President Barack Obama compared his campaign volunteers to the American officials killed in Libya, saying that ‘like them, you guys are Americans who sense that we can do better than we’re doing’.
Obama’s remarks came during a meeting with volunteer leaders in Las Vegas. ‘And obviously [our] hearts are broken for the families but I wanted to encourage those folks at the State Department that they were making a difference,’ he said, according to a pool report.
‘The sacrifices that our troops and our diplomats make are obviously very different from the challenges that we face here domestically but, like them, you guys are Americans who sense that we can do better than we’re doing….I’m just really proud of you.’
Of course it takes a foreign newspaper to report this abortion of a statement.
According to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and “lockdown”, under which movement is severely restricted.
Mr Stevens had been on a visit to Germany, Austria and Sweden and had just returned to Libya when the Benghazi trip took place with the US embassy’s security staff deciding that the trip could be undertaken safely.
Eight Americans, some from the military, were wounded in the attack which claimed the lives of Mr Stevens, Sean Smith, an information officer, and two US Marines. All staff from Benghazi have now been moved to the capital, Tripoli, and those whose work is deemed to be non-essential may be flown out of Libya.
FBI Warns of Violence in America Over Anti-Islamic Movie
A U.S. intelligence bulletin warned today that the violent outrage aimed at U.S. embassies spawned by a movie mocking the Prophet Mohammed could be spread to America by extremist groups eager to “exploit anger.”
The Joint Intelligence Bulletin issued by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security said “the risk of violence could increase both at home and abroad as the film continues to gain attention.”
“First responders should remain aware of the potential for spontaneous large crowds and protests that could overwhelm resources and should be vigilant for possible efforts to encourage peaceful protesters to commit acts of violence,” the warning said.
As he read that line from the teleprompter, he paused for effect before he said “new”. He was pretending to search for the right way to say it. Then, having pretended to discover the right words, he read the line written for him putting on the familiar smirk he gets when he is especially pleased with himself.
The State Department, cutting through the confusion over President Obama’s claim that Egypt is not a U.S. ally, contradicted his characterization Thursday.
For the record, spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, Egypt is considered a major non-NATO ally.
The comment came as White House aides also carefully clarified the president’s remarks.
The president made the initial statement in an interview with the Spanish-language Telemundo. “I don’t think that we would consider them an ally, but we do not consider them an enemy,” Obama said, reacting to the ongoing and intense demonstrations outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.
The comment raised eyebrows, considering that Egypt – at least before the fall of Hosni Mubarak — has long been among the top U.S. allies in the Middle East along with Saudi Arabia and Israel. And legally, it is still considered a major “non-NATO” ally, as Nuland confirmed.
One can only imagine the expansion of the Obama smirk that would have been produced if Romney has said something so clueless. As it is, the MSM isn’t much interested.
Yesterday, we learned that there were no Marines protecting our Ambassador to Libya despite State Department warnings about violence and kidnappings in the Benghazi. We already knew Al Qaeda was coming on strong there. But we relied on locals for support and now we know the locals betrayed us as they have in the past in Afghanistan and Iraq too.
But the media wanted to focus on Mitt Romney.
Night before last, the President condemned Mitt Romney in harsher tones than he condemned the rioters. It took him until sun up yesterday to condemn them.
But the media wanted to focus on Mitt Romney.
Yesterday, the media spent much time condemning the Coptic Christians for their movie, but we now know the movie had been out for months and we also know the riots were orchestrated in advance. We also know the attack on the American consulate in Libya used the riots as cover for the attack.
But the media wanted to focus on Mitt Romney.
Yesterday, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a man who swore an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States of America, called an American civilian to ask him to stop exercising his first amendment rights.
But the media wanted to focus on Mitt Romney.
We also now know that the President, close to 60% of the time, has opted for printed intelligence briefings, which this White House thinks are as useful as an intelligence officer in the room who the President can probe, prod, challenge, and question.
