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  • Obama's Libyan Debacle

    10/13/2012 4:34:25 AM PDT · by gotribe · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/12/2012 | Jennifer Rubin
    The Libya debacle is not merely a case of inadequate security. It is a case of willful blindness to the progress of al-Qaeda in a locale that the Obama team had boasted was a grand success for its “leading from behind” strategy. The administration despite every available bit of evidence continued to cling to a false narrative, and repeat that narrative to the public, because it refused to recognize that Libya was a terrorist victory, not a U.S. success story. SNIP In August 2012, the United States knew that Libya had become a terrorist hell hole. In a Library of...
  • Lara Logan: “Our Way of Life is Under Attack” (VIDEO)

    10/13/2012 12:43:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | October 12, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The quotes and excerpts of Lara Logan’s speech don’t really properly capture it the way that watching the video does. This is an emotional speech and it’s unusual because it’s been a while since we’ve heard anyone talk like this. It’s a speech that takes us back ten years to the early days of the War on Terror. And those ideas are apparently a core part of what she believes. Lara Logan’s theme is that abandoning Afghanistan will turn it back over into a base for Islamic terrorists. And in between advocating serious engagement with Afghanistan and blasting the...
  • Syria army weakens as battle fronts multiply

    10/13/2012 12:33:45 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    France 24 ^ | 10/12/2012
    The Syrian army has suffered major setbacks in the north of the country, its resources worn down by an increasing number of battle fronts and rebel attacks, analysts say. The rebels, despite a lack of ammunition and arms, have stepped up attacks on different fronts with rockets, automatic weapons and mortar fire, inflicting a record number of army casualties. Syrian government forces run for cover This week, they severed the highway connecting Damascus to Aleppo, the main route for army reinforcements to the northern city where fighting has centered over the past three months. Resupplying the army is "a fundamental...
  • Mark Steyn: 'Politicized' Benghazi distracts from Big Bird

    10/13/2012 12:21:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | October 12, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    "The entire reason that this has become the political topic it is, is because of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan." Thus, Stephanie Cutter, President Obama's deputy campaign manager, speaking on CNN about an armed attack on the 9/11 anniversary that left a U.S. consulate a smoking ruin and killed four diplomatic staff, including the first American ambassador to be murdered in a third of a century. To discuss this event is apparently to "politicize" it and to distract from the real issues the American people are concerned about. For example, Obama spokesperson Jen Psaki, speaking on board Air Force One...
  • US Treasury delays new China forex report to Congress

    10/13/2012 12:11:13 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/12/2012
    The US Treasury said Friday it would delay the release of its semi-annual report on the currency policies of major trade partners, amid perennial pressure to brand China a serial currency manipulator. The Treasury said it would put off publishing the report to Congress so it could "assess progress following the G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting next month." The Treasury regularly reviews the exchange rate policies of nine economies that account for 70 percent of US foreign trade, with most of the focus on China. Critics in Congress accuse Beijing of keeping the yuan, or renminbi, artificially...
  • Benghazi: Osama's Revenge on Obama

    10/13/2012 12:01:26 AM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 13, 2012 | James Lewis
    Talk about chickens coming home to roost. Talk about the Mother of All Fiascos. It's the revenge of Osama bin Laden from the bottom of the ocean, and the message is plain: al-Qaeda is very much alive, and America is a paper tiger. The Middle East is beginning to fall apart -- Iran just sent a spy drone over Israel's sensitive defense installations, and the IDF waited hours to react; Turkey forced down a Syrian arms plane, and al-Qaeda's Al Zawahiri openly assaulted the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi in a six-hour attack, working through al-Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM), while...
  • Scottish independence: Why would Scotland turn itself into Greece?

