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Top 10 Revelations From
Robert Gates’s Memoir

Wall Street Journal, by Dion Nissenbaum

Original Article

Posted By:Drive, 1/7/2014 8:30:47 PM

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is releasing his memoir, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” a 600-page book that offers a stark, insider’s view of Washington, the Pentagon, Congress and America’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. (You can read an exclusive WSJ excerpt.) Here’s a look at some of the book’s most riveting revelations: 1. Contempt for Congress Mr. Gates expresses open disdain for Congress and the way lawmakers treated him when he testified at hearings. “I saw most of Congress as uncivil, incompetent at fulfilling their basic constitutional responsibilities (such as timely appropriations), micromanagerial, parochial, hypocritical, egotistical, thin-skinned and prone

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dallasdude, 1/7/2014 8:39:32 PM     (No. 9683586)

The books to come once Obama is playing golf every day will be quite revealing. This book is just the beginning of the end of Obama´s reputation.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: otronome, 1/7/2014 8:40:32 PM     (No. 9683587)

Working hard to make sure he is neveer invited to make same mistake again...working for an insane and out-of-control centralized government

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Reply 3 - Posted by: stablemoney, 1/7/2014 10:52:03 PM     (No. 9683685)

Gates was willing to work with sleaze, now complains of it, and says he didn´t like it, but he did, which doesn´t reflect well on his integrity. As for his contempt for Congress, they represent the American people, and you report to them, Mr. Gates, not them to you, which has been a major problem with you and the Obama administration.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Tianne, 1/7/2014 11:05:31 PM     (No. 9683694)

Books, written with honesty by Generals Petraeus and McChrystal, could also prove to be intriguing.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: planetgeo, 1/8/2014 5:45:50 AM     (No. 9683787)

In books like this, from the inner circle of decision makers, the most valuable details are the seemingly small ones. The language used. The tone of voice. The non-presence of the public smile. These, together, are in fact big revelations.

And what they reveal is the duplicitous, two-faced character of Barack Obama. Yes, many of us already knew he was like this, but to have the mask removed and to be shown by his private comments who he really is and what he really thinks about the words he previously said in public to fool a nation behind the big toothy grin is a wondrous thing.

Calculating. Controlling. Duplicitous. Liar...Barack Obama.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Freeloader, 1/8/2014 7:25:08 AM     (No. 9683855)

FTA: "Mr. Gates writes his reputation for having an even temper often masked his outrage and contempt."

Did New York City´s famed Police Commissioner under Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia, Lewis J. Valentine, ever agree to "work" for the city´s Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese and Lucchese Crime Families? No! Did Eliot Ness ever agree to "work" for Chicago´s Capone Mob? No!...So just why, in the name of Frank Nitti, did Mr. Gates ever agree to "work" for Obama´s Chi-Town/Washington, D.C. Crime Syndicate in the first place?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 1/8/2014 7:32:39 AM     (No. 9683858)

The book I´m waiting for is the one that describes, in detail, Obie´s sealed records and confirms that he was a foreign exchange student (not born here) attending academia in the USA.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 1/8/2014 7:45:56 AM     (No. 9683874)

I think he sums up Congress pretty well.

As for this FTA: “I never doubted Obama’s support for the troops, only his support for the mission,”

In plain English, ya can´t have one without the other. And for proof that he didn´t support the troops I look to announcing the surge and the pull-out date at the same time.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: guybee, 1/8/2014 7:47:25 AM     (No. 9683878)

Gates is bimodal. He is demeaning of O and Biden, Congress and the NSS and White House Staff. Yet he raves about Hillary? Talk about confusion. His role in this mess will never be forgotten. To complain about Congress trying to sift thru the lies and duplicitous coverups by this administration is a bit late. Why didn´t he blow the whistle on them sooner?

I think he will not gain the respect he is seeking with his tell all book. It makes him look just as bad as the company he kept

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Mai Bad, 1/8/2014 7:48:56 AM     (No. 9683881)

Yo..yo...This Home Girl had the chance to observe Jo Jo Biden when he was on the Judiciary Committee in the 1980´s. Not an impressive intellect. You can´t teach dumb. Why do you think Obama picked this clown? Jo Jo´s lack of brains has never been a secret.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: MirJoy, 1/8/2014 7:49:36 AM     (No. 9683882)

Sometimes you get the impression that National Security is run by a bunch of marketing guys who depend heavily on polling.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: lasvegaslou, 1/8/2014 7:50:48 AM     (No. 9683885)

Wow! I have always liked Gates and thought of him as a very competent manager. His opinion of DC and Congress matches mine perfectly. I wish he had really told us what he really thinks about Congress and DC in general, though. Seriously, I wonder how much of his pure, distilled contempt for Congress is based on the shabby treatment he got from them at the hearing. Not so much, I would like to think.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: EnsignOToole, 1/8/2014 8:02:12 AM     (No. 9683900)

Mr. Gates´ resume is quite impressive. Unlike the pResident he really did earn all his degrees by himself plus other distinguished awards. Gates attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America and received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award as an adult.

