America's Brave Forgotten Four
Once upon a time there were four Americans.
Living in a place called Benghazi, Libya,
They were sent there on a secret mission.
Under specific condition,
Sent there to find hidden weapons, and ammunition,
Asking many questions,
The wrong people heard.
Their presence stirred.
To shoot first and ask questions later.
They were called the brave four.
One was American Ambassador, Chris Stevens.
Second was Navy Seal, Tyrone Woods.
Third was State department, staff member, Sean Smith.
Fourth was Navy Seal, Glen Doherty
They all worked undercover.
Fighting to recover,
Advanced weapons, hidden by the enemy.
Requesting additional help in a foreign country,
They weren't denied not once, not twice, but, three times.
Not recognized as war crimes.
With help only three hours away,
Defense secretary notified after fifty minutes into the attack.
The same day, within the same hour, feeling Washington's power
Two American heroes' ordered to stand down.
Being left alone, they stood along one another.
Being the heroes they were, they decided to fight.
Defending Ambassador, Chris Stevens and State Department, Staff member Sean Smith before it was too late.
Not knowing their fate.
Refusing to take flight,
They decided to fight to the end.
As heavy mortars, RPGs' hand grenades and assault riffles' firing.
They faced their enemies.
It all, whether it meant being dead or alive.
They bravely took the enemy on thinking help would arrive.
Not knowing America would deprive.
As an American president watched from the eyes of a drone,
Not answering his phone.
He witnessed them fighting for hours.
Engulfing his powers,
Feeling the anxiety of a coward,
Looking into the bold eyes' of proud American heroes',
Afraid he wouldn't be re-elected.
He watched in cold blood as four American heroes were gunned down.
One by one,
By the enemies army,
As a coward's cold sweat rolled down his face,
Taken down in hostile enemy territory,
Denied help by their country.
They were all sent to die a martyrs' death.
Navy Seal, Tyrone Wood's found lifeless, breathless on top of a metal roof, with his rifle still in his locked cold fingers along with him Navy Seal, Glen Doherty.
Refusing to give up!
They both fought to the end for nearly seven hours.
They will always be remembered as the brave four.
Not to be forgotten.
These young brave American heroes' were sacrificed for a presidential election.
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