    10/12/2012 11:52:40 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/11/2012 | Jeremy Warner
    A fatal financial contradiction lies at the heart of the Scottish National Party’s plan for independence Currency conundrum: Scottish nationalists want monetary union with the rest of Britain but fiscal and political separation 'In or out” – that is the question. Scots, we now know, are to be presented with a simple choice when the referendum on whether to remain part of the United Kingdom is held in 2014, with the devo-max option traded in for a lower voting age. Only in practice, nothing is ever that uncomplicated. What Scotland will in fact be voting on is whether to give...
  • European Peoples' Party to draw 'profile' of next EU Commission President

    10/12/2012 10:48:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 12 October 2012 | Georgi Gotev
    The center-right European Peoples’ Party (EPP) will start sketching the 'profile' of the next European Commission President at its upcoming congress in Bucharest next week, its President Wilfried Martens told the press yesterday (11 October). Martens, who is a former Belgian Prime minister and founding member of the EPP, met the press ahead of the political family’s “statutory” congress to be held in Bucharest on 17-18 October, just ahead of the 18-19 EU summit. The statutory meeting, held once every three years, elects a new leadership and updates the party platform. Martens explained that for the election of the next...
  • Auditor: EU agencies may pose threat to safety

    10/12/2012 10:37:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12.10.12 @ 09:22 (October 12) | Valentina Pop
    Conflicts of interest in four EU agencies authorizing food, medicines, chemicals and aviation security standards might be putting people's safety at risk, an audit has shown. "None of the four agencies under review manage conflicts of interest adequately," Igors Ludborzs, a member of the European Court of Auditors, told a press conference in Brussels on Thursday (11 October). He said the court had selected these four agencies because of repeated media reports and inquiries by the European Parliament about alleged conflicts of interest. The Cologne-based European Aviation Safety Agency scored the worst, while the other three fared a little better,...
  • EU summit draft backs 'separate' eurozone budget

    10/12/2012 10:34:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 10.10.12 @ 09:28 | Valentina Pop
    Member states are warming to the idea of having a eurozone budget on top of the joint EU budget, with the latest draft conclusions ahead of next week's summit clearly separating the two. Dubbed "fiscal capacity," the new budget "would be specific to the euro area and therefore not to be covered by the Multiannual Financial Framework," the EU's common, seven-year budget, the draft prepared by EU Council chief Herman Van Rompuy says. The latest wording on the idea of a eurozone budget, which was already floated in June, is an indication that consensus is building around the move in...
  • On eve of USS Cole bombing anniversary, US embassy guard in Yemen assassinated

    10/12/2012 10:34:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | October 11, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Multiple masked gunmen opened fire and murdered a 20-year U.S. embassy employee in Sanaa, Yemen early this morning. ... Can’t wait for lying liar Susan Rice to tell us this had nooooooothing to do with jihad, either.
  • Bypassing Israel, French capital endorses unprecedented agreement with ‘East Jerusalem’

    10/12/2012 9:55:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | October 4, 2012, 12:28 pm | Elhanan Miller
    France’s most populous administrative zone, encompassing the capital Paris, has signed a cooperation agreement with the Palestinian district of Jerusalem, a move organizers say is designed to send a “political message” of solidarity with the Palestinians and their aspirations for a future capital in the city. The French region described the agreement as the “first of its kind.” The decision is a blow to Israel’s claim that the eastern sector is part of its united capital. A spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry said east Jerusalem “does not exist” as a separate entity and that the French council was “living in...
  • Mexican mayor says boy shot by US agent 7 times (False Flag?)

    10/12/2012 9:39:23 PM PDT · by Tigen · 11 replies
    AP ^ | Oct 12, 2012 | BRIAN SKOLOFF
    PHOENIX (AP) -- A teenage boy apparently killed this week by a U.S. Border Patrol agent was hit seven times by gunfire and died on a sidewalk just across the Arizona-Mexico border, a mayor in Mexico said Friday.
  • Clinton says U.S. must embrace Arab Spring despite dangers

    10/12/2012 9:04:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 67 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/12/12 | Andrew Quinn | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States must look past the violence and extremism that has erupted after the "Arab Spring" revolutions and boost support for the region's young democracies to forge long-term security, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday. Clinton, seeking to reinforce the Obama administration's Middle East policy following a wave of anti-American violence and last month's deadly attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, said Washington cannot be deterred by "the violent acts of a small number of extremists." "We recognize that these transitions are not America's to manage, and certainly not ours to win...
  • Pro-Israel Ad in Glenmont Metro Station Marked as 'Hate Speech' (DC Metro)

    10/12/2012 8:16:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Wheaton Patch ^ | 10/12/2012 5:55 am | Esther French
    Metro riders waiting for trains in Glenmont Metro Station Thursday afternoon might have noticed small 'Hate speech' signs affixed to an advertisement that read, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad." The ad is paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, whose executive director is blogger and political activist Pamela Geller, and has been in place since Monday. …
  • Ignoble Prize? Euroskeptics Call Nobel Honor an 'April Fool's Joke'

    10/12/2012 6:36:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 10/12/2012 | Carsten Volkery
    The decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union has divided the Continent. While European leaders in Brussels and national capitals are basking in the glow provided by the unexpected honor, euroskeptics in the EU have unleashed their contempt for the Norwegian Nobel Committee. In Britain, Friday's award has been the subject of particularly heated commentary. Iain Martin, a columnist with the conservative Daily Telegraph, dismissed the prize as "beyond parody." He writes that the prize has been awarded prematurely because "we have no idea how the experiment to create an anti-democratic federation will end." Besides, he...
  • 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...
  • Cold-shouldered by the US, Netanyahu shifting anti-Iran campaign focus to Europe

    10/12/2012 4:08:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | October 3, 2012, 12:38 am | Sam Ser and AP
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Europe before the end of the year in an effort to persuade leaders to step up sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program. Netanyahu told the United Nations last week that Iran will likely have to be stopped by next summer, by when it would have amassed enough 20-percent enriched uranium for a bomb. He has said he does not rule out a military strike. After unsuccessfully lobbying US President Barack Obama’s administration for support for such a strike—or for an American declaration that Iranian activity beyond a certain “red line” would invite US...
  • EU winning Nobel Peace Prize is beyond parody.....

    10/12/2012 3:41:00 PM PDT · by Paradox · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | October 12th, 2012 | Iain Martin
    Has the committee which runs the Nobel Peace Prize been infiltrated by satirists or opponents keen on discrediting the organisation? Norwegian radio reports this morning, carried by Reuters, suggested that the European Union is to be awarded the prize for supposedly keeping the peace in Europe for the last sixty years. Was this a Nordic spoof? Apparently not. It is only a few years since President Obama was ludicrously awarded the Nobel peace prize for winning the 2008 election and not being George Bush. Since then Mr Obama has continued the war in Afghanistan, stepped up drone attacks and got...
  • State Dept. Confirms: Marines on 9/11/12 Were Protecting U.S. Embassy--in Barbados

    10/12/2012 3:38:07 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 64 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10.12.12
    When terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 of this year and killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, there were no U.S. Marines deployed in Libya to defend U.S. diplomats, diplomatic facilities and classified information and equipment. However, says the State Department, a Marine Security Detachment was deployed on that day to carry out those duties at the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados.
  • Did Intelligence Tell WH There Were Protests in Benghazi?

    10/12/2012 3:30:19 PM PDT · by mojito · 22 replies
    Commentary ^ | 10/12/2012 | Alana Goodman
    The White House has clarified Vice President Biden’s comment that he wasn’t aware of security requests, saying he was speaking for himself and President Obama, not the State Department. But they still haven’t explained Biden’s even more troubling claim that the intelligence community told the White House there were protesters outside the Benghazi embassy: MS. RADDATZ: What were you first told about the attack? Why were people talking about protests? When people in the consulate first saw armed men attacking with guns, there were no protesters. Why did that go on for weeks? VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Because that’s exactly what...
  • White House: Buck Stops With Hillary on Libya

    10/12/2012 2:50:40 PM PDT · by Justaham · 83 replies ^ | 10/12/12 | Ben Shapiro
    Today, the White House finally revealed its policy on embassy security: keep President Obama out of the loop so he can claim plausible deniability and blame Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for any problems. In today’s White House press conference, a reporter asked press secretary Jay Carney about the situation in Libya. Carney responded:
  • Video From Benghazi Consulate Shows Organized Attack

    10/12/2012 9:49:44 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 69 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Eli Lake
    Footage from the night of Sept. 11 might be the clearest evidence yet of a military-style assault on the consulate in Benghazi. Eli Lake reports. Footage from the night of Sept. 11 might be the clearest evidence yet of a military-style assault on the consulate in Benghazi. Eli Lake reports.
  • Panetta Warns of Dire Threat of Cyberattack on U.S.

