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Obama’s Bungled Benghazi Brouhaha

25 Sep

Now, I’m just a regular American who gets his news from a couple of TV outlets, one conservative and another not so much, some online subscriptions to both conservative and liberal, as well as French and UK, news sources and who does his own, independent research on the Worldwide Web. (Well, maybe I’m not so “regular” in that regard after all, because, unfortunately, I don’t think many Americans are all that engaged in what’s going on in the larger picture.)

Anyway, I’m not privy to the type of intel to which, say, someone in the State Department, the UN, the White House or in Congress would have access. Just like most of you, I am largely dependent on our government to discover and tell us the truth. But what the Obama Administration has been telling us about the attack in Benghazi for two weeks now has been, to say the least, confusing, if not downright contradictory, confounding, if not a cover up.

So, just based on common sense and what’s been put out by the media in the public forum since September 11, 2012, let’s see what we can piece together, not from inside intel or some diplomatic information to which only the Obama Administration is privy, but just from what are called “open sources.”

First, the United States was successfully attacked on its own soil (all of our consulates and embassies in foreign countries are considered US territory) for the first time in 11 years, when our Libyan consulate was overrun, our first ambassador in 33 years was killed, along with three other members of our foreign service corps, by what was first reported to be about 20 but more recently reported to have been as many as 100 radical Muslims with links to al-Qaeda, in a military style, 2-wave attack, with heavy weapons, including rocket propelled grenades (RPGs), over a 4-hour period. This included not only attacking the consulate compound itself but also the safe house located some distance away, the existence and location of which were supposedly known only to selected consulate personnel.

The next day (whatever happened to answering that 3AM phone call?), President Obama appeared, with Secretary of State Clinton by his side (perhaps for support or perhaps to share in any blame later), in the White House Rose Garden, where he decried the attack but indicated it was caused by a little-seen, 17-minute, amateur video trailer against the Prophet Muhammad, which had been on the Internet since June, and refused to take any questions from the gathering of reporters, ostensibly because he didn’t have time, as Air Force One was warming up on the tarmac for a trip to a Las Vegas fundraiser at the time. Talk about bad optics, appearing out of touch, etc. An ambassador of ours has been killed in a terrorist attack for the first time in over 30 years and it’s give a brief statement to reporters, take no questions, give no reassurances and then it’s back to reelection campaign matters and saving your own job?

Later, presidential candidate Romney also held a press conference in which he said a message released by the Cairo embassy, trying to distance the US from the video, was a mistake and we should not be apologizing for anything. Subsequent to that, Romney held another press conference, at which it’s since been shown the liberal mainstream media (MSM) colluded and ambushed him with everything from “shouldn’t such critical remarks stop at our shoreline?” (they certainly didn’t raise that issue about Obama’s apology tour and Cairo Muslim appeasement speech in 2009) to seven out of the eight questions asked of Romney just being variations of “gotcha” questions (when did you stop beating your wife?), simply rephrased over and over.

My own view is that Romney should have waited a day or two, so as not to appear to politicize the issue and to give Team Obama time to make more mistakes (which they did in spades), but certainly, as a candidate for president, Romney had every right to comment and I think his initial reaction was the correct one — WE were the ones attacked, so what the hell were we APOLOGIZING for? If he had not commented, it’s fair to surmise the MSM would have been all over him for NOT commenting. Where’s Romney on all this? — and blah, blah, blah.

Then, aside from some releases from the Obama State Department, not denying the claim that the video caused the attack but mainly saying they couldn’t comment because the Benghazi attack was under investigation by the DOJ and FBI (again, with the law enforcement attitude about terrorism, instead of the DOD and State Department investigating, and using the same dodge used by AG Holder in the Fast and Furious investigation), there was basically radio silence from Team Obama.

That is, until Obama’s UN ambassador Susan Rice went on all the main Sunday TV talk shows on September 16th, where she gave full throated voice, and with a straight face, no less, that it was all the video’s fault and they had no information that the consulate attack was either premeditated or preplanned, but just part of a larger demonstration over the video. By then, however, enough had leaked out in bits and pieces to the public at large that such a claim was patently false on its face, including the organizer of the Cairo embassy demonstration, which desecrated our flag and flew a version of the al-Qaeda flag instead, saying he had not even seen the video, and I would contend that most in the rioting Muslim world have not.

For at least nine days following the attack, until about September 20th, Team Obama, including his UN ambassador, Hillary and her State Department, Obama’s Press Secretary Jay “swarmy” Carney and other Team Obama players, maintained the mantra that the video caused it all and that the Benghazi attack was just part of a larger demonstration.

In the meantime, the Libyan president said it was not only a terrorist attack but that it was preplanned and carried out by al-Qaeda. Hillary’s State Department seemed of the opinion that they knew more than the president of Libya, who, you know, lives there and is the president, and basically threw him under the bus for his comments (just another mistreated and discounted ally).

Then, video came out which showed there was NO large demonstration, of which the attack could have been a smaller part, at our Libyan consulate at all. There was only the attack itself and scenes of the attackers themselves, with the consulate and vehicles ablaze behind them. Oops.

Also, in the meantime, Jay “swarmy” Carney more recently said that it’s “self-evident” that it was a preplanned, premeditated attack. I don’t see how Jay Carney doesn’t get whiplash, but, gee, Jay, to some of us with a dab of brains and with only what was being publicly reported within a day or two of the attack, it was “self-evident” from the beginning. Obviously not included among us was Obama’s UN ambassador, whose credibility is now equally as low as Obama deputy campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter’s, who claimed she didn’t know anything about the laid off steel worker’s story after hosting him on a conference call in which he told her his story and she thanked him for sharing). Too bad it took Team Obama over nine days to come to the same conclusion, er, unwilling admission? Still, however, Team Obama maintained it was the video which caused the attack.

Then, we saw video of the alleged maker of the infamous and little-seen video, covered up to hide his identity, being perp walked by police on national TV, ostensibly for a parole violation (when’s the last time you saw someone perp walked for a parole violation?). You think there might have been some, uh, pressure from the White House to show that, see Muslims, we don’t like the guy, either. Obama has repeatedly characterized the video as not only the cause of the Muslim rioting but also as disgusting.

That may be, but where’s anyone in the administration standing up to the world, to include the Muslim world, in defending the guy’s right to make it anyway? After all, isn’t freedom of speech one of our most precious, enumerated rights and the one we most preach to the rest of the world? Islamists don’t want anyone to have freedom of speech if it includes anything negative, or even honest, about their prophet, their “religion,” or their Sharia law. Also about this same time, we learned Obama had spent another $70,000 of our taxpayer money to run TV ads in Pakistan condemning the “hateful” video, even while Pakistanis burned Obama in effigy. Another wise investment of our tax dollars, no doubt.

Also, in the meantime, the Muslim Brotherhood’s newly minted Egyptian president, the one who did not use his security forces to stop the initial protests at our Cairo embassy and the one who, more than 24 hours later and only after a phone call from Obama, finally condemned those protests, felt he has sufficient power to dictate to the US the terms for our sending him billions in foreign aid. Egyptian President Morsi should perhaps remember that it is his military which keeps him in power and it is we who fund his military. No funding, no military. No military, no more Morsi. It would be interesting to see how the Muslim Brotherhood could do all on its own in a country as large, and poor, as Egypt.

Then, CNN found Ambassador Stevens’ journal among the consulate rubble four days after the attack (where were our own embassy people and/or the FBI who’s supposed to be investigating the attack in securing and clearing the “crime scene”?) and, after holding its contents for another four days out of respect for the ambassador’s family, CNN released info which clearly indicates the ambassdor was concerned about embassy security and his own personal safety long before the 9/11 anniversary on which he and three others were murdered.

It’s difficult to believe, but still not yet admitted by Team Obama, that Stevens did not send his concerns about security up the chain to the State Department. And that raises the questions: (a) with the anniversary of 9/11 approaching, with known al-Qaeda terrorist militia in the area, and the ambassador’s concerns, why was security not beefed up, not only in Libya but all across the region, (b) why are there stories of what Marines were on deck not being allowed live ammo for their weapons, and (c) why did the local al-Qaeda militia have obviously better intel about the safe house than we evidently had about the militia and its plans?

