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  • Mexican Consulate brings ID services to Wisconsin

    09/29/2014 6:59:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    fox11 ^ | 9/29/14 | ap
    <p>APPLETON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin officials are working to better serve the rapidly growing Hispanic community in the state, with a little help from the Mexican Consulate in Chicago.</p> <p>A mobile version of the Chicago-based office issued passports and consular identification cards to hundreds of Mexican nationals at an Appleton church last week, Post-Crescent Media reported. About 800 people took advantage of the services at First English Lutheran Church from last Wednesday to Saturday, according to Alfredo Gomez Sepulveda, a coordinator of the consulate’s mobile program.</p>
  • First Mention of Attack on U.S. Consular Station at Benghazi (09/11/2012 Revisited)

    05/30/2014 2:58:26 PM PDT · by First_Salute · 18 replies
    several | 09/11/2012 | various
    Prelude 09/10/2012 USA / Breitbart report by Wynton Hall: Obama Misses Over Half His Intelligence Briefings During a White House press briefing ... White House Press Secretary Jay Carney blasted the Government Accountability Institute's ["GAI"] findings as being "hilarious" and said: The President of the United States gets the presidential daily briefing every day. He always reads it, every day, because he's a voracious consumer of all of his briefing material... This president is very much steeped in the details of national security issues. 09/10/2012 USA / Washington Post Opinion [article] by Marc A. Thiessen: Why is Obama skipping more...
  • Germany to assist Israelis in states where they have no embassy

    02/21/2014 9:46:56 AM PST · by wolf78 · 7 replies
    Ha'aretz ^ | Feb. 21, 2014 | 6:11 PM | Reuters
    Germany is to offer Israeli citizens consular assistance in states such as Indonesia or Malaysia where Israel has no official diplomatic representation, under a new deal to be signed by Angela Merkel when she visits Jerusalem next week.
  • Chinese Consulate In San Francisco Damaged In Arson Attack

    01/02/2014 10:10:20 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 10 replies
    CBSlocal.com ^ | January 2, 2014 | no attribution
    According to a statement released by a Chinese Consulate spokesperson on the consulate’s website Thursday morning, a person emerged from a minivan parked in front of the consulate’s main entrance at about 9:25 p.m. and poured two buckets of gasoline onto the front door before setting it on fire.
  • [San Francisco] Suspicious fire scorches SF Chinese Consulate door

    01/02/2014 1:14:02 AM PST · by Lonely Bull · 3 replies
    ABC7 [KGO-TV, San Francisco] ^ | Wednesday, January 01, 2014
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The front door of the Consulate General of China in San Francisco was found ablaze on Wednesday night and is being investigated as arson, according to a fire dispatcher. The blaze was reported to be at the front door of the structure, located at 1450 Laguna St. in the city's Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood, a dispatcher said.
  • No evidence Al Qaeda or terror groups had any involvement in Benghazi consulate attack

    12/29/2013 7:49:33 AM PST · by Nachum · 78 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/29/13 | Ryan Gorman
    A New York Times investigation has found no evidence to support claims al-Qaeda or any other international terrorist organization had links to the 2012 storming of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The six-part report published Saturday instead blamed the poorly-planned attack on local extremists outraged by an American-made video mocking Islam. The Times refutes claims made by many Republicans that al-Qaeda was involved in the attack despite Obama administration assertions to the contrary. ‘Extensive interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack there and its context, turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other
  • U.S. Charges Dozens of Russian Diplomats and Spouses With Medicaid Fraud

    12/05/2013 2:48:58 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 5, 2013 | BENJAMIN WEISER
    Federal law enforcement authorities have charged nearly 50 past or present Russian diplomats and their spouses in a $1.5 million Medicaid fraud scheme, an unusual twist in what has become a familiar criminal story line in New York. An F.B.I. investigation revealed “the systemic fraudulent submission of falsified applications for Medicaid benefits” by the diplomats and their spouses, according to a criminal complaint unsealed on Thursday in United States District Court in Manhattan. The diplomats and their spouses obtained the benefits for pregnancies, births and first-year-of-life medical needs, generally applying at the same New York hospital, which was not identified,...
  • Benghazi consulate attack: British contractor 'warned US repeatedly about security'

