CONTENTS: Phillips- Obamastan; Babbin –nobody died; Hillary unsworn; 61% college students want gov’t out of lives; $150M to train oCare apps; GOP boycotts Death Panel; DOJ collects email; 3D guns; Gang of 8 sealed; Tougher borders defeated; Rushbo – Heritage writer bombarded; Sheriffs criticize immigration bill; Cruz to block citizenship?; Boehm/Daniels – PA beer, PA pensions, redistricted; Russia to sell arms to Syria; Benghazi hearings; CIA secrets; 5 key things; Hillary de Medici; Demotions; BenG awakening; Attack details; Ms Lube Rack 1955, no guns for Dems; Announcements
“The one man who can authorize and order troops to move above everybody and instantly is commander in chief. Where was he for these hours when the fight was raging? Has anybody asked it? Has anybody answered that?” Charles Krauthammer
“Generals will say anything for a good rating” “Mark,” a trooper with nine months combat duty in Afg.
“Despite repeated calls for more security to combat the clear threat of jihadi attack on the US mission, Mrs Clinton’s State Department had farmed out its security to none other than a jihadist group.” Melanie Phill9ips
1775: Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys captured British-held Fort Ticonderoga in New York.
1865: Union troops captured Confederate president Jefferson Davis at Irwinville, Georgia.
1869: The transcontinental railroad was completed at Promontory Point, Utah.
1908: The first Mother’s Day services took place in Grafton, West Virginia and Philadelphia.(Bennett & Cribb, 2010)
Melanie Phillips: “Obamastan”
“. . . Meanwhile, from the beginning of this affair there have also been persistent questions about quite what the US mission was actually doing in Benghazi. Now the Washington Times has reported this:
‘A U.S. intelligence official tells Inside the Ring that the hearing and congressional inquiries have failed to delve into what the official said is another major scandal: CIA covert arms shipments to Syrian rebels through Benghazi.
‘Separately, a second intelligence source said CIA operations in Libya were based on a presidential finding signed in March 2011 outlining covert support to the Libyans. This source said there were signs that some of the arms used in the Benghazi attack — assault rifles, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades — ended up in the hands of the terrorists who carried out the Benghazi attack as a result of the CIA operation in Libya.
‘The unanswered questions — that appear unasked by most congressional investigators — include whether the CIA facility in Benghazi near the diplomatic compound and the contingent of agency officers working there played a role in the covert transfer through Turkey of captured Libyan weapons or personnel to rebels fighting the Bashar Assad regime in Syria.
‘’There was a ship that transported something to Turkey around the time Ambassador Chris Stevens met with a Turkish diplomat within hours of his murder,’ the official said. ‘Was the president’s overt or covert policy to arm Syrian rebels?’
Was it indeed. If it was, then Benghazi might turn out to be yet another and particularly terrible example of the damage Obama has wrought upon the security of America and the free world. . .
Jed Babbin, American Spectator: “Nobody Died in Watergate”
“Fear and loathing on the Benghazi scandal trail.
“Three State Department whistleblowers’ congressional testimony was nearly forgotten yesterday amid the lies and half-truths coming out of the White House and its congressional cohorts.
“If White House press secretary Jay Carney were spinning any faster, he’d be mistaken for an Iranian uranium-enrichment centrifuge.
“The testimony proved a host of things, some redundantly.
“The first is . . .”
Joel Pollak, Breitbart: “Hillary Misled Congress–But Not Under Oath”
“Wednesday’s testimony on the Benghazi terror attacks by State Department whistleblowers before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform contradicted several statements by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in testimony before House and Senate committees in January.
“However, while Clinton may have misled Congress in her testimony, she likely did not commit perjury because she never actually testified under oath.
“Video recordings of Clinton’s Jan. 23 testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee suggest that she was never sworn in. Breitbart News subsequently confirmed with staff on both committees that she did not take an oath to tell “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth,” as the three witnesses, all career civil servants, did Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee.
“A Senate aide confirmed to Breitbart News Thursday: ‘We checked with the committee and she wasn’t sworn in.’ A House aide indicated that Clinton had not been sworn in, but added that ‘all witnesses testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, including Secretary Clinton, are under a legal obligation to tell the truth. Any misrepresentation to the Committee in the context of a review or investigation is a violation of law.’
