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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Don’t cry. You will rust my bucket. Maybe we could call you pale face.

Pale is another name for bucket among the inner planets.

SparkPlug on May 10, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Good night B9!

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:15 AM

williamg on May 10, 2013 at 12:13 AM

lol! I am in a RZ mood tonight for some reason…

Just love the music (noise)…

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:15 AM

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Hey you bumped me off first place!! I had it for all of 1 second!

Was gonna gloat…

No fair :-(

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:16 AM

VorDaj on May 10, 2013 at 12:14 AM

That turned my stomach.
Good thing God doesn’t listen to sh!tbags like this imam and their god is a rapist pedophile that enjoys fire and brimstone in his rat hole in hell.

AllahsNippleHair on May 10, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:12 AM

That was adorable. (:

If Axe cries liliputians will drown.

SparkPlug on May 10, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:16 AM

The powers that be are messing with the site. When I tried to bishop, it sent me to this thread, but with another thread’s comments. It did it tome once last week too. Maintenance? Maybe. I blame the VRWC!

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Good night and God Bless you B9!

……I got it right that time…..I should “9″ is one of my favorite numbers!

williamg on May 10, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Hey you bumped me off first place!! I had it for all of 1 second!

Was gonna gloat…

No fair :-(

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:16 AM

You know I wouldn’t bump you on purpose! Sparky would…but not me!

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:21 AM

williamg on May 10, 2013 at 12:18 AM

The Beatles was perfect!! Thank you :-)

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:21 AM

SparkPlug on May 10, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Axe no cry…

Thanks Sparky!!

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:22 AM

How does hillary manage to be at the center of so many fluster cucks?

SparkPlug on May 10, 2013 at 12:23 AM

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Not having any issues here but at blog.com where my blog is…

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:23 AM

Crue…

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:23 AM

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Not yer fault sweety :-)

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:23 AM

I can’t see your site lately.

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:24 AM

If Axe cries liliputians will drown.

SparkPlug on May 10, 2013 at 12:18 AM

I’m not nonpartisan, Jove in a thatched hut. :)

Axe on May 10, 2013 at 12:25 AM

I too am embarrassed by my governments reaction to the terrorist attack in Benazi. I’m also embarrassed by the media’s response to the hearings yesterday.

scalleywag on May 9, 2013 at 11:30 PM

.
What hearings, yesterday ?
.
I didn’t see anything on the news, about it … : (

listens2glenn on May 10, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Did any sunnis kill any shiites today? What can we do to make them hate each other even more?

SparkPlug on May 10, 2013 at 12:26 AM

I cry, no one cries with me, and no one feels it but me.

That alone should make other people cry.

Won’t though.

Bastards.

Axe on May 10, 2013 at 12:26 AM

in the link provided by RWM, these points really jumped out to me.

they are basically unarguable. this is who barry is. I remember when the taleban mounted a major assault against a CIA field hq and killed many cia and the station chief.

barry went public with that real quick. Openly mourning the loss of cia…which is Not done…ever.

We all remember when barry used flag covered caskets as props to a photo op

we now find out that he used Buzz Aldrin as a photo op

when you have a left wing celebrity in chief, this will happen. But i think it goes beyond that simple fact.

1. How President Obama and Vice President Biden, having disclosed on May 4, 2011, that Navy Seal Team VI carried out the successful raid on Bin Laden’s compound resulting in the master terrorist’s death, put a retaliatory target on the backs of the fallen heroes.

6. How Afghani forces accompanying the Navy SEAL Team VI servicemen on the helicopter were not properly vetted and how they possibly disclosed classified information to the Taliban about the mission, resulting in the shoot down of the helicopter.

r keller on May 10, 2013 at 12:27 AM

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:24 AM

No, it’s been down alot… they are having issues, tho it was up for most of the day today, night time seems to be bad…

Many folks complaining!!

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:23 AM

I can’t see your site lately.

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Yeah! Blog.com’s been up and down for days now. The whole thing.

Axe on May 10, 2013 at 12:28 AM

Ship Of Fools

novaculus on May 10, 2013 at 12:28 AM

Has Candy Crowley released a statement correcting Rep. Gowdy yet?

SouthernGent on May 10, 2013 at 12:28 AM

I cry, no one cries with me, and no one feels it but me.

That alone should make other people cry.

Won’t though.

Bastards.

