The White House has touted the Accountability Review Board (ARB) investigation of the Benghazi massacre as a review “led by two men of unimpeachable expertise and credibility that oversaw a process that was rigorous and unsparing.” In fact, the report was purposefully incomplete and willfully misleading. The two men in charge of the ARB, Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Admiral Thomas Mullen, a diplomat and military man respectively, have no meaningful investigative experience. Instead of letting the facts lead the direction of the investigation, the report appears designed to protect the interests of Hillary Clinton, the State Department higher ups,
Just write it off as shoddy and sloppy report writing. Blame the typist clerk that put this gibberish out ok. Just like Sandy Burglar stealing top secret docs from the National Archives. Just a sloppy man, you should see his desk, the guy can´t find his car keys and wallet sometimes. How those papers ended up in his socks and underwear is anybody´s guess. This is what happens when you rely on incompetent uneducated union government employees. Sheeesh. How can anyone blame Bambo and Hilda for this shoddy sloppy work?! I am stunned! This person needs to be fired immediately!
The ARB appears to be a joke and those who wrote it sold their souls to the devel and should be ashamed of their performance. I have noticed recently that many generals no longer stand up for the ethical standards of those who came before them. I have also noticed that the ethical standards of the o administration no longer exist either. If you voted for o time to check your own ethical stanards.
In addition, the Obama-bunch have refused to allow any of the survivors of the attack on Benghazi to testify. The ARB found out nothing about the back and forth concerning the "explanations" provided by Susan Rice, but somehow Steven Hayes from the Weekly Standard could? Pickering and Mullins embarrassed themselves. They, were played.
Summer Stock on the Potomac continues. On a slow Friday afternoon the WH holds a closed door pre-briefing of selected members of the "press corps". Monday the Drude headlines are "Press Corps Turns On Benghazi" and "Now There Is Something To It" with Klein comparing obama to Nixon.
Don´t be mislead. This is just a smoke screen to entertain you. In the end the man child is still the adored super president and cankles is president in waiting.
Once again, I saw a show on Friday with an ex CIA agent who helped guard then Ambassador Pickering in S. America many years ago and when HE was threatened they TRIPLED his protection, something Pickering was fine with. So what a hypocrite the man is, as is Mullen. I wonder when it will seep into their brains that they have now planted the seeds for THEIR legacies, what they will be remembered for, with this shoddy investigation.
Hunting is an ancient and noble task and some of history´s most fascinating hunts go on for years and years. Zoologists trying to catch the Loch Ness monster. O. J. Simpson still trying to track down his wife´s killer. And last, but not least, the American people hoping to find integrity in a Clinton.
What the media can´t accept is the fact that their beloved Hillary and he who shall not be named in any wrong-doing are being exposed at best as incompetents and at worst, sociopaths. The media will prop up the administration´s stooges, Pickering and Mullen, and hail them as the absolute authority on what transpired in Bemghazi. They have to in order to keep the narrative on point. What they didn´t count on was the integrity of the whistleblowers. Truth has the power to bring this administration to its knees. The republic deserves it and the American people should demand it.
#20 yes it´s something bigger. The people in Benghazi could have been saved. It was a CIA middle east gun running of Gahdaffi´s arsenal Fast and Furious operation to Syrian rebels. Ambassador Stevens was the key and could bring all of them down like Dean in Watergate did. Obama had to let him die. Thus the stand down order, twice, and then retired to bed. Obama and Clinton are complicit in the Benghazi murders.
I am very hopeful that both Benghazi and the IRS scandal will bring down Our Dear Reader and begin the slow process of restoring the Presidency. The reason I say this is that someone very wealthy and very motivated must be behind the scenes. Who is paying Toensing´s and DeGenova´s fees? Senior State employees don´t have that kind of money. Whoever you are, Thank You.
The ARB report is yet another layer of the onion in this mess. Pickering and Mullen are perfumed princes sent on a CYA mission. The IG is now probing their investigation and several others as well. Apparently, this sort of whitewash has been going on for some time in the IG’s view.
Desperate people do desperate things. But dont be fooled. Obie and his Alinskyite crowd working hard behind the scenes to transform Amerika. Benghazi, unfortunately and as sad as it was for happening, gives Obie the cover he needs to keep tilling the soil for the new Amerika.