Was Team Obama just caught off guard because of a lack of intel, or were they just not paying sufficient attention? Hopefully, a full congressional investigation will find the truth which the Obama Administration seems not only reluctant but recalcitrant to tell us. And, here I thought the Obama Administration was supposed to be the most transparent ever, too.

And, also in the meantime, since his brief address in the Rose Garden on September 12, two weeks ago, Obama has not once addressed the American people directly, say, from the Oval Office (where he’s supposed to work), to provide any more information, any assurances, or anything more about the killing of our ambassador and his colleagues, or the demonstrations against us across the Middle East and even into Indonesia, where Obama attended Muslim school as a boy.

All this while his feckless foreign policy of reset relations, appeasement and apology and so-called “soft power” seems to be unraveling across the Muslim world, with Obama himself being burned in effigy, among shouts of “Obama, Obama, we are all Osama, Osama.” He does not have time to meet with the prime minister of Israel, our closest Middle Eastern ally who is under existential threat from Iran, when both are either in New York or Washington. He has toured throughout the Middle East but has yet to visit Israel as an incumbent president in almost four years, which he says he will do when he’s reelected.

He addresses the UN General Assembly, still maintains that it’s all about the “crude and disgusting” video, calls what happened in Benghazi an “assault” rather than a “terrorist attack,” which even others in his own administration have now finally admitted, and refuses to meet with other world leaders (first time in two decades for a US president). However, he has had time for appearances on The View and with Letterman, Jay Z and Beyonce and their Obama tribute tower of champagne, Pimp with a Limp, still another interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes, and campaign speeches and fundraisers.

Obama — out of touch, just doesn’t care, or just wants to ignore everything until after the election? Whatever it is, it’s what’s called in the politico trade “bad optics” all around. It makes it look like he and Team Obama are either incompetent, don’t care that Rome may be burning, aren’t telling us what they know, or some mix of all of that.

An American president has two main areas for which he is responsible: domestic policy and foreign policy.

In Obama’s case, his domestic policy boat has all but sunk, promising to cut our debt in half in his first term but instead increasing it in less than four years by more than all other presidents in our history combined, leaving us with crippling debt and deficits for our children and grandchildren, no constitutionally mandated federal budget for over three years, over 40 months of unemployment above 8 percent, 23 million Americans out of work, the most people on food stamps than any other time in our history and the most in poverty in decades, and declining manufacturing capacity compared to China, to just mention a few domestic failures.

And it seems his foreign policy boat is rudderless and adrift on the tides of the Arab Spring turned Arab Winter and the violent vicissitudes of those who want our money but who hate us and all we stand for, and who have repeatedly slapped away his naive hand of friendship, if not repeatedly bitten it.


Obama’s Cult of Personality

24 Sep

I’ve lived long enough now to remember several national, political campaigns firsthand. I’m used to all the normal political campaign paraphernalia, that is, the campaign slogans, signs and shirts, the flags, festoons and falderal, the bumper stickers, buttons and badges. They normally all go away, except for politcal campaign memorabilia collectors, after the election is over, the votes are (all?) counted, and the winner determined.

But, I’ve never before seen in this country a candidate and then president who maintained such an “identifier” not only throughout his campaign but now also into his presidency as Obama has with his own, personal and distinctive logo, the red, white and blue “O” of his last name and, as its designers have stated, a symbol suggesting the idea of a rising sun and a new day over the horizon. Although cartoonist Ward Sutton once asked, “Is it a zero and a sunset over a deserted highway?” Maybe after almost four years of Obama’s abysmal record in office, Sutton was more right than he knew at the time — it is a zero and a sunset over a deserted highway. Obama’s turned out to be a zero, he’s sunsetted Americanism around the world, and the highway he has us on leads to nowhere, especially not to more and better jobs for Americans.

Whichever is your opinion, Obama’s logo is just like a corporate national brand logo. It’s like a sign for Coca-Cola or Pepsi. It’s everywhere, constantly reminding us of The One, whether we want to be reminded or not. It’s so ubiquitous that I’m a little surprised it’s not one of the keys on my computer keyboard, so I could use it as a smiley face in my email correspondence — not that I would. (I would probably remove it, like the Clinton staffers did to all the “Ws” on the White House computer keyboards before they left as George W. Bush took office. Such childishness — and, oh, by the way, destruction of government property, a federal crime, as well.)

