The mother of one of the four Americans killed during the Benghazi attack last Sept. 11 said on Saturday that she found no closure in this week’s hearing on the assault.
“Absolutely not,” Pat Smith declared to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee via satellite on his Fox News program. “I’m still waiting for answers to just about everything.”
She is the mother of slain State Department Information Officer Sean Smith. He was a 10-year employee of the Foreign Service who also had served in Iraq, South Africa, Canada, and the Netherlands.
He also was an Air Force veteran with a wife, a son, and a daughter.
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Besides Sean Smith, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and two other Americans also were killed at the U.S. post in Benghazi.
The Obama administration has insisted that Pat Smith is not considered part of her son's immediate family.
“I want someone to admit that they blew it and that they made the wrong decision,” Smith told Huckabee. “I know these are hard decisions to make. I could probably never make those kinds of decisions.
“But I do know that they asked for help,” Smith added. “They were refused. I want to know why. Why were they refused? And I want it corrected.”
Smith, who attended Wednesday’s hearing before the House Oversight Committee, said she could deeply identify with the respect that the surviving State Department employees had for those who died in Benghazi.
Huckabee’s program included highly emotional testimony from Eric Nordstrom, a diplomatic security officer and former Regional Security Officer in Libya.
“I know they felt bad,” Smith said. “I could feel it. I could just feel how they felt. That’s how I felt, too. But the government doesn’t care. They don’t care about us people at all.
“All they had to do was just tell me what happened and I would’ve gone away,” she added, wiping her eyes. “But they didn’t even bother.
“I was an unimportant person. And, now, I’m an unimportant person who doesn’t have a child for Mother’s Day — and I feel so deeply. They cannot understand how I feel.”
Huckabee then added, “You’re not an unimportant person, Pat,” drawing applause from the audience.
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