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How Much Is Obama Spoiling For A Fight?

posted at 8:17 pm on November 28, 2012 by

Still lots of speculation over whether or not Barack Obama will nominate U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to be the next secretary of state for the United States. After yesterday’s disastrous appearnce by Dr. Rice in front of Senators McCain, Graham and Ayotte, and a follow up with Homeland Security Committee ranking member Susan Collins of Maine today, it appears that any such nomination would essentially be dead on arrival.

But yet, the President is still acting like he wants to move in the direction of Dr. Rice anyway. Holding his first Cabinet meeting since the election, with Dr. Rice in attendance, he said this:



Just a bit ago on Hugh Hewitt’s show, Senator Ayotte minced no words when explaining what troubles her about the nomination.

No, absolutely. So yesterday, I met with Ambassador Rice, and here’s where we are. A couple of concerns – number one, we know that the representations of connecting the Benghazi attacks to the video or protest, that was false. And the issue was she, you know, when she came into the meeting, she admitted that that was wrong. Well, I guess the first question is if you knew it was wrong and then the acting CIA director said we knew firmly by September 22nd that that was wrong, in terms of the intelligence, but no one, she had appeared on every single major news network, and had said, obviously made those representations. She never corrected them. That’s number one. But secondly, here’s what I learned that really bothered me. It wasn’t just, I think we were left an impression that somehow she was just relying on these unclassified talking points that were changed. That’s deeply troubling in and of itself, and let’s just understand the change. The change was that as reported, the classified talking points said that individuals with ties to al Qaeda were involved in the attack on the consulate, and that was removed, the al Qaeda references removed from the unclassified talking points. But in her position as ambassador to the U.N., she didn’t just review the unclassified talking points. She received daily intelligence briefings, and she did in fact review the classified talking points. So in other words, when she went on the Sunday shows, regardless of the reasons for it or the reasons for the unclassified version not containing al Qaeda, which I think are dubious, she went on and made representations, obviously, that would have led you to believe that this wasn’t a terrorist attack.

She also keyed in on Senator Collins’ concerns, which are that Dr. Rice previously served as the assistant secretary of state for African affairs in 1998, the very time our two Embassies were blown up by what later became al Qaeda. Providing security to those compounds would have fallen under her purview. Dr. Rice had no answers to Collins’ concerns, and yet she’s trying to remain a viable potential nominee. It makes you ask a question about Obama’s real intent here.

The President is not adept at leading, being president, or campaigning, really. If there hadn’t been a 24/7 media campaign in the mainstream media to do the heavy lifting for him, he would not have won this most recent election. MSM gave him at least three points’ worth of a tailwind. What the President excels at is sowing division in the country by throwing up red herrings in order to keep people’s eye off whatever ball with which he’s trying to score.

Either Obama believes he won, and he’s just that arrogant to believe that he gets who he wants, regardless of the veracity, or lack thereof, of the proposed nominee, or he wants the circus atmosphere to continue, allowing the left to continue to attach racial undertones to a potential nomination where there are no racial elements to discuss.

Dr. Rice clearly had access to classified breifings that undercut both what she said on the five Sunday shows, as well as the White House defense that she was just reporting on what she was briefed. So why the theatrics of continuing to defend her? Could it be that he’s keeping the specter of the Rice nomination alive as a distraction so that while too many of us, me included, focus on this, he’s gaining speed for the tax hikes he so desperately wants?

I’m all for continuing to pull threads on Benghazi wherever there are threads to pull, because the truth is owed to the familiies of those who lost their lives there. And the American people should know the truth about what their government does and doesn’t do. But that said, I’m becoming concerned that this is becoming a rope-a-dope scenario.

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How Much Is Obama Spoiling For A Fight?

Barry much?

arnold ziffel on November 28, 2012 at 8:47 PM

He’s only spoiling for half the fight. He’ll talk the talk, but when it’s game time he’ll send some flunky out to walk the walk.

antipc on November 28, 2012 at 9:20 PM

he wants it bad…the Rs are the racist old man’s party…media will gobble it up

r keller on November 28, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Doesn’t need the fight. He’ll nominate her, watch the GOP melt down over the nomination, recess-appoint her regardless of whether there’s a recess or not, watch the GOP melt down AGAIN, and the world will just keep spinning.

The executive branch has effectively neutered the legislative, the PPACA decision means the judicial is ready to punt, so Obama et al can just run roughshod with EO’s and regulations and nobody’s going to do a damned thing about it.

Count it.

The Schaef on November 28, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Obama intends to RULE the U.S. as an imperial wizard. He will do whatever he wants and no one will try to stop him.

karenhasfreedom on November 28, 2012 at 10:00 PM

BIG TIME …

Lucano on November 28, 2012 at 11:39 PM

President Choom has absolutely nothing to lose at this point. He could walk in to the Speaker of the House’s office and shoot him point blank, and nothing would happen. The misnamed Department of Justice wouldn’t investigate, the House would balk at an impeachment hearing, and there’s no way in heck the Senate would ever convict him.

RoadRunner on November 29, 2012 at 12:09 AM

It’s not about the consulate. It’s ALL about what the CIA was doing in Benghazi. And that’s what Obama needs to keep hidden. If the truth comes out, it could bring down his Presidency.

Personally, I think Rice is going to end up as a sacrificial lamb. Once the racial and gender aspects of the story run their course, Kerry will be SOS and Rice will be a martyred heroine. The withdrawal of her nomination will be blamed on racism, sexism, Fox News and the mean old white men of the GOP. That narrative is already being floated in the press.

