Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on May 9, 2013 by Allahpundit

On the heels of a dramatic hearing where three whistle-blowers testified, Fox News has learned that former Vice President Dick Cheney on Thursday, on the Hill for a meeting with House Republicans, also told lawmakers: “I think Hillary (Clinton) should be subpoenaed if necessary.”

The comments and developments signal that Republicans will continue to press for answers on the deadly Sept. 11 attack. Despite arguments from Democrats that the hearing was not nearly as shocking as Republicans made it out to be, GOP lawmakers said it raised troubling questions that need to be investigated.

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Secretary of State Clinton made at least three statements that have been contradicted by subsequent testimony. First, she told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that “we didn’t have a clear picture” of what had happened in Benghazi. Yet Greg Hicks, who had been second in command at the U.S. mission in Libya, testified Wednesday that he spoke to Clinton on the night of Sep. 11-12 and told her exactly what had happened.

Second, Clinton told the Senate: “So I saw firsthand what Ambassador Pickering and former Chairman Mullen called timely and exceptional coordination: no delays in decision-making, no denials of support from Washington or from our military.” Yet testimony on Wednesday revealed that help was denied twice–once when support from the State Department’s Foreign Emergency Support Team (FEST) was denied, and once when Lt. Col. Gibson was told to stand down.

Third, Clinton told the Senate that she had not seen diplomatic cables from Libya requesting more security: “I didn’t see those requests. They didn’t come to me. I didn’t approve them. I didn’t deny them.” Yet Gen. Dempsey appeared to cast some doubt on Clinton’s testimony when he told the Senate in February that it seemed unlikely she had not seen the cables: “I would call myself surprised that she didn’t.”

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Mrs. Clinton’s role in this matter remains obscure, in part because the State Department’s Accountability Review Board did not interview her, amazingly enough. The review board protected all of the department’s higher-ups and blamed career officials down the ladder. The board is now itself under investigation by State’s inspector general, and Wednesday’s testimony revealed the sore feelings of career officers about the review board’s conduct…

The hearing also showed the chasm between the culture of career civil servants ready to risk their lives and the vicious political culture of Washington. No doubt politics motivated some of the Republicans, but due to the nature of the hearing they were cast as investigators. Most Democrats appeared far more dedicated to defending Mrs. Clinton and the Obama administration than to finding out exactly what happened, and any criticism of Ms. Rice was rebutted. After all, Chris Stevens is gone but 2016 is just around the corner.

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Senator Lindsey Graham says Hillary Clinton’s management of the Benghazi crisis could cost her a “promotion” to the presidency.

“In the military, she wouldn’t be promoted,” the South Carolina Republican tells National Review…

He points to her media appearances in the wake of the attacks as evidence of her shaky leadership skills. “How in the world could she have believed that the death of Chris Stevens was a spontaneous riot motivated by a hateful video? Either she is completely disconnected from reality or that was political spin.”

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Credibility is Obama’s strong suit, a key reason why his personal approval ratings continue to buoy soft job approval scores. He can’t afford to lose that trust.

Credibility is Clinton’s vulnerability, dating to the unjustified financial accusations that triggered the Whitewater investigation. Doubts persisted about her veracity and authenticity throughout the 2008 presidential campaign…

Witnesses said the investigation, led by veteran retired diplomat Thomas Pickering, was inadequate. “They stopped short of interviewing people who I personally know were involved in key decisions,” testified Eric Nordstrom, an official in the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security. The testimony of these credible whistleblowers may raise doubts in voters’ minds about how honestly the Obama administration faced its failings. Despite that, the Pickering report is a scathing indictment of State Department security efforts on Clinton’s watch. If she runs for president, embassy security will be a credible and durable issue…

Overreaching Republicans (conservative groups are raising money off the cover-up claims) are doing Obama and Clinton a favor. But the damage may already be done to the duo’s credibility – Obama’s strength and Clinton’s weakness.

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Caring would have meant honoring the security request that came five months before the attack. Caring would have meant scrambling fighters and a tanker to refuel them, as well as accepting the offer of a ride from Tripoli to Benghazi for Special Ops troops aboard a Libyan government aircraft. Caring would have meant ensuring that sufficient military assets were stationed within a more reasonable range of a consulate in a volatile country. Caring would have meant relying on Americans, not Libyans, to provide security for the consulate.

