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October Surprise?

by Keith Koffler on October 15, 2012, 4:57 pm

Or necessary retribution?

From the Associated Press:

The White House has put special operations strike forces on standby and moved drones into the skies above Africa, ready to strike militant targets from Libya to Mali — if investigators can find the al-Qaida-linked group responsible for the death of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Libya.

But officials say the administration, with weeks until the presidential election, is weighing whether the short-term payoff of exacting retribution on al-Qaida is worth the risk that such strikes could elevate the group’s profile in the region, alienate governments the U.S. needs to fight it in the future and do little to slow the growing terror threat in North Africa.

I want these guys feeling our wrath. But I’m a little suspicious of military strikes in October of presidential elections years, you know?


blondie October 15, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Hello,if you are going to do that for real,why do you announce it to the world?

Langley Spook October 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm

spot on.

wcc October 15, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Yea, you are so right! I’m afraid that they will “hit” somebody just so they can say that they did. Never mind that it’s the wrong people.

Daizie October 15, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I wish I thought the administration’s reasoning on this question involved the security of the nation and not just poll numbers.

Langley Spook October 15, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Being a US Vet, and passionate student of National Security issues…
THIS STINKS! I DO NOT TRUST Obama when it comes to National Security.

Beam Me Up October 16, 2012 at 1:35 am

Being a US citizen, and a taxpayer, I do not trust Obama when it comes to anything to do with proper administration of the office of the President of the United States.

rawheadrex October 15, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Nothing like striking when the iron is stone cold.

Sadie October 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Suspicious and just in October?

Bubba went for it in August 1998 following the attacks on our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania within two weeks. Then again, Bubba wasn’t a member of the Trinity Church and didn’t say Pah-kee-stan. My guess, the “stand by” mission is on hold pending results/blowback/tweets, etc. of the debate tomorrow.

Barkley Pontree October 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm

That is the problem. An attack now will look political by some, true regardless who is in office. And I am sure the political implications of an attack now were well thought out in the WH before making a decision. Will it sway voters? Well, if it is an overwhelming success, it might sway some; if we lose a bunch of soldiers, ala Black Hawk Down, it will cement Obama’s losing though I don’t wish any soldiers being killed to assure that result.

And, of course, the cynical ones will wonder did you really hit the people who were involved or just a bunch of guys hanging out on the street corner. Then again, an attack now could result in a retaliation of greater size by someone right before the election.

At this time of year, EVERYTHING is political

RickW October 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm

I hope none of our brave men and women die because this knucklehead wants to be re-elected. Why not just publish the actual plans of attack so the undecided voters can sense your cajones? In England of the 1940′s, he’d be taken out and shot for this.

srdem65 October 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm

the Obama administration has chosen the most pitiful response to the attacks on all of our properties in the MiddleEast. It would seem they hope to quell the outcry at their inaction and outright lies about the incidents by claiming to be doing something, anything, to look tough.
;A day late and a dollar short comes to mind.

Just2old October 16, 2012 at 9:44 am

Forgeign policy via wishful thinking…..stinks

mo1 October 15, 2012 at 5:52 pm

AP may have it wrong. The President has been focusing his attnetion on some dispute between two American Idol people (I don’t follow the program so I am not sure who they are). He wants them to work it out. He may have put the Special Forces on alert in case he needs help in resolving htis fued. Libya and Syria are further down on his list.

Sadie October 15, 2012 at 6:04 pm


Get it out there mo1 – Obama wants to bomb Hollywood.

srdem65 October 15, 2012 at 6:22 pm

me too, LOL.

DeniseVB October 15, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Wag the dog?

Why would they announce this to the worrrrrrld ? Those are crazy people over there, let the beheadings begin :(

Susan October 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Valerie Jarrett will never allow it to happen…

rexbob October 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm

As a retired guy……..I got to say, what about the element of surprise? I guess a few more dead servicemen will be just a “bump in the road”. Who dreamed this up? Axe or Val? YGTBSM

srdem65 October 15, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I must be spending too much time on the internet; I know exactly what YGTBSM means.

FLDemFem October 15, 2012 at 7:23 pm

You Got To Be Shi**ing Me

Star October 16, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Basically what Greg Gutfeld said–all these weeks and they are THINKING of this….thinking?

Girly1 October 15, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Hardly an October “surprise”, Keith. What kind of fool would announce a drone strike to the enemy? Same guy who announced our troop withdrawal from Afghanistan 3 years ago. BTW, is it true that Panetta signed the order to kill OBL? If so, Romney needs to use it in a campaign ad.

cindylu October 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm

That’s great put people in harm’s way to win an election, that is pretty sick.