    10/27/2013 7:43:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10/27/13 | Tom Swaine
    A British security contractor said he repeatedly warned US officials that their diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, was inadequately protected before it suffered a deadly attack last year. He also described fighting off armed attackers during the al-Qaeda-linked assault, in an attempt to help rescue guards he had trained to man the gates of the compound. Speaking publicly about the attack for the first time, the contractor, a former British soldier using the pseudonym Morgan Jones "for his own safety", described the experience as "sheer hell". He claimed that having been employed to train the unarmed guards for the mission's...
  • Arrivederci, Newark: Italy to close NJ consulate

    09/20/2013 2:58:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 20, 2013 4:46 PM EDT | Katie Zeizma
    Arrivederci, Newark. The home state of Frank Sinatra, Tony Soprano, Frankie Valli and Samuel Alito is losing its Italian consulate, leaving a state whose Italian roots run deep in the American consciousness without an official tie to Italy. … The news has raised the ire of Italians here in New Jersey, which has the fourth highest number of Italian-Americans of any state and the second highest number of Italian immigrants. …
  • Inside the Benghazi Anniversary Attack: Local Reports Show Gravity of Herat Consulate Assault

    09/13/2013 7:36:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 13, 2013 | Bridget Johnson
    A Taliban attack on a U.S. consulate in the early morning hours Friday initially highlighted longstanding fears in Congress of an accelerated withdrawal while President Obama insists that the war in the Afghanistan be ended by his hand. Local reports of damage in Herat and the response, though, raise questions about just how much diplomatic security has been improved in the wake of the four deaths at Benghazi a year ago. The feared repeat of a 9/11 Benghazi attack came two days after the anniversary when attackers deployed car bombs in an SUV and minivan at the gates to the...
  • US Consulate in Herat Afghanistan Attacked

    09/12/2013 7:36:06 PM PDT · by Velveeta · 42 replies
    Twitter via Al Jazeera ^ | 9/12/2013 | @AJElive
    Early reports stating a car bomb on the US Consulate in Herat Afghanistan. Injuries being reported.
  • Blast near Indian Consulate in Afghanistan kills 8 children

    08/03/2013 3:46:13 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Saturday, August 3, 2013 | PTI
    Peshawar/New Delhi - Suicide bombers today detonated explosives-packed vehicle near the Indian Consulate in Afghanistan's Jalalabad city, bordering Pakistan, killing at least eight children and wounding 21 others. Confirming the blast by suicide bombers in front of the consulate, official sources in New Delhi said, "all Indians are safe and there was no major damage to the consulate." "The situation is still very fluid," sources told PTI. Nangarhar province Police Chief Gen Sharif Amin said the car bomb was set off near a mosque leading to the Indian consulate in the provincial capital Jalalabad. "Most of the victims were children...
  • The Would-Be Spy Who Failed First Try

    03/06/2013 3:58:36 AM PST · by Cindy · 4 replies
    JD JOURNAL.com ^ | March 6, 2013 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "On Tuesday, Bryan Underwood was sentenced to nine years for trying to pass secrets to China.   The irony is that the Chinese government didn’t put him up to it, and when Underwood went to a Chinese government building to sell photos of a U.S. consulate compound in Guangzhou, the Chinese turned him away. They were not interested, or didn’t understand what he was trying to convey.'
  • No Accountability For Americans Murdered In Benghazi

    12/26/2012 4:10:34 PM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 28, 2012
    Accountability: As with Fast and Furious, the designated scapegoats for the deaths of Americans at the hands of administration bungling will merely be switching desks. Only the maker of that irrelevant video is in jail. Reports of the resignation of four State Department officials after the Accountability Review Board's (ARB) review of State Department actions before during and after the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, may have been greatly exaggerated. Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, has not resigned from the department, as a State Department spokeswoman indicated Dec. 19. Boswell is instead...
  • As Middle East Burns and Benghazi questions remain, Hillary Says Save The Elephants

    12/06/2012 8:19:55 AM PST · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    IBD ^ | December 6, 2012 | Daniel John Sobieski
    <p>Diplomacy: Egypt descends into chaos, Syria's chemical weapons are on the move, and Benghazigate's questions remain unanswered, but our outgoing secretary of state wants saving the African elephant to be her legacy?</p> <p>'Some of you might be wondering why a secretary of state is keynoting an event about wildlife trafficking and conservation," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday in Washington, D.C., before a group of animal activists and several international ambassadors.</p>
  • For Susan Rice, Benghazi Was Kenya 1998 Deja Vu

