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Liberal Panic Now That Benghazi Fiasco Finally Getting Real Coverage?
NewsBusters.org ^ | May 12, 2013 | Howard Portnoy

Posted on 05/11/2013 9:48:12 PM PDT by Kaslin

here is no escaping the fact that, where Benghazi is concerned, there is blood in the water and the mainstream media has (at long last) picked up the scent. Yesterday, the sharks representing the three major TV networks circled Press Secretary Jay Carney, bombarding him with questions that were uncharacteristically tough.

ABC’s Jonathan Karl, who broke the story that the talking points underwent twelve revisions, had the aspect and attitude of a man scorned and determined to set the record straight as much to clear his own name as to ascertain the truth. When Carney attempted to weasel out of his claim earlier in the week that the White House had merely made minor “stylistic” changes to the talking points, Karl was adamant and unrelenting.

While there are now premature suggestions that impeachment may be in the president’s future, there is no dismissing the fact that this is a major cover-up whose potential for harming administration members present and past (that means you, Hillary!) should not be underestimated. As Mark Steyn reminds us, in January, Clinton “denied ever seeing Ambassador Stevens’s warnings about deteriorating security in Libya on the grounds that ‘1.43 million cables come to my office’ — and she can’t be expected to see all of them, or any,” adding:

Once Ambassador Stevens was in his flag-draped coffin listening to her eulogy for him at Andrews Air Force Base, he was her bestest friend in the world — it was all ‘Chris this’ and ‘Chris that,’ as if they’d known each other since third grade. But up till that point he was just one of 1.43 million close personal friends of Hillary trying in vain to get her ear.

Now we know that at 8 p.m. Eastern time on the last night of Stevens’s life, his deputy in Libya spoke to Secretary Clinton and informed her of the attack in Benghazi and the fact that the ambassador was now missing. An hour later, Gregory Hicks received a call from the then–Libyan prime minister, Abdurrahim el-Keib, informing him that Stevens was dead. Hicks immediately called Washington. It was 9 p.m. Eastern time, or 3 a.m. in Libya. Remember the Clinton presidential team’s most famous campaign ad? About how Hillary would be ready to take that 3 a.m.call? Four years later, the phone rings, and Secretary Clinton’s not there. She doesn’t call Hicks back that evening. Or the following day.

Are murdered ambassadors like those 1.43 million cables she doesn’t read? Just too many of them to keep track of? No. Only six had been killed in the history of the republic — seven, if you include Arnold Raphel, who perished in General Zia’s somewhat mysterious plane crash in Pakistan in 1988. Before that you have to go back to Adolph Dubs, who died during a kidnapping attempt in Kabul in 1979. So we have here a once-in-a-third-of-a-century event. And at 3 a.m. Libyan time on September 12 it’s still unfolding, with its outcome unclear. Hicks is now America’s head man in the country, and the cabinet secretary to whom he reports says, ‘Leave a message after the tone and I’ll get back to you before the end of the week.’ Just to underline the difference here: Libya’s head of government calls Hicks, but nobody who matters in his own government can be bothered to.

That includes Obama, who was off to a big campaign fundraiser in Las Vegas.

Yet, the view from the liberal blogosphere is still “Nothing to see here.” The expectation that the testimony before the House Oversight Committee by three whistleblowers on Wednesday would “break the dam that would lead to President Obama’s eventual downfall?” Pure fantasy. That was how Hayes Brown of ThinkProgress summarized the hearings. If anything, Brown wrote, “these witness [sic] actually served to debunk several theories that the right-wing has pushed on Benghazi, leaving the hearing a fizzle for the GOP.”

Much of his post was devoted to the testimony provided by Gregory Hicks, a Foreign Service Officer and the former Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya. Most analysts after the fact found Hicks’s testimony to be among the most riveting and politically toxic to the administration. But not Brown. In his view, Hicks’s account was but a feeble attempt to connect the dots between the White House and the deaths of four Americans in Libya last Sept. 11 collapsed altogether under a withering cross-examination by ranking committee member Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.).

You’d think with Hicks’s evisceration at the hands of an experienced statesman, there would be no need for a follow-up column. Yet on Friday, Brown delivered a second post-mortem, quoting a former staffer under Hicks who called him “the worst manager I’ve ever seen in the Foreign Service.” Another of Hicks’s former underlings is reported to have said, “Literally every single one of us begged for him to be removed from post.”