Axe on May 10, 2013 at 12:26 AM

I totally get that. I felt just that way yesterday……..God Bless and take care!

williamg on May 10, 2013 at 12:29 AM

with this i bid you all a good nite

Adios: vaya con dios

Fred

numb

jrsrigmvr on May 10, 2013 at 12:30 AM

I cry, no one cries with me, and no one feels it but me.
That alone should make other people cry.
Axe on May 10, 2013 at 12:26 AM

It does, that is so sad… No one should cry alone…

Passing the tissues

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:30 AM

I totally get that. I felt just that way yesterday……..God Bless and take care!

williamg on May 10, 2013 at 12:29 AM

lol — O great. The half-crazy guy can relate. :):)

(And thanks man.)

Everyone feels that way sometimes, I imagine.

Axe on May 10, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on May 10, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Days is right!! Very frustrating…

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Evening Dire :)

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Dire…

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Good night Fred.

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:32 AM

jrsrigmvr on May 10, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Good night Fred! God Bless!! Great tunes :-D

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:32 AM

When The Levee Breaks

novaculus on May 10, 2013 at 12:33 AM

If you feel like crying, whatever you do, don’t think about how cool it would be to be me. That will make you cry more and I wouldn’t want that because that is what makes me so cool.

SparkPlug on May 10, 2013 at 12:33 AM

I was supposed to go to therapy yesterday and it totally freaked me out! Bad experience there last week, it was a bummer :-(

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Ship Of Fools

novaculus on May 10, 2013 at 12:28 AM

Nice! And on topic.

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Wasn’t thinking of friends, really . . . meh, nevermind. :)

*takes tissue*

Thanks Scrump.

Axe on May 10, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Dire Straits on May 10, 2013 at 12:31 AM

It was good. But now some people are about to cry. They obviously can’t be pirates. Maybe they have watched too much Oprah.

SparkPlug on May 10, 2013 at 12:35 AM

novaculus on May 10, 2013 at 12:28 AM

That was cool!!! :-)

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Axe on May 10, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Sometimes..:(

PS..Good Evening..:)

Dire Straits on May 10, 2013 at 12:36 AM

I need a lover. Vinyl.

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:36 AM

lol — Oprah. It could be worse; RWM could still be awake and it could be a bunch of Venus crap.

Axe on May 10, 2013 at 12:37 AM

williamg on May 10, 2013 at 12:34 AM

nice williamg!! :-)

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:37 AM

Axe on May 10, 2013 at 12:34 AM

That Fixx tune sent me off on the Wayback Machine.

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Glad you liked it!

novaculus on May 10, 2013 at 12:37 AM

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:33 AM

So sorry to hear that. I hope you find a solution.

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Awwwwwwwwwwwwww shucks now we getting all soppy!

(takes back tissues) sniff sniff

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:38 AM

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:38 AM

When it rains it pours!

Much needed tho, shoulda dealt with it years ago…

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:39 AM

House Burnin’ Down

novaculus on May 10, 2013 at 12:39 AM

Sometimes..:(

PS..Good Evening..:)

Dire Straits on May 10, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Hi Dire. :)

Started tonight with Moving in Stereo. :) Over here, I mean. Don’t think I linked it.

Axe on May 10, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Crying

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Much needed tho, shoulda dealt with it years ago…

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:39 AM

I will whisper a quick prayer. *hugs!*

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:41 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqqBs6kkzHE

Keep Feeling……..

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:42 AM

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Hope you are Ok. When things get tough think about the glade, Ken running through the glade with army boots and a kilt and a lamp shade on his head.

I have a fear of snakes. Hate the sight of them. I saw a huge one the other day. No amount of rational thought can convince me to not freak out so I understand how hard it is to overcome reactions.

Anyway you can prolly tell from what I just said that I would be a lousy therapist.

SparkPlug on May 10, 2013 at 12:42 AM

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Thank you {hugs} :-)

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:42 AM

It’s worth it.

Axe on May 10, 2013 at 12:42 AM

Roy Orbison can not be offered just once

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2013 at 12:43 AM

SparkPlug on May 10, 2013 at 12:42 AM

That image of ken is perfect!! Lmao…

I happen to like snakes, so I would rescue you :-)

Actually you would be perfect!! {hugs} :-)

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:45 AM

I was supposed to go to therapy yesterday and it totally freaked me out! Bad experience there last week, it was a bummer :-(

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Therapy can be tough…..especially Group or Gestalt…..

