“At this late hour, there is only one way to peacefully prevent Iran from getting atomic bombs. That’s by placing a clear red line on Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
“Red lines don’t lead to war; red lines prevent war.
“Now they are well into the second stage. By next spring, at most by next summer at current enrichment rates, they will have finished the medium enrichment and move on to the final stage.
“From there, it’s only a few months, possibly a few weeks before they get enough enriched uranium for the first bomb.”
And then there was last week, one of those exceptions that proves the rule—especially for the Main Stream Media. Da Tech Guy has some thoughts on conventional wisdom, Benghazi, the IRS, and gun control.
I’m beginning to hear rumblings of “just like Watergate” in discussions of both the Benghazi and IRS v. Tea Party stories.
Really? Watergate, after all, was only a third-rate burglary according the administration in the White House at the time.
I suppose that having a body count has kept the White House from pooh-poohing the attack on the consulate as merely a “third-world mugging,” but the IRS story is already being pitched as overzealous low-level workers exceeding their authority.
Ah, what difference, at this point, does it make?
Not long after the attack on the consulate, the President answered a Denver newsman’s question about Benghazi with these words:
I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure we are securing our personnel and that we are doing whatever we need to. Number two, we are going to investigate exactly what happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice.
We know from Greg Hick’s testimony that special forces were ordered to stand down rather than provide assistance. Why wasn’t the President’s order (number one above) carried out? If it was, in fact, given?
… the Administration is in a heap of trouble. Here’s what Mark Mardell, the Beeb‘s North American Editor says:
The new documents contain two rationales for the changes in language. The first is that it would prejudice the FBI investigation. Perhaps, but I am not at all persuaded.
The other reason given – old-fashioned butt-guarding – is more credible. However you read the motives, the state department and apparently the White House did get the CIA to change its story.
This is now very serious, and I suspect heads will roll. The White House will be on the defensive for a while.
This is, as one former President put it, deep doo-doo.
Stacy McCain has a post up analyzing the Democrats “How Dare You?” defense of the Benghazi fiasco.
It seems to me that the Democrats’ positions is best summed up by the remark made by Rep. Simpson (D-Springfield)—
Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that’s even remotely true.
UPDATE—Roger L. Simon reflects on Hillary de Medici.
I listened to the Benghazi hearing today via C-Span Radio. Here are some random thoughts—
Someone near the top of the food chain clearly was willing to put diplomats unnecessarily in harm’s way for political and/or personal career purposes.
Gregory Hicks wondered about the what we would be doing placing diplomats in a situation where they needed .50 machine guns for protection. OTOH, Glenn Reynolds’s campaign promise (Reynolds 2016) about flame throwers for embassy guards speaks to a tough resolve that is missing from our conduct of foreign affairs.
The administration was simply lying with the talking points used by Susan Rice and others.
The Democrats on the committee seem more interested in covering for the administration and, especially, Secretary Clinton than uncovering the truth.
Elijah Cummings is an embarrassment to the state of Maryland.
UPDATE—Was Elijah Cummings channeling Dr. Gosnell with his “Death is a part of life” comment?
WaPo, the newspaper that broke the Watergate story wide open, noted that the supposedly average person tweet about #Benghazi was a rich, middle-aged male who liked Chick-fil-A. Most of the other main stream media just took a nothing-to-see-here-move-along approach.
UPDATE 2—The Other McCain notices that the main stream media didn’t give the hearings much emphasis and wonders, “What difference does it make?”
Do you remember the commercial Hillary Clinton ran during the 2008 primaries about who should get that 3 am phone call? The implication was that Barack Obama wasn’t the right person, and that has turned out to be true all too often.
Reading this piece by Paul Mirengoff over at Powerline, it seems that Mrs. Clinton would have been (and still probably is) a poor choice too.
BTW, the first shots were fired in Benghazi around 4 pm Washington time when folks were supposed to be awake.
Jim Geraghty quotes a White House official in today’s Morning Jolt email as saying this about Assad in Syria:
If he drops sarin on his own people, what’s that got to do with us?
An interesting question. An ancient rabbi framed it this way:
A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho; and he fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went off leaving him half dead. And by chance a certain priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him, and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, “Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return, I will repay you.”
Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?
