same Democrat administration could not be bothered to rouse itself to protect Americans fighting for their lives in a tiny outpost of America on foreign soil; and the Democrat administration then tried to cover-up its gross dereliction of duty by lying consistently in the days and weeks following the attack. Other than that, of course, the Democrats have nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to events in Benghazi.

The Democrats’ sordid Benghazi history may explain a shocking tweet that Rep. Darryl Issa sent out two hours ago right before Patricia Smith, who is Sean Smith’s mother, and Charles Woods, who is Tyrone Woods’ father, were to have testified about their sons’ lives and deaths:

Townhall explains what you’re looking at:

The far side of the room, shown empty in the photo, belongs to the Democrats. The only Democrats who stayed were Ranking Member Elijah Cummings and Rep. Jackie Speier.

Absent further information about this mass retreat, it appears that the Democrats, having presided over these men’s deaths, do not have the decency to look their survivors in the face, if only to apologize.

(Cross-posted at Gateway Pundit, where I’m helping out as Jim Hoft recovers from a very scary month, health-wise.)

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  • Gringo

    House Democrats stage mass walkout before parents of Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith testify before Oversight Committee.
    I am reminded of what Maureen Dowd, everyone’s favorite :) NYT columnist, said about Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq.  Cindy Sheehan was camping out  near Bush’s ranch in Crawford, in an attempt to further meet with President Bush, but  President Bush wouldn’t meet with Cindy Sheehan at his ranh
    But his humanitarianism will remain inhumane as long as he fails to understand that the moral authority of parents who bury children killed in Iraq is absolute.
    Bush had already met and talked with  Cindy Sheehan however, before she camped out by his ranch in Crawford. The Senate Democrats refuse to meet even once with parents who buried children killed in Libya.


  • jj

    Gephardt used to pull this.  The only problem is the worthless sons-of-bitches will probably walk back in.

  • Libby

    Why aren’t the Republicans like Issa holding press conferences with these parents? The Dems take every opportunity to place their victim(s) du jour in front of the press (e.g., Cindy Sheehan, Newtown victims’ parents, Trayvon’s parents), it’s about time Republicans did the same. Not to exploit, but to give them voice since the MSM and the Dems ignored them up to this point.  

  • Ymarsakar

    Yeah, and who here still thinks “politics” is going to work to prevent Civil War II again?
    Sure it will. I’ll be waiting for it. And so will you.

  • Ymarsakar

    Pretty sure the Democrats and the Left have black mail material over Republicans that is more than a mile long. They can’t fight them even if they had the will and spine too… which they don’t.

  • Gringo

    The far side of the room, shown empty in the photo, belongs to the Democrats. The only Democrats who stayed were Ranking Member Elijah Cummings and Rep. Jackie Speier.
    Here is a list of the  Democrats of the  Committee on Oversight and Government Reform who walked out on the Benghazi hearing:
    Carolyn Maloney (NY-14)
    Danny Davis  (IL-7)
    Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.)
    Gerald E. Connolly (VA-11)
    Jim Cooper (TN-5)
    John Tierney (MA-6)
    Mark Pocan (WI-2)
    Matt Cartwright (PA-17)
    Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-1)
    Peter Welch (VT)
    Stephen Lynch (MA-9)
    Steven Horsford (NV-4)
    Tammy Duckworth (IL-8)
    Tony Cardenas (CA-29)
    William Lacy Clay (MO-1)

    The link below will take you the appropriate web pages for the above Congresscritters.

  • Ymarsakar
    She’s an example of someone who lives on the Democrat power bank. She couldn’t get out if she wanted to. She wants more women in combat, same as Democrats, because that’s how they get promoted and have “military careers”. Which end up as power and wealth later on. This is the path they choose and the Democrat party is the natural enabler.
    But the cost is clear. When you belong to the Democrats, empathizing with the pain of others is no longer allowed to you. YOu are not allowed to make your own decisions. You move as the Party tells you to move. Legs or no legs.

  • Jose

    This behavior by the left is, unfortunately, typical.
    I have heard Nikki Goeser  report a similar event.  She was testifying before congress about watching the murder of her husband in a gun free zone. While she spoke Senator Charles Schumer sat talking and laughing with his aids.   Concern or consideration for the suffering of others is obviously reserved for those with correct political views.

  • Ymarsakar

    To the LEft, guns are only for saving lives, human lives.
    The rest of you are considered pigs, on a farm. And we know what happens to pigs. Do they need guns to protect themselves?