“Perjury and lying to Congress are two different crimes. Perjury, defined under 18 U.S.C. § 1621, requires violation of an oath. The crime of making a false statement to Congress, defined under 18 U.S.C. § 1001, covers lying about or concealing a ‘a material fact’ in ‘any investigation or review, conducted pursuant to the authority of any committee, subcommittee, commission or office of the Congress, consistent with applicable rules of the House or Senate.’
“The difference is subtle but significant. A witness testifying under oath is under a greater obligation to tell the truth right down to what he or she believes it to be. A witness merely testifying to a committee of Congress without taking an oath may not subjectively believe what he or she is saying but will probably escape punishment, so long as he or she does not ‘knowingly and willfully’ misrepresent or cover up a material fact. . .”
TRENDS . . .
Adam Tragone, CNS: “Poll – 61% of College-Age Students Want Government to Stay Out of Their Lives”
“. . . In a survey launched by Young America’s Foundation and conducted by the polling company, Kellyanne Conway, Inc., more than 60 percent of college-age students feel that government should not take an active role in their day-to-day-lives, and half of respondents believe that the federal government is mostly hurting economic recovery.
President Ronald Reagan said, “Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.” And, as the poll suggests, young people share this belief: 66 percent of the students polled had a positive opinion of “entrepreneurship,” 44 percent found “free markets” positive, and 42 percent believe the federal government is an opponent rather than a partner in the pursuit of the American Dream . . .”
Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner: “HHS budgets $150m to teach people how to enroll in Obamacare”
“Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Thursday that HHS will spend $150 million to teach people how to enroll in the Obamacare exchanges, after a Democratic senator scolded her for running a poor “public information campaign.”
“‘Investing in health centers for outreach and enrollment assistance provides one more way the Obama administration is helping consumers understand their options and enroll in affordable coverage,’ Sebelius said Thursday. HHS promised that the health centers would provide ‘unbiased information to consumers’ about various provisions in the law.
“The health centers funding complements the navigators program, HHS noted. The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard reported that tens of thousands of people would be paid between $20 and $48 an hour to serve as ‘navigators’ to help others enroll for the law’s benefits. . .”
Brett LoGiurato, Business Insider: “Republicans Are Refusing To Appoint Members to Obamacare’s Most Notorious Panel
“One of the most politically intense fights over the Affordable Care Act was over the creation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board, infamously dubbed a “death panel” by Republicans during the 2010 elections.
“On Thursday, Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled that they would keep working to keep opposition alive by doing everything they can to impede the board’s implementation.
“The two leaders wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, notifying him that they would not be submitting any recommendations to the panel because of their opposition to it and to the law in general. . . ‘
Breitbart: “DOJ Won’t Require Warrants for Email, Chat Seizures”
“In blatant violation of the Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure, the Department of Justice has apparently declared that they do not require warrants for grabbing Americans’ emails and Facebook chats. The ACLU has gotten hold of the documents from the FBI and DOJ that show that a subpoena, which comes from a prosecutor, is all that is necessary to seize emails and chats . . .”
GUNS . . .
Holpuch et al, UK Guardian: “State Department orders firm to remove 3D-printed guns web blueprints”
“The US government has blocked a Texas-based company from distributing details online of how to make a plastic gun using a 3-D printer.
The ban, by the State Department citing international arms control law, comes just days after the world’s first such gun was successfully fired.
Defense Distributed, the company that made the prototype, stated on Twitter that its project had “gone dark” at the instigation of the government.
The company is run by Cody Wilson, a 25-year-old University of Texas law student who has said the idea for freely distributing details about how to produce the guns online was inspired by 19th century anarchist writing. Wilson argues everyone should have access to guns. . .”
IMMIGRATION . . .
Erick Erickson, Red State: “Senate Judiciary Committee Seals the Fate of the Gang Immigration Bill”
“. . . It’s becoming clear that Democrats will ram this though with the help of the Republican gang members who vote down all of the enforcement amendments. They will do the same thing on the floor. Marco Rubio has already made it clear that the triggers need to be strengthened. The Democrats (and Flake/Graham/McCain) have made it clear that they will not allow any structural amendments to pass. The writing is on the wall. This thing will pass if it is not blocked from the floor now.
“Rubio entered the negotiations in good faith trying to come out with a somewhat decent product. Mitch McConnell tapped him to join that gang. It’s time for Rubio and McConnell to get off the fence and publicly oppose this bill. They must demand enforcement first.”
