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It makes a Difference now Hillary!

itwaspreventable_20140115_122114Hat tip to Fox News for this report

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Senate report: Benghazi attackers tied to Al Qaeda groups

A comprehensive report by the Senate Intelligence Committee definitively declared that individuals tied to Al Qaeda groups were involved in the Benghazi attack, challenging recent claims that the terror network was not a factor.

The report was released Monday, nearly one year after then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, under congressional questioning over the nature of the attack, shouted at lawmakers: “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

The administration initially claimed the attack sprung out of a protest, but has since given a more complicated assessment. Still, administration officials all along have downplayed Al Qaeda involvement, recently seizing on a New York Times report that supported those claims.

While the report does not implicate Al Qaeda “core” — the leadership believed to be in the Pakistan region — it does blame some of the most influential Al Qaeda branches, including Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

“Individuals affiliated with terrorist groups, including AQIM, Ansar al-Sharia, AQAP, and the Mohammad Jamal Network, participated in the September 11, 2012, attacks,” the report said. The militant Ansar al-Sharia was, separately, labeled by the State Department as a terror group last week, in part over its alleged involvement in the Benghazi strike.

The Senate committee report stressed that the intelligence still suggests the attack was not “highly coordinated,” but rather “opportunistic” – possibly put in place in “short order” after protests over an anti-Islam film elsewhere in the region.

“It remains unclear if any group or person exercised overall command and control of the attacks,” the report said. The report, though, reiterated that there was no protest in Benghazi before the attack.

The Senate panel report also dove extensively into what went wrong at the U.S. mission in Benghazi before the attack. The committee determined the attack was “preventable” and the administration failed to respond to “ample” warnings that security was deteriorating before Sept. 11, 2012.

The report faulted the State and Defense departments. It also cited the failure of the Obama administration to “bring the attackers to justice.”

Specifically, the report said the intelligence community provided “ample strategic warning” that security in eastern Libya was deteriorating and U.S. personnel “were at risk.” The report said multiple “tripwires” were crossed signaling security problems, and the State Department should have increased its security posture in response. This included an Aug. 16, 2012, cable from Ambassador Chris Stevens raising security concerns, and prior attacks on westerners in Benghazi.

The report also detailed a possible failed ambush, where attackers tried to lure the CIA into the hospital where Stevens’ body was being held.

The CIA did not take the bait.

“The committee worked on a bipartisan basis to investigate the various allegations that have come out since the terrorist attacks in Benghazi in September 2012 and to get to the truth about what happened leading up to, during and after the attacks,” Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said in a statement, adding she hopes the report puts “conspiracy theories” to rest.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., top Republican on the panel, also said the report provides “needed and deserved answers.”

“In spite of the deteriorating security situation in Benghazi and ample strategic warnings, the United States Government simply did not do enough to prevent these attacks and ensure the safety of those serving in Benghazi,” he said.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/15/senate-intelligence-committee-releases-comprehensive-benghazi-report/

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Glenn Beck got it right and Barack Obama got it wrong !

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Well Mr. President, a fine mess you’ve gotten us in to this time.  Will you ever learn or is that beyond the ability of a community organizer?

America has gone from bad to worse under your feeble socialistic agenda and now the world has become a cup of trembling because of your narrow view of what is happening in the Middle East.

You seem to think the world is wrong and you are right in spite of the glaring facts in front of you.

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Perhaps you would have been better off had you listened to Glenn Beck’s warnings on the Middle East instead of trying to make him out to be a right wing loon. 

He has been proven so very right and you have proven yourself to be so very wrong time and again.

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In 2008, Joe Biden said it best in the debates when he said: 

Barack Obama is not qualified to be president.

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It appears you have proven Joe Biden to be correct as America slides deeper into decline under your leadership.

You Mr. President have been proven wrong about Egypt, Libya, Iran, Syria  and the Muslim Brotherhood whom you seem to support. 

You are also wrong about the direction of this Country and the Spirit of the American People.

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Glenn Beck was Right and Barack Obama was Wrong on the Middle East’s “Arab Spring”

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  • Intel Source Challenges Obama’s Account of Deadly Consulate Attack

    EXCLUSIVE: Intelligence source in Libya tells Fox News that contrary to Obama administration claims, there was no demonstration outside the US Consulate in Benghazi before last week’s attack that left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Meanwhile, protests spread to more Muslim nations, including Lebanon where Hezbollah al-Mahdi scouts shouted anti-American slogans during a march through Beirut.

