GOP Freak-Out Coming as Susan Rice Named National Security Adviser

Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the UN.

GOP Freak-Out Coming as Susan Rice Named National Security Adviser. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first breaking news story of the day was Susan Rice being named as the next National Security Adviser, replacing Tom Donilon who has resigned. This is a defiant move by President Obama aimed squarely at the Republicans who had a freak-out over Susan Rice’s prepared remarks about the Benghazi terror attack that left four Americans dead. These Republican senators had a feeding frenzy over nothing. So, President Obama has fired two warning shots to the Republicans — first with his three nominations to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and now with Susan Rice. Um, in other words, he’s standing by her and rewarded her with a great job for which she is well qualified.

The New York Times reports, “In a major shakeup of President Obama’s foreign-policy inner circle, Tom Donilon, the national security adviser, is resigning and will be replaced by Susan Rice, the American ambassador to the United Nations.”

The appointment will put Susan Rice, who is “an outspoken diplomat and a close political ally, at the heart of the administration’s foreign-policy apparatus. It is also a defiant gesture to Republicans who harshly criticized Ms. Rice for presenting an erroneous account of the deadly attacks on the American mission in Benghazi, Libya. The post of national security adviser, while powerful, does not require Senate confirmation.”

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Bill O’Reilly and Bernie Goldberg: If Obama Could Cure Cancer, Republicans Would Still Hate Him

I am no fan of Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, but every now and then he gets it right. He and Bernie Goldberg reached the conclusion that even if President Obama ‘could cure cancer, the Republicans would still hate him.’ The Associated Press phone record seizure is worthy of scrutiny, but the Republicans have cried wolf so many times, that this looks like their usual partisan bullsh*t.

On the AP spying, Goldberg and O’Reilly diverged: “I think that is a scandal,” Goldberg said. “The point is that there are people on the left who will not acknowledge that Benghazi is a big story, and there are people on the right who, if Barack Obama came up with a cure for cancer, wouldn’t give him credit for it. And, by the way, I mean that literally.” Source

Surprise, Surprise: Leaked Benghazi Attack Emails Edited to Make President Obama, State Dept. Look Bad

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Surprise, Surprise: Leaked Benghazi Attack Emails Edited to Make President Obama, State Dept. Look Bad (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, what do you know, White House emails contradict Benghazi leaks. You know, the same talking points people like Sen. John McCain and the Republicans are using for their freak-out. CNN’s Jake Tapper obtained an email sent by Ben Rhodes, a top aide to President Obama, about the White House’s reaction to the Benghazi attack September 11, 2012, differs from “how sources characterized it in two different media organizations.” Get ready for a ‘bombshell.’ The right wing is trying to smear Hillary Clinton. Guess they didn’t learn from the White Water investigation.

In the e-mail sent on Friday, September 14, 2012, at 9:34 p.m., obtained by CNN from a U.S. government source, Rhodes wrote:

“All –

“Sorry to be late to this discussion. We need to resolve this in a way that respects all of the relevant equities, particularly the investigation.

“There is a ton of wrong information getting out into the public domain from Congress and people who are not particularly informed. Insofar as we have firmed up assessments that don’t compromise intel or the investigation, we need to have the capability to correct the record, as there are significant policy and messaging ramifications that would flow from a hardened mis-impression.

“We can take this up tomorrow morning at deputies.”

You can read the e-mail HERE.

ABC News reported that Rhodes wrote: “We must make sure that the talking points reflect all agency equities, including those of the State Department, and we don’t want to undermine the FBI investigation. We thus will work through the talking points tomorrow morning at the Deputies Committee meeting.”

ABC News notes in its report that it was provided summaries of White House and State Department emails, not the emails themselves.

The Weekly Standard reported that Rhodes “responded to the group, explaining that Nuland had raised valid concerns and advising that the issues would be resolved at a meeting of the National Security Council’s Deputies Committee the following morning.” Nuland refers to then-State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. Source

Um, the leak that needs to be plugged is a right wing one. If this isn’t like a boomerang, then I don’t know what is. The Republicans are having a freak-out over something someone in their own ranks doctored. What is abundantly clear is that the Republican operatives will do anything to discredit and destroy President Barack Obama by any means necessary. Britney Spears song, “Oops I did it again” is so appropriate for the Republicans and their continued self-destruction.

UPDATE#1:  Legal Insurrection, a right wing blog, is reporting that Jake Tapper was the one who got played and not Jonathan Karl. The site also claims the White House selectively released only one email and not the entire chain of emails. Um, never mind the fact that someone twisted the words of Ben Rhodes to come up with another meaning. No, they just can’t accept they were caught with their hands in the cookie jar. As usual, the GOP has no policies to help America move forward, so the best place for us to be is in the middle of a bunch of manufactured scandals.

