Benghazi hero: U.S. needs leader to lead from the front, not Hillary Clinton

On Saturday morning, former U.S. Army Ranger Kris Paronto, a/k/a Tonto, sent the following to The Conservative Base:
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On September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, my teammates and I defied a stand down order and fought off Islamic militants for over 13 hours in order to save American lives. Hillary Clinton was willfully blind to the threat, but we couldn’t afford to be.

After needlessly putting American lives at risk, she lied about it — right to the American people and the families of the fallen. And with this week’s news from the FBI, it’s clear that some things just don’t change. It’s despicable.

This kind of leadership, if you can even call it that, is putting you, me and our families in danger. I’ve had enough. It’s why I’ve launched Leading from the Front, a new project of American Legacy Center. Our goal is to wake up Washington to the threat of radical Islam and to hold Hillary Clinton accountable for her failures and dishonesty.

Kris Paronto — “Tonto” as he is affectionately known in security contracting circles — is a former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and private security contractor who has deployed throughout South America, Central America, the Middle East and North Africa. He also worked with the US Government’s Global Response Staff conducting low profile security in high threat environments throughout the world.

Mr. Paronto was part of the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the US Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, September 11th, 2012, helping to save over 20 lives while fighting off terrorists from the CIA Annex for over 13 hours. Mr. Paronto’s story is told in the book “13 Hours” written by Mitchell Zuckoff and his five surviving annex security team members.

Mr. Paronto was born in Alamosa, Colorado and obtained his Associate Degree from Dixie College (now Dixie State University) in St. George, Utah, Bachelor’s Degree from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado and Masters Degree from The University of Nebraska at Omaha. He served 4 years in the US Army and an additional 4 years in the US Army National Guard reaching the rank of Sergeant then becoming a commissioned officer in 2003. He started contracting for Blackwater Security Consulting in 2003 and continued to deploy on various security contracts, to include the Global Response Staff until 2013.

Mr. Paronto has been involved in security operations in hostile environments for over 10 years. His team’s involvement with the September 11th, 2012 attack on the US special mission in Benghazi, Libya was paramount in the saving of US lives and assets. He is a proven leader, teammate and friend to those who have deployed with him, and a devout father to three children.

Edited by Jim Kouri

Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show.. He's former chief of police at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at St. Peter's University and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.

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