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Lions, Tigers and Benghazi, Oh My

The evolution of this Benghazi story has been pretty remarkable. From the very beginning of the story, I commented on several things. First of all, I said it was an incredible tragedy. Secondly, I wasn’t entirely clear on why our ambassador was in a place that was deemed so hostile. Thirdly, I commented that it didn’t make much sense that an obscure video would have set off this kind of violence.

Since very early in this story, Republicans have held up Benghazi as an example of Democratic weakness. Democrats just cannot keep this country safe. As a matter fact, Democrats do not understand terrorism and they never have. For two and a half months, we’ve heard this almost every day. The fact that the president has taken out top terrorist leaders means nothing. The fact that the president put the resources and his personal reputation/presidency on the line in order to take out Osama bin Laden doesn’t count. Instead, Republicans have decided to draw a line in the sand (pun intended) in Benghazi. (more…)

By |2012-11-29T22:27:12-04:00November 29th, 2012|Foreign Affairs, Party Politics|Comments Off on Lions, Tigers and Benghazi, Oh My

Monday Afternoon News Roundup

Monday Afternoon News Roundup

Who doesn’t pay income taxes?

On Thursday, Ann Romney told a local television station that her biggest concern about her husband’s being elected president would be for “his mental well-being.” I don’t know. I just find the whole thing strangely worded. It makes it sound as if Mitt Romney has some sort of mental disorder. It makes it sound as if Mitt Romney could not stand up or hold up to the pressure of being president. I don’t think that’s what she meant to say. I don’t think that Mitt Romney has any mental defects. I think that Mitt Romney’s ideas are simply wrong.

Thousands protest austerity measures in France. Spanish police decided it was a bad idea to stand by and let people protest against austerity.

Here is the director of National Intelligence’s statement on Benghazi and the murder of our ambassador.

The New York Times had an interesting interview with John Sununu. I had problems with this interview from the very start. He starts off by saying that he was working for Romney because he “was scared to death for my kids and grandkids.” Scared to death? Why? Because of the deficit? Because Obama wants to set up some Muslim caliphate? Because Barack Obama was going to enlist them into some socialist nightmare?I just don’t understand. He didn’t say that he was worried about the country. He didn’t say he was worried about policies that he disagreed with. Instead, he stated that he was scared to death. It is this type of over-the-top rhetoric that makes our whole political process nauseating. Yet, John Sununu did not stop there. He decided to go ahead and wander into the deep end of the pool. He was asked about the Democratic convention and whether the Democrats flouted the death of Osama bin Laden. Instead of sticking with reality, John Sununu, a Mitt Romney spokesperson, decided to state that Barack Obama was not aggressive enough and passed up two or three earlier opportunities to get Osama bin Laden. It appears that John Sununu was quoting from Richard Miniter’s book which is been widely discredited. I simply don’t understand why John Sununu, a mainstream Republican, would go down this crazy, conspiracy-fueled line of thinking. Steve has more. (more…)

By |2013-11-03T18:14:15-04:00October 1st, 2012|Elections, Foreign Affairs, Party Politics|Comments Off on Monday Afternoon News Roundup

Ex-Navy Seal Crosses the Line

So, there’s a book coming out tomorrow that is an ex-Navy Seal’s account of exactly what happened when we took out Osama bin Laden. Personally, I will not read this book. I figure that this book will be very similar to the extremely successful, famous and distorted book, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Remember, they published basically a pack of lies about John Kerry. This author, in my opinion, is clearly writing a partisan textbook that is designed not to illuminate what happened, but instead to attack the president. Let me make a few predictions – Rush Limbaugh will hail this book as some sort of thoughtful breakthrough. Karl Rove and Newt Gingrich will try to paint this guy as some hero (for writing this book) and somehow degrade or, better yet, denigrate President Obama’s decision to go with the mission.

I found the following comment to be extremely illuminating:

This guy is a bum for using his uniform for political purposes. I served in a rapid deployment force under President Clinton. We had a dislike for him because democrats are “soft on military” and the “Don’t ask Don’t tell” but we never divided our ranks in front of the American People. You can’t do that. Its an unwritten code that you respect rank and that includes The Commander In Chief, despite what your personal feelings are. The uniform must be greater than partisan politics. The American public can not see soldiers as 1/2 are democrats, 1/2 republican. It would destroy morale and what makes our troops the best in the world.

The guy writing this book, releasing it on 9/11 and keeping the profits, while betraying his chain of command is a scum bag. He is also a confirmed “birther”, so that tells you about his intelligence. Just another attempt to “swiftboat” an opponent over politics. Its a shame because America needs to come together to solve big challenges.

By |2012-09-03T21:05:33-04:00September 3rd, 2012|Bin Laden, Party Politics|2 Comments
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