CONTENTS: PA Common Core; Rushbo – We owe Hillary; Silencing Rush; Palin for Senate; IRS apologies; Levin led the fight; Taranto – new Nixon; Bias known in 2011; Gosnell covered; IRS vs. conservatives; Data base coming; College bubble pops; Gosnell not covered; PA students get guns; 3-D gun; 100K downloads; Richwine on the cross; Guzzardi – Lehigh County smear; Rand Paul – Blame hillary; Steyn – BenG lie; Let the chips fall; Clinton advisor; Petraeus?; Carney digs; BenG in 12 editions; Rubin – war in Syria?; Air Force One for sale; Announcements
“. . .I still believe that this ‘fundamental transformation of America’ is temporary. This attempted transformation into a disheartened, weakened, unrecognizable nation is so far below anything Americans deserve. It becomes permanent only if we throw up our hands and surrender to the corruption and cover-ups. . . .” Sarah Palin
“What has happened is that in a recessionary and sluggish economy, potential customers have been figuring out that a college diploma may not be a good investment — particularly if it entails six-figure college loan debt that cannot be discharged in bankruptcy.” Michael Barone
“1846, the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly votes in favor of President James K. Polk’s request to declare war on Mexico in a dispute over Texas” http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history
Jo: Protest Common Core in PA
“Although the federal government has denied it, many of us believe that Common Core is an attempt by the Feds to take over public education in the United States, just as Obamacare is a federal takeover of our health care. Please read the following information regarding hearings being held next week in Harrisburg and contact the representatives on the House Education Committee if you agree. Common Core is a major, long-term problem, but the immediate issue is the fact that the House hearing on Common Core will not be fair and balanced in that only a proponent of Common Core is speaking to the representatives. It will literally take about two minutes to E-Mail the House Education Committee and say something like the following (putting it in your own words if you wish, or copying it directly from the text below). Please sign your name and town after the E-Mail. FYI, a pdf file of a more detailed letter that I wrote and included in the body of MY E-Mail to the representatives is attached. I put my name and full address in the E-Mail to the representatives but deliberately did not include in in the pdf copy of the letter b/c I don’t mind if others use it in their E-Mails to the representatives. If you want to use it, you could just attach it and say that you are in agreement with this letter that someone had sent you. Otherwise, it’s just fine to include the (very) abbreviated version below.
“Dear Chairman Clymer and the House Education Committee:
“It has come to the attention of many of us that the House Education Committee is holding a hearing on the Common Core standards (CCS) on May 14. Evidently, the only speaker will be Secretary of Education Tomalis — a proponent of the CCS. Why hasn’t at least one of the innumerable knowledgeable individuals who oppose the implementation of CCS in PA been invited to speak at this hearing? In contrast, the PA Senate is enabling both sides to present their cases at the Senate hearing on May 15. I strongly urge the PA House to also provide a fair and balanced hearing by allowing the viewpoints of those who recognize the deleterious consequences of the CCS initiative to be presented on May 14.”
To do this, just copy and paste the following E-Mail addresses in your E-Mail as shown below. It literally should take about two minutes.
Cc: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, RepSantarsiero@pahouse.net, firstname.lastname@example.org, Wtallman@pahousegop.com, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rushbo: “What we owe Hillary”
“. . . We are talking about the woman who Bill Clinton cheated on, who knows however many times through the years. The fact of the matter is she is owed. We owe it to her. Forget the fact that she screwed up health care and nearly cost her husband a second term. Forget Whitewater. Forget the Rose Law Firm phone records. Forget Cattlegate. Forget Travelgate. Forget that she accomplished nothing as a carpetbagging senator. Forget that she ran a lousy campaign against Obama.
“She stubbornly refused to give a damn about caucus dates. Forget the fact that she accomplished nothing as secretary of state beyond making a fool of herself with that ridiculous Russian reset button and then her gross negligence that led to what happened in Benghazi, and forget that she lied about the whole thing. This Benghazi is about Hillary Clinton becoming president. It’s not about you. It isn’t about me. It isn’t about the country. And it isn’t about what happened in Benghazi. It’s about making sure that what happened there is quickly forgotten and mischaracterized as a cheap political stunt aimed at denying Hillary and this country what she is owed. . .”