    An intelligence source on the ground in Libya told Fox News that there was no demonstration outside the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi prior to last week’s attack — challenging the Obama administration’s claims that the assault grew out of a “spontaneous” protest against an anti-Islam film. 

    “There was no protest

    and the attacks were not

    Spontaneous,”

    the source said,

    adding the attack

    “Was planned and had

    nothing to do with the

    Movie.” 

    The source said the assault came with no warning at about 9:35 p.m. local time, and included fire from more than two locations. The assault included RPG’s and mortar fire, the source said, and consisted of two waves. 

    The account that the attack started suddenly backs up claims by a purported Libyan security guard who told McClatchy Newspapers late last week that the area was quiet before the attack. 

    “There wasn’t a single ant outside,” the unnamed guard, who was being treated in a hospital, said in the interview. 

    These details appear to conflict with accounts from the Obama administration that the attack spawned from an out-of-control protest. The Libyan president also said Sunday that the strike was planned in advance. 

    U.S. officials, in response to the claim that there was no demonstration at the time of the attack, told Fox News there was a small protest earlier in the day — but they did not dispute that there was no significant or sizeable demonstration at the time. 

    But a senior Obama administration official told Fox News on Monday morning that the Libyan president’s comments are not consistent with “the consensus view of the U.S. intelligence community,” which has been investigating the incident, and are accordingly not credible. 

    “He doesn’t have the information we have,” the U.S. official said of Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif.  “”He doesn’t have the (data) collection potential that we have.” 

    The Libyan leader told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the government in Tripoli harbors “no doubt” that the Sept. 11 attack that killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans was “preplanned, predetermined.”  That assessment conflicted directly with the preliminary conclusion offered on Sunday by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, who appeared on all five Sunday morning talk shows

    There, Rice maintained that the Benghazi incident “was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in Cairo, as a consequence of the video,” and that after the protest outside the U.S. consulate gathered steam, “those with extremist ties joined the fray and came with heavy weapons.” 

    Asked if the timing of the Benghazi incident – the eleventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks — was simply a coincidence, the senior U.S. official said on Monday: “It is coincidental.  All evidence we have points to this video being the spark of these events.  In all of the intel and traffic, there was no one out there saying, ‘Oh, it’s September 11th, we must avenge…'” 

    The senior U.S. official added that this is “the consensus view of the U.S. intelligence community at this point,” and that Rice “was not out there volunteering her own opinions.” 

    The official also discounted as “not accurate” reports that staff at U.S. embassy in Egypt warned the State Department — in a cable purportedly sent on the afternoon of Sept. 10 — about the effect the anti-Islam video was having, and the likelihood of violent protests in Cairo, but received no response from Washington. 

    “There was cable traffic, involving discussion of the video and the potential for protests, the Embassy was aware,” the U.S. official told Fox News.  “There were discussions about protests between the relevant agencies — intel and State — but the idea that there was no response from State is false.” 

    Officials at the State Department and the White House continue to express satisfaction with the cooperation they are receiving from foreign governments in the protection of American diplomats and their families. This is said to be especially the case in those instances where President Obama has reached out to foreign heads of state, namely Egypt, Yemen and Libya.  

    Still, the State Department over the weekend — in a shift of plans that occurred sometime after Friday evening — announced the evacuation of diplomats’ family members and “non-essential” personnel from U.S. Embassies in Tunisia and Sudan, sites of some of the most violent scenes on Friday. 

    Fox News’ Catherine Herridge, James Rosen and Pamela Browne contributed to this report.

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LETHAL INEPTITUDE: The Barack Obama Foreign Policy Story

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The Tyranny of Intimidation from Grumpy Opinions Blog

The Tyranny of Intimidation

There was at time in this country when we were actually free. When the Constitution and other founding documents had meaning and relevance. When the men and women who died fighting wars, knew that they were dying for something precious.

That does not exist anymore!

Our freedoms have been under attack for many years, starting with the progressive movement and their desire to put their will upon the people and enslave them. We have seen the results of similar actions in the former U.S.S.R. and communist China under Mao. The very leaders that so many in our current government seem to idolize. Their policies led to the horrific killings of millions. That is the way it always ends up in tyranny’s. We have only to look at North Korea, Libya and Syria to see the evidence in our modern history.

