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The Benghazi Bungle

Obama and his team of incompetents are in full overdrive to divert attention from their failure to protect Ambassador Stevens and take appropriate precautions for an attack that intelligence had clearly warned was a possibility. Their latest ploy is to blame it on faulty intelligence:

Extremists from groups linked to al Qaida struck the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in a “deliberate and organized terrorist attack,” the top U.S. intelligence agency said Friday, as it took responsibility for the Obama administration’s initial claims that the deadly assault grew from a spontaneous protest against an anti-Islam video.

The unusual statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence appeared to have two goals: updating the public on the latest findings of the investigation into the assault, and shielding the White House from a political backlash over its original accounts.

“In the immediate aftermath (of the assault), there was information that led us to assess that the attack began spontaneously following protests earlier that day at our embassy in Cairo,” spokesman Sean Turner said in the statement. “We provided that initial assessment to executive branch officials and members of Congress, who used that information to discuss the attack publicly.”

Nice try. But that is complete horseshit.

Let’s start before the attack. We know from Ambassador Stevens’ journal, which CNN recovered by simply walking around the site of the attack, that he knew full well he was a target of Al Qaeda and feared an attack. Now, if that was the only information out there, perhaps the White House could hide behind that fig leaf. But Congress need only ask DOD and CIA to provide the intel prior to the 9-11 attack that shows specific information about a specific group that was planning to attack in Benghazi. State Department needs to provide Congress with the cables sent by Ambassador Stevens airing his concerns. Rather than produce those, they are hunkered down withholding information that Congress has a right and duty to receive and evaluate.

Why were inadequate security procedures in place at Benghazi? That is not a function of intelligence. All intelligence can do is warn. That was done. The monkey is then on the back of the policymakers to act on the intelligence. State Department and the White House chose not to act. At State, the blame lies with M–the Under Secretary for Management. M is headed by Patrick Kennedy. He is in charge of Diplomatic Security and he sits on the 7th floor of State and reports directly to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Kennedy signed off of the decision to ignore the recommendations of Security professionals in Diplomatic Security and Hillary did not overrule him.

When the attack came on September 11th, the information received at the White House Situation Room, the CIA Ops center and the Department of State clearly showed that this was a planned and organized attack. The use of mortars on the so-called “safe house” in Benghazi was not spontaneous. As the attack unfolded a variety of U.S. Government entities were alerted to prepare for action. Congress only needs to ask to see the briefings prepared for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other counter terrorism units tasked with responding. Were they acting on the belief that this was a simple spontaneous riot?

Did those briefings state that the attack was spontaneous, inspired by some idiotic movie? There are smoking guns in those briefings.

Five days after those attacks, USUN Ambassador Rice was all over the television channels insisting that a lie was true. She had access to the information that the movie was irrelevant to what happened. Yet, despite the fact that the intel community told a different story, she insisted on lying. Congress can easily find this out. Decisions to dispatch US forces to Benghazi were based on written briefings in powerpoint presentations that specifically defined what the nature of the attack was and who the intelligence analysts believed were responsible.

If the White House bullshit story is true then those briefs would back them up. But rather than produce those briefings to the members of Congress, the White House is stonewalling. If the briefings supported the White House line you can bet your ass they would be leaking them to sympathetic reporters. That ain’t happening.

The average American does not understand nor appreciate the implication that mortars were fired on the Benghazi safehouse. A mortar is a crew served weapon. It requires a team of at least two people to set up, carry the rounds and fire. More importantly, such a weapon is based on knowing the coordinates of the target. This is not something someone gins up in the heat of the moment. It requires training and preparation.

According to the New York Times, not exactly an anti-Obama news outlet, the Benghazi safehouse harbored CIA operatives. The attack on that house essentially destroyed the ability of the United States to collect intelligence on the ground. The two former Navy SEALS who died in the assault were killed by mortar fire.

And let’s not forget that Osama Bin Laden’s replacement, Ayman Zawahiri, was on air in a videotape on 10 September vowing to avenge the death of a Libyan Al Qaeda operative. The attack in Benghazi was a reminder that Al Qaeda still can carry out a coordinated attack.

Charles Krauthammer had it exactly right–the Obama campaign wanted to portray itself as the conqueror of Al Qaeda. If the truth of the attack was known then that message was no longer valid. Instead of worrying about protecting Americans overseas who are still on the front lines of fighting Islamic extremists, Barack Obama was more worried about covering his sorry political ass.

  • susiepuma

    I firmly believe that this whole FUBAR was the fraud in chief’s “wag the dog” plan – his muslim buddies out maneuvered him and the so-called hostage rescue backfired – now his admin is busily trying to CYA and in the meantime, 4 Americans were killed so this POS could advance his election prospects………… if he gets away with this – what do you think will be his next at least 2 more Oct surprises?

  • HELENK2
    • JohnnyTwoDog

      OFA LIED to this poor woman who lost her son. As Larry pointed out, Tyron Woods was working for the CIA, his job was not providing security.

      “The entire afternoon was overpowering and unreal. Little did I know that I would find myself in a reception room being comforted, hugged, and, yes, even kissed by the President of the United States. Along with the President, there was Vice-President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and General and Mrs. Colin Powell. They were all wonderful. They held my hand, offered condolences, gave warm hugs, and were extremely compassionate and genuinely sad for my loss, as I fought back tears and tried to project an image of strength to honor my SEAL son,” Bennett wrote.

