Bet you were unaware
“Bob Parks of our sister site MRCTV has compiled a montage video of different local news stories about anti-Romney vandalism across America, many of them in swing states like Ohio and Virginia.”
” We live in a dirty and dangerous
world. There are some things the
general public does not need to
know, and shouldn’t. I believe
democracy flourishes when the
government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. “
Professor Hanson lays it out …
” We have had ambassadors murdered abroad before, but we have never seen anything quite like the tragic fate of Chris Stevens. Amid all the controversy over
Libya, we have lost sight of the human —and often horrific — story of Benghazi: a U.S. ambassador attacked, cut off and killed alone, after being abused by frenzied terrorists, and a second member of the embassy staff murdered, as two American
private citizens rushed to the rescue, heroically warding off Islamist hit teams, until they were overwhelmed and also killed.
Seven weeks after the tragedy in Benghazi, new government narratives just keep appearing, as various branches of government point the finger at one another. Now the president insists that “the
minute” he “found out what was going on” he gave “very clear directives” to “make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to.” The
secretary of defense argues that he knew too little to send in military forces to save the post. Meanwhile, we are hearing from other sources that the beleaguered compound in extremis was denied help on three separate occasions, and there are still more contradictory accounts.
When the government systematically misleads and cannot establish a believable narrative, almost everyone involved is
eventually tarred. The final chart of those officials in the Nixon White House who were devoured by Watergate was vast — and so
it is becoming with the disaster in Libya. If we have learned anything from Watergate and Iran-Contra, it is that the longer officials deceive and obfuscate, the greater the number of wrecked careers and
” Two British soldiers have been shot dead by a man wearing Afghan police uniform in what appeared to be the latest “green on blue” attack where a rogue member of the Afghan forces has killed his allies.
The soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles were shot dead at a police checkpoint in Helmand province.
British and Afghan officials confirmed the killer wore police uniform, but it was not immediately clear if he was a genuine member of the force, or an insurgent fighter in disguise. The killer fled and was last night being hunted. “
“Someone high up in the administration,” Lyons writes, “let
our people get killed” — and he wants some answers immediately as to whom:
“The Obama national security team,
including CIA, DNI, State Department and the Pentagon , watched and listened to the assault but did nothing to answer repeated calls for assistance. It has been reported that President Obama met with Vice President Joseph R. Biden and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in the Oval Office, presumably to see what support could be provided. After all, we had very credible military resources within striking distance. At our military base in Sigonella, Sicily,
which is slightly over 400 miles from Benghazi, we had a fully equipped Special Forces unit with both transport and jet strike aircraft prepositioned. Certainly this was a force much more capable than the 22-man force from
our embassy in Tripoli.
I know those Special Forces personnel were ready to leap at the opportunity. There is no doubt in my mind they would have wiped out the terrorists attackers. Also I have no doubt that Admiral William McRaven, Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command,
would have had his local commander at Sigonella ready to launch; however, apparently he was countermanded—by whom? We need to know.
I also understand we had a C-130
gunship available, which would have quickly disposed of the terrorist attackers. This attack went on for seven hours. Our fighter jets could have been at our Benghazi mission within an hour. Our Special Forces out of Sigonella could have been there within a few hours. There is not any doubt that action on our part could have saved the lives of our two former Navy SEALs and possibly the ambassador.
Having been in a number of similar situations, I know you have to have the courage to do what’s right and take immediate action. Obviously, that courage was lacking for Benghazi. The safety of your personnel always remains paramount. With all the technology and military capability we had in theater, for our leadership to have deliberately ignored the pleas for
assistance is not only incomprehensible, it is unAmerican.”
” I recently attended the Walter Duranty Awards for Journalistic Mendacity , a highly entertaining event aimed at calling attention to the past year’s most egregious instances of mainstream-media
bias. Sponsored jointly by The New
Criterion and PJ Media , the awards are named after the most notoriously corrupt journalist of all time: the New York Times Moscow correspondent, Soviet apologist, and 1932 Pulitzer winner who pushed the Stalinist line that reports of the great famine in the Ukraine—brought on by forced collectivization and causing an estimated 6 million deaths—were nothing more than “malignant propaganda.”
Needless to say, many contenders vied for the Duranty. While the judges ruled ineligible, “because we could not determine culpability,” the unnamed NBC News producers whose editing of the tape of George Zimmerman’s 911 call completely distorted its meaning, the winners were eminently worthy.
Second runner-up went to blogger Andrew Sullivan, for his campaign against “what Sullivan calls ‘genital mutilation,’ or as most of us refer to
it, ‘circumcision’”; for his “never-ending and relentless crusade to prove that Sarah Palin was not the mother of her Down Syndrome
baby, Trig”; and “for being Barack Obama’s greatest cheerleader.” “
Galleries of the aftermath in New England .
“The superstorm known as Sandy brought howling winds and torrential rains. Crews are out assessing the damage, while thousands remain in the dark.”
” Despite the extraordinary nature of the event and its immense implications for the War on Terror and for U.S. foreign policy in
general, most mainstream media outlets are devoting little or no attention to it.
Meanwhile, an election is being held on November 6 that is considered by many to
be the most important in our lifetimes. Some are already voting. Yet the electorate remains largely in the blind on this key issue.
We further know there are a number of individuals out there who know the truth or part of the truth about what happened in
Benghazi that night. Most probably those individuals work for the government (intelligence agencies, State Department, etc.) or the military and are not permitted
to divulge this information in public.
We sympathize with them, their requirements, and their privacy. But we also suspect those people are feeling pangs of guilt when they see the father of one of our slain heroes on television, demanding to know the truth. “
” Hurricane Sandy is helping drown media coverage of several White House scandals in the crucial run-up to Election Day.
The storm has also dampened coverage of Republican presidential nominee Mitt
Romney’s progress in critical Midwest swing states.
On Monday, the networks’ cameras were pointed at Obama as he stood at a White House podium to sketch out his administration’s response to the oncoming hurricane.
“I’m extraordinarily grateful for the
cooperation of our state and local
officials. … At this point, there are no unmet needs,” he said, speaking as the president, instead of a candidate.
The cameras weren’t pointed, however, at the Obama administration’s proliferating scandals, including the
Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling project, the Treasury Department’s decision to strip Delphi Automotive workers of their pensions and the administration’s intelligence
The cameras also weren’t pointed at the top GOP officials who recently began demanding the White House provide support for Obama’s claims that he directed his deputies to immediately secure U.S. diplomatic sites after jihadis
assaulted the Benghazi consulate on Sept. 11. “
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