Monday, December 30, 2013

The New York Times' on Benghazi: A political whitewash & a pack of lies

When the New York Times published "A Deadly Mix in Benghazi" (by David D. Kirkpatric) this weekend, Obama Administration supporters -- particularly those backing former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton -- hailed the story as proof they had been right all along: the story said the deadly attack on the "embassy" in Libya was conducted by a group unconnected to al Qaeda, and that it was brought on by a YouTube video they felt slurred Islam.

From the NY Times - Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters

Beginning late Saturday night and continuing on through Sunday's news chat shows, the Clintonistas/Democrats triumphantly paraded Kirkpatric's findings anywhere they could get an audience. It wasn't long, however, before those in the know (from the military, intelligence and diplomatic realms) started coming forward to counter the NYT's report. In short, they were seething with anger over what they perceived as a report that was not only wrong, but also was constructed to protect the legacy of President Obama...and, more importantly, shield Mrs. Clinton from a scandal that could derail her presidential aspirations.

What follows is a piece by Larry Johnson -- reprinted with permission from his fine blog, No Quarter(Disclosure: Larry is a radio colleague.) He worked previously with the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. State Department’s Office of Counter Terrorism, is a recognized expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, crisis and risk management. 



Understanding the Attack in Benghazi and the NY Times Lie


By Larry Johnson on December 30, 2013 @ No Quarter
Hillary Clinton and her advocates in the media are busy trying to muddle what actually happened in Benghazi, including the decision at Hillary’s State Department to ignore warnings of a deteriorating security situation, and the failure of the Obama Administration to respond competently to the attack as it unfolded. So let’s get the record straight.
This was not an “intelligence” failure. The intelligence correctly noted a worsening threat. It was a policy and leadership failure. The ultimate responsibility for this belongs to Hillary Clinton and Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy. Unfortunately, the Accountability Review Board (which was chaired by Ambassador Thomas Pickering) was appointed by Hillary, supervised by Patrick Kennedy. Pickering and company decided to not interview Hillary Clinton as part of their bogus investigation. But they did affix blame on Ambassador Chris Stevens for not kicking Washington in the testicles for failing to respond to their repeated requests for more security:
2. Systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department (the “Department”) resulted in a Special Mission security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place.
Security in Benghazi was not recognized and implemented as a “shared responsibility” by the bureaus in Washington charged with supporting the post, resulting in stove-piped discussions and decisions on policy and security. That said, Embassy Tripoli did not demonstrate strong and sustained advocacy with Washington for increased security for Special Mission Benghazi.
The short-term, transitory nature of Special Mission Benghazi’s staffing, with talented and committed, but relatively inexperienced, American personnel often on temporary assignments of 40 days or less, resulted in diminished institutional knowledge, continuity, and mission capacity.
This is the ultimate Washington move–blame the dead guy, who is unable to rebut the allegation, and exonerate the ones who ignored the actual requests for more security.
No one predicted the attack in Benghazi on 11 September 2012. But that’s not unusual. Most terrorist attacks that have occurred over the last 30 years have come without any specific advance warning.
The real problem for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama starts around 4pm Eastern Daylight Time in Washington, DC when the attack started on the so-called “US Consulate” in Benghazi. The facility was not a Consulate. It was a “special facility” and existed primarily to handle the intelligence operations being conducted from the CIA facility at the location now knows as, “The Annex.”
Once the attack started the Operations Center for Diplomatic Security was notified. In accordance with standard procedures for this kind of event, a NOIWON (National Operational Intelligence Watch Officer’s Network) was initiated. This means that the Ops Centers at the White House, the CIA, DOD, the FBI, Homeland Security, the NSA and the National Counter Terrorism Center were alerted. Normally, when those Centers are alerted they start contacting the relevant officers and officials in their organizations who have a need to know.
At State Department, the Ops Center was instructed to NOT NOTIFY the Office of the Coordinator for Counter Terrorism. The Senior CT official in charge of handling overseas responses to terrorist attacks found out about the assault when he received a phone call from military Special Operations personnel who, in response to this news, initiated planning, per standing orders, for a possible overseas contingency response. What does that mean in English? We alerted our shooters to stand by to pack their bags and prepare to move Libya to help rescue US personnel and stop the bad guys. However, they do not move without an order from the President. They can pack their bags, but will not board aircraft unless Barack Obama says go. Obama dithered.
Obama met with Secretary of Defense Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff around 5pm. The attack in Benghazi had been underway for almost an hour. More alarming was the news from the front–Ambassador Chris Stevens was missing. No one knew where he was. Was he kidnapped? Dead? In hiding? No one knew. That’s the critical point.
