Protesting too much

President's patronizing demeanor obscures truth on Benghazi

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Chivalry lives!

But so does chicanery.

President Obama sends U.N. Secretary Susan Rice out to perpetrate a hoax on America – claiming that the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was the result of a protest over an Internet video – and then tries to ride to her rescue when someone dares question her bogus story.

Asked at a rare White House press conference Wednesday about Rice’s role in the Benghazi cover story, Obama angrily defended her reputation and scowled that if Republicans have a problem with the Libya story, they should “go after me.”

No doubt they would appreciate the opportunity, Mr. President. Your administration has bungled Benghazi from the get-go, and it’s time the buck stopped on your desk.

“Mr. President,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., “don’t think for one minute I don’t hold you ultimately responsible for Benghazi.”

But in the spirit of the president’s manufactured Sir Galahad act, we would argue: Methinks thou doth protest too much.

First, let’s address the gender patronizing going on.

If the president wants females in his administration to take leadership and spokesperson roles – including his wife – then let them take the heat as well. They’re not tender, helpless little girls who need his
gallant protection. It’s more than a little chauvinistic to pretend otherwise.

Second, the overall patronization:

This president appears to have never been seriously questioned about anything in his life. Liberals like to make an issue of the color of his skin; the real problem is its thickness, or lack thereof.

Four people were killed at our embassy in Benghazi on Sept. 11. The official story for days from this administration was that the attack was the result of a protest gone bad. They later had to admit there was never any protest, and that it was a clear, premeditated, commando-style raid on our consulate. And they knew that pretty early, if not immediately.

That means someone in this administration had to concoct, from scratch, the video protest sham story.

It’s time we found out who. And it’s time this president learned how to answer tough questions without getting all bent out of shape. The campaign is over, Mr. President. Time to do your job. And time to level with the American people.

Of course, many of us would argue that the time has long since passed. But the president managed to kick this can past Election Day. So be it. Now it’s time for a Day of Reckoning.

We don’t care who gets asked the many questions that need answering, whether it be a woman or a man. But if this president doesn’t want his surrogates questioned, that’s tough; they’re going to be. If he wants to prevent it, wants to be truly chivalrous, he can always proffer some answers himself. It’s called accountability.

Another thing: This president keeps blaming the intelligence community for the video protest hoax. Well, if he’s being truthful, then some heads need to roll in that department – because someone there imagined a citizen protest out of thin air.

Some are calling for a Watergate-, Iran-Contra-style select committee investigation in Congress. And it looks like that’s the only way we’ll get any answers about why four Americans died after repeated requests for security – and after seven hours of administration inaction during the murderous raid.

Just a word of caution to the committee: Be careful not to ask any tough questions of the Obama women!

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Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 11:31 am
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"Why did the AC never get
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"Why did the AC never get this up in arms about the TWELVE embassy attacks that resulted in 52 deaths under Bush?"

When did Bush make up a cover story for the attacks in order to get elected?

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itsanotherday1 11/20/12 - 11:32 am
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There you go again Lefties!

Attacking ACES rather than addressing the substance of the editorial. Some things are as predictable as the sun coming up.

Oh, and after 12 years you still refuse to accept that almost every government in the free world, including your current SOS and many other Democrats, asserted than Saddam Hussein had WMD. Bush was not alone in being hoodwinked.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 11:32 am
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"what part of "investigate
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"what part of "investigate first, judge later" is so unattractive to you guys?"

Is THIS what you are talking about when you say investigate first, judge later?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZYsW_PxWAM

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TParty 11/20/12 - 11:40 am
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"When did Bush make up a

"When did Bush make up a cover story for the attacks in order to get elected?"

What happened when America was attacked, when Bush was president? When intel was ignored, and Bush refused to testify for months? America still rallied around the President, because we were attacked.

If Obama did go out there saying were attacked- besides the far right fringe who put their party and power over the country- most people would have rallied around the President. Before an election too. Then- the conspiracy would have been "Obama pushes terror attack in order to get re-elected"

Instead- the White House kept to unclassified talking points when addressing the nation. And so the talking points are now "Obama made up a cover story for the attacks in order to get elected".

And the cycle will continue, until the next fake scandal.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 11:41 am
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"Funny how you keep saying
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"Funny how you keep saying that- but provide no transcripts."

Well since the meetings were closed doors, actual transcrips could be a bit hard to come by, but since you claim to know all of what the CIA says and does, perhaps you could come up with something. I DID provide links to interviews after the meeting where he disclosed what was said. I would hope that would be enough.

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Jane18 11/20/12 - 11:43 am
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We Are Not Deceived

"You can fool some of the people some of the time, but.......................................................". Guess who are Not fooled?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 11:43 am
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I wonder how TParty got privy
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I wonder how TParty got privy to what is classified and what isn't? Could it just be made up?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 11:45 am
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"Instead- the White House
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"Instead- the White House kept to unclassified talking points when addressing the nation."

Funny, you keep saying that....where's the transcrips?

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Retired Army 11/20/12 - 11:45 am
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Jane1811/20/12 - 10:41 am

jane18 writes: ""You can fool some of the people some of the time, "

And the ACES can fool the fools all the time.

TParty
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TParty 11/20/12 - 11:48 am
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"Well since the meetings were

"Well since the meetings were closed doors, actual [transcripts] could be a bit hard to come by"

Exactly. You don't know.

"I DID provide links to interviews after the meeting where he disclosed what was said. I would hope that would be enough."

Must have been other editorials, because I see nothing here.

"I wonder how TParty got privy to what is classified and what isn't? Could it just be made up?"

Could be made up. It's not though. And when you're in the industry, and you see what has been released to the public- it's clear what is going on.

And John McCain actually showed up to his briefings, be might get a better understanding instead of trumping up this fake scandal.

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Blue State Of Mind 11/20/12 - 11:49 am
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Angela what cover story?
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Angela what cover story? We've known about what happened in Benghazi since day 1. The issue is what actually lead to the attack and that is still under investigation. Obama has never lied about the deaths and he has stated NUMEROUS times that it was a terrorist attack. It is really hard to get excited about Benghazi until after all the facts come out. The GOP has politicized everything about the president since the day he took office.

I've grown up around folks who were top level military and or workers for the federal or state government. Our national security depends on what information is released and when to the general public. But with our current state of immediate news for immediate gratification, some stories do not have the necessary time to discover all the facts. So yes, stories change. Not because they LIED TO US, not because it was a conspiracy to cover up the story, not because we don't need to know, but simply because it takes time to filter out the bullcrap and find the truth without jeopardizing security. It's not hard to understand. Well...at least not for most of us anyways.

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TParty 11/20/12 - 11:50 am
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""Instead- the White House

""Instead- the White House kept to unclassified talking points when addressing the nation."

Funny, you keep saying that....where's the [transcripts]?"

You know how I know you don't know what classified means, or what operation security is?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 11:50 am
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So you want ME to give you
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So you want ME to give you transcripts, but we should just take your word for it. Makes sense.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 11:52 am
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"You know how I know you don't know what classified means, or what operation security is?"

You don't know that. I'm well aware of what OPSEC and Classified means. I have a " " level security clearance.

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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 11:54 am
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Blue State Of Mind...the
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Blue State Of Mind...the protest that Obama claimed lead to the attack never happened. He saw live video showing that it didn't happen, yet he kept telling the people that it did. Or the fact that the Al Qada links that the CIA informed them about were deleted out. THAT cover story.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 12:00 pm
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http://www.usatoday.com/story
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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/11/16/petraeus-benghazi-h...

edit--hmmmmm..thumbs down for simply posting a news story. Must be from someone who doesn't like the truth.

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TParty 11/20/12 - 11:57 am
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"You don't know that. I'm

"You don't know that. I'm well aware of what OPSEC and Classified means. I have a " " level security clearance."

If that were true- then you would understand discretion.

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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 11:59 am
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I certainly do.....I also
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I certainly do.....I also understand lying. I also understand that the CIA is documented as saying that they gave the White House information, and that information was deleted out......YOU assume that it was for OPSEC reasons....and assumption that is without backing. What tactics would have been revealed by admitting that Al Qaeda is NOT as descimated as the President has been bragging?

TParty
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TParty 11/20/12 - 12:06 pm
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"What tactics would have been

"What tactics would have been revealed by admitting that Al Qaeda is NOT as [decimated] as the President has been bragging?"

Nice try Al Qaeda! (It's a joke- when people try getting information, show your hand, which would help their cause.)

So the problem now is that Al Qaeda is not as decimated as the President has made us to believe? I don't recall anyone saying they are no longer a threat, and that all of our drone strikes have just been for fun.

"I also understand that the CIA is documented as saying that they gave the White House information, and that information was deleted out......YOU assume that it was for OPSEC reasons....and assumption that is without backing."

From your own article you posted:

"But the CIA eventually approved the modified assessment, King said Petraeus told the committee. Why the CIA approved the talking points, which were made public by US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice and others, and who was involved in making the changes, King did not say"

And you say you know what classified, OPSEC and discretion is?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 12:11 pm
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Yes I do.
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Yes I do.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 12:12 pm
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I'm sorry...you were
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I'm sorry...you were right....NO ONE has said Al Qaeda has been decimated. What was I thinking.

http://times247.com/articles/obama-al-qaeda-has-been-decimated

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TParty 11/20/12 - 12:21 pm
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Decimated: Drastically reduce

Decimated: Drastically reduce the strength or effectiveness of something.

Doesn't mean they are not out there, as you can tell by the number of new leaders being killed, and even old ones, like bin Laden.

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harley_52 11/20/12 - 12:37 pm
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"A woman's right to choose...."

....Is nothing more (or less) than a liberal euphemism for "a woman's right to slaughter her unborn child."

Why don't we just let them choose to slaughter their born children when they are a pain in the behind (or interfere with an evening out) as long as it's done before they reach the age of six?

Ronald Reagan said 'I've noticed all the people who are FOR abortion have already been born.'

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Blue State Of Mind 11/20/12 - 01:37 pm
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"A woman's right to choose....Is nothing more (or less) than a liberal euphemism for "a woman's right to slaughter her unborn child."