Gates received a scholarship to the College of William and Mary, graduating in 1965 with a B.A. in history. He received an M.A. in history from Indiana University in 1966. Later in 1974 he completed his Ph.D. in Russian and Soviet history from Georgetown University. I have no doubt that there are college classmates who remember him physically present in their classes.

I´m glad he has written his book and I hope it sells like hotcakes before the 2014 and 2016 elections.

My other thought is: how can such an apparently smart man be so dumb? In line with #3´s comment, "Gates was willing to work with sleaze, now complains of it" - the old saying: "You lie down with dogs, you will likely get fleas" comes to mind.


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Reply 14 - Posted by: richwill, 1/8/2014 8:19:04 AM     (No. 9683912)

As with previous posters, the key word is integrity.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: WAN2, 1/8/2014 8:33:02 AM     (No. 9683926)

Gates is a racist... End of story.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Farmwife1, 1/8/2014 8:36:01 AM     (No. 9683929)

The must reads today are amazing! I´m starting at the top with Gate´s book, which I´m thinking is just the tip of a massive iceberg.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 1/8/2014 8:47:06 AM     (No. 9683942)

While I agree with most of the excerpted comments from Gates´s book, I am baffled as to why he didn´t resign sooner -- with great fanfare -- as it must have become obvious that there was nothing to be done with the Great Anti-American Juggernaut that occupied the executive branch.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: judy, 1/8/2014 8:54:11 AM     (No. 9683958)

Gates was probably the only adult in the room. He stayed longer than I thought he would. He´s right on congress. Their numbers are lower than the WH. The only ones who approve are lobbyists, family & staff members.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Aegedius, 1/8/2014 8:58:51 AM     (No. 9683970)

The time to have reported this was in 2012. Ask him why he kept quiet when he goes on his book tour.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 1/8/2014 9:15:15 AM     (No. 9683992)

Agree w/#5. And our nation will pay dearly for letting such a petty tyrant have so much power.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: stealthy, 1/8/2014 9:22:16 AM     (No. 9684004)

He should have tried to walk in Rumsfelds shoes.He was treated kindly by comparison.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: cjohn2979, 1/8/2014 9:34:37 AM     (No. 9684019)

Wont be long before MSDNC is calling Gates a racist.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Felixcat, 1/8/2014 9:46:36 AM     (No. 9684046)

Local talk radio this morning had one of their morning hosts comment that Gates is a true public servant. Ha Ha. These "public servants" move in and out of government and the private sector and academia, each time fattening up their bank accounts.

So Gates didn´t like Congressw questioning him? Too bad. That´s their job (when they make the effort to actually try and do some oversight of the programs We The People Taxpayers are paying for).

Doesn´t doubt Obama´s support for the troops - just their mission. And so what if those missions got(and get) men and women killed and maimed for life. That´s okay though because the troops are so important to Obama that he allowed his wife to use them as background decoration for some Oscar award presentation.

Whatever Robert. Okay we get it. You were the only honorable person in the entire Administration or so you say now.







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Reply 24 - Posted by: sherlock1, 1/8/2014 9:48:13 AM     (No. 9684050)

Gates complains about the malfeasance of the Obama administration, admits he hid his anger behind a facade of loyalty, and then expresses anger at how he was treated by congressional investigations into the same things he claims he was against. I don´t think Mr. Gates has thought this through very thoroughly, or has much of a case.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: mc squared, 1/8/2014 9:55:41 AM     (No. 9684059)

Why did he stay? Rudolph Hess defected to Scotland in ´41.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/8/2014 9:58:44 AM     (No. 9684063)

Obama´s so called reputation is a myth front to back. He was a total goof off in college, likely given A´s because he was the chosen one by the Marxists and it went downhill from there.

He is what he is and it isn´t pretty!

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Reply 27 - Posted by: nevernaught, 1/8/2014 10:00:19 AM     (No. 9684065)

I first looked at the picture and then read the article. My first thought was... who the hell does Hillary´s hair. Now to the Gate´s article and first things first.

How did we ever get into this mess. This President has no history, his documents are forged, his resume as a Community Organizer is worthless, and he lies through is teeth.

