Everyone loves Hillary Clinton these days.(Snip) But what if the most politically significant foreign-policy failure of Obama's presidency is actually due to a failure of the diplomatic-security strategy at the Clinton-run State Department? That's certainly what all the evidence suggests. Charlene Lamb, deputy assistant secretary for international programs at the State Department's Bureau of Diplomat Security, told a House committee Wednesday that she personally rejected a request for additional diplomatic security in Libya, though what she rejected was not a request for Marines
Comments: The request submitted TWICE to Charlene Lamb - once in the spring, again this summer - was for the extension of specially trained State Department security forces who were already in Libya. They were subsequently removed or cut back in number.
I spent the time to look at the whole House Oversight Committee Hearing on CSPAN, and watched as the security guys--a Special Forces officer commanding the SF detachment on loan from DOD and the State Department's own civilian security chief for Libya-- testified how they kept asking to keep existing forces and to reinforce them, and how Lamb (apparently under the orders of her boss at State, Eric Boswell) kept whittling away at their already inadequate forces and turning their several requests for more forces down, when she didn't just ignore them, and not for lack of funds but for political reasons, so as not to present such a "militarized" presence but one bespeaking "normalization."
Meanwhile, soft, effete Ambassador Kennedy, seated next to her, kept prompting her as to what she should say and stonewalling the Committee.
Truly a nauseating display of Leftist ideology trumping common sense, and incompetence, impotence, and willful ignorance in charge.
Wow! The Atlantic, and the NY times, are throwing hillary under the bus! How desperate is that??
And old joe bidet wants us to believe that with 9/11 coming up, with all sorts of filthy islamofascist terrorist pig threats, the president would not have been briefed on the security risks? Please! That is insulting to the voters to assert that.
P.S. The rationale for turning down the requests for more U.S. military/security forces was that a bunch of hired Libyan gunmen--the "February 17th Martyrs Brigade"--when combined with a few U.S. security personnel, could provide adequate security in chaotic, lawless, increasingly violent Benghazi.
What is the "February 17th Martyrs Brigade"?
Well, reportedly they're named after the incident on February 17th, 2006, when thousands of citizens of Benghazi attacked the Italian Consulate there, after the Italian Ambassador defended free speech on TV during the furor over the Muhammad cartoons.
So, just the armed Muslims who are likely to defend our diplomatic compound, American "unbelievers," and our way of life and values--including freedom of religion and free speech--against their fellow Muslims, friends, neighbors, and relatives in Benghazi.
Moreover, there have also been reports that the very Jihadi group, the Ansari al-Shari'a --that has been tagged as being the armed group that led the attack--is an offshoot of the February 17th Martyrs Brigade, as well as accusations that the members of "17th" who were supposedly providing security for our compound and diplomats just "faded away" immediately before the attack.
Oh, yeah, that was some world-class,dialed-in, intelligent, DOS management and decision making going on there.
The next question is, who kept/put these DOS functionaries in postions of power, who set the agenda and mind-set, who gave them their marching orders? And that would be Hillary Clinton.
However, Clinton is not her own free agent and did not work in a vacuum.
So, who gave her her marching orders, told her what the tone to be set would be, what policies would be followed and what policies would not, what was permissible and desired, and what was to be avoided and unacceptable?
And that would be Obama, the current Captain of the Ship of State, who picks the ship's crew, sets the course, and who is then responsible for everything they do and everything that happens on his watch.
No, everyone does not love Hillary these days. She is the same today as she was in Arkansas and in the WH. She is a liar and a crook and will do anything for power and money. She has been in the middle of many a mess in Washington and has slipped by unscathed. She never shed a tear when her "best" friend was murdered at Ft. Marcy park. Chris Stevens, according to her, was her friend. With friends like Hillary, who needs enemies.
And again I ask, how is it that Obama is not responsible for his own Sec State and State Dept, but GWB is responsible for the fallout over Katrina? Helluva job Clinton = helluva job, Brownie.
No way does Obama succeed in distancing himself enough from this debacle. To plead ignorance on his part is to plead incompetence and negligent disregard for the requirements of his office. It doesn't MATTER to me if he knew or not, he should have. Epic fail.
Although the State Department (Hillary) is saying they knew all along that it wasn't the video, "Ambassador" Patrick Kennedy, functionary-for-life in the SD bureaucracy, sat in the House Oversight Committee hearing last week (we too watched the whole thing) and repeated over and over again that he'd have said the same thing Susan Rice said on the Sunday morning shows 9/16.
There is still a huge credibility gap here that cannot and should not be ignored.
Well, it’s not like there’s any danger of this stuff crossing the porous border into the US… Tepojaco (Mexico) (AFP) – Mexican authorities scrambled Wednesday to find a truck containing “extremely dangerous” radioactive material used in medical treatment that was stolen by two gunmen two days ago, officials said. The white Volkswagen Worker truck was transporting a teletherapy device containing cobalt-60 when it was stolen Monday in the central Hidalgo state town of Tepojaco, near Mexico City, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. (Snip)So they found the container, just not the incredibly dangerous material that was in it. The
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I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
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Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
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