Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on May 8, 2013 by Allahpundit

Partisan politics loomed over a House hearing Wednesday on the deadly September 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, as Republicans and Democrats clashed over the meaning of testimony from three witnesses who had little new to add to the story…

The three State Department officials, one of whom had testified before, offered a few new pieces of information, but did not shed much light on the key allegations put forth by critics, some of whom have called Benghazi “worse than Watergate.”

***

REP. MATT CARTWRIGHT (D-PA): “I expected a real bombshell to come out today. And I literally sat on the edge of my seat, listening for the bombshells to come out and Tamron, they didn’t happen. There was no news today. There was nothing today that we didn’t already know about. Now I want to tell you, I honor all of us on the panel, we honor the sacrifices made by these witnesses, their commitment to our country, and the truthfulness of their testimony as well. But really there wasn’t anything new that we hadn’t already seen before and that hadn’t already been rehashed again and again. So there isn’t much news today.”

***

All this will no doubt come back to haunt Hillary Clinton should she decide to run for president; in some cases, she appeared to have been too removed from the events in Benghazi. Hicks at one point testified that that he personally spoke to Clinton at 2 a.m. on the night of the attacks, which makes the administration’s vague description in subsequent days even more suspicious.

But that hardly adds up to a cover-up. In the end, Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the chairman of the committee, may find himself digging yet another dry well, as he has done so many times. Even before he took over the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, with zero evidence in hand, Issa called Obama “one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times.” In his relentless search for evidence (and headlines) since, he has found nothing to back up that statement, including his highly publicized and largely fruitless hearings last June into the the Justice Department’s botched “Fast and Furious” gun-tracking program.

Benghazi was a tragedy. It will, almost certainly, remain a political issue. What it is not – by a long shot — is a scandal yet.

***

It does seem that the Administration’s talking points were massaged a bit after the President’s candor. This may have been attributable to the presidential campaign and the Administration’s desire to low-ball the Al Qaeda threat. If so, this was a venial, not a mortal, sin. It affected not one life. More likely, though, the wording was scrubbed as a result of the nature of the investigation going on at the time–it may have been deemed premature to announce that it was a pre-meditated act of terror. Perhaps the local militia lucked into a situation where they showed up at the consulate and found very little security protection. Hard to say. There were protests all over the middle east that night, ginned up by jihadis using the excuse of a near-unseen anti-Muslim You Tube video.

But let’s say the street gang had been casing the joint in advance. Who’s to blame for the lax security? This is the real substance of the case. Could it have been the Secretary of State? Undoubtedly, no. This sort of question is well below her pay grade. Could it have been the person in charge of embassy security issues? More likely, and that person resigned after the subsequent investigations…and even that might have been unfair for two reasons. Security was up to the Ambassador and Chris Stevens was well known for erring on the side of greater public access to U.S. facilities. Or, more plausibly, reason number two…

Could it have been the Republicans who consistently voted against funds for increased embassy security? [Ed. note — No.]

***

Usually, during big news events like today’s Libya testimony, the media swarms Twitter with live updates, observations, and open coordination on Narratives. We saw this last night when South Carolina sent Mark Sanford back to Congress, when the Senate voted on gun control, etc. Political happenings always bring the media to Twitter like moths to a flame.

But today the media has been hiding — at least as soon as the Libya hearings started. Almost all of the Libya Twitter-traffic is coming from those who are not part of a mainstream media that wants to pretend none of this is happening. In other words, they are hiding in shame.

But they are also busy conspiring on how to handle and cover the hearings — with one another and with the White House.

The Narrative to protect the president must be a united one.

***

During Congressional hearings on Wednesday regarding the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) became emotional while reading from what he described as an erroneous Accountability Review Board report which largely clears the federal government of culpability for the deaths of four American service personnel. Through tears, Chaffetz plead with his fellow committeemen and women to not allow the historical record of what happened in Benghazi to be whitewashed.

***

Via Mediaite.


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offer me an intellectual challenge.

nonpartisan on May 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM

LOL. Breathing without the aid of machines is an intellectual challenge for you.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 8, 2013 at 11:16 PM

…I want to summon 4Grace…is she lurking lately?

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Who the fuk shook out the HA carpets today? The trolls are out in force, ankle biting, blood sucking nits.

arnold ziffel on May 8, 2013 at 11:14 PM

lol — I know.

See, Benghazi is a non-topic . . .

. . . hold on, this makes sense, somehow

Axe on May 8, 2013 at 11:17 PM

nonpartisan on May 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM

put some ice on that.