In other words, what makes him and the rest of his Yes men think they know more about running military campaigns, the government, creating jobs and frankly representing anybody else except themselves.

Gates seems to be an honorable man, well as honest as they get in Washington DC, but I think he is too easy on these people. Call them what they are... Liars, thieves and dirty politicians who are Socialist ideologues. They always destroy everything they touch. All these people have to go.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Arby, 1/8/2014 10:03:13 AM     (No. 9684071)

These may be the high points, but they are not revelations. They are precisely what one would expect. The big question is why someone with Gates´s credentials and integrity would ever work for Fauxbama.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 1/8/2014 10:14:59 AM     (No. 9684098)

Obie One, only girly-man wearing red glass slippers so he can go back to Hawaii when ever he clicks his hills. And he does not want to talk about ObamaCare, besides, what difference does it make now.......what a maroon.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 1/8/2014 10:17:08 AM     (No. 9684104)

Alas and alack, here comes the books that were waiting to come out and even before his term is over,it seems.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: chicodon, 1/8/2014 10:23:35 AM     (No. 9684110)

Sour grapes. Read the extended version.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304617404579306851526222552?mod=WSJ_hps_LEFTTopStories

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Reply 32 - Posted by: peterfleming, 1/8/2014 10:29:22 AM     (No. 9684119)

Gates, is a career government worker, director CIA under HEBush, all kinds of degrees. This is all about a book deal and the safety of putting his life of revelations into a hard cover, widely distributed book that, once published, can never be changed or distorted. Gates is an insider´s inside, insider. He´s probably collecting multiple government pensions (worse than a double dipper!) He didn´t even go to a "conservative" publisher. Giant Random House, has this one little literary style, small company, KNOPF, as pro demo, pro Obama as it gets. Yet, THEY published this large record of Gates life. It´s a publishing breakthrough, too. The holes in the dam are turning into large cracks. This 600 page book, legitimately published, guarantees that Gates will not die suddenly. Almost guarantees, at least. It shows that even socialist inclined publishers (those who look down on the subject of freedom, conservatism, can see the extreme damage being done in Washington. Hence this book, and by its size and scope, it is obvious why it took Gates so long to come out of the closet. He wanted to do it in relative safety, the opposite of the heroic, death defying Snowden.
So, here is an elegant example of a quality whistleblower with some media and WSJ support !

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Reply 33 - Posted by: EnsignOToole, 1/8/2014 10:44:53 AM     (No. 9684152)

Pardon a second comment, but after reading all the comments on this article and the comments on the Dr. Krauthammer article, I think there is a pattern of apparent wimpiness in both Gates and Krauthammer, when it is more likely fear.

Both men have been in the public eye for many years and have learned that if they don´t want to get burned, they must keep their thoughts to themselves somewhat. This is especially true about criticizing Obama, unless one doesn´t mind being called a racist. To have the label attached to your name can mean all sorts of bad things for you and your family - such as loss of income or personal popularity.

I´m not excusing Gates and Krauthammer´s late awakening; however, I´m just glad they are speaking out now. There is a whole lot of history yet to be revealed and their knowledge will be important. Maybe America needed Obama in order to show what kind of person the Founders warned us about but we ignored their warning. Maybe now we will take the Constitution more seriously.


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Reply 34 - Posted by: RancherJack, 1/8/2014 10:45:32 AM     (No. 9684155)

If this is all Gates said, then he´s still a dang fool

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Madinmaryland, 1/8/2014 10:50:02 AM     (No. 9684168)

#10-hysterical. As for my opinion, I thought Gates to be an honorable man. And why he didn´t resign earlier is beyond me. He thought he was serving his country. But it is serving Obammy. Always will be.
As far as the book is concerned, I want to read it. Trying to decide between Kindle version and hard cover.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: peterfleming, 1/8/2014 10:50:29 AM     (No. 9684171)

Here´s what Amazon books says about Gates:
"Robert M. Gates served as secretary of defense from 2006 to 2011. He also served as an officer in the United States Air Force and worked for the Central Intelligence Agency before being appointed director of the agency by President George H. W. Bush. He was a member of the National Security Council staff in four administrations and served eight presidents of both political parties. Additionally, Gates has a continuing distinguished record in the private sector and in academia, including currently serving as chancellor of the College of William and Mary. He holds a Ph.D. in Russian and Soviet history from Georgetown University"

Gates is an insider´s inside, insider! This is safe, secure, inarguable whistleblowing. This is just the beginning!
Barry and his fellow commies are going DOWN!