Obama’s logo is the “O” in his current campaign slogan, the longtime socialist standby “FORWARD,” which he adopted after he realized that “Winning the Future,” or WTF, could be confused with, er, something else. It’s appeared on lectern signs when he’s given (read telepromptered) speeches. It’s on bumper stickers and badges and buttons, oh my. And now Obama’s logo supplants the blue, 50-starred canton on a representation of our national flag published by Obama’s election and reelection campaign organization.

Let me repeat that, just in case it slipped past you the first time. Obama’s logo now replaces the starry, blue canton field on a representation of our national flag.

Wasn’t it bad enough when some of his supporters put a picture of his head there on our national flag some months ago? I know our national flag has long been used as a political prop in various ways, to include bunting which mimics our national standard, but usually in its traditional form, as in a bank of flags behind politicians when addressing an audience, etc. But I have never seen any other politician, much less the President of the United States, change the representation of our flag itself, as if it were just another symbol to be “made over” in his image and to suit him. How clueless or how crass? How arrogant or how asinine?

Having long served in our military, saluted our flag, fought for what our flag represents and been proud of our flag above all others, I find Team Obama’s “remake” offensive and disgusting, as well as illegal, according to Chapter 1, Title 4, of the United States Code, often referred to as the US flag code. Although this is a federal law, it is advisory and there is no specified penalty for failure to comply with it, but it would seem that the president, of all people, would nonetheless want to ensure compliance with all of its requirements.

But, hmmm, this president has been guilty of not putting his hand over his heart when our colors pass by and has refused to repeat the pledge of allegiance to it while standing on the same stage as other politicians who are reciting the pledge — so maybe not. Then, there was that infamous public event at which Michelle Obama could be seen impatiently mouthing the words, “All this for a damn flag,” again, about our national colors, while Barack nodded in agreement.

If you couple all this with another recent gimmick of the Obama campaign, its so-called “For All” appeal to young voters, in which various Hollyweird airheads and other notables of one rank or another write messages on their hands (remember when liberals derided Sarah Palin for some notes on her hand?), put their hands over heir hearts and pledge allegiance to Obama, you have two clear indicators of out-of-touch and outlandish admiration run amok. One of the creepiest photos of this “For All” ploy is of Jim Messina, one of Obama’s main campaign guys, with a simpering smile on his face and some words written on his hands as he holds them over his heart. This has got to be worse than the cheesy and incessant appeals to send in $3 or $5 to the Obama campaign to perhaps win a dinner with Barack, or to forgo your wedding presents to have your guests contribute to Obama instead.

There have been other writers, much more knowledgeable than I about narcissism in general and Obama’s in particular, who have posited that Obama actually suffers from a mental disorder known as narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). His fondness for first person singular references in most of his speeches, as well as his arrogantly uplifted and jutting jaw (if he were a turkey in a rainstorm, he would drown) surely suggest a man all too full of himself. A legend in his own mind, as it were. Remember his 2008 acceptance speech in Denver about that being the day the seas began to rise and the Earth began to heal? Doesn’t that sound just a little megalomaniacal to you, especially now almost four years and an abysmal performance record later?

To me, pledging allegiance to a man, any man, suggests a cult mentality. Anyone with half a brain and eyes to see knows that many in the slavishly sycophantic, liberal lamestream media adore Obama — and prove it at every turn by trying to cover up his mistakes, instead of doing their jobs and objectively reporting the news. And, of course, the Holllyweird limousine liberal elite are just the kind of everyday folks Obama prefers to hang out with, and they also fawn all over him. He’s so cool. He’s so smooth. He’s so…..fill in your own admiring, gag-a-maggot modifier.

I only pledge allegiance to our flag, in its unaltered form, and to the nation for which it stands. I will never pledge allegiance to any man, even including The One. Make that especially not including The One.