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Dick Cheney Hubris: Benghazi ‘One of Worst Incidents I Can Recall in My Career’

(HinterlandEditorial) — The mere mention of Dick Cheney’s name makes my blood boil and I don’t expect him to offer President Obama any encouragement or understanding, but his latest comments on Fox News take the word ‘hubris’ to another level. He said the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi was “one of the worst incidences” he could recall. Um, let’s see, September 11, 2001, didn’t ring a bell for him. How does  he have the gall to claim four lives lost is worst than the 3,000 killed during the terror attacks on American soil? I am in no way diminishing the importance of the four Americans killed in Benghazi, but Dick Cheney is just full of sh*t.

There’s more ugliness that emanated from Cheney’s mouth — he also attacked President Obama’s response, claiming that the Obama administration “lied” about Benghazi. Of course, Dick Cheney is of the same ilk as Mother Teresa, right? If anyone should be accused of lying, repeatedly, it’s the Bush Administration.

CHENEY: I watched the Benghazi thing with great interest, Sean [Hannity]. I think it’s one of the worst incidences, frankly, that I can recall in my career. It put the whole capability claiming the terrorist problem solved once we got Bin Laden, that Al Qaeda was over with. If they told the truth about Benghazi, that it was a terrorist attack by an al-Qaeda-affiliated group, it would destroy the confidence that was the basis of his campaign for re-election.

They lied. They claimed it was because of a demonstration video, that they wouldn’t have to admit it was really all about their incompetence. They ignored repeated warnings from the CIA about the threat. They ignored messages from their own people on the ground that they need more security. They reduced what was already there. Source

I’m sorry but is this the same Dick Cheney who played a role in the shenanigans leading up to the invasion of Iraq, on a lie no less? You remember the whole weapons of mass destruction premise for going after Saddam Hussein, but there were really none. Or better yet, how about those 13 diplomatic missions that were attacked during under his watch as the vice president of the United States? If the truth be told, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev did more damage in the Boston terror attack than al Qaeda did in Benghazi. The Republicans’ freak-out is making a mockery out of this country. Where’s the outrage from the Republicans about the 19 people, including two kids, wounded in New Orleans during Mother’s Day shooting? There’s a word for Dick Cheney. Well, you can say it, I won’t.

Benghazi Attack: Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Kelly Ayotte Refute Obama’s ‘Act of Terror’ Claim

BENGHAZI ATTACK:  The Benghazi attack that claimed the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, lives on another day. The Republicans, lead by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte released a press release claiming President Obama didn’t actually call the attack an ‘act of terror.’ You say potato, I say po-tat-o. Here’s an excerpt for the three senators:

“During a press conference this afternoon, President Obama claimed that, ‘The day after [Benghazi] happened, I acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism.’ This statement contradicts his comments over the course of two weeks after the attack in which the President repeatedly and specifically refused, in the heat of his re-election campaign, to label Benghazi a terrorist attack, despite the fact that there was compelling evidence that it was an al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist attack.

“To be clear, on September 12th in the Rose Garden, President Obama made a generic reference to ‘acts of terror.’ But that same day he was specifically asked by Steve Kroft of CBS’ ‘60 Minutes’ if he believed Benghazi was a terrorist attack, and the President refused to say so, stating, ‘it’s too early to know exactly how this came about, what group was involved.’ Six days later on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman,’ the President was asked what happened in Benghazi and responded by blaming the attack on an ‘extremely offensive video.’ Two days after that on Univision, the President said ‘we’re still doing an investigation,’ and blamed it in part on ‘the natural protests that arose because of the outrage over the video.’ Four days later on ‘The View,’ Joy Behar asked specifically if it was an act of terrorism, and the President again said ‘we’re still doing an investigation.’ The next day, in remarks to the United Nations in New York a full two weeks after the attack, President Obama still made no reference to Benghazi as an act of terrorism but blamed recent violence on ‘a crude and disgusting video [that] sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world.’

It’s also interesting that Rep. Darrell Issa, House Oversight Chairman, suggested that President Obama sought to downplay the severity of the Benghazi attack by describing the murders of the four Americans as an “act of terror” rather than a “terrorist attack.” Um, I’m sorry, isn’t that the same thing? The Republicans are playing pin the tail on the donkey, only they can’t find the donkey. Unbelievable.

Watch Darrell Issa reason like a toddler:

Independent Review Blames “Systemic Failures” & “Leadership Deficiencies” at State Dept for Benghazi Consulate Attack

BREAKING NEWS:  So much for any presidential aspirations Hillary Clinton may be entertaining for 2016. An independent review of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that claimed the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, cites “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” at high levels of the State Department.

New York Times:  The investigation into the attacks on the diplomatic mission and the C.I.A. annex in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others also faulted State Department officials in Washington for ignoring requests from officials at the American Embassy in Tripoli for more guards and safety upgrades to the mission.

The panel also blamed American intelligence officials for  relying too much on specific warnings of imminent attacks, which they did not have in the case of Benghazi, rather than basing assessments more broadly on a deteriorating security environment.  By this spring, Benghazi, a hotbed of militant activity in eastern Libya, had experienced a string of assassinations, an attack on a British envoy’s motorcade and the explosion of a bomb outside the American Mission.

