October 2, 2012

Bunkum, Balderdash & Murder

Bunkum, balderdash and murder are but three words we’ve heard used over the past few days to describe the Obama administration’s handling of the Libyan mess, the barbaric convulsions of the Islamic world and the utterings of useful idiots like Sen. John McCain.

On BUNKUM, you can read in Michael Walsh’s piece below. On BALDERDASH, you can watch/listen to former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Jed Babbin’s very appropriate response to a question posed to him yesterday on FOX’ Neil Cavuto show (Babbin was asked about McCain’s comments that we should continue sending aid money to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, et al). And on MURDER, you can read yesterday's posting here.

Both Walsh and Babbin are overly kind in their choice of words. We would have labeled the Obama administration’s so-called national security/foreign policy “credentials”, in general, and handling of the Libyan mess, in particular, as criminally inept, astoundingly ignorant and downright stupid.

[As for Mr. McCain, we keep waiting for him to ride off into the sunset (into quiet retirement), as the dumbstream media appears to have anointed him the voice of the Republican Party. No surprise, although if that’s the best the Republican Party can do, then they deserve to lose.]

Lastly, and to put it very bluntly: The American people better wake up to the fact that their sons & daughters are being MURDERED in cold blood, in Islamic hell holes like Afghanistan, Libya, and throughout the Arab/Muslim world, all courtesy of a criminally inept Commander-in-Chief and administration, aided and abetted by an incompetent State Department.

Speaking out and voting are just two ways the American public can put a stop to this. For those who are willing to do more, there are plenty of (peaceful and legal) ways to do it. 

New York Post  |  October 1, 2012

Wheels Coming Off
Team O's Libya dissembling

By Michael A. Walsh

DNI James Clapper.jpg

With a little more than a month to go before a crucial national election, the wheels are coming off the Obama administration’s national-security credentials.

The coordinated attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi, which killed our ambassador and three other Americans — and the worldwide explosion of assaults on our diplomatic installations elsewhere in the Muslim word — have vividly exposed the hollow core of the president’s foreign-policy “reset.”

It was just a few weeks ago at the Democratic national convention that Obama confidently declared that “al Qaeda is on the path to defeat and Osama bin Laden is dead.” And yet, on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, al Qaeda struck again against our lightly guarded consulate in Benghazi, where ambassador Chris Stevens was murdered — an attack, it now turns out, the United States had ample reason to suspect was coming.

The truth is, al Qaeda has been reforming in North Africa since the start of the “Arab Spring,” and its adherents and sympathizers now hold prominent positions in such crucial nations as Egypt, where our embassy was also attacked last month. Further, al Qaeda elements were among the Benghazi-based rebels who (with Western assistance) toppled the former Libyan strongman, Moammar Khadafy and have plagued that nation’s new government ever since.

Further, Ambassador Stevens had every reason to fear for his life in the lightly guarded consulate, as his personal journal (found by CNN after the attacks) made explicit. At State Department insistence, there were no Marine guards present, although Stevens was accompanied by two former SEALs, who died with him.

And there have been reports that Stevens was involved in supervising a clandestine intelligence operation that was trying to locate and secure some of the deadlier weapons floating around the chaotic country in the wake of Khadafy’s overthrow.

At first, the administration risibly claimed that the assaults were inspired by a You Tube trailer for an apparently nonexistent film, “The Innocence of Muslims,” which lampooned the origins of Islam. The White House sent stooges like Press Secretary Jay Carney and, worse, UN ambassador Susan Rice, before the public to blame the carnage on understandable Muslim “outrage.”

More chillingly, its response was to the blame the filmmaker, an Egyptian-born Coptic Christian living in the Los Angeles area. An ever-obliging news media promptly hunted down the man, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, and — after Obama went to the United Nations and solemnly proclaimed that “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam” — the feds threw him in jail on the pretext of a parole violation.

Finally, to complete this tragic farce, hapless Director of National Intelligence James Clapper emerged late last week to fall on his sword and admit the inconvenient truth: Yes, contrary to the administration’s repeated claims, the Benghazi attack (which involved military-grade weapons, including rocket-propelled grenades) was indeed “a deliberate and organized terror attack.”

“As we learned more about the attack,” said a spokesman, “we revised our initial assessment to reflect new information... some of those involved were linked to groups affiliated with, or sympathetic to, al Qaeda.”

But even that’s bunkum. The intelligence community — which Clapper nominally heads — knew within hours that the attacks weren’t just coincidental blowback from a video that had been on the Internet for months. They were a direct assault on US diplomatic personnel, something that’s normally an act of war.

Indeed, everything about the administration’s response to the latest Islamic assault on civilized diplomatic norms is bunk, from the Cairo embassy’s initial tweets blaming the video for the riots to the press secretary’s bald-faced lying to the press corps, to the spectacle of the Office of National Intelligence volunteering as a scapegoat to protect the president’s reputation.

So behold the wreckage: not just the consulate in Libya, but the entire Obama foreign-policy “reset,” including his conciliatory 2009 speech to the Muslim world in Cairo.

With the debris still smoldering, the FBI, which has investigatory jurisdiction in these cases, is still not in Benghazi yet.

No rush — plenty of time to do that after the election.

Original article here.


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