When questioned by Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s Daily Show about the Libya terrorist attack that resulted in the murder of the ambassador and three other staff members, President Barack Obama said among other things, “if four Americans get killed, it is not optimal.”
This did not sit well with Pat Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, one of the four US citizens who were killed in the Benghazi raid.
According to London’s Daily Mail, Mrs. Smith responded to the president’s comments as follows:
“It was a disrespectful thing to say and I don’t think it’s right.
“How can you say somebody being killed is not very optimal? I don’t think the President has the right idea of the English language.
“It’s insensitive to say my son is not very optimal — he is also very dead. I’ve not been ‘optimal’ since he died and the past few weeks have been pure hell.”
“I am still waiting for the truth to come out and I still want to know the truth. I’m finally starting to get some answers but I won’t give up.
“There’s a lot of stupid things that have been said about my son and what happened and this is another one of them.”
Obama previously referred to the terrorist attacks in Benghazi as “bumps in the road.”
There are still many unanswered questions as to why the Obama administration failed to beef up security at the Benghazi consulate despite warnings about the terrorism threat and also why the administration initially blamed the attack on a video.
Military expert David Hunt, a retired Army colonel, posted a column on FNC that reads in part:
“In other words, every Operations Center in every operational office in our government was fully aware of what was going on while it was going on in real time and did absolutely NOTHING!!!
“This is the elephant in the living room; not only did our government watch while our ambassador, two retired Navy SEALS and a public information officer were murdered, they later lied about the incident on multiple occasions, stating the attack was based on a protest of a video that appeared on YouTube. They were doing this all the while knowing that it was really a terrorist attack formulated by Al Qaeda.”
AP published a similar report earlier today that further calls the administration’s response into question:
“The CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours of last month’s deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate that there was evidence it was carried out by militants, not a spontaneous mob upset about an American-made video ridiculing Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, U.S. officials have told The Associated Press.”
Do you think Barack Obama’s comments about the murder of US citizens in Benghazi were insensitive? Watch a clip of the Comedy Central interview with Jon Stewart below: