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Showing posts with label Benghazi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Benghazi. Show all posts

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi

Yes, you have seen those memes before, correct? Do they have any impact on your perception of the GOP and (some in) conservative America's dogmatic pursuit of an American tragedy: the September 11, 2012 attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The attack and its aftermath have become a literal "rebel yell" for the GOP, right-wing media and people who visit webpages and leave "troll poop."

The recent release of a White House email from White House staffer, Ben Rhodes, has provided a life-line for the GOP and their hopes to dissuade Hillary Clinton from seeking the democratic nomination in 2016.  The GOP has lost its $86 million dollar Boehner, Cantor, Tea Party, Koch brothers, campaign to repeal that Affordable Care Act. The so-called IRS scandal is not yielding election winning dynamics or impetus for the GOP. Leave it to the White House to blunder in releasing communication regarding efforts to manage Susan Rice's appearances on a serious of Sunday Morning news shows. A White House mistake, granted; a serious abuse of power cover-up, not at all.

"Benghazi" has the GOP as excited about the prospect of harming the Obama Administration and the leveling a mortal political wound to the former Secretary of State. A few days ago we also found some in the GOP have even less scruples than, we previously thought. The NRCC has offered a side of the GOP one can only compare to the well know fabled, "The Scorpion and the Frog."  The NRCC is using the Boehner Benghzai hearings for fundraising. 

If you are one who follows the GOP and its various surreptitious strategies for campaign solicitation and campaigns strategy, you may have run across this earlier in the week.

“You Can Become a Benghazi Watchdog Right Now.”

After you complete the form and hit submit, you are taken here.

Intriguing and as we think of the former Ambassador Stevens and three CIA employees, beyond shame even for the GOP.

When asked to comment on the NRCC fundraising off the spirits of people who gave their lives for the United States, Boehner effectively "took the fifth." Boehner not only evaded the question, he used the families of those lost in Benghazi as cloaking cover for his "lock-step," support the NRCC's crass recruiting efforts. Boehner is third in ascendancy to the US Presidency!

Former campaign manger and White House staffer, David Plouffe, tweeted. 
ACA working. Benghazi! Running a surplus. Benghazi! Unemp down to 6.3. Benghazi! Planet threatened. Benghazi! NFL Draft. Benghazi!
Plouffe's tweet sums-up the 2014 - 2016 GOP in a fish bowl. Boehner's choice to serve as chair of the GOP "Benghazi" Committee is South Carolina Republican Representative Trey Godwy, former prosecutor and tea party member of the House. As the congressman stood for an early morning interview with Joe Scarborough and crew, he released a Freudian Slip that sets the stage for the Boehner committee.

We have embed the end portion of the segment. Watch and listen as the imminent committee chair uses the word "trial."

If you are interested in the full interview, it is linked here.  Over the course of the week, Media matters has continues its closely monitoring of Fox News as the GOP "communications department" goes about is feeding derangement to its viewers.

Steve Benen of the Rachel Maddow Blog published a quick read piece regarding the NRCC and the GOP's Benghazi attacks fundraising.

As I contemplate becoming a $250.00 or a $500.00 "Benghazi Watchdog," I also wonder if the higher figure garners a heightened quality of "watchdog" equipment." As is often the case, we sprinkle a bit of validation with our pieces. If you really believe Gowdy will deliver fair and balanced hearing regarding Benghazi, check this out.

We have linked a few pieces. 


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi...A Political Alamo (For the GOP) There Is Nothing There, But Landmines

Jon Stewart goes after BIG GOP political mantra, platform and strategy" Benghazi. Benghazi, Benghazi.

How pathetic, Benghazi is actually all they have, or think they have? Why no inertia regarding jobs (beyond the blind obedience and subservience) in working to deliver the Keystone XL Pipeline for the Koch brothers? Why is the party not attacking president Obama regarding the economy? Maybe because the economy is improving and isn't a viable issue. Where is gun purchase background check legislation? What about the three (3) million Americans denied unemployment payments and denied for no rational reason? Benghazi, plain and simple, offers opportunity for strategically and surgically going after Hillary Clinton.

Jon Stewart rips GOP and Fox: Where was your ‘outrage and sanctimony’ over Iraq? (via Raw Story )
Daily Show host Jon Stewart scolded Fox News and Republicans on Monday for expecting the same level of anger from the rest of the country regarding the deadly September 2012 attack at a U.S. installation in Benghazi, Libya. “If I may say, your hypocritical…


Monday, May 5, 2014

The Daily GOP Ignominious: GOP "Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi," And "No" Interest in "JOBS"

While the GOP via Boehner and Issa are embarking on yet another round of "Benghazi Derangement, I am reminded of the 55 appeal ACA (AKA Obamacare) votes that cost the nation ($1.6 million per vote) $88 million USD. After digesting the ACA repeal financial impact via use of our tax dollars, my mind moves further into tea party governance. It doesn't take, but a second to settle on the "Sequester" and the GOP initiated and perpetrated 2013 Federal Government Shutdown. 

Fact Check Dot Org and the differences in cost from the "GOP government shutdown. "
But estimates for total economic cost only range from $12 billion to $24 billion. The $12 billion estimate comes from Macroeconomic Advisers, but Democrats are fond of quoting the higher of those figures, issued by Standard & Poor’s on Oct. 16, only hours before the shutdown ended 
And now Standard & Poor’s is saying the shutdown cost the American economy $24 billion. And some people are saying that the job implications may go as high as almost 1 million jobs.
Yet, the GOP chases the dragon of Benghazi as the economic recovery chugs along with the real prospect of a more rapid recovery. Prospect available to all in Washington DC. I shouldn't say all as the SCOTUS is busily working to return the United States to its pre-1950s privilege for some and various forms of oppression for others. I will exclude the SCOTUS for failure to work to improve our economy. It is not part of their job description and  after all, the conservative Justices are effectively delivering on their mission aligned with and delivering on American conservatism. 

Benghazi is obviously a 2014/2016 battle cry. It is factually all they have as political leverage. The battle cry is troublesome for those who know the history of US Embassy security. Mother Jones in October 2012 published apiece about GOP support for lack of support for US Embassy Security. 

Mother Jones "Breaking: It Turns Out That Protecting Our Embassies Costs Money"
House Republicans cut the administration’s request for embassy security funding by $128 million in fiscal 2011 and $331 million in fiscal 2012....Last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that Republicans’ proposed cuts to her department would be “detrimental to America’s national security” — a charge Republicans rejected. 
Ryan, Issa and other House Republicans voted for an amendment in 2009 to cut $1.2 billion from State operations, including funds for 300 more diplomatic security positions. Under Ryan’s budget, non-defense discretionary spending, which includes State Department funding, would be slashed nearly 20 percent in 2014, which would translate to more than $400 million in additional cuts to embassy security.

GOP strategy and Benghazi aside, think of our economy, improving jobs number, low employment rates (lingering), three plus million Americans stuck in a jobs void, unemployment payments fiendishly denied via the GOP, and public sector jobs reductions at historical highs.

Think Progress June 1, 2012.....
Take a look at what the 2009/2010 GOP has done to public Sector employment. 
But what if we hadn’t cut those jobs providing critical public services and investments? Under President Reagan, rather than shedding public service jobs, governments added more than 1.4 million jobs — or twice as many government jobs as have been cut in the current economy — by the time he left office. And rather than cutting government purchases from the private sector, government actually expanded by $410 billion under President Reagan. 
Note that both the population and the economy of the United States were significantly smaller back then, so these stimuli under President Reagan were much larger in relative terms than what we are seeing today. If government jobs continued growing at the same rate as during Reagan’s presidency, today government employment would be 1.05 million jobs larger.