Caring would have meant making a credible effort, but Barack “Wasn’t Me” Obama’s administration and Hillary “What Difference Does it Make?” Clinton’s State Department couldn’t manage so much as an empty gesture.

And with all of that knowledge in hand, the media will be desperate to duck out and cover the next story — any story. Are the cicadas here yet?…

Clinton may get dinged, because she doesn’t enjoy Obama’s utter invincibility against the truth. But her media security is darned good, too.

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Yet as Democrats prepare for Hillary’spossible political comeback, so are Republicans and conservatives. Consequently, the GOP’s shift in focus shouldn’t be surprising, especially with 2016 on the horizon. But what’s striking is how sudden the transition seemed yesterday. Also striking is that it comes at a time when Clinton is enjoying her highest polling numbers, even among Republicans. In the April NBC/WSJ poll, 56% of respondents had a favorable view of her, including 23% of Republicans. (Compare that with Obama’s 8% among GOP respondents in the same poll.) Make no mistake: That Republican number is going to change for Clinton if she runs for president. So mark May 8, 2013 on your political calendars. That’s the date when Republican Party returned to what was its favorite pastime for a good part of the last 16 years (from 1992 to 2008): going after the Clintons. Folks, the “vast right-wing conspiracy” is back.

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Smith said that she spoke to her son the day he died who told her he was worried about individuals he saw taking pictures of the Benghazi consulate. “He said he reported it and they didn’t care,” Smith said. “Our government does not care about us. They don’t care about us at all. They just care about saving their own butts and covering their souls, or whatever it is.”

“I wish you had gotten answers,” Tapper offered after a prolonged pause.

“So do I,” Smith answered. She said that she was promised answers by members of Obama’s administration, but has received none. “They don’t care. I’m not important to them,” Smith said.

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Bensonofben on May 10, 2013 at 7:28 AM

more than likely

cmsinaz on May 10, 2013 at 7:33 AM

I don’t see Davis on Fox News much anymore. that probably got as tired or him as they did Prof. Marc Lamont Hill.

kingsjester on May 10, 2013 at 7:24 AM

I don’t consider Hill a serious person. Indeed, he strikes me as a younger version of that clown Michael Eric Dyson. They’re both jokes.

BuckeyeSam on May 10, 2013 at 7:34 AM

ted c on May 10, 2013 at 7:26 AM

its not by sharryl atkinson so its all good
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cmsinaz on May 10, 2013 at 7:34 AM

poster on abc had a good point…abc calling this ‘exclusive’ yet steve hayes brought this all to light the week before…

cmsinaz on May 10, 2013 at 7:32 AM

that’s what I thought. Is it really “exclusive” if abc ignored it last week??

ted c on May 10, 2013 at 7:35 AM

***ummm*** is this a bombshell or just more of what we already knew??

ted c on May 10, 2013 at 7:22 AM

What’s going to be tough on the rest of the liberal media Ted, is for them to “look the other way” when ABC News has posted this.

Rovin on May 10, 2013 at 7:35 AM

poster on abc had a good point…abc calling this ‘exclusive’ yet steve hayes brought this all to light the week before…

cmsinaz on May 10, 2013 at 7:32 AM

They don’t consider Steve Hayes to be a “Real Journolist”, so his scoops don’t count. Hope he goes after them on this.

Naturally Curly on May 10, 2013 at 7:37 AM

OT: Where does FNC get these blonds? I just saw someone new, reporting on Prince Harry. Elizabeth something–Yummy. Move over Ainsley Earhart.

BuckeyeSam on May 10, 2013 at 7:38 AM

Via JWF:

“We could see a revision here or there to clarify things, but when you have to revise your cover-up story 12 times, we’re starting to think you have something to hide.

Time to get all involved under oath. At some point they’ll start turning on each other.

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.

“Those talking points originated from the intelligence community. They reflect the IC’s best assessments of what they thought had happened,” Carney told reporters at the White House press briefing on November 28, 2012. “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 institutions were changing the word ‘consulate’ to ‘diplomatic facility’ because ‘consulate’ was inaccurate.”

