Thursday, November 22, 2012

Petraeus Scandal Diverts Focus From Benghazi Cover-Up 

By: Diana West  / Townhall Columnist

Petraeus Scandal Diverts Focus From Benghazi Cover-Up
I think I know what David Petraeus is thankful for this week.
Even though it appears the former CIA director lied to the House Intelligence Committee on Sept. 14, and may have lied again to the same committee on Nov. 16, he is starting to slip out of the inner ring of Benghazi cover-up suspects. We are losing sight of his official role in the deception as the media lens ossifies over a tawdry love triangle. For this, he must be thankful. Maybe to ensure the good fortune continues, Petraeus has hired Bob Barnett, the $975-per-hour Washington superlawyer to officials with issues and/or big book deals, to manage what reports call Petraeus' "transition to civilian life."

Here, for the record, is what the media and politicians are letting slip away with him.

After Petraeus appeared before the House Intelligence Committee on Sept. 14 to brief members behind closed doors on the Benghazi attack of Sept. 11, the ranking Democrat on the committee, Maryland Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, gave ABC an account of the briefing.

"In the Benghazi area," Ruppersberger said, "in the beginning we feel that it was spontaneous -- the protest -- because it went on for two or three hours, which is very relevant, because if it was something that was planned, they could have come and attacked right away. At this point, it looks as if there was a spontaneous situation that occurred and that as a result of that, the extreme groups that were probably connected to al-Qaida took advantage of that situation and then the attack started."

Spontaneous protest, unplanned attack: That was Petraeus' testimony as CIA director three days after U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi, Libya.

Within 24 hours of the attack, however, the White House and top officials at the State Department, the Pentagon and the intelligence agencies knew that no protest, spontaneous or other, had taken place. They knew the U.S. had been hit on the 9/11 anniversary by a planned attack by al-Qaida affiliates.

Ruppersberger's account, then, indicates Petraeus deceived the committee. When committed knowingly, as former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy recently pointed out, such deception is a felony.

This same phony story -- that "extreme groups" took advantage of a "spontaneous" protest over a YouTube video to mount an "unplanned" attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi -- would be repeated by the Obama White House for two weeks, climaxing in the president's U.N. address on Sept. 25. There, President Obama cited the video six times and declared to the world body, dominated by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (an Islamic bloc of 56 nations plus the Palestinian Authority): "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam."

Blaming the YouTube video for the violence was, in effect, blaming free speech, which is also OIC policy. Additionally, it denied the reality of the planned jihad attack, which, by extension, denied that al-Qaida-style jihad terrorism still exists at the vanguard of expansionist Islam.

To date, the media haven't asked President Obama and his top officials, why? Why the administration-wide cover-up? Why didn't military help get to Battleground Benghazi? Without coming clean, President Obama has been re-elected, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mentioned as a 2016 presidential candidate, and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice floated as the next secretary of state.

And Petraeus? On Nov. 12, Fox News reported that "congressional leaders," believing Petraeus lied to them in September, had "already considered charging Petraeus with perjury, but said they planned to withhold judgment until he testified this week." (Under oath or not, it is a crime to lie to federal officials.) We have heard no such tough talk since.

Except, that is, from the OIC. While the administration has publicly dropped the video (although its producer is serving one year in jail for "parole violations"), the OIC nations continue to cite it in escalating calls for laws criminalizing "defamation" of Islam. And Uncle Sam continues to lend a sympathetic ear. Just this week, Anne Casper, U.S. consul general in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, spoke at an OIC symposium on "Defamation of Islam."

Connected? You bet. I submit that the September cycle of Islamic rage, ostensibly over a YouTube video, was another assault in the OIC war on free speech about Islam, which the U.S. has officially joined by co-sponsoring with the OIC the so-called Istanbul Process. Unexpectedly, an al-Qaida terror attack in Benghazi on 9/11/12 threatened to get in the way. That same al-Qaida attack almost blew the lid off the Obama campaign mantra that since Osama bin Laden is dead, so is al-Qaida, and the even greater fakery that Obama's Arab Spring policy is a success.

And what about reports that Benghazi was a secret U.S. gunrunning hub for "rebels" in Syria? These are the scandals that probing Benghazi would uncover, but in Washington, all we hear about are sweet nothings.
On Nov. 16, Republican Rep. Peter King of New York went before the media to discuss the second Petraeus briefing. Amid elaborate testimonials for the retired general, King revealed Petraeus had not been straight with the committee.