    10/12/2012 2:35:17 PM PDT · by EBH · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 11, 2012 | ELISABETH BUMILLER and THOM SHANKER
    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned Thursday that the United States was facing the possibility of a “cyber-Pearl Harbor” and was increasingly vulnerable to foreign computer hackers who could dismantle the nation’s power grid, transportation system, financial networks and government... ...Defense officials insisted that Mr. Panetta’s words were not hyperbole, and that he was responding to a recent wave of cyberattacks on large American financial institutions. He also cited an attack in August on the state oil company Saudi Aramco, which infected and made useless more than 30,000 computers. But Pentagon officials acknowledged that Mr. Panetta was also pushing for...
  • The Christian Exodus From Egypt. For Copts, a dictator was preferable to the Islamist mob.

    10/12/2012 2:17:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/12/2012 | By SAMUEL TADROS
    Visit any Coptic church in the United States and you immediately recognize the newcomers. You see it in their eyes, hear it in their broken English, sense it in how they cling to the church in search of the familiar. They have come here escaping a place they used to call home, where their ancestors had lived for centuries. Waves of Copts have come here from Egypt before, to escape Gamal Abdel Nasser's nationalizations or the growing Islamist tide. Their country's transformation wasn't sudden, but every year brought more public Islamization. As the veil spread, Coptic women felt increasingly different,...
  • Egypt's 'Accountability Friday' turns up the heat on Brotherhood rule

    10/12/2012 1:53:45 PM PDT · by bronxville · 18 replies
    Following day-long street-battles in Tahrir Square between "Accountability Friday" protesters and supporters of Muslim Brotherhood’s President Mohamed Morsi, the latter have finally retreated from the iconic square. The clashes which were began when Morsi supporters attacked and destroyed a raised platform set up by the protesters leaving behind hundreds injured and an enraged crowd. Demonstrations planned to mark Morsi's 100 days were quickly transformed into violent street battles with thousands running back and forth in the streets surrounding Tahrir, as rocks flew over all of the square's various entry points. Some waved socialist red flags, others the flags of the...
  • White House clarifies Biden on Libya security

    10/12/2012 1:53:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | October 12, 2012 | by Jessica Yellin
    ... A senior White House official, speaking anonymously, told CNN they recognize the president is responsible for the security of all U.S. personnel around the world. But their intent here is to make clear that the vice president was not misspeaking when he said that he and the president were not personally briefed on the security requests. The senior White House official also argued that while there were specific requests for additional security in Tripoli, there were none in Benghazi.
  • European Union Wins Nobel Peace Prize. EU Barf Alert!

    10/12/2012 1:38:35 PM PDT · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Voice of America ^ | October 12, 2012 | Staff
    The European Union was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its promotion of peace, democracy and human rights over the past six decades. The committee says it wanted to highlight the union's triumphs at a time of economic difficulty. But, the award's announcement has led some critics to question the EU's record on human rights. Nobel Prize Committee Chairman Thorbjoern Jagland says the European Union has helped turn the continent from war to peace. "The European Union is currently undergoing grave economic difficulties and considerable social unrest. The Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to focus on what it sees...
  • People Died, Obama Lied

    10/12/2012 12:53:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 12, 2012 | Deroy Murdock
    An anonymous State Department official told the Associated Press last Tuesday: “That was not our conclusion” — namely, that a notorious YouTube video that lampooned the Islamic prophet Mohammed unleashed deadly mayhem upon America’s consulate in Benghazi, Libya.This denial should shock anyone who watched the news after U.S. ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were murdered on the eleventh anniversary of September 11. That anti-Islamic video’s culpability certainly was the “conclusion” among top administration officials, including President Obama. They fingered the video for eight days, even as...
  • Clinton: US must stick by Arab world's democracies