    11/30/2012 4:18:07 PM PST · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 30, 2012
    Parallels: A mission was attacked after warnings, Americans were killed after security requests were denied, and a diplomat went on TV to explain it all — our current U.N. ambassador, after embassy bombings in 1998. 'What troubles me so much is the Benghazi attack in many ways echoes the attacks on both embassies in 1998, when Susan Rice was head of the African region for our State Department," Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Wednesday after two hours with our U.N. ambassador. "In both cases, the ambassador begged for additional security." In both cases, Susan Rice was involved more than she...
  • Susan Rice Is Unqualified To Be Secretary Of State

    11/28/2012 4:11:19 PM PST · by raptor22 · 34 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 28, 2012
    Benghazi Scandal: "Her meeting with GOP senators begs the question that if all she can do is read talking points handed to her by the White House then perhaps she should be the next White House press secretary." The above observation, courtesy of Richard Grenell, who served as spokesman for four U.S. Ambassadors to the U.N., is the flip side of our view that Susan Rice, who was sent out on five Sunday talk shows to explain Benghazi by a president who says she had "nothing to do with Benghazi," is as qualified to be the next secretary of state...
  • Libya probe into consulate attack stalls

    11/22/2012 3:54:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 11/21/12
    Libya probe into consulate attack stallsAssociated Press Updated 10:49 p.m., Wednesday, November 21, 2012 Benghazi, Libya -- After more than two months, Libya's investigation into the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi appears in limbo. Key security commanders and witnesses say they were never questioned. No suspects have been named, and gunmen seen participating in the assault walk freely in the eastern Libyan city.
  • President Obama Plays The Susan Rice Card On Benghazi

    11/15/2012 4:13:48 PM PST · by raptor22 · 17 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 15, 2012
    Leadership: Obama admits sending our U.N. ambassador, who had "nothing to do with Benghazi," to explain Benghazi on five Sunday talk shows "at the request of the White House" with talking points "provided to her." Considering this was President Obama's first press conference in eight months, his bluster that if "Sen. McCain and Sen. Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me" regarding Benghazi is a bit odd. When the questions needed to be asked and answers needed to be given, both the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were nowhere to be found....
  • (IBD) Was David Petraeus Blackmailed By Obama Administration To Hide Benghazi Truth?

    11/13/2012 2:20:46 PM PST · by raptor22 · 178 replies
    Petraeus Scandal: An affair that was known to the FBI for months and kept from congressional oversight committees might explain his complicity in a false narrative of the Benghazi terrorist attack and the order to "stand down." The addition of sex to Benghazigate adds a dimension sure to keep the scandal going and one that does indeed make Watergate seem like a third-rate burglary. The affair admitted to by Gen. David Petraeus, now our former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, might have attached blackmail or the potential for blackmail to a scandal we have already called a case of...
  • Was David Petraeus Blackmailed By His Own Government?

    11/12/2012 4:48:03 PM PST · by raptor22 · 53 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 12, 2012
    Petraeus Scandal: An affair that was known to the FBI for months and kept from congressional oversight committees might explain his complicity in a false narrative of the Benghazi terrorist attack and the order to "stand down." The addition of sex to Benghazigate adds a dimension sure to keep the scandal going and one that does indeed make Watergate seem like a third-rate burglary. The affair admitted to by Gen. David Petraeus, now our former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, might have attached blackmail or the potential for blackmail to a scandal we have already called a case of...
  • Obama's Benghazi Scapegoat Gets Year In Prison

    11/10/2012 2:34:28 PM PST · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 10, 2012
    Scandal: The filmmaker blamed for the terrorist attack on our Libyan consulate and the murder of our ambassador goes to jail for an "unrelated" matter. If you believe that, you also believe al-Qaida is on its heels. If the Obama administration had heeded warnings from Ambassador Chris Stevens that, after two previous incidents, the consulate in Benghazi was surrounded by terrorist training camps and couldn't withstand an organized attack, Mark Basseley Youssef might still be a free man today. If requests for enhanced security had not been repeatedly denied, or if nearby help that was requested and denied three times...
  • CBS Hides Obama Refusal To Call Benghazi Terrorist Attack

    11/06/2012 7:15:34 PM PST · by raptor22 · 5 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 6, 2012
    Benghazi: In an astonishing display of media bias, CBS makes a mockery of journalistic ethics by hiding a portion of a "60 Minutes" interview proving the president lied from day one about calling Benghazi a terrorist attack. There must have been some knee-slapping guffaws at CBS when CNN's Candy Crowley corrected GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, falsely claiming President Obama did call Benghazi a terrorist attack on the very next day. CBS knew Obama was lying and had a tape to prove it. As part of a "60 Minutes" interview taped on Sept. 12, the day after the terrorist attack...
  • (IBD) October Suppress: In-the-tank Media Gave 'Pathetic' Benghazi Coverage 2 Aid Obama

    11/06/2012 2:37:42 PM PST · by raptor22 · 4 replies
    Bias: Call it the "October Suppress" as the so-called "mainstream" media provided less coverage to the current president's bungling of and lying about Benghazi than they did to another president's decades-old DUI arrest. Last Friday, Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter Judith Miller and Kirsten Powers, a Daily Beast columnist, appeared on Fox News' "Happening Now" program to justifiably bash the mainstream media and its orchestrated suppression of coverage of the terrorist attack in Benghazi. Neither is a charter member of the "vast right-wing conspiracy," but both roundly condemned the shameful and politically motivated actions of their colleagues. Miller...
  • Media Gave 'Pathetic' Benghazi Coverage To Aid Obama

    11/05/2012 5:14:07 PM PST · by raptor22 · 8 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | Nobember 5, 2012
    Bias: Call it the "October Suppress" as the so-called "mainstream" media provided less coverage to the current president's bungling of and lying about Benghazi than they did to another president's decades-old DUI arrest. Last Friday, Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter Judith Miller and Kirsten Powers, a Daily Beast columnist, appeared on Fox News' "Happening Now" program to justifiably bash the mainstream media and its orchestrated suppression of coverage of the terrorist attack in Benghazi. Neither is a charter member of the "vast right-wing conspiracy," but both roundly condemned the shameful and politically motivated actions of their colleagues. Miller...
  • (IBD) Obama and Hillary Clinton's Criminal Negligence: Benghazi Gave 1-Month Warning

    11/03/2012 12:07:15 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 5 replies
    Scandal: A month before the terrorist attack, the State Department was warned Benghazi couldn't protect itself and was surrounded by Islamist militia and al-Qaida camps. It was 3 a.m. and the administration pressed "snooze." When the U.S. mission in Benghazi called an Aug. 15 emergency meeting, it wasn't to discuss an obscure Internet video. It was to discuss the lack of security for a consulate surrounded by at least 10 terrorist camps. An Aug. 16 cable to the office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and obtained by Fox News reported that the State Department's senior security officer "expressed concerns...
  • (IBD) Obama Shows 'Leadership' On Sandy, Not Benghazi - Cowardly Lyin' Sandbags America

    11/02/2012 7:30:13 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 8 replies
    Leadership: After the president rushed back to the White House to watch the Weather Channel, pundits said he acted "presidential" — as if he'd be judged by the last four days and not the last four years. Acting presidential is one thing and being presidential quite another. Touring disaster areas is what every president finds himself doing sometime during his administration. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, President Obama is doing all the right things, such as telling FEMA to do what it's already tasked to do, even as the sequestration he pushed as part of the Budget Control Act...
  • Criminal Negligence: Benghazi Gave 1-Month Warning

    11/01/2012 3:47:14 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 4 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 1, 2012
    Scandal: A month before the terrorist attack, the State Department was warned Benghazi couldn't protect itself and was surrounded by Islamist militia and al-Qaida camps. It was 3 a.m. and the administration pressed "snooze." When the U.S. mission in Benghazi called an Aug. 15 emergency meeting, it wasn't to discuss an obscure Internet video. It was to discuss the lack of security for a consulate surrounded by at least 10 terrorist camps. An Aug. 16 cable to the office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and obtained by Fox News reported that the State Department's senior security officer "expressed concerns...
  • Obama Shows 'Leadership' On Sandy, Not Benghazi

    11/01/2012 11:31:10 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 1, 2012
    Leadership: After the president rushed back to the White House to watch the Weather Channel, pundits said he acted "presidential" — as if he'd be judged by the last four days and not the last four years. Acting presidential is one thing and being presidential quite another. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, President Obama is doing all the right things, such as telling FEMA to do what it's already tasked to do, even as the sequestration he pushed as part of the Budget Control Act threatens to cut $900 million from the agency's budget. Pledging to cut red tape,...
  • Benghazi: The CIA “Annex” and the Main Compound