The Supreme Court will begin hearing cases next week, despite the fact that much of the federal government is shut down due to the budget standoff, according to a notice posted on the court´s website Thursday. "The Court will continue to conduct its normal operations through October 11. The Court building will be open to the public during its usual hours, and the Court will hear the scheduled oral arguments. A further update will be provided in the event the lapse of appropriations continues beyond October 11," the announcement says. Monday, October 7 is the first Monday in October, making it the
This week, Ben Carson said that shortly after he gave a much-publicized speech criticizing ObamaCare at the National Prayer Breakfast, he found himself audited by the Internal Revenue Service. It makes him suspicious. There was a day when we might have written off a claim like this. But given what we’ve learned about the IRS and its targeting of right-of-center organizations, the burden of proof has shifted. Though the scandal is no longer making headlines, the questions about what was going on with IRS official Lois Lerner and her pals have never been answered. Meanwhile, the storyline fed keeps changing. First we were
Months before Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated John F. Kennedy 50 years ago this November, he tried to kill someone else: General Edwin Walker, an ultra-right winger who was arrested for sedition on Kennedy’s orders. In an excerpt from their new book, Dallas 1963, the story of Walker’s anti-civil rights tour through the south and Oswald’s personal collapse that led to their almost fatal encounter.On February 27, General Walker boards a specially equipped tour bus owned by his close friend, the anti-communist televangelist Billy James Hargis. The two men are departing on a speaking tour to twenty-nine cities, mostly in the South:
Kent Sorenson, the Iowa state senator embattled over accusations that he inappropriately received pay from at least one presidential campaign in the lead up to the 2012 Iowa caucuses, has resigned from office, according to a Senate leader. The Milo Republican stepped down just hours after an independent investigator delivered a damning report to the Senate Ethics Committee, which has been investigating his conduct for several months. The report found “probable cause” that Sorenson broke ethics rules by accepting payments from a political action committee associated with U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, and that his denials of taking such payment may represent a
Over the last four decades, only two people were able to make wide swaths of the American public really care about the importance of guarding against our nation’s enemies. One was Ronald Reagan. The other was Tom Clancy. The Gipper died in 2004, aged 93. Clancy died Tuesday in Baltimore, just 66 years old. Despite their age difference, Reagan and Clancy had a lot in common. They loved this country more than anything. They most admired those who put service to nation above service to self. And both were gifted story tellers. Best of all, the stories each man told revealed
New Orleans - A federal appeals court on Wednesday revived BP´s claims that a judge´s interpretation of a settlement over its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could force the company to pay billions of dollars for bogus or inflated claims by businesses. A ruling by a divided three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier´s rulings on the dispute between BP and attorneys who brokered the multibillion-dollar settlement in 2012. The panel sent the case back to Barbier with an order that he craft a "narrowly-tailored injunction that allows
LOS ANGELES -- With a jury´s refusal to hold a concert promoter responsible for Michael Jackson´s death, the late singer´s mother lost perhaps her last best chance to collect millions in damages and place blame for her son´s untimely demise. "I´m OK," was all that the Jackson family matriarch said as she moved slowly out of a courtroom after hearing Wednesday´s stunning verdict denying her claim for as much as $1.5 billion and giving her nothing. Some called it the Jackson family´s last stand in court, a longshot effort that may have been doomed by the singer´s own history of
Ezra Klein: So, do you think a shutdown is good for the issues and ideas you’re trying to push?Grover Norquist: Not necessarily. I think the original plan for the Republicans was to move the continuing resolution past the debt ceiling and then to sit down with Obama and decide whether he would be willing to trade some relaxation of the sequester for significant reforms of entitlements. That was something Obama might well do. Democrats in the House and the Senate are very concerned about caps and limits in sequestration. Republicans could get significant long-term entitlement reform -- all on the
Yesterday I reported from the National World War Two Memorial on several members of Congress crashing the barricades set up by the National Park Service that were keeping out several hundred Honor Flight veterans — many of whom were WW2 veterans — from visiting their own memorial. The Park Service claimed that the memorial and the entire National Mall area had to be closed because of the government shutdown. The same scene was reenacted again today as two Honor Flights from Missouri and Chicago arrived in prearranged visits. These Honor Flights were met by hundreds of ordinary citizens and about a
In the Darwinian world of media and politics, hardly any primal force compares to Clinton Clout. This week’s serial cancellations of two television productions focusing on Hillary Clinton—a CNN documentary and an NBC miniseries, both of which were announced months ago to great fanfare, controversy, and bitter complaints from her partisans and detractors—prove once again that she and her presidential husband have not only triangulated the power map, they’ve pretty much drawn it. “Lights, camera, no reaction,” crowed Nick Merrill, Hillary’s spokesman since she left public office as secretary of state; he’s one of many operatives and supporters who are
It was supposed to be joke on General David Petraeus, but the New York City Police Department wasn´t laughing. Police say a friend mailed a fake grenade to General Petraeus´ office in the Solow Building on 58th Street. His secretary opened the box around noon Tuesday and saw what she thought was a real grenade. Investigators describe it as a "novelty item." Police evacuated the office and shut down 58th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. They took the package to the building´s courtyard to get a closer look. "Just a lot of police officers, a lot of people that worked in the buildings, "The higher-ups