Is no one in the country going to call the DOJ on this? It is politics, pure and simple. The Obama administration caused these attacks by their weak postures and their never-ending strikes that kill Al Qaeda leaders including Bin Laden. They are also the ones who disarmed those who are charges with security at our embassies.
Now they want to deflect interest away from their failures and onto Americans who practice free speech.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities have identified a southern California man once convicted of financial crimes as the key figure behind the anti-Muslim film that ignited mob violence against U.S. embassies across the Mideast, a U.S. law enforcement official said Thursday.
Attorney General Eric Holder said that Justice Department officials had opened a criminal investigation into the deaths of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other diplomats killed during an attack on the American mission in Benghazi. It was not immediately clear whether authorities were focusing on the California filmmaker as part of that probe.
“The Embassy of the United States issued what appeared to be an apology for American principles,” Romney asserted at the press conference. “It’s a terrible course for America to stand in apology for our values. … An apology for America’s values is never the right course.” Lest anyone miss his buzzwords, Romney called the embassy’s comments “a disgraceful statement on the part of our administration to apologize for American values.”
What, exactly, does Romney mean by “American values”? The embassy never apologized for free speech or diplomatic sovereignty. The only American offense it criticized was the movie’s “bigotry” and “efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.” Does Romney regard this criticism as an “apology for American values”? Is bigotry an American value? Is it weak or un-American to repudiate slurs against Muslims?
See? The embassy wasn’t apologizing for the exercise of free speech, it was criticizing the content of the nasty speech. See, the attacks were bad but American nastiness provoked the behavior. Free speech is good. Saying nasty things, however, is wrong.
So let me see if I can build on that logic.
“We strongly condemn forcible rape and support victims of sexual assault. We also support the right of women to dress in any manner they please. Still, we condemn the actions of a few misguided women who dress all slutty and flirt in a manner that provokes the sexual urges of men causing them to become horny and violent.”
As U.S. diplomatic missions tightened security in the aftermath following Tuesday’s deadly attack in Libya and continuing protests in Egypt – and new eruptions in Yemen — Islamic governments and organizations, including terrorist groups, condemned an obscure film about Mohammed blamed by some for the incidents.
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood in a statement demanded legal action against those behind the film.
“[H]urting the feelings of one and a half billion Muslims cannot be tolerated, and the people’s anger and fury for their faith is invariably predictable, often unstoppable,” it said, calling for “assaults on the sanctities of all heavenly religions” to be criminalized.
“Otherwise, such acts will continue to cause devout Muslims across the world to suspect and even loathe the West, especially the USA, for allowing their citizens to violate the sanctity of what they hold dear and holy. Hence, we demand that all those involved in such crimes be urgently brought to trial.”
Oh no, they’ll suspect & even loathe us… What will we do when nothing changes that happens?
Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson “did not permit U.S. Marine guards to carry live ammunition,” according to multiple reports on U.S. Marine Corps blogs spotted by Nightwatch. “She neutralized any U.S. military capability that was dedicated to preserve her life and protect the US Embassy.”
I am told that the definition of insanity is repeatedly doing things the same as always but anticipating a different result.
That is the plan for America. It is QE3, baby, and it starts today. But wait, there’s more! It’s open ended!
The Federal Reserve fulfilled expectations of more stimulus for the faltering economy, taking aim now at driving down mortgage rates.
The Fed said it will buy $40 billion of mortgages per month in an attempt to foster a nascent recovery in the real estate market. The purchases will be open-ended, meaning that they will continue until the Fed is satisfied that economic conditions, primarily in unemployment, improve.
“The Committee is concerned that, without further policy accommodation, economic growth might not be strong enough to generate sustained improvement in labor market conditions,” the Open Market Committee said in a statement.
I guess they plan to sodomize the economy before they kill it.
French citizens, those whose income is over one million euros, or just over one and a quarter million dollars, will soon be taxed at a rate of 75 percent. Many economists have said the rich tax will not do much to boost depressed state coffers because only 3,000 of France’s 66 million citizens make over a million (euros), and that the move is just symbolic.