The question is why bother devoting column inches to defaming a man who has already been discredited — whose testimony, if anything, vindicates the president and his successor, Hillary Clinton? Could all the president’s acolytes have lapsed into denial, the first of the five stages of grief? Or is this just a case of shooting the messenger? We will learn the answer in the weeks and months to come. The Benghazi cover-up is not going away.


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KEYWORDS: benghazi; benghazicoverup; coverup; damagecontrol; elijahcummings; hayesbrown; hazebrown; libya; navyseals; obamaspeople; politicalpersecution; smokescreen; spin; terrorism; threatmatrix; waronhicks; waronterror
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1 posted on 05/11/2013 9:48:12 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

And in the beginning I recall Obama referring to Ambassador Stevens as his personal representative in Libya, as tho Stevens was a stand in for the 0ne himself. But that was before he became one in 1.4 million


2 posted on 05/11/2013 9:51:03 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: Kaslin

I’m not getting my hopes up over any of this.


3 posted on 05/11/2013 9:56:59 PM PDT by free-n-TX
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To: free-n-TX

The media has been in the tank for the administration too long for them to change now.

They have no credibility.


4 posted on 05/11/2013 9:57:44 PM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: Kaslin

Now that the African communist is safely reelected, the Democrat “mainstream” newsrooms are asking how an ambassador and three other Americans, including a couple of heroic SEALS, were left to die in Benghazi.

So now they have to circle the wagons for Hillary.

The Sunday morning pundit shows should be interesting.


5 posted on 05/11/2013 9:59:10 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Kaslin

bookmark


6 posted on 05/11/2013 9:59:33 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Kaslin

One can always hope, our media keeps a small parcel of their traditional role.

I have seen ZERO indication of any such thing though, since 2007.

None.

Not one little bit.


7 posted on 05/11/2013 10:00:58 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Kaslin

By the way, I have a theory: I think there are some powerful Democrats who simply do not like Hillary Clinton. I also believe the Democrat “mainstream” newsrooms would not be suddenly on this story without the go-ahead - - tacit or not - - from these powerful Democrats.

Hillary isn’t the only Democrat who has eyeballs on 2016.

And I maintain the Chicago mob has ideas about Moochelle.


8 posted on 05/11/2013 10:02:47 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: CondorFlight

...both have no credibility


9 posted on 05/11/2013 10:04:00 PM PDT by himno hero (hadnuff)
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To: Kaslin

Blood in the water does not interest me.

I want to see those who have purposely dishonored this country with their lies and caused with their stinking cowardice the death of heroes by barbaric savages to be brought to the justice that they deserve.

I’ve no respect for those that did this, and I’ve no respect for anyone who wishes to see this swept away or aids in its being swept away.

I have loathing and contempt for those that have disgraced America.


10 posted on 05/11/2013 10:13:01 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Kaslin

Queen Hillary has American blood on her hands.


11 posted on 05/11/2013 10:56:18 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is the root cause of violent crime in Mexico. - Barack Hussein Obama Jr.)
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To: Lancey Howard

Michelle Robinson Obama is a loser. She has no political cred, though none is really needed to be President.


12 posted on 05/11/2013 11:02:05 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: Kaslin

At cocktail parties in Georgetown and No. VA tonight, I wonder how many times some strutting rooster/hen said, “Wow! We acted like real gerrnalists ...”

Back to business-as-usual Monday morning, however, now that they’ve gotten it out of their systems (Like a colonic): “Mr. President, you sure look dreamy today! Can you forgive us?”


13 posted on 05/11/2013 11:03:13 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: CondorFlight

yup.


14 posted on 05/11/2013 11:10:30 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: SatinDoll
She has no political cred, though none is really needed to be President.

Exactly.
She will have the mmocher base of the Democrat party already in her pocket. Add to that an enthusiastic black / minority vote, women who simply want a woman president, and a slew of morons who, once again, want to vote for "history".

But make no mistake, the main thing is the moochers. Over half the nation is now a pack of moochers who couldn't care less who their politicians are as long as those politicians confiscate from their neighbors and hand over "free stuff" in exchange for votes.

