More than two weeks after four Americans -- including the U.S. ambassador to Libya -- were killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, FBI agents have not yet been granted access to investigate in the eastern Libyan city, and the crime scene has not been secured, sources said."They've gotten as far as Tripoli now, but they've never gotten to Benghazi," CNN National Security Analyst Fran Townsend said Wednesday, citing senior law enforcement officials.
I'm impressed that CNN has somebody as legit as Fran Townsend as an analyst. Also, I had no idea she's so gorg...I was surfing the other night and paused while she was talking to Anderson about this. I'm inclined to give CNN some love because of this excellent reporting (finding the journal and whatnot). (I still say they should move right since Fox is moving left and leaving that niche open.)
This whole thing is a debacle of the highest order. I've seen some speculation that Stevens was investigating arms movements to terrorists and felt they were targeting him for that. We'll never know now.
Let's treat an attack on our embassy/consulate as a crime scene. Yep -those FBI agents can dig through the contaminated crime scene, arrest a couple of perps and read them their Miranda rights - just wonderful. It's not a war on terror anymore. What's next? McGruff the Dog instructing little Muslim children to just say no to terror?
If the media wants to do cover for Obama they will and nothing will work its way into the news to the large majority of Americans who only listen at 6pm and 10pm. The media must be stopped in this blatant campaigning for Obama. They have lost credibility to only those who pay attention. Sadly that is not enough to win an election and the media knows it.
None of this matters about national security. The only thing the press and Obama are peddling is that Mitt paid 14% on his taxes, no mention that it was the second tax since it is on investment income. So, the whole issue of greed, envy and who has a bigger pile of stuff can resonate with the 47% who, yes, depend on govt. They are not all freeloaders. But, they all depend on govt. That should wake them up that govt has nothing unless they first take it from someone, but somehow they shut off their brains after "He has more" and hear not one other thing.
So our FBI agents can’t even get into the area to investigate the “crime scene,” heh. Just goes to show you how little respect our cringing, apologetic, nasty little Uriah Heep of a President and the U.S gets, after he has done his little sniffling, bowing, and scraping routine all over the world.
What should have happened is that an hour or two after the attack a whole hell of a lot of American firepower should have landed in front of our diplomatic compound, commandos should have secured the area, picked up anyone still in the area for very rough questioning, and military investigators should have started to investigate this terror attack, and the officials in Benghazi and Libya should have been told that they were responsible for security and failed—likely deliberately in cooperation with the attacker’s plan, and that unless they wanted their city and a good portion of the country leveled and a lot more people shot they should be very, very anxious to cooperate.
The conjecture, or perhaps more accurately allegation, I favor is that Stevens was on an errand to negotiate sequestration of weapons the US had supplied to anti-Gadhafi forces, which were now at risk of falling into al Queda hands. The meeting was to be off record, and hence the Benghazi consulate venue without a Marine security team, but rather two civilian former SEALs.
The whole affair was an al Queda trap, as the Ambassador suspected and noted in his journal, and ended badly. He has been sent on a fool’s errand by an embarrassingly naïve Kumbaya SOS and CIC, who immediately ducked under their cover story of a movie trailer protest, a cover that was equally embarrassing in its amateurish implausibility.
The Secretary’s shaken demeanor at the ceremony receiving the bodies of the fallen Americans back in the US was understandable. Unlike political wars she was accustomed to, these skirmishes were for keeps, and lives, not elections, are lost. Sending good men to their deaths is haunting.
And it should be haunting as well to an electorate that sent a boy-child to do a man’s Presidency and a girl-child to do an adult’s diplomacy job.
Amateur hour in the White House cost good men their lives because in 2008 the nation chose poorly. Pray it does better in 2012.
What a joke. Talk about a"contaminated crime scene."
The equivalent of half the Bulgarian army has by now tramped through this supposed "crime scene," for almost two weeks, and smashed or stolen whatever was left unburnt or valuable and picked up their souvenirs.
Hell, days ago even CNN reporters had already been through, sifted through the scene, and found the Ambassador's private diary.
Just pathetic and totally symptomatic of Obama's cringing, apologetic, flaccid, impotent, fantasy-based, hate-America, kick me again, so called "foreign policy."
#22, has it right. Obama and Hillary cannot comment. It is under investigation. As Hillary was fond of saying back before 2000, "We have to get all the facts first." Yeah, right. Then she goes on to try to cover up as many facts as possible. This is her M.O.
...what did Valerie Plame do, or not do about 5 years ago that got Chrissy Matthews and Lawrence O'Donnell so worked up?
You're looking really sharp Brian Williams--your snappy ties just make my day. And what about that rooster on CBS' Evening News--what's he have to say about our CIC and SOState's continuos fibbing to the American people...?
Are we going to receive a public apology from UN Ambassador Susan Rice anytime soon for purposely deceiving about the cause of the Benghazi attack?
Susan Patton, the Princeton alumna who became famous for her letter urging Ivy League women to use their college years to find a mate, has been denounced as a traitor to feminism, to coeducation, to the university ideal. But really she’s something much more interesting: a traitor to her class. Her betrayal consists of being gauche enough to acknowledge publicly a truth that everyone who’s come up through Ivy League culture knows intuitively —
A New York hedge fund manager allegedly swindles $12 million from a prominent Baltimore family. An Indiana couple is accused of bilking hundreds of customers by charging for free trials of cosmetic products. A financial manager in Texas promises 23-percent returns but absconds with $33.5 million of his investors’ money in a classic Ponzi scheme.All three cases have one thing in common: money that ended up in offshore accounts and trusts set up in tax havens around the world.
Former News Corp president Peter Chernin has bid around $500 million for Hulu, the online video streaming service he helped create in 2007, according to two sources with knowledge of Hulu´s sale process. The website, jointly controlled by News Corp and Walt Disney Co, reached out to potential buyers in March after initially contemplating a deal in which one would buy out the other. It is not clear whether that transaction is still being contemplated.
After lengthy investigations, the Pentagon has determined that three Army generals committed misconduct in separate incidents, adding to an unusually long list of senior military commanders who have been censured over the past year.On Friday, defense officials confirmed that Army Maj. Gen. Ralph O. Baker, the commander of a strategic counterterrorism force on the Horn of Africa, was fired March 28 on charges of sexual misconduct. Two officials familiar with the case said Baker was investigated for allegedly groping a female civilian employee after he had been drinking.
The Obama administration appeared eager Thursday to downplay the North Korean military’s latest threat that it has the final authority to carry out “cutting-edge, smaller, lighter and diversified” nuclear strikes on the United States.“This is just the latest in a long line of aggressive statements,” (Snip)the recent tension between Washington and Pyongyang “does not need to get hotter.”The remarks were the first public reaction from the Obama administration since Wednesday’s claim by the North Korean military that the “moment of explosion is approaching fast” with the possibility of war breaking out “today or tomorrow.”
President Obama´s biggest gaffe yesterday when speaking of California Attorney General Kamala Harris was not in flirtatiously complimenting her as "the best-looking attorney general," but in introducing an observation from the system of beauty into a forum that was about the system of power.What´s that, you say? Irin Carmon does a great job in Salon in laying out the bounds of propriety for when it´s appropriate to talk about a woman´s looks as a general matter. But I´ve long felt we lack a solid theoretical underpinning for easily discussing these issues, and why precisely it is that
Political scientist Charles Murray has never backed away from controversy, but usually his opponents have been liberals. Friday, however, he managed to upset conservatives at the annual conference known as CPAC, where thousands of bewildered Republicans gathered to figure out the way forward after their party’s 2012 electoral defeat. Murray ditched his prepared remarks on “America Coming Apart” in favor of an impromptu admonition to fellow conservatives to accept the legalization of both gay marriage and abortion.
VATICAN CITY—It took Jorge Mario Bergoglio four minutes to convince fellow cardinals he was their leader. Speaking in the Paul VI grand hall of the Vatican, the Argentine cardinal warned the Catholic Church against focusing too much on matters close to home—advice that came against the backdrop of a papacy that had been consumed by infighting among Vatican officials, a dwindling flock in Europe and secular trends in the West. The 76-year-old Father Jorge, as he is known back home, said Roman Catholicism needed to shift its focus outward, to the world beyond Rome—rather than being "self-referential," he said.
When President Obama gets to Jerusalem next week, one of the signals to listen for is an indication of what country he thinks he’s in. Normally this is clear when the President — any president — goes to the capital of a foreign country. He’s in whatever country the capital is capital of. But Mr. Obama has been refusing to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Not only that, but he has been refusing to admit that Jerusalem is even in Israel.
Approaching his first presidential trip to Israel, President Obama offered a fresh and foolish — if not feckless — assessment of the Iranian nuclear threat. "Right now, we think it would take over a year or so for Iran to actually deliver a nuclear weapon, but obviously we don’t want to cut it too close,” the President told an Israeli television interviewer, in the process cutting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu off at the knees and giving the mullahs breathing room to keep enriching uranium.
I hope I´m not too late to the fight.Last week, freshman Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) held an old-fashioned filibuster against the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA. Paul´s stated reason for taking to the floor and talking for 13 hours was that the Obama administration wouldn´t give him a straight answer on the question of whether the president can unilaterally order the killing of American citizens on American soil with "lethal force, such as a drone strike … and without trial."