You’re in my prayers……

williamg on May 10, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2013 at 12:41 AM

(sniff sniff)… thanks man

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Good Evening.:)

Dire Straits on May 10, 2013 at 12:46 AM

SparkPlug on May 10, 2013 at 12:42 AM

I hate snakes too! Can Axe take care of the snake problems?

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:47 AM

williamg on May 10, 2013 at 12:45 AM

I can’t do group, one on one or it ain’t getting done!

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:47 AM

The quickest way to get over depression is to do something to help other people.

SparkPlug on May 10, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Surfer Joe and Moe The Sleaze

novaculus on May 10, 2013 at 12:47 AM

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:47 AM

I might help!

I went on a Rattle snake hunt once, it was a total trip!

Scary, exhilarating, and very very tasty!!!! :-)

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:48 AM

SparkPlug on May 10, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Not depression…

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:50 AM

SparkPlug on May 10, 2013 at 12:42 AM

I hate snakes too! Can Axe take care of the snake problems?

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:47 AM

I can. :) But . . . the snake wasn’t encountered in the glade. There are no snakes in the glade. It was enountered on the golf course.

An idea I’m still trying to get used to. SparkPlug playing golf.

Axe on May 10, 2013 at 12:52 AM

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:50 AM

I’ll be your Candy Girl :-D

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:52 AM

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Uhm. We will let him know about his new job when he isn’t feeling so squishy. There are so many kinds of snakes. Hate em all.

SparkPlug on May 10, 2013 at 12:52 AM

An idea I’m still trying to get used to. SparkPlug playing golf.

Axe on May 10, 2013 at 12:52 AM

Is Sparky Reggie Love??? You can tell me.

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:53 AM

The quickest way to get over depression is to do something to help other people.

SparkPlug on May 10, 2013 at 12:47 AM

That was . . . a normal comment.

You made a normal comment. :)

That’s one!

Axe on May 10, 2013 at 12:53 AM

Sparky plays golf?

Oh My!!!

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:54 AM

more

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:55 AM

Axe on May 10, 2013 at 12:53 AM

Since you pointed it out, it was one of the most normal comments I have seen from Sparky!!!

I am gonna have to chalk that one up for posterity!!

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:55 AM

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Good Evening..:)

Dire Straits on May 10, 2013 at 12:56 AM

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

novaculus on May 10, 2013 at 12:56 AM

williamg you still here?

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Is Sparky Reggie Love??? You can tell me.

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:53 AM

Just when I thought I had him pegged, he goes and plays golf. Changes everything. :) Spark’s an enigma wrapped in a riddle stored in a particularly confusing piece of Tupperware.

Axe on May 10, 2013 at 12:56 AM

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:50 AM

I’ll be your Candy Girl :-D

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:52 AM

Oh, you like!

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:56 AM

has anyone seen Rusty or Tommy for that matter…

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:57 AM

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Yeah (;

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:57 AM

I golf. I am not Reggie Love.

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Axe on May 10, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Sparky is an original… I thinks he’s da coolest!!

Always makes me laugh and smile… :-)

So quirky and funny and yet so serious at times…

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:59 AM

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Your not!

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 1:00 AM

I’d Love To Change The World

novaculus on May 10, 2013 at 1:01 AM

novaculus on May 10, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Fab song that!! :-)

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 1:01 AM

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Your not!

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Gonna find you a song. BRB.

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 1:02 AM

KCB on May 10, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Ok! (lights a cig)….

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Axe on May 10, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Excellent tune..:)

PS..Moon..:)

Dire Straits on May 10, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Show Biz Blues

novaculus on May 10, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Night guys. I really am feeling squishy. I’m going to go work out, maybe beat the hell out of something. It’s probably going to throw my schedule out, but it doesn’t make any difference at the moment, and seriously, I need to beat the hell out of something.

I’m way out of practice anyway . . .

And then I’m going to ask God if I’m pretty.

^ Hyperbole, but true.

Anyone sees RWM, remind her this new day is “Friday.” :) HA!

Thank you Scrumpy for being willing to cry with me. :) You really are a courageous person, you know.

Night everyone!

I’d Love To Change The World

novaculus on May 10, 2013 at 1:01 AM

You are linking a fair swath of my playlist, there Nova. :)

Axe on May 10, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Book marked all the songs… :-)

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Axe on May 10, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Good night Axe!!

God bless you…

{hugs}

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 1:07 AM

TGIF!!

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 1:08 AM

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