Sociologist Max Weber has maintained the cult of personality holds parallels with what Weber defined as charismatic authority. A cult of personality is similar to hero worship, except that it is established by mass media and propaganda. It’s most often connected to charismatic leaders who hold big, carefully staged events and give stirring speeches, which the media then profusely praise, despite there being little or no substance to them. Sound like anyone you know?

If one ever needed proof of Obama being the one really out of touch with Middle America and its values, these two examples of our flag being modified and Team Obama wanting people to pledge allegiance to Our Dear Leader should be enough for anyone with a critical thinking brain cell. But, since, as the media have repeatedly said, he’s a rock star and rock stars have groupies who follow them around…..blindly, unthinkingly and adoringly, that all only serves to reinforce the Obama cult personality mentality.

And Obama has been aided and abetted in his cult of personality, first in gaining power in 2008 and now in trying to retain power in 2012, by the liberal lamestream media who try to hide his mistakes and fall over themselves fawning over him, while excoriating anyone who opposes him. They have served the function of Weber’s definition as establishing Obama’s hero worship by mass media and propaganda. We don’t have the old USSR’s Pravda as a propaganda arm of the incumbent in this country, because we don’t really need it. The alphabet networks, most of the major newspapers and most of cable news all perform the same function for Obama. They failed to properly vet him in 2008 and they continue to cover up for him in 2012.

Oh, by the way, I used Wikipedia and Bing to find out others who have used the cult of personality to gain and/or maintain power. They include: Stalin and Putin of Russia, Hitler of Germany, Juan Peron of Argentina, Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong of China, all three of the Kim Great Leaders/Dear Leaders of North Korea, Ho Chi Min of Vietnam, Saddam Hussein of Iraq, Hafez al-Assad of Syria, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, the Castros of Cuba and, on a non-national level, there is always David Koresh of Branch Dividian and Waco infamy and Jim Jones of the Peoples Temple and the 1978 mass suicide of over 900 Temple members in Jonestown, Guyana.

They all achieved and sought to retain power based on personality cultism. Many people have called most of these guys dictators, regardless of their being allegedly “freely elected” by their people. It appears Obama is also a rock star compared to them. What an achievement…..and what good company Obama is in.

News Flash! Obama Attending Daily Intel Briefings!

21 Sep

Yeah, after a real journalist pointed out that he wasn’t attending them for seven months (sort of like not meeting with his jobs council or his cabinet for the same period), he’s now attended intel briefings for five days in a row. Wow! And why is his doing his job news all of a sudden? Well, because him doing his job, instead of perennially campaigning, IS news, actually and unfortunately.

But he’s still out campaigning and fundraising, instead of in the Oval Office working or especially explaining to the American public how his “reset relations,” “apology and appeasement” and “soft power” feckless foreign policies have resulted in mass riots against America and Americans all across the Muslim world in general, including Obama himself in particular being burned in effigy. Guess those Muslims don’t love him like he thought they would.

And don’t tell me it’s the movie (the 17-minute trailer which has been out since July and which almost none, if any, of the Muslim protesters have even seen), like Team Obama first tried to do because they did not want to take responsibility for our first ambassador since 1979 being murdered, along with others, in a MUSLIM TERRORIST ATTACK ON 9/11.

One brief, Rose Garden address, with Hillary faithfully by his side (to show solidarity and/or take some of the blame later), the day after our ambassador and others were killed and our embassy in Cairo was stormed and our flag desecrated, at which he took no press questions, and then it was off to a fundraiser in Vegas. (At least, when Romney made a press appearance and correctly said it had been a terrorist attack, he took questions — and got ambushed by the colluding, liberal press for doing it.) Since then, nothing from Obama and a lot of false claims from his UN ambassador, Hillary and other state department mouthpieces, and his press secretary Jay “Swarmy” Carney for nine days.

So, no, not much credit for just showing up for intel briefings for a change after so long. After all, when he was an Illinois state senator, he voted “present” much of the time. That’s easy.

Now that he’s finally actually getting interactive intel briefings, when is he going to address the nation on what’s happening all across North Africa and into the Far East and, more importantly, what we’re going to do about it?

