Ahmed Abu Khattala, Suspected Benghazi Consulate Attack Ringleader, Captured by US Forces

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Ahmed Abu Khattala, Suspected Benghazi Consulate Attack Ringleader, Captured by US Forces (Atrribution Unknown)

BREAKING: Ahmed Abu Khattala, the suspected ringleader of the 2012 attack on the Benghazi consulate in Libya, was captured by US forces. US officials say he is ‘en route’ to America.

U.S. Special Operations forces carried out a secret raid and captured Abu Khattala near Benghazi. American troops worked alongside the FBI following months of planning to carry out the raid, the Washington Post reports. Officials said there were no casualties in the operation and all U.S. personnel involved have safely left Libya, with Khattala “in a safe location.”

The capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala is a major victory of the Obama Administration, that has been criticized repeatedly by Republicans for a ‘cover-up’ and for failing to bring to justice those responsible for the attack that claimed the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Um, this latest turn of events means President Obama is trying to distract us from a Benghazi cover-up by capturing the alleged ringleader of the Benghazi attack. Of course, former congressman Allen West is leading the charge on saying he smells a rat and this was conveniently staged to deflect from other nightmares. Er, just like the nightmare George W. Bush created by invading Iraq.

 

 

Surprise, Surprise: GOP Rep. Darrell Issa Disputes NY Times Benghazi Report

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Surprise, Surprise: GOP Rep. Darrell Issa Disputes NY Times Benghazi Report (Photo credit: Donkey Hotey)

Is anyone surprised Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is disputing the New York Times report on the Benghazi attack that claimed the lives of four Americans?

During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Issa, who serves as the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, disagreed with the NY Times investigation on Benghazi, saying the attack was “never about a video.” Um, I didn’t realize he was on the ground during the unrest. The NY Times didn’t find any evidence that supports the Republicans’ claim that al Qaeda was involved in the attack.

Talking Points Memo reports Darrell Issa claimed that al Qaeda was involved in the attack, and still maintains that an al Qaeda-affiliated group was behind the attack. Issa said, “There was a group that was involved that was affiliated with al Qaeda. It is not about al Qaeda as the only terrorist organization.”

David Kirkpatrick, who authored the NY Times article, said on “Meet the Press” that “there’s just no chance that this was an al Qaeda attack. It was an armed terrorist attack motivated in large part by the video.”

Report: Charges Filed Against Militia Leader Ahmed Khattalah in Benghazi Attack

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DOJ Files Charges Against Militia Leader Ahmed Khattalah in Benghazi Attack [Chris Stevens pictured]

Charges have been filed against Ahmed Khattalah, leader of a Libyan militia that U.S. officials believe was involved in the assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi. The charges, which are have been sealed, are the first criminal counts to be brought in the probe. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were killed last September 11 in the assault on the mission.

People close to the case say the investigation has moved significantly in recent months. The initial charges are filed in a complaint in New York, according to the people briefed on the matter.

The Justice Department and the FBI declined to comment on the charges. The agencies prohibit commenting on matters that are under seal. It couldn’t be learned when the U.S. plans to announce the charges and whether there are any plans to try to detain Khattalah.

None of the sources would discuss the precise charges against Khattalah in the sealed complaint.

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The probe is led by agents from the FBI in New York, and has included some members from the agency’s Washington field office who have traveled to Libya to interview hundreds of witnesses, those briefed on the investigation said. Source: CNN

Susan Rice Dismisses Claims Edward Snowden Leaks Have Weakened Obama Presidency

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Susan Rice Dismisses Claims Edward Snowden Leaks Have Weakened Obama Presidency (Attribution Unknown)

You can probably hear the critics of  U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice freaking out now that she’s talking again. This time, it’s not about Benghazi, but Rice dismissed claims that Edward Snowden’s classified leaks have weakened the Obama presidency and damaged U.S. foreign policy:

US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice dismissed claims that Edward Snowden’s highly classified leaks have weakened the Obama presidency and damaged US foreign policy, insisting that the United States will remain “the most influential, powerful and important country in the world”.

Rice’s remarks were her only public ones on Snowden and came in an interview with The Associated Press as she prepared to leave the UN post and start her new job on Monday as President Barack Obama’s national security adviser.

She said it’s too soon to judge whether there will be any long-term serious repercussions from the intelligence leaks by the former National Security Agency contractor who fled to Hong Kong and then Russia after seizing documents disclosing secret US surveillance programmes in the US and overseas, which he has shared with The Guardian and Washington Post newspapers.

“I don’t think the diplomatic consequences, at least as they are foreseeable now, are that significant,” she said.

It should tick off her critics that she will assume her new role as National Security Adviser to President Obama. That’s enough to send the right wingnuts into a frenzy.

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:

Rand Paul to Hillary Clinton: You Accept ‘Culpability For The Worst Tragedy Since 9/11’

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Rand Paul to Hillary Clinton:  You Accept ‘Culpability For The Worst Tragedy Since 9/11’ (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a Senate hearing that if he were the president at the time of the Benghazi consulate attack, he would have fired her, adding that “I think it’s inexcusable.” He also said her stepping down indicates that she accepts “the culpability for the worst tragedy since 9/11.” Um, I am guessing the Newtown school massacre doesn’t count. How come he was so quiet when on Condoleezza Rice’s role in the mess in Iraq?

Hillary Clinton leaves behind an impressive 20-year history in Washington D.C. and I scarcely believe what happened in Benghazi, as unfortunate as it was, will derail any presidential aspirations she may have for 2016.

Text of Hillary Clinton’s Senate Testimony on Benghazi

 Rand Paul to Hillary Clinton:  You Accept ‘Culpability For The Worst Tragedy Since 9/11’

NBC News Reporter Robert Bazell Raises Questions Hillary Clinton Blood Clot May Not Be Related to Concussion

Despite an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton releasing a statement saying she is hospitalized due to a blood clot stemming from a concussion, the questions continue to swirl. Why hasn’t a statement been released by the New York Presbyterian Hospital?

The top science reporter for NBC News raised questions Monday about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s hospitalization, raising the possibility the blood clot causing isn’t linked to an earlier concussion.“It’s not exactly clear what is happening with Secretary Clinton’s health,” NBC News chief science and health correspondent Robert Bazell said.

“All we have is a statement from her office. The hospital isn’t saying anything and the statement from her [office] says that she had this blood clot that stemmed from the concussion and she’s being treated with blood-thinning drugs,” Bazell continued. “The problem is that usually when blood clots come from concussions, they can’t be treated with blood [thinners.] So either it’s not really related to the concussion and she’s got a blood clot in her leg or something, or there’s something else going on that we’re not being told. And right now, we’re just sort of seeking that clarification and hoping for the best as she’s being observed.” Source: Politico

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.”

Sen. John McCain Now Says President Obama, Not Susan Rice the Real Problem in Benghazi Attack

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Sen. John McCain Now Says President Obama, Not Susan Rice the Real Problem in Benghazi Attack (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Sen. John McCain, who attacked UN ambassador Susan Rice over her talking points in the aftermath of the U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi, now says she could win him over during confirmation hearings, if she is nominated to replace Hillary Clinton, by President Obama. Um, really? During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace, he backtracked after his attacks on Rice were proven to be unfounded.

Host Chris Wallace then circled back, asking McCain if he was saying “she could conceivably get your vote for Secretary of State.”

“I think she deserves the ability and the opportunity to explain herself and her position,” McCain responded. “Just as she said. But, she’s not the problem. The problem is the president of the United States.” Source

The reality is that John McCain is losing credibility fast and it seems that he’s chewing on sour grapes over his loss to then-candidate Barack Obama in 2008. It’s amazing that he was quick to throw Susan Rice under a bus, but when there was clear evidence that the Bush Administration bungled the intelligence leading up to the September 11, 2001, terror attacks that claimed thousands of lives, we didn’t hear peep out of him on throwing Donald Rumsfeld or Condoleezza Rice under a bus.

Watch John McCain on Fox News Sunday:

 Sen. John McCain Now Says President Obama, Not Susan Rice the Real Problem in Benghazi Attack

The Swift Boating of President Obama Over Benghazi Consulate Attacks Fails

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The Swift Boating of President Obama Over Benghazi Consulate Attacks Fails (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The swift boating of Preisdent Obama has failed and Sen. John McCain, who seems to be leading the charge, is ending up with egg all over his face. The attempt to derail President Obama’s chances at reelection because of Benghazi has not succeeded:

Why would any agency or anybody in the administration do such a thing? It didn’t matter. Wingnuts can always find motives. There are still people who say Bill Clinton murdered Vince Foster. Whole books have been written about that one…

Benghazi has proven to be not dynamite, but a firecracker. The October surprise has not turned into a bombshell. Instead, it has bombed.