Kyle Smith, NY Post: Silencing Rush
“Decent folks who believe in tolerance and equality are no longer powerless against Limbaugh’s efforts to spread intolerance on the radio. StopRush is making a major impact by convincing advertisers on this show to withdraw their ads — and with your help we can do even more. Just a few e-mails, tweets or Facebook messages a week to Limbaugh’s advertisers can go a long way toward making hatred less profitable. It is our collective voice that makes us strong.” — DailyKos.com, promoting the “StopRush” campaign.
“Absolutely right! If you believe in tolerance and equality, the thing you really need to do is . . . shut other people up.
“It’s only decent. If you believe in diversity, eliminate anyone who doesn’t fit the mold, and if you think hate speech is bad, build a campaign of organized loathing.
“Perfectly logical. . .”
Matthew Boyle, Big Govt: “Alaskans Want Sarah Palin to Run for U.S. Senate”
“A new Harper Polling poll shows a plurality of likely Alaskan Republican voters support their former Governor, Sarah Palin, as a U.S. Senate candidate in the 2014 GOP primary over Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and 2010 Senate candidate Joe Miller.
“The survey of 379 likely Republican voters found that 32 percent support Palin, whereas 30 percent support Treadwell and 14 percent support Miller. The Harper Polling poll, conducted via telephone on May 6 and May 7 on behalf of the Tea Party Leadership Fund, found that 45 percent of likely GOP voters think Palin would “fight hardest for conservative values,” compared to 25 percent who thought that of Treadwell and 15 percent of Miller.
“Similarly, the poll found 43 percent thought Palin would be the “strongest person to take on liberal Democrats in Washington,” whereas 27 percent thought that of Treadwell and 13 percent of Miller.
“Both Treadwell and Miller have launched formal exploratory committee efforts for the 2014 primary race to determine who would face off against Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK). Palin has not indicated she would run. . .”
Stephen Ohlenmacher, AP: “IRS apologizes for targeting conservative groups”
“WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service is apologizing for inappropriately flagging conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.
“Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, said organizations that included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status were singled out for additional reviews.
“Lerner said the practice, initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati, was wrong and she apologized while speaking at a conference in Washington. . .”
Links from Matt Drudge, 6:40 AM, 5/13/13
IRS Probe Expands To Groups Opposed To Gov't, Teaching Constitution...
Scrutiny Was Deeper Than Thought...
UPDATE: IRS also targeted tax-exempt status of Jewish groups...
House committee demands all communications by Wednesday...
Revelations 'will fuel government distrust'...
Joel Pollak, Breitbart: “How Mark Levin Led Fight against IRS”
“. . . Levin, who is also one of the most popular conservative talk radio hosts in the nation, decided to approach the Inspector General of the U.S. Treasury rather than the IRS itself, which is typically opaque in its responses.
In a letter dated March 23, 2012, Levin cited reports of unfair targeting, and reported: “The information demanded [of Tea Party groups] in many cases goes far beyond the appropriate level of inquiry [for tax-exempt status].”
“Levin added that an investigation into the IRS by the Inspector General “also must determine whether the relevant IRS employees are acting at the direction of politically motivated superiors.”
“Levin’s letter may have been what triggered the investigation that ultimately yielded last Friday’s extraordinary apology–ahead of next week’s report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. . .”
James Taranto, WSJ: The New Nixon
“This time, the press cheered as the IRS investigated the president’s opponents.
“. . . In December 1973, Judge Charles Richey handed down a decision in which he “formally reprimanded” the agency for “engaging in political manipulations” in denying nonprofit status to a left-wing outfit called the Project on Corporate Responsibility:
‘A showing of political influence renders the Service’s ruling null and void,” Judge Richey wrote. ”It is outside the law. The court is concerned not only with direct political intervention, but also with the creation of a political atmosphere generated by the White House in the Internal Revenue Service which may have affected the objectivity of those participating in the ruling in the plaintiff’s case.’