    10/12/2012 12:35:26 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 12, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT | MATTHEW LEE and BRADLEY KLAPPER
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the United States must continue sending diplomats and aid workers to the Arab world's emerging democracies, despite last month's deadly attack in Libya. Speaking to a Washington think tank, Clinton says the U.S. cannot retreat from dangerous countries and that Americans remain leaders in "hard places where America's interests and values are at stake." She called support for the Muslim world's democratic transitions a "strategic necessity." Clinton's address at the Center for Strategic and International Studies comes as Republicans are criticizing the Obama administration for the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack that killed a...
  • Ontario allows transgender people to change birth certificate without surgery

    10/12/2012 12:34:12 PM PDT · by massmike · 18 replies ^ | 10/12/2012 | The Canadian Press
    People who live as the opposite sex in Ontario can now change their gender on their birth certificates without first undergoing sex-change surgery. New rules that have recently come into effect allow transgender people born in the province to apply to have the document amended by submitting a letter from a practicing physician or a psychologist. It stems from a ruling by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario this April in the case of a born-male woman known as XY. The tribunal found the legislation requiring proof of “transsexual surgery” to alter birth documents to be discriminatory.
  • Islamic militants help seize missile base in Syria

    10/12/2012 12:23:12 PM PDT · by maggief · 20 replies
    AP ^ | October 12, 2012 | BEN HUBBARD and ZEINA KARAM
    BEIRUT (AP) - Fighters from a shadowy militant group with suspected links to al-Qaida joined Syrian rebels in seizing a government missile defense base in northern Syria on Friday, according to activists and amateur video.
  • Obama and Biden were never aware of requests for more Benghazi security

    10/12/2012 12:14:33 PM PDT · by yoe · 36 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | October 12, 2012 | Josh Rogin
    Vice President Joseph Biden speaks only for himself and President Barack Obama, and neither man was aware that U.S. officials in Libya had asked the State Department for more security before the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, a top White House official told The Cable. The Cable asked Deputy National Security Advisor for Communications Ben Rhodes whether Biden was speaking for the entire Obama administration, including the State Department, which acknowledged receiving multiple requests for more Libya security in the months before the attacks. Rhodes said that Biden speaks only for himself and the president and...
  • US: Hackers in Iran responsible for cyberattacks

    10/12/2012 12:08:01 PM PDT · by detective · 3 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 11, 2012 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. authorities believe that Iranian-based hackers were responsible for cyberattacks that devastated Persian Gulf oil and gas companies, a former U.S. government official said. Just hours later, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the cyberthreat from Iran has grown, and he declared that the Pentagon is prepared to take action if American is threatened by a computer-based assault. The former official, who is familiar with the investigation, said U.S. authorities believe the cyberattacks were likely supported by the Tehran government and came in retaliation for the latest round of American sanctions against Iran.
  • Libya Attack Gains Steam as Issue in Race for President

    10/12/2012 11:35:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 12, 2012 | By PETER BAKER and TRIP GABRIEL
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s handling of the Libya attack has opened up a new front in the presidential campaign just weeks before Election Day, as Republicans seize on it to question the president’s performance as commander in chief. The dispute over the episode escalated after Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said during the debate on Thursday night that “we weren’t told” that Americans on the ground wanted security bolstered, despite testimony that requests were made to and turned down by the administration. Mitt Romney’s campaign on Friday accused the vice president of trying “to mislead the American public.”...
  • WHERE'S THE REST OF THE MEDIA? (There's a media blackout on Obama's likely 'October Surprise')

    10/12/2012 11:20:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 10/12/2012 | Joseph Farrah
    Last week, WND reported the breathtaking story, based on impeccable Iranian sources, that Barack Obama sent an emissary to Qatar to meet with a representative of the ayatollah to offer a secret deal – one that would help Obama win his re-election bid.It was a shocker – even by Obama standards. The White House was offering Iran a deal to reduce international sanctions against the rogue, terrorist-supporting nation developing nuclear weapons if it simply agreed to suspend uranium enrichment for two weeks before the U.S. election – allowing Obama to announce a phony "diplomatic coup."As the story pointed out, this...
  • White House: Obama and Biden were never aware of requests for more Benghazi security

