The United States will temporarily shut down its embassies and consulates around the world Sunday, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt, as a precautionary measure, the State Department said Thursday. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf did not say how long the international installations would stay closed -- only that the decision was taken “out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting.” Sunday is a normal workday in many Arab and Middle Eastern countries. Embassies in Europe and Latin America would be shuttered that day anyway.
SO what is zippy´s plan when terrorists strike the staff housing areas outside the embassy grounds? If memory serves me well, this sort of thing has happened before, though not necessarily to US personnel.
After Benghazi, anyone working inside a Muslim country should think twice about it. There is no guarantee that Obama will rescue you if anything bad happens. American cries for help were ignored by Obama and Hillary once and four Americans are dead because of it. Political expediency dictates their response to any situation and God help you if you are in their way. Political ambition trumps decency every time for these two.
This smacks of an attempt to change the narrative. Sort of a ´See how important our spying activities are?´ and ´Gee, look how rapidly and efficiently we respond when our embassies are threatened!´ It´s all about playing down those ´phony´ scandals.
"Workplace violence"? "Man-caused disaster"? "Rightwing militias and Tea Party extremists"?
What exactly does Dear Leader supposedly fear will happen on Sunday? 10 to 1 this is another in a long line of charades trying to show that Dear Leader cares and has his eye on the ball, which we all know is ludicrous.
Still no answer on where you were Sept. 11, 2012, Dear Leader? Still no apology for lying about the YouTube video? Didn´t think so..
This is just a ruse to get all of us to stop talking about Benghazi. Apparently the lie detectors are just the first of many tactics to stop CIA employees from talking to Congress. They are changing names and threatening families. Time to bring Obama down.
As scary as it gets. No safe place in each foreign country, for Americans to go when in trouble. It´s always been a sign of international respect, one country for another. Time for us to stop sending those countries more useless bribing billions. Time to get all Islamic supremacists out of the UN. No more protection for them either. Time to evict the UN, stop wasting money on them, move them to another country. The UN mosque has outlived its long ago glitz. Ron Paul says, END THE FED, great idea. Now, let´s ALL say, UN, GET OUT OF THE USA!
But Obama said that Al Qaeda was defeated not so long ago. Now Al Qaeda is so strong that we have to close our embassies because of them. Poor Obama made a Phony Statement on the status of Al Qaeda and now he looks like the real phony here?
Or maybe it´s a ruse to see what happens when certain intel agencies THINK the entire embassy is "shut down?" Perhaps there will be drones and computers and satellites and telecommunications working overtime to see what happens when it´s been pre-announced that nobody will be at home?
For those who believe there is an al Qaeda connection, do a search on the date, and August 4, 2012 is "Laylat al-Qadr" known variously as Night of Power or Night of Destiny. It commemorates when the Quran was first revealed. There is a great deal more information to do with this holiday.
On 9-11, the embassies were open for business as usual, everyone in the State Dept and White House was sleeping off a hangover or drinking White House home brew and people died. Now on his majesties big birthday they are taking serious precautions. My bet is he will be on the golf course for his birthday.
This is either Wag-The-Dog based on gun running in Benghazi and the Mulatto Marxist being tied directly to the IRS targeting or Conservatives --or--BIG OR, it puts the skids to the Mulatto Marxist´s BIG LIE that Al Quaeda is on the run and no threat.
#37 -- Think again...it ain´t about Al Qaeda being on the run, it´s about keeping the American public ignorant of the fact that he, and his Administration, is willfully allied with Al Qaeda. He is Saudi Arabia´s man in the White House.
Sunnis vs. Shi´ites...Obama is aligned with the Sunni, which is how he was raised.
Since it is Barry´s birthday, I think he wants all of the embassies staff in the Muslim countries to celebrate the great event and pay homage, as every good dictator expects. So, next year, will he do the same in the USA? I wouldn´t put anything past this Marxist king.
I´m wondering if this isn´t a part of a lighting withdrawal from all Arab lands. We essentially just surrendered in Iraq, after all, and are abruptly packing up and "going home", way ahead of schedule. We´re always told that they hate us because we occupy and bomb them... maybe the wholesale closing of embassies and locking down of military bases is Zero´s dhimmi-inspired gambit to clear out, and scare the Europeans out at the same time.
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