The beginning of congressional hearings on the Benghazi debacle revealed an administration with much to explain and perhaps something to hide. At a minimum, the State Department did not take adequate precautions in reaction to mounting threats after urgent requests by officials on the ground. This was a failure of judgment. It was followed by a failure of candor.(Snip) It is impossible for me to imagine U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton freelancing the false claim that the Benghazi attack was the spontaneous response to a YouTube video instead of being a terrorist attack.
Comments: Gerson goes on to say that this is a symptom of an administration that resorts to artifice rather than talk about the growing danger from the global jihad.
Four government motors Chevy Volts to the US Paris Embassy and nothing for Benghazi. These are the same Administration morons who sent 2,000 guns to Mexico. It seems the Mexican drug lords needed protection, but the four Americans in Benghazi weren't worth their effort. I think that covers the situation adequately.
1935 to 1939, Great Britain, Prime Ministers Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain resolutely determined to give Hitler everything he desired so as to avoid a war. A British electorate that agreed with them, despite the persistent warnings of Winston Churchill. Does anyone in 2012 America remember what happened?
2012, America, Barack Obama and Joe Biden (and the Clintons), resolutely determined to ignore Islamic terrorists and Persian lunatics so as to continue their reign of misgovernment, redistribution of other people's wealth, and racist domination. Half of the American electorate agrees with them, despite overwhelming evidence of their traitorous and incompetent record.
The Farsi and Chinese historians who may dominate published histories 50 years hence will likely marvel at how clear the choice was in 2012 in America, and how so many twice-fooled voters in that lost land made their suicidal decisions.
Printed in the Mpls Red Star, no less. The lib media can only wash and polish this prez so long, before the very foundation holding him up begins to erode. I hope they are realizing it's time to cut their losses and stop holding up an empty suit in an empty chair.
But, but, that military detachment wasn't needed in Benghazi. That dumb State Dept employee said so in the hearing. It turns out that detachment was needed for displomatic enhancement in Barbados. In fact, on the second day that detachment was there, they participating in some youth athletic event. THAT was what was important to the State Department.
The connecting arc between Osama and Obama can no longer be ignored. It's not just the superficial similarity in their names, it's the substantial similarity in their apparent common goal...the diminution of America and the establishment of a worldwide Islamic caliphate.
Osama sought to accomplish this with terrorist action. Obama is accomplishing it with cunning inaction. Look around the world. Is there any place where radical Islam is virulently on the move and where Obama has sought to stop it? No, quite the contrary. Whether it's Iran, Egypt, Syria, Libya or any of the African despotic states, Obama has not only not acted to stop Islamic takeovers, he has overtly and cleverly facilitated them.
It can even be said that Obama has been more effective in creating the worldwide Islamic caliphate than has Osama. Who can deny that?
Keeping Americans safe is the one thing Americans agree on. For a few days Americans came together in the aftermath of 9/11/2001. A tape of bin Laden helped Dubya win reelection in 2004 because we trust Republicans more than Democrats to keep us safe. This terrorist attack, preceded by pleas for additional security, is the nail in Obama's coffin as it demonstrates he has not taken his sacred job of keeping us safe seriously.
BUT the Press is still with the man, despite all of this---only a few are beginning to ask questions, and there is not tremendous follow-up. So I would bet that a great number of voters know as little about BinGazi as Fast & Furious.
To understand this situation -- you must all think like a chicago politician. Here in Chi/town -- WE the people are lied to on a continuing basis. The demorats are in such a controlling position that one "dares" not question the stories coming from the "selected" politicians.....
Next question -- why am I still here? I'm working on selling and getting out like so many others caught in the obama vice....
Obama wants to be able to tout his promises to pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan. History will show that the timing motivated on his own political needs was pure foolishness. The motivation should be ONLY based on whether or not the situation there is/was stable. The bottom line is he pulled out too soon.
I propose Axelrod did it! He conjured up the new scenario about a video for the sake of his client's poll numbers. It's the election uber allis for him and his ilk. Desperate Barry grabbed at it. Now look at the mess you got us into Olly!