Fast-forward four decades, and we have this story from the Washington Post:
‘The Internal Revenue Service on Friday said that it inappropriately selected tea party political groups for special scrutiny in the 2012 campaign. . . .
‘The IRS official who oversees tax-exempt groups, Lois Lerner, acknowledged at a conference on Friday the actions were wrong and apologized, according to the Associated Press. Lerner said groups with the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status faced additional screening.
“In a statement, the IRS said the screening occurred by career employees in Cincinnati who, between 2010 and 2012, were seeking to centralize work related to tax exempt organizations. The agency said that while it made errors, they were not politically motivated. . .’
“The groups in question were applying for status as 501(c)(4) nonprofit ‘social welfare’ corporations. A 501(c)(4)’s operations are tax-exempt, but its contributions, unlike those of a 501(c)(3) charity, are not. Other famous examples of 501(c)(4)s are Organizing for Action, the reconstituted Obama campaign, and Citizens United, victor in the famous 2010 Supreme Court case affirming that the government may not engage in censorship merely because speech is delivered via a corporation.
“The free-speech rights of 501(c)(4)s, however, are not absolute. Although Citizens United freed them from regulation by the Federal Election Commission, the IRS may withhold tax-exempt status if they engage in too much political activity, or if such activity is not germane to the ostensible social-welfare mission.
“The rules are vague and easy to get around. . .”
Hicks & O’Keefe, WaPo: “Report – Top IRS officials knew in 2011 that conservative groups were targeted”
“An inspector general’s report due for release this week says senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew that agents were targeting conservative groups for special scrutiny as early as 2011, nine months before the IRS commissioner assured Congress the targeting was not happening.
“The report is certain to raise questions about the timing of the IRS’s disclosure of the targeting on Friday, how high up were the officials who knew about the practice, and whether anyone outside the agency was aware of it.
“Details of the inspector general’s audit, obtained by The Washington Post from a congressional aide with knowledge of the findings, revealed that Lois G. Lerner, who oversees tax-exempt groups for the IRS and made the disclosure Friday, knew about the targeting of tea party and other groups in June 2011. In March 2012, IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman told Congress that the agency was not targeting conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status as ‘social welfare’ groups. . .”
TRENDS . . .
Michael Carl, WND: “Dems derail condemnation of ‘willful murder’”
“Two Senate Democrats apparently have blocked a resolution that would have condemned Philadelphia abortion murder case defendant Kermit Gosnell.
“The proposed resolution cited Gosnell for the ‘untrained and uncertified personnel performing abortions, nonmedical personnel administering medications, grossly unsanitary and dangerous conditions, violations of law regarding storage of human remains, and above all, willful murder of infants born alive by severing their spinal cords.’
Instead, a substitute resolution expresses the sense of the Senate that “abusive, unsanitary, or illegal health care practices should be … prevented.”
“The original cited Gosnell by name; the substitute only references ‘a physician at the Women’s Medical Society of Philadelphia.’
“It was Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Barbera [sic] Boxer, D-Calif., who stopped consideration of the resolution by dismissing the reports of infanticides that took place at Gosnell’s business. . .”
Pgh. Tribune-Review: “An American outrage – The IRS attacks conservatives”
“It’s almost as unbelievable as the White House’s story that it had nothing to do with sanitizing the talking points about last year’s fatal terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.
In a stunning announcement on Friday, the Internal Revenue Service admitted that it ‘inappropriately’ flagged conservative political groups for additional scrutiny during the 2012 election season to determine if they were violating their tax-exempt status.
“Triggers for the extra ‘review’ — harassment by any other name, ‘official oppression’ by another — were the phrase ‘tea party’ and that subversive word of subversive words — ‘patriot.’
“But even more stunning is that Lois Lerner, the IRS official who oversees tax-exempt groups, expects the American people to believe that the program was initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati and that no high-ranking IRS officials knew of it. . .”