So far, crickets, but still time to schmooze with Jay Z and Beyonce, do a radio talk show with Pimp with a Limp, and appear on Letterman. He’s so cool, but he’s not much of a leader or a president.

When Nanny Doesn’t Know What the Hell She’s Doing

20 Sep

Going to gas up any time soon? Well, if current gas prices aren’t enough of an insult to your pocketbook (they’re currently double what they were about four years ago — you know, when you-know-who became president and promised us all that hopey-changey stuff), now you may have to buy at least four gallons of gas, no matter how much, or little, you may need, or for what you may need it.

President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently mandated (aren’t you learning to just hate that word?) that all consumers in the United States must purchase at least four gallons of gasoline when they go to the gas station, if they are getting fuel from a pump that offers a new E15 ethanol-gasoline blend.

Big Nanny State Team Obama’s “we know what’s better for you than you do” wants consumers to use more of the E15 fuel, a blend that contains 15 percent ethanol, but the problem is that many gas stations use blender pumps, which offer several types of fuel and, after pumping, there’s a residual amount of fuel left in the hose. E15 fuel can potentially damage all engines made prior to 2000 and specifically cannot be used in motorcycles, ATVs, and many other engines, such as lawn mowers and boat engines. So, to circumvent potential problems (and “fix” a problem of its own making), Obama’s EPA is requiring a 4-gallon minimum purchase from blender pumps to ensure that any E15 fuel residue is diluted.

Putting aside, in this article at least, the constitutionality of the EPA now mandating how much gas we have to buy, and, I might add, of an ethanol-gasoline blend which has not yet even been approved/produced for nationwide consumption, my question is where does the Nanny State stop in trying to interfere in our lives?

New York City’s liberal, blithering Mayor “I have to stand on a soapbox not only to be heard but also to be seen” Bloomberg tells you everywhere you can’t smoke (but I can tell you, as a former smoker, if you really want to smoke, you will find a place to do it), how much salt you can put on your food (how does bombastic Bloomey enforce that one?) and what size Slurpy you can buy (although you can buy two equaling the same volume as the banned size, so what’s the point, except that you have to spend more money?); Chicago Democratic Mayor Rambo Rahm Emanuel oversteps his bounds (read: exceeds his mayoral authority and risks violating the law) and tells Chick-fil-A they can’t open franchises there, because their values conflict with Chicago’s values (whatever those are); ObamaCare mandates that you have to buy health insurance or you will have to pay a penalty (uh, tax); and the list goes on and on, especially under the Obama Amateur Hour Administration.

This action by Obama’s EPA is another example of Big Nanny Government overreaching and trying to mandate a one-size-fits-all solution, this time to once again push more of Obama’s green agenda. They’ve instituted this “rule” to help increase the number of E15 pumps at gas stations across the country, so more of us will use more of the E15 fuel blend. It’s not unlike the Chevy Volt being subsidized with taxpayer money to the tune of $250K per car, or Obama pouring millions of taxpayer dollars down the yawning hole of Solyndra and other green energy, too-soon-to-go-bankrupt businesses.

Ten percent ethanol gasoline is bad enough; 15 percent can only be worse. Ethanol as a fuel is inefficient compared to gasoline. Its production is more costly, its burn rate is less efficient and it pollutes more. We need to do away with all ethanol subsidies. Corn should be used as food, not fuel — especially in this Obama economy of rising food, and fuel, prices.

It’s just like Obama’s FDA recently ruling on the size of school lunches, which aren’t large enough for the six-foot-tall, high school football player who burns 3,000 calories during a practice session but may be big enough for smaller, more sedentary students. One size does not fit all, and students, for many of whom lunch is their biggest meal of the day, are complaining that they’re left hungry. Which raises another issue, which is educational rather than nutritional: how do their grumbling stomachs affect their afternoon attention spans and studies? Aren’t our high schoolers already facing enough educational challenges?

The fact is, a Nanny State doesn’t work if Nanny doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing in the first place. I don’t care about Nanny’s good intentions. There’s an old saying about the road to somewhere being paved with those. I care about Nanny’s interference and the consequences which it causes, intended and especially unintended.