15 posted on 05/11/2013 11:14:40 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Kaslin

Time for a bystander to call Clinton and Obama “Murderers” when they are out in public.

The Press will eat it up, or not. I remember their Glee when the Iraqi “journalist” threw his shoes at President Bush.

If we haven’t learned from our enemies how the game is played, we will never save this Nation.


16 posted on 05/11/2013 11:18:22 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Obama / Clinton Benghazi (4), Ted Kennedy (1), my Gun Collection (0)...)
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To: annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; Nachum; onyx; ...
How you gonna keep them down on the farm once they've seen Benghazi?

Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise.


17 posted on 05/11/2013 11:18:35 PM PDT by MestaMachine
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To: Kaslin
The "news" media people are just mad because zero hasn't told them how they can come out of this without being covered in... well, you know what. Maybe that's what the off-the-record press meeting was all about: how the "news" media are just going to have to step up and protect zero with no CYA for themselves.

They'll do it. You know they will.

18 posted on 05/11/2013 11:19:45 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Kaslin

My concern is that the MSM has been told to join in the coverage, then take control, and then squash the issue.

The NYT will take the lead, do all kinds of investigative reports, and come to the conclusion the there is “no there there,” and resolve Obama, Hillary, and crew.


19 posted on 05/11/2013 11:26:38 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: Lancey Howard

And what better way for someone like Kerry to get rid of some competition.


20 posted on 05/11/2013 11:45:57 PM PDT by qaz123
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To: qaz123

look to see “Wag the Dog” war this week to cover this up, and cover it up fast. Some drone strikes, dramatic actions, and maybe some revelations about Republicans too. They plans are in the works now, I believe, and we will see what happens next week. Lots more folks are going to die to keep the Progs in Power.


21 posted on 05/12/2013 2:04:15 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

Look for the Middle East to boil over more.


22 posted on 05/12/2013 2:33:21 AM PDT by urbanpovertylawcenter (where the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: Kaslin

The Benghazi Timeline

After months of begging for better security, Ambassador
Stevens calls for help...
hillary not now ambassador stevens benghazi obama sleeps benghazi

Our military is ready to rescue the Ambassador and his
staff, but are given the order to "Stand Down" by Obama.
benghazi timeline

The Blame Games Begin

Team Obama/Hillary race into action within 24 hours
blaming, naming and arresting an innocent filmmaker
while apologizing to violent Muslims.
obama hillary apologize film muslims benghazi lies obama hillary benghazi scapegoat filmmaker lie

The coverup, whitewash and media blackout begin when
their lie falls apart.

In stark contrast to her rush to blame and pass the buck,
Hillary fakes illness, flees the country and drags her feet
for months.
Supporters squeal "It was so looonnngg ago".
hillary clinton congress testify drunk benghazi

"But what difference does it make?!?!"
obama 3pm vegas golf benghazi scandal coverup fail

How it should end...
hillary clinton prison
obama resigns new york times impeach fool idiot

23 posted on 05/12/2013 3:06:40 AM PDT by Bon mots
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To: Kaslin

Perhaps the change we are witnessing in the legacy media has to do with the fact that they’ve begun to realize they cannot continue to defend him and maintain their relevance.

The other factor now in play is that, with so many missteps and misdeeds coming together at the same time, certainly the Democrat Party, and possibly even liberalism itself, could be damaged irreparably. That’s the conundrum the media faces, but worse for the left is that the monied interests behind Obama have an even clearer choice-he is simply no longer a good investment.

If I were a Dem I would want Obama escorted off the stage. An illness would be oh, so convenient, now wouldn’t it?


24 posted on 05/12/2013 3:08:18 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: Kaslin

As far as Hillary is concerned if she can’t protect her charges having had prior warnings, it is clear that she is not fit to be commander-in-chief.


25 posted on 05/12/2013 3:14:19 AM PDT by monocle
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To: Cowboy Bob

Carney’s press conference supposedly had tough questions. All I saw was incessant nitpicking on points that he was successfully dancing around. The really tough questions would be what was the president’s timeline on the night of the attack, what time did he go to bed, did he give orders not to send help, etc.


26 posted on 05/12/2013 3:19:14 AM PDT by wontbackdown
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To: Kaslin

...”Only six had been killed in the history of the republic”..