David Kravets, Wired: “Biometric Database of All Adult Americans Hidden in Immigration Reform”
“The immigration reform measure the Senate began debating yesterday would create a national biometric database of virtually every adult in the U.S., in what privacy groups fear could be the first step to a ubiquitous national identification system.
Buried in the more than 800 pages of the bipartisan legislation (.pdf) is language mandating the creation of the innocuously-named “photo tool,” a massive federal database administered by the Department of Homeland Security and containing names, ages, Social Security numbers and photographs of everyone in the country with a driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID.
“Employers would be obliged to look up every new hire in the database to verify that they match their photo.
“This piece of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act is aimed at curbing employment of undocumented immigrants. But privacy advocates fear the inevitable mission creep, ending with the proof of self being required at polling places, to rent a house, buy a gun, open a bank account, acquire credit, board a plane or even attend a sporting event or log on the internet. Think of it as a government version of Foursquare, with Big Brother cataloging every check-in . . .”
Michael Barone, RCP: “College Bubble Bursts After Decades of Extravagance”
“What has happened is that in a recessionary and sluggish economy, potential customers have been figuring out that a college diploma may not be a good investment — particularly if it entails six-figure college loan debt that cannot be discharged in bankruptcy.
“The Millennial Generation that voted so heavily for Barack Obama — 66 to 32 percent in 2008, 60 to 37 percent in 2012 — has had a hard time finding jobs, even with diplomas in hand. Especially if their degrees are in gender studies or similar fields beloved of academics.
“In even worse condition are those students who never get a degree, a disproportionate number of whom are blacks and Hispanics admitted under affirmative action programs who prove unable to keep up with the pace of instruction at schools where most students enter much better prepared.
“We see in higher education something like what we saw in housing. Government programs aimed at increasing college education and homeownership, particularly among minorities, turn out to hurt many of the intended beneficiaries.
“The intentions of the people who created these programs were good. The results — well, not so much. . .”
Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner:” Gallup shock: Just 7% following Kermit Gosnell abortion trial ‘very closely’”
“The public is ignoring the sensational Philadelphia murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, despite increased coverage by the mainstream media prompted by criticism from conservative groups, making it one of the least followed stories in Gallup poll history.
“What’s more, even among those closely following the trial and extended jury deliberations which could conclude today, just 46 percent want more coverage while 47 percent believe the media is providing enough or too much coverage.
“The Gallup poll of 1,535 conducted over five days is likely to come as a shock to conservatives who succeeded in pushing the media into covering the trial more. . .”
GUNS . . .
Michael Rubinkam, USA Today: “Some Pa. colleges allow students to carry guns”
“. . . At least five Pennsylvania state-owned universities are now allowing guns on campus after the state’s lawyers concluded that an outright ban on weapons was likely unconstitutional.
Kutztown, Shippensburg, Edinboro, Slippery Rock and Millersville universities have all quietly changed their policies over the past year to reflect the advice of lawyers in the governor’s office and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Students in those schools are now allowed to have weapons on campus, though they are still generally banned from school buildings and athletic events.
Students with concealed-carry permits had questioned the constitutionality of blanket weapons bans at state-owned universities, prompting a legal review that found such bans were vulnerable to court challenge. . .”
TorrentFreak: “Pirate Bay Takes Over Distribution of Censored 3D Printable Gun””
I recall a Mickey Spillane novel (The Deep)that told how to make a zip gun from a rubber band and an antenna . . .
“A few days after the blueprints for the world’s first printable gun were published online, Defense Distributed has been asked by the State Department to pull them down, citing possible arms trafficking violations. The blueprints, however, are still available on The Pirate Bay and many other file-sharing sites, which adds a 3D chapter to the IP enforcement debate.The Pirate Bay says it welcomes the blueprints and has no intention of taking the files down. . .”
Andy Greenberg, Forbes: “State Department Demands Takedown Of 3D-Printable Gun Files For Possible Export Control Violations”
“If gun control advocates hoped to prevent blueprints for the world’s first fully 3D-printable gun from spreading online, that horse has now left the barn about a hundred thousand times.