:)

ted c on May 8, 2013 at 11:17 PM

offer me an intellectual challenge.

nonpartisan on May 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM

LOL. Breathing without the aid of machines is an intellectual challenge for you.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 8, 2013 at 11:16 PM

What thread was that from? Oh and nonpartisan…you’re unarmed …not really fair.

CW on May 8, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Glad u got the job..time for a new ride. ;)

bazil9 on May 8, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Yep, and soon. Gonna keep this one though. Good for taking the mutts to the creek.

KCB on May 8, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Whatever. This kills Clinton’s chances of becoming President if it’s used judiciously by Republicans.

Just because you can’t definitively prove something doesn’t mean you can’t use it to club your opponent over and over.

Vince on May 8, 2013 at 11:18 PM

No.. deranged..as always. :)

bazil9 on May 8, 2013 at 11:12 PM

I appreciate the spirit you made the offer in, though……….

I am very upset at how our GOP friends completely BUNGLED this hearing…..it’s like Harry Reid PLANNED it!

I don’t mean to sound grumpy……..

williamg on May 8, 2013 at 11:19 PM

If the media whitewashes Benghazi, would that be Racist?

Another Drew on May 8, 2013 at 11:19 PM

If???

CW on May 8, 2013 at 11:19 PM

KCB on May 8, 2013 at 11:18 PM

What kind/how many do ya have?

bazil9 on May 8, 2013 at 11:19 PM

THE VIDEO was on Youtube no later than July 2012.

CW on May 8, 2013 at 11:19 PM

The Benghazi Talking Points Evolution

Benghazi Talking Points Version 1:

14 September 2012
11:15 AM

* We believe based on currently available information that the attacks in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the US Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the annex.

* The crowd almost certainly was a mix of individuals from across many sectors of Libyan society. That being said, we do know that Islamic extremists with ties to al Qa’ida participated in the attack.

* Initial press reporting linked the attack to Ansar al-Sharia. The groups has since released a statement that its leadership did not order the attacks, but did not deny that some of its members were involved. Ansar al-Sharia’s Facebook page aims to spread Sharia in Libya and emphasises the need for jihad to counter what it views as false interpretations of Islam, according to an open source study.

* The wide availablity of weapons and experienced fighters in Libya almost certainly contributed to the lethality of the attacks.

* Since April, there have been at least five other attacks against foreign interests in Benghazi by unidentified assailants, including the June attack against the British Ambassador’s convoy. We cannot rule out the individuals has [sic] previously surveilled the US facilities, also contributing to the efficacy of the attacks.

* We are working with Libyan authorities and intelligence partners in an effort to bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of US citizens.

_________

The Spokesliar, Jay Carney, still swears that the changes were only ‘stylistic,’ not ‘substantive’ – a claim that gets the WaPo fact-checking, anal exam here. Remember this from 28 November 2012?

‘Ambassador Rice was using unclassified talking points that were developed by the intelligence community and provided not just to her, not just to the executive branch, but to the legislative branch. And they represented the best assessment by our intelligence professionals about what had happened in Benghazi at that time.

‘The White House and the State Department have made clear that the single adjustment that was made to those talking points by either of those two — of these two institutions were changing the word ‘consulate’ to ‘diplomatic facility,’ because ‘consulate’ was inaccurate. Those talking points originated from the intelligence community. They reflect the IC’s best assessments of what they thought had happened.’

Note how Carney stressed that this was “developed by the intelligence community” and the “talking points originated from the intelligence community’…and the ONLY change that either the White House or the State Department made was to change the word ‘consulate’ to ‘diplomatic facility.’ Liar.

Resist We Much on May 8, 2013 at 11:19 PM

What you are looking for is 18 U.S.C. § 1505 and § 1512…

§ 1505: Obstruction of Justice (Congressional investigation)

Whoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication influences, obstructs, or impedes or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede the due and proper administration of the law under which any pending proceeding is being had before any department or agency of the United States, or the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry under which any inquiry or investigation is being had by either House, or any committee of either House or any joint committee of the Congress—

Shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.

§ 1512 – Tampering with a witness, victim, or an informant:

(b) Whoever knowingly uses intimidation, threatens, or corruptly persuades another person, or attempts to do so, or engages in misleading conduct toward another person, with intent to—

(1) influence, delay, or prevent the testimony of any person in an official proceeding;

(2) cause or induce any person to—

(A) withhold testimony, or withhold a record, document, or other object, from an official proceeding;

(B) alter, destroy, mutilate, or conceal an object with intent to impair the object’s integrity or availability for use in an official proceeding;

shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.

