Republicans escalated their charges against the Obama administration for alleged failures in handling last month’s Libya attack, thrusting the death of the U.S. ambassador there into the center of the presidential campaign Friday. Mitt Romney accused his rival of “doubling down on denial” about the true origins of the Sept. 11 siege in Benghazi, which senior Obama officials initially said appeared to be an outgrowth of anti-American protests, not terrorism. Whether the administration has truthfully disclosed what it knew about the perpetrators of the attacks became a flash point
Hillary sets up a straw man - 'we never said we had all the answers.' (NO one said they did - all they did was send the dimwitted susan rice out to lie. That is almost as bad as al quaeda finding retarded children to become suicide bombers.)
Charlene Lamb at the State Dept. watched the attack in REAL TIME and was in communication with those in Benghazi. This came out at the hearing on Wednesday. It was known immediately that the "protest" was fictional.
The US State Department spent tens of thousands of dollars on a re-charging station for Chevy Volts at Vienna's US Embassy and REPEATEDLY DENIED added security for the consulate in Benghazi? They used four-dollar- an-hour unarmed guards to secure that Libyan consulate?
I am not sure which group thrown under the bus is more dangerous for Obama/Biden. If you say that the white house was ignorant of the request and resulting denial for more security in Benghazi, in means that Hillary did not know what her organization was doing. Or perhaps she knew but the white house got no information in their briefing. If you say the "intelligence community" did not know what was going on in Benghazi, you have some really angry spooks out there. Just own it fellas!
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Bad Dog, 10/13/2012 7:41:38 AM (No. 8929809)
Again, this administration is NOT merely incompetent ... they are evil. There is something afoot here that goes beyond our imaginations.
My theory is that the October Surprise was commenced a month earlier, in September, on the 11th no less. I'll even go so far as to say the Cairo upheaval was instigated at the same time for the same reason.
Global security expert Tony Shaffer was just on Fox and Friends, and he said he reviewed the entire hearing again. According to him, THERE ARE CLUES in the answers given that tell him this will blow wide open within the next 3 weeks. Our intel agencies are NOT going down at the manipulation of this White House team. I sensed clues were being given at the time, but I'm not a super-smart and I can't put my finger on them and tie them up. But I'll guaran-dang-tee that it's bad and it leads DIRECTLY back to the top, the VERY top.
Shaffer also said there were things going on in that consulate in Benghazi that needed to be denied, destroyed, covered up. Whether poor Ambassador Stevens was intentionally killed (RAPED and killed!) is a big question I have.
Was this all staged? Why?! Pre-election martial law here? Cancellation of the election altogether?
We are witnessing a presidential race that is Good vs. Evil personified.
I want answers, and I want them IMMEDIATELY. Issa needs another hearing, ASAP.
... So, if the State Department and intelligence community were doing their jobs, the security requests and reasons given by the Lybian embassy would have been part of the daily presidential briefings. Right? ... So, if this president were doing his job, he would have known that security was denied. Then, of course, he would have been informed of the beginning attacks. Right? ... So, for the White House to keep denying they knew ANYTHING is an admission that they are not paying attention to the Middle East terrorism against the U.S. and are not interested.
This is the Washington Post. Now 'protest because of an anti-Islamic video' has been shortened to just an 'anti-American protest,' Wrongly demonizing an American expressing free speech now needs to be forgotten.
Come on Langley, step into the ring and deliver the knock out punch to this hideous mess. As usual, it's the cover up which comes back to bite you on the butt. It's past time for zippy and PIAPS to get bit.
I saw the Shaffer interview on Fox and Friends as well. Shaffer said he has been hearing from many in the intelligence community he has never spoken with before. He said the administration is covering up something that will make them look very bad in the eyes of the American people. My impression was that Mr Shaffer knew what it would be, and he seemed to indicate it could come out in the next few weeks. A Congressman from PA who serves on the oversight committee was also on later and said the budget for State had been increased by five million dollars for 2012 due to concerns in the Middle East. He said the priorities at State seemed to be off since they were spending large in European embassies for Chevy Volts and charging stations, to impress the EU, instead of for security for ambassadors in unsafe places.
