Leading congressional lawmakers applied new pressure to the Obama administration Thursday for information on the Libya terror attack, after emails published this week showed top officials being told within hours that a local militant group had claimed responsibility. (Snip) House Speaker John Boehner, in a lengthy letter sent to President Obama on Thursday, called on the president to "explain to the American people" what happened. "The American public is increasingly reading information contradicting early accounts by your administration of the causes of the events of the day," Boehner said. "In the absence of your direct engagement to clarify these concerns,
Comments: [w/ Staff] I read the Senate will hold hearings after the elections. I also heard that when heavy rain flows through a crowded cow pasture stuff flows downhill. Same thing will happen in the Senate.
Gee, a little late to the party, eh? A letter to the prez? Why not grab the first mic and do this situation justice? There are cable networks (Fox) who will interview you. How frustrating that this has gone on for more than six weeks and a letter is sent?
This reminds me of the man who came home early to find his wife in bed with another man. He saw the guys umbrella leaning against the chair where he left his clothes. He went over to the chair, picked up the umbrella and broke it over his knee. He then said "there! I hope it rains!". Boehner's letter will have the same effect.
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Ida Lil, 10/26/2012 3:50:35 AM (No. 8963007)
Well when a president forgets to ask permission to interfere in a foreign civil war and it all goes sour coverups are in order. When dealing with said president's coverups written notice must be the method of demands for answers to Congress and the nation for wrong actions and/or articles of pending impeachment proceedings.
Actually, it's been made again, and again, and again, and again, and....
So... there's no need to make it again. Got that?
So what is that mistake? Treating Obama, and the Dems generally, in a "business as usual" way. [That basic error runs through our foreign policy, too -- treating every backwater, landfill, and tailings-pile that presents itself as a "country" as though the fiction is true. That's nuts.]
Anyone who looks at all the destruction the Left has caused in the last 4 years, and who doesn't understand that they aren't "rivals" or "colleagues" with "policy differences, but are, in fact, enemies, literal enemies, has to be dumped and replaced. There's just no more time to waste. They've had their chance. Their chances. Why hope they'll finally figure it out when we can replace them with people who we know get it from Day One?
Congress has power. Pull on your big boy pants and use it to protect the country.
We know very well the truism that if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.
The Republiweenie "leadership" gets "tough" again. In addition to a new President on Jan 20, I'm praying for a change in GOP "leaders"; you know, someone(s) with an understanding of our national plight, and the courage to take on the fight (maybe like Allen West for example). Please get rid of the crybaby and his comatose cohort.
Obama and his henchmen will all walk on everything. A Republican administration would have collapsed long ago under the weight of the scandals, indictments, prosecutions, lawsuits and people entering prison. The MSM would not have allowed any of these types of crimes and transgression to be swept under the rug by a Republican president.
Totally inept and totally predictable. Republicans in Congress just don't get the hang of "party in power". Last time they had control of both houses, they stupidly decided to share power. Now with only the House in their control, they're delaying and deferring a hearing which is desperately needed right now. In fact, why even have it after the election? If Romney wins, he's certainly not going to want to start with a massive investigation. And if Obama wins, he'll totally ignore it and flip them off.
As for SecDef Panetta, what else did he need to know? Our consulate was being sacked and burned and our people were being killed. Send in the drones or the Apache helicopters, kill everyone in sight, and let Allah sort out the martyrs from the lookey-loos. How tough a decision is that? In previous wars, with nowhere near the same quality of intelligence or weaponry, commanders of positions being overrun would radio in artillery or air strikes directly on their own position. Now, Panetta is worried that he might accidentally injure a lookey-loo? Idiot.
As much as I loathe Nancy Pelosi, she was a pit bull for her party when she was Speaker. She was out there every day basing Bush and his administration and it worked. The left knows that you must fight for what you want. You have to be vocal and visible. Speaker Boehner appears to be content in the position of beta male. He could have done much more for our side without the rancor of Pelosi by just getting out there and making the case. Mr. Boehner, when this country needs visible, vocal, clear, concise opposition, you write letters. This is not acceptable. Start using the media to our advantage. Americans have died because of the neglect of this administration. That deserves more than a strongly worded letter.
Because of the Republican criticism of his hinyness making war in Libya without Congressional approval, dear leader promised "no boots on the ground". Imagine, he actually, well sort of, kept a promise. someone needs to remind our political grade military brass that their first oath is to the Constitution, not to their commander in chief.
Didn't Ambassador Stephans get summoned to Benghazi and arrived late in the evening with one of the Navy Seals as his only companion? If there is a cover up over weapons given to Al Quada by this administration, then perhaps Stephans was lured to his doom because of knowing too much. Refusing to give him proper protection makes sense if this is the case.
They can stuff the letter. Pubs in the House and Senate, get on talk radio, get on Leno's show, get on the sunday morning beat the press program, get on every TV station, get on every radio station, get in every newspaper, get on the internet, stand on a street corner with a sign...and press the administration. A letter will not accomplish squat.
Wish Newt were Speaker again...Obama would have been put in his place after the 2010 election. A letter Boehner? Really? Is that what "applying new pressure" means? Why not just stamp your feet a little more. I have no faith in the current GOP leadership. Bachmann has more guts than half the house.
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