As someone who has been involved in the response to these kinds of incidents for 25 years, and my experience includes helping train special ops forces for responding to these kinds of incidents, what did not happen next is truly shocking. Normally, a Secure Video Telephone Conference would be convened. This is the CSG (aka: the Counter Terrorism Security Group). The CSG consists of representatives from the US national security community who are experts in terrorism and the possible responses/options that should be recommended to the President.
But this groups was not convened. The Department of State, and I’m talking Hillary Clinton and Pat Kennedy here, in coordination with the National Security Council, and this includes current CIA Director John Brennan, decided not to assemble the CSG because they did not want to admit that a terrorist attack was taking place on the anniversary of the 2001 attacks that devastated America.
I do not blame Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton for not having full info about what was happening in Benghazi. That is fog of war. That is normal. But they did know one critical, undeniable fact–AMBASSADOR CHRIS STEVENS WAS MISSING. And what did they do? NOTHING!!
No tasking of intelligence assets. No contingency planning for finding and rescuing Stevens. Nothing but Crickets. It is essential for the American public to understand that the machinery of Government dedicated to combating terrorism that normally would have been activated to start planning and gathering resources was frozen. This was a deliberate, conscious decision by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Instead, the response was handled piece meal. The US National Counter Terrorism force eventually was alerted and deployed, but they left late and arrived in the theater long after the attack had ceased.
One other important point to note. Once mortars were fired on the CIA Annex, it was clear, with no doubt, that this was a pre-planned, organized attack. A retired military officer at the Department of State, an individual with experience in training and employing mortar squads, knew immediately the implications of mortar fire on the CIA site. This was not a weapon of opportunity nor serendipity. It was pre-planned. The mortar is a crew served weapon and was “sighted” in on the CIA base. What does that mean? The terrorists who were firing the mortar had trained in advance to ensure they could fire the weapon a specific distance to hit the target.
And what did Hillary and Obama initially claim? That this was a spontaneous riot incited by an obscure anti-Muslim video. That was a lie. Knowledgeable, experienced military officers communicated the reality of the mortar fire to Secretary Clinton and to the White House. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton chose to ignore those informed briefings.
As the attack unfolded in Benghazi, no one in Washington or on the ground in Benghazi knew how long the attack would last. There was no prior warning that the assault would be confined to a set period of time. So why did Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton react so passively? That is the key question they have refused to answer.
They deliberately covered up what happened and embarked on a propaganda campaign to deceive the American people. Remember what Susan Rice told ABC’s Jake Tapper?
ABC’s “This Week”:
JAKE TAPPER: So, first of all, what is the latest you can tell us on who these attackers were at the embassy or at the consulate in Benghazi? We’re hearing that the Libyans have arrested people. They’re saying that some people involved were from outside the country, that there might have even been Al Qaeda ties. What’s the latest information?
MS. RICE: Well, Jake, first of all, it’s important to know that there’s an FBI investigation that has begun and will take some time to be completed. That will tell us with certainty what transpired.
But our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous — not a premeditated — response to what had transpired in Cairo. In Cairo, as you know, a few hours earlier, there was a violent protest that was undertaken in reaction to this very offensive video that was disseminated.
We believe that folks in Benghazi, a small number of people came to the embassy to — or to the consulate, rather, to replicate the sort of challenge that was posed in Cairo. And then as that unfolded, it seems to have been hijacked, let us say, by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons, weapons that as you know in — in the wake of the revolution in Libya are — are quite common and accessible. And it then evolved from there.
This was not the result of fog of war. This was a lie. A deliberate deception.
If the American public could get access to the Top Secret briefings that were prepared for Senior Policymakers, including Obama, Clinton and Panetta, on the evening of September 11th regarding what was unfolding in Benghazi, they would be shocked by the clarity and specificity that was available early on. The people/group involved in the attack was quickly identified thanks to the work of one of the US intelligence agencies. As House Intel Committee Chairman noted on Fox News Sunday, an Al Qaeda affiliate was clearly identified as having a critical role in the attack.
It is essential to keep these facts in mind as the New York Times and other media outlets try to confuse and deceive the American public. What happened in Benghazi on the 11th of September 2012 was a premeditated terrorist attack against US citizens, who were denied requested security assistance by their Government, carried out by Islamic extremists affiliated with Al Qaeda. This is not a theory. This is a fact.


