some things

Here’s some more bits o’ Perspective in prep for Monday’s Spectacle. …wonder if Mitt will use any of it?

April 5, 2011: Special envoy Christopher Stevens arrives in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi to forge ties with the forces battling Moammar Gadhafi. President Obama appoints him as ambassador to Libya on May 22, 2012.

…America just helped take out a leader who had ruled a country for over 40 years. That’s a big f-cking deal.

…March, 2012: State Department Regional Security Officer Eric Nordstrom sends a cable to Washington asking for additional diplomatic security agents for Benghazi, later says he received no response. …

…April 6: Two fired Libyan security guards throw an IED over the consulate fence.

…[State Department Regional Security Officer Eric Nordstrom asks for ] additional diplomatic security agents again in July, with the same result

… June 6: Unknown assailants blow a hole in the consulate’s north gate described by a witness as “big enough for 40 men to go through.” Four days later, the British ambassador’s car is ambushed by militants with a rocket-propelled grenade.

…Sept. 10: Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri calls on Libyans to avenge the death of his Libyan deputy, Abu Yahya al Libi, killed in a June drone strike in Pakistan.

…Sept. 11: …

…Sept. 12: …Reuters reports for the first time that some administration officials believe the assault “bears the hallmarks of an organized attack.” [ie "NOT The Video"]

…Sept. 13: White House spokesman Jay Carney says “the protests we’re seeing around the region are in reaction to this movie.”
[ie; "The Video"]

…Sept. 14: Carney says the administration had “no actionable intelligence” about a pending attack.

…Sept. 16: Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, does the rounds on the Sunday talk shows and says the video is the “proximate cause” of the assault in Benghazi. “Our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous — not a premeditated — response to what had transpired in Cairo,”
[ie; "The Video" also "Intelligence Failure"]

…as U.N. Ambassador, Susan Rice answers FIRST to President Barack Obama NOT to Hillary Clinton. Rice is a cabinet member. Her loyalty is to the WH not State….

…Sept. 20: CBS reports that witnesses in Benghazi say there was no protest prior to the armed assault against the consulate.
[ie "NOT The Video"]

…Sept. 20, Obama at a town hall meeting says: “…The Video…”

…Sept. 21: Clinton says “what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack,” highest official until then to say so.
[ie "NOT The Video"]

Sept. 25: In his address to the U.N. General Assembly, Obama doesn’t mention terrorism but makes repeated references to
[The Video].

…Sept. 27: Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says it’s “clear that there were terrorists who planned that attack.”
[ie "NOT The Video"]

Oct. 6: In a letter to Senate Republicans demanding an explanation for the shifting rhetoric, Rice … says she “relied solely and squarely on the information the intelligence community provided to me and other senior U.S. officials.”
[ie also "Intelligence Failure"]

Oct. 9: Senior State Department officials for the first time acknowledge that there was never any protest in Benghazi during a background call with reporters.
[ie "Intelligence Failure"]

…Oct. 10: Lt. Col. Andy Wood and Eric Nordstrom testify at a House oversight committee hearing on security lapses in Libya. They say their requests for more security were denied by their superiors in Washington, testimony confirmed by cables made public by chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).

Oct. 11: During the vice presidential debate, Biden says, “We weren’t told they wanted more security there.” …

The timeline excerpted above is from The Hill. More details there.

Further …commentary is from The Ulsterman Report
[NB I dunno if that's real, a plant or a bit. It lends interesting perspective, tho... Worth a read.]


  1. geezerette
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 9:37 am |

    Maybe Obama will wear himself out jumping up and down calling Romney a lier. Of course that depends on if the moderator will verify that Romney is lying.

  2. kinlaw
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 9:43 am |

    Almost getting tired of saying this, but if this was a Republican administration…

    And did you hear that Dick Durbin used a football game analogy in regards to the four American dead in Benghazi?

    Think he’ll get called opn it by the klown kar media?

  3. kinlaw
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 9:45 am |

    Geezerette, what are the words written on the stone your froggy is sitting on?

    The second word looks like balance, but I cant make out the first one.

  4. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 10:02 am |

    RATz are busy sorting their last alibis before the election. They are reviewing all the statements made by the defendants at the Nuremburg Trial!

    ” Ich habe nur Befehle befolgt.”

  5. JoeBandMember®
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 11:52 am |

    This is a long one, please take the time to watch ut.

  6. JoeBandMember®
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 11:53 am |

    Ok, so I can’t type worth a ship.

  7. kinlaw
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm |

    “Ok, so I can’t type worth a ship.

    Comment by JoeBandMember® ”

    Hah, no way you will ever be as bad as I am.

  8. Posted October 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm |

    And Obamatosis™ was “offended” to be asked about any of this? And then dodges the question.

    What kind of Man uses words like “offended” to shirk their duties and then run away, much less the President of the United States?

    Why, no Man. No Man at all.

  9. Ironic in Denver
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm |

    kinlaw 3: “Create Balance”

    I was so taken with it that I stuck it in a separate window and zoomed it up. The words materialized just before the lo-density pixels fell apart.

    I hope this is somehow an analogy for this election.

  10. Ironic in Denver
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm |

    Claire, thanks for this post. It gives a lot in a compact form, which is sorely lacking in most of what I’ve seen on this to date.

  11. Ironic in Denver
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm |

    Perusing the Ulsterman Report reminds me of how much I’d like to see a well done book entitled something like “Obama’s Familiar: The True, Titillating, and Horrifying Tale of Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s Rasputin.”

  12. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm |

    Uhbama lied
    People died (for real)
    Secret documents flied
    While Uhbama tried
    To get more gelt in Vegas.
    His priority
    was reelect me
    While real people died.

  13. geezerette
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm |

    Those people who died— were human beings that were tortured and killed they didn’t just die—– tortured, tortured, tortured— killed, killed, killed there somebody said it!!! Condemn Americans for water boarding but don’t protect our own from being tortured and killed. Tell us again Obama how much you care—- I’m listening—
    Yes my “leeetle Ohmmmm froggy” is sitting next my computer (that has just been designated as my bad habit)— :))

  14. LLoyd
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 5:51 pm |

    “You didn’t think we’d be rid of this guy for good once he’s out of the White House did you?”

    Near last line in that Ulsterman Claire and it is something I’ve been saying for a long time. That narcissistic asshole will never shut his pie hole especially getting trounced on Nov 6th. He will continue to use the UN where they love calling him “Your Excellency” and they will be pains in the ass for a long time to come.

    All of Barry’s worshipers will continue to say and do the same crap they’ve been doing for years. They’ve never left Bush alone and nver will. They are a demonic cancer.

  15. geezerette
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm |

    NYT reports–Talks with Iran————Skvuril!!!!

  16. kinlaw
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm |

    Thanks Ironic and geezerette.

    Your froggy is adorable.

  17. Ironic in Denver
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 8:07 pm |

    LLoyd 14: That narcissistic asshole … getting trounced on Nov 6th….

    …will no doubt be George Bush’s fault.

  18. ZZMike
    Posted October 22, 2012 at 10:41 am |

    “Sept. 14: Carney says the administration had “no actionable intelligence” about a pending attack.”

    They’re either lying or incompetent.

    Ironic (#11) ! ! ! ! !

    But – it ain’t over till it’s over. The polls say about 50-50. That’s ridiculous. In a sane country, they’d be 90-10 against Obama. Conclusion: obvious.

    From this morning’s news:
    Polls: 70 Percent of Latinos Back Obama

    “A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo (NBC) poll released Monday shows Obama leading his Republican challenger Mitt Romney 70-25 percent among Latino likely voters.”

    OK, maybe the Telemundo part of that poll skewed the results.

  19. Ironic in Denver
    Posted October 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm |

    ^ The polls say about 50-50*. That’s ridiculous. In a sane country, they’d be 90-10 against Obama.

    Okay, good news, that means only 40% of the country is insane.

    * I think the polls are in error, but leaving that aside….