But it has escalated in the past eleven years with the passing of the Patriot Act. It gave the government increased power to harass and intimidate the American people all in the name of keeping us free. It was a time when we were vulnerable and willing to accept that the government was actually interested in doing what they were in power to do. Protect and serve! Unfortunately, their true desires were more along the lines of taking away the very freedoms that we have taken for granted since our founding.

And now under this administration, they are hanging by a thread!

We have discover that the ones that the government are interested in protecting others from, are not the ones who are actually attempting, and often succeeding, in doing us real harm. No, the ones that the government is interested in stopping, is us. Patriots who exercise their rights of free speech, freedom of religion, freedom to gather, and especially those that exercise their right to bear arms.

Patriots who served this country. Who fought for the freedoms that we have taken for granted, are being harassed by the very government that is supposed to protect those rights. They are often picked up and questioned for hours and sometimes days, on the flimsiest of excuses. They are informed that their every word and deed are being watched. They are quite frankly intimidated. Often they are never charged with a crime, because quite frankly they have not committed one.

And yet, by the very actions of such hostile people toward those who want nothing more that to protect this very country, we are losing more and more. It is easy to say that we would stand tall and not let the government tell us what to do. That is not hard when we are passionate people and know our rights. But what happens when you are informed that not only are they watching you and listening to what you say and do, but that they are watching your family and your friends? And that everything you say and do in any forum is being listened and read, and that you can not even warn those who would speak out that they are being monitored?

This is what is happening to many Americans right at this moment. Some of them are our friends and they can not even tell us. Suddenly, it is not just your own freedom on the line, it is all those that you love and care about. And you are not free to warn them, explain why you are not talking like you used to. Or why you are scared. Intimidation!! Pure and simple intimidation, and not for a crime, but simply because those in power do not like the fact that you have spoken up against their actions and policies.

This is where we are now!

A place that I, for one, never foresaw that this country could become. While we were busy fighting tyranny and communism across the world, we were being infiltrated by those that admired those very policies. They were busy taking our liberties away slowly, one by one, until, finally, they have reached the point where there is little chance of returning this country to what it was. I pray that God really and truly wants this country to be what our founders wanted it to be! Because the next year will tell us if we will retain any of our freedoms or whether we will have lost them, perhaps forever! God, please bless this United States of America!

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OBAMA STRIKES AGAIN: Resurgence of Al Qaeda After The American Military Leaves IRAQ

Wave of Bombings Across Iraqi Capital Kills At Least 57

BAGHDAD –  A wave of violence ripped across Baghdad on Thursday morning, killing at least 57 people and injuring nearly 200 in a coordinated attack designed to wreak havoc in the Iraqi capital just days after American forces left the country.

The blasts were the worst violence since a political crisis between Iraq‘s Sunni and Shiite factions erupted this weekend. The political spat, which pits Iraq’s Shiite prime minister against the highest-ranking Sunni political leader, has raised fears that Iraq’s sectarian wounds will be reopened during a fragile time when Iraq is finally navigating its own political future without U.S. military support.

Iraqi officials said at least 12 blasts went off early Thursday morning in nine neighborhoods around the city. The explosions ranged from blasts from sticky bombs attached to cars to roadside bombs and vehicles packed with explosives.

Most of the attacks appeared to hit Shiite neighborhoods although some Sunni areas were also targeted.

The spokesman for the Iraqi health ministry put the death toll at 49 people and said at least 167 people were also injured. He did not have a breakdown of where the dead and injured were killed.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the morning’s violence. But the coordinated nature of the assault and the fact that the attacks took place in numerous neighborhoods suggested a planning capability only available to Al Qaeda in Iraq.

 

President Obama Has Destabilized The Entire Middle East

Iraq

Afghanistan

Libya

Israel

Palestine

Syria

Egypt

Iran and Turkey

As Drilling Ban Continues Obama releases 30 Million Barrels of Oil from Reserves

U.S. to Release 30 Million Barrels of Oil from Strategic Reserve

The U.S. is releasing 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as part of an international effort to make up for the loss in supply from the disruption in Libya‘s production in the face of ongoing “kinetic military action,” the Energy Department announced Thursday.

The release coincides with another 30 million barrels to be released in the coming month from other nations in coordination with the International Energy Agency.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the SPR is currently at a record 727 million barrels in storage.

He said the situation in Libya — which the U.S. began bombing in March, but which has been under NATO control since May — has caused a loss of roughly 1.5 million barrels of oil per day — particularly light, sweet crude — from global markets.