Radical Islamists attacked the US Consulate in Benghazi with rocket propelled grenades and machine gun fire last night.
They murdered Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
Islamists dragged the dead body of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens from the embassy after he was murdered last night.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told CSPAN today that the attack should be treated like an act of war.
Bruce Herschensohn, a foreign policy adviser to President Richard Nixon, also said the attacks on U.S. property in Egypt and Libya are acts of war.
So how did Obama handle this act of war?
He treated it like a Chicago drive-by shooting.
After the US Ambassador to Libya was slaughtered by Islamists in Benghazi Barack Obama held a press conference.
Obama promised to bring the killers to justice.
That was about it.
Obama also promised to work with Libyan officials to get to the bottom of this crime even though there is now evidence that government forces tipped the Islamists off to the location of our ambassador.
Obama finally made more white people poorer in America. In fact, Obama balanced the white race and the black race evenly as a lower income group. Obama is destroying America. He is spreading the wealth all across the country. The only rich group is the government.
WASHINGTON (CBS WASHINGTON) – In the course of Obama’s presidency, people saying they are in the “lower classes” have risen from one-quarter to one-third of the adult population. According to the Pew Research Center, Americans who say they are in the lower-middle or lower-class has risen from 25 percent to 32 percent in the past four years, in the national survey of 2,508 adults. Not only has the lower class grown, but its demographic profile also has shifted. People younger than 30 are disproportionately swelling the ranks of the self-defined lower classes. The shares of Hispanics and whites who place themselves in the lower class also are growing. Among blacks, the story is different. The share of blacks in the lower class has not changed in four years, one of the few demographic groups in which the proportion in the lower classes did not grow. As a consequence, a virtually identical share of blacks (33%) and whites (31%) now say they are in the lower class.
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1. Barack Obama skipped the Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) the entire week leading up to 9/11:
Sure, why would anyone think there might be some violence on 9/11?” …Additionally, the US was warned that extremists might attempt to burn down the embassy. On Monday.
2. Obama skipped the PDBs even though intelligence sources report that the attacks were planned and coordinated.
Sources are telling CNN that the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens was planned by attackers who used the protest outside the consulate as a diversion.
3. The first response to the coordinated attacks in Libya and Egypt by the Obama administration was… to apologize to the Islamists:
The attacks on the U.S. embassy yesterday in Cairo and the storming of the American consulate in Libya, where the U.S. ambassador was murdered along with three staff members — and the initial official American reaction to the mayhem — are all reprehensible, each in their own way. Let us sort out this terrible chain of events.
Timing: The assaults came exactly on the eleventh anniversary of bin Laden’s and al-Qaeda’s attack on America. If there was any doubt about the intent of the timing, the appearance of black al-Qaedist flags among the mobs removed it. The chanting of Osama bin Laden’s name made it doubly clear who were the heroes of the Egyptian mob. Why should we be surprised by the lackluster response of the Egyptian and Libyan “authorities” to protect diplomatic sanctuaries, given the nature of the “governments” in both countries? One of the Egyptian demonstration’s organizers was Mohamed al-Zawahiri, the brother of the top deputy to Osama bin Laden, and a planner of the 9/11 attacks, which were led by Mohamed Atta, an Egyptian citizen. In Libya, the sick violence is reminding the world that the problem in the Middle East is not dictators propped up by the U.S. — Qaddafi was an archenemy of the U.S. — but the proverbial Arab Street that can blame everything and everyone, from a cartoon to a video, for the wages of its own self-induced pathologies. So far, all the Arab Spring is accomplishing is removing the dictatorial props and authoritarian excuses for grass roots Middle East madness.
Ingratitude: Egypt is currently a beneficiary of more than $1 billion in annual American aid, and its new Muslim Brotherhood–led government is negotiating to have much of its sizable U.S. debt forgiven. Libya, remember, was the recipient of the Obama administration’s “lead from behind” intervention that led to the removal of Moammar Qaddafi — and apparently gave the present demonstrators the freedom to kill Americans. This is all called “smart” diplomacy.
Appeasement: Here are a few sentences from the statement issued by the Cairo embassy before it was attacked: “The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. . . .We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”
The Problem? The embassy was condemning not those zealots who then stormed their own grounds, but some eccentric private citizens back home who made a movie.
One would have thought that the Obama administration had learned something from the Rushdie fatwa and prophet cartoon incidents. This initial official American diplomatic reaction — to condemn the supposed excess of free speech in the United States, as if the government is responsible for the constitutionally-protected expression of a few private American citizens, while the Egyptian government is not responsible for a mass demonstration and violence against an embassy of the United States — is not just shameful, but absurd. The author of this American diplomatic statement should be fired immediately — as well as any diplomatic personnel who approved it. Obviously our official representatives overseas do not understand, or have not read, the U.S. Constitution. And if the administration claims the embassy that issued the appeasing statement did so without authority, then we have a larger problem with freelancing diplomats who across the globe weigh in with statements that supposedly do not reflect official policy. Note, however, that the initial diplomatic communiqué is the logical extension of this administration’s rhetoric (see below).
Shame: As gratitude for our overthrowing a cruel despot in Libya, Libyan extremists have murdered the American ambassador and his staffers. The Libyan government, such as it is there, either cannot or will not protect U.S. diplomatic personnel. And the world wonders why last year the U.S. bombed one group of Libyan cutthroats only to aid another.