An unfortunate story on CBS New York Thursday carried this headline: "Officials: 80 Percent Of Recent NYC High School Graduates Cannot Read." It´s a shocker, but it´s also untrue. And to make things worse, the story that followed was riddled with typos. According to the New York Post, which reported the same story earlier on Thursday, "79.3 percent of city public-school grads who went to CUNY’s six two-year colleges arrived without having mastered the basics" of reading, writing, and math, and had to take non-credit remedial classes to catch up.
Though the Obama administration said that individuals making under $45,960 would get Obamacare subsidies, low-income young people in most of America´s big cities who relied on that promise are discovering they will be ineligible for them. According to a CNN report, though young people are now required to purchase insurance under Obamacare or pay a fine, "many low-income younger Americans won´t get any subsidy at all" because, as the Obama administration claims, the "cost of insurance is lower than the government initially expected." In April, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius "told a
JERUSALEM -- Israel´s prime minister has criticized the international community´s nuclear deal with Iran as a "historic mistake." Speaking to his Cabinet, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel is not bound by the deal and reserves the right to defend itself. That is a reference to possible military action against Iran. Israel believes Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon, although Tehran denies that. Netanyahu said the deal would not adequately stop Iran, while also giving it relief from sanctions. "Today the world became a much more dangerous place because the most dangerous regime in the world
The sounds of Christmas in the Obama White House mean James Taylor, Mariah Carey and Nat King Cole. “The kids tease me that they know it’s Christmas when I pull out my playlist,” First Lady Michelle Obama tells Ladies’ Home Journal. The holiday tunes are accompanied by hot chocolate and a fire in the Yellow Oval room as President Obama and his family decorate their tree. “Christmas has always been a special time in my household,” Michelle Obama says in the December/January issue. “Growing up, we lived in a little-bitty apartment, but my mom put her heart and soul into decorating that house.”
“For the first time in nearly a decade we have halted parts of Iran’s nuclear program” announced a jubilant Barack Obama after the news of the just-signed Geneva six-month interim agreement with Iran. But the American goal for the accord was that the Iranians not “advance their program” of building a uranium nuclear bomb (and perhaps a plutonium bomb too); the apparent deal exactly permits such advancement, plus sanctions relief to Tehran worth about $9 billion. This wretched deal offers one of those rare occasions when comparison with Neville Chamberlain in Munich in 1938 is valid. An overeager Western government, blind to
Bankrupt and hemorrhaging population, the city of Detroit is banking on greener pastures to lead its rebirth. A private company is snapping up 150 acres on the Motor City´s East End -- property where more than 1,000 homes once formed a gritty neighborhood -- and turning it into what is being billed as the world´s largest urban farm. Hantz Woodlands plans to start by planting trees, but hopes to raise crops and even livestock in the future, right in the midst of the once-proud city. “We are interested with moving into different types of agriculture,” Mike Score, president of Hantz,
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The Obamacare rollout remains a debacle, but now enough time has passed that smart people are beginning to dissect what went wrong. So far, the best take I´ve seen comes from Internet pioneer Clay Shirky, who notes that the politicians weren´t listening to the people doing the actual work. I was talking about this to my Administrative Law class not long ago. I had told them that there are few real secrets in D.C. because everyone sleeps with everyone else. A student then asked why both the administration and the GOP seemed to have been blindsided by the Obamacare website problems. "I guess nobody was sleeping with the techies,"
Appearing on Arsenio Hall’s talk show over the weekend, ?Jesse Jackson defended both President Obama, who he said has faced heretofore unseen advsersity as president, as well as Jackson’s embattled son, who he said “had the best voting record in the Congress” before he was sentenced by unfair laws. On the president, Jackson praised him for “serving us well against the most hostility an American president has ever had” and “more attempts to derail his legislation then in the history of the country.” Between job creation and his efforts in Iraq, President Obama has “maintained a kind of dignity” without stooping
America has long had two embassies in Italy: One for the country, the other for the Holy See. Barbie Latza Nadeau on why soon there will be only one. Citing security concerns without naming a specific threat, the U.S. State Department is planning to shutter its embassy to the Holy See inside the lush Villa Domiziana overlooking the Circus Maximus and Palatine Hill in central Rome. The embassy, which has been in operation since 1984 when Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II signed an accord, will essentially be swallowed up by the larger, more influential U.S. embassy to Italy.
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"I cannot tell a lie." That´s the signature line from a classic American story. When the nation´s first president was asked as a boy if he had chopped down his father´s cherry tree, he didn´t say "I can neither confirm nor deny those reports," or "it depends on what the meaning of the word ´is´ is." George Washington told the truth even if it got him in trouble. The moral of the story -- Washington was a great leader because he would not lie, and all presidents should be as honest as our founding father. Well, guess what? That story about