You have probably heard about it, but if you haven’t yet read the email exchange between Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Philippe Reines, Hillary Clinton’s personal spokesman, and Michael Hastings of BuzzFeed, you should read it in its entirety. It begins with Hastings asking legitimate questions about the State Department’s Libya fiasco. The immediate subject was CNN’s discovery of Ambassador Chris Stevens’s diary at the unguarded consulate in Benghazi: Hey Philippe: A few quick questions for you. Why didn’t the State Department search the consulate and find AMB Steven’s diary first?
Comments: Why is it "progressives" always seem to have so very, very, very much to hide?
It really is mind boggling how a CNN reporter can wander in and find this diary but there was no one from our government in there scrubbing the place.
The media has been eating on of their own in condemning CNN for it's supposed breach of promise.Of course this will all get whitewashed in this investigation.Maybe they'll send Holder's inspector general to check things out.
There's no doubt in my mind that this place was unmanned and unarmed so as not to offend the muslims.An ambassador pays with his life,while Obama goes on Letterman and the View to spew his propaganda.
In the liberal hive mind, anyone daring to ask questions can be flamed, swore at, threatened, audited, targeted, flagged on a no-fly list, etc. All justified by the audacity to ask the President to explain himself.
The lies of Obama's State Department have simply collapsed of their own stupidity. This is all about the Obama campaign, not leadership or even security. Obama can be very callous with other peoples lives. Witness Ft Hood Texas and the Fast and Furious 'gunwalking' murders in Mexico.
The dogs in the street knew that another 9-11 attack was a welcome back Carter moment. The Rodeo Clown media caused such a distraction that PIAPS and Barry X skated for a week. Now the truth is out. So now the plot is to say that it's being investigated. Little George Romney is so timid that he is in the Mittness Protection Program. The Republic is in peril.
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#9, defend your comments regarding Romney. He made an excoriating criticism against the Obama regime 15 hours after the original assault which drew liberal criticism. What is it that you feel was lacking?
Knock off the snark, #9. To quote Donald Rumsfeld, "You go to war with the army you have, not the one you want." Mitt Romney is our candidate and our only hope to drive Obama out of office and save this country. He isn't my own first choice, but he is our only choice. Get behind him and support him, or shaddup.
Hillary is in entire disarray. She runs the State Department. This is her disaster and they are trying to cover her butt which is too big to cover. What bothers me is that Hillary and Obama act like this is a "ho-hum" incident which they can brush off by accusing a video of starting it. They are totally incompetent and callous. Thank goodness, CNN filled in some blanks.
The Consulate in Bhengazi is NOT a crime scene, but a place where an act of war occurred. So now the Obama Regime has returned to the days of Bill Clinton where every act of terror was a crime? How convenient for the State Dept and others to plead no comment because of an ongoing investigation.
ive never liked hillary...never......and i sure as hades dont want her in 2016......this creep in the state dept is typical of the kinds of people...like HUMA that she picks......i hope romney wins and starts turning things around...that will make hillary a BUMP IN THE ROAD.....
Philippe Reines has been Hillar's "fixer" since at least 2003. Politico slammed him for the misspelling on the Russian "RESET" button. He gets an 85% gaydar rating at a site that gives such ratings.
In its Dec 2009 profile of Hillary Clinton, Vogue magazine described him as Clinton's "Michael Clayton-esque image man and fixer." In March 2010, The Washington Post's WhoRunsGov included him in its Power 25: Press series, and in July 2010, Politico included Reines in their 50 Politicos to Watch list, categorizing him as a "fixer."
It's not clear to me what business he has being in the State Department other than her wanting him by her side.
I'm with #19 - I think a Libyan "protester" snatched up that diary and who knows what else to sell to the highest bidder. CNN has about the same credibility as 0bama and Hillary - none! Alternatively, if CNN did find it laying around I say it was placed by some of our guys who wanted the real story to get out and not be buried in Hillary's sock drawer.
#26 has a very plausible explanation. But we can't underestimate the incompetence of governmental types. Didn't Greta Van Susteren stumble across bones after the Washington D.C. police had tried to find evidence in Chandra Levy's murder?
I know a woman who works for State and is always raving about how wonderful Hillary is - because she works hard at making sure that women at State get promotions that they didn't used to get. Is that why she was caught flat-footed on this terrorist attack? Too busy getting promotions for her feminazi sisters?
This administration think they are all teflons but they certainly do lack street smarts, don't know how to cover their tracks. So keeping in mind that doing nothing is their modus, ok that works when it comes to the desire for a situation to collapse. However it might be time to show a little initiative, put forth a little energy/effort to cover one's tracks after the initial scam. The cat getting out of the bag is YOUR fault, NOT CNN's.
We need to find a kindergarden teacher to remind hillary it is easier to tell the truth than to lie again and again-bound to catch up to ya eventually.
The admin should have arrived on the scene immediately and scrubbed it but they are just tooo lazy. In this situation, they just totally rolled over, probably thought they'd scare everyone into staying away from the incident site by proclaiming, "not safe", so there was theoretically nothing to worry about. BTW - why is it such a surprise the diary was laying around for four days? Those arab animals can't read english, are only looking for known valuables. Why pick up a piece of garbage kicking around?
So now Hildebeast etc have the audacity to cite protocol in regards to CNN's actions?! Puh leez-bamboozler inc wrote the book on bad taste. No dice-too little, too late, slackers. Suck it up beast. It's your baby, your conceived it, you delivered it, you spanked it-live with it, own it, accept responsibility for a change. It'll be GOOD 4 U.