Monday, December 23, 2013

Obamacare's California Portal Has Been Down For Hours...

...Just One Day Ahead Of The Extended Deadline!


From Zerohedge.com:

With the second consecutive extension to the Obamacare enrollment deadline announced hours ago, one would image the website's designers realized that in what would, hopefully (supposedly) be an epic scramble by tens of thousands, or just tens, of Americans to sign up in the last moment, that there could be a traffic surge and adjust appropriately. So the thinking goes, at least, in theory. In practice, however, for those trying to sign up for socialized healthcare in California, what they are being greeted with, instead, is the socialist equivalent of the BSOD, better known as "ERROR: Sorry, An Error Has Occurred in the System."

And to think the fawning media said so many times that Healthcare.gov was fixed, that people actually believed the lie.

Below is a screenshot of what everyone who clicks on the "Apply Now" screen in the Covered California state portal.



More Obamacare magic!



Susan Rice: NSA Officials Didn’t Lie...

...they “Inadvertently Made False Representations.”



“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” 
― George Orwell, 1984



Saturday, December 21, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

Guess who...?!

"Miss Lube Rack, 1955"...


aka:...Nancy D'Alesandro.


aka: Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)...


Just a little "Friday fun."


(h/t: Tom H.)




Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Who stands to make $1 billion off the sales of US Postal Service properties?

That would be U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and her husband, Richard Blum...



If you don't already know the story, it's one of intrigue, corruption and power. 

In short, Blum is head of the world's largest commercial real estate company, which won the exclusive rights to sell over 600 post offices and USPS buildings is part of a plan to save $20 billion over the next three years (according to the Postal Service’s 2012 report to Congress).

The questions, concerns and controversies swirling around the role Feinstein played in landing the contract for Blum's company -- as well as the huge (potential) payoff awaiting him/them -- continues.

For more info, check out the clip below...




Saturday, December 7, 2013

"I thought Obamacare was supposed to be free"...

Good luck with that!



Not one: Michelle Fields of PJTV cannot find one student at Howard University in Washington, D.C., who has signed up for Obamacare. These are the people Obama is relying on to carry the whole program.

Uh, oh...


(h/t: PJTV/Next Generation)




Sunday, November 24, 2013

Ooops!


With just one awkward transition, CNN's Wolf Blitzer had folks doing double-takes as he reported on the Iranian nuclear deal Saturday night:
"I'm Wolf Blitzer, reporting from Washington. The assassination of President Kennedy begins right now."
WHAT?!?!?
Blitzer's reference to a CNN documentary airing Saturday night about the JFK assassination 50th anniversary, was written and delivered in a very ham-handed way.
To say the least...

Sunday, November 17, 2013

"Presidential depression"...

Saturday Night Live skewers Barack Obama...again.



Ouch.

Nancy Pelosi taken apart by David Gregory on false Obamacare promises


On this morning's edition of "Meet The Press," Obamacare cheerleader/co-architect Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was once again shown to be what she is: A liar.



"We have to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it." -- Pelosi in the run-up to the vote on the Affordable Care Act (aka: Obamacare).

O', what a tangled web she weaves...


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Who is (still) having the "worst week in Washington, D.C.?"

The answer: Barack Hussein Obama.

First, his old pal, Billy Jeff Clinton, pulls the rug out from under him by...wait for it...telling the truth.



Then, Health & Human Services came clean with it's data (finally): "Healthcare.gov Enrollment Falls Far Short of Expectations, Only 26,794 Sign Up."


Then, the infamous Obamacare website woman's identity was revealed...and we learned that she never gave permission for the White House to use her photo, she was never paid for its use, she hasn't signed-up for Obamacare...and she's not a U.S. citizen.


Then, we learned that Obamacare (in Colorado) is being pitched in dumb, sexist, and "slutty" ads...


Then, we learned that a leader on the Healthcare.gov project wrote a memo warning of "limitless" security risks for the website...

Henry Chao: "Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!"

And then...and then...and then...

The list goes on.



Sunday, November 10, 2013

Radio tonight: What else? Obamacare! (11-10-13)

I'll be on The John Batchelor Show tonight, joining Francis Rose (of "In Depth with Francis Rose," on Federal News Radio 1500AM; weekdays, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. ET), who is substitute hosting for John.

