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The Obama Morning News || December 20, 2012

Four State Dept. officials punished over Benghazi . . . Washington Post
Obama and Boehner diverge sharply . . . New York Times
Boehner works to rally GOP behind Plan B . . . Washington Post
Norquist: Plan B is upholds the tax pledge . . . Guy Benson
Biden’s gun task force to meet today . . . Politico
Obama: Climate change one of top items on agenda . . . Erika Johnsen
Another Ted Kennedy in the Senate? . . . Politico

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14 Responses to The Obama Morning News || December 20, 2012

  1. How nice. They got some low-level functionaries to fall on their swords for Queen Clintonia and the Caliph of Kenya. I did not see that coming!

    “Fault for the deaths of four Americans in Libya — including two former Navy SEALs from San Diego and a State Department worker with local ties — is falling partially on four State Department security officials who resigned under pressure Wednesday.”

    Yep, it’s the security guy’s fault that a rescue effort was not launched in the SEVEN HOURS the SEALS held out. It’s a budget thing, you see, nothing more.

    I’m not the only one that’s not very satisfied;

    “But families of the three San Diegans say they still want to know more, such as who killed their loved ones, if those people will be punished and why an American rescue attempt didn’t come sooner.”

    Might have somethng to do with a “President” who was “monitoring” the murder of this nation’s representative in Libya with his campaign team. It takes time to figure out whether their lives or deaths would benefit the re-election effort more…

    ‘The resignations came less than a day after a damning report blamed State Department management failures for lack of security at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, where militants killed the U.S. ambassador and the others. Terrorists, still unnamed in this report, broke into and burned the diplomatic compound on the night of Sept. 11, then attacked a nearby U.S. security annex building early the next morning with mortars.

    “The United States side of it obviously could have been a lot stronger in terms of being prepared for an attack like this,” said Greg Doherty, brother of Glen Doherty, the former Navy SEAL from Encinitas who was killed in the Benghazi attack

    “But the United States didn’t commit this attack, so I still want to know about the other side. Who did it and what are we doing about them?”’

    If I were to guess Mr. Obama’s answer, Mr. Doherty, it would be “I don’t care.” He’s pretty sure he’s put this behind him with a few heads rolling. Besides, what about the children of Sandy Hook, and those evil Republicans that want people making $900,000 to keep some of their property? LOOK, SQUIRREL!

    ‘Charlie Woods, father of former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods of Imperial Beach, questioned whether the unclassified report really gives the answers he craves, such as why a rescue force didn’t arrive sooner.

    “When a mission is compromised, within minutes — not hours — they extract them. Seven and a half hours, and they still have not extracted him,” Woods said Wednesday.

    “I have correspondence from people who are in the military, and they tell me extraordinary measures are always taken to rescue. And they didn’t do that with Ty, and there’s a reason why. We’re not getting the truth from anyone.”’

    Not getting the truth from anyone. Pretty much sums up “the most transparent administration EVAH, doesn’t it?

    ‘The board’s co-chairman, retired Adm. Mike Mullen, told reporters that the board had not determined that any officials had “engaged in willful misconduct or knowingly ignored his or her responsibilities,”’

    HELLO? Obama has been ignoring his responsibilites since January 20, 2009! THIS was no different – unless you consider his “responsibiitlies” to be his own re-election! He took care of THAT, with the blood of patriots as his sacrifice to his ambitions.

    Here’s the best part;

    ‘But Mullen, a former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, added, “We did conclude that certain State Department bureau-level senior officials in critical levels of authority and responsibility in Washington demonstrated a lack of leadership and management ability appropriate for senior ranks in their responses to security concerns posed by the special mission.”’

    At least SOMEONE points out a “lack of leadership and management ability appropriate for senior ranks”! This has been going on since Obama first put his feet on the people’s antiques in the White House! I would have taken that “senior rank” thing a little further, though…

    “Mullen said the mission’s security fell through bureaucratic cracks caused in part because buildings were categorized as temporary. The report said that budget constraints had caused some officials to be more concerned with saving scarce money than in security.”

    Yup. A seven hour terrorist attack that the White House was fully aware of, and the subsequent deaths of our heros as the President watched it on his big screen really just boiled down to there not being enough money for embassy security. Hey, that’s George Bush’s fault!

    • People will accuse me of having the brain of a seventy year old, but I do distinctly remember an article right after Benghazi happened that said Hillary Clinton was just sitting on a bundle of money intended for State Department security. It was a around the tune of $200 million. Now they are trying to blame Congress for not allocating enough funds.

    • Sorry, didn’t cite properly on my previous entry. The source was

      http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/dec/20/tp-families-unsatisfied-with-benghazi-report/?print&page=all

      Something else occurred to me while reading that article. Looking at this statement;

      “Charlie Woods, father of former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods of Imperial Beach, questioned whether the unclassified report really gives the answers he craves, such as why a rescue force didn’t arrive sooner.

      “When a mission is compromised, within minutes — not hours — they extract them. Seven and a half hours, and they still have not extracted him,” Woods said Wednesday.”

      It seems to be that, one possible answer to “why”, is this; SEALS are very knowledgeable about warfare and warfighters. It is quite likely that, if rescued, they would report that they were being hit by military grade weapons and guys who d@mn well knew how to use them. This would not jell well in the “movie riot by random civilians” paradigm Obama and Company were trying to push.

      Living heroes could testify. Dead ones cannot. Cold calculus; it’s better for the campaign if they die. No support, nothing. Stand the military down, it’s for the Boss’ benefit.

  2. According to Sen. John Barrasso, State Dept. employees cannot be fired for incompetence – only for wilful negligence. I would say that most of the Obama White House is a ‘competency-free zone’. There should be placards on the front door of the WH.

      • The problem is, Star, that Boehner is very weak whether he is “swiped” at or not. He seems to be racing to give in to Obama, who only glorifies himself with it and then says ‘its not enough”. Obama took great delight in pointing out that Boener conceded to him the “need” to raise taxes on “the rich” – and then blasted him for making the cutoff 1 million dollars, snarking that people making $900 K now didn’t have to pay as much. He clearly expects further concessions, as he publicly rejected that offer – and made none of his own.

        Here’s the thing; Boehner was NOT sent there to negotiate how much pilliage to allow, nor to barter other people’s private property to a President with no respect for private property. He was sent there to stop, or at least slow, the robbery. He is not doing so.

        So far, all we’ve seen from him is capituation after capitulation, and a concerted effort to remove anyone with fiscal sense from any important committees, apparently to feed his yen to give in to the President. This is not leadership, this is surrender. And Obama knows it. WIth freinds like Boehner, we hardly need enemies.

        Boehner doesn’t need to worry about Susan, or I, or anyone else strengthening Obama. He’s doing a fine job of that all by himself.

        • Couldn’t have said it better myself, cincycinco. We would never be in this “fiscal cliff” debate if Boehner hadn’t caved to Obama at every single turn. I have zero respect for the squalling sellout.

  3. I, for one, am awed by the speed, efficiency and determination the FBI, with the support of the guy in the WH who answers to Valerie Jarrett, is exhibiting in their efforts to hunt down and the bring the Benghazi terrorists to justice. They are so darned hard to find and the diplomatic niceties so complex….Right. In a pig’s eye.