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Now for an August 2013 Think Progress excerpt that is relative as it gets.
While the public sector added 1,000 net jobs in July’s jobs report, shrinking government payrolls have been a consistent drag on the economy throughout President Obama’s term. By contrast, at the same point in President George W. Bush’s time in office the government had contributed over a million jobs to the economy:

Of course, the recession early in the Bush years looks like a blip next to the economic collapse that was underway when he handed the Oval Office over to Obama. But the ongoing weakness in government employment isn’t an automatic consequence of the Great Recession — it’s the result of policy choices Congress has made. Economists say that the shift to austerity since 2011 has pushed the unemployment rate a full percentage point higher than it would otherwise have been. Those spending cuts harm growth across the entire economy, not just the public sector. But of the last four American recessions, the current is the only one where government payrolls shrank in the years of recovery that followed.
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With an exception for the infestation of far right anti-government Tea Party Members of Congress to the US House in 2010, many House members sat quietly and in full support while the GOP drove the US in economic collapse.  Today they throw lip service at improving jobs numbers, focus their attention to labor participate rates, and reach via a White House stumble on an email back to revive

Here is the 'real deal' when it comes to the GOP and Benghazi when the nation so badly needs cooperation of improving our economy.

Nancy Pelosi on the "New Benghazi" initiative

From there, how about seriously relevant information the GOP seems to hold in a "low interest" file: Jobs!

The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)

Today’s Jobs Report in Pictures

May 2, 2014 at 9:48 am
Today’s mixed jobs report shows a big jump in payroll employment but a sharp fall in labor force participation. The labor market is clearly much stronger than in the depths of the Great Recession but still far from the “maximum employment” goal that Congress has mandated the Federal Reserve to pursue. Long-term unemployment remains a particular concern, highlighting why Congress must restore federal emergency jobless benefits – which it allowed to lapse at the end of 2013 and has not restored even though long-term unemployment remains substantially higher than when any of the previous seven emergency programs expired.

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Chad Stone
Chad Stone is Chief Economist at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where he specializes in the economic analysis of budget and policy issues. You can follow him on Twitter @ChadCBPP.

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State and Local Jobs Climbing out of Deep Hole

May 2, 2014 at 12:03 pm
State and local governments added 18,000 jobs in April, according to today’s jobs report, and have added 43,000 jobs since the start of 2014.  This is great news given the steep loss of public jobs due to the Great Recession.
Yet, while states and localities have slowly begun to rehire in the past two years (see graph), the number of public employees remains far below six years ago. Meanwhile, the demands on states and localities continue to grow.  For example, public elementary and secondary schools have 492,000 more students than before the recession.

And, to think, the us voters are not clamoring for better.

....And The Band Plays On......


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Fox News Feeds Its Sunday Morning Viewers Pure Red Meat.

Life is great when we live in a world where Fox News is a remote outlet for people who seriously need to check their states of mind (to keep it clean).  How can a sane person tune-in for daily and hourly barrages of what you area about to read? 

The Raw Story
‘Fox & Friends’ links Benghazi, missing Malaysia flight — and blames Obama for both (via Raw Story )
The hosts of Fox News’ morning show Fox & Friends on Sunday suggested President Barack Obama was to blame for both the 2012 terrorists attacks in Benghazi and missing Malaysian Flight 370 because he had failed to destroy al Qaeda. After the state…


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Cenk Uygur Boils Over

US Embassy and Consulate (attacks)history since 1980.....

Benghazi continues to boil-over as a political issue and the pressure points are not all from the Right. If the GOP was grounded in any viable political base beyond providing protection for the nation's wealthy, Benghazi would be a non-issue.

Liberals Unite's via "The Bear" published a piece with video of "The Young Turks" Cenk Uygur boil-over at political malfeasance from the Right.

As you watch and listen to Uygur, think about the meme's posted above. And think about your vote for a party that has nothing viable towards moving the nation forward. They offer only Koch brothers approved policy accompanied by practices that ignore the poor and temporary down-trodden (the unemployed) and a party that without questions nurtures idioms that are anti-minority and anti-women's rights. 

Can we one day soon get to some real issues that improve life for the majority of Americans? The GOP is "chasing the dragon" And needs to put itself through rehab.

