Benghazi Sideshow Endangers Allies
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
October 24, 2012 08:38 AM | 1865 views | 24 24 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
By now, the phony outrage expressed by conservatives, reactionaries and tin foil hat wearers has become passe. There's always some nefarious Obama plot afoot to aid the terrorists and undermine America. 

A great example appeared recently in the MDJ when another blogger/columnist condemned the Obama administration for not providing enough security at the Benghazi, Libya consulate, where four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens were killed in a terrorist attack. 

The writer deliberately or unknowingly left out a crucial fact: House Republicans cut the Obama administration's request for security funding by $128 million in fiscal 2011 and $331 million in fiscal 2012. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the GOP lawmakers, who included Paul Ryan, that the cuts would be "detrimental to America’s national security.”

In 2009, House republicans voted to cut $1.2 billion, including funding for 300 diplomatic security positions. If Paul Ryan's budget is passed, another $400 million would be slashed for embassy security.

As part of the kangaroo court he's conducting in the House to lay blame on the Obama administration, GOP Rep. Darrell Issa (who voted against State security funding along with Ryan) released sensitive documents that have put in danger the lives of Libyans helping the CIA. 

Sen. John Kerry said, "It's bad enough that it's becoming a political sideshow presumably driven by the calendar...but even worse is that in their rush to make news they've exposed Libyans who were working side by side with America."
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LB Armstrong
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November 05, 2012
Foley, your comments on the ad taken out by 500 general officers and admirals in support of Romney?

I can't wait to hear the spin on this one. Remember, even Gen. Hugh Shelton (Clinton's snuffy) signed the ad that appeared in the Wash Times today, Nov. 5th.

Obviously, Obama relieving (even arresting) the commanders in the field who were responding aginst orders to stand down and would've assisted our people in Benghazi didn't sit well with the generals (including former commandants of the Marines, the first woman general, etc). As my husband (30 year veteran of the Marine Corps)said: "This is as close to a military coup as we will ever see in America. This is HUGE, so huge, the civilian media will never even know what questions to ask."

Obama has a problem with his role as CinC. It's not going away, even if he's re-elected. Defend this. Defend his inaction on Benghazi. Defend his lies to America and the United Nations. Just try.
anonymous
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October 30, 2012
Sideshow? Bump in the road?

You liberals should be ashamed at your attitude on the loss of precious American lives. And one of your own, as well, the Berkeley-educated liberal ambassador....you will turn on your own in an instant, won't you?
Samuel Adams
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October 30, 2012
I see Foley has gotten the word from on high that the new and trendy term is "low information voter." Most amusing: he doesn't realize Republican Herman Cain coined the term, not the DNC.

You make these mistakes, Foley, when you don't listen to the woman in charge of Doug Stoner's talking points, the DNC stooge who thinks she runs all the Dems in Cobb. We MUST only repeat the party line, right?

LB Armstrong
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October 30, 2012
As of October 30, it's clear that President O was present during the seven plus hour battle raging in Benghazi, in which two courageous and honorable former SEALS defied the White House's orders to stand down so they could rescue 30 plus Americans from being abandoned by the politicians and attacked by forces aligned with enemy #1.

It's clear that Obama watched them die after refusing to send reinforcements, either that or he went to bed in the middle of the firefight, as Tyrone Woods sat on a lonely, godforsaken and Obamaforsaken rooftop lasing at least one source of fire, waiting for help that would not be forthcoming.

It's also clear that the White House, Hilary, and others formulated some weird excuse about an anti-Muslim video, scapegoating a guy who they knew would garner no sympathy from anyone and then repeatedly lying about the whole affair, as if patriots or the media would never ask for details. The lone citizen sits in jail with the full weight of the president's lie ruining whatever life he once had. Even if it wasn't stellar, that man could be any one of us, thrown in jail because of a you tube post the president didn't like.

The media so far (except FOX)has stayed on the Obama plantation, people like Foley have stayed in denial, but the truth is coming out.

Obama abandoned our people, it's clear, and in the process, at least two field-grade military officers have been relieved of their duty (in the region) and re-assigned. Perhaps with a threat to their pensions, Chicago-style. The American mainstream media, including the Associated Press, have abandoned their principles to support this lying president.

Budget or not, it was Obama's responsibility to see that this did not occur, yet it occurred. It was then his responsiblity to see it through, which he did not. He couldn't even look the family of the murdered Americans in the eye, while his VP crassly referenced their private parts in his lame attempt at humor in a tragedy. Bozos running the country. Let's get rid of them.
Kevin Foley
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October 26, 2012
@ Greta - One of the things our Founding Fathers counted on was a well informed citizenry, i.e., high information voters. The invitation is still open for you to become one.
Lib in Cobb
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October 26, 2012
@Gretta: So, you are a military wife, you give 10% to charity, you own guns and you go to church every Sunday. Let me alert the media. Is this supposed to make you more of an American or are you using this blog to boast about what a true red blooded loyal supporter of the cause you may be?
Gretta Grabe
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October 26, 2012
Foley, yes, my name is really Greta. I recognize that it is hard for someone like you to accept that people can see you for who you really are. And that you are quite thin skinned. I don't live next door to anyone named Marie, but I do live in Marietta. Most of your writing and "information" comes from the Obama White House via the Obamamedia and you are indeed a partisian hack. And a cartoon.