The most important mission for Paul Ryan during the vice-presidential debate was to get the administration on the record on three things; why did the white house say it was not a terrorist attack, who told them this, and who denied the request for more security by the ambassador. Ryan was about 75% successful. In the course of the debate, he got Biden on record that the intelligence agencies told the white house the attack grew out of an anti-video demonstration. That can be verified. Basically Biden threw the CIA under the bus. I doubt that they will take that lying down. Watch for "leaks" over the next week. Biden tried to lie about when the white house knew it was a terrorist attack, again, this is going to come out, most likely that they knew within 24 hours it was a terrorist attack. Lastly, Biden finished up by throwing the state department (Hilary) under the bus, for not approving additional security for the ambassador. These things are important for the next debate. Romney has the opportunity here to demand Obama fire Hillary for incompetence leading to the death of the ambassador. Obama can either fire her, which I don't see him doing, since he would have to face Bubba's wrath, or not fire her, and get hammered big time. I can see a future transcript of the upcoming debate:
-Romney "It seems Mrs Clintons job is a lot safer than the ambassador ever was." "Harry Truman used to say 'the buck stops here'. President Obama wants us to believe the buck never got here."
Biden was playing checkers on Thursday, Romney/Ryan were playing chess.
The truth will come out in the 'next few weeks'? Never mind running out the clock to attempt to save Obama's scrawny butt. We need it NOW, before Nov. 6.
The entire administration, all three branches, are setting new records for incompetence if not outright criminal behavior. Obama strutted around crowing that he killed bin Laden without having any idea that he was bear-baiting? Is he really that stupid or was it his intention to put the situation in Libya on high simmer?
As was inevitable, it boiled over, right on time, and the circular finger-pointing is in full swing.
There are people who know the truth - why not come out with it now? Does anyone care about this country at all?
In the meantime the Coptic Christian video maker is in Federal prison. His video "Innocence of Muslims" had 16,650,000 views in YouTube. Towards the end it is quite funny. It is only 13 minutes, everyone should watch it.
This is what you are missing. The President -- at the U.N. no less -- declares the revolt, rape, killing, and burning in Benghazi and elsewhere, to be the result of a Muslim "insulting" video. Clearly this is not true. But it is now irrelevant because he also said that the "future does not belong to those who slander [blaspheme]the prophet of Islam." What he has done is more than cover lying to cover his butt. He has collaborated in, and justified the murder of every non-dhimmified Christian who dares to profess his faith. If you say that Jesus Christ is God's essence and His only begotten Son, who saves us from sin, and tells us "There is no other way under God given among men whereby we must be saved" -- you slander the prophet of Islam. Al-Qaida just declared war on America and Israel, following Obama's casis belli at the U.N. So this "amateurish" man, who wears a ring with the Shahada on it, has given aid and comfort to the enemy. Would this be treason, Mr. Krauthammer? Obama is counting on the media voices and Congress to do nothing, because they are compromised, corrupt, fellow travellers. or "lacking in all conviction" and Biblical understanding. He is probably correct. But he also expects to be re-elected for the same reasons. Do not underestimate his strategy.
Lying is rampant in Washington with the 27/7 help of the TV Diane Sawyers, the Mafia Media, the Traitors to the Truth, the union of TV Traitors, millionaires bribed to lie and live in penthouses, drive around in limousines, only attend VIP parties where all the big liars gather together to re-affirm they're ALL ON THE TAKE. It just ain't right, and all this protectio has encouraged daring, bald faced, outrageous political lying like the Stevenson murders. New Media is bringing this to a Breitbartian Drudge like ending soon enough. Again, "the good news now, is we are getting most of the bad news quickly" !
FYI, I happen to be visiting Davis, California, home of a branch of the University of California. Here there are five registered Democrats for every registered Republicans, so sporting a Republican bumper sticker invites getting your car keyed, at the very least. In 2008, there were thousands of Obama bumper stickers. In 2012, I've seen only one or two. I wish that meant that Democrats have come to (what's left of) their senses, but I doubt it.
