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I’m beginning to think this President is at worst, a pathological liar or at best, Bipolar. A month ago, he was barking like a junkyard dog in defense of Susan Rice, after admitting he sent her out to lie to the nation. Now we get this from Obama on Benghazi (via MSNBC):
GREGORY: In the politics, in the back and forth in this, do you feel like you let your friend Susan Rice hang out there to dry a little bit?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: No. First of all, I think I was very clear throughout that Susan has been an outstanding U.N. ambassador for the United States. She appeared on a number of television shows reporting what she and we understood to be the best information at the time. This was a politically motivated attack on her. I mean of all the people in my national security team she probably had the least to do with anything that happened in Benghazi. Why she was targeted individually for the kind of attacks that she was subjected to is– is– was puzzling to me. And I was very clear in the days after those attacks that they weren’t acceptable. So, you know, the good thing is– is that I think she will continue to serve at the U.N. and do an outstanding job. And I think that most Americans recognize that these were largely politically motivated attacked– attacks as opposed to being justified.
Politically motivated? Mr. President, you admitted YOU sent her out there. We all now know that both of you knew at the time you set her out to the talk show circuit that what she was telling the nation was a lie. The criticism of Rice was not about politics, it was about LYING. It still is about lying.
The Blamer-in-Chief just prior to these remarks on Rice said this about our Embassy security, emphasis added is mine:
Some individuals have been held accountable inside of the State Department and what I’ve said is that we are going to fix this to make sure that this does not happen again, because these are folks that I send into the field. We understand that there are dangers involved but, you know, when you read the report and it confirms what we had already seen, you know, based on some of our internal reviews; there was just some sloppiness, not intentional, in terms of how we secure embassies in areas where you essentially don’t have governments that have a lot of capacity to protect those embassies. So we’re doing a thorough-going review. Not only will we implement all the recommendations that were made, but we’ll try to do more than that. You know, with respect to who carried it out, that’s an ongoing investigation. The FBI has sent individuals to Libya repeatedly. We have some very good leads, but this is not something that, you know, I’m going to be at liberty to talk about right now.
Again, Mr. President — you’re trying to install an unsupported narrative here. This embassy was vulnerable for at least the 6 months prior to the attack on September 11th; it had been attacks twice prior. The security of this consulate was already at a dangerously low level. There were warnings three days before the attack, which were ignored. Even the Ambassador himself asked multiple times for more security. Instead of granting those requests, his security was actually cut back. (Related: State Department withdrew 16-member special forces team from Benghazi one month before 9/11/12 terrorist attack)
This is not about sloppiness. Sloppiness implies security was implemented, but did it in a manner leaving things in a state disarray. Mr. President, you didn’t implement anything, you removed it and in doing so, thereby leaving your Ambassador Stevens and his staff wide open to attacks. Attacks this administration was warned about from several sources. What transpired wasn’t sloppiness, it was criminal.
By the way, Nakoula was unavailable for comment.
Related Reading from LL1885:
#BENGHAZI: Psych! No Real Resignations.
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#Benghazi: Looking Like A Middle East Fast and Furious Continue reading
Post Written by Liberty Speaks original can be found HERE The Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 (HR 6156) was signed into law by Pres. Obama on Friday, December 14th of this year. The law is designed … Continue reading
As I stated last week via the NY Times article, it looked to me like these folks were being paid off by being put on administrative leave. Emphasis added:
Oh hey, look…Some resignations! With the Accountability report also came four resignations. Four is a nice round number to take the blame for what was ultimately the role, responsibility and fault of the President and Hillary Clinton. Perhaps the number if more symbolic – four resignations for four murdered Americans. NY Times:
Eric J. Boswell, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, resigned. Charlene R. Lamb, the deputy assistant secretary responsible for embassy security, and another official in the diplomatic security office whom officials would not identify were relieved of their duties. So was Raymond Maxwell, a deputy assistant secretary who had responsibility for North Africa. The four officials, a State Department spokeswoman said, “have been placed on administrative leave pending further action.”
I want to know who the other official they would not name is. The article says they resigned or were relieved of duty, yet they are placed on administrative leave as well? Does that mean they’re being paid for their trouble of playing the part of scapegoats?
The NY Post confirms my suspicion:
The four officials supposedly out of jobs because of their blunders in the run-up to the deadly Benghazi terror attack remain on the State Department payroll — and will all be back to work soon, The Post has learned.
The highest-ranking official caught up in the scandal, Assistant Secretary of State Eric Boswell, has not “resigned” from government service, as officials said last week. He is just switching desks. And the other three are simply on administrative leave and are expected back.
The four were made out to be sacrificial lambs in the wake of a scathing report issued last week that found that the US compound in Benghazi, Libya, was left vulnerable to attack because of “grossly inadequate” security.
Someone in the three-ring circus of Congressional Committees better fire up the Subpoena machine and get Hillary before she can plead the 5th. By the way, where are all the survivors of Benghazi? Continue reading
December is not over yet, but this is a look at the month up to around the 19th when I worked on this post. I will resume my blog break and return sometime in January but the specific date is not yet nailed down. My December posts are here.
Abroad, things were not going so well for Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. There continued to be attacks on our bases in Afghanistan. A long-range rocket was launched from North Korea. Obama continued drone strikes in Pakistan. Obama also warned Syria about using chemical weapons.
At home, the scandals for Obama won’t die. Officials involved in Fast and Furious were being moved, demoted, fired or charged with crimes by the DOJ. Benghazigate rolled on despite Obama and Rice’s theatrics. Rice wrote a sob letter to Obama complaining how racist and sexist the GOP was for pointing out that she lied and was an incompetent useful idiot. There, there Susan… the media has your back. Well, then Hillary took a tumble just in time to say she wouldn’t testify, but would send two underlings in her place.
Obamacare was already wasting money on a failed electronic records system. Speaking of Obamacare, the ‘accommodation’ proposal was laughed at in court. No one is laughing at the lack of coverage for kids in the bill.
The TSA blew off hearings the agency was asked to attend claiming Congress had no jurisdiction over them. Obama bypassed Congress again and mandated all cars have black boxes in them by 2014. Holder has the authority to collect dossiers on regular citizens at will now. So, the TSA can stop you anywhere now, the government can track you in your car and the Justice department can collect any information they want about you and anyone else they feel like. Scared yet? If you’re not, well… you can’t fix stupid.
In government, Boehner began purging committees of true Conservatives. Jim DeMint announced he was leaving the Senate to head up the Heritage Foundation. Governor Nikki Haley appointed Tim Scott. The Left immediately showed him how tolerant and inclusive they are. Fauxcahontas was named the Senate Banking committee. Not shocking since 45% of Democrats believe in socialism. Then came the “disparate impact” courtesy of Democrats Sherrod Brown, Sheldon Whitehouse and Bernie Sanders.
Our colleges and universities have been breeding grounds for antisemitism and extreme liberalism for years, nothing has changed.
The worst school shooting in our nation’s history happened in Newtown, Connecticut. 20 small children and 8 adults died at the hands of a disturbed 20 year-old named Adam Lanza.
The media screwed up their reporting of this horrible tragedy from start to finish. The media displayed some ghoulish behavior unlike anything we’ve seen before. It took less than 3 hours for main stream media to start beating their gun control drums while the rest of the nation was still in shock. Vile insults (some of which for the dead) and wait for it… death threats from the Left followed. Only one reporter has had the cajones to call the President out on the carpet about the President’s new-found indignation. Tapper didn’t happen to point out the Obama administration cut the funds for school security programs last year though.
The politicizing of this event became the priority of Democrats, Liberals, Celebrities, Media, Mayors and the President. Much of their rhetoric contain the basic, worn out gun fallacies we’ve heard for a long time – devoid of real facts, meanwhile the American people are more interested in prevention via addressing the mentally ill and adding more police presence. This push for gun control after a shooting is nothing new; the Left does it every time there is a gut wrenching event. Unless it is an ongoing problem with an over 430 death toll count in the strictest gun control city in our nation which also happens to be the President’s hometown. Then it’s ignored.
Conservatives – and law biding Americans in general – aren’t sitting back and taking it this time. We know at the heart of this argument is that the Liberals, Democrats and Left want a total gun ban – what’s more they want gun confiscation. Great, disarm the law biding citizens so the armed criminals and insane can kill us easier. Some Push back:
At Townhall, Let’s have that gun conversation.
Glenn Reynolds writes about the False Sense of Security in Gun Free Zones.
Kira Davis nails it: YOU CAN’T BAN EVIL.
Julie Borowski isn’t letting the Left get away with anything either: Guns do not kill people.
As a mom, my heart is broken for those parents who did not bring home their babies that day from school — SCHOOL…Where they are supposed to be safe and learning. The teachers and staff that attempted to stop the gunman are heroes. They saved lives by buying time for the rest of the school to act and fortify their locations. It is my opinion that these heroes likely could have lived had this school had more of a police presence or a single armed person to respond in kind.
I’d like to close this post with the names from Sandy Hook. Please pray for them and their families.
Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Madeleine F. Hsu, 6
Catherine V. Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Aviele Richman, 6
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Dawn Hochsprung, 47
Rachel Davino, 29
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Lauren Rousseau, 30
Mary Sherlach, 56
Victoria Soto, 27 Continue reading
November was finally here. Election time. Barack Obama was elected for a second term after many accusations of voter fraud and related incidents in OH, NC, NV, PA, and in MI there were two incidents of voter intimidation.There were also voting machines that only vote Obama and polling place shenanigans. After winning, He promptly hit the golf course. His supporters displayed their typical graciousness. I had decided to take a blog break for the holidays regardless of who won.
Hurricane Sandy was still causing problems and people were still without power. Bloomberg made some really awesome decisions. Residents became very vocal . Very, Very vocal. By he 11th, around 121 had died due to the storm including W. VA candidate John Rose. Sandy was turning into Katrina all over again. One interesting nugget we found out is that electric cars catch fire when wet. Obama campaigned while Romney loaned his bus out and donated $5,000 for supplies.
General Petraeus resigned just days after the election, citing an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. The scandal didn’t stop there as a woman named Jill Kelley was pulled into the mix. Who knew what and when became hot issues. If the administration though this might distract from Benghazi, they were wrong. Obama figured this out and decided it was time to play the race/war on women card called Susan Rice by acting like a thug in his first press conference of the 2nd term. That backfired as the net take away was that he lied and sent her out to lie on purpose.
The October jobs report was pathetic and unemployment was 7.9%. Around 9,000 mining jobs were lost in October. Businesses that had been holding out to see if Romney was elected began their layoffs. There would be a second cluster of layoffs not long after. Business owners pointed to Obamacare for the layoffs and new surcharges. Obamacare wasn’t the only thing killing jobs, so were unions as Hostess was to find out.
In government, the Post Office gave us a preview of how well government runs businesses when it posted its $15.9 billion loss. We could hardly wait for Obamacare to be implemented fully; we were already seeing incredible wasteful spending. The Fiscal Cliff talks weren’t going very well, so instead of working with Congress, Obama went back to campaigning. The President even took off for overseas to avoid his job. Obama also forgot to tell all those students who voted for him that he cut Pell grants right before the election. This administration also was churning out new regulations at the rate of 68 per day.
The Obamacare time bomb would remain intact with the reelection of Obama. The premium hikes Conservatives warned of started to actually show up in the news. GOP governors pushed back and refused to set up exchanges.
Occupy 2.0 was launched. Social justice action groups composed of former ACORN staffers, Union members and Occupiers began pushing workers to walk out on their jobs and to demand a $15 minimum wage. Obama issued a memo detailing a ‘national insider threat’ – given DHS has the Tea Party and not Occupy listed as terror threats, we know who this memo was likely meant for.
Chicago remained violent for the eleventh straight month and the Left and media continued to ignore it. Al Qaeda was alive in the United States. A federal lawsuit exposed fraud at CAIR and the subsequent cover-up.
Larry Hagman passed away.
Internationally, the Obama admin was assisting the UN to push its small arms treaty. Obama kept up with his drone strikes. Tensions between Israel and Palestine heated up after HAMAS launched hundreds of rockets into Israel – one of which targeted Jerusalem. Most of the media showed their usual antisemitic bias in their coverage except for one AP reporter who took the State Department to task. Syrian refugees flooded into Turkey. In Mexico, the drug war death toll rose over 60,000.
LL1885′s November Posts are here.
Clear Eyes and Full Hearts… In COLORADO.
LL1885′S ELECTION 2012 THREAD (Rolling Updates)
The Morning Links (11/7/12) – Taking A Break.
Nakoula Gets A Year, Obama Gets Four
Obama’s First Presser: Come at me, Bro. (Updated)
Petraeus Testimony: Obama knew; talking points altered.
Religious Freedom for Burma but not for America
#Benghazi: That Lie Was A Lie, But Shut Up Already.
#Benghazi: Obama’s Lack of Concern On Rice’s Lies (Updated)
There was no Occupy Summary this month since there was little to nothing to report. Continue reading