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Reply 37 - Posted by: starboard, 1/8/2014 11:06:04 AM     (No. 9684203)

Perhaps the reason Gates stayed on with Obama was because the commanders on the ground wanted him to. Perhaps, he wanted to be there for them, to help them finish what they were doing and be an influence for them in the White House.

Remember that old adage, keep your enemies close.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Donna M, 1/8/2014 11:12:20 AM     (No. 9684217)

This is worth 5 minutes, no more. From the excerpts I read, Gates´ remarks are at once critical and equivocal--he balances out the criticism with praise of the people he criticizes such as Clinton and Obama--even Biden. His long-time insider status makes this reflexive. If he were truly honorable, he would have spilled all to Congress and resigned. I´m with #24 on this--the Dem rejoinder will be the passages of praise. Meanwhile, Obamacare continues rather than being acted against, our economy is sputtering and we can´t get jobs. Heck, we can´t even get Edison light bulbs restored for distribution and manufacture! Let´s get back to the real issues and past ´memoirs´ like this.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 1/8/2014 11:13:22 AM     (No. 9684219)

… Fortunately, I believe my minimalist goals were achieved in Iraq.

But were they successful? Nope!

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 1/8/2014 11:37:40 AM     (No. 9684265)

#39 mentions something which i found disturbing: minimalist goals in Iraq... meanwhile that country whose people really have suffered immensely, is going deeper into hell.

Even worse, though, is the loss of American (and NATO) lives, and the gravely wounded, from the entire span of war from 2003 to present.

Even worse still, he knew the Rules of Engagement in Afghanistan which have resulted in accelerated increase deaths.

He never made public his and other leadership´s disapproval of the change in DADT, overturned peremptorily, and based in part on a FAKE "survey" of active military.

IF he loved the Republic, IF he loved the men and women under his command, he would have spoken out when it would have made a difference, and perhaps saved us from another destruct term with this Obamantion.



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Reply 41 - Posted by: CEP, 1/8/2014 12:04:31 PM     (No. 9684316)

I think Obama is a jerk, this book by Gates now says he didn´t like what was going on yet Gates was a part of it. I think he is now just wanting to sell a book, Gates put up with all of it and didn´t say a word, why didn´t he resign and say what he thought of it then, why wait till now. Don´t trust Gates, Obama, Hillary or all the other players in Washington DC. There seems to be no one looking out for the people of the country just looking out for themselves and making a mess of everything. May the Good Lord have mercy on us.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: congaree53, 1/8/2014 12:14:56 PM     (No. 9684342)

Gates also takes no prisoners with Bush and the neocons-good for him.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: chicodon, 1/8/2014 2:57:33 PM     (No. 9684619)

I may have misjudged the importance of this book to Obama´s liberal followers. The White House press briefing today was interesting. The press corps were nearly ashen. I´ve never seen them slumping down in their chairs and so clearly depressed. Toward the end, the front row looked like they were at a funeral. The thought of Obama sending 30k troops on a surge that he thought would fail was even too much for April Ryan of National Urban Radio. This may stick.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Udanja99, 1/8/2014 4:33:26 PM     (No. 9684787)

Don´t hold your breath, #1. We´re still waiting for the tell all books on the Clinton administration.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/8/2014 7:14:18 PM     (No. 9685023)

Too little, too late.
Why not speak out before Zippy was re-elected ?

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Reply 46 - Posted by: pickle1, 1/8/2014 10:48:36 PM     (No. 9685259)

I just don´t know about this world.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: Judith, 1/9/2014 8:09:33 AM     (No. 9685561)

I really have no respect for this man or his master for four years, obama. As for being behind any activity in Iraq or Afghanistan, gates makes it perfectly clear he did not approve of either action under both potus´. His contempt for congress is shared by almost the entire country, so that is not news.
Gates is another colin powell. Being part of sending our military into war, losing lives, and, after the fact, stating that he was not really FOR the wars. Our country, our soldiers, deserved better.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: papasparky, 1/9/2014 8:27:13 AM     (No. 9685583)

. . . can´t resist the temptation to wonder out loud, if when Lil´ Crisy Mathews starts sputtering about (the) Gate´s Gate, will listeners think he has added stuttering to his list of "accomplishments"?

Anyway, I never thought much of Bobby Gates -- felt he kinda disappeared inside Rumsfeld´s right shoe.

I always remembered what Dr. Jack Wheeler (TTP News Letter) said about the Gate´s nomination to be SOD. He refrained from calling him a pin head, instead he referred to the other end of the pin. http://www.rodmartin.org/the-sordid-truth-about-bobby-gates/


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Reply 49 - Posted by: danvillebill, 1/9/2014 12:36:12 PM     (No. 9685929)

I never thought Gates was much more than a politically correct insider who ultimately sold his soul when he agreed to work for President Nothing. Kind of a David Gergen but with line authority.