Summaries of White House and State Department emails — some of which were first published by Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard — show that the State Department had extensive input into the editing of the talking points…

Meanwhile, Lindsey Graham says it’s time for Mrs. Clinton to testify under oath.

Graham, interviewed in his Senate office, said Clinton should return to Congress to address the issues raised. Should she be subpoenaed?

“I hope she would come back without that, but yes,” he replied. “I think she needs to come back and answer questions. Did she know that Cheryl Mills called the DCM (deputy chief of mission) to tell him, watch the member of Congress and don’t talk to him? And there’s now evidence that she was made aware of the security concerns and basically ignored security requests.”

He said Mills and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and others also should be called to testify about the attacks. Those killed included Christopher Stephens, the first U.S. ambassador to die in the line of duty in a generation.

http://www.jammiewf.com/2013/what-cover-up-benghazi-talking-points-underwent-12-revisions-scrubbed-of-terror-reference/

Clinton was not sworn in for her testimony before congress…But she is also a licensed lawyer & officer of the court.

workingclass artist on May 10, 2013 at 7:43 AM

ted c on May 10, 2013 at 7:35 AM

in their eyes, yes…

Naturally Curly on May 10, 2013 at 7:37 AM

ding

cmsinaz on May 10, 2013 at 7:45 AM

OT but (via Drudge) the story below made my day. 70-year-old beats up a 24 year old.

Seventy-year-old Michael Salame has eight heart stents, nerve damage and apparently quite a right hook, as an alleged home invader found out.

It was about 3 a.m. Saturday when Salame was at home with his girlfriend and heard something outside.

At first, he thought it might be a bear, so Salame went downstairs to check it out. When he got there, he says he found 24-year-old Timothy Adams.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2013 at 7:46 AM

agree wca, congress needs to bring in some state dept folks

cmsinaz on May 10, 2013 at 7:47 AM

congress needs to bring in some state dept folks

cmsinaz on May 10, 2013 at 7:47 AM

And Dempsey. DoD needs to explain why they were AWOL.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2013 at 7:53 AM

There’s that pic again..

Where’s that redhead in the unemployment line?

Is that too much to ask?

Electrongod on May 10, 2013 at 7:54 AM

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2013 at 7:53 AM

oh yeah

cmsinaz on May 10, 2013 at 7:55 AM

agree wca, congress needs to bring in some state dept folks

cmsinaz on May 10, 2013 at 7:47 AM

congress needs to bring in some state dept folks

cmsinaz on May 10, 2013 at 7:47 AM

And Dempsey. DoD needs to explain why they were AWOL.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2013 at 7:53 AM

I wonder where Lt. Col. Gibson is…

workingclass artist on May 10, 2013 at 8:02 AM

The White House initially said it only removed one word from the CIA Benghazi statements…

So there’s that.

workingclass artist on May 10, 2013 at 8:04 AM

And Dempsey. DoD needs to explain why they were AWOL.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2013 at 7:53 AM

“On May 9 Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said certain aspects of the testimony of Joint Chiefs’ Chairman General Martin Dempsey didn’t add up.

In particular, Graham said Dempsey’s claim that “no one was told to stand down is now in question.”

Said Graham:

I asked [Gen. Dempsey] directly, were there any military assets in motion to help folks in Benghazi, [that were] told to stand down? And what did [State Department whistle-blower] Gregory Hicks say? That Lt. Col. Steve Gibson–a DOD employee, a member of the Army–was in Tripoli, ready and willing to go to Benghazi, preparing to go to Benghazi, and was told to stand down.

Graham said he’d like to see Dempsey recalled “to clarify testimony on Benghazi.”

Asked about Graham’s comments, Pentagon spokesman Major Rob Firman seemed to back Dempsey’s story: “They weren’t told to stand down. They were simply told not to go to Benghazi. They were told to go to the airport in Tripoli to provide security there.”