1505 is probably more realistic that 1512, but if I were a prosecutor, I would certainly look at both knowing that the fact pattern will demonstrate if the latter is appropriate.

Resist We Much on May 8, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Definitely Obstruction of Justice for Frau Clinton.

Now if Obama abused his office to pressure prosecutors to go after Nakoula…That would be something as well.

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on May 8, 2013 at 11:20 PM

halfbaked on May 8, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Truth and a Democratic talking point should never be confused with each oher.

Cindy Munford on May 8, 2013 at 11:20 PM

williamg on May 8, 2013 at 11:19 PM

I guess I am use to being “upset”.
The norm.
I expect nothing less.
I just cope diff then u.

bazil9 on May 8, 2013 at 11:21 PM

” …Those of us who covered the legal travails of both Clintons during the 1990s, and their rocky relationship with the investigation-inclined Republican Congress would have instantly recognized Cheryl Mills. She is a rare figure in Washington, one who put loyalty and discretion ahead of ambition. And she is ferocious.

Mills is now the counselor and chief of staff to Clinton at the State Department. In the Clinton Administration, she served as deputy White House counsel, and was one of the most influential voices behind the scenes. The internal clashes usually centered on whether to turn over what the president’s enemies were demanding, or to hunker down and fight. She almost invariably led the resistance, an inclination that Hillary Clinton shared.

Few of us outside the inner circle of the White House actually got to hear that voice until Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial in the Senate. The BBC called her “the shining star of the defense team,” an assessment that just about everyone else in Washington shared.

“We cannot uphold the rule of law only when it is consistent with our beliefs,” Mills argued that day. “We must uphold it even when it protects behavior that we don’t like or is unattractive or is not admirable or that might even be hurtful.”…”

WaPo: Hillary Clinton’s guardian angel reappears

luckybogey on May 8, 2013 at 11:21 PM

The Dems were embarrassing…

d1carter on May 8, 2013 at 11:22 PM

What kind/how many do ya have?

bazil9 on May 8, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Mini Dachshund and a German Shepherd. Both boys.

KCB on May 8, 2013 at 11:22 PM

KCB on May 8, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Cars, it’s always something.

Cindy Munford on May 8, 2013 at 11:22 PM

KCB on May 8, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Mini and a biggie. :)
sweet.
I love GS’s.

bazil9 on May 8, 2013 at 11:23 PM

You alright?

HornetSting on May 8, 2013 at 11:11 PM

No.. deranged..as always. :)

bazil9 on May 8, 2013 at 11:12 PM

So, all is well. :)

HornetSting on May 8, 2013 at 11:05 PM

It’s self published at best and I’m not sure six Xerox copies counts as that either.

Cindy Munford on May 8, 2013 at 11:13 PM

I didn’t know they could xerox toilet paper and human skin. /

HornetSting on May 8, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Jeneva Lynne ‏@Jenevalynne 3m

#Benghazi witness:

Army cmnd said commando rescue scrapped because St Dept leaders had ‘bigger balls’ than military,,

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2321499/Benghazi-witness-Army-commander-said-commando-rescue-scrapped-State-Department-leaders-bigger-balls-military-chiefs.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
=================

Benghazi witness:

Army commander said commando rescue was scrapped because State Department officials had ‘bigger balls’ than military chiefs

By David Martosko In Washington

PUBLISHED: 19:15 GMT
8 May 2013
UPDATED: 22:44 GMT, 8 May 2013
******************************

The Obama administration denied Special Forces commandos permission to board a military flight to help defend the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi while it was under attack, according to State Department career officer Gregory Hicks, a former second-in-command in the North African country.

Recalling the words of a Lt. Col. Gibson, then the military commander at Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA), Hicks said during a House Oversight Committee hearing Wednesday that Gibson said the armed forces should have made the decision about its own soldiers.

‘This is the first time in my career,’ Gibson said, according to Hicks. ‘that a diplomat has more balls than somebody in the military.’