But now, with Hagel running DOD, Gates will be likely be compared to a combination of George Marshall and Napoleon.

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up on Benghazi, want Congress to keep investigating
Fox News, by Dana Blanton    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/18/2014 7:24:39 AM     Post Reply
Most voters think the White House is trying to cover-up what happened in Benghazi and want Congress to continue to investigate the administration’s handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate there that killed four Americans. That’s according to a Fox News poll released Thursday. Sixty percent of voters want lawmakers to keep investigating what happened in Benghazi. That’s down from 65 percent who felt that way in November, and a high of 73 percent in early June 2013.

Disputed Call: Obama Tries to Shrug
Off House Leader´s Public Rebuke
Heritage, by Ken McIntyre and Aaron Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/18/2014 7:21:07 AM     Post Reply
President Obama today sought to make light of a stinging public rebuke from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who took the president to task for disparaging GOP lawmakers while seeking to make a deal on immigration reform. Obama, the No. 2 House leader said yesterday after a phone conversation with the president, should “stop his partisan messaging and begin to seriously work with Congress.” Hours before the president called Cantor, the White House had issued a statement in which Obama ripped House Republicans for favoring “extreme measures” and “seemingly preferring the status quo of a broken immigration system over meaningful reform.” “You’re always

Naomi Wolf Attacks Me As A Zionist Agent
For Criticizing Brandeis Feminists
Breitbart Big Peace, by Phyllis Chesler    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/17/2014 2:05:18 PM     Post Reply
As everyone knows, Brandeis publicly announced that they would award Ayaan Hirsi Ali an honorary doctorate--and then, under siege by nearly 30% of their professors, and by thousands of their own students, they publicly disinvited Hirsi Ali. This campaign was orchestrated by the Muslim Student Association and by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization which is the American face of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. Someone sent author Naomi Wolf a copy of my latest article about this scandal: “Brandeis Feminists Fail the Historical Moment.” It was my response to Brandeis’s shameful dis-invitation of Ayaan Hirsi Ali. I

F. Reid Buckley, Novelist
and Columnist, Dies at 83
New York Times, by Paul Vitello    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/17/2014 12:04:27 PM     Post Reply
F. Reid Buckley, a novelist, columnist, founder of a school of public speaking and, in family lore, the most literary of Aloise and William F. Buckley Sr.’s 10 children, including former Senator James L. Buckley and the conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr., died on Monday in hospice care in Columbia, S.C. He was 83. The cause was cancer, his son William Huntting Buckley said. Mr. Buckley had lived in Camden, S.C., since the early 1970s. He was often mistaken for his brother William, the founder of the conservative magazine National Review. The brothers not only looked alike. They also shared political

Why Obama Can´t Explain Himself
Real Clear World, by Robert Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/17/2014 9:43:53 AM     Post Reply
Secretary of State John Kerry evidently runs a tight ship, given the paucity of leaks that emerge from his office. So we know he is organized and disciplined. He is also an energetic risk-taker, jumping into high-wire negotiations with Iran, and forcing the Israelis and Palestinians to the negotiating table -- enterprises that could likely end in failure and ruin his reputation. This is a man with character. By contrast, his predecessor at State, Hillary Clinton, appeared to take few risks and has been accused of using the position of secretary of state merely to burnish her resume in preparation

Brain Surgery Patient´s Obamacare
Plan Denies Meds, Drops Doctors
Breitbart Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/17/2014 8:27:21 AM     Post Reply
A New York woman suffering from a neurological disease that has required four brain surgeries has been dropped by all of her doctors and denied medications due to her Obamacare plan. "I´ve been vomiting. I lost 22 pounds. The pain is unbearable," said Margaret Figueroa, 49, on Wednesday. "My medication helps me function during the day." Figueroa suffers from a disease known as Arnold Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia. Even though the Obamacare plan she purchased assured her that she was covered, her insurance card was denied when she went to fill her prescriptions. Then she learned that none of her



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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
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Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
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Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt
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Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 7:03:28 PM     Post Reply
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.” Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only in this

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
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Prominent Washington correspondents are accusing President Obama and his aides of knowingly stretching the truth on issues like the so-called women´s pay gap just to create controversy and keep issues -- and the president -- relevant. Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus kicked off the attack last week when she blasted as “demagoguery” the administration´s tactics during the pay gap debate. “The level of hyperbole -- actually, of demagoguery -- that Democrats have engaged in here is revolting,” she wrote. CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett then weighed in this week in his National Journal


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