    10/31/2012 11:09:46 PM PDT · by Katechon · 63 replies
    In-Extremis | Katechon
    On September the 11th 2012, Ambassador Stevens is attacked at the Main Compound of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. At this time, former SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods, both working under the State Department (on contract to the CIA), were at the CIA "annex," a second compound 1.2 miles away. The two SEALs made a request for military back-up during the attack on the Main Compound. It was denied (apparently by the CIA command). Two times the former SEALs were told to “stand down” when they requested to go to the aid of the Ambassador and his...
  • Exclusive: Classified cable warned consulate couldn't withstand 'coordinated attack'

    10/31/2012 4:48:08 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 17 replies
    The U.S. Mission in Benghazi convened an “emergency meeting” less than a month before the assault that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, because Al Qaeda had training camps in Benghazi and the consulate could not defend against a “coordinated attack,” according to a classified cable reviewed by Fox News. Summarizing an Aug. 15 emergency meeting convened by the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, the Aug. 16 cable marked “SECRET” said that the State Department’s senior security officer, also known as the RSO, did not believe the consulate could be protected...
  • (IBD) Cindy Sheehan Cheered, Charles Woods, father of former Navy SEAL slain at Benghazi, Ignored

    10/31/2012 10:47:15 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 2 replies
    Libya: As the father of a former Navy SEAL slain at Benghazi wonders why our secretary of state lied to him, we wonder why our CIA director abetted a lie that contradicted counterterrorism officials and the FBI. During the 2004 presidential campaign, a media eager to deny George W. Bush a second term made Cindy Sheehan, who lost a son in Iraq, a national heroine and reported virtually her every word and move. "Cindy Sheehan," gushed NBC News, "is single-handedly bringing the Iraq debate to Mr. Bush's doorstep." But nobody in a mainstream media eager to see President Obama get...
  • Cindy Sheehan Was Cheered, Charles Woods Is Ignored

    10/30/2012 4:21:39 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 29 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | October 30, 2012
    Libya: As the father of a former Navy SEAL slain at Benghazi wonders why our secretary of state lied to him, we wonder why our CIA director abetted a lie that contradicted counterterrorism officials and the FBI. During the 2004 presidential campaign, a media eager to deny George W. Bush a second term made Cindy Sheehan, who lost a son in Iraq, a national heroine and reported virtually her every word and move. "Cindy Sheehan," gushed NBC News, "is single-handedly bringing the Iraq debate to Mr. Bush's doorstep." But nobody in a mainstream media eager to see President Obama get...
  • (IBD) At Least Carter Tried A Rescue - Benghazi Stand Down Order A Mystery - General Relieved

    10/30/2012 12:33:24 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Benghazi: The president says the election has nothing to do with four brave Americans getting killed, but, as in 1980 at another embassy, it should — just as it matters who gave the order to stand down. We have speculated that a reason the cries for military help during the seven-hour assault on our consulate in Benghazi were ignored was due to fears of another "Blackhawk down" incident as in Somalia under President Clinton or a repeat of the Desert One mission that crashed and burned in the Iranian desert in a failed attempt to rescue our hostages in Tehran...
  • (IBD) Panetta Lies That We Lacked Real-Time Benghazi Intel As Navy SEALs, Ambassador Died

    10/29/2012 3:34:10 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    Despite real-time video, emails to the White House and desperate cries for help, our defense secretary says we didn't send rescue forces to our Benghazi consulate because we didn't know what was going on. In a statement bordering on the Kafkaesque, Leon Panetta told a news conference Thursday that four Americans, including our Libyan ambassador Chris Stevens, were left to die without a rescue attempt by nearby U.S. military forces because there's "a basic principle here, and the basic principle is that you don't deploy forces into harm's way without knowing what's going on, without having some real-time information about...
  • (IBD) Benghazi Consulate Could Have Used Marines With Bayonets as Obama watched Navy SEALs die

    10/29/2012 2:55:35 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 39 replies
    Scandal: More than six hours after terrorists attacked our consulate, former Navy SEALs manned a blood-soaked machine gun to defend U.S. territory. Meanwhile Apache helicopters sat on the ground in Italy. At 4 a.m. local time on Sept. 11 — six hours and 20 minutes after the initial attack began — former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed at the CIA annex not far from the consulate by a mortar shell. The machine gun they were firing was encrusted with blood, an indication they continued to fight after being wounded. During that eternity, Woods and Doherty might...
  • Indonesia 'foils plot to attack US missions'