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) narrowly leads the pack of potential GOP contenders in 2016, according to a new poll. If the GOP presidential primary were held today, 17 percent of GOP voters would elect Paul, according to a new Quinnipiac Poll released Wednesday. He leads among Tea Party Republicans as well with 22 percent. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie rates second with 13 percent, followed by Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) with 12 percent and Jeb Bush with 11 percent. Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) garner 10 percent. Nineteen percent of Republicans are undecided. Rubio’s numbers have dropped 7
Get ready for Chelsea Clinton Bump Watch 2014 — the only daughter of the former president and former secretary of State is declaring next year the “Year of the Baby.” In an interview for the November issue of Glamour magazine on her work with the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, Clinton reveals that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are planning for a bouncing addition to their household. According to the 33-year-old Oxford grad, the pair, who married in 2010, sat down together a year after tying the knot and made a list focused on their future, saying, “We want,
Tom Hanks is already declaring his presidential pick for 2016, there’s just one, small problem: a little thing called term limits. The star of “Captain Phillips,” told ITK at the soon-to-be-released film’s Wednesday premiere at the Newseum in Washington, “I’m voting for Barack Obama — 2016.” A laughing Hanks, who supported Obama during his 2008 White House bid, added, “Yes, I am! Four more years.” The Academy Award winner, 57, plays Captain Richard Phillips in the flick, based on the seaman’s book on the real-life 2009 hijacking of his cargo ship by Somali pirates. Hanks told ITK it was an
President Obama told CNBC’s John Harwood that while he’s been president, he’s “bent over backwards to work with the Republican party.” Obama boasted: During the course of my presidency, I have bent over backwards to work with the Republican party. I think I’m pretty well known for being a calm guy. Sometimes people think I’m too calm. And am I exasperated? Absolutely, I’m exasperated. Because this is entirely unnecessary. I am exasperated with the idea that, unless I say that, ‘Twenty million people, you can’t have health insurance,’ these folks will not reopen the government. That is irresponsible. The President asserted that he’s
In case there´s any doubt as to who´s to blame for this outrage, a spokesman for National Park Service said the White House Office of Management and Budget ordered up the blockades.Even Bill Clinton didn´t have the audacity to try such a thing during the 1995 government shutdown.As the AP reported at the time, "tourists were free to wander the halls of the Capitol, touch the walls of the Vietnam Memorial and climb the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to read the Gettysburg Address — those and other similar sites don´t require supervision of federal employees." This isn´t the first time
More than a dozen House Republicans who want to drop attempts to undermine the health-care law and reopen the government are meeting among themselves and with House Speaker John Boehner -- and he’s listening. For the past few weeks, Boehner’s hand has been guided by a group of Tea Party-aligned Republican House members who’ve urged little compromise in their three-year drive to undo the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Now, the agitation is coming from the other side of the caucus. A bipartisan group of about 40 House lawmakers are holding private talks to find a compromise
Despite an emergency meeting at the White House, congressional leaders reported no progress late Wednesday on trying to reach a budget deal -- while over on Capitol Hill, tempers were flaring and lawmakers were melting down on the floor of the House. The top four congressional leaders took a stab, during an hour-long White House meeting, at negotiating with President Obama over the impasse. There was no breakthrough. House Speaker John Boehner emerged saying he had a "nice, polite conversation" but complaining that Obama would not budge off his demand that Congress pass a straight budget bill -- one that does not
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Ted Cruz faced a barrage of hostile questions Wednesday from angry GOP senators, who lashed the Texas tea party freshman for helping prompt a government shutdown crisis without a strategy to end it. At a closed-door lunch meeting in the Senate’s Mansfield Room, Republican after Republican pressed Cruz to explain how he would propose to end the bitter budget impasse with Democrats, according to senators who attended the meeting. A defensive Cruz had no clear plan to force an end to the shutdown — or explain how he would defund Obamacare, as he has demanded all along, sources said. Things
The revisions downward begin. Yesterday, Obamacare exchanges were melting down because of the intense interest in signing up. All the citizens were flooding the gates for all the insurance! Why, in California there were 5 million visitors. No technologist could prepare for such an onslaught. Here’s what really happened: California’s health insurance exchange vastly overstated the number of online hits it received Tuesday during the rollout of Obamacare. State officials said the Covered California website got 645,000 hits during the first day of enrollment, far fewer than the 5 million it reported Tuesday. The state exchange had cited the 5 million figure as a
The bizarre attack at the White House and Capitol today was reportedly perpetrated by a 34-year-old dental hygienist licensed in Connecticut. Miriam Carey, who was killed by law enforcement after ramming White House barricades and fleeing to the Capitol, had a toddler in the car with her, according to New York Post reporting: Sources said Miriam Carey, who formerly lived in Brooklyn, was licensed to practice in New York and Connecticut and had a permit to work as a hygienist in Connecticut prisons. At least a dozen gunshots were fired when she tried to flee cops, who had trapped her two blocks