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Obama Weighs Retaliation for Attacks in Benghazi (aspirin factories on high alert!)
Daily Beast ^ | 10/9/12 | Lake

Posted on 10/09/2012 11:40:35 AM PDT by pabianice

Obama Weighs Retaliation for Attacks in Benghazi, Libya, That Killed Chris Stevens

As the clock ticks on a decision about whether and how to target suspects in the Benghazi attacks, intelligence officials say the president might lose his shot if he doesn’t act fast. Eli Lake reports.

President Obama has vowed to bring justice to those behind the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, but the president hasn’t chosen what kind of justice that will be. Five administration officials tell The Daily Beast that the White House is now weighing whether to pursue those responsible through law enforcement or via military means like drone strikes or special operations. Ambassador Christopher Stevens Barack Obama

The delay from the White House could allow specific intelligence on the locations of suspects to whither on the vine if the suspects flee the country and evade detection, according to three U.S. intelligence officials working closely on the manhunt in Libya. A list of so-called high-value targets is now residing at a Pentagon office responsible for contingency special-operations planning, according to two of those U.S. intelligence officials.

The existence of the list was first reported this week by The New York Times. It was compiled with input from several U.S. intelligence agencies and is being constantly revised and edited as new information comes in to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center. Some U.S. intelligence officials say there is enough detail to begin military operations to kill or capture 10 of the operatives tied to the planning of the attack.

(Excerpt) Read more at thedailybeast.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; benghazi; impeachnow; libya; obama; waronterror

1 posted on 10/09/2012 11:40:39 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice

” As the clock ticks on a decision about whether and how to target suspects in the Benghazi attacks, intelligence officials say the president might lose his shot if he doesn’t act fast. “

English translation:

The election is in a few weeks. Blow up something or it aint gonna make the papers, says Axelrod.


2 posted on 10/09/2012 11:43:04 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: pabianice

Meanwhile, several owners of local Baby Formula Factories are understandably relieved.


3 posted on 10/09/2012 11:44:00 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: pabianice

Surprise! It’s October!


4 posted on 10/09/2012 11:44:28 AM PDT by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: pabianice
Are we making preps for shooting another camel in the butt....??
.... with a million dollar missile?
5 posted on 10/09/2012 11:45:25 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: pabianice

This appears to be the same article from last week.


6 posted on 10/09/2012 11:46:19 AM PDT by Perdogg (Vote like the US Constitution depends on it - it does!!)
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To: pabianice

That won’t change the incompetence which led to the terror attacks in the first place. Just like OBL’s death is no game changer.


7 posted on 10/09/2012 11:47:32 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: VanDeKoik

I’m impressed, the FBI has found the perps after only 12 hours on the crime scene and 3 weeks after the event!


8 posted on 10/09/2012 11:50:12 AM PDT by AU72
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To: pabianice

Anyone got (GP: does anyone have) an animated gif where the dog’s tail is stationary but the pooch is waving back and forth for all it’s worth?


9 posted on 10/09/2012 11:54:17 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Why not eliminate the middle man and have whoever feeds Obama his lines debate Romney directly?")
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To: pabianice

Bit late, eh?
They guys who killed the ambassador are looooong gone. The shock value of punishment is gone - if we’d immediately issued an (impossible) ultimatum, followed by nuking Benghazi and Tripoli when they failed to comply, it would have gone a long way toward settling the Middle East (If you screw with the Americans everybody DIES!).

But now it is just capricious.

Which describes Obama’s foreign “policy” perfectly (except when its actually treasonous).


10 posted on 10/09/2012 11:54:32 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Little Ray

Maybe some token punishment will come just in time to erase the coverage of the VP debate or Hilly’s testimony about a lack of security. They have been beat up for lack of action, putting out lies after the fact, and not acting on known intelligence. The next spin will be ‘we took a while to determine what happened and acted with a measured response.’ This might be the October surprise. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.


11 posted on 10/09/2012 12:00:56 PM PDT by toolman1401
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To: pabianice

Given the latest polls, it appears to be time to bomb ‘twice’ the number of ‘usual suspects’.