Scroll down for video
(More…..)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2321499/Benghazi-witness-Army-commander-said-commando-rescue-scrapped-State-Department-leaders-bigger-balls-military-chiefs.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

canopfor on May 8, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Who the fuk shook out the HA carpets today? The trolls are out in force, ankle biting, blood sucking nits.
arnold ziffel on May 8, 2013 at 11:14 PM

lol — I know.
See, Benghazi is a non-topic . . .
. . . hold on, this makes sense, somehow
Axe on May 8, 2013 at 11:17 PM

It’s pure panic. They see Obama going into full Nixon-Watergate mode as more facts come out, that can’t be very reassuring.

whatcat on May 8, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Bolded is all that is left…

_________

Benghazi Talking Points Version 2:

Saturday, 15 September 2012
9:45 AM

* The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the US Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the US Consulate and subsequently its annex. This assessment may change as additional information continues to be evaluated. On 10 September the Agency notified Embassy Cairo of social media reports calling for a demonstration and encouraging jihadists to break into the Embassy.

* The investigation is ongoing as to who is responsible for the violence, although the crowd almost certainly was a mix of individuals. That being said, there are indications that Islamic extremists participated in the violent demonstrations.

* The wide availability of weapons and experienced fighters in Libya almost certainly contributed to the lethality of the attacks.

* The Agency has produced numerous pieces on the threat of extremists linked to al-Qa’ida in Benghazi and eastern Libya. Since April, there have been at least five other attacks against foreign interests in Benghazi by unidentified assailants, including the June attack agains the British Ambassador’s convoy. We cannot rule out of the individuals has [sic] previously surveilled the US facilities, also contributing to the efficacy of the attacks.

* The US government is working with Libyan authorities and intelligence partners in an effort to help bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of US citizens.

_________

But, those are just ‘stylistic,’ not substantive revisions. Really! Well, that’s their argument anyway.

Resist We Much on May 8, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Come on, I just got back. Can I knock it around for just a little longer?
The street lights aren’t even on here yet. Please?

HornetSting on May 8, 2013 at 10:58 PM

…if I could get you and katythemeanoldlady on one troll for a thread…that troll would be doing ORGAMI with its testicles… in no time!

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2013 at 11:24 PM

KA2- 4grace is well..
training hard..busy..but well.

bazil9 on May 8, 2013 at 11:24 PM

williamg on May 8, 2013 at 11:19 PM

I guess I am use to being “upset”.
The norm.
I expect nothing less.
I just cope diff then u.

bazil9 on May 8, 2013 at 11:21 PM

I should probably be taking coping lessons from you…..and I’m not kidding…….

williamg on May 8, 2013 at 11:26 PM

I love GS’s.

bazil9 on May 8, 2013 at 11:23 PM

My breed of choice. Just damn good dogs.

KCB on May 8, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Final and last incantation…

Remember, the revisions were just ‘stylistic’ and, as Verbaluce reminds us, the only manipulation that has been going on in the entire Bengahzi matter has been done by Congressman Darrell Issa…

_________

Benghazi Talking Points Version 3 (The Final Version)

Saturday, 15 September 2012
11:26 AM

* The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the US Embassy in Cairo and evolved in a direct assault against the US diplomatic post and subsequently its annex. There are indications that extremists participated in the violent demonstrations.

* This assessment may change as additional information is collected and analysed and currently available information continues to be evaluated.

* The investigation is ongoing, and the US government is working, with Libyan authorities to help bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of US citizens.

_________

AQAP had sent experienced fighters into Benghazi from Yemen some days prior to the attack on the US Consulate.

That’s very strange for a demonstration that was supposedly ‘spontaneously inspired by the protests.’

Resist We Much on May 8, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Don’t expect a news conference from barky for about at least a year.

wolly4321 on May 8, 2013 at 11:27 PM

What thread was that from?

CW on May 8, 2013 at 11:17 PM

This one. I left out nonP’s smearing of RWM in the first part of the post.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 8, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Who won the hockey game between the Bruins and the Leafs??..Wife interrupted..:)

Dire Straits on May 8, 2013 at 11:28 PM

The last note worthy thing, for my part, is that I uploaded a one minute video of of my cat, especially for Resist:

Creature Continues to Grow

– answering a personal question I’ve been wondering lately: Is there any amount of trouble I won’t go through?

*sip*

The answer is no. No. there. is. not.

Axe on May 8, 2013 at 11:28 PM

canopfor on May 8, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Thank you very much!!! :-)

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Dire…

KCB on May 8, 2013 at 11:28 PM

williamg on May 8, 2013 at 11:19 PM

BUNGLED ??
Exsqueeze me ?

pambi on May 8, 2013 at 11:28 PM

During Congressional hearings on Wednesday regarding the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) became emotional while reading from what he described as an erroneous Accountability Review Board report which largely clears the federal government of culpability for the deaths of four American service personnel. Through tears, Chaffetz plead with his fellow committeemen and women to not allow the historical record of what happened in Benghazi to be whitewashed.