Gerson repeats the claim that Obama dare not react to these attacks for fear of erroding his base. It seems to me that only a handful of leftists are guided by principle, so he won't lose many if he initiates military action. More than likely, they're running down the clock, waiting until the two-minute warning before the election. They have to time the dog- wagging precisely to the point where details are sketchy and critical analysis of their actions isn't possible during the short period before the election. They saw how quickly George H. Bush's popularity surge disappeared after Desert Storm. Obama needs the surge, but can't risk the inevitable fall. I'm guessing we'll see a move around November 3rd or 4th.
The American that did the YouTube video "Innocence of Muslims" is in Federal prison in Los Angeles (at serious risk because of the Muslims imprisoned there). The Pakistani doctor that obtained DNA proof of Osama's location was outed by Obama and is in Pakistani prison. 14 days after the al-Quaeda attack Barack Hussein Obama insisted on the video multiple times in front of the UN General Assembly. The Democrat Party does not care about our security.
Like #12 points out it appears as thoughe Obama is trying to re-establish the caliphate. He is inordinately fond of all things Muslim to wit a ring he has worn since he was a boy in Indonesia and now serves as his wedding ring is inscribed: Obama’s Ring Inscription: THERE IS NO GOD BUT ALLAH!
Is the guy who made the video actually still in jail, or has he disappeared? I ask because I am beginning to suspect that Obama and his minions hired him to MAKE the film, so that Obama could look like a big shot when he used a drone to put down some "turmoil" over there right before the election. Think about it. Never waste a crisis.
Eugene Allen began his career at the White House in 1952 as a dishwasher. By the time he retired, 34 years later, he was a butler who had, literally, served eight administrations. In "Lee Daniels´ The Butler," hitting select theaters next Friday, a character named Cecil Gaines—starring Forest Whitaker and based on Mr. Allen—starts his job at the White House in 1957 and remains a butler through the Reagan administration.(Snip)"I liked the idea of his first day of work being in the middle of the Little Rock crisis," during which nine black students were barred from entering a segregated
On Tuesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the Department of Justice can bring former New York State Senate President Joseph Bruno before a jury a second time on corruption charges. After his earlier conviction for fraud was vacated, prosecutors will now be trying him for essentially the same facts but under a different theory.(Snip)He´s also probably wondering why his onetime political rival, disgraced ex-Governor Eliot Spitzer, has never had to face a jury even once. While Mr. Spitzer was New York Governor, reporters began to ask questions about his use of state aircraft,
I wrote recently about the peek CNN´s Jake Tapper took into that dark room wherein the Obama Administration and its allies in the MSM have consigned the Benghazigate Scandal, and CNN followed that up Tuesday with a one-hour special. The re-run of that special will be a "must watch" only for someone who has not been paying attention to Benghazigate for the last 11 months. (Snip)It was little more than the restating of Obama Administration Talking Points
A Turkish court on Monday sentenced a former military commander to life in prison and dozens of others including opposition members of parliament to long terms for plotting against the government, in a case that has exposed deep divisions in the country. Retired military chief of staff General Ilker Basbug was sentenced to life for his role in the "Ergenekon" conspiracy to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Announcing verdicts on the nearly 300 defendants in the case, the judges also sentenced three serving parliamentarians from the opposition Republican People´s Party (CHP)
Florida is the New Selma, and not for the first time. On a visit to Tallahassee Tuesday, Jesse Jackson "used the phrase ´Selma of our time´--a reference to civil rights marches in Alabama that helped prompt change in the 1960s," the Miami Herald reports. By way of explanation, the paper quotes an earlier, ungrammatical comment the septuagenarian would-be provocateur made last month on CNN, where he "talked about an economic boycott to ´isolate Florida as a kind of apartheid state given this whole stand your ground laws.´ "
A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The NSA boasts in training materials that the program, called XKeyscore, is its "widest-reaching" system for developing intelligence from the internet. (Snip)The files shed light on one of Snowden´s most controversial statements, made in his first video interview published by the Guardian on June 10.
Dream Defenders Executive Director Philip Agnew has said he knew the group would have to “get comfortable with being uncomfortable” during its now-13-day sit in at the Capitol. The college activists reached a new level of “uncomfortable” over the weekend – the group said Capitol police stopped food from coming into the building, leaving a group of about 50 protesters with little more than snack items and a few cups of water. Reports from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement indicate that´s not accurate.(Snip)phone calls to FDLE in support of the protest shut down the center’s ability
The Department of Justice civil rights unit sent to Sanford, Florida in 2012 to mediate the anti-George Zimmerman protests has a history of putting racial advocacy ahead of its mandated duties, according to a former head of the unit. “At CRS headquarters, we (meaning I) regularly had to warn or take corrective action against career employees for acting as advocates instead of mediators,” Ondray Harris, the former director of the DOJ’s Community Relations Service (CRS), told The Daily Caller. CRS was the unit deployed to Sanford in 2012 to oversee anti-Zimmerman protests.
The family of the ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has accused the army of abducting him. His daughter Shaimaa told a news conference in Cairo that the family was taking legal measures against the army. Mr Morsi has been held at an undisclosed location without charge since he was removed from power on 3 July. (Snip)One of Mr Morsi´s sons, Osama, said: "What is going on is a violation of human rights and a scandal in every sense of the word."
In the charade that became the trial of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, and in the continuing aftermath of the verdict, there was one thing the American people didn’t get from much of the national broadcast media: fairness. In the hours of continuous coverage that I monitored and recorded, I couldn’t believe the lack of balance in coverage.(Snip)Some news organizations seemed to resist the temptation of balanced reporting from the onset. What happened to investigating stories thoroughly? What happened to balancing a report with all points of view? And what happened to keeping agendas and
George Zimmerman, who has not been seen publicly since being acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin earlier this month, surfaced last week to rescue an unidentified driver trapped in an overturned truck in Florida, police said Monday. Sanford Police Department Capt. Jim McAuliffe told Fox News that Zimmerman, 29, was identified by a crash victim as the man who pulled him from the mangled vehicle last week. “George Zimmerman pulled me out,” firefighters were told by the unidentified driver, according to McAuliffe.
I have to admit, I’m stumped. Either something fairly important happened yesterday in Washington, or as readers of The Dallas Morning News might say, “I have no idea what you mean.” News reports, mostly from the right-of-center media, would indicate a 50-year IRS employee, recently retired as a tax specialist, testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Carter Hull, we’re told, said the inappropriate screening of tea party-related applications reached at least the office of the IRS chief counsel, one of two political appointees in the building. You remember the IRS scandal, right?
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie holds a narrow lead among Republicans for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination, but even more GOP voters say he’s the candidate they least want to see nominated. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that Christie earns 21% support when Republican voters are asked whom they would vote for if the party’s primary in their state were held today. Florida Senator Marco Rubio runs a close second with 18% of the GOP vote, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 16% and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul with 15% of the vote.