If Romney has been briefed since 9-11-12 as declared he already has the proof of the doubling down.He however has to let others out the truth because he has to maintain classified status. This also gives the intelligence officials the back up they need to make the administration crumble.
It's just too sad that we don't all realize how wonderful zero is:
"In today’s Washington Post, I quote NSC spokesman Tommy Vietor as explaining why his boss has skipped more than half his daily intelligence meetings since taking office – including every day in the week leading up to the attacks on our diplomatic facilities in Egypt and Libya: Obama, they say, doesn’t need briefers because he is just so much smarter than everyone else. As Vietor put it to me in an email, “Unlike your former boss [President Bush], he has it delivered to his residence in the morning and not briefed to him.”
The White House takes pride in the fact that Obama’s PDB is “not briefed to him” – because, they say, he is “among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet.” That hubris brings to mind this revealing quote from a September 2008 New York Times profile of Obama:
“I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters,” Mr. Obama told Patrick Gaspard, his political director, at the start of the 2008 campaign, according to The New Yorker. “I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m going to think I’m a better political director than my political director.”
So it should come as no surprise that apparently Barack Obama thinks he’s a better intelligence briefer than his intelligence briefers."
It may not fully make up for President Obama’s gutting of America’s manned spaceflight program, but for now it will have to do. Star Trek’s Galileo, the fiberglass shuttlecraft featured on the “The Galileo Seven” episode of the classic ’60s sci-fi series, was officially unveiled Wednesday at Space Center Houston, the official museum/visitor center of NASA´s Johnson Space Center, where it will remain on permanent display. If nothing else, the Galileo development program proved far less costly than NASA’s $9 billion next-generation space program, Constellation, which fell victim to Mr. Obama’s budget ax in 2010.
President Obama, who extolled the value of middle-class construction jobs during nearly five years of recession and recovery, has changed his tune to borderline contempt for the blue-collar jobs needed to build the Keystone oil pipeline. In a speech in Chattanooga, Tenn., Mr. Obama actually chuckled derisively Tuesday when he mentioned that Republican lawmakers are promoting the pipeline project for the thousands of jobs it would create over two years. “They keep on talking about this — an oil pipeline coming down from Canada that’s estimated to create about 50 permanent jobs,”
Two New York Times reporters recently posited for President Obama this grim scenario: Low growth, high unemployment, and growing income inequality become "the new normal" in the nation he leads. "Do you worry," the journalists asked him, "that that could end up being your legacy simply because of the obstruction ... and the gridlock that doesn´t seem to end?" Obama´s reply was telling. "I think if I´m arguing for entirely different policies and Congress ends up pursuing policies that I think don´t make sense and we get a bad result," he said, "it´s hard to argue that´d be my legacy.
A military court Tuesday convicted Army Pfc. Bradley Manning of violating the Espionage Act for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, a verdict that legal analysts say likely will have a chilling effect on others considering revealing government secrets. While Manning, 25, was acquitted of the most serious charge — aiding the enemy, which carried a penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole — he still faces up to 136 years in prison when he is sentenced at Fort George G. Meade, Md. The sentencing hearing, which starts Wednesday
A Saudi Arabian activist said his government provided Egypt´s military with $1 billion to stage a coup against former president Mohammed Morsi and install interim leadership. Political activist Mujtahid bin Hareth bin Hammaam, who operates an active Twitter campaign aimed at exposing corruption in the Saudi government, said Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi received the money on July 3, United Press International reported. The reason for the payoff, he alleged, was so Egypt’s transfer of power would flow smoothly. But now the Saudi government isn’t sure it spent its money wisely, he said.