I have followed your blog for several weeks and will check in when I get time, but you need to know that your vomit on a loop is really only making you a bad standing joke. I went back and read some of your attack drivel on immigration too. Foely, I am an immigrant and my family fled communisim in Eastern Europe. My family had to leave two countries because of egotistical half-wits like you drumming out blind support for socialist dictators like Barack Obama. You are a cowardly fool who is helping to destroy the last best hope. I am guessing that you never served in the US miltary. I am also a military wife and mother. We donate 10% to charity, own guns, and go to church every week. The worst of the worst to you, I know. Put me on your (long) enemies list.
Devln Adams
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October 26, 2012
Kevin, it is just a bit hypocritical of you to write this articla blaming tax cutting for this tragedy, a supposition evidenced by nothing other than your opinion,and flatly denied by the administration, then post a quote from Gen. Kean, basically saying, "It is time to drop it and move on." If you truly believed that, you would not have wasted your time writing this ridiculous article.
CobbCoGuy
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October 26, 2012
As long as we're throwing around numbers, budgets, funding and such, take a look-see at Erin Burnett on CNN. In two recent segments on her blog OutFront, she utterly disemboweled, eviscerated and emasculated Obama's new 20 page "A Plan for Jobs" claptrap.
Lib in Cobb
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October 26, 2012
@CobbGuy: The reason I listed the education of the people who the Progressives listen as compared to the "Wingers", is very simple. The "Wingers" are led around by people who are "One Trick Ponies". They can look into a camera or sit in front of a microphone and speak, without any cognitive thought at all.

Yes, I can do better than that and I have.
Lib in Cobb
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October 26, 2012
Kevin: But DA and CobbGuy have a direct line to The State Department where they get their information. That direct line is why evryone else like President Obama is automatically susupect.
Kevin Foley
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October 25, 2012
"I think this criticism over the lack of response is second guessing at its worst, and suggesting that people should be fired from their jobs for this ... I suggest we just put this to rest, and stop all this speculation about what weapon we could have used, what group we could have used."

Ret. General Jack Kean on Fox
CobbCoGuy
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October 25, 2012
See, Lib, you’re playing the game that fits the stereotype that us on the Right have about those on the Left. Rather than discuss issues with facts, logic and reason, you resort to adolescent attacks (Krugman vs. Hannity). You can do better.

Back to the issue; you stated the budget cuts are in the Congressional Record.

[long pause]

Which Congressional Record?

Methinks you’re blowing smoke.

According to a recent WSJ article, “Democrats take the Ryan budget's across-the-board reductions in nondefense discretionary spending and EXTRAPOLATE [emphasis added] them to State. But the Ryan budget never got into embassy security, nor did it become law.”



I call this creative numerology. Said differently, these numbers are like sausage; you really don’t want to know what’s in them.



The same WSJ article goes on to say, “For three years, House Republicans increased spending on the "Worldwide Security Protection" account in State's appropriation. The security account for physical "upgrades" to embassy buildings fell to $688 million from $775 million for fiscal year 2013, but the Administration itself asked to reduce funding.”

I'll be happy to provide SOURCE documents for these numbers.
Devlin Adams
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October 25, 2012
Foley is mixing apples and oranges. The issue is not whether the GOP voted for budget cuts, but whether those budget cuts were responslble for the lax security at the embassy, Thus far, the administration has denied that the two are related.

When it was first brought out that the ambassador had requested extra security, the administration's response was that there was "no actionable intelligence" to justify it. They did not say, "We didn't have the money." It is only liberal hacks, like Foley, who try to make that erroneous connection.

Further, it has been pointed out, and rightly so, that the President had access to ground, sea and air troops all around the area. These are troops that move at his command. Many of them could have been there in a matter of minutes, even had Obama waited until after the attack started.

Had he assigned additional militay personnel to the embassy, when the ambassador requested them. I might point out that he was in a far better position to know what he needed than Obama or Clinton.

Sorry, Foley, another strike out for you.
Lib in Cobb
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October 25, 2012
CobbGuy: The source of those numbers is The Congressional Record, public information, even to you.

Still 3 to 1.
Lib in Cobb
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October 25, 2012
DA: I will remind you that before the smoke cleared, Mittens was holding a press conference in an effort to make political mileage. "Ready, Fire, Aim".

President Obama called this event "an act of terror" the following day, "read the transcript".

Lib in Cobb
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October 25, 2012
People who Progressives listen to:

Paul Krugman: Phd, Yale and MIT

Rachel Maddow: Phd, Oxford

Lawrence O' Donnell: Harvard Grad

People who republicans listen to:

Rush Limbaugh: DROPOUT

Glen Beck: DROPOUT

Sean Hannity: DRPOUT
CobbCoGuy
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October 24, 2012
I like the way you count, Lib. The "...three verifiable instances..." came from the same column. I'd call it 1 to 1, at best, but what do I know?

I'd love to see the source of those numbers.

Numbers yet to be verified vs. sworn testimony.

Let's see what else bubbles up.
Devlin Adams
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October 24, 2012
Foley, apparently you and your alter ego have not been keeping abreast of recent developments. First, it was acknoweldged that budget cuts had nothing to do with this lack of security. Sorry, but that came from someone in authority, who knows. Not from Fox news or the liberal leaning MSNBC.

Second, it has also been dicovered that the adminsitration knew within two hours of the attack that it was a planned terrorist raid, yet Obama and company persisted, for oevr a week, with the foolishness that it was a spontaneous reaction to a stupid video.

Sorry, Foley, but if anyone is making this issue aq sideshow and putting our allies in Danger, it is uninformed hacks like you and, of course,your wonder boy in the White House and his cohorts.
Lib in Cobb
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October 24, 2012
@Cobb Guy: : Mr. Foley has cited three verifiable instances where the budget was cut by the GOP. You have cited one instance where a deputy asst testified that budget cuts had no impact on the lack of security.

You lose 3 to 1.

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