Liberal's Unite
Author: Liberals Unite or Samuel Wynn Warde

Cenk Uygur Totally Loses It On-Air About Benghazi, And You’ll Love It

The Young Turks got to talking a bit about Benghazi, and I’ve never seen a commentator just lay it out like this. It really does sum up what the Benghazi hearings are and have been: “It’s a f*cking political clown show…pack a bunch of clowns into a car, and roll that in.”
As he warms up in the rant, he really gets some zingers in:

“Get the f*ck out of here with Benghazi. It’s a tiny little f*cking thing, man.” A bit later, at about 4:29, “How about the nearly 3000 people who died under your f*cking watch? Why don’t we do goddamn hearings?” And at 5:00, “F*ck you. Move the f*ck on!”

And finally, he talks about the clown car show that this is. No, really.
Absolutely perfect. Watch:

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Liz Cheney On Fox News Sunday: CIA Torture Report Anyone?

"Stop ‘political’ investigation of torture....."

Fox News again Dick Cheney's daughter, Liz, another run for its viewers. As expected Cheney fulfilled her political and propaganda role in attacking developing attention to US torture during Bush/Cheneys "crusades in the Middle East." As Diane Feinstein's Senate Security Committee forwards an extensive report (four years investigation and compilations) to the White House. 

Let's take our quick Fox News at work  look, starting with facts related to US embassy and consulate attacks. The Raw Story piece then follows and we close with linkage to pieces related to Ambassador Steven's refusal of additional security at least twice in months prior to the attack.

Liz Cheney: Stop ‘political’ investigation of torture and focus more on Benghazi (via Raw Story )
Fox News contributor Liz Cheney on Sunday argued that a United States Senate report on Bush-era torture was “political” and that lawmakers should spend more time investigating President Barack Obama’s role in failing to prevent terrorist attacks…

In 2013 many sources reported Ambassador Stevens had, in fact, refused additional, a security at the US Embassy and Consulate. The reports are contested by the Gregory Hicks, a Stevens deputy and the GOP. 

Official: Amb. Stevens Refused Additional Security

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U.S. envoy Chris Stevens refused offers of more security before the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya in which he was killed, McClatchy Newspapers reported. 
Why Stevens turned down the offers was unclear, given embassy officials during an Aug. 15 meeting concluded they could not defend the consulate in Benghazi amid deteriorating conditions in the city, government officials told McClatchy in an article published Tuesday. 
In a cable, the embassy outlined the circumstances and said it would detail what it needed in a separate cable. 
"In light of the uncertain security environment, US Mission Benghazi will submit specific requests to US Embassy Tripoli for additional physical security upgrades and staffing needs by separate cover," said the cable, which was first reported by Fox News.
Rather than wait for the second cable, however, Army Gen. Carter Ham, then-commander of the U.S. Africa Command, called Stevens and asked if the embassy needed a special security team, the officials said. Stevens told Ham it did not, the government officials said. 
During a meeting several weeks later, Ham again asked Stevens if he wanted additional military security and again Stevens said no, the officials told McClatchy. 
"He didn't say why. He just turned it down," one official said, speaking anonymously. 
McClatchy said the offer of aid and Stevens' refusal were not revealed in either the State Department's Accountability Review Board investigation of the Benghazi events or during congressional hearings and reports issued into what happened Sept. 11, 2011, when the consulate was stormed and Stevens and three other diplomatic staffers were killed.
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Report: Officials say Stevens turned down extra Benghazi security

Share on facebook?hare on twitterShare on emailShare on google_plusone_shareMore Sharing Services20U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who died with three other Americans in last year’s attack in Benghazi, Libya, turned down offers of additional security from military personnel on two occasions, according to a report released late Tuesday from McClatchy newspapers.The report cites two anonymous government officials who said “the senior U.S. military official in the region” twice approached Stevens with the offer, and Stevens twice declined. The report does not say why Stevens would have declined the offer.T

According to the report, U.S. officials at in Libya met in mid-August, about three weeks before the attack, to discuss the “uncertain security environment.” The meeting provoked Army Gen. Carter Ham to approach Stevens on two occasions with the offer of a special security team from the U.S. military. 
“He didn’t say why. He just turned it down,” a Defense official told McClatchy.
The report comes as GOP lawmakers have renewed their probe into the administration’s handling of the attack, questioning whether more resources could have been deployed before and during the assault to protect American lives.  
The McClatchy report says some lawmakers may have been aware of Stevens’s decision. 
GOP lawmakers, though, expressed skepticism over the report.