      “Each of them commended Tyrone for his courage, his bravery, and his ultimate sacrifice for his country. While squeezing Secretary Clinton’s hand and choking back tears, I told her that what worried me was that my son died possibly thinking that he had failed in the mission he was to carry out, that of protecting Ambassador Stevens and the people in the compound”

      “Looking me firmly in the eye, she told me that my son did not fail. She called him a hero and that if not for him, the 30 people inside the consulate would not have made it out. He was doing his job, fighting for his life, putting others ahead of his own safety, but then that was his job, which he did well.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1567501470 Kathy Douglas

    t is truly an absurd situation that Western forces are now
    supporting Al Qaeda.

    “an al-Qaeda asset turned out to be
    the top Libyan military commander….Abdelhakim Belhaj, aka Abu
    Abdallah al-Sadek, is a Libyan jihadi. Born in May 1966, he honed his
    skills with the mujahideen in the 1980s anti-Soviet jihad in
    Afghanistan. He’s the founder of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group
    (LIFG) and its de facto emir – with Khaled Chrif and Sami Saadi as
    his deputies……all the top military rebel commanders are LIFG,
    from Belhaj in Tripoli to one Ismael as-Salabi in Benghazi and one
    Abdelhakim al-Assadi in Derna, not to mention a key asset, Ali
    Salabi, sitting at the core of the TNC…….. Every intelligence
    agency in the US, Europe and the Arab world knows where he’s coming
    from. He’s already made sure in Libya that himself and his militia
    will only settle for sharia law. There’s nothing “pro-democracy”
    about it – by any stretch of the imagination…….Libya may now be
    facing the specter of a twin-headed guerrilla Hydra; Gaddafi forces
    against a weak TNC central government and NATO boots on the ground;
    and the LIFG/AQIM nebula in a jihad against NATO (if they are
    sidelined from power)……..Ten years after 9/11, it’s hard not to
    imagine a certain decomposed skull in the bottom of the Arabian Sea
    boldly grinning to kingdom come. (How al-Qaeda got to rule in
    Tripoli, Aug 29, 2011)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1567501470 Kathy Douglas
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1567501470 Kathy Douglas

    Total BS WE ARE GETTING .. obamma administration..seems the narrative was set.. the plan hatched, probably when Morsii visted in white house…The nengazie was terriost , planed and either ignored by thiis administration for ..gain or was a surprise.. who knows. I know that North Africa is open for weapons to just fly all over the place.. I heard top secret information was lost, taken.. I see ..a Clueless Administration and.. A target they keep on missing.. and a Plan that is evident ..and not good for USA.. Morsi and brotherhood are terriost.. that has not changed..per reaction and threats and inability to control a people. or be civilized in intellict or behavior.. last week inciting violance and threats.. demands… Tells me ..Terriost you are and Democracy is not goal….. clapper seems also to be Clueless about the Muslim Brotherhood.. Clapper in this senate hearing is not even logocaly worried about Iran….he states…

    stifying before the Senate Armed
    Services Committee today, Director of National Intelligence James
    Clapper, repeated
    his position that Iran has not yet decided whether to develop a
    nuclear weapon. Clapper, both in his prepared remarks emphasized that
    sanctions and diplomacy were the best option for stopping Iran from
    acquiring a nuclear weapon and that Iran’s decision making is
    guided by a a rational “cost-benefit approach…OK???
    Security Leaks….Hearing just recent!!!

    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a press
    release that employees in all government intelligence agencies would
    have to answer a question related to unauthorized disclosure of
    classified information during a lie detector test. The agencies
    include the CIA, FBI, Defense Intelligence Agency and the National
    Security Agency.

    ..
    Clapper also raised eyebrows last December when it was clear ..obama , cia plans.. build up brotherhood.. it lesser of 2 evils.. nope.we saw the speeches.. demands for tolerance from.. the Intolerant
    The U.S. State Department’s
    Background Note on Egypt describes the Muslim Brotherhood as a
    “potent political and religious force.” “The Muslim
    Brotherhood, founded in Egypt in 1928, remains an illegal
    organization and is not recognized as a political party (current
    Egyptian law prohibits the formation of political parties based on
    religion),” according to the State Department. Clapper also raised
    eyebrows last December when it was clear he had not been briefed on
    terror arrestsin london..http://intelligence.senate.gov/120131/clapper.pdf
    he consensus of the US intelligence community is that Islamist
    political groups like the Muslim Brotherhood could act as a buffer
    against extremist groups like Al Qaeda, according to the prepared
    remarks of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper before the
    Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Wednesday.

    lapper offered an unclassified summary
    of the 2012 Worldwide Threat Assessment, which compiles the
    perspectives of all the various intelligence agencies. In the section
    on the Arab Spring, Clapper says that intelligence officials believe
    that Al Qaeda’s appeal will be diminished if the Arab world’s
    fledgling democracies can deliver on key promises:Clapper’s
    testimony

    But since Al Qaeda’s ideology is
    predicated on the notion that only violent conflict can bring
    meaningful political change, every functioning democracy in the
    Middle East helps disprove its thesis and diminsh its appeal.

    This conclusion is likely to be controversial among conservatives,
    many of whom view the Muslim Brotherhood as part of a worldwide
    Islamist conspiracy to establish a global caliphate, including
    here in the United States.

    It is truly an absurd situation that Western forces are now
    supporting Al Qaeda.

    “an al-Qaeda asset turned out to be
    the top Libyan military commander….Abdelhakim Belhaj, aka Abu
    Abdallah al-Sadek, is a Libyan jihadi. Born in May 1966, he honed his
    skills with the mujahideen in the 1980s anti-Soviet jihad in
    Afghanistan. He’s the founder of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group
    (LIFG) and its de facto emir – with Khaled Chrif and Sami Saadi as
    his deputies……all the top military rebel commanders are LIFG,
    from Belhaj in Tripoli to one Ismael as-Salabi in Benghazi and one
    Abdelhakim al-Assadi in Derna, not to mention a key asset, Ali
    Salabi, sitting at the core of the TNC…….. Every intelligence
    agency in the US, Europe and the Arab world knows where he’s coming
    from. He’s already made sure in Libya that himself and his militia
    will only settle for sharia law. There’s nothing “pro-democracy”
    about it – by any stretch of the imagination…….Libya may now be
    facing the specter of a twin-headed guerrilla Hydra; Gaddafi forces
    against a weak TNC central government and NATO boots on the ground;
    and the LIFG/AQIM nebula in a jihad against NATO (if they are
    sidelined from power)……..Ten years after 9/11, it’s hard not to
    imagine a certain decomposed skull in the bottom of the Arabian Sea
    boldly grinning to kingdom come. (How al-Qaeda got to rule in
    Tripoli, Aug 29, 2011)
    SO..AFRICA IS OPEN..and I bet it wont be touched. I bet its a agreement between equpt al queda/brotherhood and the al queda in africa..lybia…no one is in way.. Morsi islamic middle east and africa.. new militia field .. determined later down the road…. smell rats!!!

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  • HELENK2

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/sep/28/military-heroes-id-numbers-posted-online/

    civilian contractor posts social security numbers of some of our most decorated heroes on line

    • JohnnyTwoDog

      Outsourcing run amuck.

  • HELENK2

    Hundreds of Libyans have converged on a main square in Benghazi in
    response to a call from the military to hand over their weapons – @AP

  • HARP2

    U.S. Embassy gives warning to American citizens in Egypt over possible terrorist attack on US female missionaries

    Obama’s support for the so-called “democracy movement” in Egypt is working out splendidly, eh?

    The U.S. Embassy in Cairo has posted a warning for American citizens, particularly women missionaries, living in Egypt. Officials cautioned on the embassy website that the government has “credible information suggesting terrorist interest in targeting U.S. female missionaries in Egypt.”

    http://www.therightscoop.com/u-s-embassy-gives-warning-to-american-citizens-in-egypt-over-possible-terrorist-attack-on-us-female-missionaries/

    • HELENK2

      so tell me again why we are giving them money??

      maybe we should give the women ginsu circumcision knives

      • HARP2

        Please send Pelosi – DWS – and Sandra Fluke over to straighten things out…..ASAP.

        • HELENK2

          good idea.

        • CathyInKs

          Harp – I like that idea! I’m thinking their missionary statement could be “Crusade for cost-free contraceptives”.

          • HARP2

            Yep……..Please use before raping me……Should go over well.

  • HARP2

    Islamists Destroy Another Ancient Sufi Shrine in Mali

    Just last week Barack Obama was on “60 Minutes” celebrating the progress in North Africa where Islamists recently took over Mali and where Al-Qaeda groups just murdered our ambassador in Libya.

    I do think that over the long term we are more likely to
    get a Middle East and North Africa that is more peaceful, more
    prosperous and more aligned with — with our interests.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/

    Eventually they will get to the pyramids.
    Maybe the media will wake up then.

  • getfitnow
    • HObama HObamanana

      This should be required viewing for anyone with a patriotic bone in their body. It really deserves a full post here. It’s that important.

      Here is the video from YouTube. Maybe Bronwyn will see the value and we can start a viral conversation.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=brDZJA8j-8c#!

      • JohnnyTwoDog

        Should be required viewing to get a picture ID card to vote and citizenship.

        • JohnnyTwoDog

          Romney and his organization need to watch this also.
          “People have their own agendas and often it is not winning.”

      • getfitnow

        I love the fact that he’s calling these fools out by NAME!

        You can tell that Mr. Caddell is done.

      • akaPatience

        Wow. Pat Caddell calls out the media and doesn’t hold back.

    • Theymustbemorons

      This is extraordinary. Thank you for posting the link. Everybody — please take the time to see all 26 minutes!

    • DianaLC

      I watched this and do agree with most of what Caddell says. He’s obviously concerned about the state of the MSM in this country and rightfully so.
      I am not, however, convinced that he’s right about Romney running a terrible campaign. No matter what Romney does at this point, the MSM is going to crucify him. He could ask the questions Caddell wants him to ask. He could do everything that Caddell wants him to ask, but the MSM will either twist what he says, not report it, or somehow make it appear Romney is crazy for asking.
      I like, for instance, that the Tea Party has gone quiet, so to speak. No matter what they did or how they acted, they were also made to look like nutcakes to the unthinking public. So rather than deal with the media’s lies and dirty policies, they’ve gone silent to the media and have been working quietly. I do believe they will show themselves in a forceful way during the election.
      I think that’s true of many of us 60% of the public who does not trust the media. We just don’t listen and we do things like coming to this blog, for instance. It really may be that “silent majority” this time that Nixon, I believe, talked about. Why let the presstitudes, as KenoshaMarge calls them, know how you’re feeling and how you’re going to act. Why give them anything to work on.
      On a link that jrterrier gives for a video, one of the panelists, an ex liberal, mentions that she thinks the left can’t come up with new ideas and keeps pushing the same memes over and over again and is using up a LOT of energy because the thing they have to do is constantly keep their various herds of special interest groups in line all the time with the “message.”
      Romney knows one thing, I hope, that there are many out here who want him to succeed and want him to bring back some sanity.
      At the point that Romney is elected—please, please, please–I am hoping that one of the first things that happens is that he chooses a press secretary who makes it clear that there are different rules for the way the WH will be dealing with the press. And one of those will be that the people who will be called upon will have to prove their worthiness to be called upon by having a solid record of OBJECTIVE journalistic practices.

      • getfitnow

        I agree with you about the Romney statement. But that’s not the real issue here.

    • beachnan

      I like Pat Caddell, because I believe that he sees a Democratic Party that is in decline because of this President. I love the fact that he ranted about the NY Times, Washington Post, NBC, ABC and CBS for their lack of coverage on this subject. He called it what it is-bias and protection for this current President. What I didn’t agree with was his statement about Mitt Romney running the worst campaign ever. Honestly, the point is no matter what Romney does, they (the liberal media) will portray it in a negative tone. Romney stood up against what was being said by the Egyptian Embassy and didn’t agree with their apology. I thought his statement was right on. He was crucified for it. The secretly taped video of Romney at a fund raiser, was doctored. Nobody apologized for the doctoring and as far as I know, the media hasn’t reported it was doctored. They crucified him for it. He should be ahead by double digits, but the media is carrying this President on their backs. Disgusting, every last one of them.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/ND2FCCGVV2IZTTAZQTXKJTCPNI Ruth

        not criticising romney here but i’d like to see him channel newt more. there is not issue in serving your enemies a plate of their own dinner.

  • HELENK2

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/09/will-the-fbi-ever-reach-benghazi-us-has-still-not-yet-investigated-terror-scene/

    18 days after attack FBI still not at benghazi. They arrived in Tripoli 10 days ago. still not at Benghazi

  • HELENK2

    http://twitchy.com/2012/09/28/rep-pete-king-calls-
    for-ambassador-rice-to-resign-john-kerry-defends-advises-deep-breath/

    Pete King calls to rice to resign

    John Kerry says hold on

  • HELENK2

    off topic

    http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/News/untold-story-fast-furious-scandal/story?id=17342034#.UGcQvZjA_Tq

    tonight on tv there will be a special about
    the untold story of fast and furious. putting faces to the victims. it will be in spanish, subtitled in english.. In this country we see one face Brian Terry. In Mexico they see hundreds of faces.
    we should be aware of the damage done by holders dept of crime

  • HARP2

    Larry. You are correct about the mortars. I used to be in the Artillery and they would also have to know which type of fuses to use and how to set them.

  • JohnnyTwoDog

    “The author of The New Yorker piece, Ryan Lizza, has tweeted that the “leading from behind” quote did in fact
    come from a White House official.”
    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2011/10/obama-never-said-lead-from-behind/1

    OFA can deny it all they want. They might not be putting it on banners, but that is the internal policy of OFA. They want a diminished, weak and timid role for the US. The ideals of TJ and JM are not good enough for the rest of the world.

    Obama said to Jay Leno “We lead from the front,” “We introduced the resolution in the United Nations that allowed us to protect civilians in Libya when (Moammar) Gadhafi was threatening to slaughter them.”

    But Obama won’t protect the most senior US citizens in that same country even while they work for his mission when al Qaeda threatens do destroy them.
    Just words.

  • jrterrier

    “The PJTV roundtable group discusses Mitt Romney’s comments on the unrest in Libya and Egypt in addition to his comments on the 47 percent receiving entitlements. The White House clearly dropped the ball in the Middle East, so why is Mitt Romney being blamed by the media? Bill Whittle leads this special election roundtable with guests Stephen Kruiser, radio host Tammy Bruce, and former Bolton advisor Richard Grenell.” And let’s not forget that Peggy Noonan was one of the first to criticize Romney for making a statement.

    http://www.pjtv.com/?cmd=mpg&mpid=174&load=7468

    this is terrific — the MSM should watch and take lessons. As Romney stated, “it’s never too early to defend America.”

    • DianaLC

      I often come back when I have more time just to check out the links you provide. This one takes some time, but it’s uplifting and very well worth the time.
      At the end of the video, the panelists discuss the Tea Party movement. My uncle is still very active in it. What he has told me confirms everything they say about the movement. He says they meet often without fanfare to do some strategizing and planning. I do know there is going to be a big Tea Party event here in Denver around the debates.
      I’ve been getting a little depressed because the media’s drums about the polls finally give a person a headache. This video will cure that headache.
      Thanks!

