Islamist militants seized at least 20 hostages, including as many as seven Americans, at an Algerian natural gas complex Wednesday in a brazen attack linked by the assailants to France’s military intervention in neighboring Mali. At least one foreign worker was reported killed in the early morning assault on the vast In Amenas gas field near Algeria’s eastern border with Libya. The attack, attributed to a unit of al-Qaeda’s offshoot in North Africa, raised concerns about a broadening of Mali’s civil war five days after French forces joined the country’s fight against Islamist insurgents.
England still has SAS #1. And not all Frenchmen wave white flags. The French Resistance during WWII did amazing things helping the allies escape through France. Let´s not paint them with that awful wide brush. And whether Zippy is able to make any decisions or not, the US Special Forces must be anxious to go. We can use that brush for the current White House occupants.
The Islamo leader was also in Benghazi... and fully expects Obama to respond the same, as in Do Nothing. Obama can´t respond. Taqiyya Tactics allow him to target & kill only rogue arabs, not members of The Muslim Brotherhood invasion team!
France may have failed at their Somalian rescue, due to US giving the Mo Bro´s a heads up...
Can´t have a hostage rescued the week before Obama sends Hillary to Somalia, to bestow Legitimate Government Status on the Arab Spring invading Islamist Muslim Bro´s now in power.... Just like Egypt, Tunisia & Libya!
France... Please keep your rescue tactics in the Sahara close to the vest. May God protect you.
The media will simply pass this off as bad luck for Obama who can´ tbe expected to be perfect everywhere. What he´s accomplishing at home far outweighs some foreign mishaps.
I mean what could be better than going uninsured and then getting same day coverage after you get a brain tumor.If the republicans weren´t so outdated,they could come up with this form of government benevolence.
What could be better than using you house for an ATM and then after the money is blown,the banks eat your underwater value.It´s a mystery to me why people can´t get 2 years behind on their car payment and still keep their cars. Afterall,they need a way to work.
What could be better than getting an extra 6 or 7 grand every time you re-up a student loan and you´re really not expected to pay it back. Rich people and greedy corporations should pay for free college.We need more people with degrees in African studies.
Anyone else notice that Pinata is the only one in the administration that is making statements on this? It wasn´t that long ago that the president would be the one doing this. But then,we really haven´t had a president in four years.
msm will not do it so we all have to: the proximate cause of the this mali rebellion is the intervention in libya by obama. Obama broke the libyan policy that had been in place since Nixon and that finally, finally had started to work under W. Obama smashed it to hell and the Khadafy forces fled to Mali where they have started all this. It´s on him.
Last time a social/libbies was in the White House -- WE had hostages....
So let´s see if the bamboozler calls carter to ask his advice.
The president´s weakness in foreign affairs will put these people in jeopardy. Best case scenario -- a private black/ops team be hired by their families to get them out.... OR perhaps Bill O´Reilly can work some magic like he did with the Marine illegally held in Mexico. The goooooberment couldn´t get him out -- BUT O´Reilly did....
I pray for these hostages and hope they return home unharmed. I can´t help but wonder if shortly after September 11, had we gone into Afghanistan and destroyed their country and broken their will that the terrorists would be rethinking the whole jihad thing. We had the ability but not the will. Now we are being pecked to death by these barbarians. The only way to stomp out this cancer is with overwhelming force and the will to do it. The world knows Obama is weak and that he will never do what needs to be done. The bad guys use to fear us, now they don´t. Our people are sitting ducks who can´t rely on our government to try and rescue them.
Were a Republican in the White House, it would be his or her fault that Americans were taken hostage. The media will give Obama and Mrs. Clinton a pass.
Actually, I think Obama is cover for Mrs. Clinton. If Obama weren´t her boss, she´d take more heat for foreign policy failures. The media will give cover for a lazy black man who has accomplished nothing on his own in life, but not a white woman.