“That’s the number of downloads of the 3D-printable file for the so-called “Liberator” gun that the high-tech gunsmithing group Defense Distributed has seen in just the last two days, a member of the group tells me. The gun’s CAD files have been ten times more popular than any component the group has previously made available, parts that have included the body of an AR-15 and the magazine for an AK-47.”This has definitely been our most well-received download,” says Haroon Khalid, a developer working with Defense Distributed. ‘I don’t think any of us predicted it would be this much. . .’”
IMMIGRATION . . .
Michelle Malkin, RCP: “The Chilling Crucifixion of Jason Richwine”
“How low will supporters of the Gang of Eight immigration bill go to get their way? This low: They’ve shamelessly branded an accomplished Ivy League-trained quantitative analyst a “racist” and will stop at nothing to destroy his career as they pave their legislative path to another massive illegal alien benefits bonanza.
Jason Richwine worked for the conservative Heritage Foundation. He’s a Harvard University Ph.D. who co-authored a study that pegs the cost of the Ted Kennedy Memorial Open Borders Act 2.0 legislation at $6.3 trillion. Lead author Robert Rector is a senior research fellow at Heritage, a former United States Office of Personnel Management analyst and the intellectual godfather of welfare reform. He holds a master’s degree in political science from Johns Hopkins University.
“Both Democrats and Republicans leaped to discredit the 102-page report without bothering to read it. The Washington Post falsely claimed the study did not take into account increased revenues from amnestied illegal alien workers. It did. Haley Barbour immediately proclaimed that the Heritage assessment of government costs incurred by amnestied illegal aliens was ‘not serious.’”
“They want to talk gravitas? Let’s talk gravitas . . .”
PA . . .
Bob Guzzardi: Lehigh County – A Limited Government Republican is smeared
“Big Government Small Minded Republican Dean Browning has slurred his Republican primary opponent, Constitutional Limited Government Scott Ott, with an ad comparing Scott Ott to Barack Obama! This follows a despicable campaign of calling Scott Ott a liar and a hypocrite.
Please help a good man and go to Dean Browning’s Facebook page and asking Dean Browning to stop the sleazy smears. https://www.facebook.com/DeanBrowningLehigh
MIDDLE EAST . . .
Rand Paul, Washington Times: “The moment of responsibility for Hillary Clinton”
“Her fatal mistakes mirror the disaster at Mogadishu
“When I took Hillary Rodham Clinton to task in January for the mishandling of security in Benghazi, Libya, I told her that if I had been president at the time, I would have relieved her of her post. Some politicians and pundits took offense at my line of questioning.
During those hearings, I reminded Mrs. Clinton that multiple requests were sent to the State Department asking for increased security measures. I asked if she had read the cables from Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens asking for increased security. She replied that she was busy and had not read them. I find that inexcusable.
“Four months later, we are hearing that Mrs. Clinton allegedly withheld information from a counterterrorism bureau during the response. We are hearing new allegations that Special Forces wanting to respond during the attacks were told, “You can’t go” by superiors. Ambassador Stevens‘ deputy, Gregory Hicks, testified this week that he spoke with Mrs. Clinton on the night of the attack, when these orders were given. We are hearing that Mr. Hicks was initially told by the State Department not to meet with congressional investigators.
“We are, again, hearing allegations that contradict the White House’s story.
“Benghazi security was a life-and-death matter that resulted in the latter. The notion that high-ranking government officials are somehow beyond reproach, as some suggested during my criticism of Mrs. Clinton, is dangerous and wrong. . .”
Mark Steyn, NRO: “The Benghazi Lie”
“A failure of character of this magnitude corrodes the integrity of the state.
