For President Obama, a politician of famous good fortune, even scandals within his administration seem well-timed. The president has been untouched by the unfolding investigation involving former CIA director David H. Petraeus and Marine Gen. John R. Allen, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Obama just won a not-so-close reelection battle and will never face another, leaving him less encumbered by the politics of the moment. The scandal hinges on a personal relationship beyond the White House and has not implicated the president or his closest advisers. And the person at the center of it — Petraeus
Petraeus mistress is just Chicago style misdirection to keep America from knowing Benghazi=Obozo Treason.. Guess the other two 4 star general he fired in the Libya region for ignoring Obozo´s stand down order were having affairs also ... Obozo hid the TREASON well during election voting fraud but eventually it will become his impeachment
Hey, Petraeus,,,,, The only way to redeem yourself regarding this fiasco is to go before Congress and tell the whole truth about Benghazi and nothing less. I´m almost POSITIVE that the WH is implicated in this DISASTER of foreign policy.
Obama will remain untouched as long as he has the Media running interference for him. The House needs to find some way to impeach Obama, even if the Senate won´t. ALL members of this administration are participants in this Benghazi cover-up. Including Fienstein, no matter what she says.
Sure enough, reading most of the coverage of this, Obama is rarely mentioned, and only in almost sidebar type language. This article mentions him only to put forth the meme that Obama had nothing to do with it, which is baloney. Witness the sudden disappearance and unavailability of the Secretary of State. Both Clinton and Obama should be receiving subpoenas.
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Bla Bla, 11/14/2012 12:32:01 AM (No. 9012797)
For now . . . BJ Clinton thought he was teflon when it came to all his Bimbos. His name is now a disgrace.
I just hope & pray our press & congress look further than the skirts. Clinton should have been tried for treason, since he sold China our secrets. But all Trent Lott wanted to do was charge him with perjury over an intern.
For nearly two years, the United States and its key allies have been challenging the Syrian government´s claim to legitimacy. Some countries have recognized the Syrian opposition as the country´s legitimate government. Others have offered the rebels arms, military training, and advice. But in the real world, possession of territory counts for a lot. The United Nations, for one, must rely on the Syrian government to gain access for humanitarian aid workers seeking to relieve hungry Syrian civilians, and cooperate with Syrian authorities to ensure the protection of U.N. chemical weapons inspectors in Damascus or U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan
This is what I think we’re seeing: The president has backed away from a military strike in Syria. But he can’t acknowledge this or act as if it is true. He is acting and talking as if he’s coolly, analytically, even warily contemplating the Russian proposal and the Syrian response. The proposal, he must know, is absurd. Bashar Assad isn’t going to give up all his hidden weapons in wartime, in the middle of a conflict so bitter and severe that his forces this morning reportedly bombed parts of Damascus, the city in which he lives. In such conditions his
Russia´s proposal for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to place his chemical weapons under international supervision and then destroy them is quickly gaining steam. Assad´s government accepted the plan this morning. A few hours later, President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande announced that they´d seriously explore the proposal. It already has the backing of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and a growing number of influential lawmakers from both parties. There´s just one problem: the plan would be nearly impossible to actually carry out. Experts in chemical weapons disposal point to a host of challenges.