At conception - a moment which modern science still cannot pinpoint (there is no way to perfectly calculate the exact moment the sperm meets the egg.) you have a ZYGOTE. That is one sperm cell and one egg cell that have united, and will soon multiply. Shortly after, the egg will implant itself in the wall of the uterus, thus starting the pregnancy officially. A very significant portion of ZYGOTES (that is a fertilized egg) never make it to this stage, and are 'flushed out' with the next menstrual period. This in effect means that every sexually active women has had umpteen miscarriages she never even knew about. Nature removes zygotes all the time. Every day. Early miscarriages are almost as common. Are those women guilty of negligent child murder?

Saying a woman consents to pregnancy because she has sex is somewhat akin to saying that because you drive, you consent to donate any parts of your body a victim may need just because you hit them with your car.

A baby is a baby once it's born. Before that point, it is either a zygote, blastocyst, embryo, or fetus, or whatever. not a baby. That is like saying an acorn is an oak tree. Someday, if all goes well, the acorn might very well become an oak tree. But not today.

In the united states, there is no legal compulsion for anyone to loan another the use of their body against their will. My uterus is part of my body, and no action I take will require me to make it available to anyone else. I could sleep with everyone in my town, and still not be obligated to loan my uterus out for so much as a day.

Also consider that most women who have abortions already have one kid. Consider also, that many women cite the reason for their abortion as financial instability. There are other reasons (Mental instability, poor health, other kid is still too young to wean soon). Now, when you force a woman to carry a child to term that she doesn't want, can't care for, or can't afford, (or whatever her reasons) now you are deliberately condoning the suffering of multiple parties. Not only the woman - we have already been over that.

The other child - may not have enough food to eat now that mom has 2 (or more) mouths to feed. Now she has 2 malnourished children instead of one healthy one. Congrats, you saved one life, but shortened 2. This is exactly the situation in developing countries. The mother knows she can only raise x amount of kids, but she is property of her husband, who is usually a bipedal rutting pig. So she's constantly pregnant. has 12 kids, half of which are starving, and the philosophy is "she can always make more".

If the mother knows she is mentally unstable, then you are forcing the kid into an abusive situation. Congrats, you saved a life, but made it hell for the child.

If the mother is in poor health, that will be reflected on the child. Malnutrition can cause spina bifida, and many other congenital and permanent defects in a fetus. Congrats, you saved a life, but the kid is not confined to a wheel chair, and is costing society a LOT of resources.

Also consider that most pro-lifers are adamantly against the welfare and food stamp systems that most women depend on to feed their kids when they have more kids than they can afford. Congrats, you have saved thousand of lives, cost society billions of dollars, and made our taxes skyrocket to pay for these programs (which would not be needed if women had access to contraceptives and abortions when they needed them) OR, if you refused to provide welfare for the situation you caused, you just created a whole generation of starving, abused, neglected children. Aren't you proud of yourself?

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Blue State Of Mind 11/20/12 - 02:02 pm
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Stop censoring everyone but your right wing commentators AC.

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nofanofobama 11/20/12 - 02:04 pm
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tparty it was obumler

tparty it was obumler narrative....he kept repeating the lie over and over on the campaign trail.. the consolate was attacked b/4 in early summer and the brits and red cross pulled out..they asked repeatedly for more security.even after the attack we couldnt get to the scene for weeks because of the gangs of terrorists. what do you on the left need to understand about the events...real time survalience by cameras and a drone, pleas for help. a phoney excuse about a movie nobody knew about til it became apart of the narrative...campaign trips on day of attack..my goodness it smells to holy you now what..what about wanting the truth..where are the patriots on the left who havent bought the story hook line and sinker..there is so much left unsaid no one can or should be content with the so called official tale..we deserve the truth

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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 02:18 pm
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"A baby is a baby once it's born. Before that point, it is either a zygote, blastocyst, embryo, or fetus, or whatever. not a baby."

Yet if you murder an expectant mother, you can be charged with 2 counts of murder.....where is the second person if it's not a baby?

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Blue State Of Mind 11/20/12 - 02:21 pm
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How come everytime I try to post truthful links and facts about Benghazi those postings are mysteriously queued and never allowed to be posted? I'm writing in the most respectful way I know...I haven't used cuss words....yet none of my postings get through. I guess if you don't share the Fox News line of thinking the AC doesn't want to show it. So much for them being an unbiased newspaper where everyone can share ideals.

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Blue State Of Mind 11/20/12 - 02:26 pm
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Angela,

The only time that a person can be charged with murder x2 is when the fetus is of age to live outside the womb (6 months or so) because you have taken the life of a HUMAN that is capiable of living on it own without its mother. Before a "unborn child" is considered a living being, they have to reach this stage. So any abortion performed before 23 weeks is not considered killing a live being (because if born they would not survive anyway)

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Humble Angela 11/20/12 - 02:31 pm
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"The only time that a person can be charged with murder x2 is when the fetus is of age to live outside the womb (6 months or so) because you have taken the life of a HUMAN that is capiable of living on it own without its mother. "

But YOU said it's not a baby until it's born....which is it? Those were YOUR words ya know.

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