This State Department Spokesclown is a perfect example of the quality of persons infesting Washington, D.C. by the hundreds of thousands these days. These New Feudalists are distinguished by their arrogance, ignorance, vulgarity and incompetence.
They see themselves as members of The New Nobility, endowed by their worthless diplomas from overpriced institutions of "higher education" with the right and patent to rule over and talk down to The New Serf Class -- that is, most of their fellow Americans. Casual obscenities are one of their most cherished tools of trade.
The only conclusion you can make is that the flapeared one must be thrown out of office. Impeachment is called for and that mideast nonsense must be also pumished and very severely. I'm talking about bullets in guns and boots raiding the muzzies and extracting the punishment they deserve.
Hillary has no class. Is it particularly surprising that her underlings haven't any, either? Most of us around here have known for years that the Department of State, whether under Republican or Democratic administrations, is with very few exceptions a repository for bureaucratic nincompoops who barely grasp the significance of what's happening around the world, and even if they did, they don't seem capable of acting in our or in our allies' interests.
By now it is clear that most teachers in government schools are more interested in serving themselves than in educating children. Similarly, most career diplomats in State are going through the motions, waiting to cash that government check. Employment opportunities, not serving the interests of the Unites States of America, are what move them. State, which along with Treasury, Justice, and Defense are the only four cabinet level agencies that are constitutional and necessary, ought to be cleaned out and restaffed. There aren't nearly enough real professionals up there.
OP, the answer to your question is that they must hide things because to tell the truth, an unthinkable action, would blow the cover of their communist agenda. "Progressives" cannot afford to tell the truth -- it would precipitate their losing in massive numbers in every endeavor they attempt.
That's why Obama has so many secrets and it's why this Administration is about as transparent as my behind.
I believe that obama has been completely left out of the "loop" as regards this operatiom. It was a total State Dep't issue after the "attacks" on the Consulate,with the support of the CIA. obama was only informed of State's actions,but has not been an initiater. HAD he been told about cnn's purchace of the "book" he would have had to throw open the inveatigation,publically,via his Press Sect'y and that would have the initial story of "the video" out mush sooner.
I don't even believe he knows which decisions are made, he is just informed that they have been made. He's the Court Jester...the deflection Clown. The Czars meet,decide and inform Bozo.
The underling has obviously adopted the foul language of his boss. He's heard it so much he has become de-sensitized. It simply flows from his mind. I hate to think that the people representing our country present such a vulgar front.
The POTUS and the PIAPS don't trust one another, he sends her all over the planet, sleep-deprived and cracking up, in order to keep her out of his hair in DC, while BillyJeff is out defending 0 in order to facilitate PIAPS' future ascension to the throne, no wonder we are so effed up right now.
The Obama image is and always has been, based on perception... marketing; presenting the Obama they want you to see and hiding the Obama they don't. He still believes he, with the help of media, can sell himself again to an ignorant public and he's not far from doing it. He is an inept progressive liberal, nothing more, willing to do whatever it takes to get elected. He lies, tells half-truths and dodges every question that might reveal who he is. Since the media and marketing are one and the same, Obama has enjoyed their cover, as they deny the public the truth about this man and his screw-ups. He is a product like a pair of shoes and the public, conditioned by marketing will litterally buy him agian. They have been taught to not deny themselves even when they know better. GOD HELP US!!
PIAPS Hillary thinks she is entitled to be president in 2016 based on her lies and the terrible job she is doing by aiding and abetting Obama in his folly. Obama's speech today at the UN blamed the 9/11 terrorist acts and the killing of the ambassador on a movie noone has seen. He also never said they were terrorist attacks. duh BO & Hill both have to go and take Moochelle with them.
I think this series of events firmly answers the question of whether the country would have been better off with Hillary winning the 2008 nomination instead of Barry.
They are equally competent.
My next paycheck says that all other embassies in the Middle East still post guards with empty weapons and will continue the practice until the death toll rises into the hundreds with the next hostile incident.
About the State Department: #24 says it, but what is anyone doing about it? The degeneration of "diplomatic" language is only symptomatic of the infestation. No wonder our nation has lost so much respect in the world.
As to the "document" itself, this article and the email exchange it references cover the salient points. It's time for a Congressional investigation and subpoena of the document so that the late Amb. Stevens' voice can be heard from the grave.
The feral un state department is merely a training unit for our enemies. The sad part is that the American over stressed taxpayer has to pay for training enemy bur∅k-rats. ".... we pay for the means by which we suffer". Time for the Red Queen.
I still find it hard to believe that thanks to the 2 seals that ran into the fight, the ambassador had 3 times the protection he would have had without them. And then State left the grounds unprotected for days after it was overrun.
re used ......... .The USA will be able to feed all our Beef supplying animals for the next ten years from the Straw Man Obama built at his UN SPEECH. [Yes he did build that] to save Hillary and his Administration FROM ANY responsibility for the Murder of those at the Embassy.
Suffice to say that Carney got too wrapped up in the spin to get out of it and nobody stopped to think about important evidence left in the consulate building. All he had to do is be straight up and Obie might have earned a few points of support. But, as we know, the left tends to be closed in its approach and the state department's handling of the matter definitely reflects this.
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The Miss USA pageant was last night; it was won by Erin Brady, Miss Connecticut: (image) There is an interesting trend toward the Northeast in Miss USA, as last year’s winner (and this year’s Miss Universe) was Olivia Culpo, Miss Rhode Island. But today’s news about the pageant focused less on Miss Brady than on Marissa Powell, Miss Utah. Miss Powell was the third runner-up, but she was deemed to have said something stupid during the question session. The New York Post’s account is typical:
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