Finally, the report also blamed two major State Department bureaus — Diplomatic Security and Near Eastern Affairs — for failing to coordinate and plan adequate security at the mission. The panel also determined that a number of officials had shown poor leadership.

“Systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus,” the report said, “resulted in special mission security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place.”

Correspondent Ed Henry Tells AP Fox News Overplayed Benghazi Coverage

Fox News White House correspondent Ed Henry told the Associated Press that Fox News probably ove covered the fallout from the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.Said Henry: “I wouldn’t lie to you. I see that we’re covering Benghazi a lot, and I think that should be something that we’re asking about. We’ve had the proper emphasis. But I would not be so deluded to say that some of our shows, some of our commentators, have covered it more than it needed to be covered.”

President Obama Did Call Benghazi Consulate Attack an “Act of Terror” During 9/13 Colorado Campaign Speech

Obama knock-out of Mitt Romney

President Obama Did Call Benghazi Consulate Attack an “Act of Terror” During 9/13 Colorado Campaign Speech

Mitt Romney got the smackdown of a lifetime during the presidential debate when he was fact-checked by Candy Crowley, the moderator of the second presidential debate, when he claimed the president didn’t call the Benghazi consulate attack and “act of terror.” Well, it turns out the president did use those words the very next day, September 12, after Ambassador Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith and Glen Doherty were killed in a deadly attack, during a speech in the Rose Garden. Romney claims Obama didn’t use those words until 14 days later. Foreign Policy also said President Obama used those words on September 13 during a campaign stop in Colorado.

“So what I want all of you to know is that we are going to bring those who killed our fellow Americans to justice. I want people around the world to hear me: To all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished. It will not dim the light of the values that we proudly present to the rest of the world. No act of violence shakes the resolve of the United States of America.” Source

Candy Crowley isn’t walking back her comment, but agreed that it did take the administration 14 days to admit that it wasn’t the film that really caused the attack, but a terrorist hit. The Republicans, including Paul Ryan (Lying Ryan) is spinning this as though she did. By the way, Candy Crowley appeared on Soledad O’Brien’s show today and emphatically said she did not backtrack on saying President Obama did use the phrase “act of terror” but said, as she did during the debate, that it took the administration 14 days to admit what it was. Um, Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney need to stop spinning this woman’s words.

Here’s Candy Crowley on CNN this morning:

Sen. John McCain: Hillary Clinton Accepting “Responsibility” for Consulate Attack “Laudable Gesture”

Here’s a press release from the Republicans on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accepting “responsibility” for the Benghazi attack. It is quite clear, from the tone of the press release that they have no intention whatsoever of going after Hillary Clinton. In fact, the senators lay the blame squarely at the feet of President Obama.

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today released the following statement on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s comments this evening regarding the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012:

“We have just learned that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has claimed full responsibility for any failure to secure our people and our Consulate in Benghazi prior to the attack of September 11, 2012. This is a laudable gesture, especially when the White House is trying to avoid any responsibility whatsoever.

“However, we must remember that the events of September 11 were preceded by an escalating pattern of attacks this year in Benghazi, including a bomb that was thrown into our Consulate in April, another explosive device that was detonated outside of our Consulate in June, and an assassination attempt on the British Ambassador. If the President was truly not aware of this rising threat level in Benghazi, then we have lost confidence in his national security team, whose responsibility it is to keep the President informed. But if the President was aware of these earlier attacks in Benghazi prior to the events of September 11, 2012, then he bears full responsibility for any security failures that occurred. The security of Americans serving our nation everywhere in the world is ultimately the job of the Commander-in-Chief. The buck stops there.

“Furthermore, there is the separate issue of the insistence by members of the Administration, including the President himself, that the attack in Benghazi was the result of a spontaneous demonstration triggered by a hateful video, long after it had become clear that the real cause was a terrorist attack. The President also bears responsibility for this portrayal of the attack, and we continue to believe that the American people deserve to know why the Administration acted as it did.”


Pew: 48 Percent of Americans View Romney’s Response to US Embassy Attacks Negatively

More trouble for the Romney campaign as Pew Research releases a new poll Monday, which found Americans reacted negatively to Mitt Romney’s response to the US embassy attacks in Cairo and Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead — Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

Mitt Romney, while trying to look ‘presidential’ falsely claimed President Obama’s first response to the violent attacks in Libya was to “apologize” for American values.” He backed up the claim by citing a statement released from the U.S. embassy in Cairo that was issued before the ambassador was killed. The statement wasn’t approved by the White House and the Obama administration strongly condemned the violence. No, true is lost on Mitt Romney and his sidekick.

The Pew poll found that 48 percent of the Americans view Romney’s statements negatively, while 26 percent saw them positively. The poll found 45 percent of Americans approved of President Obama’s response to the situation, while 36 percent disapproved. Forty-five percent approve of President Obama’s respose to the situation, while 36 percent disapprove.