Francis Rose.

Francis and I will be discussing updates and news connected to, what else?, Obamacare!


Check local or satellite listings for details, or listen online here.

See you on the radio! 


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Obama admits he would break his promise...before Obamacare passed

Obama has always insisted he would keep the Obamacare promise -- except for this one time in 2010 when he told the truth.

What do you call 8-9 million people losing health care coverage they like, in a nation of 300 million? (Actually, probably more like 15 million at the low end, several tens of millions at the high end.)

A rounding error? 



The transcript:

REP. ERIC CANTOR (R-VA): "…Because I don’t think you can answer the question in the positive to say that people will be able to maintain their coverage, people will be able to see the doctors they want, in the kind of bill that you are proposing..."

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: "Since you asked me a question, let me respond. The 8 to 9 million people you refer to that might have to change their coverage — keep in mind out of the 300 million Americans that we are talking about — would be folks who the CBO, the Congressional Budget Office, estimates would find the deal in the exchange better — would be a better deal. So, yes, they would change coverage because they got more choice and competition."



Thursday, November 7, 2013

Is Kathleen Sebelius about to "go under the bus?"

It sure sounds like it.



In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd (video above), the president was asked -- more than once -- if he still had confidence in HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius (whose department was responsible for the ill-fated Obamacare enrollment roll-out). To no one's surprise, Mr. Obama dodged the questions.

Kathleen Sebelius and Barack Obama. (Not pictured: Bus.)

Anyone want to venture a guess why Sebelius didn't get a rousing vote of confidence from her boss?

Anyone want to venture a guess what fate probably awaits Sebelius?




Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Radio tonight: Once again...Obamacare (10/30/13)

HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius being sworn-in today.

I'll be on The John Batchelor Show tonight, beginning at 8 p.m. (Pacific Time) to discuss the latest developments surrounding the Obamacare website debacle, HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius' testimony before Congress today, and the outlook for the Affordable Care Act.

HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius and the troubled website.

Check local or satellite radio listings for details, or listen online here.

John Batchelor.

See you on the radio!


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The "Bystander President"

"MSNBC's blistering montage of the president denying knowledge of recent scandals"


From The Blaze:

“What did the president know and when did he know it?”
Not much, and not until much later, an MSNBC-created montage of recent scandals recaps.
Among them are Operation Fast and Furious; the Internal Revenue Service’s extra scrutiny of conservative groups; Department of Justice subpoenas of Associated Press records; Solyndra; and the disastrous rollout of Obamacare.
Here’s a clip of the MSNBC segment:

"A mere onlooker in his own White House."


"Once You Worked Full-Time"

Paul Shanklin, who calls himself a "Conservative Political Satirist," is among the best there is when it comes to song parodies and vocal imitations. (His work regularly appears on Rush Limbaugh's radio program.)

Paul Shanklin.

His latest, "Once You Worked Full-Time," pokes fun at Obamacare, its Healthcare.gov website, and the impact the law is having on the economy and employment. (The song is a takeoff on "Once in a Lifetime," by The Talking Heads.)

Enjoy!



And the Talking Heads' original...


Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime

Radio time: All Obamacare...all the time (10/2913)

Two Obamacare-related shows today...



Up first, the Dave Congalton Show (KVEC 920 AM) at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. I'll join Dave to discuss the ups-and-downs of the Affordable Care Act (aka: Obamacare) -- from the botched Healthcare.gov roll-out, to the pain that millions of policyholders are feeling as their plans are canceled...despite the president's explicit promise: "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan."

Dave's show is interactive, so feel free to call in with questions or comments at (800) 549-KVEC or (805) 543-8830.

You can hear the show online here.

Dave Congalton.

Then, at 8 p.m. Pacific Time, I'll be on The John Batchelor Show to discuss the latest Obamacare developments today in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. John and I will be joined by our colleague, Francis Rose (host of In Depth with Francis Rose, weekdays from 3-7 p.m. Eastern Time, on Federal News Radio 1500 AM in Washington, D.C.).

John Batchelor.

Check local and satellite radio listings for details, or you can listen online here.

See you on the radio!


Monday, October 28, 2013

What the president didn't know...

...and when he didn't know it.