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Dems, Gang of Eight defeat tougher border security measures”
“. . . As the Senate Judiciary Committee held its first meeting to consider a total of 300 proposed amendments to the bill, Gang members appeared willing to accept limited measures to toughen border security provisions. But the two Republican Gang members on the committee joined with majority Democrats to reject proposals that would strengthen security in a serious and far-reaching way. They also signaled a flat refusal to change the bill’s plan to first legalize millions of currently illegal immigrants and only later enact new security . . .”
Rush Limbaugh: “Heritage Immigration Study under Assault”
This is a fifty year old debate about IQ. An acquaintance, Phil Rushton, spent ten years refuting popular opinions about his demonstrations of the importance of IQ in courtship, marital choice, occupational choice, and friends. The Jews (IQ approx. 110) will never have an easy peace with their neighbors (IQ approx. 75).
American immigration once favored smarter applicants but Ted Kennedy saw a tide of potential Democrats and led the 1965 revision of our immigration act. And most of us – for reasons of “white guilt” – bought the notion of correcting impulse and learning disability through public school. And the rest of us bought the notion of teaching in those public schools.
Some outcomes – neighborhood enclaves, gang violence, elevated crime, sky-rocketing school costs, substantial drop-outs from affirmative action schools, and a marginal work force. As Jonah Goldberg (2012, 94) observed: “One of the most fascinating counter-intuitive facts of life is that the introduction of dumb people can make a group of smart people collectively smarter.”
Brimelow Peter (1995) Alien Nation: Common Sense about America’s Immigration Disaster. NY: Random House.
Sowell, Thomas (1993/2003) Inside American Education: The Decline, the Deception, the Dogmas. NY: Simon & Schuster.
“RUSH: There’s also a move out there — understandably in the Democrat Party, but within certain elements of the Republican Party — to go after, discredit, and basically blow up the Heritage Foundation study on immigration and the cost of amnesty. Remember, we made this available to you. If you wanted to go to the Heritage Foundation website the other day, earlier this week, they were giving you the report free. The website was AskHeritage.org. You could go there and you could get the whole thing downloaded, and the five-page summary was really pretty much all you needed to read.
“If you didn’t want the detail, the summary was just powerful, and it talked about $6.3 trillion of net cost. . .”
“. . . Now, USA Today in a story here by Alan Gomez. “One of the authors of a Heritage Foundation report that panned a Senate plan to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws argued in his doctoral dissertation that immigrants generally have lower IQs than the ‘native white population’ of the United States.” Uh-oh. Uh, uh, uh, uh, oh. You see now, the long knives are out for anybody at Heritage who had anything to do with this.
“Jason Richwine, who received his doctorate in public policy from Harvard in 2009 and joined the conservative Heritage Foundation in 2012, wrote in his dissertation titled ‘IQ and Immigration Policy’ that immigrants in the U.S. have lower IQs than native Americans, and that that difference ‘is likely to persist over several generations.’
‘The consequences are a lack of socioeconomic assimilation among low-IQ immigrant groups, more underclass behavior, less social trust, and an increase in the proportion of unskilled workers in the American labor market,’ Richwine wrote, in a story first reported by The Washington Post. ‘Selecting high-IQ immigrants would ameliorate these problems in the U.S., while at the same time benefiting smart potential immigrants who lack educational access in their home countries.’”
“So now it’s trash the messenger time. . .”
Caroline May, Daily Caller: “Law enforcement officials – Senate bill ‘significant barrier’ to ‘a safe and lawful system of immigration’”
“In a letter obtained by The Daily Caller that will be sent to every member of Congress on Thursday, the law-enforcement officers and veterans rebuke the immigration enforcement measures laid out in the proposed legislation S. 744, titled the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.”
“Thirty sheriffs, many from North Carolina and Pennsylvania, signed the letter. Among the signatories were Arizona’s Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, a friend of “gang” member Arizona Sen. John McCain, ICE union president Chris Crane, and the chairman of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBO), Zach Taylor.
“The letter contends that the legislation would create a more dangerous immigration system. . .”
Rebekah Metzler, US News: Ted Cruz Seeks to Ban Illegal Immigrants in U.S. from Citizenship”
“Cruz’s amendment would prevent 11 million currently here from earning legal status
“Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a newly elected Republican with a penchant for making headlines, filed an amendment that would bar undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States from ever earning citizenship.
“There are an estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally, and a bipartisan immigration reform measure would create a pathway to citizenship over the course of 13 years by requiring those people to pay penalties and back taxes, as well as learn English. Conservatives opposed to reform decry the path as amnesty, but Democrats say they will not support reform that does not cope with the immigrants already living in the U.S.
“Cruz also filed amendments that he says would “strengthen border security measures; reform the high-skilled temporary worker program; modernize, streamline and expand legal immigration; and prohibit federal, state or local entitlement benefits for those here illegally. . .”
PA . . .
Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “PA Lawmakers, unions, business make for a complex political brew”
“HARRISBURG – In April 2010, there was a party in Newtown, Bucks County — a political fundraiser, like dozens or perhaps hundreds of similar events held across the state that election cycle.
But this was different, an illustration of how complicated Pennsylvania politics can be.
It was held at the Temperance House, an ironic name, perhaps, since the restaurant is owned by Pasquale “Pat” Deon, a businessman who owns a chain of beer distributors in the Philadelphia suburbs. Deon also chairs the board that governs SEPTA, serves on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and is a major player in Republican politics.
The event raised money – tens of thousands of dollars, according to campaign finance reports – for a political action committee, the Lower Bucks Leadership Fund.
This particular night, the biggest check written to the fund came from the campaign committee attached to the IBEW Local 98, a politically powerful Philadelphia-area union representing electrical workers. The head of the union, John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, is a major player in Democratic politics in the city and, by extension, the state.
Dougherty’s union that night gave $25,000 to the Lower Bucks Leadership Fund, a political action committee.
Two days later, the fund wrote a $25,000 check to state Sen. Charles McIlhinney, R-Bucks.
Now, as was the case during that fundraiser in 2010, McIlhinney finds himself at the center of an issue combining the big money of politically prominent Pennsylvania businessmen and unions across party lines — the privatization of the state liquor stores.
Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “On PA pensions, plenty of ideas but none catching fire with lawmakers”
“Gov. Tom Corbett and some allied lawmakers seized the bully pulpit Tuesday morning in what appeared to be an effort to spark some movement on the public pension issue that mostly has been dead in the water since Corbett pitched a package of reforms in February.
“Corbett has pegged his proposed budget for fiscal year 2013-14 on supposed savings from overhauling the state’s public pension system to save $175 million next year.
On Tuesday, he pointed out that it was not only the state budget at stake, but household budgets as well.
“The pension’s $47-billion unfunded liability amounts to a $9,000 bill for each household in Pennsylvania, the governor said. On its current course, the liability will top $65 billion by 2018, bringing the per household total to more than $13,000.
“That’s the cost of doing nothing,” Corbett said. “Are you ready to write your checks?”
Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “Supreme Court – PA House, Senate districts to stand”
“HARRISBURG – Finally, Pennsylvania will have new legislative districts.
In a unanimous decision announced Wednesday, the state Supreme Court upheld a redistricting plan drawn by a commission of legislative leaders and ordered it to be used for the next round of legislative elections in 2014.
“The plan had been challenged by residents for containing too many legislative districts that unnecessarily divided counties and municipalities, but the court dismissed those appeals.
“A previous plan prepared by the Legislative Reapportionment Commission, or LRC, had been rejected by the Supreme Court in January 2012, largely because the court found it contained too many county and municipality splits.
“But the commission was given a second shot at drawing constitutional maps and produced what the court said was a “better,” but “not perfect,” plan, according to the decision penned by Chief Justice Ron Castille. . .”
MIDDLE EAST . . .
Solomon et al., WSJ: “U.S. Is Warned Russia Plans Syria Arms Sale”
“. . . U.S. officials said on Wednesday that they are analyzing the information Israel provided about the suspected sale of S-300 missile batteries to Syria, but wouldn’t comment on whether they believed such a transfer was near.
“WSJ’s Adam Entous reports the U.S. is looking into claims by Israel that Russia is planning a sale of more arms and missiles to Syria as that country’s civil war continues. Photo: Getty Images
“Russian officials didn’t immediately return requests to comment. The Russian Embassy in Washington has said its policy is not to comment on arms sales or transfers between Russia and other countries. . .”
Benghazi Hearings . . .
Will Obama make Hillary wear the dead albatross? And which of them killed it? Are these Hearings the reason Hill jumped ship? Or was it pushback from rage expressed by her own staff? And according to Bill Bennett Thursday morning, the “media” will distract us with coverage from Ohio and from Arizona about a kidnapping and a jail sentence . . .