Folks . . . Obama is LAZY and his Marxist views just support his laziness as it is EVERYONE ELSE´S fault that black folks are poor in his way of thinking. There´s no thought to personal responsibility or the Democrat policies that keep black folks in chains.
“The United States strongly condemns these kinds of terrorist acts,” Panetta said. “I want to assure the American people that the United States will take all necessary and proper steps that are required to deal with this situation.”
Sure we will. We´ll be all over that just like we were in Benghazi. /S
My prayers go out to all the families of all involved in this horrible situation.
Obozo and Hitlery are no doubt pouring over Youtube videos searching for 1 made by an American to blame this situation on. Can´t possibly be al qaeda responsible because he dismantled them and had them running scared - even though they claim responsibility on a video.
I am quite sure the Americans who escaped saw the blood on the wall in Benghazi and knew they were on their own.
How long before Obozo speaks about this? No dead children involved to push gun control, so I´m sure there is no rush - maybe after tee time?!
I think the Hil wound was from a "LifeStyle Lift as it is called on TV. They picture these folks, men and women, looking like deflated foot-balls in the before and pretty great in the after. How it works is that the muscles attach in the area behind the ear. The surgeon snags it with a hook and pulls back.Presto! tight-face. A lot of hostages are dead. -breaking news.
Nothing new here. It takes time to first confer with Valerie, then Michelle, then Pelosi and Reid, then whoever will set up his Teleprompter speech, then get the drive-by sycophants together, make them wait while he plays another round of golf, schedule a Letterman segment, confer again with Valerie, Oprah, and his dog. The UN will have to weigh in with the Rev. Wright, along with the super minds of Al Sharpton, Barbara Streisand, and Matt Damon, who will all have to sit down for lunch together and figure out just how to sound like tough hombres; yet not hurt the feelings of the terrorist or any of the Islamic nations involved. Hostages? Oh, yeah, them...
"Strongly denounce." There, that will do it, Panetta. After all, that darling group of AQ are such a bunch of kidders. Any Republican president would have extended any help necessary to our ally, France.
Tea party groups and fiscal conservatives wasted no time Wednesday in savaging a bipartisan budget agreement negotiated between House Republicans and Senate Democrats, drawing an unusually angry response from House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican. All sides were rating the winners and losers in the deal struck a day earlier between House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, Washington Democrat. The modest deficit-cutting deal had some sweeteners for defense contractors and oil drillers, while air travelers, federal workers and some corporate executives would take a hit.
The White House blasted Republicans on Wednesday for criticizing President Obama’s decision to shake hands with Cuban leader Raul Castro. “There used to be a pretty important principle, that originated in the Republican Party, I believe, that partisan politics should stop at the water’s edge,” said White House deputy press secretary Joshua Earnest. “It’s unfortunate that we did see a number of Republicans yesterday who criticized the president for a handshake.” Mr. Obama shook hands with Mr. Castro on stage in South Africa at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday. The U.S. does not have diplomatic relations with
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House Republicans appeared Wednesday to be rallying around an $85 billion deal to avert another government shutdown, brushing off complaints from their right wing that the effort would trade immediate spending cuts for less-certain long-term savings. After conducting a series of closed-door briefings and polling members during a late-afternoon vote, GOP leadership aides confidently predicted that the deal struck between House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) would sail through the House when it comes to a vote Thursday. The moment seemed to mark a potentially significant shift by House Republicans away
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Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) walked out of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela when Cuban “president” Raúl Castro began speaking. “Senator Cruz very much hopes that Castro learns the lessons of Nelson Mandela,” said Sean Rushton, Cruz’s communications director. “For decades, Castro has wrongly imprisoned and tortured countless innocents. Just as Mandela was released after 27 years in prison, Castro should finally release his political prisoners; he should hold free elections, and once and for all set the Cuban people free.” Earlier in the day, President Obama shook hands with Castro.
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Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013
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