Benghazi attack was preventable, Senate panel says

By KIMBERLY DOZIER AP Intelligence Writer7:44 A.M.JAN. 15, 2014

"The security situation in Benghazi is 'trending negatively' and ... this daily pattern of violence would be the new normal for the foreseeable future," the head State Department officer in Benghazi was quoted as saying weeks before the attack. While the nearby CIA annex upgraded its security, the temporary mission did not, the report said. 
It said Stevens acknowledged the need for more security yet also turned down available U.S. military resources. The report said the Defense Department had provided a Site Security Team in Tripoli, made up of 16 special operations personnel. But the State Department decided not to extend the team's mission in August 2012, one month before the attack. In the weeks that followed, Gen. Carter Ham, then the head of the military's Africa Command, twice asked Stevens to employ the team, and twice Stevens declined, the report said.
Stevens had tried to arrange a local Libyan security force to replace the Americans, but the report said the force was never formed because of bureaucratic delays. 
Still, the report faults the U.S. military for failing to anticipate it might be called on. It also says there was confusion within the Pentagon as to the location of the CIA annex — and says the regional U.S. commander must know where such facilities are in the future.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the committee report "largely reaffirms" earlier findings and that the security recommendations are consistent with steps the State Department has already taken. 
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Any degree of fallacy and fanciful B/S to deflect from her unrepentant and criminal father! StumbleUpon

Sunday, March 2, 2014


The Protype GOP Fraud!

Darrel Issa is a fraud and sits in the House Oversight chair position because we did not take care of business in 2010.  Let's hope we do not do same this year and turn the US Senate over to these functionaries of plutocrat money brokers.

Issa called out by the safe confines of Fox News.

Some media have reported $14 million flushed down the waste can of GOP Malfeasance.

The Raw Story
Fox News host calls out Darrell Issa for ‘highest level of falsehood’ on Benghazi (via Raw Story )
Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday confronted Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) after he was rated as having the “highest level of falsehood” for his obsession with the terrorist attacks in Benghazi. Last month, The Washington Post investigated Issa’…


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Daily GOP Ignominious II: Rep. Tim Huelskamp's (R) KS. Talks Himself Into A Nasty Admission (Benghazi)

....and calls Rachel Maddow a "cheerleader" for the Left.  Has anyone seen him on Fox News accusing Hannity or O'Reilly of being a cheerleaders?  There might have been a bit of sexism in his lashing out.  

Congressman Tim Huelskamp

The new Imperial Presidency-- will do everything “without legislation” to advance his radical agenda. Guess you deleted Article 1...
Why do some GOP members of Congress now want to use serious inquiring media as "punching bags?"   After watching Mike Grimm (R) NY of threatening to throw a reporter over a Capital Building balcony, I have to wonder how Huelskamp would handle Maddow had they been face-to-face. If I am not mistaken Huelskamp was following the GOP Playbook very well, until the very competent Maddow challenged his Benghazi attacks with his voting record. Maddow knew he would follow the playbook to Benghazi. She also probably knew he voted against increasing security at US Embassies (once before Benghazi).  So, why fire off tweets regarding Benghazi in criticism of the speech and then agree to go on camera with Maddow?

MSNBC, TRMS, Huelskamp 

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, joins Rachel Maddow to discuss his tweeted criticisms of President Obama’s State of the Union Address.

We find the treatment of Maddow and Michael Scotto (Grimm's victim) deeply contrasting for Hannity joining Louie Gohmert as a guest at last lights SOTU Speech. Now, that is as telling as it gets. Can Hannity ever show any degree of objectivity regarding the nuttiest member of the US House of Representatives? But, then was he ever seriously objecvtive?