Here is the take from Fox News: “The possible breakthrough pertains to a proposal, floated by Secretary of State John Kerry and then formally put forward by the Russians, to have the Assad regime turn over its chemical weapons to international control.” “We will pursue this diplomatic track,” Obama told Fox News. “I fervently hope that this can be resolved in a non-military way.” If that’s from Fox, wait until NBC and the NYT embellish along these lines: “In a brilliant diplomatic move, Kerry persuaded the Russians into pressuring Syria, under Obama’s looming threat of a devastating strike, to relinquish
President Barack Obama faces a “tall order” in convincing Americans on Syria with nearly 60 percent who say they want their member of Congress to oppose the use of military force there, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. President Obama says Syria saying it would consider giving international control to its chemical arsenal is a good step, but it doesn´t coincide with the country´s past actions. NBC´s Savannah Guthrie reports. With Obama set to address the nation Tuesday night to advocate U.S. intervention against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, just 24 percent of Americans believe military action
“You know, Senator Chuck Hagel, when he was senator, Senator Chuck Hagel, now secretary of defense, and when I was a senator, we opposed the president’s decision to go into Iraq, but we know full well how that evidence was used to persuade all of us that authority ought to be given.” — Secretary of State John F. Kerry, in an interview with MSNBC, Sept. 5, 2013 This is at least the second time since becoming secretary that Kerry has asserted that he opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq while serving as a Democratic senator from Massachusetts. The first time
Tomorrow night, President Barack Obama will address the nation on the subject of Syria and its alleged use of chemical weapons. He intends to use the credibility inherent in the presidency to persuade a skeptical nation that military strikes on Syria are necessary. But he has a major credibility problem. Four years ago today — September 9, 2009 — President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress. Presidents typically reserve addresses to joint sessions of Congress for weighty matters. National crises. War and peace. Obama used that joint session address to speak on the “crisis” of health care. During that
Backing away from a proposed military attack, President Obama said Monday night he will pursue a Russian proposal to put Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile under international control. “We will pursue this diplomatic track,” Mr. Obama said in an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace. “I fervently hope that this can be resolved in a non-military way. “The president, who has requested congressional authorization for a “limited” military strike against Syria, said he wants to “explore” the offer that came from Moscow Monday. “I welcome the possibility of the development,” Mr. Obama said during a round of six network interviews at
As President Obama ran to election victory last fall with claims that al Qaeda was “decimated” and “on the run,” his intelligence team was privately offering a different assessment that the terrorist movement was shifting resources and capabilities to emerging spinoff groups in Africa that posed fresh threats to American security. Top U.S. officials, including the president, were told in the summer and fall of 2012 that the African offshoots were gaining money, lethal knowledge and a mounting determination to strike U.S. and Western interests while keeping in some contact with al Qaeda’s central leadership, said several people directly familiar
Speaking Monday in London, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said that a U.S. military strike on Syria would constitute an “unbelievably small, limited kind of effort.” Later at the White House, President Obama insisted that any such action would be significant. “The U.S. does not do pinpricks,” he told an NBC News interviewer. “Our military is the greatest the world has ever known.” The dueling statements underscored the administration’s muddled message on Syria. The confusion has complicated Obama’s effort to persuade a reluctant Congress and American public to support a strike against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
PBS anchor Judy Woodruff was doing her weekly grocery shopping Saturday when she got a call from the White House’s press office: Would the public TV network like to interview President Obama on the eve of his nationwide address about a possible military strike against Syria, asked Dag Vega, Obama’s director of broadcast media. “We said, ‘Of course we’re interested,’” Woodruff said. As it happened, she wasn’t the only one getting a call from Vega this past weekend. In an unprecedented blitz to sell a Syria attack, the White House lined up interviews for the president with six TV networks
Congressional support for President Obama’s push for a military strike against Syria continued to erode Monday as key lawmakers in both parties announced their opposition, while others began searching for alternatives to the proposed cruise-missile attacks. As the opposition piled up, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) pulled back his plan for a test vote Wednesday on the use-of-force resolution, delaying by at least a day when that first hurdle could be cleared. This will allow Obama to make his case to both Senate caucuses at Tuesday’s weekly policy luncheons, as well to the nation in a televised address
So the Syria "crisis" is reaching its culmination. Syria´s WMD´s are likely to be placed under the control of its patron, Russia, perhaps even with the cooperation of other disinterested, responsible states such as Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela. The world´s only superpower, for its part, will loiter on the curb outside, asking hurried questions while the big boys come and go, stepping aside quickly to avoid being shoved into the gutter by their bodyguards. This situation is the sole handiwork of Mr. Barack H. Obama, successor in office to Washington, Lincoln, Truman, and Reagan.