We may not be called to put boots on the ground, but should we just pass by on the other side of the road? Our leaders have made a difficult place for themselves. And for us.
As The Other McCain noted earlier in the day concerning Syria’s reaction to Israeli attacks, CNN is reporting that a “top Syrian official” in “an exclusive interview” has that the Israeli attack on a military facility outside Damascus was a “declaration of war.”
Not to be too pedantic, but Israel and Syria have been in a state of war for decades. The fighting on the Golan Heights in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 ground on into the spring of 1974, ending in a disengagement agreement. There has been no formal peace between the two countries ever since.
“What difference, at this point, does it make?”
That’s an accurate quote of what Secretary Clinton said in response to a question during a Senate hearing today. The left side of the blogosphere has the vapors over the right side’s picking up that quote and running with it. It’s unfair, they say, just like using such underhanded rhetorical tricks as math or facts.
And they want us to believe that they are a reality-based community.
It looks as if the hacker group Anonymous has taken sides with Hamas and is actively targeting Israeli assets. As Stacy McCain points out, they may be biting off more than they can chew. Mossad has a long and effective reach.
Anyone who doubts that should ask Gerald Bull, Adolf Eichmann, Khalil al-Wazir, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, Izz El-Deen Sheikh Khalil, …
Thomas Pickering, the person Hillary Clinton has named to head the State Department’s “investigation” of what happened in Benghazi, has expressed the opinion that the real problem is Americans being prejudiced against Muslims.
It it Tuesday yet?
… “What did the President know, and when did he know it?” 39 years later.
In an effort to keep my liver intact, I will be soberblogging tonight’s foreign policy debate over at Batshit Crazy News.
CBS News reports that Hillary Clinton has taken responsibility for the Bungle in Benghazi. (H/T, Michael Totten at Instapudit)
Well, how about that? Neither one of the 2008 Democrats were who we wanted for that 3 am phone call.
Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. As Richard Nixon famously observed after leaving office,
It’s not the crime that kills you, it’s the cover-up.
It appears that Barack Obama is learning this the hard way from his Bungle in Benghazi.
The Chicago politicians in the White House think they’re tough, and they are. What they forget is that Arkansas politics can be tougher, and the Hillary Clinton, who grew up in the Chicago area, learned her lessons well as a political wife in Little Rock.
She’s not going to let the White House throw her under the bus for Benghazi.
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz claims that although the Obama Administration’s pronouncements on the Benghazi fiasco were completely wrong, they weren’t false. Video here.
Funny, I never found a third response allowed on a true/false test.
There was an expectation among some folks after the 2008 election that the Obama Administration would be very much like a second Carter term. And there were those of us who felt that was a best case scenario. That pessimism now seems well founded.
There is, however, one area where Barack Obama has been more fortunate than Jimmy Carter. At least he hasn’t had a whole embassy taken over, only a consulate. Of course, the Benghazi incident has provided a great opportunity for the President to emulate one of the other 20th-century presidents he resembles, Richard Nixon, and so we are once again asking, “What did the President know, and when did he know it?”
The competence of Carter, the integrity of Nixon, the economic success of Hoover …
Is it November yet?
Elliot Cohen asks it in an WaPo opinion piece: Are you safer now than you were four years ago?
I can guess how some U. S. diplomats would answer.
Glenn Reynolds promises to handle situations such as the current mess in Libya with a tested and effective method. The Napier Response.
The Main Stream Media is in the tank for the Obama reelection campaign, and their coverage of the latest disasters in Libya, Egypt, and Yemen has been more for the President’s backside rather than the facts on the ground. Prof. Jacobson has a report on the MSM’s misbehavior at Legal Insurrection. (H/T, The Other McCain)
I find the way the MSM has gone after Mitt Romney while giving Barack Obama a pass to be particularly disturbing.
Sure enough, after the press conference The Right Scoop posted an open-mic audio of journalists (one of whom was believed to be from CBS) coordinating their questions down to the specific wording so that no matter on whom Romney called, the question they wanted asked would get asked precisely as they wanted it. [Update — it was CBS and NPR reporters voices.] And that question was one framed to damage Romney politically, to put spin on his prior statements, to create news instead of reporting on it.
Read the whole thing.
Is it November yet?
I am too angry to comment on Libya and Egypt. Go read these posts:
The Lonely Conservative
The Other McCain