12 posted on 10/09/2012 12:01:14 PM PDT by jerod (Pro-Abortion Gun Control Freaks & Environmental Nuts who hated Capitalism? The Nazi's)
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To: pabianice

Who in the He!l is he going to retaliate against, himself or Hillary?
There two experts in skullduggery planned this whole thing.


13 posted on 10/09/2012 12:02:47 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (Obama loved the poor so much, he created millions more.)
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To: pabianice

Nobody’s gonna buy an attack on Ben-Gazi at this point.

Hey, this is the Arab Spring, er, Autumn!

Oh, he can go ahead and do it, but it won’t help him win the election. It will merely make him look like a kid who doesn’t know what he’s doing.

Once again, perhaps, Mr. Obama in over his head. Albeit, the smartest head in the room. Hah!


14 posted on 10/09/2012 12:05:35 PM PDT by RexBeach (Mr. Obama Loves To Spend My $$$$$$$$$$$$)
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To: Gaffer

Taking his cues from 15,000 Feet Bill Clinton!

By lucky coincidence, like Clinton he’s also got a sour-faced inept gasbag of a female Sec of State to walk out and lie to the cameras about fighting terrorism.


15 posted on 10/09/2012 12:07:00 PM PDT by relictele
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To: pabianice

Probably waiting on the results of the Biden/Ryan debate.


16 posted on 10/09/2012 12:11:10 PM PDT by tbpiper
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To: BuffaloJack
The two experts in skulduggery planned this whole thing.

Ah, a new twist to the old "Vince Foster Solution."

17 posted on 10/09/2012 12:11:10 PM PDT by immadashell
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To: pabianice

18 posted on 10/09/2012 12:12:30 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: relictele

Reminds me of the time when Slick coerced FOUR of his sawed off shortstuff Secretarys of Suckup (Shorty Reich, Shanana Layla, Madeleine Not-too-Bright, and some other memorable [not] asswipe) who trotted out onto the White House lawn and proclaimed that a bl@w job was not an impeachable offense. Honestly, you just can’t make this sh!t up.....


19 posted on 10/09/2012 12:13:19 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Wings-n-Wind

No...no animals will be harmed in this feature wag-the-dog film....we will spend two hundred million dollars worth of Tomahawk missiles blowing the sh!t out of some tents.


20 posted on 10/09/2012 12:15:06 PM PDT by Gaffer
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21 posted on 10/09/2012 12:16:13 PM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: pabianice
The fact that there hasn't been a military strike speaks volumes.

Zero is getting killed in the press as stories accumulate showing that security in Benghazi was botched and inadequate. A military strike nailing bad guys would take off the pressure on the Benghazi stories just as Barry seeks any way to stop the bleeding in the polls.

There are several possibilities. One, the intelligence isn't as good as advertised. Two, Jarret or somebody else is taking Barry out of a strike in case it goes bad. Or three, they're saving it for later - like around the time of the third debate on foreign policy.

My guess is three, because the press will lionize Barry as the warrior king and it will take the wind out of Mitty's sails on the Libya issue.

22 posted on 10/09/2012 12:17:28 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: VanDeKoik

In retaliation, the White House issued a sternly worded letter, expressing their disapproval of the actions of the oppressed and offended horde who were offended by the homemade video dissing the Prophet.


23 posted on 10/09/2012 12:21:22 PM PDT by lurk
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To: relictele

From Monica Missiles to Debate Demolitions.


24 posted on 10/09/2012 12:24:12 PM PDT by DManA
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To: toolman1401

I agree... But they will wait until the most key witness appears (whomever that is).

Democrats love to claim that Republicans use foreign policy to distract from domestic news, but nobody took it to the extreme limit like Clinton did. He bombed a pill factory on the day Monica Lewinsky testified (with not one notice of amazement or wonderment from anybody in your mainstream press), and then he bombed Bagdad on the same day he was being impeached by the Congress… And once again, your press acted as though it were just business as usual.

It was the two most blatant uses of fire power for domestic political purposes that I have ever witnessed, and I must admit this… It was very scary to me at the very least, and maybe in the same way that it must have been scary for many Germans when Hitler committed unconscionable action, after unconscionable action and if anybody did complain, it was drowned out by the majority of news broadcasters and journalist who didn’t scream ‘bloody hell’.

Yeah.. With the polls looking so bad for Obama, I’m sure there are a great deal of his advisors whispering that distraction is the only gambit they have left. Given his lack of knowledge and inability to actually lead, he’ll surely rely on their advice.


25 posted on 10/09/2012 12:32:50 PM PDT by jerod (Pro-Abortion Gun Control Freaks & Environmental Nuts who hated Capitalism? The Nazi's)
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To: pabianice

To quote one of my grandfather’s favorite punchlines: “You gonna talk or you gonna fish, Warden?”

Less talk, more boom.


26 posted on 10/09/2012 12:41:53 PM PDT by jagusafr
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To: pabianice

he’s going to shoot a missle at the movie maker?


27 posted on 10/09/2012 12:43:38 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (if the little things really annoy you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: mojito

Yep. Expect an attack - any attack - in retaliation for Stevens the day of the foreign policy debate.


28 posted on 10/09/2012 12:47:48 PM PDT by Lou Budvis (I'm voting AB0/RYAN)
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To: pabianice

If he was a cop he would go and shoot someone’s dog.


29 posted on 10/09/2012 12:49:47 PM PDT by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Really NOW!!!!)
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To: pabianice

The camels should be getting nervious too.


30 posted on 10/09/2012 12:51:15 PM PDT by sport
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To: mojito
Zero is getting killed in the press as stories accumulate

Huh? No Fecal Press organization is even mentioning it.

31 posted on 10/09/2012 12:54:59 PM PDT by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: Gaffer
we will spend two hundred million dollars worth of Tomahawk missiles blowing the sh!t out of some tents.

************

I have a picture in my mind....

Yup...
...I can see it...
....I can see it...

ROFL

32 posted on 10/09/2012 1:00:26 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: pabianice
As the clock ticks on a decision about whether and how to target suspects in the Benghazi attacks, intelligence officials say the president might lose his shot if he doesn’t act fast.

Ah, it's been nearly a month since the attacks. The opportunity to "act fast" was gone weeks ago. hussein is really looking for what options he has that give him some kind of political advantage, and how he can spin it as some kind of retaliation for the attacks. Not buying it hussein, not buying it at all.

33 posted on 10/09/2012 1:10:58 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: pabianice
A stern letter and in foreign aid, only:
34 posted on 10/09/2012 1:30:28 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: VanDeKoik
Blow up something or it ain't gonna make the papers, says Axelrod.

The week before the election O'Rambo will have a couple of itinerant goat boys or sheep herders
atomized by drone missles and claim he has wiped out the Al-Qaeda high command.


35 posted on 10/09/2012 1:33:47 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Obamaspeak: An army of pompous phrases marching across the landscape in search of an idea.)
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To: pabianice
CBS reporter blasts Obama claim that AQ “on its heels”

Benghazi Consulate Attack Resulted in “a Catastrophic Intelligence Loss”


36 posted on 10/09/2012 1:58:12 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Wings-n-Wind

Though I appreciate the levity, the truth is that this could turn into another Blackhawk Down or Iran Rescue debacle. Not to mention the number of potential civilian deaths for the purpose of bumping Barack’s poll numbers.


37 posted on 10/09/2012 2:05:40 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: pabianice
CBS, ABC and WaPo have all done very unflattering stories on the Benghazi situation in the past week. Oddly, the most brutal stories are coming from the Daily Beast, which is a Newspeak spin-off, but the reporter, Eli Lake, is a very good national security reporter.

As for NBC and NYT, well...they just wish the story would go away. No coincidence that they're the most in the tank for Zero.

38 posted on 10/09/2012 2:21:15 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
The levity was a rough debate quote from GWB x43...
(Who was mocking x42's lack of military prowess at the time...)

....And was intended to make precisely the same point!

Well said..

39 posted on 10/09/2012 2:44:02 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: pabianice

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40 posted on 10/09/2012 3:50:57 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Every conservative knew the attacks were coming... 3.5 years ago when Obama was elected.)
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To: Gaffer

I recalls fondly when atty Kendall was drawn and quartered by George Will.

Kendall: It was inappropriate but it was not a sexual relationship.

Will: would Mrs Kendall view it as not sexual?


41 posted on 10/09/2012 3:59:01 PM PDT by relictele
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