    • DianaLC

      I did write a long comment on this and so I’m surprised it is not here. I’ll try to recreate it.
      I recommend that everyone watch this video. I have been losing sleep and so having headaches. It’s been the constant drum beat by the liberal media about the polls I think that makes me sick.
      But watching this video and listening to these people gives me hope and has lifted my spirits.
      At the end of it, there is a good discussion about the Tea Party and the role it will have. That really got me thinking. My uncle has often told me that he is still attending tea party events where they get together quietly and discuss strategies and ideas. They have deliberately gone silent-and who can blame them when no matter what they say or do or how reasonably they act, they are vilified.
      I know that there is a big Tea Party even planned here in Denver for the debate.
      All I can say is this: Watch this video if you want your spirits lifted a bit.

  • akaPatience

    I know the first presidential debate is supposed to be about domestic issues so I doubt there’ll be much discussion about Benghazi, etc. BUT I’m wondering about these rumors going around the Internet regarding blasphemy laws and would like to know if there’s any truth to them. I think the American public has a right to know if Obama and/or his administration have any intention whatsoever to promote and impose blasphemy laws, which would curtail the basic right of free speech. I suppose it’s possible that Obama would just lie and deny it, but I’d like to see him go on record, unequivocably, about blasphemy laws.
    Maybe this blasphemy law stuff is just a figment of paranoid minds’ imaginations. But between my mistrust of Big Media, and Obama’s weasely way of addressing any issues regarding Islamic extremism, I’d really like to know and have the matter cleared up once and for all. Part of me thinks something like this would never happen in America. But then again, there’s so much going on these days that makes me believe we’re truly on a slippery slope riddled with unintended consequences.

    • HObama HObamanana

      There is no Constitutional authority that gives a President the right to repeal, define, redefine or modify the First Amendment. No Executive Order to that effect would have ANY force or standing of law.

      • JohnnyTwoDog

        Umm, of course not.

        But, it will probably come to a surprise to you that not all speech is protected by the First Amendment.
        Yelling “FIRE” in a crowded theater is the most quoted example.

        In some instances, criminal and civil assault can be with verbal, not physical. But there needs to be a physical proximity between the perpetrator and victim for a verbal assault to be threatening.

        No one is assaulted by anything they hear in a movie or on TV. No one on the screen is going to jump out and harm them.

        But, it would not be a stretch to see OFA claim that verbal assaults on Islam or Muhammed are the equivalent of yelling “FIRE” in a crowded theater.

        • HObama HObamanana

          OFA can claim anything the like, and do. The fact is that according to the “religion” of Islam, anything that doesn’t hold that their religion is the absolute word of God and inviolate is blasphemy. So I frankly don’t give a damn what they or OFA thinks, says or does.

          But, just for a moment, let’s pretend as if this is the political equivalent of yelling FIRE in a crowded theater. What then is a political convention that has speaker after speaker come to the podium to exalt their leader for killing a prominent Muslim that is quite apparently a hero to these savages? Is that not crying the proverbial FIRE in the crowded theater of Islamic extremism?

        • skep247

          Maybe the muslims need to learn that familiar first-grade saying: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. They have to take responsibility for their own lack of self control.

          Yelling ‘fire’ when there is no fire, causes panic and could lead to death by trampling. I don’t think anyone has a problem with that restriction on our free speech. It also, should be, and I think it once was, against the law for anyone to get on TV and put a $10,000 bounty on another American’s head; or to call 911 and report an accident when there is no accident. But to associate those common sense restrictions with saying something muslims don’t like is beyond crazy and is unacceptable.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/ND2FCCGVV2IZTTAZQTXKJTCPNI Ruth

          i have to wonder if they could go so far as to claim any criticism of the muslim faith might be a call for fire in a theatre. we would be in affect under some form of sharia law by virtue of intimidaton and false allegations.

    • JohnnyTwoDog

      If they are not advocating actual Blasphemy laws yet, they are certainly testing the waters by disregarding the First Ammendment right to free speech when it comes to ANY media that does not fit their world and personal views and goals.
      It is the equivillent of criminalizing someone for “Ma, he’s looking at me”.
      So don’t call it a Blasphemy law, call it a “He’s looking at me law.”

  • HObama HObamanana

    Does Romney being read in on intelligence briefings now effectively neuter him because they are classified? Do we even know for a fact that he is receiving these briefings? Does not Speaker Boehner have the authority to demand to receive these intelligence briefings and the cables from Ambassador Stevens? Would his reception of them effectively neuter him?

    I am trying to understand why there is so little political outrage to this mess. I get the Silence of the Lambs (lemmings, demmings, whatever). They aren’t about to say or do anything that will make their leader or party look bad. And they don’t mind lying to the people they are sworn to protect to cover their own asses. But on the GOP side there is very little coordinated outrage. Signing some fricking letter demanding to be briefed after the election is not leadership, it is an abdication of one’s oath of office. There is nothing more important than getting to the bottom of who attacked and is attacking us and why this Administration has been asleep at the wheel allowing lies to cover their incompetency and complicity. Elections be damned, our country is at stake.

