Monday, October 29, 2012

Earn Your Trident Every Day . . .

About the two Navy SEAL’s killed in Libya:

Quite an astounding tribute to the courage and bravery of the two former Navy SEAL’s that went to the aid of Ambassador Stevens and Embassy staff. Courageous!

Recently I was teaching a class in my church on the biblical character, Joshua. You remember him – he’s the one who took over for Moses to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. God made several promises to Joshua in the opening verses of this book of the Bible named after him. Three times God instructs Joshua to “be strong and courageous.” In fact, one of those times God instructed him to be “very courageous.” The road ahead was a tough one and Joshua would need to be up to the task.

The news has been full of the attacks on our embassies throughout the Muslim world, and in particular, the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others in Benghazi , Libya . However, apart from the shameful amount of disinformation willingly distributed by the Main Stream Media and the current administration, there’s a little known story of incredible bravery, heroics, and courage that should be the top story of every news agency across the fruited plain.

So what actually happened at the U.S. embassy in Libya ? We are learning more about this every day. Ambassador Stevens and Foreign Service officer Sean Smith, along with administrative staff, were working out of temporary quarters due to the fact that in the spring of 2011 during the so-called Arab Spring, the United States cut ties with then president Moammar Gadhafi. Our embassy was looted and ransacked, causing it to be unusable. It is still in a state of disrepair. Security for embassies and their personnel is to be provided by the host nation. Since Libya has gone through a civil war of sorts in the past 18 months, the current government is very unstable, and therefore, unreliable

A well-organized attack by radical Muslims was planned specifically targeting the temporary U.S. embassy building. The Libyan security force that was in place to protect our people deserted their post, or joined the attacking force. Either way, our people were in a real fix. And it should be noted that Ambassador Stevens had mentioned on more than one occasion to Secretary of State, “Hillary Clinton”, that he was quite concerned for his personal safety and the welfare of his people. It is thought that Ambassador Stevens was on a “hit list.”

A short distance from the American compound, two Americans were sleeping. They were in Libya as independent contractors working an assignment totally unrelated to our embassy. They also happened to be former Navy SEALs. When they heard the noise coming from the attack on our embassy, as you would expect from highly trained warriors, they ran to the fight. Apparently, they had no weapons, but seeing the Libyan guards dropping their guns in their haste in fleeing the scene, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty snatched up several of these discarded weapons and prepared to defend the American compound.

Not knowing exactly what was taking place, the two SEALs set up a defensive perimeter. Unfortunately Ambassador Stevens was already gravely injured, and Foreign Service officer, Sean Smith, was dead. However, due to their quick action and suppressive fire, twenty administrative personnel in the embassy were able to escape to safety. Eventually, these two courageous men were overwhelmed by the sheer numbers brought against them, an enemy force numbering between 100 to 200 attackers which came in two waves. But the stunning part of the story is that Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty killed 60 of the attacking force. Once the compound was overrun, the attackers were incensed to discover that just two men had inflicted so much death and destruction.

As it became apparent to these selfless heroes, they were definitely going to lose their lives unless some reinforcements showed up in a hurry. As we know now, that was not to be. I’m fairly certain they knew they were going to die in this gun fight, but not before they took a whole lot of bad guys with them!

Consider these tenets of the Navy SEAL Code: 1) Loyalty to Country, Team and Teammate, 2) Serve with Honor and Integrity On and Off the Battlefield, 3) Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow, Never Quit, 4) Take responsibility for your actions and the actions of your teammates, 5) Excel as Warriors through Discipline and Innovation, 6) Train for War, Fight to Win, Defeat our Nation’s Enemies, and 7) Earn your Trident every day (

Thank you, Tyrone and Glen. To the very last breath, you both lived up to the SEAL Code. You served all of us well. You were courageous in the face of certain death.

And Tyrone, even though you never got to hold your newborn son, he will grow up knowing the character and quality of his father, a man among men who sacrificed himself defending others. God bless America !

Dr. Charles R. Roots Senior Pastor Former Staff Sergeant, USMC Captain, U. S. Navy Chaplain Corps (Ret)

This should be passed on and on and on.


  1. Obama and Panetta should both resign over this. Knowing that won't happen, the ballot box is our only solution. Peace to the families of the heroes.

  2. Randy, correct me if I'm wrong, but I haven't heard this covered in this detail by the MSM. That's why it's here.

  3. And we have a pantywaist president who knows more than anyone else, and yet knows nothing. Worst president in my lifetime and the liberals just know he's going to win this election. God help us.

    Have a terrific day. :)

  4. Thank you for posting this, Odie. These brave men were true hero's and should receive the highest medals of honor for their bravery.

  5. Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were heroes of the legendary type.

    Yet, they are mostly unsung heroes right now because the mainstream media are shilling and covering up for Obama. Shameful! Tragedy!

    We need to start calling the media THE ENEMEDIA! Because that's what they are!

  6. Sandee, let the libs think what they want to. He's going down!

  7. AOW, THE ENEMEDIA! it is! Spread this story. Everyone needs to hear what kind of president we have.

  8. We owe a huge debt to our American SEAL heroes.

  9. Thanks for the details that the MSM isn't giving us. It breaks my heart that these brave men gave their lives to help their countrymen and a large part of the country is clueless as a result of our traitorous press aiding the lying turd in chief. It's sickening.

  10. Thats a great story, and many of the details were new to me. Win or lose this will follow Obama. Just as the Texas shouted "Remember the Alamo" we must "Remember Benghazi" and the actions of those brave SEALs who bravery was above and beyond. Above and beyond the actions of our cowardly President.

  11. Cube, it is sickening and that's why I'd like you to pass this on.

  12. Ron, the pant load is a coward to the core.

  13. Charles Woods was on Hannity last night and I'm sure Fox has the video. Some of the most compelling television you have seen or will ever see. Mr Woods, a lawyer, told it like it is.

    When you see the video, you will never think of the phrase "moral authority", in terms of of MoDo and Cindy Sheehan, you'll think of Charles Woods.

    Odie, thanks for putting this up.

    PS I love how Da Techguy put it - the 9/11 Alamo at San Antonio de Benghazi.


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