    10/27/2012 4:17:04 PM PDT · by Cindy · 22 replies
    (AFP) via FRANCE24.com ^ | 27 OCTOBER 2012 - 17H48 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Indonesian anti-terror police, Densus 88 secure a terror suspect's house during a raid in Mojosongo, Solo in Central Java. Indonesian police have arrested 11 members of an Islamic group allegedly planning attacks on American diplomatic missions, a spokesman says." SNIPPET: "The group had planned to hit the US embassy and a US consulate, as well as a building near the Australian embassy in the capital Jakarta that houses the office of American mining giant Freeport-McMoran, police said. Police said they were from a new outfit called HASMI, the Sunni Movement for Indonesian Society, and explosives and a bomb-making manual...
  • Panetta Says We Lacked Real-Time Benghazi Intel

    10/27/2012 7:29:20 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 146 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | October 27, 2012 | Staff
    <p>Despite real-time video, emails to the White House and desperate cries for help, our defense secretary says we didn't send rescue forces to our Benghazi consulate because we didn't know what was going on.</p> <p>In a statement bordering on the Kafkaesque, Leon Panetta told a news conference Thursday that four Americans, including our Libyan ambassador Chris Stevens, were left to die without a rescue attempt by nearby U.S. military forces because there's "a basic principle here, and the basic principle is that you don't deploy forces into harm's way without knowing what's going on, without having some real-time information about what's taking place."</p>
  • Chevy Volts For War-Torn Vienna, Nothing For Benghazi

    10/12/2012 4:15:39 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 47 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | October 12, 2012
    Priorities: While our consulate in Benghazi was guarded by unarmed Libyan contractors making $4 an hour, our embassy in Vienna received an expensive charging station for its new electric cars to help fight climate change. Even MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell says Vice President Joe Biden lied during Thursday's debate when he said twice that no one in the Obama administration knew that requests for extra security had been made by our Libyan ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and other members of our consulate in Benghazi. The State Department knew "in real time," as Mitchell put it in her post-debate analysis, that requests had...
  • BenghaziGate: President Obama Is A Lazy Liar

    09/28/2012 4:39:28 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 17 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | September 28, 2012
    Within 24 hours, the White House knew the assault on our Libyan consulate was a terrorist attack, yet a president who has no time for intelligence briefings sent his minions out to say it was just a movie. Five days before U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice went on the Sunday talk shows to say Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed at the hands of a spontaneous mob inflamed by a months-old film trailer insulting Islam that few had seen, U.S. intelligence sources knew the attack was planned and organized. We believe President Obama also knew, or should have...
  • September 11, 2012 - and Obama Apologizes

    09/13/2012 1:41:16 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | September 13, 2012
    Obama Record: Four Americans are killed in Libya, our consulate burned and our Egyptian embassy stormed on the anniversary of 9/11 after we apologize for a film allegedly "insulting to Islam." Arab Spring, Mr. President? Maybe President Obama shouldn't have skipped all those national intelligence briefings. The burning of our Libyan consulate in Benghazi, the murder of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others, including two U.S. Marines, and the storming of our embassy in Egypt after our diplomats apologized for a film made in the U.S. should show just who is the foreign policy novice in the 2012 presidential...
  • Obama: 4 Dead Americans in Libya 'not optimal'

    10/19/2012 4:55:46 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | October 19, 2012
    Benghazi-gate: The president reveals a disturbing callousness toward our war dead on yet another talk show. When will he tell jihadists to stop clinging to their guns and religion and fearing people not like them? During the second presidential debate President Obama told challenger Mitt Romney that he found suggestions that he and his administration were covering up the truth about the terrorist attack on Benghazi for political reasons "offensive." He said he was the one who had to greet the coffins when they came home. Then they deserve more honor, respect and protection than they were given by their...
  • Obama Knew Benghazi Was Terrorism And Did Nothing

    10/24/2012 4:38:22 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 39 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | October 20, 2012
    Credibility: When President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton stepped into the Rose Garden the morning of Sept. 12, they likely knew the attack on our Benghazi consulate the day before was organized by terrorists. They knew because they were likely privy to a flurry of emails among administration officials discussing the attack in real time. Yet they said nothing about what they knew and, worse, had done nothing to mount a rescue despite American forces being less than an hour away during the seven-hour blitz. According to Fox News, 300 to 400 national security figures received these emails in...
  • Benghazi Consulate Could Have Used Marines With Bayonets