The attacks in Egypt come a little over three years after the embarrassing Obama Cairo speech, in which the president created an entire mythology about the history of Islam, in vain hopes of appeasing his Egyptian hosts. The violence also follows ongoing comical efforts of the administration to assure us that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is not an extremist Islamic organization bent on turning Egypt into a theocratic state. And the attacks are simultaneous with President Obama’s ongoing and crude efforts to embarrass Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
The future. Expect more violence. The Libyan murderers are now empowered, and, like the infamous Iranian hostage-takers, feel their government either supports them or can’t stop them. The crowd in Egypt knew what it was doing when it chanted Obama’s name juxtaposed to Osama’s.
Obama’s effort to appease Islam is an utter failure, as we see in various polls that show no change in anti-American attitudes in the Middle East — despite the president’s initial al Arabiya interview (“We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect.”); the rantings of National Intelligence Director James Clapper (e.g., “The term ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ . . . is an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried al-Qaeda as a perversion of Islam.”); and the absurdities of our NASA director (“When I became the NASA administrator . . . perhaps foremost, he [President Obama] wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science.”) — to cite only a few examples from many.
At some point, someone in the administration is going to fathom that the more one seeks to appease radical Islam, the more the latter despises the appeaser.
Obama built that!
(CNSNews.com) – Representative Jeff Landry (R-La.) said the Obama administration bears some of the blame for the current crises in Egypt and Libya because it pursued policies that helped both regimes rise to power, adding that President Barack Obama had “built that.”
“Remember, the regimes that are in place in those two countries came under his policies – he built that, okay,” Landry said at a press conference on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the anniversary of 9/11, there were violent demonstrations at the U.S. embassies in Egypt and in Libya where, in the latter, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three embassy personnel were killed.
Representative Landry argued that President Obama should show leadership and request that foreign aid to Egypt and Libya be canceled in the upcoming continuing resolution (CR), which will extend federal funding for the entire U.S. government for the next six months.
On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leveled some of his most stinging criticism to date at an Obama administration that refuses to issue concrete ultimatums to Iran regarding that nation’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. “Those who refuse to draw red line to Iran don’t have the moral right to put a red line to Israel,” said Netanyahu during a press conference in Jerusalem. The Prime Minister’s comments were an apparent reaction to a statement made by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in an interview with Bloomberg Radio on Sunday. When asked if the administration would specify consequences for Iran’s refusal to quit its uranium enrichment program, Clinton refused to do so. “We’re not setting deadlines,” she responded.
The statement was an apparent response to a prior call by Netanyahu on Sunday for the administration to declare “red lines” regarding Tehran’s nuclear ambitions — the absence of which daily emboldens the Iranian government, as the regime will not take U.S. threats of military action seriously without them. “The sooner we establish (red lines), the greater the chances that there won’t be a need for other types of action,” the Israeli PM told Canada’s CBC News.
On Tuesday, Netanyahu’s tone was more urgent. “The world is telling Israel to wait on Iran because there is time and I ask, ‘Wait for what? Wait for when?’” Haaretz diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid quoted Mr. Netanyahu as saying, tweeting some of the Prime Minister’s comments. “Clearly, diplomacy and sanctions didn’t work. Every day that passes brings Iran closer to a nuclear bomb and that’s a fact.” Netanyahu continued elaborating. “Now if Iran knows that there is no red line, if Iran knows that there is no deadline, what will it do? Exactly what it’s doing. It’s continuing, without any interference, toward obtaining nuclear weapons capability and from there, nuclear bombs.”
Netanyahu said the United States and Israel have been in talks regarding what constitutes a definable threshold of tolerance that would engender a military response were Iran to cross it. Yet Obama administration officials are apparently content to maintain their current delusional strategy — a combination of offered settlements, endless fruitless negotiations, coupled with an array of sanctions. “It’s a very challenging effort to get (Iran) to move in a way that complies with their international obligations,” Clinton said on Sunday. “But we believe that is still by far the best approach to take at this time.”
Such an approach strains credulity. The so-called “P5+1,” as in the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — America, Britain, France, China, Russia plus Germany — have engaged in three rounds of diplomatic talks with Tehran since April. Those talks, coupled with U.S. and EU sanctions on energy, trade, banking and shipping, have done absolutely nothing to dissuade Iran’s pursuit of nukes.
And why should they? Last December, in a 100-0 vote the Senate approved the most stringent sanctions against Iran to date. The measure established concrete prohibitions for any financial institutions that continued to do business with the Iranians, along with harsh penalties. Humanitarian aid was exempted and the president was granted the opportunity to implement national security waivers, classified or unclassified, every 120 days. Despite the unanimous vote on the resolution, the administration did what has become their increasingly common modus operandi with respect to congressional input: they ignored it.
It’s been downhill ever since. The Treasury Department has issued thousands of waivers for companies doing business with Iran, while China and India have been allowed to continue importing oil from the regime. Language aimed cracking down on financial transactions was made less specific. And Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) led an effort to water down sanctions against insurance companies that underwrite Iranian affiliates.
Such calculated fecklessness has consequences. A report released August 31 by the United Nation’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) revealed that Iran has doubled the number of uranium enrichment centrifuges it has in an underground bunker at its Fordo site from 1,064 in May to 2,140 today. Moreover, Fordo is buried deep enough under the ground that it may be able to withstand a direct hit. At the Parchin complex, another site the IAEA wished to inspect, “extensive activity” had taken place, including earth removal and building demolitions. “Significant ground scraping and landscaping have been undertaken over an extensive area at and around the location,” the report said. It also noted that Iran had produced nearly 418 pounds of higher-grade enriched uranium, up from 320 pounds in May. Further enrichment of Iran’s total of 7.6 tons of uranium would allow Iran to produce five nuclear bombs.
Couple this reality with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s latest outburst in August, calling Israel a “cancerous tumor” along with his vision of a “new Middle East” where there will be “no trace of the American presence and the Zionists” and Netanyahu’s concerns are well-founded.
Not a bad looking female.