Slain SEAL’s Father to Obama: “If This Attack on American Citizens Happened in LA, Would You Have Waited Seven Hours Before You Sent the First Airplane?”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Charles Woods, the father of murdered SEAL Tyrone Woods, found slumped over his machine gun, has been tirelessly asking questions about why his son was denied military support. Charles Woods has repeatedly emphasized that this is not about politics, but to the media this is about politics, which is why they are equally tireless in refusing to report on his story or to interview him.

If McCain were in office right now, there is no conceivable way that Woods would not be on every news network in America. But since a Democrat is sitting in the Oval Office, Woods is forced to talk to the likes of Geraldo Riviera. But what he has to say is still as important, perhaps even more important, because of the media’s refusal to cover it.

“I was contacted by military personnel yesterday, who told me an interesting fact. And that is any consulate anywhere in the world is American soil,” Woods said. “Any attack on an American consulate is an attack on American soil. There were American citizens that were attacked for seven hours on American soil a couple thousand miles away from Washington, D.C.”

“My question of the president would be this: Your Honor, I respect your office as president. But if this attack on American citizens, on American soil, happened 2,000 miles away from Washington, D.C. — say in Los Angeles or in Seattle — would you have waited seven hours before you sent the first airplane? Would you have waited seven hours until the attack was over? Would you have waited a couple of days until you had all of the videos and all the information before you responded in a responsible military way?”

“First of all, I am not angry at all,” Woods said. “In fact, Mr. President, if I had the opportunity of speaking to you face to face, and I would really love to, I would say this: ‘Mr. President, I respect your office. However, if you are responsible for the death of my son, I totally forgive you.’”

“This is about honor, courage and about love for America. And remember this, Mr. President:  My son and the others died heroes and it’s better to die the death of a hero than it is to live the life of a coward. If you are responsible for the death of my son, I forgive you, I love you. I also love America.”

Charles Woods has shown more courage and honor than the leader of this country has. And that is an indictment of Obama that there can be no answer to.

  • Mary Sue

    I don't think Obama's going to take the bait.

  • Bill Speers

    Not will Obama not rise to the occasion, he and those who support him will do everything in their power to insure that Mr. Woods’s words will not be heard in the larger world.

  • Len_Powder

    "If you are responsible for the death of my son, I forgive you, I love you. I also love America." This seems to me to be a VERY bizarre statement coming from the FATHER of someone who lost his son because of callousness, incompetence, or dereliction of duty. Even referring to Obama as "Mr. President" seems completely incongruous under the circumstances. This man is RESPONSIBLE for the death of his son! In his place I would be condemning Obama and demanding an explanation!

    • https://www.facebook.com/all3wells1 Susan Wells

      His is reply from the point of view of being a Christian. Being a Christian should cause us to respond in a way that aligns us with the viewpoint of Christ; which is to forgive those that hate us and love those that misuse us. I watched him on the Fox network a few days ago and was taken back by his loving and kind nature. His 2 daughter and other son was with him. There will be justice. Maybe not in this life (which is just a fleeting vapor) but surely in the next!

  • billy j phillips

    As a US Citizen, a Patriot, and a combat veteran, I absolutely NOT forgive the President, his cronies, nor his official organization (SECSTATE, SECDEF, ETC) involved in setting by and ignoring their duties. This was not Coventry and Obama is not Winston Churchill. Throw the bum out!

  • Mary

    Unfortunately, yes, Obama would, and already has abandoned US citizens in Los Angeles, and all across the US. Border patrol agent Brian Terry was murdered by drug cartel members armed by Obama, with the sole intent of killing US citizens and invading the US with impunity. At the same time, Obama has restricted agents like Brian Terry with bean bag rounds.

  • Vince

    As Josie Wales said, "You know there ain't no forgettin'." But IMHO Mr. Woods is doing the right thing. Carrying around that kind of anger is just destructive to your soul and mind. But, still, there has to be a reckoning. And there will be.

  • Gabe Zolna

    I cannot understand why Mr. Woods had to say that he forgives Obama and that he loves Obama, that makes absolutely no sense, none whatsoever. The reality is by denying support his son and other's were savagely murdered by radical Muslim extremists, no different that what Major Nadal Hassan did at Fort Hood, yet Obama and his dysfunctional Administration called that act of terrorist mayhem, workplace violence, why because Obama wanted to take the focus off of where it should be, which is the Muslim madmen in this world.

    I will not forgive Obama for what he allowed to have happen to innocent American's, he deprived the survivors of the Fort Hood massacre of receiving Purple Hearts and additional benefits awarded to solders that get injured or die in battle.

    I do respect the office of the president, but only if the person residing in that office is Constitutionally eligible to be in that office. Obama's unwillingness to provide his birth certificate or his records from Occidental and Harvard along with his Passport when he attended those educational institutions proves to me without a doubt that Obama is not nor ever was eligible to hold office of the presidency.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RichHWeiss Rich Weiss

    “If This Attack on American Citizens Happened in LA, Would You Have Waited Seven Hours Before You Sent the First Airplane?”

    Of course, because local first responders would have sprung into action. Feds come in later. This is is a perfect example of the problem with expecting action from Washington. They are worried about politics on a different scale than local politicos.

    This is why Chris Cristie is behaving the way he is. He is responsible to the citizens of NJ. Obama can provide services his citizens need. If he feels that stroking Obama's ego gets NJ better, quicker or more resources than I think he is doing his job. Despite the fact that it elevates Obama.

    In places outside the US the local government is the first responders. Obama knew that the local government was unable to respond, therefore it was his responsibility to create his own first response team. God Bless Ty Woods and Glen Doherty for being first responders and loosing their lives in the process.

    Now it's time for the American people to hold the commander in chief responsible for failure to send backup aid.