This was back when we had people running the country who saw protection of our citizens as their priority. Now we have people who see worth only in their own political future..I suppose any American is expendable for that cause.


27 posted on 05/12/2013 4:13:10 AM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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To: Lancey Howard
"...African communist..."

Surely you meant "moslem, African, communist, homosexual".

28 posted on 05/12/2013 4:16:49 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

...”My concern is that the MSM has been told to join in the coverage, then take control, and then squash the issue”...

You could be right about this..On the other hand, some reporters may be getting nervous about what they have wrought through becoming the hidden campaign headquarters for the Obama administration. Some of them may be going rogue..When big truths come out regarding government wrong doing, it is often big insiders in the press who decide not to be on the band wagon anymore.


29 posted on 05/12/2013 4:22:19 AM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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To: Bon mots
Nice sentiment, but, ultimately, what crime did they commit?

They were grossly incompetent. The CIA operation in Benghazi went up in flames and their response was to piss their pants and do nothing. Is that a crime? Is lying about it a crime?

I'm certain you will find some procedural "crimes" in this fiasco. Tampering with witnesses and evidence. But nothing that rises to the level of "high crimes and misdemeanors". We can hope, but I don't see it.

Using the ATF to flood Mexico with guns is a crime. Using the IRS to intimidate your political opposition is a crime. How about not enforcing laws you don't like (DOMA, immigration laws)? Is that a crime?

The real crime in this case was perpetrated by the American people upon themselves. That would be the election and re-election of a communist, moslem, anti-American, non-American, racist as president. These other events are simply the result.

30 posted on 05/12/2013 4:29:35 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: free-n-TX

“I’M not getting my hopes up over any of this.”

That makes two of us.

Slippery, slimy Progressives are very difficult to corral.

IMHO


31 posted on 05/12/2013 4:34:49 AM PDT by ripley
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To: Kaslin

bttt


32 posted on 05/12/2013 4:40:30 AM PDT by petercooper
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To: CondorFlight
Yes, but in spite of the censoring, information keeps leaking out and every leak makes the whole thing worse.

The main stream media can deny and delay but when the water reaches their knees even they will have to admit that the Titanic is going down.

33 posted on 05/12/2013 4:45:48 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Kaslin
ABC’s Jonathan Karl...determined to set the record straight as much to clear his own name

RATagandist! Thy name is mud.

34 posted on 05/12/2013 5:01:32 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATs! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: Kaslin

The facts of the matter: Hillary and Obama screwed up big time. This is one of the most incompetent handlings of any major crisis in our history. Maybe the most incompetent. Most of the scribblers at the major lib media outlets know that. They’re just in a cover Barack’s and Hillary’s keisters mode. They shed their integrity, or whatever integrity they had, a long time ago.


35 posted on 05/12/2013 5:04:09 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: driftless2

Cheryl Atkinson on C-Span now.


36 posted on 05/12/2013 5:09:45 AM PDT by widdle_wabbit
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To: ripley

True journalism died in 2008.

Is it trying to revive?

Highly questionable...We will see...


37 posted on 05/12/2013 5:11:11 AM PDT by YepYep (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up. --Sarah Palin)
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To: monocle

“...it is clear she is not fit to be commander-in-chief.”

Try telling that to her ardent supporters. (and they are many)

IMHO


38 posted on 05/12/2013 5:22:58 AM PDT by ripley
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Lying to Congress is a crime for starters.
It is called perjury.
Obstructruction of justice is a crime.


39 posted on 05/12/2013 5:26:00 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Travis McGee
Note to Hayes Brown.

It comes down to this, Brownnoser:

Only the President has the authority to grant CBA.

No CBA was granted.

The President decided for whatever reason that the people at Benghazi were not worth the risk of rescue.

Go ahead, try to spin that. No conspiracy theory there to be debunked- Obama either issued CBA or he didn't.

And he is TOO GUTLESS and TOO SELFISH to tell us why HE and HE ALONE chose to withhold CBA.

You can't debunk that, so instead you want to trot out the straw man arguments about conspiracies- some of which the left invented and fed to Obama critics to begin with, to make them look as silly as the typical leftist. You want to trick people into dismissing the real issue as yet another convoluted conspiracy theory.