So far, he and his media are doing a good job. It’ll take a hard fight to overcome the corruption.

Kenz on November 29, 2012 at 12:24 AM

karenhasfreedom on November 28, 2012 at 10:00 PM

RoadRunner on November 29, 2012 at 12:09 AM

You ain’t seen nothing yet.
We are witnessing the birth of a tyrant.
Anyone with even a passing knowledge of history should recognize that all the ingredients are there.
May God help us.

justltl on November 29, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Yep, and he’ll have his MSM posse alongside for the bruisin.

Red Creek on November 29, 2012 at 12:48 AM

The President is not adept at leading, being president, or campaigning, really.

LOL … i guess this means Duane Patterson’s political party must be in fairly dire straits since its candidate just managed to win a paltry 47.4% of the vote:-)

If there hadn’t been a 24/7 media campaign in the mainstream media to do the heavy lifting for him, he would not have won this most recent election. MSM gave him at least three points’ worth of a tailwind.

Pathetic excuses, as usual. Apparently being conservative means everything is somebody else’s fault … vociferous minorities, the LameStream media, whatever.

mlindroo on November 29, 2012 at 1:40 AM

LET IT BURN, who cares what Dumbazz wants,

stormridercx4 on November 29, 2012 at 2:35 AM

President Choom has absolutely nothing to lose at this point.

RoadRunner on November 29, 2012 at 12:09 AM

This +1000.

Rush almost had it right back in September when he said Barry was campaigning like he didn’t want the job. Actually, Barry was being such a ruthless, divisive, hateful SoB that he was clearly saying, “If you re-elect me, it will be on MY terms, and that is how I’ll do the job thereafter.”

He was such a pathetic loser of a legislator, yet got the ultimate promotion, how could he ever have respect for the legislative branch? It’s an anachronism intended for a time when deliberation and discussion were respected. This President was elected to get things done, and only an imperial Executive can give the people what they have demonstrated they want.

rwenger43 on November 29, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Doesn’t need the fight. He’ll nominate her, watch the GOP melt down over the nomination, recess-appoint her regardless of whether there’s a recess or not, watch the GOP melt down AGAIN, and the world will just keep spinning.

Count it.

The Schaef on November 28, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Exactly.

GWB on November 29, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Apparently being conservative means everything is somebody else’s fault … vociferous minorities, the LameStream media, whatever.

mlindroo on November 29, 2012 at 1:40 AM

That’s a pretty hilarious claim in light of the Inherited This Mess Administration.

The Schaef on November 29, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Did you know that Ambassador Susan Rice was worth $33 million?  Neither did I.  But here it is as a throwaway line at NRO

Here it is in cold numbers.

So, how did Ms. Rice come upon all this lucre?  Maybe it was her husband, who is a produce for ABC News (did you think they made that sort of cash? – I didn’t).  Certainly it can’t be from her long illustrious career working at non profits, can it? Or the government?  She and her husband have a trust, since 2006, but there’s little information on that.

Here’s something that you can put your money on.  She has been buying gold and silver like a madwoman for the last several years.  Does she know something the rest of us don’t?

I need to start using open secrets to guide my investing…

So, here we have a President railing against the rich.  Where are the Republicans going after the ugly wealth held by Demon Rats that, by all rights, should barely be getting by in one of the most expensive cities on the planet to live on?  Every Republican should have a meme to throw out, in every interview, about Demon Rats who have gotten fabulously wealthy off government.  Why isn’t that happening?

This is why Republic Rats loose.  They are incapable of simple strategic thinking.

deadite on November 29, 2012 at 10:16 AM

There’s nothing new here. We knew two months ago that the administration was lying about Benghazi. The American Sheeple didn’t care. They voted to reelect the bastard anyway. Why should our elected representatives care about something that voters clearly do not?

SAMinVA on November 29, 2012 at 10:42 AM

The President is not adept at leading, being president, or campaigning, really.

muhaha, keep telling that to yourself.

sesquipedalian on November 29, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Dear Leader thinks the last election deified him. He thinks he can do whatever he wants, get whatever he wants, and get away with whatever he wants.

When opposed he’ll put on his best demagogue face and give a televised prime time speech and lecture.

farsighted on November 29, 2012 at 10:56 AM

I need to start using open secrets to guide my investing…

deadite on November 29, 2012 at 10:16 AM

It’s always good to know where insiders are putting their money, especially when they are socialists and running the government.

The new socialists are much bigger hypocrites than the old Soviet era socialists. For the new socialists the guiding principle is “socialism for thee but not for me”.

farsighted on November 29, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Could it be that he’s keeping the specter of the Rice nomination alive as a distraction so that while too many of us, me included, focus on this, he’s gaining speed for the tax hikes he so desperately wants?

No, the diversion is intended to deflect from the issues of why and who gave the “Stand down” order on bringing in support during the firefight. The answer to that is already narrowed down to a couple of people.

a capella on November 29, 2012 at 12:05 PM

What the President excels at is sowing division in the country by throwing up red herrings in order to keep people’s eye off whatever ball with which he’s trying to score

Either Obama believes he won, and he’s just that arrogant to believe that he gets who he wants, regardless of the veracity

Pretty much sums up the community-organizer that would like to be a tin-horn dictator. We’re in for another long 4 years…

RedInMD on November 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM