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Donald Trump’s acceptance speech last night has been characterized as being scary or dark by Democrats. Mo Elleithee, a former Hillary campaign spokesman, said that this was a dreadful week for the GOP. That’s spin but not very good spin.
Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s pollster, said that she expects Trump and Hillary to be tied in all of the major swing states when the swing state polls start coming out. While it’s wise to take anything from a candidate’s pollster with a grain of salt, I’ve watched Mrs. Conway since she was Ms. Fitzpatrick. She isn’t a spinner. She’s earned the benefit of the doubt with me.
As for Trump’s speech, it was different in important and profound ways. He stripped away the façade that the Obama administration has hidden behind for 8 years. It started when Mr. Trump said “It is finally time for a straightforward assessment of the state of our nation. I will present the facts plainly and honestly. We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore. So if you want to hear the corporate spin, the carefully-crafted lies, and the media myths, the Democrats are holding their convention next week. Go there.”
Think of that as Trump’s way of telling the elitists in the media and in the Democratic Party (pardon the repetition) that America would hear the truth. Here’s an example of that truthfulness:
These are the facts:
Decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this administration’s rollback of criminal enforcement. Homicides last year increased by 17% in America’s fifty largest cities. That’s the largest increase in 25 years. In our nation’s capital, killings have risen by 50 percent. They are up nearly 60 percent in nearby Baltimore.
In the president’s hometown of Chicago, more than 2,000 have been the victims of shootings this year alone. And almost 4,000 have been killed in the Chicago area since he took office. The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50 percent compared to this point last year.
Democrats say that the speech was dark. Let’s ask this question: Are those the type of statistics that should make us feel happy? Or are they the type of statistics that make your heart ache? If that wasn’t enough information to make a decision on, this will help thoughtful people make the right decision:
One such border-crosser was released and made his way to Nebraska. There, he ended the life of an innocent young girl named Sarah Root. She was 21 years old and was killed the day after graduating from college with a 4.0 grade point average. Her killer was then released a second time, and he is now a fugitive from the law. I’ve met Sarah’s beautiful family. But to this administration, their amazing daughter was just one more American life that wasn’t worth protecting. One more child to sacrifice on the altar of open borders.
There’s no spinning that story. If I were to put it in tennis language, that story would be “Game. Set. Match. Championship.” Thoughtful people can’t hear that story and think we need to continue this administration’s immigration policies.
This is a powerful indictment of Hillary’s incompetence:
In 2009, pre-Hillary, ISIS was not even on the map. Libya was stable. Egypt was peaceful. Iraq had seen a big reduction in violence. Iran was being choked by sanctions. Syria was somewhat under control.
After four years of Hillary Clinton, what do we have? ISIS has spread across the region and the entire world. Libya is in ruins, and our ambassador and his staff were left helpless to die at the hands of savage killers. Egypt was turned over to the radical Muslim Brotherhood, forcing the military to retake control. Iraq is in chaos. Iran is on the path to nuclear weapons. Syria is engulfed in a civil war and a refugee crisis that now threatens the West. After 15 years of wars in the Middle East, after trillions of dollars spent and thousands of lives lost, the situation is worse than it has ever been before.
This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: Death, destruction and terrorism and weakness.
That’s a devastating and accurate before and after portrait of Hillary’s incompetence. Think of it as the indictment the Justice Department didn’t attempt to get.
Technorati: Donald Trump, Acceptance Speech, Law Enforcement, Sarah Root, Violent Crime, Terrorism, Republican National Convention, Hillary Clinton, Illegal Immigration, Libya, Iraq, ISIS, National Security, Democrats, Election 2016
If you didn’t see the first night’s speeches from the Republican National Convention, you missed the coming out party of the Republican Party’s newest rock star. Her name is Melania Trump. To fully appreciate Mrs. Trump’s speech, I think it’s important to first watch it, then read the transcript of Mrs. Trump’s speech. Here’s the video of Melania Trump’s speech:
Thinking about Melania Trump’s speech from a visual standpoint, I’m left with a surprising thought. From a visual standpoint, Melania Trump delivered a speech that could be thought of as elegant as one delivered by Jackie Kennedy.