Awww. Big baby crying. awww. Why don’t you take your crocodile tears and stick it where the sun doesn’t shine you hack.

HotAirLib on May 8, 2013 at 11:29 PM

bazil9 on May 8, 2013 at 11:24 PM

…thanks!…I have only seen her once lately…and that was in the Gulch

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2013 at 11:29 PM

It’s pure panic. They see Obama going into full Nixon-Watergate mode as more facts come out, that can’t be very reassuring.

whatcat on May 8, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Yup. Panic explains it. Stomp those fires. :)

Axe on May 8, 2013 at 11:29 PM

Awww. Big baby crying. awww. Why don’t you take your crocodile tears and stick it where the sun doesn’t shine you hack.

HotAirLib on May 8, 2013 at 11:29 PM

No substance Hal? None?

KCB on May 8, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Absolutely disgusting. These two deserve to rot in prison for this.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/05/while-obama-dithered-ambassador-stevens-body-was-being-showcased-in-benghazi-morgue-graphic-video/

jawkneemusic on May 8, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Who won the hockey game between the Bruins and the Leafs??..Wife interrupted..:)

Dire Straits on May 8, 2013 at 11:28 PM

The only thing that happened today was a kidnapping thing. I know because I watched the news.

Axe on May 8, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on May 8, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Dire Straits:Ahoy my friend:—————-:O

canopfor on May 8, 2013 at 11:31 PM

stick it where the sun doesn’t shine you hack.

HotLips on May 8, 2013 at 11:29 PM

…can’t!…your heads always up there…chewing on polyps and licking the walls!

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2013 at 11:31 PM

canopfor on May 8, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Good evening sir..)

Dire Straits on May 8, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Where is Scrumpy? I saw her earlier.

KCB on May 8, 2013 at 11:32 PM

HotAirLib on May 8, 2013 at 11:29 PM

Good Lord.
Some folks genuinely care.
Might be a foreign concept to you, I know.

pambi on May 8, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Who won the hockey game between the Bruins and the Leafs??..Wife interrupted..:)

Dire Straits on May 8, 2013 at 11:28 PM

The only thing that happened today was a kidnapping thing. I know because I watched the news.

Axe on May 8, 2013 at 11:31 PM

…the Red Wings are playing…and Jodi Arias was convicted for letting her protest get out of hand…or something!

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2013 at 11:33 PM

KCB on May 8, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Normmm..:)

Dire Straits on May 8, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Oh, good God,,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDqDvVhyeSc&feature=youtube_gdata_player.

“dead give away”.

wolly4321 on May 8, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Normmm..:)

Dire Straits on May 8, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Made me laugh!

KCB on May 8, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Awww. Big baby crying. awww. Why don’t you take your crocodile tears and stick it where the sun doesn’t shine you hack.

HotAirLib on May 8, 2013 at 11:29 PM

Seem to recall you getting a bit lachrymose yourself.

wolfsDad on May 8, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Will Ed Henry get the first question at tomorrow’s daily WH press pool briefing?

can_con on May 8, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Lurking Ken… :-)

Good evening everyone :-D

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Awww. Big baby crying. awww. Why don’t you take your crocodile tears and stick it where the sun doesn’t shine you hack.

HotAirLib on May 8, 2013 at 11:29 PM

Tell that to Hussein who campaigns with coffins and dead bodies as props !! Remember his drama with Sandyhook families ?

burrata on May 8, 2013 at 11:35 PM

lol — I know.

See, Benghazi is a non-topic . . .

. . . hold on, this makes sense, somehow

Axe on May 8, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Not exactly. What happened before, during, and after the attack on the Consulate is a ‘non-story,’ but…

…the Republican ‘witch hunt’ to find out what actually happened is a huge scandal.

/

Resist We Much on May 8, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Awww. Big baby crying. awww. Why don’t you take your crocodile tears and stick it where the sun doesn’t shine you hack.

HotAirLib on May 8, 2013 at 11:29 PM

HotAirLib:

You DemonRats have played this game before,go look into the Mirror!!


*********************** WARNING-GRAPHIC *********************

Iconic Photos

Famous, Infamous and Iconic Photos
U.S Soldier dragged through Mogadishu

http://iconicphotos.wordpress.com/2010/03/10/u-s-marine-dragged-through-mogadishu/

canopfor on May 8, 2013 at 11:36 PM

The only thing that happened today was a kidnapping thing. I know because I watched the news.

Axe on May 8, 2013 at 11:31 PM

lolz..I just glad we have the “real” criminal in jail..The kook who made the you tube video..:)

Dire Straits on May 8, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Awww. Big baby crying. awww. Why don’t you take your crocodile tears and stick it where the sun doesn’t shine you hack.

HotAirLib on May 8, 2013 at 11:29 PM

.
Don’t let your hostility keep you awake all night.

listens2glenn on May 8, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Hi Chrissy!

KCB on May 8, 2013 at 11:37 PM

Maloney and Cummings are sorry-a** hacks.

BoxHead1 on May 8, 2013 at 11:37 PM

HotAirLib, have you no shame you disgusting, lowlife rat of a human being?

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/05/while-obama-dithered-ambassador-stevens-body-was-being-showcased-in-benghazi-morgue-graphic-video/

jawkneemusic on May 8, 2013 at 11:38 PM

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Go Red Wings..:)

Dire Straits on May 8, 2013 at 11:38 PM

Security was up to the Ambassador and Chris Stevens was well known for erring on the side of greater public access to U.S. facilities.

Darn that Chris Stevens for doing this to himself

burrata on May 8, 2013 at 11:38 PM

Who is the 4th?

KCB on May 8, 2013 at 11:40 PM

As I noted in one of the other threads, isn’t it funny that the group circling the wagons for Obama are the same ones who could not get over W finishing the book to the kids on 9/11? I’m not sure what they wanted him to do but not that.

Cindy Munford on May 8, 2013 at 11:40 PM

The last note worthy thing, for my part, is that I uploaded a one minute video of of my cat, especially for Resist:

Creature Continues to Grow

– answering a personal question I’ve been wondering lately: Is there any amount of trouble I won’t go through?

*sip*

The answer is no. No. there. is. not.

Axe on May 8, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Nutter.

*Chiquita?*

Resist We Much on May 8, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Come on, I just got back. Can I knock it around for just a little longer?
The street lights aren’t even on here yet. Please?

HornetSting on May 8, 2013 at 10:58 PM

…if I could get you and katythemeanoldlady on one troll for a thread…that troll would be doing ORGAMI with its testicles… in no time!

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2013 at 11:24 PM

KTMOL is a force against the common troll. Lie a hurricane.

HornetSting on May 8, 2013 at 11:40 PM

KCB on May 8, 2013 at 11:37 PM

Sorry about your car issues :-(

All this stuff from today is going round in my head…

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:40 PM

offer me an intellectual challenge.

nonpartisan on May 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Find your face in the dark.

viking01 on May 8, 2013 at 11:40 PM

williamg on May 8, 2013 at 11:19 PM

BUNGLED ??
Exsqueeze me ?

pambi on May 8, 2013 at 11:28 PM

If you are a girl – I would love to squeeze you……

As far as Issa and The GOP – yes, “bungled” is the correct description of what they did. They have killed any opportunity they might have had to get at the truth about this. The first Nine minutes of EVERY news broadcast this evening was on the kidnapped women in Ohio – even on FOX News. Benghazi wasn’t mentioned in the NEXT nine minutes on most broadcasts

They have BURIED this story – with the GOP and ISSA’s help…..

williamg on May 8, 2013 at 11:40 PM

burrata on May 8, 2013 at 11:38 PM

His poor family, no one should have that in their memory of a loved one.

Cindy Munford on May 8, 2013 at 11:41 PM

lachrymose

wolfsDad on May 8, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Whoa.

Axe on May 8, 2013 at 11:41 PM

Real tears for ya HAL,,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qgWH89qWks&feature=youtube_gdata_player.

Sure you respect that. Huh?

wolly4321 on May 8, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Benghazi,is nothing less,than BlackHawk Down Part 2!!

Battle of Mogadishu (1993)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mogadishu_%281993%29
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Clinton’s Black Hawk History

We wish Bill Clinton a quiet retirement, if only he’d return the favor. But when the former President distorts history for the sake of political advantage, someone has to clean up afterward.

Responding to Bush Administration suggestions that some of today’s corporate scandals first got out of hand under his watch, Mr. Clinton recently shot back: “These people ran on responsibility, but as soon as you scratch them they go straight to blame. Now, you know, I didn’t blame his [President Bush's] father for Somalia when we had that awful day memorialized in ‘Black Hawk Down.’ I didn’t do that.”