    • akaPatience

      BTW, is Congress in session now or is it in recess? Anyway HH, I’m mindful of how slow-moving anything and everything is that involves the government. I doubt if there will be any “official” report on all of this for many months! In the meantime, if Congress follows the leads that Larry’s outlined today, the public should end up with a pretty good sense of the situation. It may not be a bad thing if some of this comes out within a couple of weeks or so, IYKWIM.

      • HObama HObamanana

        Congress is officially in recess to the best of my knowledge. Boehner certainly has the ability to call the House back into session. Because we all know that nothing insightful or timely will come from the Senate.

  • HARP2

    Now Clapper is trying to take the blame for this mess. He is the same idiot that had no clue what was going ON IN LONDON WHEN THEY WERE BLOWING UP SUBWAYS AND BUSSES.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-Kolkmeyer/1081903515 Jack Kolkmeyer

    Blame it on “faulty intelligence”???? Isn’t that the same problem we had with “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq? Oh no, wait, that was Bush’s fault!

  • DianaLC

    I have nothing else to add since so many of the people who comment here are far more informed than I. I was most saddened by the news that those in Congress are going to try to kick this can down the road, as they’ve kiccked so many others–all in the service of their political parties. I did make phone calls to my Senators and Representatives immediately after the events started unfolding. It’s time to let my Dem (dim) Senators know that I want them to act sooner rather than later–and then I will get their stock say-nothing response about keeping my thoughts under advisement.
    LJ progressed from calling the WH’s response horseshit to calling it bullshit. Having grown up on a farm, I was first unhappy with the horseshit call, as there are many animals whose shit smells nastier than horseshit. The bullshit call was better. But this is really the stink of an overflowing humanshit sewer, in my opinion.
    Sadly the citizens of this country won’t get worried until the sewer backs up into their own homes. That sewer is based in Washington. It’s overflow will certainly reach all homes after the election should this bungling administration be re-selected (with Soros’s help). And an impeachment or forced resignation like what happened with Nixon won’t help because we’d be stuck with that full-blown crap that is Biden.
    I do not hold out much hope for our country at this point since all I see from the younger generation is their total absorption in their own technologically connected celeb wannabee lives.

    • binky354

      Kudos, Diana. I wish I could have said it as well! I loved your farm animal input.

      • JohnnyTwoDog

        Horse, not so bad, excellent fertilizer
        Bull, many magnitudes of order more powerful than the bull.
        Human, vile sewer of horror, Montezuma’s revenge, cholera and other pathogens resulting in death.

      • DianaLC

        Well, I was going to suggest chickenshit, as it does reek horribly in large quantities, but I still have to go with humanshit.

  • KenoshaMarge

    Perfect title. Cause this whole incident was just one more example of the bungler-in-chief.

    He ignores governing so that he can make the television rounds like some hack writer shilling his latest book or some dimwitted Follywood type promoting their latest flop movie.

    But that’s okay cause evidently the public and the media, especially the media, prefers a celebutard to a competent POTUS.

  • Dave L.

    Tell me when this administration hasn’t lied. I have believed all along that the shit going on in the Middle East was planned by this administration. These morons are capable of anything to further their self intrests, even if it means harming our country.

  • jrterrier

    Mr J, how bad are things in the middle east right now, really? Are these stories out of Somalia significant to the whole area:http://weaselzippers.us/2012/09/28/somali-journalist-beheaded-by-al-shabaab/
    and Mali just local problems or are these like the pre-2001 breeding grounds where al qaeda flourished.

  • elizabethrc

    Will this be yet another case of Congress being impotent when it comes to holding Obama’s feet to the fire and getting the documents they need? This has been replayed time and time again and it always ends up the same. They will refuse to turn over documents. I’ve even read that some are being shredded.
    This is the time for Congress to do the people’s business and not Obama’s but I doubt it will happen.
    My only hope is that in the debate Romney exposes the truth of Obama’s interest in being reelected at the cost of American security.
    When will people wake up?!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ND2FCCGVV2IZTTAZQTXKJTCPNI Ruth

      i think many repubs are ruled fear of being politically incorrect and then not being “liked”. well duh that will happen anyway. look at the forebearance that romney has had. did that stop the reckless liars in the dimwit party? NO! so might as well get with it and then ridicule the so called media types when they try and lie about them. some may not like limbaugh or newt, but both are good at answering the liars back.

  • Hokma

    Great piece and can only hope that the Romney campaign views it.

    I was watching Fox this morning and the new tortured excuse that Obama’s people are using is “they saw the demonstration and then went back and got the weapons.”

    The lies just continue and so does the cover up.

    This is an administration that has given a whole new meaning to “cover up” from the beginning of their term and for a wide range of misconduct.

    This also places a horrific smear on the corrupt media who chose to desecrate their profession to give cover to Obama. It was only Fox who reported within 24 hours after the event that it was an act of terror. If Fox knew than what were NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, AP, the NY Times and the Washington Post doing? Waiting to get their orders from the White House?

    If I were Romney in the debates I would not only call out Obama on the cover up (as well as his constant blame game) but also call out the media for their complicity.

  • jrterrier

    The other thing about this situation that I find significant is that this administration has been getting away with lies for so long and is so used to functioning on the basis of lies that they thought they could once again get away with it even on an event so explosive — the anniversary of 9/11 & the death of a US Ambassador, 2 former Seals, & another embassy employee at the hands of Islamists yielding weapons.

    What is it about that scenario that they don’t get?

    Even a kindergartner would be able to connect the 9/11 anniversary dots. Yet they thought they could bully/lie themselves through it and the media would let them get away with it without the American people noticing.

    Beyond the callousness of dealing with such a serious issue as just another “bump” in the road to reelection, it was utterly stupid & cynical.

    And the media almost obliged by barking about Romney for a week before the whole story started to unravel.

  • jrterrier

    Pres Obama & his administration are the most infantile group ever. The buck never stops at his desk. He is only the head of govt when it suits him (ie, if he wants to take credit for Seal Team 6 exploits). The rest of the time, you’d think he was the gardener at the White House, with no responsibility for what happens at DOJ, or GSA, or even by his staff when they leak classified info.

    • KenoshaMarge

      The gardener at the White House at least does his job and earns his pay. Obama? Just another windbag celebutard.

      • jrterrier

        so true. the gardener would never blame others for the crabgrass. he builds the garden day by day.

        • HARP2

          Obama has 469 senior staffers and 226 are paid more than $100,000 a year
          A president who believed in constitutionally limited government would never do that.
          The article also states:
          The
          president has a full-time movie projectionist in the White House
          theater: Projectionists sleep at the White House and are there 24 hours a
          day in case anyone needs to see a movie.
          Apparently, the person
          who is trusted to keep their finger on the button that activates the
          nuclear bombs is too incompetent to operate a DVD player.
          The
          article also says that taxpayers spend $102,000 per year on a “dog
          handler” for Obama’s dog. The President already receives a personal
          salary of $400,000 a year – why can’t he spend his own money on a “dog
          handler”?

          http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2937941/posts

          • jrterrier

            it’s probably not “the” gardener then. it’s the gardening staff.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ND2FCCGVV2IZTTAZQTXKJTCPNI Ruth

      jrterrier we are all watching the flames in the middle east and our baby nero playing his fiddle. but look further the dollar is in freefall and won’t be held up anymore. the petro dollar is being repalced. we are moving toward an asset backed currency. this was supposed to have been done over a year ago. guess who stalled it for political purposes. he didn’t want the trouble of being bothered by people upset about the debt he has brought on us and the final tally we are being forced to face by the briic nations and other world powers sick of our lack of sound management. i am not saying europe is not an issue and not part of the problem. truth is europe was banking literally on this asset backed currency a year ago in their internal planning. one country in the world has not had an audit last i knew. guess who that was? the usa that’s who!.

  • HELENK2

    I was reading that the film maker had been an informer for the DOJ to get a lighter sentence on a check kiting scheme.
    there is something really flaky about this whole thing.
    even with the warning about the Phillipines they are still using the film as an excuse. I would love to know how it got to the egyptian station and why. it is like the spark that set off a forest fire. who lit it? it does make a perfect cover for the backtrack blunders.

  • HELENK2

    thank you for the information.
    I linked an article on the open thread that the democrats want to wait until after the election to investigate the whole thing.
    That is just sickening.
    I know there is some information that is classified and can not be made public, but the failure to protect should not be and the people who did not do the job they are supposed to do should be made to step down NOW.
    How could any person working for the state dept or any intelligence agency ever trust them again.

    I just saw a warning for the Philipines until Oct 10. what is that all about?

  • Theymustbemorons

    This is a great post, Mr. J, giving the most complete timeline and analysis of these events seen to date. Sadly, you (and Krauthammer) are so right about the “why” of this lunacy. This coverup is the only way the campaign can maintain Obama’s image as the “conqueror of Al Quaeda.” They will do anything they can to confuse, stonewall, lie and continue to deny the truth until this election — which began yesterday with early voting — is over and Obama is once again installed in the Oval Office.
    It makes Watergate — another campaign web of lies — look like a pimple. In the time of Watergate, newspapers and t.v. news reigned supreme. People were glued to the t.v. to watch Watergate unfold. Who could forget John Dean’s testimony? And while Nixon was reelected, he was forced to resign.
    Now, network news is all but dead, cable news releases snippets of the story to set the stage for expert panel shouting matches, and newspapers are at the bottom of the news chain. Most people get their news from the Internet. Many of us seek out the web sites that agree with our own notions of the truth. Obama & Co. use this to full advantage.
    Mr. J., in the time of Watergate, anyone reading a post such as the one you’ve put up tonight would be shocked and outraged. But 40 years after Watergate, even with all our technology, it’s easier to bury the truth in the lies told by so many important and familiar faces. Our country is in peril and four citizens are murdered, but the campaign rolls on.
    Next week, during the debate, when Barack Obama says “Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive!” I hope Romney uses your line to preface his reply and looks Obama in the eye to say: “Nice try. But that is complete horseshit.”

    • jrterrier

      The intersting thing is that the book Bob Woodward just released is a damning indictment of the President’s handling of the debt crisis last summer.

      According to Woodward, the President didn’t lead and no one respected him, even Nancy Pelosi. And it reports that Speaker Boehner was the adult in the room and the one who approached the President seeking a large bargain that addressed the problems.
      For a year, the administration, many of the most senior politicians, and once-respected newspeople have been pushing the story-line that it was Boehner who walked away & the REPS who weren’t interested in resolving the crisis.

      Yet Woodwards book is not getting the coverage that it merits or would be getting for a book written by Woodward who has long had immense stature with the liberal media.

      • KenoshaMarge

        Woodward only gets attention when he writes unpleasant truths about conservatives.

        It is obvious that the majority of the media has no interest in truth or reporting. They elected the obama incompetent celebutard once and want to show that they have the power to do it again.

        The welfare of the country and it’s people? Irrelevant.

        • jrterrier

          LOL

        • HObama HObamanana

          Authentic research is frowned upon in Communist or Nazi liberal circles. If it doesn’t fit the meme it’s not fit to report.

          • KenoshaMarge

            Will these Communist or Nazi liberals soon advocate some kind of gulag for those who dare to speak the truth against Great Leader?

            • HObama HObamanana

              I’m sure BSBSC will, if it hasn’t already. Morning Shmoe and Chissie Tingle as the head cheerleaders.

              • http://profile.yahoo.com/ND2FCCGVV2IZTTAZQTXKJTCPNI Ruth

                i would like to see a article or book on what the owners of msnbc are getting for their tribute to the little child in the white house.

                • HObama HObamanana

                  Proposed title: How Chrissie got his Tingle Back.

    • elizabethrc

      In the time of Watergate, the magnitude of Nixon’s acts shocked us all. We have become so desensitized to lies, half-truths and criminal and violent actions that most of the public will ho-hum this. That’s a very sad commentary on America at Obama’s and the Democrats’ hands and is reason enough for me to see them placed in a minority position for years to come.
      If Republicans are wise and have learned anything at all, they won’t become power hungry as the Dems did when they had control. Why is it so difficult to ‘rule’ judiciously?

      • HObama HObamanana

        I disagree with you. The public will only ho-hum this so long as they are lied to by those in power and assured lies are truth by their media cohorts. Why else would the Democrats be trying so very hard to cover it up?

        • elizabethrc

          It takes a complacent and politically lazy public to not understand that they are being lied to by media, Democrats and Obama. One only need look at the low standards of behaviour across this country, the lessening of the value of decency and self-respect to see that the public, by their very complacency, are complicit in this colossal and unprecedented deceit and it’s just too darned much trouble to do any fact checking.
          In choosing to denegrate FOX and any of the other conservative media sources, the public have bought in to Obama’s story. A prime example is today’s report on Morning Joe wherein the audience at Romney’s rally were shouting “Romney, Romney” after which Romney graciously told them “Romney-Ryan, Romney-Ryan”. How did MJ choose to report it? That the audience was shouting Ryan, Ryan and implying that Romney needed to remind them who heads the ticket.
          Want to bet that the public will not call them on this. It will take a conservative source to do this and it will be lost to the average citizen.

          • HObama HObamanana

            You are absolutely correct that our society at large is complicit in the lie. But it isn’t just the liberals that are promoting the lie, the conservatives are by no means innocent either. Their characterizations of the poor (in general) are a prime example.

            • elizabethrc

              No, it isn’t only liberals who are committing lies, but it IS liberals who are raising lying to a new level. Of course conservatives do it as well. It’s just that if one looks at the breakdown of media sources, msm vs FOX, Limbaugh and a few other conservative talking heads, as well as the print media, there is a distinct imbalance here, tilted greatly toward the liberal construct. There are just many more of them than there are of “us”.

              • HObama HObamanana

                I fully agree with you. I just wanted to point out that FOX has it’s share of bias. Though when compared to the all out complicity of the liberal media it remains rather miniscule.

                • elizabethrc

                  At least FOX tries to put a good face on their bias. I feel that I get closest to the truth with Bret Baer’s show, less so with O’Reilly, whose incessant interrupting of guests with his ‘pearls of wisdom’ and who isn’t nearly as intelligent as he thinks he is, is quite annoying, and it gets even worse with Hannity, who is rather sophomoric but who seems to get interesting guests on his show.
                  For the life of me I do not understand why conservatives waste their time (and their reputations) by going on Morning Joe, and the rest of the Chrissy Matthews brigade. They should be embarrassed. Surely they can’t think that they will persuade a single soul there.

                  • HObama HObamanana

                    Again we are in total agreement. I think Bret Baer’s show is the most informative one on television. I don’t care much for either O’Reilly or Hannity. Both of them are a bit too pompous and rude for my tastes. I also enjoy Andrew Klavan and Bill Whittle’s takes on events.

                  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ND2FCCGVV2IZTTAZQTXKJTCPNI Ruth

                    frankly i like hannity and i find him to be more polite to his sometime idiot guests than o’reilly.

    • HObama HObamanana

      What someone needs to do is compile a video of all the speakers at the Democrat Convention spiking the football about Bin Laden being dead and Al Qaeda defeated. Post that on YouTube and send it over to all the Imams in the Middle East. I’m sure it won’t offend a single Muslim.

  • JohnnyTwoDog

    Thanks for filling in some of the blanks Larry. I won’t hold my breath to hear it anywhere else.