If that’s all you took from Mrs. Trump’s speech, though, you didn’t get how powerful Mrs. Trump’s message was. The best way to understand how powerful Mrs. Trump’s speech was, you should read the transcript of Mrs. Trump’s speech. I don’t know who Mrs. Trump’s speechwriter is but whoever it is, they’re fantastic.
One of the most powerful parts of Mrs. Trump’s speech came early in the speech:
After living and working in Milan and Paris, I arrived in New York City twenty years ago and I saw both the joys and the hardships of daily life. On July 28th, 2006, I was very proud to become a citizen of the United States, the greatest privilege on planet Earth. I cannot, or will not, take the freedoms this country offers for granted. But these freedoms have come with a price so many times. The sacrifices made by our veterans are reminders to us of this. I would like to take this moment to recognize an amazing veteran, the great Senator Bob Dole.
While the video showcased Mrs. Trump’s physical elegance, something that the political world has long known about, the transcript shows Mrs. Trump’s substantive side:
Yes, Donald thinks big, which is especially important when considering the presidency of the United States. No room for small thinking. No room for small results. Donald gets things done. Our country is underperforming and needs new leadership. Leadership is also what the world needs. Donald wants our country to move forward in the most positive of ways. Everyone wants change. Donald is the only one that can deliver it. We should not be satisfied with stagnation. Donald wants prosperity for all Americans.
With perfect elegance, Mrs. Trump powerfully stated what most Americans know — that America has underperformed the past 8 years. That’s an indictment against this administration.
Later, Mrs. Trump said “Donald wants our country to move forward in the most positive of ways. Everyone wants change. Donald is the only one that can deliver it.” That’s an indictment against Hillary Clinton. She’s the status quo candidate. It’s as if Mrs. Trump was saying “if you’re satisfied with 8 more years of stagnation and rapidly increasing terrorist attacks, Mrs. Clinton is your candidate. If you want a great America that lives up to its history, Donald Trump is your candidate.’
From a literary standpoint, that’s brilliant. It’s brilliant because the speechwriter, I suspect intentionally, framed it as a binary choice: stagnation with Hillary, greatness with Trump.
Technorati: Melania Trump, Citizenship, Donald Trump, Change Agent, Make America Great Again, Leadership, Patriotism, Republican National Convention, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Stagnation, Status Quo, Democrats, Election 2016
I intentionally gave this post that inflammatory title. Other than a few left fringers that I could count on my fingers, nobody is pro-terrorist. It isn’t difficult to make a case that there are lots of lefties that hate America or that think that they need to apologize for America, with our current president at the top of that list.
After reading Chris Stirewalt’s article, though, I thought it was important to highlight how the Democrats’ passivity or indifference towards terrorism and their pandering towards #BlackLivesMatter, Hands up, don’t shoot and Al Sharpton have created the situation we’re currently facing.
Shortly after starting in office, President Obama said that he didn’t know the facts surrounding the Cambridge Police Department arresting Henry Gates but that he knew that “the cops acted stupidly.” Later, he sent then-US Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson to conduct a civil rights review and investigation. President Obama even bought into the ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ storyline. President Obama didn’t speak out against Black Lives Matter, either, because he wanted them stirred up for the midterm elections.
Couple that with Bill DeBlasio’s shameful statement that he worries about his son and Gov. Dayton’s statement that he thinks that Philando Castile would still be alive if he wasn’t black and Mrs. Clinton’s statement that systemic racism is putting African-Americans in danger.
It isn’t a stretch to say that the Democrats’ default position is to question law enforcement authorities. It’s simply happened too many times to argue otherwise.
As for terrorism, it’s painfully obvious that this administration hasn’t done all it could in fighting ISIS. John Kerry admitted that attacks against Syria and ISIS would be “unbelievably small”:
In Afghanistan, generals recommended to President Obama that they use a troop surge to destroy the Taliban. Rather than immediately accepting their recommendation, the administration dithered and dithered until the opportunity had passed and the Taliban had escaped. After all that time waiting, President Obama ordered a troop surge, then stated in the very next sentence when he’d pull our the surge troops.
Hillary isn’t much better. She’s more ‘hawkish’, if you can call it that. She’s more willing to use the military but she’s only willing to do that in a photo op way. Look at Libya. She insisted that we get rid of Qaddafi. Eventually, that happened. Then she ignored all of Christopher Stevens’ urgent requests for additional security. After ignoring those urgent cables, the result was Christopher Stevens getting killed in a terrorist attack.
There’s no proof that she’s learned from that lesson.
Simply put, the Democratic Party hasn’t shown that they have the inclination to consistently support police officers or to fight terrorists wherever they are. If we want to make America safe again, then voting for Hillary isn’t an option. She has tons of national security experience with virtually no serious accomplishments. Think Benghazi, the Arab Spring, the Russian Reset Button and insisting that Bashar al-Assad was a reformer we could work with.
That isn’t the type of experience that I’d vote for.
Technorati: Barack Obama, Apology Tour, Hillary Clinton, Russian Reset Button, Arab Spring, Libya, John Kerry, #BlackLivesMatter, Hands Up, Don’t Shoot, Al Sharpton, Ferguson, Bill DeBlasio, Appeasement, Democrats, Donald Trump, Make America Safe Again, Law and Order Candidate, Republicans, Election 2016
In the aftermath of this morning’s assassinations of 3 Baton Rouge police officers, half-hearted statements from the Commander-in-Chief aren’t enough. What’s required are strong actions that tell the world that assassinating cops won’t be tolerated.
Right after Philando Castile, Gov. Dayton opined that Castile might still be alive if he were white. It was an ill-advised statement that Gov. Dayton never should’ve made.
As long as it’s out there, though, it’s important that we flip this around. In light of the assassinations of the 5 DPD police officers last week and the assassinations of 3 police officers this morning in Baton Rouge and the I94 #BlackLivesMatter riots in St. Paul that left 21 officers injured, isn’t it time to ask whether #BlackLivesMatter should shoulder at least some of the blame for the assassinations of these police officers? Shouldn’t Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, especially Sharpton for his fiction of ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ in Ferguson, be blamed for throwing white gas on a raging racial fire?
In light of those things, the thing we didn’t need was a half-hearted statement from President Obama:
I’ll admit that it’d be difficult for President Obama to take Sharpton to the political woodshed but it’s what’s required. That’s what a leader would’ve done. Here’s what I would’ve written if I were the President’s chief speechwriter:
This morning’s assassinations of 3 police officers breaks my heart, especially knowing that it was another black man that shot those police officers. While I won’t pretend that police officers always treat minorities the same way they treat whites, I won’t pretend that black leaders like Al Sharpton and #BlackLivesMatter haven’t stoked the fires of racial animosity, either. It’s time for the police officers across the nation to review their procedures. Likewise, it’s time that the black community realize that most officers think that their job is to protect and defend the people in their city.
It was wrong for Gavin Long and Micah Johnson to murder in cold blood 8 police officers whose only sin was protecting people. It’s wrong for Al Sharpton to stoke the flames of racial animosity with chants of “Hands up, don’t shoot”.
Frankly, it’s time that both sides worked together rather than fighting each other.
That’s a statement President Obama doesn’t want to give, which is why it’s a statement that won’t be released.
Technorati: Dallas Police Department, Baton Rouge Police Department, Law Enforcement, Barack Obama, BlackLivesMatter, Al Sharpton, Hands Up, Don’t Shoot, Ferguson, Michael Brown, Baltimore, Freddie Gray, Mark Dayton, Philando Castile, I94 Riot, Racial Tensions
The Boston Globe’s Joan Vennochi is one of the most consistently liberal columnists in the nation. That’s her persona. Think of this morning’s column as the literary equivalent of Vennochi taking a wooden spoon to Mrs. Clinton’s political backside.
It didn’t take long for Ms. Vennochi to break out the punishment, saying “One man driving a truck, 84 people dead. Donald Trump wants to declare war on that. It isn’t real policy. It’s rhetoric, a direct appeal to the gut, to the anger and fear people experience when they watch the reports from Nice. Hillary Clinton wants us to be smarter, talk to our allies, and maybe hold a summit. Her typically wonky response reflects little understanding of what average Americans feel when they see bodies, strollers, and a stuffed animal strewn along a beach promenade.”
I haven’t been a fan of Mr. Trump but I’d be intellectually dishonest if I didn’t say that, when it comes to terrorism, Donald Trump gets it. Hillary’s litany of foreign policy mistakes is proof that she doesn’t get it. Ms. Vennochi wasn’t done. A couple paragraphs later, she wrote “Statistically, the likelihood of a terror attack may still be small, but at a certain point, statistics don’t matter. After terrorist attacks in Paris, Brussels, and Istanbul, such violence feels possible in any major city. And attacks at home, in San Bernardino and Orlando, instill fear of the lone wolf terrorist next door, making us suspicious of each other. Last week’s murders of five Dallas police officers were not inspired by any foreign terrorist cause, but elevate the fear and suspicion.”
Dissertations aren’t in order when terrorists hit a soft target. That’s for the professors to deal with a year later. Leaders need to lead. One of President Bush’s highest moments came while standing on a pile of rubble at Ground Zero:
That’s what leaders do. They rally their citizens to a cause bigger than themselves. They don’t issue 5,000-word dissertations on where terrorists start. They don’t explain why we need to understand the terrorists. They tell people that terrorists are evil and, like with other evil people, they need to be destroyed ASAP.
That doesn’t require a 2-year commitment of 250,000 ground troops in a distant country. That’s Iraq, not ISIS. To win this war, we need to listen to people like Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and others who think like him. ISIS is constantly morphing and transforming itself. It’s essential that we do the same to keep them at bay and prevent their attacks.
Technorati: Donald Trump, Nice, France, Ultimate Plowing Machine, Inspire Magazine, AQAP, Anwar al-Awlaki, George W. Bush, Ground Zero, National Security, Leadership, Republicans, Hillary Clinton, Russian Reset Button, Arab Spring, ISIS, Barack Obama, Democrats, Election 2016
Donald Trump is onto something that might change the dynamics of the presidential race. I don’t know whether it’s enough but it’s difficult picturing him not painting the Obama-Clinton foreign policy as anything but a failure. He certainly did in this article, saying “The Middle East today is more unstable than ever before”, adding that “She led him right down a horrible path. He didn’t know what he was doing.”
HINT TO MR. TRUMP: He still doesn’t. It isn’t that he’s stupid generally speaking. It’s that he’s foolish because his ideology won’t let him see reality. Steve Hayes has said multiple times that “Obama sees the world that he wants to exist, not the world that does exist.” That’s exactly right.
Hillary suffers from the same mental disease. On March 27, 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said “many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer.” Hillary is the idiot that gave Russia the infamous reset button. That’s been a disaster for the entire region, starting with Ukraine, then advancing into Syria to stabilize Assad and protecting ISIS.
With ISIS-planned or ISIS-inspired attacks happening more frequently, we can’t tolerate a terrorist ‘new normal’. We need clear-thinking people that aren’t afraid to tell the American people the truth and who won’t hesitate in killing terrorists. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is one of those guys. Watch this video and tell me that he isn’t a clear-thinking expert:
John Bolton is another clear-thinking expert:
If there is a Trump administration, Gen. Flynn should be Trump’s Secretary of Defense; Bolton should be his Secretary of State. These are serious men who see the world that exists and that are willing to help Islamic terrorists meet their allotment of virgins. It’s time the US had a national security team that took the world seriously. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry haven’t taken the world seriously in the last 8 years.
Technorati: Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Mike Flynn, Secretary of Defense, John Bolton, Secretary of State, National Security, Republicans, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Russian Reset Button, John Kerry, Terrorist Attacks, ISIS, JV Team, Democrats, Election 2016
Yesterday, a truck-driving terrorist killed at least 80 people attending the Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, France. NBC is reporting that a “truck plowed into pedestrians during Bastille Day celebrations in the popular French seaside city of Nice Thursday, leaving at least 80 people dead in what the nation’s president called ‘obviously a terrorist attack.'”
Thursday night’s terrorist attack isn’t unprecedented. Though trucks of this size have never been used like this before, the idea was written about in 2010. Why didn’t we hear that Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula’s Inspire magazine “dedicated an entire article to the use of vehicles to kill” in their fall 2010 publication.
The article got specific, telling potential future terrorists to “Pick your location and timing carefully. Go for the most crowed locations. Narrower spots are also better because it gives less chance for the people to run away. Avoid locations where other vehicles may intercept you.”
Further, it said “To achieve maximum carnage, you need to pick up as much speed as you can while still retaining good control of your vehicle in order to maximize your inertia and be able to strike as many people as possible in your first run.”
Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, the man who should be Donald Trump’s Secretary of Defense if he’s elected, was irate. Appearing on Megyn Kelly’s show, Gen. Flynn unloaded. If you don’t watch any other video this week, this video is must see material:
Here’s part of what Gen. Flynn said:
This is just a larger scale version of a tactic that we’ve seen used. They’ve used this tactic before. We know this has been used in the Middle East against the Israelis. The thing that I’m worried about — there is a warning that’s coming across social media for Germany and I’ve gotten little bits and pieces about the potential for Berlin so I don’t know what activities are going on there but I’m putting that out. I’ve already contacted my friends over there to let them know because I have social media capabilities that we look at.
Gen. Flynn was just getting started. Later, he said this:
We’ve captured their campaign plan over the last decade. We’ve actually captured it twice and it is essentially the same thing so we’re going to hear how well we’re doing in Iraq and Syria, that we’re pushing them back, we fought them out of Fallujah. Actually, that’s not what I see and that’s not what I hear. There is so much chatter right tonight by what I would call the jihadi soldiers, the jihadi army on Twitter and on Telegram on social media. There’s no chatter by leaders but we don’t know who these guys are but I know that there’s a lot of chatter by their soldiers praising what just happened.
Then Gen. Flynn lowered the boom on the entire Obama administration, Hillary included:
These guys are executing a campaign plan. Thiessen, who you just had on recently, he read it out of their magazine … What we have not done — and I will stop here and get off my soapbox in just a minute — but what we have not done, from an international standpoint, we have not established a set of strategic objectives to go after this vicious, very barbaric enemy. They have declared war on us. This is a world war. This is a world war. It’s not like it was in the history books of World War II. It might not feel like tanks on the desert and planes and ships at sea but this is a world war. They declared war on us. We must, internationally, we must create a new Twenty-First Century alliance, but we have got to take the Arab Muslim world to task, the leaders in this world.
If Trump gets elected, Gen. Flynn needs to become his first Secretary of Defense and John Bolton his first Secretary of State. They’d send the signal that America is serious about killing terrorists again.
President Obama has been the world president in terms of national security in my lifetime. He’s far worse than Jimmy Carter. That’s something I never thought I’d say.
Watch the entire video. It’s compelling viewing. Gen. Flynn on his soapbox on fighting terrorists is must see TV. You’ll learn more in 5 minutes of listening to him than you’d learn in listening to Hillary Clinton for her entire time as Secretary of State.
Technorati: ISIS Terrorist Attack, Nice, France, Bastille Day, World War II, National Security, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Democrats, Donald Trump, Michael Flynn, DIA, John Bolton, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense
I’m shocked, shocked I tell you, that Angie Craig is attempting to tie Jason Lewis to Donald Trump. It’s what a hardline lefty like Craig has to do. When I wrote this post, I highlighted Ms. Craig’s issues page.
Ms. Craig’s issue page identifies her quickly as part Pelosi lefty, part Bernie Sanders lefty. For instance, Craig thinks that the federal government isn’t spending enough on higher education, saying “This includes both encouraging public colleges to find ways to lower costs and increase federal funding for the neediest students, providing incentives for states to invest in higher education and keeping tuition down. We can’t continue to saddle our kids with the tens of thousands of dollars of debt as they enter the workforce.”
Spoken like a true utopian. Craig isn’t done with the leftist ideology. Another bit of low-hanging fruit from the Craig ‘issues tree’ comes from her saying “We have to ensure that there are meaningful, good paying jobs for our graduates and more job opportunities for working families. Congress has lost sight of the fundamentals of growing the economy.”
That’s too easy. President Obama has been in office for almost 8 years but it’s Congress’s fault that the economy hasn’t helped people working for small businesses? It wasn’t a GOP Congress that passed the ACA, aka Obamacare. It wasn’t a GOP Congress that waged war against mining jobs with EPA regulations. Hillary Clinton promised to devastate blue collar states:
It was Hillary who said that she’d put lots of coal miners out of work. Ms. Craig seems to turn a blind eye towards that. I’d love to hear Ms. Craig explain how it’s possible to build a “a sustainable economy and create meaningful, good-paying jobs” while intentionally killing other jobs. Perhaps Ms. Craig would like to explain government’s history of picking winners lately. In Ms. Craig’s mind, is Solyndra a success?
Earlier, I highlighted the fact that Ms. Craig blamed the Republican Congress of losing “sight of the fundamentals of growing the economy.” Personally, I think Ms. Craig should be reminded of this:
Solyndra, the solar panel manufacturer who took more than $500 million from President Obama’s stimulus then went bust, sticking taxpayers for the loss, lied to federal officials to secure the loan, the Energy Department’s inspector general said in a report released Wednesday.
But the Obama administration goofed too, and may have cut corners in fully vetting the project because of “political pressure” from top Democrats and Solyndra itself, the investigators said in their report, which took four years to complete.
Is Ms. Craig certain that we should trust the federal government in picking investment opportunities? If she is, then I’m pretty certain that she’s wrong for the Second District. Frankly, her ideas don’t make any sense. ‘Craigonomics’ sounds like the same hair-brained foolishness that’s had the economy spinning its wheels the last 8 years.
If Reaganomics is the picture of a thriving economy, which it was, then Craigonomics is the polar opposite of a thriving economy.
Finally, there’s nothing in Ms. Craig’s issues page that talks about civil rights or fighting terrorists. Doesn’t Ms. Craig think that those things are important priorities? If she thinks those things are important, why isn’t she talking about what her solution is to demolishing ISIS?
Technorati: Angie Craig, Nancy Pelosi, Free Tuition, Green Jobs, EPA, Solyndra, Hillary Clinton, Coal Mining, Democrats, Jason Lewis, Reaganomics, National Security, Civil Rights, ISIS, GOP, Election 2016
If people paid attention, they weren’t surprised that Senate Democrats voted to continue the violence in sanctuary cities. The Democratic Party is quickly becoming known as the political party that doesn’t protect its citizens. It’s quickly becoming the political party that thinks that laws are for other people.
Certainly, Hillary doesn’t think that this nation’s laws pertain to her. After making the case to indict Hillary on multiple counts of violating the Espionage Act, FBI Director Jim Comey essentially said that Hillary Clinton and her senior advisors weren’t subject to this nation’s laws.
Wednesday, Senate Democrats voted to preserve funding for sanctuary cities. According to the article, “The Republican-controlled Senate failed Wednesday to advance efforts to change federal immigration law — including one to cut funding to so-called sanctuary cities” by a vote of 53-44.
Democrats better not say that they’re the party of the little guy. That’s BS. They’re the party that’s a wholly owned subsidiary of La Raza, aka NCLR.
Senate Republicans also failed to get enough votes to advance their proposed Kate’s Law, named after Kate Steinle, who was fatally shot in July 2015, allegedly by an illegal immigrant who had multiple felony convictions and was deported several times prior to the incident.
Afterward, Harry Reid spoke:
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said they put presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s “ant-immigration rhetoric into action. These bills follow Trump’s lead in demonizing, criminalizing immigrant, Latino families,” the Nevada Democrat said before the votes.
The White House also issued this statement:
The bill fails to offer the comprehensive reforms needed to fix the Nation’s broken immigration laws and would impose severe and unprecedented mandatory minimum sentences that would undermine the discretion of federal judges to make sure the punishment fits the crime in each case.
That’s insulting. Kate’s Law imposes mandatory minimum sentences because liberal judges frequently let violent illegal aliens off with a slap on the wrist, if they appear at all.