A spokesman for the Joint Chiefs said Graham can recall Dempsey to testify if he likes, but Dempsey will not change his testimony.”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/05/09/Sen-Graham-Calls-Benghazi-Testimony-Of-Joint-Chiefs-Chairman-Into-Question

workingclass artist on May 10, 2013 at 8:08 AM

workingclass artist on May 10, 2013 at 8:08 AM

I’ve served in the military. It is inconceivable to me that in the eight hours that the consulate was being attacked that the military could not have provided assistance. Eight hours! We’ve got air assets in Italy. We have NATO allies in the region. We usually have an aircraft carrier within striking range of Northern Africa. And we did nothing?

Dempsey is clearly lying his ass off for this administration (or at least glossing over who gave the order to stand down). Sad that our top military leaders have become more politician than warrior.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2013 at 8:18 AM

In the best Twitter beatdown ever, Meghan McCain tweeted Mark Sanford is what’s wrong with American politics. Iowahawk shot back, “If it wasn’t for politicians who cheat on their wives, you wouldn’t exist.”

The libs are going to lose big-time on Twitter.

Liam on May 10, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Thank you (and Iowahawk) for providing a much needed laugh this morning.

Fallon on May 10, 2013 at 8:30 AM

…arguments from Democrats that the hearing was not nearly as shocking as Republicans made it out to be

The only thing that would actually shock these characters is for them to find out that Obama was hiding to pray at the time this took place. That alone would trigger a democrat-led impeachment hearing.

Don L on May 10, 2013 at 8:56 AM

workingclass artist on May 10, 2013 at 8:08 AM

I’ve served in the military. It is inconceivable to me that in the eight hours that the consulate was being attacked that the military could not have provided assistance. Eight hours! We’ve got air assets in Italy. We have NATO allies in the region. We usually have an aircraft carrier within striking range of Northern Africa. And we did nothing?

Dempsey is clearly lying his ass off for this administration (or at least glossing over who gave the order to stand down). Sad that our top military leaders have become more politician than warrior.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Agreed.

workingclass artist on May 10, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Either she is completely disconnected from reality or that was political spin.”

Why can’t we begin with, “She deliberately lied to deceive the American people?” Put her under oath and let her prove to the world that her only problem was “she’s disconnected from reality.”

Do It GOP, or you’re the impediment.

Case Closed!

Don L on May 10, 2013 at 9:04 AM

The mind boggles that Hillary was not sworn-in for her previous testimony. I mean… seriously?

Drag her lumpy arse back in there, and get that b1tch under oath, damnit.

Midas on May 10, 2013 at 9:12 AM

So true! In the best Twitter beatdown ever, Meghan McCain tweeted Mark Sanford is what’s wrong with American politics. Iowahawk shot back, “If it wasn’t for politicians who cheat on their wives, you wouldn’t exist.”

The libs are going to lose big-time on Twitter.

Liam on May 10, 2013 at 7:00 AM

This is awesome.

cptacek on May 10, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Said Graham:

I asked [Gen. Dempsey] directly, were there any military assets in motion to help folks in Benghazi, [that were] told to stand down? And what did [State Department whistle-blower] Gregory Hicks say? That Lt. Col. Steve Gibson–a DOD employee, a member of the Army–was in Tripoli, ready and willing to go to Benghazi, preparing to go to Benghazi, and was told to stand down.

Graham said he’d like to see Dempsey recalled “to clarify testimony on Benghazi.”

Asked about Graham’s comments, Pentagon spokesman Major Rob Firman seemed to back Dempsey’s story: “They weren’t told to stand down. They were simply told not to go to Benghazi. They were told to go to the airport in Tripoli to provide security there.”

A spokesman for the Joint Chiefs said Graham can recall Dempsey to testify if he likes, but Dempsey will not change his testimony.”

So if Lt. Col. Steve Gibson was aware that the consulate in Benghazi was attacked and was preparing to go there to defend it, what was so d@mn important about providing security to the airport in Tripoli, which was not under attack?

The House needs to subpoena Dempsey, and Cheryl Mills and Hillary Clinton to testify before Issa’s committee under oath.

Also, somebody needs to as the Commander in Grief what he was doing at the time. ZZZZZZzzzzzz?

Steve Z on May 10, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Do a little history search on the Clinton’s and read where there are 130 bodies counted from Arkansas to the White House.

mixplix on May 10, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Obama’s Arab ‘Spring’ is a huge iceberg.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2013 at 12:50 PM

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