    10/12/2012 10:52:25 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 65 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 12 Oct 12 | Josh Rogin
    Vice President Joseph Biden speaks only for himself and President Barack Obama, and neither man was aware that U.S. officials in Libya had asked the State Department for more security before the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, a top White House official told The Cable. Biden has come under fire for saying at Thursday night's debate, "We weren't told they wanted more security. We did not know they wanted more security there." The Cable asked Deputy National Security Advisor for Communications Ben Rhodes whether Biden was speaking for the entire Obama administration, including the State Department,...
  • Administration Welcomed Wolves Into The Sheepfold

    10/12/2012 10:28:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | October 12, 2012 | Diane West
    Imagine, pre-9/11/12, that you were responsible for arranging the defense of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Would you have considered American interests and personnel best protected by bringing in a local security outfit called the February 17 Martyrs Brigade? The question has yet to come up in House hearings, but I think it holds the key to the Obama administration's betrayal of the American people in "Benghazi-gate." To an American with common sense not subverted by advanced degrees, the thought of putting Islamic "martyrs" in charge of American "infidels" in Benghazi -- which, fun fact, literally means "city...
  • Georgian Government Warns Of Russian Build Up As Election Nears

    10/12/2012 10:22:40 AM PDT · by edpc · 5 replies
    The Cable ^ | 12 Oct 2012 | Josh Rogin
    As Georgians head to the polls Monday, analysts are warning that rising tensions could boil over just as the Russian military is conducting exercises near the de facto border line, a situation the Georgia government is worried Moscow could exploit. "We hope it will be made clear to Russia that a military invasion into Georgia with the goal of destroying Georgia's sovereignty, which is still the goal of the Kremlin, will have a huge at minimum political price for Russia in its relationship with Western powers," Georgia's National Security Advisor Giga Bokeria told The Cable in a phone interview from...
  • Mitt Romney: Biden ‘doubling down on denial’ on Libya

    10/12/2012 10:08:28 AM PDT · by maggief · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 12, 2012 | Ed O'Keefe
    RICHMOND, Va. — Mitt Romney criticized Vice President Biden on Friday for “directly contradicting the sworn testimony of State Department officials” during Thursday night’s vice presidential debate, picking up on GOP attacks leveled at the vice president in the hours since the exchange. “He’s doubling down on denial and we need to understand exactly what happened as opposed to just having people brush this aside,” Romney told a crowd gathered outside an auto dealership in Richmond. “When the vice president of the United States directly contradicts the sworn testimony of State Department officials, American citizens have the right to know...
  • Turkey Scrambles Two F-16s To Syrian Border

    10/12/2012 10:05:59 AM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    ZeroHedge/WSJ ^ | 10/12/2012 | Tyler Durden
    For the first time since July, Turkey scrambled two F-16 fighter jets to the Syrian border following a Syrian military helicopter bombed the border town of Azmarin. The WSJ reports that the two fighters flew along the border shortly after 2pm local time following heavy fighting between rebels and Syrian government forces. Booming explosions and the rattle of machine guns around Azmarin could be heard Friday morning from the small Turkish border town of Hacipasa. One eyewitness said the Syrian attack helicopter retreated when the Turkish jets flew along the border. Turkey's move on Friday to scramble jets close to...
  • Why can’t Islam apologize? (Role of reason in Islam is...)

    10/12/2012 9:57:13 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 9 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | 12 October 2012 | Robert R. Reilly
    ....By going to the website of the Middle East Media Research Institute, anyone can peruse the almost daily splenetic vituperations against Jews and Christians that appear in the Muslim media. Does anyone anywhere in the Muslim world ever apologize for any of these statements? If not, why not? [snip] The lop-sidedness is the result of several things. First of all, Islam is a faith of supersession, which considers all prior revelations inferior and faulty. In the Qur’an, Jews are cursed forever. In Muslim eschatology, Christ returns at the end of time to break the cross. Second of all, and most...
  • Muslim Influence in Pentagon Prevails;

    10/12/2012 9:39:05 AM PDT · by Baynative · 9 replies
    Thomas Moore Legal Center ^ | 2012 | TMLC Blog
    ANN ARBOR, MI – The Thomas More Law Center announced today that it is representing U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley, a 1994 Graduate of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point. In April 2012, LTC Dooley, a highly decorated combat veteran, was publically condemned by General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and relieved of his teaching assignment because of the negative way Islam was portrayed in an elective course entitled, Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism.
  • The terrifying world of child brides