If the Democratic Party wants the reputation of being unwilling to protect its citizens, then it deserves to get blown out of the water this November. I don’t know what will happen this far out but, from a policy standpoint, Democrats deserve to be trounced. Thus far, they’ve failed to protect Americans. That’s true with terrorists. It’s true with illegal aliens, too.
It isn’t a secret that the media has seen protecting President Obama and Hillary Clinton as one of their primary responsibilities. Still, it’s stunning that it’s outdone itself with this Miami Herald editorial.
With regards to absolving Hillary of all wrongdoing, it created a preposterous argument, saying “Yes, it found a series of failings by the national security bureaucracy, but here’s what else it did: Cleared former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of the absurd accusation that she somehow knew about the attack on the diplomatic compound in Libya before it happened and did nothing about it.” That’s breathtakingly dishonest. I’ve followed this story for almost 4 years. In that time, I’ve never heard anyone accuse Mrs. Clinton of knowing “about the attack on the diplomatic compound before it happened and did nothing about it.”
What has happened is that people accused Mrs. Clinton of not acting on repeated requests from Christopher Stevens for additional security. Then as now, Democrats have insisted that the cables, many of them labeled as urgent, never were brought to Mrs. Clinton’s attention. Then as now, nobody outside of her inner circle believes her. That’s why her honest and trustworthy numbers stink.
This part really stinks:
The GOP-led committee’s desire to find evidence of malfeasance by Ms. Clinton to support all the conspiracy theories surrounding Benghazi went unfulfilled. Had there been real facts to support it, surely this committee would have found it.
First, the thing that sets Benghazi apart from other tragic events is the relative scarcity of conspiracy theories of what happened that night. Next, this article highlights the evidence showing the utter incompetence of Mrs. Clinton and the disinterest shown by President Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta:
The following facts are among the many new revelations in Part I:
- Despite President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s clear orders to deploy military assets, nothing was sent to Benghazi, and nothing was en route to Libya at the time the last two Americans were killed almost 8 hours after the attacks began. [pg. 141]
- With Ambassador Stevens missing, the White House convened a roughly two-hour meeting at 7:30 PM, which resulted in action items focused on a YouTube video, and others containing the phrases “[i]f any deployment is made,” and “Libya must agree to any deployment,” and “[w]ill not deploy until order comes to go to either Tripoli or Benghazi.” [pg. 115]
- The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff typically would have participated in the White House meeting, but did not attend because he went home to host a dinner party for foreign dignitaries. [pg. 107]
- A Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) sat on a plane in Rota, Spain, for three hours, and changed in and out of their uniforms four times. [pg. 154]
- None of the relevant military forces met their required deployment timelines. [pg. 150]
- The Libyan forces that evacuated Americans from the CIA Annex to the Benghazi airport was not affiliated with any of the militias the CIA or State Department had developed a relationship with during the prior 18 months. Instead, it was comprised of former Qadhafi loyalists who the U.S. had helped remove from power during the Libyan revolution. [pg. 144]
How can a patriotic American read that information and not be infuriated? That the Miami Herald read that and dismissed it says that a) there aren’t any patriots on the Miami Herald’s Editorial Board and b) the Miami Herald’s Editorial Board can’t be trusted to offer insightful, honest opinions about the biggest events of our time. That’s how it can say this with a straight face:
The report, a product of the longest Congressional investigation in memory on possible wrongdoing in the executive branch, longer than Watergate or 9/11, went a bit further and deeper than the earlier ones, but the general outline was already known.
TRANSLATION: This report was far more detailed than the other ‘investigations’ but we the media have already determined the narrative we’re going to push. If it conflicts with the truth, then the truth be damned. It’s the narrative, damn it.
Watch Andrea Mitchell’s interview of Chairman Gowdy. Then tell me his committee didn’t uncover important new information:
If this plethora of new information doesn’t constitute important new information, what would constitute something new and important?
Technorati: Hillary Clinton, Christopher Stevens, Benghazi Terrorist Attack, Leon Panetta, Barack Obama, Miami Herald Editorial Board, Media Bias, Trey Gowdy, House Select Committee on Benghazi, Benghazi Report