Julie Brueckheimer October 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Yes, they could hit another aspirin factory and claim they got the culprits. And who’s to know?

GotFreedom October 15, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Here’s your October surprise. . .why the heck is she taking the fall for BHO. . .what’s in it for her???

blondie October 15, 2012 at 9:06 pm

They must have something big on the Clintons. No way would she take the fall. So do they think its all going away now?What about the cover up? Is she going down for that too?

cindy lou October 16, 2012 at 4:52 am

sadly blondie,it seems no one cares and no one is paying attention anymore.

At this point they can get away with whatever they want to-Americans are too strapped trying to get jobs or keep their homes and pay taxes for the 47%

what sucks is that my taxes pay for them to screw us

seriously I can barely pay attention to all this stuff myself-and I shouldn’t have to.

we pay them to take care of the country-if you give someone money to complete a job and they don’t follow through usually you can put a stop payment on it

we Cant put a stop payment on our elected officials

But it would be nice

Susan October 15, 2012 at 9:17 pm

If she really felt responsible she would have come out on day 1 and resigned her post. Instead she participated in this massive cover-up. Too late, Hillary. Nobody is buying it…

GotFreedom October 15, 2012 at 9:32 pm

What does this do to her political aspirations? Could she ever run for anything after admitting this–who would vote for her after she’s admitted that it’s her fault that 4 Americans are dead??? Somebody pretty powerful is pulling the puppet strings on this one I fear!!! JMHO

mo1 October 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I wonder if (1) Hillary and Bill realize Hillary cannot pass responsbility for the decision on security onto anyone else, (2) figure acting like JFK after the Bay of Pigs is the way to go (“I am the responsible officer of government” worked for him), (3) think that Obama is going to lose on other grounds ,including the coverup and (4) think that Hilary is in a position not to take the blame for ihs losing the election by doing this. We all know Bill and Hillary only act in their own interest.

I think we should ask one of our number to keep track of how many times Bill does not speak out for Obama in the future.

Girly1 October 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Oh how the mighty have fallen! Didn’t know there was still room for Bill and Hill under the bus. Whatever could possess them to take the fall for the puny Kenyan community organizer? It was just a few days ago that Bubba made a fool of himself with his bizarre Southern drawl mocking Romney for being a flip-flopper at the debate. Haven’t seen hide nor hair of him in days.

As others have said, no one is buying it. The only winner in this web of deceit is Mitt Romney! The emperor has no clothes and Hillary is looking like Madonna’s grandmother. What a stunning fall from grace!

Not Nabob October 15, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Obama the Drone King doesn’t have the testicular fortitude to start a military action in Libya. Why? His base and the Mullahs would not think kindly of him MURDERING his campaign donors..

GotFreedom October 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm

If he takes off his “ring”, maybe it won’t count then/be held against him when he attacks his fellow Muslims!!!

Sadie October 15, 2012 at 10:16 pm

October “no” surprise. Hillary claims responsibility for Benghazi. See, how easy it was albeit one day before the second debate. What a bunch of disgusting manipulative weasels. Does anyone believe this will preclude questions about security in Benghazi Tuesday night?

The Original October 15, 2012 at 10:23 pm

At this point in time, I just don’t see that making any difference. Not a bit.

gracepmc October 15, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Once again Obama using the dead Ambassador for political advantage. Disgusting.

ArnoldLayne October 16, 2012 at 12:58 am

This leak is how the White House is communicating that ‘we’re on the job’. These are *not* unintentional.
But the information is stale, since these actions would always have been taken in this situation.

Beam Me Up October 16, 2012 at 1:33 am

Average Libyan’s t-shirt: “I AM NOT al-quaida”

Robin H October 16, 2012 at 8:30 am

The debate begins at 9 pm. Will the drone strike at 9:15 so Obama can announce it during the debate? May help with his “assertiveness”.

SaveUsGod October 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

What a joke Obama is. “Here we come bad guys! Run and hide!” WHO announces that we are going to kill you? What an idiot!

The RealBillybob October 16, 2012 at 11:52 am

Wow! Can’t wait for this to happen and then watch as the NYT/Democrat Propaganda Complex laud their Dear Leader for such decisive actions retaliating for the 9/11 Benghazi Al Qaeda terrorist murders they all but refuse to report on!

Cause and Effect? They will droolingly report on Obama’s heroic “effect” while they continue to refuse to report on his abject failures that brought about the “cause”! In the past five or so years we’ve traveled deep down into Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit hole and now the Red Queen edits the Democrat Media Complex far and wide!

Rex Heatho October 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Looks like we’re about to find out what the REAL october surprise is: