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Egypt vice-president resigns on final day of referendum
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Inhofe: Benghazi cover-up bigger than Watergate, Iran-Contra
One day after Senate Republicans held a press conference to question this week’s State Department’s report on the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in Libya that left four Americans dead, Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe said the scandal is bigger than Watergate and Iran-Contra.

“I have made a study of different cover-ups – the Pentagon Papers, Watergate and Iran-Contra. I’ve never seen anything like it. I think this is probably the greatest cover-up, in my memory anyway,” the Oklahoma Republican said in an interview Saturday night on Fox News.

Republican senators John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire said Friday that the State Department report does not address questions about the role of Cabinet officials in responding to the assault that night.

Mr. Inhofe said that, despite the report and testimony before Congress this week, the Obama administration still has not explained adequately why the mention of al Queda was deleted from the “talking points” given to U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice.

“They don’t talk about this, they don’t talk about who changed this, who was the boss of the cover-up and what was the motive,” Mr. Inhofe said. “We know what the motive was, this was before the election. And Obama had been saying he had done away with al Qaeda. Well, positively this was al Qaeda.”

In testimony before House lawmakers Thursday, Deputy Secretary of State William Burns said that, while Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton and other senior officials had been briefed about the security situation in Libya, decisions about security were made at the assistant secretary level.

Four State Department officials were relieved of their duties this week over the report, and the three who were identified held posts at the assistant secretary or deputy assistant secretary level.

Posted by: tipper || 12/23/2012 00:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Liberal media will continue to carry water for the Obama agenda, and try to bury stories like this one.
Posted by: OldSpook || 12/23/2012 3:43 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm obviously not privy to the sordid details or truth, but I know a thing or two about the identification of obfuscation and denial and one thing for dead certain. This talk about there not being enough time to conduct some sort of military operation is total rubbish. Something was going on in Benghazi that no one wishes to talk about and four Americans got terrible dead over it. The families of the dead deserve an answer. The American people deserve an answer. Unfortunately we are being lied to and told to fok off. Something much larger was in play here. I hope my days are lengthy enough to at some point discover what it was.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/23/2012 5:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Ditto that Mr.B. well said. This administration is no longer the right stuff. We can no longer expect this country to do the right thing. The world leadership compass is broken.
Posted by: Dale || 12/23/2012 7:40 Comments || Top||

#4  I just hope it's large enough to thoroughly screw Obama, the dead can't be helped now.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 12/23/2012 9:49 Comments || Top||

#5  What B and RJ said.

Dale, "no longer"? When were these clowns ever the right stuff?
Posted by: Barbara || 12/23/2012 10:41 Comments || Top||

#6  The more things are hidden and not discussed the more suspicious I get that something was going on seriously FUBAR.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/23/2012 11:03 Comments || Top||

#7  Agree, JohnQC. We have seen enough to know Fast & Furious was much more than incompetence, and we have seen the amount of effort invested in covering that up; with comparable cover-up going on over Benghazi we must conclude it too is not a case of simple incompetence, but involves something seriously illegal and probably evil.
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/23/2012 11:13 Comments || Top||

#8  There are the stories and rumors that we were working with certain people to deliver old Libyan arms to the Syrian rebels, and that Benghazi was a key trans-shipment point for that. I've seen that mentioned in a few places but nowhere authoritative.

Makes me wonder if al-Qaeda was trying to grab guns, or whether they were in the operation a lot deeper than that. For example, we know now that a number of the Syrian rebel groups are very Islamicist -- they might have had groups in Libya that were tied to them, and al Qaeda may in turn have been nestled inside those groups.

So Amb. Stevens may actually have been working with al-Q -- would he have known that? Or was he trying to keep al-Q out of the arms transfers?

Just this one angle alone would take considerable resources to figure out. And as a good progressive would say, I'm just asking a question.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/23/2012 11:41 Comments || Top||

#9  I have fired a few infantry mortars. It takes a tremendous amount of luck.... or a considerable amount of expertise to land a mortar round directly atop a building and take out a sniper. When the assault began to drag on and on, could someone have been observing and coaching at a distance, then entering the fray directly to 'kicked it up a notch'? No one talks about voice intercepts. How terribly convenient.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/23/2012 13:08 Comments || Top||

#10  could someone have been observing and coaching at a distance, then entering the fray directly to 'kicked it up a notch'?

The idea has been broached here at the Burg before of an intelligence agency being behind the incident.

I still have my list of 'favorite countries'. Nobody's been dropped from it yet.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/23/2012 20:34 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Chicago grapples with gun violence; death toll soars
Posted by: tipper || 12/23/2012 00:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  All of this In a State where there is no concealed carry, and in a city where handguns are outlawed. All firearms owners however, must possess a State issued 'Firearms Owner's ID' with photograph in order to buy weapons, ammo, or become legal owners. The transport of firearms must be done with the weapon unloaded, and in a case.

So much for gun laws taking care of gun crime. As always, the law abiding citizen complies with the law whilst the criminal ignores it.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/23/2012 5:35 Comments || Top||

#2  If it wasn't for that evil Supreme Court McDonald verdict everything would be hunky-dory. Right?
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/23/2012 9:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Over 480 DOA so far, and the odds of 500 dead are better than the Bears making the playoffs. but you other 49 states have no idea what you are doing!
Posted by: Griter Crart8496 || 12/23/2012 10:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Should we take another look at gun-walking programs in the U.S. to understand gang violence in Chicago and other cities?

PJ Media and Univision pointed out: The Department of Justice has denied the existence of such programs, despite the physical evidence of guns recovered suggesting otherwise. While the Univision report focused on guns the DOJ ran to Mexican cartels, there is enough evidence to suggest other Obama administration-sanctioned gun-walking plots arming domestic criminal gangs, such as the so-called Gangwalker plot in Indiana, which supplied Chicago street gangs, and similar rumored operations in California, North Carolina, northern Florida, and elsewhere, which provided weapons to gangs in U.S. cities. Nor has the Univision report focused on weapons that have found their way to cartels via the State Department or the Department of Defense.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/23/2012 11:00 Comments || Top||

#5  So are the Mexican cartels 'walking' some of the guns back to Chicago?
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/23/2012 11:02 Comments || Top||

#6  Not necessarily. The primary charge here is that the DoJ walked weapons to gangs.

It's highly possible that weapons were 'walked' back to US gangs. More likely, they've been walked back to the US for use by cartel operatives (such as kidnapping gangs in the Phoenix area.)

The last line (which really isn't germane in this case) is related to charges that State and the DoD walked weapons to the cartels.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/23/2012 12:22 Comments || Top||

#7  Murders: Rifles vs. Knives (2010)

Murders: Rifles vs. Knives (By Year)

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 12/23/2012 14:03 Comments || Top||

#8  Interesting table, GBUSMC. While knives are overwhelmingly more used than long guns of all types combined, blunt instruments, and fists and feet are each more used than rifles, assault-style or otherwise.
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/23/2012 16:05 Comments || Top||

#9  Its how a Gun looks, NOT how it shoots, + in any case only Politicos + Rosie O'Donnell can have Guns, NOT the little people.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/23/2012 19:25 Comments || Top||

Kerry nomination attracts no outcry, but his liberal record likely to draw scrutiny
[Fox News] Sen. John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry
Senator-for-Life from Massachussetts, the Senate's current foreign policy expert, filling the vacated wingtips of Joe Biden...
appears to have bipartisan support for becoming the next secretary of state -- with a long history of public service that makes him one of Washington's most seasoned foreign policy experts and most liberal Democrats.

Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, started garnering Republican support practically from the time U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice's potential nomination began unraveling last month and he emerged as President B.O.'s next likely pick.

Sens. John Maverick McCain
... the Senator-for-Life from Arizona, former presidential candidate and even more former foot soldier in the Reagan Revolution...
, Ariz., and Lindsey Graham
... the endangered South Carolina RINO...
, S.C., Rice's harshest critics, both praised Kerry from the onset and continued this weekend to show support for his nomination.

Though Kerry is expected to sail through the Senate confirmation hearing, Graham and McCain have hinted the decorated Vietnam veteran will not get a free pass.

Graham called the 69-year-old Kerry a "solid choice."

McCain, also a Vietnam veteran, praise Kerry for serving the country with honor and distinction but said only that he looks forward to "considering" the nomination.

McCain also told Fox News that his decision will be based on whether he thinks Kerry has the ability to "carry out his responsibilities," not on their conflicting views, including Kerry saying in the early 1990s that President George H.W. Bush's Operation Desert Storm would fail.

Kerry, the son of a diplomat, is perhaps one of the most liberal voices in the Senate.

During his 27 years in the chamber, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee has characterized climate change as a national security threat and has pushed for the reduction the nuclear weapons.
Posted by: Fred || 12/23/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Send him to "Talk" with the Taliban ,unarmed, get rid of him, (Permanently).
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 12/23/2012 9:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Good idea.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/23/2012 11:19 Comments || Top||

#3  A slap in the face to every self respecting Vietnam Vet.
Posted by: bman || 12/23/2012 11:59 Comments || Top||

#4  I still say 99-0...
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/23/2012 12:53 Comments || Top||

#5  And the slap is intended.
Posted by: Hellfish || 12/23/2012 12:53 Comments || Top||

#6  If you could vote to kick Kerry out of your day-to-day "club", wouldn't you?
Posted by: Frank G || 12/23/2012 13:18 Comments || Top||

#7  They voted not so much for Kerry as to get TerRayzor out of the Gym.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/23/2012 14:01 Comments || Top||

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Sun 2012-12-23
  Egypt vice-president resigns on final day of referendum
Sat 2012-12-22
  Scuds pummel Syrian rebel positions
Fri 2012-12-21
  U.N. Security Council Approves Mali Intervention Force
Thu 2012-12-20
  Yemeni President Restructures Army, Removes Saleh Cronies
Wed 2012-12-19
  Three more polio workers shot in Pakistan; eight dead in 48 hours
Tue 2012-12-18
  Syrian rebels take control of Damascus Palestinian camp
Mon 2012-12-17
  Rebel Offensive In Hama
Sun 2012-12-16
  Rockets Fired on Peshawar Airport, Five Dead, Dozens Injured
Sat 2012-12-15
  Tunisian Salafists attack bar, call drinkers 'infidels'
Fri 2012-12-14
  Coca-Cola resumes its production in Somalia
Thu 2012-12-13
  'Friends of Syria' Recognize Syrian Opposition
Wed 2012-12-12
  Syria Fires Scud Missiles at Insurgents, U.S. Says
Tue 2012-12-11
  North Korea 'launches long-range rocket'
Mon 2012-12-10
  Rebels Seize Chunk of Aleppo Base as Fighting Rages across Syria
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