“Gregory Hicks’s testimony was so damning — not so much for the new facts as for what those facts revealed about the leaders of this republic. In this space in January, I noted that Hillary Clinton had denied ever seeing Ambassador Stevens’s warnings about deteriorating security in Libya on the grounds that “1.43 million cables come to my office” — and she can’t be expected to see all of them, or any. Once Ambassador Stevens was in his flag-draped coffin listening to her eulogy for him at Andrews Air Force Base, he was her bestest friend in the world — it was all “Chris this” and “Chris that,” as if they’d known each other since third grade. But up till that point he was just one of 1.43 million close personal friends of Hillary trying in vain to get her ear.
“Now we know that at 8 p.m. Eastern time on the last night of Stevens’s life, his deputy in Libya spoke to Secretary Clinton and informed her of the attack in Benghazi and the fact that the ambassador was now missing. An hour later, Gregory Hicks received a call from the then–Libyan prime minister, Abdurrahim el-Keib, informing him that Stevens was dead. Hicks immediately called Washington. It was 9 p.m. Eastern time, or 3 a.m. in Libya. Remember the Clinton presidential team’s most famous campaign ad? About how Hillary would be ready to take that 3 a.m. call? Four years later, the phone rings, and Secretary Clinton’s not there. She doesn’t call Hicks back that evening. Or the following day.
“Are murdered ambassadors like those 1.43 million cables she doesn’t read? . . “
WSJ: “Let Benghazi’s Chips Fall”
“The House should appoint a Select Committee.
“The distance and discrepancy between what Mr. Hicks was telling these officials across the U.S. government that night and what Ambassador Rice told the American people five days later is vast. That distance needs to be explained, and the loop closed for the sake of public accountability.
“There are strong reasons for doing so, starting with the murdered U.S. ambassador, Christopher Stevens. Across this country’s history, the murder of an American ambassador, the nation’s representative, has been taken as not merely a tragedy but an attack on U.S. interests that demands an official accounting to the American people.
“Nothing about Benghazi, including the Accountability Review Board report, has reflected that U.S. tradition. It has instead represented the more recent impulse in our politics to sweep uncomfortable events out of the news, move forward in the Twitter news cycle, or grind it down into no more than partisan pettiness.
“Has partisanship been in play here? Yes, as always in Washington. But the terrorist assault on a U.S. mission abroad deserves not to be quashed by partisanship.
“It may be that a bipartisan Select Committee would validate the Obama Administration’s version of events. So be it. And if so, the Administration officials on duty then should not fear it. But after the Hicks testimony, the idea that the American political system should move on from the murder of a U.S. ambassador in a distant land doesn’t sit right. . .”
David Bossie, Big Govt: “Benghazi Leads to Clinton Confidant from Investigations Past”
“While being questioned under oath by Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) on Wednesday, former Deputy Ambassador to Libya Gregory Hicks testified that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, was “very upset” when she called him about his cooperation with congressional investigators.
“Mr. Hicks offered an unbecoming view of political supervision and intimidation inside the Obama administration. When Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah, visited Libya after the attack, Mr. Hicks said his bosses told him not to talk to the congressman. When he did anyway, and a State Department lawyer was excluded from one meeting because he lacked the necessary security clearance, Mr. Hicks said he received an angry phone call from Mrs. Clinton’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills.
“Throughout the 1990s, Mills was a big part of the Clinton White House counsel’s office ‘damage control’ detail. Name a Clinton scandal, and Cheryl Mills was usually running interference for the Clintons with congressional investigators. In fact, in 1998, Mills allegedly crossed the line in her dealings with the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, who felt it was necessary to send a criminal referral to the Department of Justice regarding Mills’ activities and testimony on behalf of the Clinton White House. . .”
Joseph Curl, Washington Times: “Watch out for Petraeus in Benghazi scandal”
“For months before, there were warnings about weak security at the U.S. Consulate in Libya; no one paid attention. During the attack, when Americans were begging for help, the White House ignored their pleas, sent no help.
“And after? That’s when the Obama scandal falls into the predictable second-term pattern his predecessors all learned the very hard way. Faced with a crisis, the Obama White House panicked. “We can’t have a terrorist strike two months before Election Day, so … let’s not have a terrorist strike two months before Election Day.” Cue the Cover-Up.