    10/12/2012 9:36:40 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10/12/12 | Snejana Farberov
    At age 11, Ghulam was married off to 40-year-old Jaiz in a rural Afghan village, making her only one of more than 10 million young girls who are being forced to wed men old enough to be their fathers or grandfather every year. In an effort to start a global conversation about the devastating effects of early marriages, which are currently practiced in more than 50 developing countries, the United Nations designated October 11 as International Day of the Girl Child this year. To mark the occasion and draw attention to the problem of child brides, photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair teamed...
  • 86 arrested in US consulate attack in Chennai: Police

    10/12/2012 9:29:50 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 13 replies
    South Asia Mail ^ | October 12, 2012
    Chennai: Eighty-six people were arrested on Friday after a group of several hundred Muslim protesters threw stones and smashed windows at the US consulate in the Indian city of Chennai, police said. "They smashed the window panes, surveillance camera and tried to scale over the compound wall, but we dispersed them while exercising restraint," a senior police officer said on condition of anonymity. "We made 86 arrests." The violence flared during a protest organised by the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam, an Islamist movement, against an anti-Islam film which has triggered similar protests in large parts of the Muslim world....
  • White House Defends Biden's Statements On Libya

    10/12/2012 9:29:09 AM PDT · by maggief · 59 replies
    AP ^ | October 12, 2012
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is defending Vice President Joe Biden's debate statement that "we weren't told" there had been requests for more security at the U.S. consulate in Libya where four Americans were killed in a terrorist attack one month ago.
  • Syria Activists: Jihadists Seize Missile Base

    10/12/2012 9:24:16 AM PDT · by edpc · 56 replies
    YNet ^ | 12 Oct 2012 | News Agencies
    Anti-regime activists say jihadist fighters linked to al-Qaeda fought with rebels to capture a Syrian military air defense base near Aleppo. Videos posted online Friday apparently shot inside the base say Jabhat al-Nusra participated in the overnight battle for the base. The videos show fighters inspecting lines of large missiles.
  • Preventable Tragedy: The WH Can't Spin It's Way Out of Blame for Benghazi

    10/12/2012 9:10:19 AM PDT · by KansasGirl · 7 replies
    Testimony in a congressional hearing Wednesday on the Sept. 11 outrage against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi fueled a growing suspicion: President Barack Obama’s administration was more concerned about projecting the image of improving stability in Libya, to bolster his re-election chances, than it was about ensuring the security of Americans on the ground there. The fact of a successful terrorist attack against the U.S. on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks — a day, above all others, when security for American officials in volatile countries should be at its utmost — is demoralizing and infuriating. After months of concern...
  • Joe Biden's Vice Presidential Debate performance

    10/12/2012 9:00:36 AM PDT · by L.Thermador · 16 replies
    The Pie Hole of The Vice President | 10-12-12 | L Thermador
    Please excuse me if my first post, ever, is out of place; I simply cannot keep this in. I have always thought that a debate, besides being an arena where multiple opposing views may be voiced and argued publicly, is a forum to showcase ones skill in the art of diplomacy. If Vice President Biden's behavior during last night's debate is, even remotely, indicative of how he deals with allies or opponents that have differing views at the international level, I am more surprised than ever that we have ANY friends at all left in the world at large.
  • Senegal a possible 'hub' for Canadian investment in Africa: Harper

    10/12/2012 8:51:47 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 2 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | October 12, 2012 | Daniel Proussallidis
    DAKAR, Senegal — Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canadian energy companies could become more involved in Senegal, as energy suppliers and investors. Harper says Senegal's leadership appreciates Canada's energy industry. "President (Macky) Sall himself has actually been to Alberta and, as a geologist, worked in the Canadian energy sector," Harper said during a joint news conference with Senegal's president on Friday. Harper calls Senegal an attractive place for Canadian investment. "I think given Senegal's strong record of good governance, transparency, democracy, human rights, this country really has the opportunity to become the hub for Canadian investment in this entire region...