We are the Party of Lincoln and Reagan
Benghazi heroes John “Tig” Tiegen and Mark “Oz” Geist
with MCRW President Vicky Kendig
President’s Message 2016
This is the month of heroes in American history.
It’s the time that we recognize the birthdays and accomplishments of Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. We also remember again Martin Luther King Jr. and others as we celebrate Black History Month. All of these people set out to change injustices in our country.
As McLennan County Republican Women, we also seek to right the wrongs in America through our votes and political actions. We are certainly at a crossroads this year in our own history.
It’s highly important to vote on March 1 and to encourage others to get to the polls and elect good, conservative Republicans.
Many of us have campaigned and endorsed our choice of candidates. Some of us have set up tables at our churches to enlist new voters. But the true fight has not yet begun. That will be when our Republicans face off with the Democrats in November.
As we celebrate heroes this month, we can’t overlook the modern-day gallant men who fought against terrorists in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11-12, 2012, when US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed.
A few good men—true American heroes—went to the aid of the ambassador and other Americans working for the State Department and CIA in that country. They succeeded in saving several lives after hours of a ferocious battle with Libyan terrorists who attacked the Benghazi mission where Ambassador Stevens was staying as well as a nearby CIA annex.
Their story is told in the book 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff and the recently released movie by the same name.
How the State Department under then Secretary Hillary Clinton ignored Ambassador Stevens’ request for more security in that city and how the department handled the whole September 2012 episode is a disgrace.
The trapped Americans in Benghazi pleaded for help, saying if someone didn’t come to their aid, they would all die. That’s when six American security contractors went to the mission, even while being told by their boss to stand down and knowing that the attackers greatly outnumbered them.
The rescuers were later shocked to learn that our government was blaming the attacks on a video about Islam created in the US that had supposedly inflamed the terrorists.
At the Texas Federation of Republican Women’s state convention last fall, the delegates and others attending were privileged to hear two of the Benghazi heroes—John “Tig” Tiegen and Mark “Oz” Geist. They gave their side of the events in graphic detail, a story that disputed much of the government’s flawed after-report of the deadly incident.
Their experience only serves to underscore the ineptness and cover-up attitude of the current administration.
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Recommended book of the month:
13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff
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