We can understand Mr. Clinton wanting to defend himself, but as usual he can’t get his own facts straight. His introduction of Somalia here is one of those breathtakingly brazen attempts to dodge responsibility for which Mr. Clinton is justly famous. Here’s the real history:

President Bush the Elder sent U.S. forces into Somalia in December 1992 to aid the United Nations in relieving a massive famine.

In May of 1993, four months into his term, President Clinton declared that mission accomplished and pulled out most of the U.S. forces.

In a speech on the South Lawn to associate himself with the effort, he extolled the decision to intervene: “If all of you who served had not gone, it is absolutely certain that tens of thousands would have died by now.” It was a “successful mission,” he said, and “proved yet again that American leadership can help to mobilize international action …”

But back in Somalia, with no U.S. deterrent, Somalia’s warlords began fighting again. After a series of bloody attacks on U.N. peacekeepers, Mr. Clinton launched a new mission: In August 1993, he sent in a force of Rangers and Special Forces units to capture the brutal warlord Mohammad Farrah Aidid and restore order.

That force asked for heavy armor — in the form of Abrams tanks and Bradley armored vehicles — as well as the AC-130 gunship, but the Clinton Administration denied those requests. On October 3 on a mission to pick up Aidid, two Black Hawks were unexpectedly shot down; in the ensuing urban gun battle, 18 American soldiers were killed and another 73 injured.

Many military experts believe that if the

U.S. forces had had armor,

fewer would have died.

Secretary of Defense Les Aspin resigned two months after Somalia, having acknowledged that his decision on the armor had been an error.

A 1994 Senate Armed Services Committee investigation reached the same conclusion. But perhaps the most poignant statement came from retired Lieutenant Colonel Larry Joyce, father of Sergeant Casey Joyce, a Ranger killed in Mogadishu: “Had there been armor … I contend that my son would probably be alive today …”

Mr. Clinton’s responsibility in Somalia doesn’t stop there. Despite the mistakes that October day, Aidid had been struck a blow. The U.S. military, with 18 dead, wanted nothing more than to finish what it had started. Mr. Clinton instead aborted the mission. The U.S. released the criminals it had captured that same day at such great cost, and the U.N., lacking U.S. support, was powerless to keep order. Somalia remains a lawless, impoverished nation. Worse, the terrorists of al Qaeda interpreted the U.S. retreat from Somalia as a sign of American weakness that may have convinced them we could be induced to retreat from the Middle East if they took their attacks to the U.S. homeland.

Those are the facts.

The reason Mr. Clinton can’t blame the events of “Black Hawk Down” on President Bush’s father is because those events had nothing to do with him. They were Mr. Clinton’s responsibility, and his alone.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/728352/posts

canopfor on May 8, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Go Red Wings..:)

Dire Straits on May 8, 2013 at 11:38 PM

…young and dumb…but in a couple of years!
…miss Lidstrom and Stewart (:-<)

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2013 at 11:42 PM

No substance Hal? None?

KCB on May 8, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Lol Ken. Just having fun here that’s all. Your side does it to our president 24/7.

HotAirLib on May 8, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Nutter.

*Chiquita?*

Resist We Much on May 8, 2013 at 11:40 PM

:)

*takes banana*

Axe on May 8, 2013 at 11:43 PM

As I noted in one of the other threads, isn’t it funny that the group circling the wagons for Obama are the same ones who could not get over W finishing the book to the kids on 9/11? I’m not sure what they wanted him to do but not that.

Cindy Munford on May 8, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Booooom !!
Hussein’s ” my pet goat moment ”
which started months before 4 Americans got killed by jihadies and is still on .
Shame on him and Killery

burrata on May 8, 2013 at 11:44 PM

offer me an intellectual challenge.

nonpartisan on May 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM

LOL. Breathing without the aid of machines is an intellectual challenge for you.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 8, 2013 at 11:16 PM

He has post it’s everywhere to remind him to breathe.
And to wipe.

HornetSting on May 8, 2013 at 11:44 PM

That’s very strange for a demonstration that was supposedly ‘spontaneously inspired by the protests.’