Symbolic in approach, but not in outcome. I wonder how many of these 3,000 are business owners who will now relocate their businesses? Or maybe just go Galt and throw in the towel altogether. I foresee high end real estate becoming available soon.
The French, as a whole, were never that smart to begin with:
Obama and GM are being forced to relearn a lessen that has been taught innumerable times: Price elasticity of demand cannot be managed by government fiat. This is called the economic calculation problem: A problem so complicated it can only be solved by billions of decisions a day made by hundreds of millions of people.
The free market solution to economic calculation problem is the price mechanism. People individually have the ability to decide how a good or service should be distributed based on their willingness to give money for it. A billion daily decisions made by hundreds of millions of people solves the problem.
Around the globe, central planners believe they can calculate aggregate demand and price elasticity of everything more effectively than everyone. They are wrong.
Almost 100 years ago Ludwig von Mises argued that the market and price mechanism is the only possible solution to allocating resources to produce goods and services. Without the information provided by market prices, socialism lacks a method to rationally allocate resources. The result of socialist central planning is, always and everywhere, stupid surpluses and painful shortages. Planned economies always fail.
The Energy Department study assumed that General Motors would produce 120,000 plug-in hybrid Volts in 2012. GM never came close to that and recently suspended Volt production at its Hamtramck, Mich., plant, scene of a presidential photo-op. So far, GM has sold a little more than 21,000 Volts, even with the help of a $7,500 tax credit, recent dealer discounting and U.S. government purchases. When you factor in the $1.2 billion cost of developing the Volt, GM loses tens of thousands of dollars on each model.
The Energy Department predicted that Nissan, recipient of a $1.5 billion government-guaranteed loan, would build 25,000 of its all-electric Leaf this year; that car has sold only 14,000 units in the United States.
No matter how you slice it, the American taxpayer has gotten precious little for the administration’s investment in battery-powered vehicles, in terms of permanent jobs or lower carbon dioxide emissions. There is no market, or not much of one, for vehicles that are less convenient and cost thousands of dollars more than similar-sized gas-powered alternatives — but do not save enough fuel to compensate. The basic theory of the Obama push for electric vehicles — if you build them, customers will come — was a myth. And an expensive one, at that.
The OSC reported that Sebelius violated the Hatch Act when she represented HHS at a Human Rights Campaign event in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Human Rights Campaign is a gay and lesbian advocacy organization.
“One of the imperatives is to make sure that we not only come here in Charlotte to present the nomination to the president, but we make sure that in November he continues to be president for another four years because this effort has just begun,” Sebelius said at the event, according to OSC report. “It’s hugely important to make sure that we re-elect the president and elect a Democratic governor here in North Carolina.”
Sebelius wrote that she regretted making the statements and immediately “converted my participation in the event from official to political… keeping the roles straight can be a difficult tasks, particularly on mixed trips that involve both campaign and official stops on the same day.”
It’s okay officer, I changed my mind, as soon as I realized I had broken the law.
Chris Matthews: Let me start tonight with this horrible story of the courageous American ambassador killed in Libya. Chris Stevens sounds like a great guy. Peace Corps volunteer, who in his more recent career acted heroically in saving lives in the overthrow of Gaddafi.
The tragedy in Benghazi that cost Ambassador Stevens his life, unfortunately, has been overshadowed by the desperate reach of Mitt Romney to secure a political advantage.
Winslow Township police say a Camden County pharmacist turned the tables on a would-be robber Wednesday.
Around 2 p.m., a man allegedly armed with a gun entered Jolin’s Pharmacy at 412 Sicklerville Road in Winslow Township and demanded Oxycontin from the pharmacist.
Police say the pharmacist, identified as Dr. John Agyemang, distracted the suspect by telling him there was someone entering the store. While the suspect turned around, Agyemang ran to the back of the store and got his gun, according to police.
The suspect fled the store, with the pharmacist chasing after him. Authorities say Agyemang fired at least five shots at the suspect outside the pharmacy.
In hindsight, Agyemang wonders if his actions in the heat of the moment could have cost innocent lives.