Secretary of State John Kerry’s case for a U.S. strike in Syria seems to rest on two assumptions. One, that it is a crucial test for U.S. national security and the values of the civilized world comparable to the rise of Nazi Germany. Two, that it’s not really a big deal.Over the weekend, Kerry described the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons as “our Munich moment,” telling an audience in France, "This is not the time to be silent spectators to slaughter. … This is not the time to send a message where doing nothing is far more risky than
In an interview with NBC, President Obama suggested a diplomatic solution was at hand regarding Syria, and he said, "If you ask Michelle do we want to be involved in another war, the answer is no." The NBC host asked, "Would you act without Congress? The answer could be yes, no, or I haven´t decided." "I think it´s fair to say that I haven´t decided. I am taking this vote in Congress and what the American people are saying very seriously. Because if you ask somebody, you know, I read polls like everybody else. And if you ask somebody, if you
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will honor former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with this year’s Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center. The award will be presented to Clinton on September 10th, the eve of the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on the United States mission in Benghazi that killed four Americans. The Christian Science Monitor reports that Bush, a potential GOP contender in the 2016 presidential race, is chairman of the board of trustees of the National Constitution Center located in Philadelphia. “Former Secretary Clinton has dedicated her life to serving and engaging people across the world in
After a week or so of political whiplash, the country heard directly from President Obama as he tried to explain his policy. The speech was exceptionally revealing in the logical disconnect that plagues his policy: Chemical weapons use is beyond the pale and different than any weapon. We cannot let it go on. We have a national interest in acting. But I would ask Congress to hold off on voting for me to do anything. We’ll consider a deal to have Assad turn over his weapons. But remain in power. Several other disturbing inconsistencies were noteworthy. First, he talked about
“Sadly, I was an imperfect messenger,” Anthony Weiner (D-NY) noted tonight in his long-awaited concession speech, perhaps the only honest thing he has ever said:Anthony Weiner conceded defeat in the race for New York City mayor Tuesday night.As poll results came in showing the former congressman in distant fifth place, Weiner took to the stage at Connolly’s Pub in Midtown and put an end to a once-promising campaign. “Now, sadly, we did not win this time,” he said. “But I could not be more proud of the campaign we ran.” “
Having insisted for the past two weeks that military strikes are the only appropriate response to the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons against its own people, the Obama administration muddled its message today by entertaining the possibility of a non-military solution to the crisis. Asked at a press conference in London this morning whether there was anything Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad could do to avert a U.S. attack, Secretary of State John Kerry said ”he could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week.” Russia and Syria seized on the remark and
Private citizen Hillary Clinton talks about Syria. Why? In what capacity? Well of course when you’re Hillary you never really stop being Hillary. Who’s on first? Hillary, Kerry, Obama or Vladimir Putin? Readers will recall the recent post The Voyage of the Nikolai Filchenkov, where it first became apparent that the Russian President was getting ready to pull the rug right out from under Barack Obama. It was speculated that the ship was heading for Syria to remove the chemical weapons so that Obama would have no further pretext to attack Assad. Putin looks to be inside the Administration’s OODA
Successful recall elections Tuesday of two Democratic state senators in Colorado were because of “voter suppression, pure and simple,” Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Wednesday. Wasserman Schultz blamed lawsuits filed by opponents of gun control to prevent voters from mailing in ballots, the late announcement of polling locations, and “efforts by the NRA, the Koch brothers and other right wing groups who know that when more people vote, Democrats win.” “The recall elections in Colorado were defined by the vast array of obstacles that special interests threw in the way of voters for the purpose of reversing
Hillary Clinton hit pause on her presidential ambitions last night as she had to share a stage with former Florida governor Jeb Bush who is thought to be one of the most likely Republican candidates in 2016. In addition to being a politician himself, the son of one president and the brother of another, Jeb is also the chair of the National Constitution Center and was on hand to award the former First Lady with a lifetime achievement award. The evening wasn´t without any awkward moments, however, as a group of hecklers interrupted the ceremony chanting ´Benghazi´ repeatedly, as the
When I wrote in my last but one column that the only winner in the shambles that the West was making over its response to Syria would be Vladimir Putin, I had no idea how prescient that snide comment would turn out to be. So incompetent has the Obama White House been in its on-again, off-again action against the criminal despot Assad, and so eager is Barack Obama himself to find an exit from his own impasse, that Russia is being absurdly elevated to world saviour in a crisis which it has helped to create. Thanks to an ironic aside
An attacker pummeled a bus passenger so hard he smashed the bones in his face after calling the victim a “cracker” in Manhattan – marking the second time in two days that people appeared to be randomly targeted in racial tirades against white people, authorities said. In the latest incident, the suspect passed a 31-year-old rider on the M60 bus riding through Harlem, on West 127th Street, between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive, around 2:45 p.m., Friday, when he shouted the racial slur and punched the victim in the face, breaking his nose and eye socket, cops said.