Editorial roundup

• July 20, The Augusta Chronicle, Georgia, on the Republican convention:

The first night of the Republican convention was every bit the indictment of Hillary Clinton that somehow eluded the FBI.

In truth, it was more of an indictment — because it covered, in depth, her shameful actions surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 terror attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were slaughtered on Clinton’s watch.

Those most intimately impacted by the attack — several who were there, and a victim’s mother — reminded us in often heart-rending testimony that Clinton left our people unguarded, then lied to our faces about what led to the attack.

She even lied to families of the fallen — telling them, as she told us, that an anti-Islam Internet video was to blame for the attack, when in fact records show Clinton knew immediately that it was a planned al-Qaida-style attack.

“In an email to her daughter shortly after the attack, Hillary Clinton blamed it on terrorism,” said Patricia Smith, mother of slain Sean Smith. “But when I saw Hillary Clinton at Sean’s coffin ceremony, just days later, she looked me squarely in the eye and told me a video was responsible.”

Mark Geist and John Tiegen, two nails-tough security officers who lived through the battle — and described it in a book and movie called “13 Hours” — took convention viewers through the awful bloody night. And they left no doubt the men there were left in the lurch by their government and, in particular, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Ms. Smith said she’s never been given an audience or explanation for her son’s death by her government or Mrs. Clinton. When she prodded them for one, she said, she was told “I am not a member of the immediate family.”

That’s your government at work.

“For all of this loss, for all of this grief, for all of the cynicism the tragedy in Benghazi has wrought upon America, I blame Hillary Clinton,” she said.

“If Hillary Clinton can’t give us the truth, why should we give her the presidency?”

The Obama administration earned its own indictments, too, particularly for its open borders policy that has led to Americans being killed by illegal immigrants. Three survivors of such victims — two impaired-driving crashes and one illegal-alien gang shooting — spoke in emotional and impassioned tones about the loss of their sons and the failure of this government to protect them and the rest of us.

Each survivor — Mary Ann Mendoza, Sabine Durden and Jamiel Shaw — exhibited tremendous courage and strength in telling their agonizing stories to a national television audience.

Tellingly, Shaw recalled that after his son’s brutal murder in Los Angeles, area politicos and others offered their public support and sympathy — but after the killer was identified as an illegal alien, Shaw said that political and moral support dried up and blew away.


Sadly, much of the nation probably never got to hear their stories, or Geist and Tiegen’s testimony, or about the lies and abandonment Ms. Smith has suffered at the hands of our government: The networks were more interested in televising the convention’s famous names.

Those of us privileged to see and hear these brave folks — mostly ordinary citizens like you — will never forget it.

After Ms. Smith’s painful, passionate plea for answers and honesty from her government, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper sheepishly sympathized with her — with Tapper lamenting that he, like Ms. Smith, can’t explain Mrs. Clinton’s actions.

Isn’t that kind of his job — to question authority? Will he and others in the media take more of an interest in it now?

Like the men on the roof in Benghazi that night, don’t hold your breath waiting for help to arrive.