The Republicans, apparently with nothing better to do, are still chasing their tails over the tragic events in Benghazi on September 11.Actually, no. That’s not true. They’re chasing their tails over what happened after the tragic events of September 11. They’re mostly concerned that the Obama Administration tried to cover up the fact that this was a terrorist attack by a local militia (translation: local street gang) which aspired toward bad-butt Al Qaeda status. This is a pretty hard sell since, the day after the attack, the President called it an “act of terror.”
Comments: This is unbelievable, even for Joe Klein. He actually blames Republicans for cutting the embassy security budget. His last paragraph ends by complaining about Republicans wanting to cut spending. This is your Kneepad Media, folks.
Does rge writer truly believe what he is saying and insinuating? Who can say? I am not sure which would be worse: that he knows better and is pretending otherwise, or that he is perfectly sincere.
This would seem to be a man who like many in the media has made a Faustian bargain and sold his soul to the devil. It is terribly sad to see Americans behaving this way. It is hard to see how the Republic can survive a bien-pensant who thinks -or claims to think- the way Joe Klein does.
#9 Liberals love the Truth, but not always the truth. Winston Churchill once said to Joseph Stalin about secret war plans, "The truth is so precious that it must be protected by a body guard of lies." Stalin appreciated the remark, as it described precisely the communist philosophy. When the goal is Good, it may be advanced by all means, including evil.
Hey Joe, who gave the stand down order? Why aren´t the lawyers getting the top secret clearance they need? I´m pretty sure the Boston Marathon Bomber got his lawyer within a about a heart beat. In this case Joe, Amb. Sevens did request more security. Why didn´t he get it. If he was so lax then his request should have sent up all sorts of red flags.
Then why, Joe, are the 30+ Benghazi survivors under lock and key by the Obama adminstration? What´s to hide? Where was Obama during the "tragic events"? He was AWOL and left Hillary and Panetta in charge after 5pm and did not reappear until the next day. Why? Did the Obama CIA gun smuggling to Syrian rebels go bad? Well, that wasn´t going to interfere with The Won´s election chances nor Hillary´s 2016 run. If people had to die, so be it. After all, they can always depends on media hacks like Joe Klein to run cover for them.
OF COURSE, IT´S POLITICAL, you knucklehead! Obama´s decision to take no action during the attack, and then cover up the facts and blame an anti-muslim video, and then ship off and sequester the US survivors so they can´t seak out, meanwhile taking no action to find the terrorists and brig them to justice was a POLITICAL ACT BY OBAMA, in the 6 weeks before an election. Obama was derelict in his duty as C-in-C, and deserted his post to go fund-raising. THAT was political. He deserves a prison sentence for this.
I know people who are absurdly proud of calling themselves progressives. They think it actually means they are good people because the word ´progress´ is in there. No kidding. I think this describes a large number of leftists. And this is why they will never admit there is anything wrong with their leftists policies or their Marxist president. To do so would hurt their self-image as good people, because they have nothing to fall back - no real ethical system, no acts of charity, no search for a more meaningful existence. Their moral identity is completely tied to politics, which is of course why it is so barren.
There could be a videotape of Valerie Jarrett ordering the stand down order and telling Obama to get some rest before his Vegas trip and they would still defend him. They will never admit they are wrong and they will do anything to stay in power.
Joe, if someone at Time decided that reporters didn´t need a desk, a phone, a computer, or access to the building outside working hours, would that be below the pay grade of the Editor? There were warning that were acted on by other nations but ignored by the US State Department. An attack happened and no rescue was attempted. After the attack, the truth was buried and replaced with fiction.