Even some of the leftists are annoyed . . .(Thx Mark Levin)
“. . .my sense is that, starting last fall, The Times has had a tendency to both play down the subject, which has significant news value, and to pursue it most aggressively as a story about political divisiveness rather than one about national security mistakes and the lack of government transparency. Many readers would like to see more on that front, and so would I.” Margaret Sullivan (!), NYT
From Mark Levin (5/9/13)
Weekly Standard: Benghazi Whistleblower Chokes Up
The Daily Beast: Top U.S. Diplomat in Libya Knew Benghazi Was Terrorism
Weekly Standard: Whistleblower: ‘Jaw Dropped’ When Susan Rice Blamed Attack on Video
Bill Gertz, Washington Times: “CIA‘S BENGHAZI SECRETS”
Thx Melanie Phillips . . .
“. . . the hearing and congressional inquiries have failed to delve into what the official said is another major scandal: CIA covert arms shipments to Syrian rebels through Benghazi…”
Jason Howerton, The Blaze: “Here Are the 5 Key Things to Take Away From Wednesday’s Benghazi Hearing”
“. . . 5. State Department Official Fingered Terror Group Day After Attack
One of the biggest points of contention in the Benghazi investigation has been: Why did the Obama administration initially blame the terrorist attack on a YouTube video when there was no apparent evidence to support that theory? . . .”
“. . . 4. Who Is Lt. Col. Gibson?
“Benghazi whistleblower Gregory Hicks repeatedly brought up a man by the name of Lt. Col. Gibson. Other than the fact that he was a Special Operations Command (SOC) Africa commander, we don’t know much else about him.
“But more importantly, we don’t know what else he knows about the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2012. . .”
“. . .3. Benghazi Witness Told Not to Speak With Congressional Investigator Alone
“Hicks on Wednesday also revealed that he was told by Obama administration officials not to talk with Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) unsupervised.
“A State Department lawyer accompanied the delegation and tried to be in every single meeting he was involved in, Hicks claimed. . .”
“. ..2. Whistleblower ‘Effectively Demoted’ After Questioning Benghazi Talking Points
“Gregory Hicks told members of Congress that he has been “effectively demoted” from his position as deputy chief of mission shortly after he questioned United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice’s explanation that the Benghazi attack was the result of a spontaneous protest sparked by a YouTube video. . .”
“. . . 1. There Was a Stand Down Order
“Though some the details are still fuzzy, someone issued a stand down order that prevented Special Forces from traveling to Benghazi to intervene after the attack.
Hicks, the former deputy chief of mission for the U.S. in Libya and the highest ranking official in the country at the time of the Benghazi attacks, testified that either AFRICOMM or SOCAFRICA issued the stand down order, though he didn’t have a name or where the command originated. . .”
See also: Bryan Preston, PJM: “7 Things We Learned from the Benghazi Whistleblower Hearing”
Roger Simon, PJM: “Hillary de Medici”
“The Benghazi scandal is not over. You will be told that by a lot of people. There is no smoking gun, etc. (Actually, there are many.)
“Some folks on the right, because they have been so accustomed to failure in the face of a monolithic media, will be ready to throw in the towel.
“That group is particularly disturbing because they are the very people who should be pushing this forward. Without realizing it, their proclamations of pessimism are a self-fulfilling prophecy.
“I urge them to overcome it for the sake of our country, because — trust me — Benghazi is not over. It has only just begun.
“Anyone paying attention to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearings Wednesday would have plenty of reasons for optimism. To begin with, the testimony underscored (and how!) what we already knew — that the events of September 11, 2012, were a terrorist attack and not a demonstration over a YouTube video.
“Gregory Hicks, the former deputy chief of mission in Libya, told the committee that Ambassador Stevens said precisely that — that he was “under attack” — when he made his very first emergency phone call from Benghazi to Hicks on that fateful night.
“But don’t take Hicks’ word for it. Take the word of one of his superiors — Beth Jones, the State Department’s own acting assistant secretary for Near Eastern Affairs.
“In the closest thing to a coup de théâtre at the hearing, Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) revealed a September 12 email from Jones to Hicks, State Department officials Victoria Nuland and Patrick Kennedy, and Hillary Clinton’s personal counsel Cheryl Mills, stating that she (Jones) had informed Libyan leadership that the attack at Benghazi was the work of Ansar al Sharia – one of the world’s most well-known Islamic terror groups. . .”
Shane et al, NYT: “Diplomat Says Questions over Benghazi Led to Demotion”
“. . . During a chaotic night at the American Embassy in Tripoli, hundreds of miles away, the diplomat, Gregory Hicks, got what he called “the saddest phone call I’ve ever had in my life” informing him that Ambassador J. Christopher Steven swas dead and that he was now the highest-ranking American in Libya. For his leadership that night when four Americans were killed, Mr. Hicks said in nearly six hours of testimony, he subsequently received calls from both Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Obama.
“But within days, Mr. Hicks said, after raising questions about the account of what had happened in Benghazi offered in television interviews by Susan E. Rice, the United Nations ambassador, he felt a distinct chill from State Department superiors. “The sense I got was that I needed to stop the line of questioning,” said Mr. Hicks, who has been a Foreign Service officer for 22 years.
“He was soon given a scathing review of his management style, he said, and was later “effectively demoted” to desk officer at headquarters, in what he believes was retaliation for speaking up.
“House Republican leaders made the hearing the day’s top priority, postponing floor votes so that the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform could continue without interruption. The Obama administration appeared focused on the testimony, with senior officials at the White House, the State Department and the Pentagon responding through the day to Republican accusations of incompetence and cover-up in campaign war room style.
“In the balance, in the view of both Democrats and Republicans, is not just the reputation of Mr. Obama but also potentially the prospects for the 2016 presidential election as well, since Mrs. Clinton, who stepped down in February, is the Democratic Party’s leading prospect. If the testimony did not fundamentally challenge the facts and timeline of the Benghazi attack and the administration’s response to it, it vividly illustrated the anxiety of top State Department officials about how the events would be publicly portrayed.
“Mr. Hicks offered an unbecoming view of political supervision and intimidation inside the Obama administration. . .”
WSJ: “The Benghazi Awakening”
“Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff told Greg Hicks not to talk to Congress.
“Miracles happen, and even the sleepy Washington press corps seems to have paid some attention to Wednesday’s House hearing on the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission last September in Benghazi. What they and the public heard is the beginning of a real accounting for a security failure that killed four Americans.
“We say ‘beginning’ because the entire story still isn’t clear, in particular the roles played by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama before and after the attack. But the hearing led by House Republicans, amid months of media sneering, gave the civil servants who were on duty that September night a chance to give their side of the story. . .”
(Replay) Stephen Hayes, Weekly Standard: “The Benghazi Talking Points”
“And how they were changed to obscure the truth
“. . . As intelligence officials pieced together the puzzle of events unfolding in Libya, they concluded even before the assaults had ended that al Qaeda-linked terrorists were involved. Senior administration officials, however, sought to obscure the emerging picture and downplay the significance of attacks that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. The frantic process that produced the changes to the talking points took place over a 24-hour period just one day before Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, made her now-famous appearances on the Sunday television talk shows. The discussions involved senior officials from the State Department, the National Security Council, the CIA, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the White House. . .”
Hughes & Entous, WSJ:” Diplomat Airs Benghazi Attack Details”
“WASHINGTON—A high-ranking American diplomat delivered an emotional reconstruction Wednesday of the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, providing the first detailed public account from an American official who was on the ground in Libya.
“The testimony from Gregory Hicks, the No. 2 U.S. official in Libya at the time, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee also drew new attention to key questions about the attacks, and how the administration handled the aftermath.
“The diplomat said he believes the U.S. military could have done more to assist U.S. personnel on the ground. He also said top officials in Washington overlooked information in their early conclusion, since abandoned, that the attack began as a protest.
“The riveting narrative from Mr. Hicks, a career diplomat, could revive an issue that had begun to fade after the re-election of President Barack Obama and the confirmation this year of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry. . .”
End Notes . . .
Thx Jody for the following:
Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi . . . Miss “Lube Rack, 1955”
Teach a man to fish . . .
Give a man a welfare check, a free cellphone, free Internet, cash for his clunker, food stamps, Section 8 housing, free contraceptives, Medicaid, ninety-nine weeks of unemployment, and free medicine and he will vote Democrat even after he’s dead.
In 1863 a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.
In 1983 a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan.
In 2007 a registered Democrat named Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people in Virginia Tech.
In 2010 a mentally ill registered Democrat named Jared Lee Loughner shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killing 6 others.
In 2011 a registered Democrat named James Holmes went into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people.
In 2013 a registered Democrat named Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 people in a school.
One could go on, but you get the point, even if the media does not.
Clearly, there is a problem with Democrats and guns.
SOLUTION: It should be illegal for Democrats to own guns.