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Rep. Jim Bridenstine invites father of slain Navy SEAL to State of the Union speech

by Chris Casteel Published: January 27, 2014
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Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, announced Monday that he has invited the father of a U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in Benghazi to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday.
Charles Woods, father of Navy SEAL Tyrone S. Woods, will be Bridenstine’s guest, the congressman said. Tyrone Woods was one of four Americans killed in the terrorist attack on the diplomatic mission on Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012.
Woods was a security official at the mission.
Bridenstine said he was hosting “a genuine victim of failed foreign policy, who continues to be victimized by failure to appoint a House Select Committee to get to the bottom of what happened the night his son was murdered in Benghazi and to assure that what happened then will not be repeated.”
Bridenstine said, “As a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, I understand the importance of knowing that America leaves no one behind. I am honored to host the father of a true hero.
“One of the first bills I cosponsored in Congress was Rep. Frank Wolf’s H. Res. 36 to establish a select committee on Benghazi. The resolution has 180 cosponsors. No action has been taken on it.
“The House of Representatives must establish a select Committee to investigate the incident, the intelligence available, and the actions and inactions of those who should have been responsible for preventing the deaths of four Americans.”


by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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