How about you? Tired yet of too Big Government telling you too much of what you can and cannot do? If so, then, vote out the Nanny Staters this November and let’s take our government back and make it smaller, less intrusive and more efficient — you know, like regular gasoline.

How Liberals and Muslim Fanatics Are Alike

17 Sep

[I’ve been sick for a couple of weeks, but now I’m back.]

Liberals feel rather than think. So do Muslim fanatics. In fact, facts either confuse or are often irrelevant to both groups.

Liberals spend much of their time looking for things about which to be offended. So do Muslim fanatics. One almost needs a dog whistle and a secret decoder ring to decipher what liberals or Muslim fanatics will next hear or see which offends them. Of course, all of us in the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy are issued both the whistle and ring with our basic membership, but liberals and Muslim fanatics still catch us off guard sometimes.

Liberals protest in state capitols and public streets and other public and private venues, often destroying property and clashing with police or other security forces in the process. So do Muslim fanatics. Some liberals desecrate our flag. So do Muslim fanatics. Some liberals burn our presidents in effigy. So do Muslim fanatics.

Liberals disregard our Constitution, especially when it conflicts with their progressive agenda. Muslim fanatics want to replace our Constitution with Sharia law (talk about a real “war on women”). Some liberals get mad apparently just to get mad. So do Muslim fanatics. I could go on, but I think you get the point.

Dr. Susan Rice, whose doctorate is, as is appropriate for a liberal, in philosophy, and our current UN ambassador, said in a recent interview that the attack on our consulate in Libya was not premeditated. Rice and other Team Obama players, to include Hillary’s State Department, have doubled down on the implausible meme that a little seen video trailer which has been out since July was the cause of attacks on our embassy personnel in Libya and Egypt on the 11th anniversary of 9/11.

Even without the FBI’s forensic investigation (if they ever get to conduct it under the weak Libyan government’s auspices) or any report from the CIA about any intel indicating pre-attack “chatter” (if they ever admit it), we already know the attack on the Libyan consulate was conducted by a band of about 20, armed with automatic weapons and RPGs (not your typical Arab street protesters), that they attacked the consulate in two waves (you know, kind of like a military operation — uh, like Al Qaeda does) and that they seemed to have inside info on the location of the consulate safe house. So, Rice’s assertion that it was not a premeditated, planned attack scheduled for the 9/11 anniversary appears ridiculous on its face.

It seems Team Obama, otherwise known as the Obama Amateur Hour Administration, was once again caught with its pants down on national security (when they’re not leaking national security secrets like a sieve, they’re missing the point entirely) and believes that if it consistently lies to us and everyone from Hillary, to Jay “Swarmy” Carney, to Susan Rice all repeat the same lie, that we will believe the lie, instead of that Obama’s foreign policy of apology and appeasement, “reset” relations and “soft power” is viewed as disengagement in the Middle East and therefore as weakness by our Muslim terrorist enemies. Why else, then, were the protesters at our embassy in Cairo shouting “Obama, Obama, we are all Osama, Osama”? Could they (also) resent how much credit Obama took for the killing of Osama bin Laden?

If it later comes out that it was a preplanned attack, despite Team Obama’s best efforts and the national news media ignoring the real story about either a failure of intel, or security, or foreign policy (or a mix of all of those) while they continue to bash Romney for speaking out at all, Team Obama will look even more out-of-touch with what’s going on in the world, especially in the Arab world and particularly in the Muslim terrorist world.

Some Obama “news” henchmen and handmaidens even challenged Romney that such partisanship and politics should stop at our shores, obviously forgetting that Obama’s 2009 Apologize for America tour not only didn’t stop at our shores but was actually delivered, in part, specifically to Muslims in Cairo. I think Romney correctly spoke out and although his comments could have been better crafted and therefore more forceful, at least his instinct not to apologize for America but to defend it was correct. I just wish he had waited one more day so Team Obama would have had time to look even more foolish.

One thing’s for sure, despite all the media complaining about George W. Bush’s so-called “cowboy diplomacy” and unilateralism (both untrue characterizations), BHO is no GWB in really protecting American interests at home and abroad and Susan Rice is certainly no Dr. Condoleezza Rice (whose doctorate is in political science) — not even close.

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