WASHINGTON, May 12, 2013 — Mother’s Day is a happy occasion for those lucky enough to have brunch with their mothers. My life 3,000 miles away from my parents means a phone call is the order of the day. Not everyone even has that luxury.
Some people no longer have their mothers, and some never did.
Yet as awful as losing a parent is, it pales in comparison to losing a child. Every parent’s nightmare is to have a child predecease them. For Pat Smith, mother of Sean Smith, Mother’s Day is a nightmare.
Sean Smith was one of four men who died in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. He was murdered by radical Islamists who stormed the American consulate in Libya. Adding insult to injury is that his own government left him to die when there was a chance he could have been evacuated in time. To make matters even worse, that same government told his mother that the demonstrations were a spontaneous outburst fueled by an anti-Muslim video.
Mrs. Smith has alleged that the discredited video narrative was communicated to her by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Ambassador Susan Rice. She made it clear that she was in a room with all of them, and that each one of them personally looked her in the eye and blamed the video.
She says this was done days after the administration already knew that radical Islam was the cause.
It is possible that Mrs. Smith is lying. She could be a partisan hit woman deliberately trying to hurt poor, misunderstood Obama and Hillary.
More likely, she is every bit the victim she seems to be.
On this Mother’s Day, remember the words of New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. She said that in the court of public opinion, a grieving mother’s viewpoint was “absolute.”
At that time Cindy Sheehan was the grieving mother, George W. Bush was the president she was attacking. Sheehan would go on to become a Code Pink antiwar protester who hugged Hugo Chavez, spread anti-Semitism, and ignored her sons’s support of the legal war in Iraq and a cause he fought for, died for and believed in.
When Pat Tillman died serving his country in Afghanistan, his family demanded the truth of how he died. Nobody yelled, “What difference at this point does it make?”
A grieving mother’s right is absolute, but the truth does matter. It makes all the difference in the world. It always has.
A young man was killed in a fight that he did not seek, expect, or want. He will no longer get to take his mother out for brunch on the second Sunday in May. He will never get to say or do anything ever again. Meanwhile, one figure in the scandal surrounding his death remains President while another one seeks to succeed him. The top Democrat on the oversight panel investigating Benghazi, Elijah Cummings of Maryland, shrugs the matter off by saying that “death is a part of life.”
Unsurprisingly, this is not good enough for Pat Smith. It should not be good enough for anybody. Smith blames Hillary Clinton for her son’s death. As she told ABC’s Jake Tapper, it was “her department. She’s supposed to be on top of it, and yet she claims that she knows nothing, that it wasn’t told to her. Well, who ― who is running the place?
“I cry every night, I don’t sleep at night, I need answers.
“Why was there no security for him, when they’re supposed to have security? And the security that they did have was called back? Things do not add up and I’m just told lies.”
So for those who claim Benghazi is “old news,” or a “partisan witch hunt,” or “bureaucratic incompetence,” try looking in Pat Smith’s eyes and explaining to her that this was anything other than indifference to the human life that was her son. Most people would not have the stomach to lie to a grieving mother. We now know that Obama, Biden, Hillary, and Susan Rice would and did.
To my own mother, I love you very much. Although I am far away, we are both alive. Thank God for this.
To Pat Smith, my Mother’s Day wish for you is to finally get the truth about your son, then eventually somehow, some way to find a sense of inner peace.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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