Resist We Much on May 8, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Resist We Much: Most Excellent work,shinning the Light of Truth:)

canopfor on May 8, 2013 at 11:44 PM

As far as Issa and The GOP – yes, “bungled” is the correct description of what they did. They have killed any opportunity they might have had to get at the truth about this. The first Nine minutes of EVERY news broadcast this evening was on the kidnapped women in Ohio – even on FOX News. Benghazi wasn’t mentioned in the NEXT nine minutes on most broadcasts
williamg on May 8, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Issa arranged the girl’s rescue and told the news producers which story to lead with?

whatcat on May 8, 2013 at 11:44 PM

offer me an intellectual challenge.

nonpartisan on May 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Find your face in the dark.

viking01 on May 8, 2013 at 11:40 PM

lol — just . . . That nonpartisan quote is just the best comment EVAH!!!

You see, it’s hard for towering intellects to find real challenges.

Rather sad, really.

Axe on May 8, 2013 at 11:45 PM

He has post it’s everywhere to remind him to breathe.
And to wipe.
HornetSting on May 8, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Since we’re only talking about one orifice here it shouldn’t be too hard for it to remember.

whatcat on May 8, 2013 at 11:46 PM

DAYUM, this has been a long, arduous day !
And I’m not even one of those heroic whistleblowers !
I merely watched them calmly and truthfullu explain how this admin not only let them down, but proceeded to screw them, left and right, after the fact.
Pray for them, and any others that now feel encouraged to speak out.
Methinks I need to exit and get some shuteye.. greetings to all who venture into QOTD.

pambi on May 8, 2013 at 11:46 PM

No substance Hal? None?

KCB on May 8, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Lol Ken. Just having fun here that’s all. Your side does it to our president 24/7.

HotAirLib on May 8, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Were you just born or did you tweak your way through the eight years of President Bush and the constant liberal whining about wanting to keep us safe?
I’m thinking your butt must have just given birth to your head.
Congratulations….it’s an idiot!

HornetSting on May 8, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Who the fuk shook out the HA carpets today? The trolls are out in force, ankle biting, blood sucking nits.

arnold ziffel on May 8, 2013 at 11:14 PM

aronald ziffel:

*Puts on Progtard Anarchist KAOS Hat,

oooooh,the good ole days of Wall Street Occupation,and
sleeping in tents and getting the Drum Circle girls..dru…

(snark)

canopfor on May 8, 2013 at 11:49 PM

He has post it’s everywhere to remind him to breathe.
And to wipe.
HornetSting on May 8, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Since we’re only talking about one orifice here it shouldn’t be too hard for it to remember.

whatcat on May 8, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Beautifully done there, cat.

HornetSting on May 8, 2013 at 11:49 PM

NO ONE KNEW HOW LONG THE ATTACK WOULD LAST. No one knew if it would be over in minutes, hours, days, or months, for that matter.

Resist We Much on May 8, 2013 at 8:50 PM

^ A fourth thing worth remembering. It’s really interesting, and it nukes “no time” arguments completely.

Axe on May 8, 2013 at 11:49 PM

williamg on May 8, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Wait, what ?
This not being reported is THEIR fault ?

pambi on May 8, 2013 at 11:50 PM

Methinks I need to exit and get some shuteye.. greetings to all who venture into QOTD.

pambi on May 8, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Excellent day of battle, gentle pambi. Off with you. To rest, to rest. :)

Axe on May 8, 2013 at 11:50 PM

canopfor on May 8, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Thank you very much!!! :-)

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Scrumpy:This site is a Info GoldMine!:)
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https://twitter.com/search?q=%23benghazi

canopfor on May 8, 2013 at 11:52 PM

lol — just . . . That nonpartisan quote is just the best comment EVAH!!!

You see, it’s hard for towering intellects to find real challenges.

Rather sad, really.

Axe on May 8, 2013 at 11:45 PM

I’ve always believed that a negative IQ was impossible, but after today – if nobrain is right – my IQ is somewhere in the very hot core of the Earth, which I’ve been told by Al Gorezza is ‘extremely hot, several millions of degrees.’

It’s the only way that the two of us are on the same level, intellectually.

Resist We Much on May 8, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Who the fuk shook out the HA carpets today? The trolls are out in force, ankle biting, blood sucking nits.

arnold ziffel on May 8, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Desperado

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2013 at 11:53 PM

pambi on May 8, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Just lurking… I am fuming…may leave also

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Pray for them, and any others that now feel encouraged to speak out.
Methinks I need to exit and get some shuteye.. greetings to all who venture into QOTD.

pambi on May 8, 2013 at 11:46 PM

pambi:

Keep ye Powder Dry,er,or not….*_*:)

canopfor on May 8, 2013 at 11:54 PM

offer me an intellectual challenge.

nonpartisan on May 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Have a reality check.

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2013 at 11:54 PM

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