The father of Tyrone Woods, the former Navy SEAL who was murdered in the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, spoke out for the first time this week, characterizing the apologies he received from President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as “totally insincere” and indicating “we’re not being told the whole truth.”
Charles Woods called in to Wednesday’s edition of “The Lars Larson Show” to voice his anger about reports that the White House could have intervened before the deadly attack on the embassy.
“I haven’t done this before, but when I heard, that there was a very good chance that the White House, as well as other members of the military, knew what was going on and obviously someone had to say, ‘Don’t go rescue him,'” Woods explained. “We need to find out who it was that gave that command … and why.”
Woods recounted meeting Obama and Clinton at Andrews Air Force Base, where the bodies of the four slain American diplomats were brought home to the U.S. on Sept. 14.
“He kind of just mumbled, ‘I’m sorry.’ His face was looking at me, his eyes were looking over my shoulder, like he could not look me in the eye,” Woods said. “It was not a sincere, ‘I’m really sorry that your son died.’ It was a totally insincere, more of a whining-type ‘I’m sorry.’ And it was like shaking hands with a dead fish. It just didn’t feel right.”
Woods described receiving a similar condolence from Clinton.
“She did not appear to be one bit sincere at all. She mentioned that thing about, ‘we’re going to have that person arrested and prosecuted that did the video’ – that was the first I even heard about anything like that.”
The grieving father received the news of his son’s death via telephone the morning of Sept. 12. “My initial response was something is wrong here, something doesn’t smell right,” Woods revealed. “I said, how could this possibly happen?”