"As far as General Petraeus," King said, "his testimony today was that from the start he had told us that this was a terrorist attack, terrorists involved from the start." King stated that he had "a very different recollection of that. The clear impression we were given (on Sept. 14) was that (the violence) rose out of a spontaneous demonstration and it was not a terrorist attack." King's recollection matches the Ruppersberger account of the first Petraeus briefing.

King underscored the notion that Petraeus has since changed his story. In last week's briefing, King conveyed that Petraeus said he had "all along made it clear that there was significant terrorist involvement. And that is not my recollection of what he told us on September 14."

An unidentified reporter asked: "Was he involved in the actual decision-making the night of the attack?"
King: "I don't want to get into that, but he was -- he was definitely fully aware of what was going on, yes."
Unidentified reporter: "Did he ask for military backup?"

King: "I am never going to get into that. I can't get into any of that."

Never? Can't?

Getting into every aspect of Benghazi-gate is the responsibility of Congress. The American people are owed the truth.

Marco Rubio: A Hispanic Reagan? 

By: Cal Thomas  / Townhall Columnist

Marco Rubio: A Hispanic Reagan?
Conservatives have been dreaming that a political reincarnation of Ronald Reagan would lead them to an electoral promised land. I never put my faith in such a possibility, because the past is a dangerous place in which to live. Reagan never lived in the past, though he learned from it.

Yet among the contemporary political figures that closely represent the substance and style that made Ronald Reagan who he was is Senator Marco Rubio, Florida Republican.

At a fundraising event for Iowa Governor Terry Branstad last Saturday, Rubio touched all the Reagan bases and focused on solutions, not just a recitation of well-known problems. Probably his best line of the evening was, "The way to turn our economy around is not by making rich people poorer. It's by making poor people richer." In this, he resembled Reagan's favorite president, Calvin Coolidge, who said, "Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong."

Rubio also seemed to suggest that conservatism is larger than the Republican brand, which has become tainted in some minds. He said, "This is not about the Republican Party. This is about limited government conservatism." While he said the Republican Party "is the home of that movement," he seemed to suggest that it is not necessarily its permanent residence.

Rubio also displayed the self-deprecating humor that was a hallmark of Reagan when he said the reason he went to college in nearby Northwest Missouri is because no other college would allow him to play football. Were it not for his "lack of size, speed and talent," he said, he might have played in the National Football League.

Rubio spoke of the middle class, which President Obama constantly referred to during the campaign. He said a major reason why the poor are having difficulty moving into the middle class is because the economy has stagnated. That, he said, is due to the record debt, uncertainty that has kept businesses from hiring and a lack of skills needed in a global economy.

Some Republicans are again suggesting the party would perform better if it divorced itself from social conservatives and their issues. Rubio addressed that directly and rejected it: "The breakdown of the American family has a direct impact on our economic well-being. The social and moral well-being of (our) people is directly linked to their economic well-being. You can't separate the two."

While praising "heroic" single mothers, Rubio said, "They would be the first to tell you how difficult it is." He added, "A two-parent home gives kids advantages," and he said "the great gift my parents gave me" was staying together and loving him and his siblings.

Rubio was not judgmental, but merely appealed to a higher standard. He is not the angry moralist putting others down. He is a political evangelist showing there is a better way. The difference is subtle, but it is in contrast to Mitt Romney's remark about a nation in which 47 percent are "takers."

The way one delivers a message in the TV age is as important as the substance of that message. John Kennedy said, "We can do better." Like Kennedy and Reagan, Rubio is good at turning a phrase so you instantly remember it. Consider this one: "Big government doesn't help people who want to make it; it hurts them." Then there is his call to patriotism from an American born of Cuban immigrants who regularly expresses gratitude to a nation that offered him opportunity: "I can never do more for this country than what this country has done for me." It's followed by a warning: "If America declines there is nothing to take our place."

Rubio has the message the Republican Party needs. It's a long way to 2016 and there are many good potential presidential candidates, but Marco Rubio could be the one candidate conservatives have been waiting for: the second coming of Ronald Reagan.