It's kind of shocking, especially since he's been regularly touted by media boosters as "the smartest occupant of the Oval Office -- ever."


The following is a "fun" little list of things President Obama "wasn't aware of happening" -- until long after the fact:

  • "Obama 'Unaware on Investments"--headline, Albany (Ga.) Herald, March 8, 2007
  • "Obama 'Unaware of Illegal Aunt' "--headline, BBC website, Nov. 1, 2008
  • "Obama Unaware of Tea Party Protests"--headline, Examiner.com, April 15, 2009
  • "Obama Unaware of Backroom Deal, White House Says"--headline, Dallas Morning Newswebsite, June 4, 2010
  • "Blago Judge: Obama Unaware of Seat Exchange Bid"--headline, Associated Press, May 16, 2011
  • "Sebelius: Obama Unaware of ACA Website Glitches Before Launch"--headline,CaliforniaHealthline.org, Oct. 23, 2013
  • "Obama Reportedly Unaware NSA Spied on 35 World Leaders"--headline, ABCNews.com, Oct. 28

  • And that's just the short list!



    (h/t: James Taranto/WSJ's "Best of the Web Today")


    The Untruths About Obamacare -- Direct From The President's Own Mouth

    In this bit of hackery, Team Obama flack/former ABC News & Los Angeles TV news squawking head, Linda Douglass, assures Americans that something great is headed their way.


    Watch -- and listen -- carefully, then decide (knowing what you now do) how many things the president says are true...or false.



    What does the president know...

    ...and when does he know it?



    P.S. This may be one of the worst non-answers by a presidential press secretary...ever.


    Sunday, October 27, 2013

    Saturday Night Live skewers the Obamacare rollout


    Spot-on.

    Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon does a terrific send-up of Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius and the show's writers have managed to capture all the Hope & Change that we now know as Obamacare. (Video below.)




    Friday, October 25, 2013

    Thursday, October 24, 2013

    President Obama Explains Healthcare.gov

    Tutor-in-chief?


    How did he get it to work?



    If you're still having problems logging on to Healthcare.gov, Mr. Obama will be standing by at the Healthcare.gov support line/White House switchboard: 202-456-1414. You can also call the comments line at: 202-456-1111.

    Wednesday, October 23, 2013

    HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius: She's Bringing in The A-Team to Fix Obamacare (VIDEO)


    Why did they wait so long?



    (h/t: Reason.com)

    CNBC: Mixing racism and business...

    Every so often, that hidden side rears its ugly head...

    CNBC's Steve Liesman.

    CNBC host Steve Liesman decided to let loose on U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz today (R-TX). Liesman said that the recent (poor) jobs report was the Texas senator/Tea Party favorite's fault. So, he launched into the segment by mocking a photo of Cruz, and then uttered a racist quip. (For the record, Liesman's request for "Mexican music" was not only racist, it was factually wrong. You see, Cruz isn't of Mexican descent. He's a Cuban-American.

    Imagine what would've happened if a conservative had made an ugly comment in the vein Liesman did. That person would've been pink-slipped by the Mother Ship (NBC - a wholly owned subsidiary of the White House) and run out of town on a rail.



    As a wise man once said, "Stupid is as stupid does."

    We rest our case...


    Tuesday, October 22, 2013

    Radio tonight (10/22/13): Obamacare's failed rollout, bad jobs numbers, and California "fun!"


    I'll be on The John Batchelor Show at 8 p.m. (PT) tonight to discuss the debacle that is the Obamacare enrollment system; the latest (bad) jobs numbers; and people and events in California making news. John and I will be joined by Francis Rose, host of "In Depth with Francis Rose" on Federal News Radio.

    Francis Rose.

    Check local or satellite radio listings for details, or listen online here.

    John Batchelor.

    FLASHBACK: Nancy Pelosi on Kathleen Sebelius and Obamacare: 'Implementation of this is fabulous'

    Couldn't be better, right?


    In her own words...



    Jon Stewart Delivers Blistering Takedown of Obamacare Rollout: Dems Can't 'Spin This Turd'

    When you're a Democrat and you've lost Jon Stewart...yikes!


    A scathing/hilarious indictment...



    Monday, October 21, 2013

    Saturday, October 19, 2013

    "You're not exempt from math"...


    Dave Ramsey, a person known for focusing on numbers -- not politics -- explains Obamacare's bottom line: You're going to pay more.

    A lot more.



    Here comes the pain.