Republican lawmakers blasted a proposal by President Obama on Tuesday to cut corporate taxes in exchange for more spending on job-training programs, calling it a revival of a failed plan that would raise taxes initially. “It’s just a further-left version of a widely panned plan he already proposed two years ago — this time, with extra goodies for tax-and-spend liberals,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican. “The tax hike it includes is going to dampen any boost businesses might otherwise get to help our economy.” Mr. Obama visited an Amazon.com distribution center in Chattanooga, Tenn.,
Writing at RealClearPolitics, Heather Wilhelm says that she’s moving from Chicago to Austin, Texas soon. Howdy and welcome! Her move has generated the usual liberal reaction — “Oh, good, because Austin is TOTALLY DIFFERENT from the rest of Texas.” Implying, or often outright stating, that the rest of Texas is a relic of the Neanderthal era with a strong dose of that old time religion that liberals fear and loathe so much. The reaction amuses her, as it should. This deep-seated fear of the ills of religion is intriguing, given that in both books, said ills
The consensus response to President Obama’s Knox College speech on the economy is that the administration has been reduced to pushing a menu of stale and timid policies that, in any case, won’t be enacted. But what if the administration isn’t actually out of ideas? What if Obama’s boldest policy initiative is merely something he’d rather not discuss? And what if that initiative is being enacted right now? A year ago, I published Spreading the Wealth: How Obama Is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities. There I described the president’s second-term plan to press a transformative
Hollywood’s James Woods took to Twitter to condemn a recent Rolling Stone magazine edition that seemed to glorify terrorism by splashing a rock-star-type photograph of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover. His weekend tweet included a mock-up of a Rolling Stone cover with the head shot of the 8-year-old boy, Martin Richard, who was killed in the April 15 blast. Mr. Woods‘ accompanying Twitter text: “Rolling Stone cover we will never see.” On Monday, the tweet was still making social media waves, with nearly 700 retweets and more than 260 ‘favorites’ clicks.
The FBI has told Congress it does not need to get a warrant to conduct surveillance with drones, in a letter laying out some of the top federal law enforcement agency’s policies for how it uses unmanned aerial vehicles. In a July 19 letter to Sen. Rand Paul, Stephen D. Kelly, assistant director for the FBI’s congressional liaison office, said the agency has used drones in 10 instances, including twice for “national security” cases and eight times for criminal cases. The FBI authorized the use of drones in three other criminal cases but didn’t deploy them.
Via Hot Air and Byron York, Barack Obama has crossed the constitutional Rubicon. The die is cast. He realizes as much, and is daring Congress to stop him in the pixels of the New York Times. NYT: People questioned your legal and constitutional authority to do that unilaterally — to delay the employer mandate. Did you consult with your lawyer? MR. OBAMA: Jackie, if you heard me on stage today, what I said was that I will seize any opportunity I can find to work with Congress to strengthen the middle class, improve their prospects, improve their security
Conservative bloggers went wild Monday when they got wind of the Congressional Black Caucus’ suggestion that President Obama pick Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston for the post of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Rich Cooper, avid blogger for Security Debrief, responded to the news of the Jackson Lee recommendation in a post by saying, “Apparently, it is not a joke. For reasons that baffle any sense of reality, it is a serious gesture on the part of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to encourage President Obama to nominate Rep. Jackson Lee
There have been days since her son Ezekiel was born 11 months ago that Los Angeles mom Beth Capper has gone without food to keep up her supply. One friend was arrested for stealing some. It´s not drugs or alcohol or even baby formula that has put her in such a bind. It´s diapers. "There´s no way around buying them," said Capper, a 41-year-old single mother who doesn´t work because of a disability. Across the country, mothers like Capper are facing the same predicament. According to a report published Monday in the
It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. But within a decade, it is expected that the ocean which the village of Kivalina has so relied on will completely destroy it--creating America´s first climate change refugees. Temperatures in the Arctic region of Alaska are warming twice as fast as the rest of the U.S, causing ice to retreat, sea levels to rise and coastal erosion to increase. It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. The 400 indigenous Inuit inhabitants of Kivalina, who live
President Obama has been rolling up his sleeves campaigning across the country delivering a surreal stump speech message supposedly aimed at the middle class: big government works, Obamacare is manna from heaven, the wave of recent scandals are “phony” figments of the imagination, and all economic problems are the fault of the Republicans. Conveniently, he leaves out the bankruptcy of Detroit, a city run by his own party for more than half a century. His message is so stale and unconvincing, that even The New York Times and Washington Post have noticed. Both papers, usually loyal to Obama, remarked that
Arizona Sen. John McCain was the Republican Party´s 2008 presidential nominee and he still wants the keys to the Oval Office. But he is beginning to sound more like a fan of likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "She´s a rock star," he said in a newly released interview. "She has, maybe not glamour, but certainly the aura of someone widely regarded throughout the world," he added in a reference to her work as secretary of State. McCain, reportedly trying to win back his reputation as a GOP maverick, was asked by the New Republic
FORNEY, Texas - George Zimmerman, the former Florida neighborhood watch leader cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was pulled over for speeding in North Texas on Sunday, CBS DFW reports. According to the station, Zimmerman was armed when officers pulled him over on Highway 80 in Forney, east of Dallas. (Snip) The officer reportedly did not recognize Zimmerman, who was driving a Honda pickup. Zimmerman told the officer he was armed and was then told to put the weapon in his glove compartment, according to the station.
Gotta figure her lead would be even bigger without Joe Miller in the field here. Her nomination for the taking? Alaska should be a top tier pick up opportunity for Senate Republicans next year…but their top choice of a candidate is Sarah Palin. 36% of GOP primary voters in the state say they’d like Palin to be their standard bearer against Mark Begich to 26% for Mead Treadwell, 15% for Dan Sullivan, and 12% for Joe Miller.
Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner and an attorney in the Federal Election Commission’s general counsel’s office appear to have twice colluded to influence the record before the FEC’s vote in the case of a conservative non-profit organization, according to e-mails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee and obtained exclusively by National Review Online. The correspondence suggests the discrimination of conservative groups extended beyond the IRS and into the FEC, where an attorney from the agency’s enforcement division in at least one case sought and received tax information about the status of a conservative group,
Sen. John McCain — a Democrat? There was confusion Wednesday after the Arizona Republican mistakenly strolled into President Obama’s meeting with Senate Democrats at the Capitol. The room full of Democrats — who happened to be meeting in the same room where the Senate GOP usually holds their weekly policy luncheons — erupted in applause and laughter as the former Republican presidential candidate made his entrance. As McCain, 76, walked out of the Dem-filled space, reporters pressed him as to why he stepped foot in the room.
In an interview on National Public Radio (NPR), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said her new agenda for women will give mothers access to day care so they can “earn without carrying the burden of child care.” During the interview, aired on Weekend Edition Sunday, Pelosi spoke about her newly announced agenda, which is on her website, and is titled, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families,” a plan that includes universal pre-school and access to day care for working women, and an increase in the minimum wage.
Karl Rove and more than one hundred Republican donors sent a letter to Republican members of Congress on Tuesday, urging them to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would include, among other provisions, granting "legal status" to illegal aliens who meet certain criteria. Anticipating that lawmakers will face resistance to the bill when they go home for the August recess, the letter marks the escalation of a campaign in which Republican leaders and donors are pressuring House Republicans to act on an immigration reform bill.
I never thought the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case deserved nearly the attention it got. But reasonable people can disagree about that. What strikes me as unconscionable, however, is the way the supposedly objective media have not only sensationalized a tragedy but at times appear to deliberately bend the facts to fit a desired story line. Maybe it started with the use of pictures of a younger Martin or with the sudden embrace of the term "white Hispanic" to describe Zimmerman in order to more easily paint him as a racist. NBC News was the most egregious offender
No matter how much you may hope for it, it seems unlikely that you´ll be using the phrase "Senator Sarah Palin" with any great regularity in 2015. A new poll indicates that the former Alaska governor is about as popular in the state as Barack Obama — which is to say, not very popular at all. But even more surprising, while the former vice presidential candidate has made Alaska a central part of her public image, the state´s residents split on the question of whether Palin is all that Alaskan. Conducted by Public Policy Polling,