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1789

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor–and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be–That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in thecourse and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions–to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness onto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go: Washington

Obama Economy Thanksgiving Cornucopia Spead Wealth SC What Im Not Thankful For This Thanksgiving What I’m Not Thankful For This Thanksgiving

Yes, I’ve had time to curse, scream, and break things as well as throw pity parties and hissy fits extremely unbecoming of a grown man. I’ve heard pundits, politicians, radio hosts, friends, and those in the blogosphere offer plenty of explanations about why this has happened. I’ve heard that it’s all part of God’s plan; therefore, we just need to accept it. I actually agree with that sentiment, but accepting it does not mean I have to like it; and I certainly do not have to be, nor will I be, thankful for it. And here is a list of a few related things I am not thankful for this year.

1. Mealy-mouthed, mamby pamby Republicans telling me we need to reach out to the illegal immigrants and feminazis sucking off the teat of contributing members of this country via various entitlements from the government. To the illegals, I say get the Hell out and either come legally or else. To the sluts, I say either charge a fee for sticking your toes in your ears so enthusiastically that is sufficient to pay for your birth control, or learn to keep your knees together.

2. The fact that there are more welfare recipients and ignorant simpletons in this country who can tell you more about Snookie and her ilk than they can about American History or the Constitution than there are informed, responsible and engaged citizens. And the thing that really pisses me off is the fact the idgets are allowed to vote without passing a “not retarded” quiz.

3. The assertion by panty-waisted, so called Conservatives that we should implement amnesty for the illegal immigrants that are already here and let them assimilate into society… Look, I live in Georgia, and I can’t throw a Chimi Changa down the street without hitting a Mexican who can’t speak a word of English upside the head. Assimilate, Schmassimilate…..Throw them out, lock them out, and keep them out.

4. All the MSM and hard-left liberals that supposedly love tolerance and fight for gay rights and women’s rights that insist on supporting Islamists and blaming Israel for beating up on the poor Muslims. Hellooo, freaks: Muslims would round up all of you women and strip you of every right you enjoy in this country and treat you like the animals their beloved Allah tells them you are; and if you resist, they get to stone you to death. And of course, the gays just get hung or beheaded to the loving cry of “Allah Akbar”… quaint isn’t it? You bunch of maroons. Islam and the Quran are nothing more than the rantings of an evil madman. Read it and learn it before you try to defend it, or shut your mouth.

5. Chris Matthews…nuff said.

6.Knowing that I am going to have to listen to Barack Hussein Obama blatantly lie  and watch an immense number of idiots and mentally-challenged lemmings cheer and defend him over the next 4 years. I will mute him every chance I get and just give any Obama Zombies a high five…upside the head…with a hot bag of wet nickels…

7. Knowing that we have Obama 2.0 versions coming in the next 4 years of Cash for Clunkers, the failed Stimulus package, Fast and Furious, The Apology Tour, Arab Spring, “You Didn’t Build That”, “Spread the Wealth Around”, EPA restrictions choking our businesses’ ability to grow, unconstitutional executive orders, Solyndra and Green Energy horsecrap, Climate Change Horsecrap, just more horsecrap in general..and the Granddaddy of all Socialist monstrosities, Obamacare. Not to mention the joys of being called racists every time we point out what a massive waste of skin and failure Barack Hussein Obama and his policies have been.  Here’s the deal: you call me a racist? I call you a dimwit. Call me insensitive? I tell you to go put on your helmet and eat your ice cream.

8. My stumped toe I suffered while apparently attempting to kick a game-winning 50-yard field goal with my bed post at 3 a.m. this morning … but I digress...

There are just a few things I am not thankful for this Thanksgiving, and I’ve decided to quit here as I would be here writing through the Thanksgiving Holiday if I continued to seethe over our feckless leader’s victory and all the butt-hurt that is going to accompany it. Plus, I have a 24-dollar pan of cornbread dressing to fix… cost me 17 bucks last year, go figure.  Some things I AM thankful for this Thanksgiving?? Of course my health, my family, my friends, my new-found sobriety (I picked a Hell of a time for kicking the alcohol, huh?)  and yes, this still-great Country, my God, my Bible, and my guns…
A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to all my blog followers.  

Today is a day for family and friends to share in the bounty our great and beloved America has to offer.  
Enjoy the day but please say a little prayer for our men and women in uniform who are fighting to keep us safe and free at home.