The best and brightest of the U.S. military and special operations community will quit if Hillary Clinton is elected president, according to Benghazi survivor and former CIA operative John “Tig” Tiegen.
Tiegen witnessed firsthand the results of Clinton’s policy when he and his comrades in the Benghazi CIA Global Response Service Team defended U.S. consulate and CIA officials from a massive assault by radical Libyan jihadis Sept. 11, 2013. He told The Daily Caller News Foundation that Clinton’s failure as secretary of state during the Benghazi attack has caused many of the nation’s most elite special operations forces to quit their jobs — a problem that will only get worse if Clinton is elected.
“There’s guys leaving now just because of that,” Tiegen told TheDCNF in an exclusive Facebook Live video interview Tuesday. “’Cause they don’t know if the call for help is going to be heard.”
Tiegen explained that there will always be operators who have a desire to serve, but the “downgrading” of the Obama administration in foreign hot spots has sowed doubt among the military and special operations community.
“If you ask for help, or you need your help, you expect the military to come help you, one way or another,” said Tiegen, noting another similar situation to his own in Benghazi occurred in Afghanistan a year later, this time with a group of stranded Marines surrounded by enemy forces. He claimed President Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw troops from the country left the Marines without a lifeline. Tiegen believes similar situations are likely to happen under a Clinton presidency.
Tiegen’s recommendation toward fighting terrorist elements like ISIS, al Qaeda and others is simple, it revolves around a single question: “Do you want to fight terrorists at home or do you want to fight them overseas?” said Tiegen, noting the Clinton-Obama foreign policy has already led to the U.S. having to fight terrorists at home in places like San Bernardino and Orlando.
This report, by Russ Reed, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.