Which is why no one on the left side of the aisle or in the "progressive" press wants to talk about CBA.

It's that simple.

40 posted on 05/12/2013 5:36:39 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: ripley
“...it is clear she is not fit to be commander-in-chief.” Try telling that to her ardent supporters.

In fact that is something that should be done. Every little foible, gaffe, and character flaw needs to be revealed and denounced.

41 posted on 05/12/2013 5:39:42 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATs! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: widdle_wabbit

Just watched her on C-SPAN. In addition to asking some of her 25 important Benghazi questions, she also re-reported the time Hillary misstated the facts about an overseas trip during which she had to “dodge bullets and run for the car.” This CBS reporter was on that very overseas trip with her, and had to report no such thing happened. In fact they still had footage of school children handing out flowers on the tarmac. So there were difinitely no bullets flying on that trip.


42 posted on 05/12/2013 5:43:53 AM PDT by YepYep (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up. --Sarah Palin)
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To: piasa
Yep. All Obama had to do to seal their fate was to do nothing, to just duck out and be "unavailable" until it was all over. He betrayed Americans who were fighting for their lives, and went to bed.


43 posted on 05/12/2013 6:04:58 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: All
What's the dumbest thing the little twit ever said?

"Even though Hillary 'signed off' on Benghai security,
that does not mean she actually 'knew' about it."

44 posted on 05/12/2013 6:06:23 AM PDT by Liz (To learn who rules over you, determine who you are not allowed to criticize. Voltaire)
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To: Kaslin

Will say it again or type it again ... There was blood, in the water from nearly day one. Something has changed. Something else has become known. There is something else going on ... don’t ask me what ... I do not know.


45 posted on 05/12/2013 6:17:49 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Kaslin
 photo Whitewashing_zps4f03d04c.jpg Thanks to the member who spotted the 'white washing' image.
46 posted on 05/12/2013 6:29:54 AM PDT by RetSignman ("...a Republic if you can keep it")
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To: CondorFlight

“They have no credibility.”
//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Right, to say they are losing credibility is like saying the Sahara is drying up.


47 posted on 05/12/2013 8:26:22 AM PDT by RipSawyer (I was born on Earth, what planet is this?)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

No Sh*t. It’s rather frightening to see the lengths they’ll go to keep in power. They’ve given up doing what’s right for this country a long time ago, now its all about retaining power and forcing folks to live as they want them to.

God willing, more and more will start to see these vermin for what they are, handouts or not, and gradually turn on them. I think your ‘wag the dog’ scenario is highly plausible, but I’m also under the thinking that people are just too damn tired of war, etc.

People are now seeing what a moron this man is, those that he has surrounded himself with and his foreign policy debacles. About the only two places he can go is Iran and Syria. While still having to deal with Afghanistan and what is left of Iraq. Not to mention, Egypt, NKorea, Somalia and pretty much the entire continent of Africa, as it becomes more and more radicalized.

So, whatever he does will be a disaster, people will die, he’ll blame on Bush and whoever else and we’re worse off than when we started, again.


48 posted on 05/12/2013 10:44:21 AM PDT by qaz123
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To: piasa

Gutless and Selfish....absolutely

But, just as importantly...he has no clue what he’s doing on anything. Especially when it comes to knowing when you use the military and when not.

Clinton didn’t either. Carter...nuff’ said.

The man is so far out of his league, its painful. The problem is, that not only is he out of his league, all of the people around him and most of the Democratic Party have shown that they are nothing but useful idiots. If it weren’t for Republicans restraining them and keeping them inline, they would have self destructed long ago.


49 posted on 05/12/2013 10:50:25 AM PDT by qaz123
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To: RedMDer
Lying to Congress is a crime for starters. It is called perjury.

Ok, if you are under oath. Was Hillary under oath? Did the Kenyan communist perjure himself? No and no.

Obstructruction of justice is a crime.

Only for the little people, like you and me, citizen.

Red, it's 2013 and any criticism of your (half)black president is racism. Holder should be impeached for flooding Mexico with guns. It's not going to happen.

To me, your Kenyan president has committed treason on numerous occasions. That is a high crime, I believe. Good luck on that prosecution.

50 posted on 05/12/2013 1:45:04 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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