The owner of a shop in Zurich where US talk show host Oprah Winfrey says she encountered racism has called the incident a "misunderstanding". Winfrey, one of the world´s richest women, claimed an assistant refused to serve her in an upmarket handbag shop. She was apparently told one of the bags on display was "too expensive" for her. Shop owner Trudie Gotz told the BBC that Winfrey was "absolutely allowed" to look at the $35,000 (£22,500) bag, which was kept behind a screen. "My salesperson wanted to give her the handbag in her hand. But she didn´t want
Barack Obama delivered one gaffe after another in his August 6 interview with Jay Leno, but the networks that usually mock every mistake or slip of the tongue made by Republicans ignored the President´s verbal mishaps. ABC´s Good Morning America, CBS´s This Morning and NBC´s Today show, on Wednesday morning, all bypassed the chance to criticize Obama for: downplaying the threat of terrorism; falsely claiming Vladimir Putin once ran the KGB; placing the Atlantic coast cities of Savannah, Charleston and Jacksonville on the Gulf of Mexico; confusing the Winter Olympics with the Summer Olympics. First up, on the
Ending a war is a good thing. Killing civilians a bad thing. Deliberately targeting civilians is murder, and is never morally licit, even in pursuit of a good thing such as ending a war. The tens of thousands of Japanese non-combatants we killed 68 years ago this week with two nuclear bombs were not “collateral damage” of military strikes. They were the intended targets. We hoped that mass murder would bring the Japanese emperor to surrender. It worked, and American and Japanese soldiers’ lives were probably saved by it —
Last month we learned that Megyn Kelly was leaving her daytime anchor gig to take over a Fox News primetime slot. According to an “exclusive” Drudge Report flash this afternoon, that time slot will be 9 p.m. ET. “Superstar newswoman Megyn Kelly has landed the 9 PM slot, top sources reveal,” the Drudge Report wrote. “The shock announcement is set for later this month.” Fox’s 9 p.m. hour is currently helmed by Sean Hannity, leading to speculation over whether he could be out of a primetime gig. There are many possible outcomes from this lineup change,
In a move some claim is tantamount to social engineering, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is imposing a new rule that would allow the feds to track diversity in America’s neighborhoods and then push policies to change those it deems discriminatory. The policy is called, "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing." It will require HUD to gather data on segregation and discrimination in every single neighborhood and try to remedy it. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan unveiled the federal rule at the NAACP convention in July. "Unfortunately, in too many of our hardest hit communities, no matter how hard
Retired 68-year-old US Army general and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley K. Clark has won yet another esteemed decoration — he is dating 30-year-old Shauna Mei, the founder of online retailer AHAlife.com. Clark, who was married to Gertrude Kingston Clark for 45 years before filing for divorce last year, is spending time with the young New York-based entrepreneur, who graduated from MIT and worked at Goldman Sachs as an investment banker before launching her luxury e-commerce site. Clark and Mei were spotted together recently in the Hamptons,
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden extended his 15 minutes of fame Wednesday, as headlines tied his saga to President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel a planned summit meeting in Moscow next month with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But analysts said the talk of Snowden’s role in the cancellation obscured a more basic reality: The U.S.-Russia relationship is now so frosty that it didn’t appear the two presidents would actually accomplish enough to merit such a high-profile meeting. After four years, the much-vaunted reset in U.S.-Russian relations has devolved into a chilly standoff over issues like the Kremlin’s support for Syria
Nanny State: If any question remained about the Obama White House´s appetite for running everyone´s life from Washington, it should be settled now. This administration even wants to dictate neighborhood makeup. Like your neighborhood? Don´t get used to it. The Obama Department of Housing and Urban Development might decide it wants to dictate changes. HUD is, according to Fox News, considering "a new rule that would allow the feds to track diversity in America´s neighborhoods and then push policies to change those it deems discriminatory." The proposed rule, disclosed last month by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan at
“IQ is a metric of such dubiousness that almost no serious educational researcher uses it anymore,” the Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox wrote back in May. It was a breathtakingly ignorant statement. Psychologist Jelte Wicherts noted in response that a search for “IQ test” in Google’s academic database yielded more than 10,000 hits — just for the year 2013. (Snip) There is a large discrepancy between what educated laypeople believe about cognitive science and what experts actually know. Journalists are steeped in the lay wisdom, so they are repeatedly surprised when someone forthrightly discusses the real science of mental ability.
In a remarkable admission that is likely to rock the Internal Revenue Service again, testimony released Thursday by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp reveals that an agent involved in reviewing tax exempt applications from conservative groups told a committee investigator that the agency is still targeting Tea Party groups, three months after the IRS scandal erupted.. In closed door testimony before the House Ways & Means Committee, the unidentified IRS agent said requests for special tax status from Tea Party groups is being forced into a special "secondary screening" because
You can get a deconstruction of the media at many places. The people who visit the Treehouse want to see the entire context; The entire truth, as it presents. So here we go…. In any endeavor of corruption and misleading governance, the control of, and support by, the media, is an absolute necessity. The USSR needed Pravda to keep the ruse of governance for decades. The need of/by the U.S. government has steadily grown over the course of several progressive decades; but the urgency has increased exponentially over the past five years with the extremes