    10/25/2012 7:21:59 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | October 25, 2012
    Scandal: More than six hours after terrorists attacked our consulate, former Navy SEALs manned a blood-soaked machine gun to defend U.S. territory. Meanwhile Apache helicopters sat on the ground in Italy. At 4 a.m. local time on Sept. 11 — six hours and 20 minutes after the initial attack began — former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed at the CIA annex not far from the consulate by a mortar shell. The machine gun they were firing was encrusted with blood, an indication they continued to fight after being wounded. During that eternity, Woods and Doherty might...
  • Benghazi Consulate Could Have Used Marines With Bayonets

    10/26/2012 6:38:02 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | October 26, 2012
    Scandal: More than six hours after terrorists attacked our consulate, former Navy SEALs manned a blood-soaked machine gun to defend U.S. territory. Meanwhile Apache helicopters sat on the ground in Italy. At 4 a.m. local time on Sept. 11 — six hours and 20 minutes after the initial attack began — former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed at the CIA annex not far from the consulate by a mortar shell. The machine gun they were firing was encrusted with blood, an indication they continued to fight after being wounded. During that eternity, Woods and Doherty might...
  • This Is What Benghazi ‘Consulate’ Really Was

    10/24/2012 8:10:59 PM PDT · by Dajjal · 43 replies
    KleinOnline ^ | Oct. 17, 2012 | Aaron Klein
    The U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, actually served as a meeting place to coordinate aid for the rebel-led insurgencies in the Middle East, according to Middle Eastern security officials. Among the tasks performed inside the building was collaborating with Arab countries on the recruitment of fighters – including jihadists – to target Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. The distinction may help explain why there was no major public security presence at what has been described as a “consulate.” Such a presence would draw attention to the shabby, nondescript building that was allegedly used for such sensitive purposes. [snip] The...
  • 'Global War On Terror' Is Given New Name (Use Dicouraged by Obama State Dept.) (Apr. 2009 Flashback)

    10/15/2012 2:24:42 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 10 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | March 24, 2009 | Scott Wilson, Al Kamen
    By Scott Wilson and Al Kamen Washington Post Staff Writers Wednesday, March 25, 2009 The Obama administration appears to be backing away from the phrase "global war on terror," a signature rhetorical legacy of its predecessor. In a memo e-mailed this week to Pentagon staff members, the Defense Department's office of security review noted that "this administration prefers to avoid using the term 'Long War' or 'Global War on Terror' [GWOT.] Please use 'Overseas Contingency Operation.' " The memo said the direction came from the Office of Management and Budget, the executive-branch agency that reviews the public testimony of administration...
  • British say weapons they left at U.S. consulate in Benghazi are missing

    10/13/2012 6:35:21 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 58 replies
    kansas city star ^ | 10/12 | Mel Frykberg
    When British diplomats abandoned their offices in Benghazi over the summer after the British ambassador’s motorcade was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades, their security detail left its weapons and vehicles in the custody of the U.S. consulate in that eastern Libyan city. Now that cache of weapons is missing amid signs that the Islamist militants suspected in the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. consulate and a nearby annex remain active, despite Libyan government demands that they disband. The June 11 attack on British Ambassador Sir Dominic Asquith as he drove through Benghazi is among a list of 230 security incidents,...
  • Benghazi consulate had only one U.S. security agent, Congress told

    10/10/2012 11:12:08 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 10/10/12 | Larry Margasak and Bradley Klapper - Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- The former head of a 16-member U.S. military team in Libya said Wednesday the consulate in Benghazi, where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed, never had the forces it needed to protect itself. Lt. Col. Andrew Wood told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that U.S. security was so weak that in April, only one U.S. diplomatic security agent was stationed in Benghazi. The committee hearing followed assertions Tuesday night by the State Department that it never concluded that the Sept. 11 attack stemmed from protests over an American-made video ridiculing Islam. Ambassador Chris...
  • U.S. Consulate in Benghazi Bombed Twice in Run-Up to 9/11 Anniversary

    10/02/2012 6:12:11 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Oct 2, 2012 4:45 AM EDT | Eli Lake
    Jihadists twice set off explosives at the consulate prior to the incident that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, and announced threats on Facebook about escalating attacks on Western targets in the run-up to the 9/11 anniversary, according to whistleblowers reaching out to House Republicans.