“So little is known about what happened in Benghazi: Where was the commander in chief that night? No pictures from the Situation Room this time. Why didn’t the Pentagon authorize a quick-response team to swoop in? Members of the military say they were ready — burning — to go. The call came in: Stand down. Let them die. There were dozens of witnesses to the attack that night: Where are they? What do they know? What really happened that night?
“And who forced the heavy-handed redactions of those infamous “talking points,” the ones that sent Mr. Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations onto the Sunday talk shows to declare that the attack was just the culmination of a spontaneous protest over an anti-Islam video posted on YouTube? . . .”
Stephen Hayes, Weekly Standard: “Carney Keeps on Digging”
“Jay Carney aggressively defended the Obama administration’s handling of the Benghazi attacks and the revision of CIA talking points Friday in an uncharacteristically hostile White House press briefing. But in his attempts to protect himself and his administration colleagues, Carney offered a series of highly misleading answers that seem likely to do additional damage to his cause and White House credibility. . . “
Jonathan Karl, ABC: “Exclusive: Benghazi Talking Points Underwent 12 Revisions, Scrubbed of Terror Reference”
“When it became clear last fall that the CIA’s now discredited Benghazi talking points were flawed, the White House said repeatedly the documents were put together almost entirely by the intelligence community, but White House documents reviewed by Congress suggest a different story.
“ABC News has obtained 12 different versions of the talking points that show they were extensively edited as they evolved from the drafts first written entirely by the CIA to the final version distributed to Congress and to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice before she appeared on five talk shows the Sunday after that attack. . .”
“White House emails reviewed by ABC News suggest the edits were made with extensive input from the State Department. The edits included requests from the State Department that references to the Al Qaeda-affiliated group Ansar al-Sharia be deleted as well references to CIA warnings about terrorist threats in Benghazi in the months preceding the attack.
“That would appear to directly contradict what White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said about the talking points in November. . .”
Also: All of the revisions –
Barry Rubin, PJM: “If You Think America Should Go to War in Syria, You Haven’t Been Paying Attention”
“I am amazed at the current U.S. debate over Syria. Those urging intervention may be driven by humanitarian intentions, to end the fighting and ease suffering. But whatever they are proposing—no-fly zones, safe havens, direct supply of weapons to rebels, etc.—have they actually considered how four highly visible, recent precedents turned out? . . .
● Does the United States want to fight on some level to install a radical Islamist regime in Syria that is certain to be anti-American?
● How will Americans feel if their aid and weapons are used in the future to murder Alawites and Christians, perhaps some day invade the Kurdish autonomous area, help terrorists in other countries, shoot down civilian airliners by such terrorists, and suppress moderate Sunni Muslims?
● Do Americans really expect gratitude or friendship or strategic cooperation from revolutionary Islamists for their help in winning the civil war?
● Is the United States then going to give billions of dollars to rebuild Syria’s economy for an Islamist regime?
● Does the United States have the necessary influence and leverage to force Jabhat al-Nusra’s (Syrian al-Qaeda) allies to abandon it? No. It already tried to do so and failed miserably.
● Despite all the vague talk about moderate fighters, how many such people actually exist? Ironically, most of them are defectors from Assad’s army, who don’t have such a pro-democratic record. But the main drawback is that they are very weak and disorganized. Talk of setting up a zone under their control is absurd. In fact, the latest trend is the massive defection of soldiers from the “moderate” Free Syrian Army, which is the great hope of U.S. policy, to al-Qaeda!”
End Notes . . .
Caroline May, Daily Caller: “Benghazi whistle-blower a Democrat, voted for Hillary and Obama twice”
“. . . According to the lawyer, Victoria Toensing, Hicks voted for Clinton during the 2008 primary, and for then-Illinois Sen. Obama in the 2008 general election. He again voted for Obama in 2012. . .”
Cheryl Chumley, The Washington Times: “For sale – Former Air Force One”
Bidding for the plane starts at $50,000, The Daily Caller reported. The auction officially kicks off May 15.