ST. PAUL, Minn. Jeff Ansorge once commanded a staff of 17 and made around $80,000 a year as executive chef at a posh downtown Minneapolis restaurant where a 24-ounce dry aged Porterhouse steak goes for $48. But he gave it all up to become the head cook of a Salvation Army soup kitchen, where the meals are free. Now he brings his culinary skills to bear making salmon, ribs and stews for the poor and homeless who come to The Salvation Army Eastside Corps Community Center in St. Paul. For the Thanksgiving meal that’s being served Wednesday, Ansorge planned a traditional
The National Park Service is not interested in coming up with plans to let states pay to keep parks open should another government shutdown occur, a service official testified late last week to a House subcommittee.Park Service Comptroller Bruce Sheaffer said a bill to require such planning for all 401 national parks could take too much time and money — a position that was blasted as “atrocious” by the subcommittee chairman. The Provide Access and Retain Continuity Act was one of two bills in response to the October shutdown of the federal government, when the closure of parks like the
They work until 11 at night, lug 40-pound garment bags throughout the city and get scolded for not adhering tape to mood boards correctly. And yet being a Condé Nast intern remains one of the most coveted, sought-after unpaid jobs in town.To an aspiring media-ite, a Condé internship is a stiletto stacked in prestige wrapped in promises of opportunity. It is a fancy incubator for future media power players: Fashion designer Whitney Port, author Lauren Conrad and beauty blogger Emily Weiss all got their start interning at the media mammoth. So you can imagine the surprise when, last month, Condé
The Obama administration plans to delay by a full month the open enrollment period for Obamacare´s second year, in a move that a Republican campaign strategist called ´nakedly political.´ According to Healthcare.gov, the Department of Health and Human Service´s official online portal for the Affordable Care Act, enrollment for 2015 is scheduled to begin on October 15, 2014 and end on December 7. But an HHS official said Thursday that the schedule has been bumped back, beginning on November 15, 2014 and ending on January 15, 2015. That timetable will ensure that the midterm elections come and go before the new
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina said Tuesday that it will raise rates as much as 24 percent on 2013 individual health insurance plans that are being extended next year. The increase is double the price inflation for the same health plans just a year ago, but many Blue Cross customers who have grumbled about rising costs in past years are cheering the news this time. The health plans in question were slated for elimination under the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s health care law, but Blue Cross said last week it would offer the plans next year. President
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) says everyone should stop talking so much about the 2016 presidential race, because doing so hurts President Obama, who´s only a year into his second term. "In this sense, I feel badly for President Obama. He just won a year ago, and everybody´s like, ´So, who´s next?´" Christie said Monday night at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council. "There is work to be done in this country. And as we shove him out the door, we minimize his ability to be an effective executive. And we shouldn´t do that." Even as he urged people to focus
I recently wrote on an unreported situation involving Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh (“The unreported scandal,” Nov. 3 and TribLIVE.com). But it has been misinterpreted on two scores, which I´d like to clarify. But first, a summary of what I said.Dan Rooney has been a big advocate of Barack Obama since 2008. Rooney recently hosted a promotional event for ObamaCare at Heinz Field. He did so with Kathleen Sebelius, architect of Obama´s Health and Human Services mandate requiring all religious institutions to fund abortion drugs — no conscientious objection permitted. It´s so egregious that
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
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.
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
A stunning new study unveiled on Fox News´ Hannity finds that President Barack Obama’s White House calendar records just one face-to-face meeting between Obama and his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the more than three-and-a-half years leading up to the disastrous Obamacare launch. The startling statistic comes from a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) analysis of Obama’s own official White House calendar, as well as the Politico presidential calendar, and raises new questions about Obama’s executive leadership and management throughout the implementation of his singular legislative achievement. More alarming still, the president’s schedule lists 277 private
[Video] President Obama on Wednesday declared that addressing income inequality would be the focus of “all” of the White House’s efforts “for the rest of my presidency.” In a sweeping address that touched on raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure and ending tax breaks for the wealthy, Obama warned that the American economy has become “profoundly unequal,” declaring economic mobility the “challenge of our time.” “The combined trends of increasing inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe,” he said in an hour-long
Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin‘s (R-AK) mouth. Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast, but a chorus of critics continued to demand action against the host. After a reported “vacation” for the host earlier this week, Bashir announced, Wednesday afternoon, that MSNBC and Martin Bashir are parting ways. Here’s the statement from Martin Bashir, via email: After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon