Why Didn’t the Turkish Consul Warn Ambassador Stevens About the Amassing Jihadis Outside the Consulate on the Night of 9/11?

Turkish PM Tayyip Erdoğan and Barack Obama  (Photo: Cihan)

Clare Lopez is an intelligence expert with a focus on the Middle East, national defense and counterterrorism. She served for 25 years as an operations officer with the CIA and now writes for RadicalIslam.org. I’ve been linking to her reports not only because they’re intelligent and informative but in some cases, like this one - breaking news. I don’t know of anyone else who’s noticed that Turkish Consul General Ali Sait Akin, who had been  meeting with Ambassador Stevens the evening of the attack, was able to leave the consulate without incident even though the area outside the compound was swarming with jihadis setting up checkpoints.

If reporting from the Washington Times is accurate, it looks like the Turkish Consul General Ali Sait Akin was in on the plot to attack the U.S. mission in Benghazi. According to an October 27, 2012 report, Libyan witnesses from the Benghazi neighborhood where the U.S. compound was located told reporters from the Associated Press (AP) that “150 bearded gunmen, some wearing the Afghan-style tunics favored by Islamic militants began sealing off the streets” leading to the facility “around nightfall.”

The Department of State “Background Briefing on Libya,” provided by telephone to reporters on October 9, 2012 states that Ambassador Christopher Stevens held his last meeting of the day on September 11 with the Turkish diplomat from 7:30pm to 8:30pm and then escorted him out to the compound gate to bid farewell. At that point, the briefing states, “Everything is calm at 8:30 p.m. There’s nothing unusual.”

But the AP witnesses said that, “The neighbors all described the militants setting up checkpoints around the compound at about 8 p.m.” The checkpoints were described as being manned by bearded jihadis in pickup trucks mounted with heavy machine guns and bearing the logo of the Al-Qaeda terror franchise, Ansar al-Shariah.

That means that the Turkish Consul General would have had to pass out through the blockade as he departed the American compound and left the area. There is no record that he phoned a warning to his American colleague, the one he’d just had dinner with, Ambassador Stevens. Given the description of the blockade around the American compound and of the jihadis and their trucks that were manning it, it seems unlikely that the he somehow just failed to notice. “[N]o one could get out or in,” according to one neighbor interviewed by the AP.

Except for the Turkish Consul General, it would appear.

Keep reading. The implication here is the Turkish government is at least somewhat complicit in this attack.

And Obama, it should be noted, describes the Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan as one of the five foreign leaders with whom he is most friendly.

Michael Rubin of Commentary made note of the oddity, last July:

Given Erdoğan’s anti-American and anti-Semitic rants, and his repeated support for not only Hamas terrorists, but also an Al Qaeda financier, perhaps it is time for Obama to describe why he embraces Erdoğan above most others.

Yes, indeed.

Doug Ross has more on this story: FAST AND FURIOUS IN BENGHAZI: Timing of Attack Hints at Double-Cross of White House Gun-Running Operation by Turkey:

What was the subject of the discussion between Stevens and Akin? Malta Today offers some context that hints at some strong possibilities.

A Libyan-flagged vessel which last year was used by a Malta-based humanitarian organisation in supplying a lifeline to rebels in Misurata, has been implicated in a covert US arms smuggling operation to Syrian freedom fighters, which may also be linked to murdered US ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi last month.

The ship ‘Al Entisar’ which was chartered last year by I-Go Aid Libya, then run by businessman Mario Debono, has been reported to be linked to last September’s attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

A Fox News investigation revealed that shipping records confirmed that the Al Entisar entered the Turkish port of Iskenderun, some 35 miles from the Syrian border, just five days before Ambassador Chris Stevens, and three other US officials were killed during an assault by more than 100 Islamist militants on the US Consulate compound in Benghazi.

Another report, this time appearing on the Times of London, said that the Al Entisar was carrying 400 tons of cargo. Some of it was humanitarian, but also reportedly weapons, described by the report as the largest consignment of weapons headed for Syria’s rebels on the frontlines

SEE ALSO:

Radical Islam: Why Was Security Stripped in Benghazi?

Data points continue to accumulate about the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. The picture that is beginning to emerge from connecting those dots is deeply concerning on multiple levels. Two related issues dominate this analysis: The stripping of security protection from the Benghazi mission prior to the 9/11 anniversary attack and the refusal to send or even permit local help on the night of the attack.

As Fox News Bureau Chief of Intelligence Catherine Herridge suggested on the “Mike Huckabee” show on Oct. 27, both of these critical subjects may have been driven by a perceived need to cover up the existence of the role being played by the U.S. mission in Libya to serve as a command hub for the movement of weapons out of Libya to Syrian rebels fighting to bring down the Bashar Al-Assad regime.

Flopping Aces: Why the AC130s were grounded: Obama didn’t want voters to find out that he had armed the jihadists with SAMs:

It’s simple logic. In Libya there is only one possible threat to an AC130 gunship: surface to air missiles. Thus this is the only way Panetta wasn’t lying when he said that it was lack of information about the threat environment that kept him from sending defenders into “harm’s way” in Benghazi. He must have been afraid that the jihadists were lying in wait with surface to air missiles, and he had good reason to suspect such a ploy.

A primary task of the Libyan mission was to round up the war materiel of the deposed and decomposing Moammar Ghadaffi and funnel it to chosen opponents of Assad in Syria. Which part of the Syrian opposition has Obama been choosing to supply? Al Qaeda:

“Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists, and not the more secular opposition groups that the West wants to bolster, according to American officials and Middle Eastern diplomats,” the Times reports.

The paper quotes one U.S. official as saying, “The opposition groups that are receiving the most of the lethal aid are exactly the ones we don’t want to have it,” adding that “officials, voicing frustration, say there is no central clearinghouse for the shipments, and no effective way of vetting the groups that ultimately receive them.”

According to Adm. James A. Lyons (retired), the Libyan arms that have been funneled to the jihadists include substantial numbers of surface to air missiles:

Blackfive: Rumors of General Officers Arrested, Relieved, or Resigning in Protest:

On back channel, there has been talk that GEN Ham is actually being relieved for another mission – one that was denied airspace access by a sovereign nation, and that GEN Ham intentionally violated airspace rules/laws in order to complete a mission (not Benghazi).  There is also talk that GEN Ham is resigning in disgust of the chain of command – literally, with the Commander in Chief – and that he is trying to do so as apolitically as possible (and Ham is seen as being one of “the President’s guys”).  One would think that someone would wait for an election just days away to be over before resigning in protest (because you might have a new CinC), but who knows?  On Monday, GEN Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, declared that GEN Ham’s departure was part of a planned rotation in the works since July.  Hhmmm…

Then, we have an up and coming Rear Admiral being relieved of command of the Stennis carrier group.  This is significant as it is not due to conduct unbecoming, personal conduct, or for incompetence, but for “inappropriate leadership judgment“.  What?!

Jihad Watch: Libyan Leaks: Secret Document reveals Al-Qaeda ‘brother’ put in control of U.S. Embassy in Tripoli:

The Benghazi scandal just keeps getting worse. Clearly Obama wanted to protect the illusion that the U.S. had supported a democratic uprising in Libya, but even Obama keeps saying the al-Qaeda is the enemy — and now this. “Libyan Leaks: Secret Document reveals Al-Qaeda ‘brother’ put in control of U.S. Embassy in Tripoli,” by Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack, October 31:

A treasure trove of secret documents has been obtained by a Libyan source who says that secularists in his country are increasingly wanting to see Mitt Romney defeat Barack Obama on November 6th. This charge is being made despite Muslim Brotherhood losses in Libyan elections last Julywhich resulted in victory for the secularists. One of those documents may help explain this sentiment.

It shows that in supporting the removal of Gadhafi, the Obama administration seemed to sign on to an arrangement that left forces loyal to Al-Qaeda in charge of security at the U.S. embassy in Tripoli from 2011 through at least the spring of 2012.

The National Transitional Council, which represented the political apparatus that opposed Gadhafi in 2011 and served as the interim government after his removal, made an extremely curious appointment in August of 2011. That appointment was none other than Abdel Hakim Belhaj, an Al-Qaeda ally and ‘brother’. Here is a copy of that letter (translation beneath it)…

Gateway Pundit: Classified August Cable Signed By Ambassador Stevens Warned Benghazi Consulate Couldn’t Withstand ‘Coordinated Attack’:

A classified cable on August 15 warned the Obama Administration that the Benghazi consulate could not withstand a “coordinated attack.”
The cable was signed by Ambassador Chris Stevens who was later murdered on 9-11.

Also Via Gateway Pundit”:

FOX News foreign policy analyst Catherine Herridge told Greta Van Susteren Wednesday,
“From what I see the State Department has culpability in the death of the US Ambassador and three Americans.”

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!

Video: Happy Halloween Obama Style

Conservatives have been using Halloween to explain to their kids why redistribution of wealth is not “fairness” for ages. Steven Crowder decided to try it out on real kids in an undercover video with hilarious results.

“Hey dude, that’s not cool!” one kid exclaimed.

Via Ben K at AoSHQ, more Halloween angst from a child who is Tired of Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney.

Gingrich Rumor: “At Least Two Networks Have Emails From the National Security Adviser’s Office Telling Counterterrorism Group to Stand Down”

Last night, Newt Gingrich dropped a bombshell on the Greta Van Susteren Show. He said that, according to a very reliable source, (a US Senator) at least two major networks have in their possession secret emails that prove that it was the White House itself that put the kibosh on the rescue operation that could have saved four American lives in Benghazi.

If this rumor is true it should be all over for Obama. This isn’t 2008 where the LA Times can sit on a damning videotape and get away with it. Now we have multiple news organizations sitting on explosive information that every American ought to know in order to make an informed decision on November 6.  And Newt Gingrich just went on national television and told the world about it. They owe it not only to their country but to their own credibility release them.

Via The Daily Caller:

“There is a rumor — I want to be clear, it’s a rumor — that at least two networks have emails from the National Security Adviser’s office telling a counterterrorism group to stand down,” Gingrich said. “But they were a group in real-time trying to mobilize marines and C-130s and the fighter aircraft, and they were told explicitly by the White House stand down and do nothing. This is not a terrorist action. If that is true, and I’ve been told this by a fairly reliable U.S. senator, if that is true and comes out, I think it raises enormous questions about the president’s role, and Tom Donilon, the National Security Adviser’s role, the Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who has taken it on his own shoulders, that he said don’t go. And that is, I think, very dubious, given that the president said he had instructions they are supposed to do everything they could to secure American personnel.”

Later on, Gingrich  referenced another “October surprise” that he thinks will break in the coming days.

“The other big story, I think, that is going to break is on corruption and extraordinary waste in the solar power grants and direct involvement by the Obama White House, including the president, in the solar panel grants involving billions of dollars, and I suspect that’s going to break Wednesday and Thursday of this week,” Gingrich added.

That story, I would like to point out, has already broken in the right wing blogosphere.

Last night, Sean Hannity dropped his own bombshell when he spoke of audiotapes he’s heard the Obama administration is holding on to of Tyrone Woods pleading for help. “I’ve heard they’re damning.”

SEE ALSO :

Clare Lopez of Radical Islam: Why Was Security Stripped in Benghazi?

Data points continue to accumulate about the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. The picture that is beginning to emerge from connecting those dots is deeply concerning on multiple levels. Two related issues dominate this analysis: The stripping of security protection from the Benghazi mission prior to the 9/11 anniversary attack and the refusal to send or even permit local help on the night of the attack.

As Fox News Bureau Chief of Intelligence Catherine Herridge suggested on the “Mike Huckabee” show on Oct. 27, both of these critical subjects may have been driven by a perceived need to cover up the existence of the role being played by the U.S. mission in Libya to serve as a command hub for the movement of weapons out of Libya to Syrian rebels fighting to bring down the Bashar Al-Assad regime.

Jihad Watch: Libyan Leaks: Secret Document reveals Al-Qaeda ‘brother’ put in control of U.S. Embassy in Tripoli:

The Benghazi scandal just keeps getting worse. Clearly Obama wanted to protect the illusion that the U.S. had supported a democratic uprising in Libya, but even Obama keeps saying the al-Qaeda is the enemy — and now this. “Libyan Leaks: Secret Document reveals Al-Qaeda ‘brother’ put in control of U.S. Embassy in Tripoli,” by Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack, October 31:

A treasure trove of secret documents has been obtained by a Libyan source who says that secularists in his country are increasingly wanting to see Mitt Romney defeat Barack Obama on November 6th. This charge is being made despite Muslim Brotherhood losses in Libyan elections last Julywhich resulted in victory for the secularists. One of those documents may help explain this sentiment.

It shows that in supporting the removal of Gadhafi, the Obama administration seemed to sign on to an arrangement that left forces loyal to Al-Qaeda in charge of security at the U.S. embassy in Tripoli from 2011 through at least the spring of 2012.

The National Transitional Council, which represented the political apparatus that opposed Gadhafi in 2011 and served as the interim government after his removal, made an extremely curious appointment in August of 2011. That appointment was none other than Abdel Hakim Belhaj, an Al-Qaeda ally and ‘brother’. Here is a copy of that letter (translation beneath it):

Continue reading here.

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!

New ObamaMedia Meme: Mitt Romney Committing Gaaaaffes By Helping People In Wake of Hurricane Sandy – And They’re Worried He’ll Politicize the Disaster (Like *Before*)

MSNBC Ridicules Romney for Collecting Food and Supplies for Sandy Victims

After introducing his Obama-supporting guests Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Lehigh professor James Peterson, host Martin Bashir played a clip of the President speaking at the Red Cross headquarters in Washington Tuesday.

When the clip concluded, Bashir said, “Mayor Reed, so the Red Cross knows what it’s doing. Did he, did you detect perhaps a subtle dig there on Mr. Romney who spent today going against the guidelines established by the Red Cross and holding a campaign rally in Ohio that was dressed up like a charity drive collecting food and other supplies when the Red Cross expressly asked people not to do that?”

Imagine that. A presidential candidate who gives millions of dollars a year to charity does a storm relief event in Ohio, and an MSNBC anchor is disgusted by it because the Red Cross would prefer people donating cash.

I wonder what this official would have said if Romney sent out a fundraising email during the middle of the storm, or asked people to phone bank as the hurricane approached their area?

Via WaPo:

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern on Tuesday accused Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney of politicizing Hurricane Sandy with a Dayton event that was billed as storm relief but also had characteristics of a campaign rally.

Romney spoke only briefly at the event, to encourage donations to storm victims, and volunteers collected canned goods to send to those suffering in New Jersey. But Romney’s biographical video, routinely played at campaign rallies, was used to introduce the event, as was his routine rally music.

MSNBC Anchor Criticizes Romney’s Storm Volunteerism: Red Cross Doesn’t Want or Need Your Non-Monetary Donations:

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday questioned the sincerity of a “storm relief” event organized by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Ohio, arguing that the Red Cross apparently has no need for donated clothes or canned goods.

“You’ve got the image of Mitt Romney doing what, they say, is not a campaign event in the same space they were going to hold a campaign event. They say they’re making collections for hurricane and storm relief,” the MSNBC anchor said during a Tuesday broadcast of “Mitchell Reports.”

“We checked with the Red Cross. The Red Cross said, while they’re always grateful for donations, that this is not what they need or want. They always tell people, ‘please donate money, because we have our own packagers, wholesalers’ — they have their own distribution system,” she continued.

Yes, with major weather events like Superstorm Sandy, the Red Cross does put an emphasis on monetary donations. That’s probably why, along with tables “piled high with flashlights, batteries, diapers, toothbrushes, mini-deodorants, fleece blankets, cereal, toilet paper and canned goods,” the Romney event also featured two large TV screens encouraging supporters to text “REDCROSS” to 90999 and “make a $10 donation.”

As the Democrat Media Complex pounded Romney relentlessly today for violating the Red Cross’s apparently sacred preferences, and holding what they considered a campaign event, some also  fretted that Romney (Romney!?) might take the occasion to “Politicize” the disaster. Because politicizing disasters is the lefts’ area of expertise (See Hurricane Katrina) and I guess they want to protect their territory.

While most White House  reporters traveling aboard Air Force One, this weekend,  questioned the White House Press staff about the president’s hurricane preparations, one reporter wanted to know if they were prepared for Mitt Romney.

Charlie Spiering of Beltway Confidential:

“Are you worried about the possible politicization of the storm response?” the reporter asked. “We’re a week out from the election.  Governor Romney might say something about how you guys are responding to it or going to rallies and that stuff.”

“Well, I don’t want to predict what Governor Romney may or may not say,” Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest answered. “He certainly does have an interesting track record on this.”

Ooooh – zing. Because Romney correctly criticized the Obama administration for its weak apologetic stance after the 9/11 demonstrations in Cairo and violence in Benghazi. And that was the worst week of Romney’s campaign because  the ObamaMedia pounded him relentlessly for “politicizing a disaster” before all the facts were out and when Americans should have been “coming together” (at least according to the White House talking points.)

Meanwhile,

Good Grief… Obama Electioneers During Hurricane Press Conference – Tells Team to “Lean Forward” in Their Response (Video)

and the White House released a Propaganda Pic Showing Obama Dealing With Hurricane Sandy In the Situation Room…

Here’s a question no one in ObamaMedia will ask: Where are the photos from the situation room on 9/11?

Oh shush – that would be politicizing a disaster.

Who Remembers When Obama Said: “We don’t turn back. We leave no one behind. We pull each other up.”

America, I never said this journey would be easy, and I won’t promise that now.  Yes, our path is harder – but it leads to a better place.  Yes our road is longer – but we travel it together.  We don’t turn back.  We leave no one behind.  We pull each other up.  We draw strength from our victories, and we learn from our mistakes, but we keep our eyes fixed on that distant horizon, knowing that Providence is with us, and that we are surely blessed to be citizens of the greatest nation on Earth.

Those were Obama’s closing words from his speech to the Democrat National Convention on Sept 6 — five days before the deadly attack in Benghazi that left four Americans dead.  Ty Woods’ repeated calls for help were ignored by his administration.. They were not pulled up. They were left behind.

And I see no indication that anyone in this God-forsaken administration has the ability to learn from their mistakes.

UPDATE:

And he said it again, today, via John Nolte, Big Journalism:

Today, during a non-campaign campaign stop at the Red Cross, President Obama told the nation something his administration obviously didn’t believe during the seven-hour attack on our consulate in Benghazi (and a nearby annex) on the night of September 11, 2012: That when an “American is in need… we leave nobody behind”:

This is a tough time for a lot of people; millions of folks all across the Eastern Seaboard, but America’s tougher. And we’re tougher because we pull together, we leave nobody behind, we make sure we respond as a nation and remind ourselves that whenever an American is in need, all of stand together to make sure we’re providing the help that’s necessary.

“We leave nobody behind.” Apparently it’s a favorite Obama talking point. How sickeningly ironic.

SEE ALSO:

Sean Hannity on Benghazi Audio Tapes: “I’ve Heard They Are Damning” (Video)

Tyrone Woods was screaming for air support and Barack Obama did nothing.
Then he lied about it.

Hannity later said there are three tapes the Obama administration is holding onto including audio of Tyrone Woods begging for air support.

“We leave nobody behind.”

Linked by Michelle Malkin, Stop the ACLU, Right Wing News, Pundit and Pundette andPirate’s Cove, thanks!

Liberal vs Conservative Views on the Benghazi Debacle

On September 11, at 9:40 pm -10:40 pm Benghazi time, {3:40 – 4:40 pm est} the Benghazi attack was just getting started. A timeline of the night’s events has been compiled by Jeff G at Protein Wisdom.
We know that the President had a meeting at the White House at 5:00 pm with Sec of Defense, Leon Panetta, and Vice President Joe Biden. What did he do for the rest of the night? Why isn’t anyone in the media asking that question? You can bet that GW Bush were president, the MSM would be doing everything in its power to find out. Apparently, he went to bed early, skipped his daily intel briefing the next morning, and hopped on a plane later that day to  Las Vegas for a big rally.

Outside of Fox, the MSM is studiously avoiding this issue and some shameless left wing pundits are actually doing everything they can to cover for the irredeemably corrupt Obama administration.

I thought a compare and contrast would be instructive…
A retired Delta operator made the point at Blackfive that, contrary to Panetta’s asinine assertion that there just wasn’t enough “real time information” to act in Benghazi, Special op forces are trained for just such situations:
The Secretary of Defense, in his most determined way, continues to try to protect the President from the fiasco in Benghazi.  So desperate to shield the President he announced what will be forever remembered as the Penetta Doctrine:
“(The) basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on; without having some real-time information about what’s taking place,” Panetta told Pentagon reporters. “And as a result of not having that kind of information, the commander who was on the ground in that area, Gen. Ham, Gen. Dempsey and I felt very strongly that we could not put forces at risk in that situation.”
Of course, in the circles that I ran with, it will be forever labeled “The Dumbest Shit I Ever Heard Doctrine”.
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Let’s review the real-time facts that we know so far.  The entire event was being streamed live to the State Department and, in all likelihood, the White House situation room.  That’s pretty “real-time” if you ask me, but it gets worse.  Not only were we watching the entire damn thing on expensive televisions; we had at least two highly trained special operators on the ground in direct communication!
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The best “real-time information” possible is eyes on the objective.
Even better is people on the objective with eyes on the enemy.
Even better than that is people on the objective that are highly trained with years of special ops experience in direct communications.
My God people, this was a perfect intelligence situation to execute a forced entry relief operation!

Now via MRC, here’s some wisdom sputtered by liberal pundit, Joe Klein.

“This business about the, you know, the Libya consulate has been like the October Mirage — it really isn’t an issue. And so, once again, tomorrow, Obama is going to have a very strong position because his foreign policy has been largely successful in terms of substance.”
Time’s Joe Klein on CBS’s Face the Nation, October 21.

Roger L. Simon of PJ Media wrote:

Indeed, the discussion of Benghazi has just begun. And don’t be surprised if the conversation escalates from impeachment to treason very quickly. In fact, if Obama wins reelection you can bet on it. The cries of treason will be unstoppable. Not even if the mainstream media will be able to deny them.

As Pat Caddell noted, those same media lapdogs have muzzled themselves in an unprecedented manner in this matter, but our Canadian friends at least have some semblance of honor left, writing:

It is undoubtedly worse than Obama simply turned his back on cornered American citizens in a foreign land, knowing undoubtedly they would die. But that Barack did so without any compelling reason—except political—is beyond evil. Only a moral monster would have made that decision when it was within his powers to possibly save them with almost no effort of his own.

Moral monster? Those are extreme words but they fit an extreme situation and are appropriate to the use of the t-word. But it’s worse. Many now are trying to figure out the motivation for this behavior — beyond the obvious electoral whoring mentioned above, the need to be seen in a certain manner at a certain moment to be sure the Ohio vote doesn’t fall the wrong way.

Via MRC, Thomas Friedman babbled:

“It’s obviously been totally politicized at this point. I lived in a civil war in Beirut for four years. These are incredibly messy situations. People don’t show up with uniforms….You can have a flash mob turned into a planned thing. You can have planned people inside of a flash mob. To me, this is an utterly contrived story in the sense that, ‘this is the end of,’ you know, ‘Obama’s foreign policy.’”
New York Times columnist Tom Friedman on NBC’s Meet the Press, October 21.

Jed Babbin of The American Spectator opined ominously:

Naturally, Obama and his minions aren’t owning up to their treachery and the media — except for Fox News — are burying the story.

The Washington Post and the New York Times — both of which have endorsed Obama — aren’t reporting the story on the rejected pleas for help. ABC, CBS and NBC aren’t either.

To its credit, CBS did break the story last week on the State Department emails that show Obama’s administration knew that the Benghazi attack was made by terrorists, not some mob distracted from a protest against an anti-Islamic video. The other big liberal media — i.e., most of the major media — gave little or no coverage to the CBS scoop.

As huge a scandal as the Benghazi incident is, it’s not possible for it to become an issue in the election unless Mitt Romney makes it one. So far, he hasn’t and he isn’t likely to in the final week of the campaign.

I hope he’s wrong – I hope that news of the borderline treasonous malfeasance of this administration and the ensuing cover-up on Benghazi  trickles past the palace guards to enough of the American people to make a difference in the election.

But the sad fact remains – most people live very busy lives, and rely on the MSM to tell them which stories are important – those people are being very  ill served by the corrupt ObamaMedia.

UPDATE:

Via Cry and Howl, CNC News: Armed Services Chair Demands of Obama: Whom Did You Order to Do What on 9/11/12?:

McKeon, whose committee has oversight over the U.S. military, wants to know exactly what the commander in chief did or did not tell the military to do that day.

“There appears to be a discrepancy between your directive and the actions taken by the Department of Defense,” said in his letter to Obama. “As we are painfully aware, despite the fact that the military had resources in the area, the military did not deploy any assets to secure U.S. personnel in Benghazi during the hours the consulate and the annex were under attack. I find it implausible that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Commander of U.S. Africa Command, and the Commander of U.S. European Command would have ignored a direct order from the Commander in Chief.”

McKeon than listed four questions he is demanding that Obama answer:

1) “To whom did you issue this first directive and how was this directive communicated to the military and other agencies–verbally or in writing?“

2) “At any time on September 11, 2012, did you specifically direct the military to move available assets into Libya to ensure the safety of U.S. personnel in Benghazi? If so, which assets did you order to Libya?

3) “At any time on September 11, 2012, other than ISR assets, did you provide the authority for the military to take any and all necessary measures to secure U.S. personnel, including specifically the authority to enter Libyan airspace?

4) “Did you have any communication with the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or any Commanders of regional Combatant Commands regarding military support to U.S. personnel in Benghazi on September 11th? If so could you please describe any recommendations provided to you regarding available military support and any orders you gave them?”

Chairman McKeon told the president that members of the Armed Services Committee are concerned that there might have been a ‘breakdown in communication” between the commander in chief and U.S. military forces while the crisis was unfolding in Libya.

Actually, as always with this Marxist bunch,   there’s been a “breakdown” of the truth more than anything else.

SEE ALSO:

Powerline: The Benghazi Coverup: Are Reporters Embarrassed?

Gallup: Romney +7 in Early Voting

I honestly thought that Democrats had the edge on early voting since they’ve been pushing it so hard.

But according to Gallup’s polling, Romney’s up 7:

Romney Leads Among Early Voters, Similar to His Likely Voter Lead

Thus far, early voters do not seem to be swaying the election toward either candidate.

Romney currently leads Obama 52% to 45% among voters who say they have already cast their ballots. However, that is comparable to Romney’s 51% to 46% lead among all likely voters in Gallup’s Oct. 22-28 tracking polling. At the same time, the race is tied at 49% among those who have not yet voted but still intend to vote early, suggesting these voters could cause the race to tighten. However, Romney leads 51% to 45% among the much larger group of voters who plan to vote on Election Day, Nov. 6.

In Pennsylvania, early voting is going very well for Romney, and by “very well” I mean, it’s a rout.

Via GOP.com:

In 2008 the GOP edged the Democrats by just 2% in absentee returns. As of today the GOP’s lead is 18.8% — a 16.9% bump in a state Obama won by 10% in 2008. Republicans have turned in 55.2% of the absentee ballots to date while the Democrats have returned just 36.4%.

The Romney Victory team has been on the ground in Pennsylvania for months with over 60 staff and dozens of offices. We have made over 5 million volunteer voter contacts including over 1 million volunteer door knocks across Pennsylvania. That voter contact is paying off in the absentee ballot returns and clearly the President’s campaign sees it in their numbers. That’s why they are playing defense in the Keystone state as Governor Romney’s momentum allows us to expand the map.

 

PENNSYLVANIA AB RETURNS
Party 2008 AB Votes Cast 2012 AB Votes Cast Change
DEM 132,170 44.70% 42,013 36.42% -8.28%
REP 137,850 46.62% 63,717 55.24% +8.62%
TOTAL 295,659 +1.92% 115,346 +18.82% +16.90%

The Weekly Standard reported:

The bipartisan Battleground Poll, in its “vote election model,” is projecting that Mitt Romney will defeat President Obama 52 percent to 47 percent.  The poll also found that Romney has an even greater advantage among middle class voters, 52 percent to 45 percent.

While Obama can close the gap with a strong voter turnout effort, “reports from the field would indicate that not to be the case, and Mitt Romney may well be heading to a decisive victory,” says pollster Ed Goeas.

Should Romney win by 5 percentage points, it would increase Republican chances of gaining control of the Senate.  His coattails would help elect GOP Senate candidates in Virginia, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida.  “Republicans are now certain to hold the House,” Goeas said, “regardless of how the presidential race turns out.”

Our long, national nightmare is almost over.

SEE ALSO:

John Nolte, Big Government: GALLUP: Romney Up 52-45% Among Early Voters:

Romney’s early voting lead in Gallup may not jive with the CorruptMedia narrative, but it does with actual early vote totals that have been released and show Romney’s early vote totals either beating Obama in swing states such as Colorado and Florida or chipping away at the President’s advantage in the others. For example, here’s what we know about Ohio’s early voting numbers, thus far:

But here is what we do know: 220,000 fewer Democrats have voted early in Ohio compared with 2008. And 30,000 more Republicans have cast their ballots compared with four years ago. That is a 250,000-vote net increase for a state Obama won by 260,000 votes in 2008.

 

Hat tip: Charles B.

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Special Operations Speaks: Leaks, Lies, Libya…Lack of Leadership (Video)

Via Special Operations Speaks:

We, as veterans, legatees, and supporters of the Special Operations communities of all the Armed Forces, have noted with dismay and deep alarm the recent stream of highly damaging leaks of information about various aspects of America’s shadow war in the overall War on Terror.  Our principles are the same as when we were in active service — Duty, Honor, Country.

These warriors still have some fight in them.

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I’m still trying to get all this straight on Benghazi…

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta  claimed that the refusal to use force had come from him, General  Ham, and General Dempsey.

In a statement bordering on the Kafkaesque, Leon Panetta told a news conference Thursday that four Americans, including our Libyan ambassador Chris Stevens, were left to die without a rescue attempt by nearby U.S. military forces because there’s “a basic principle here, and the basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on, without having some real-time information about what’s taking place.”

But General Ham told Congressman Jason Chaffetz that the forces were available, but that no order to use them was given. He is taking no responsibility for the decision to leave the consulate and Navy Seals in the lurch.

So either, Ham or Panetta are lying.

Ham has since been relived of his post, and one rumor has it he was fired for refusing orders to stand down.

Obama told Kyle Clark of KUSA Denver, Friday,  “The minute I found out what was going on, I gave three very clear directives — Number 1, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to.”

That would mean that Panetta defied a direct order from the President to secure the personnel, because Ty Wood’s calls for help were denied three times.

So either Panetta gave the order to stand down against Obama’s wishes, or Obama is lying.

My conclusion: Both Panetta and Obama are lying. Obama, Panetta and Biden decided against an intervention at their 5:00 pm meeting at the White House. And for purely political reasons…

UPDATE:

On Monday October 29 General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, released the following statement:

“The speculation that General Carter Ham is departing Africa Command (AFRICOM) due to events in Benghazi, Libya on 11 September 2012 is absolutely false. General Ham’s departure is part of routine succession planning that has been on going since July. He continues to serve in AFRICOM with my complete confidence.”

On Monday October 29 General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, released the following statement:

“The speculation that General Carter Ham is departing Africa Command (AFRICOM) due to events in Benghazi, Libya on 11 September 2012 is absolutely false. General Ham’s departure is part of routine succession planning that has been on going since July. He continues to serve in AFRICOM with my complete confidence.”

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Gateway Pundit: Father of Slain Benghazi SEAL to Obama: “It’s Better to Die a Hero Than Live a Coward” (Video):

Last night on Geraldo at Large, Charles Woods, the father of murdered Benghazi SEAL Tyrone Woods, sent this message to Barack Obama:
“It’s better to die a hero than live a coward.”

Gateway Pundit: Obama Very Offended By Suggestion He Misled Public on Benghazi …(Obama Did Nothing as US Officials Died):

Barack Obama said he was very offended that critics have accused him of a coverup.
This is despite the fact that the administration blamed the terrorist attack on a YouTube video for weeks… Even though they watched 150 jihadists attack our consulate and murder our ambassador.

Daniel Greenfield of FrontPageMagazine notes:

We are done with the narrative that no forces were available or could have reached the site in time. Generals Demspey and Ham are now both on record as saying that the forces were available, but did not get used. The fallback story is that there was a lack of intel, but there was actually plenty of intel from the consulate that had been there and even in declassified documents provided assessments of the Islamist militias, from the two SEALS in the fight and other consulate personnel. And during a rescue operation, intel is always going to be limited.

The issue was almost certainly a refusal to come in, guns blazing, into Benghazi, a Muslim city, for fear of destabilizing Eastern Libya and upsetting Muslims with an American show of force. The decision was made to rely on the Muslim Brotherhood’s Feb 17 Brigade to help evacuate the area, even though Ansar Al-Sharia, the militia leading the attack, was a splinter group of Feb 17 and serious questions remain about the complicity of Feb 17 personnel in the attack.

Lee Stranahan, Big Journalism: The Left Blogosphere Ignores A Father’s Grief Over Senseless Death Of Hero Son In Benghazi:

For the faithful readers of two of America’s leading left-wing websites, The Huffington Post and Daily Kos, the story that Charles Woods is telling about his son’s betrayal in Benghazi simply doesn’t exist. A search of both sites early Sunday morning revealed literally not a single story about Charles Woods’s claim about his son being told to “stand down.”

The eerie silence reminds me of my coverage of the John Edwards affair story years ago, before I met Andrew Breitbart and when I wrote for both Daily Kos and the Huffington Post. I noticed that even though Edwards had been caught leaving the hotel room of his mistress, the left blogosphere was completely silent about the story. I wrote about it and I was promptly banned from Daily Kos. This was my first experience of the power of lockstep liberalism; they try to control the narrative by simply ignoring a story for as long as they can.

Nonie Darwish, American Thinker: Obama’s Taqqiya Unravels:

Having been a journalist in Egypt for six years in the seventies, I have witnessed socialism with an Islamic twist to be a popular political ideology, especially amongst Arab journalists and intellectuals. Socialism, and even communism, have managed to survive in the ruthless Islamic political system as an alternative to full-fledged Sharia. The two ideologies have blended together in cases including the Baath Party in Syria and Iraq and socialist regimes in Egypt and Yemen. One major difference between the two ideologies is that Islam uses Allah, while socialism uses atheism, to fight the God of Christianity. Free democracies, such as the United States, are alien to Islam and socialism both because they regard government as a servant of the people and hold that human rights are granted by God and not by government or the code of Sharia.

Both Sharia and socialism are united in their envy of Western society and need to change it. That is why Obama has become the savior of both Islam and socialism. He embodies both ideologies. The claim that Obama is a Christian was a silly joke, but a necessary lie for the greater cause of changing America to fit the goals of both creeds.

Whatever happened to Barack the world’s smartest leader and incomparable statesman? Those days are gone forever. Instead, it would be impossible to catalog the staggering list of ill-advised, mistaken, foolish, naive and utterly inane decisions by Obama and his administration. So, instead—let us use a single Obama catastrophe, the events of Libya—to critique and symbolize his failed tenure. This is reasonable because every bad Barack habit and evil instinct is represented in this new American disaster.

In the November 2012 presidential election, America is given an opportunity almost no other country suffering under tyranny is offered—the chance to wake-up and toss out a despot before he fatally damages our noble Republic. Let us pray Americans will cast aside sentimentality and act as true patriots and save America from a crafty and utterly immoral, power-mad demagogue. For if Libya is not a wake up call for the average American, we may not be able to stop the implosion. But we must believe we can halt the rot if we act now.

Obama Also Caught Lying About ‘Abound Solar’ in Last Week’s KUSA Interview with Kyle Clark (Video)

Last Friday, a surprising act of random journalism occurred in Denver, Co, when the President was actually asked some tough questions by Kyle Clark of KUSA, an NBC affiliate.

While most of our attention has been on the answers he gave to Clark’s Benghazi questions, he also asked Obama a  question about Abound Solar, another solar company owned by big Obama donors that went belly up.

Via Erick Erickson of RedState:

The President, when asked about Abound Solar, told Kyle Clark,

“These loans that are given out by the Department of Energy for clean energy have created jobs all across the country.” … “Some of them have failed but the vast majority of them are pushing us forward into a clean energy direction.”

“These are decisions, by the way, that are made by the Department of Energy, they have nothing to do with politics,” President Obama said.

But of course, it had everything to do with politics. Everything this President does is politically motivated. According to emails obtained by Complete Colorado the White House was pressuring the Dept of Energy to move forward on the loan for Abound Solar.

Even more troubling, Complete Colorado also has internal Department of Energy emails that suggest the Department of Energy’s Credit Advisor had serious reservations about giving any money to Abound Energy. Previously, emails have surfaced from the credit advisor, Jim McCrea, in which he wrote, “All in all in the solar field, l think it is extremely easy to pick losers and l really do not know how to pick winners.”

Ben Howe of Red State and Revealing Politics made this video to help expose yet another burgeoning Obama scandal.

There’s much more on this including screenshots of the damning emails at RedState and  Complete Colorado.

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Another Obama scandal is rearing its ugly head in the waning days of the 2012 campaign:

Matthew Boyle of The Daily Caller: ‘Highly confidential’ internal Treasury documents show Obama administration’s deep involvement in Delphi pension scandal

Internal Treasury Department documents described as “highly confidential” and obtained by The Daily Caller show a greater level of involvement in the Delphi pension scandal from senior officials in the Obama administration than has been previously acknowledged.

A July 2009 document prepared by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) titled “Treasury Talking Points re: Delphi” shows coordination between high-level players inside the PBGC and Treasury Department. The document was an attachment to a July 7, 2009 email from PBGC’s Joseph House to Treasury’s Matthew Feldman, Oren Haker and Paul Nathanson.

The talking points show that the PBGC thought the “[v]ast majority of individual’s [sic] covered by Delphi [pension] Plans” were “career GM ‘brethren’ distinguishable only by the 1999 spin-out” of Delphi from its former parent company, General Motors.

Only those “brethren” who were union members, however, saw their pensions preserved in the 2009 auto bailout. Nonunion Delphi retirees lost theirs. (RELATED: TheDC’s complete coverage of the Delphi pension scandal)

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Video: Senator Portman Calls Obama Out: We Need to Find Out if POTUS Issued a Directive or Not

On Friday, after being asked by Denver News9 TV anchor, Kyle Clark if the operatives on the ground in Benghazi were denied the help they requested, Obama answered:

“I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to. Number two, we’re going to investigate exactly what happened to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice.”

News9 didn’t consider any of Obama’s answers to the questions to be satisfactory:

KUSA – President Barack Obama would not directly address questions from 9NEWS on whether Americans under attack in Libya were denied requests for assistance during the September 11th terror attack.

Personally, I figured Obama was just giving one of his signature BS filled filibuster answers, running out the clock with a rehearsed non-answer that his aides thought would sound good.  I didn’t take the “make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to” seriously.

But many people did, including Bing West, the Assistant Secretary of Defense under Reagan, who told Greta Van Susteren, Friday night:

“If that actually happened the way President Obama said it happened, there’s a paper trail and I think people reasonably enough can say, “Can we see the order?” because hundreds of others supposedly saw this order.

Via Gateway Pundit, today Ohio Senator Rob Portman,  who sits on the Arms Service Committee, called Obama out on FOX News Sunday.

There was a shocking breakdown operationally not having the security there in the first place. And not to respond to these guys and their pleas for help for seven hours during a firefight. It’s unbelievable. And, now we’re hearing that the President of the United States, based on his own words, issued a directive immediately after he found out about the firefight saying he wanted to be sure the people on the ground were safe and they were getting what they needed. It didn’t happen. This means that either the president’s order was not followed which would be a breakdown in terms of the White House procedure or it means the order wasn’t issued. We need to find out about this. It’s not about politics.

What Portman just said is that there is a very good chance the President is lying through his teeth on this.

The scandal of the week, in the meantime, to the rest of the MSM is Republican Senatorial candidate, Richard Mourdock’s  stance on abortion. He’s a Catholic who opposes all abortion. Whoever heard of such a thing?

Senators Portman and McCain sent a letter to Sec. Panetta more than two weeks ago, and never heard back. They sent another letter, yesterday with the addition information that the President issued a directive to secure the personnel, asking why it wasn’t followed. They shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for a response to that one, either.

“It makes no sense.”

Welcome to the left’s idea of “smart power”, Senator.

UPDATE:

Meanwhile Obama did some damage control on MSNBC:

Obama On Benghazi: “Ultimately … I Am Responsible”…

“What my attitude on this is is if we find out there was a big breakdown and somebody didn’t do their job, they’ll be held accountable,” he said in an interview with “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski conducted in Nashua, N.H., according to a report on MSNBC.com.

“Ultimately as commander-in-chief I am responsible and I don’t shy away from that responsibility,” he added.

Weasel Zippers says what we’re all thinking: “Total bullsh*t.”

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Hot Air: AP on Benghazi attack: 150 gunmen involved, arrived in Ansar al-Sharia trucks:

The highest estimate I’d seen before this of the number of attackers was 40. Read this piece and think about not only how many people were involved but how organized and deliberate they were, particularly in setting up roadblocks before making their move. Then think about Chris Stevens and the skeleton crew of unarmed Libyan guards that State left him with trying to repel something of this magnitude. This explains why a Spectre gunship might have been needed: There were a lot of jihadis swarming the consulate that night.

The Other McCain: Judge Jeanine Rips BHO Over Benghazi, And There Is A Larger Problem:

I had never seen or heard of Justice with Judge Jeanine, but this clip, apparently from last night, is succinct, on point, and brutal:

Watch the video at the link. Judge Jeanine was on a roll, last night. She’s become one of my favs over at Fox.

And read Smitty’s excellent commentary. Here’s a taste:

This notion of “never leaving a buddy” is pounded into every military head at every rank. Should you hold the privilege of commanding a unit, I perceive it counts double: you neither want to see a buddy left dangling in the breeze, and you really don’t want the anguish of explaining to the world why there was a death within you command.

Which brings us to our current Commander-in-Chief, #OccupyResoluteDesk. I don’t believe the principle of “never leaving a buddy” eluded George W. Bush, say whatever else you will of his policies. In contrast, you have the Obama White House needing to dispute a story that it sends form letters to families of the fallen. Wow.

The idea of a cowardly POTUS, whose ‘gutsy calls’ come only after excessive amounts of Hamlet-esque hand-wringing is staggering. If you don’t grasp the basic notion of “never-leave-a-buddy”, then you are not fit for the role of Commander-in-Chief at all.

Doug Ross: GOSH, WHICH COULD IT BE? “Either Fox is making stuff up, or the administration is lying through its teeth”

The CIA is denying. The Pentagon is denying. And now the White House is denying that anyone refused to send help to our embattled CIA and State Department personnel engaged in a seven hour running firefight with more than 150 jihadists.
“You notice that [Obama is] cancelling his trips over the hurricane,” Gingrich told host George Stephanopoulos. “He didn’t cancel his trips over Benghazi, and you have to wonder, between Benghazi, the price of gasoline and unemployment just how much the burden the president is going to carry into this last week.”
Charles Woods, father of Tyrone Woods, talked with FNC’s Megyn Kelly about his son, and his disappointment with the administration’s response to the deadly Benghazi attack that took his son and three other Americans. Listening to this father you just don’t know if your heart breaks, or if it bursts with pride. Both, I imagine…

The Benghazi debacle has three parts: how we neglected security while al-Qaeda was building a presence in Libya; whether the administration tried to mislead the public as to the nature of the attack; and now whether the administration denied pleas for help from operatives on the ground at the consulate.

Now, presumably at the behest of Gen. David Petraeus — who has been remarkably tight-lipped and not defended his agency against White House accusations that senior officials’ misstatements were the fault of the CIA — the CIA threw the hot potato right back in the politicians’ laps.

“We can say with confidence that the agency reacted quickly to aid our colleagues during that terrible evening in Benghazi,” CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood told Fox News. “Moreover, no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. In fact, it is important to remember how many lives were saved by courageous Americans who put their own safety at risk that night—and that some of those selfless Americans gave their lives in the effort to rescue their comrades.”

So how about it, Mr. President — who called off a rescue and why? President Obama, a little more than a week before the election, won’t tell Americans what happened. Well, why should he — the press doesn’t hound him, the liberal elite still rushes to his defense, and his White House attack dogs bark “Politics!” whenever legitimate questions are asked.

If you remember, legitimate questions about Fast and Furious were all about “politics” as well.

Gateway Pundit: Top AFRICOM Leader General Carter Ham Was Never Ordered to Save US Men in Benghazi (Video):

AFRICOM leader General Carter Ham was never given the order to secure the consulate in Benghazi. This is what the general told Rep. Jason Chaffetz after the 9-11 Benghazi terror attack.

That means only Barack Obama or Defense Secretary Panetta, the two men above the AFRICOM commander, never ordered an operation to secure the consulate. This was despite the many pleas for assistance coming from the consulate and annex.

Big Journalism: Media Blackout: Aside from FOX, Sunday News Hosts Fail to Raise Benghazi:

The mainstream media’s silence on the Benghazi disaster reached deafening levels on Sunday, as hosts of four out of the five major news shows–with the exception of Fox News Sunday–failed to raise the issue. Only Bob Schieffer of CBS gave it serious consideration, and only after it was raised by Sen. John McCain.

When the Benghazi issue did surface, other than on Fox, it was invariably brought up by Republican guests, and then deflected by the hosts, who largely ignored new stories this week that implicated the White House in the decision not to intervene to save the life of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and other American staff.

He’s still gonna lose, MSM. But you’ve lost every shred of credibility you ever had by running interference for this loser for five straight years.

 

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Video: Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer’s Sources Say Obama was in the Situation Room Watching Benghazi Attack – He Could Have Ordered an Intervention

Tony Shaffer  is a U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel who gained notoriety  for his claims about mishandled intelligence before the 9/11/01 attacks and for the censoring of his book, Operation Dark Heart.

He told Fox’s Judge Jeanine Pirro that his sources say Obama was one of the people in the room watching the Benghazi attack go down and it would have taken an order by the president to intervene.

“Do we know if the President watched this?” Pirro asked him.

Shaffer answered,  “According to my sources – yes -  he was one of those in the White House Situation room in real time, watching this. And the question becomes, what did the President do or not do in the moments he saw this unveiling….He and only he could issue a directive for Sec of Defense, Panetta to do something.”

Once again, Obama voted “present”.

It is known that Obama met with the Biden and Panetta in the White House at 5:00.   Col. Hunt says help was only 20 minutes away by jet and a couple of hours away by AC-130 gunships and special forces. He and Shaffer concluded that the decision not to intervene was political.

So no “gutsy call” to save these heroic Americans’ lives would be forthcoming because of political considerations?….

Pirro asked, “what is Ty Woods thinking as he’s calling for help and he has his laser on the mortars?”

Shaffer’s answer was heartbreaking. “He’s probably thinking about the fact that he’s given every last ounce of his strength  toward his country and is calling in the cavalry and his last thoughts were, ‘I thought they’d come.’”

Pirro made sure to stress that the CIA operatives in Benghazi were denied help – but were not denied help from the military.

Enough with the phoney “investigation” and “it wasn’t us, “it wasn’t us”,  “it wasn’t us” -  gosh, who could it be – guessing game. No “investigation” is necessary. The MSM could get to the bottom of this by simply asking the President a few pertinent questions.

But the ObaMedia doesn’t want the ugly truth to get out there. They already know it and they’re studiously avoiding its lethal implications.

Reporters are only granted a few minutes with the president, and one way Obama controls uncomfortable interviews is to launch into absurdly long answers that run out the clock.

And “run out the clock” over these next 10 days regarding the Libyan scandal is exactly what Obama and his media allies are up to.

The White House itself  is also being careful about not making news. This is why no statement was released denying the Fox News report. If the Administration issues a denial, the CorruptMedia will be forced to cover the denial, which in turn will call attention to the story.

You bet it’s a big, fat naked conspiracy between the Obama campaign and the media. This is nothing more than a replay of the John Edwards scandal, where the media ignored an extra-marital affair until Edwards’ chances at being elected president disappeared.

I could be wrong about one thing, though; my speculation that this is an “unspoken” conspiracy. After Fox News’s Jennifer Griffin dropped her bombshell, it’s not hard to imagine David Axelrod burning up a Bat Phone that connects directly to the JournOlist Hotline and denying the story completely — off the record, of course — you know, so that the denial won’t…make news.

This is what the American people are not allowed to know until after the election: Obama knew what was happening in Benghazi. He was watching it in real time in the Situation Room. When the calls came in for assistance, he said, “nope – too politically risky” and went to bed. He had a big fundraiser to go to the next day.

Meanwhile Ty Woods was giving every last ounce of his strength toward his country, and in his last unimaginably horrifying moments he despaired,  ‘I thought they’d come.’

Knowing this, on a scale of 1-10, how galling will the slobbering media’s rapturous swoon over the Gutsy Call movie (coming to TV just two days before the election!), be for you? Keep in mind, Obama had the same risk aversion mindset for that operation, which he cancelled on three separate occasions at the urging of Valerie Jarrett. By Obama’s own admission, he never makes a big decision without first consulting with Jarrett. Doesn’t this episode fit the pattern?

I do hope those Special Op Super PACs (who are on Obama’s Enemies List) have something fun planned to coincide with that movie debut.

UPDATE:

Pat Caddell appearing with Ann Coulter in the next segment was apoplectic – barely able to contain his emotions as he described the media malpractice on this story. “None of them have any honor”, he said -  the President, Vice President, Sec of State and especially the media.

UPDATE II:

Via Jake Tapper, on Friday, it should be noted that the White House denied that the WH Situation room was streaming video of the attack in real time:

White House officials say there was no video stream available.

Deebow of Blackfive writes:

Delta Force could have rigged in-flight for a jump into the nearest DZ that would have gotten them into the fight to be followed by heavier forces from Italy.  AFRICOM SOF assets on the Horn Of Africa could have planned on the helo flight there, Fighter Jets, land or carrier based, could have been there early on and established a presence and put human eyes on what was happening.

So Mr. President, when you say that you didn’t deny aid to those brave men in Benghazi, but that members of the US Military decided not to send aid to your personal representative under attack all on their own and you had no influence over that decision, then you are either derelict, incompetent, or a liar.

Either way, that means to me (and hopefuly soon, a whole mess of registered voters) you don’t deserve to be Commander in Chief.

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Film Ladd: General Petraeus Should Speak Up

Information on the Benghazi disaster has been dripping out. The CIA released a statement yesterday – which I assume was under the direction of CIA Director General Petraeus – which is far too cleverly worded.

We can say with confidence that the Agency reacted quickly to aid our colleagues during that terrible evening in Benghazi. Moreover, no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. In fact, it is important to remember how many lives were saved by courageous Americans who put their own safety at risk that night-and that some of those selfless Americans gave their lives in the effort to rescue their comrades.

Ponder this sentence: “no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need…” Which of course begs the question, who exactly did deny those three pleas for help, leading to the death of Ambassador Stevens?
A U.S. Ambassador is the equivalent of a four-star general. Our embassies are considered U.S. soil. This happened on 9-11. Who denied these requests? Everyone suspects that it was Obama. After all, Presidential permission would have been required to send a strike team into a sovereign nation.

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Update via Instapundit.It’s just a comment on a forum, but has the ring of truth to me – I’ve seen this sort of thing play out before.Interesting Rumor Concerning General Carter Ham and Stand Down Order (Posted on 10/26/12 at 9:45 p.m.) I heard a story today from someone inside the military that I trust entirely. The story was in reference to General Ham that Panetta referenced in the quote below.

Read the whole thing. I’ve been thinking the same thing about Petraeus. And someone needs to find that General Ham and grill him.

Hat tip: Brian B.

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The Des Moines Register Endorses Romney

Moe Lane says he totally didn’t see this coming, but when I saw ^ that ^ extremely telling front page picture  in the Des Moines Register,  earlier this week, this girl saw the writing on the wall – The Register endorsement: Mitt Romney offers a fresh economic vision:

American voters are deeply divided about this race. The Register’s editorial board, as it should, had a vigorous debate over this endorsement. Our discussion repeatedly circled back to the nation’s single most important challenge: pulling the economy out of the doldrums, getting more Americans back in the workforce in meaningful jobs with promising futures, and getting the federal government on a track to balance the budget in a bipartisan manner that the country demands.

Which candidate could forge the compromises in Congress to achieve these goals? When the question is framed in those terms, Mitt Romney emerges the stronger candidate.

The former governor and business executive has a strong record of achievement in both the private and the public sectors. He was an accomplished governor in a liberal state. He founded and ran a successful business that turned around failing companies. He successfully managed the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Romney has made rebuilding the economy his No. 1 campaign priority — and rightly so.

Keep reading.

Romney is the first Republican they’ve endorsed since Nixon in 1972!

You know what they say – when you lose the Des Moines Register….

Occupy vs the Tea Party – Live Debate, Tonight!

If you live in the New York City area,  you won’t want to miss this show.

Saturday Movie Matinee

Kyle Becker:  Still Thinking About Voting for Obama?

PJ TV’s Afterburner with Bill Whittle: Running on Empty:

From the dead bodies that resulted from the Fast & Furious and Benghazi operations, to the apologies to fanatics and dictators, Bill Whittle brings you a compendium of the Obama Administration’s greatest failures. Will a Romney Administration perform any better?

Massteaparty: John Bolton Weighs In On New Finding Of Benghazi Libya – on Greta:

Bolton thinks it goes directly to the Oval Office.

Via Smitty, of The Other McCain, this has to be one of Steven Crowder’s funniest spoofs to date: LENA DUNHAM: YOUR FIRST TIME PARODY! #MoreFreeCrap:

Donald Trump in Late Show with David Letterman October 25, 2012:

Letterman asks him why do we need to see the president’s records. Trump replies, “transparency”, and the audience applauds in approval.

Granny Jan and Jihad Kitty: How do you want to go, Mr President, by Horse or Bayonet?:

MRCTV: Where Do Obama Supporters Get Their ‘Unbiased’ News?:

MRCTV’s Dan Joseph visited a “packed” Obama rally at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. to try to get an answer to one of life’s most elusive questions: Where do liberals get their news?

The answers may or may not shock you.

Color me “not shocked.”

Via NW Daily Marker: New Two-Minute Unedited Video Shows Big-Dollar Democratic Donor J.Z. Knight Making More Slurs Against Catholics and Mexicans:

“Mexicans are not worthy of conscious thought,” says Washington state-based ‘spirit’ leader

In a story that is still unfolding, State Democrats in Washington continue to resist calls to return more than $66,000 in donations received from Yelm-based “mystic” J.Z. Knight after videos of tirades peppered with hate speech directed at Catholics, Jews and gays became public earlier this week.

[NW Daily Marker's two prior articles documenting $66,300 in donations to State Democrats and $60,800 to the Democratic National Committee and Pres. Barack Obama's re-election campaign can be read here and here.]

Uh…..extreme language warning:

Via MRCTV: Benghazi: The Biden and Obama cock-ups:

The father of one of the Navy SEALs who was killed in the Libya consulate attack has criticised the White House reaction to his son’s death – especially a bizarre and obscene comment Joe Biden made to him.

BizzyBlog: Establishment Press Won’t Cue Up Biden’s Outrageous Comment to Slain Benghazi Hero’s Father:

If this claim were refutable, I believe the Vice President’s office would have attempted to do so by now, and it hasn’t. The “loud and boisterous” element just cited sort of closes off that avenue.

Later in the Blaze report just linked, Woods described his encounter with President Obama at the same ceremony:

“When he finally came over to where we were, I could tell that he was rather conflicted, a person who was not at peace with himself,” Woods said. “Shaking hands with him, quite frankly, was like shaking hands with a dead fish. His face was pointed towards me but he would not look me in the eye, his eyes were over my shoulder.”

“I could tell that he was not sorry,” he added. “He had no remorse.”

Beck said he wanted to give the president “the benefit of the doubt,” and asked Woods how he could be sure that Obama wasn’t just uncomfortable or nervous during their conversation. Woods said it was Obama’s “demeanor.”

Completing the trifecta of administration awkwardness and obfuscation, Woods claims that Hillary Clinton told him that the U.S. would “make sure that the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.”

Google News searches on “Charles Woods” (in quotes) and “Biden cue” (not in quotes) returned only two results from U.S. establishment press outlets, a blog post at US News and an outstanding column at the Orange Country Register by the incomparable Mark Steyn. The UK Daily Mail is on the story. Separate searches on “Charles Woods” at the Associated Press and the News York Times (not in quotes and in quotes, respectively) are similarly barren.

Via Ace: The Future Children Project:

Obama Youth sing an homage to their master – very unsettling:

See also: Caroline May of The Daily Caller: Children ‘of the future’ blame ‘Mom and Dad’ for electing Mitt Romney, sing about Romney letting sick people ‘just die’

The video — produced by the founders of the advertising agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners, which came up with the famous tagline “Got milk?” and boasts clients like Cheetos, Netflix, the National Basketball Association and Nintendo — asks viewers, “What Would The Children Of The Future Say If We Let Them Down This November?”

Full lyrics at the link.

Nick Gillespie of Reason TV examines more Obama cultism: “I Pledge to Serve Barack Obama” (Urgent 2012 Election Update):

Gateway Pundit: Game Changer?… Akin Ad Slams McCaskill for $20 Million Stimulus Gift to Husband’s Business (Video):

Conservative Todd Akin released the ad “Selling Us Out” slamming liberal Claire McCaskill for her $20 million Stimulus gift to her husband’s businesses.
The ad is Akin’s harshest attack at yet.

Another brutal Lena Dunham parody by Token Libertarian Girl:

My parody of Lena Dunham’s Your First Time Obama ad. Comparing voting to losing your virginity is FUN and CUTE. Not. It’s gross and creepy. Warning: this video is ridiculous.

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A Late Friday Free-For-All

The evening edition.

Benghazi-Gate has taken up most of my online time today, but there are some other  important stories, too – Oh, who am I kidding -  I need to clear some tabs, okay?

Via Chicks with Cameras

Moonbattery: Obama/Allred Attack on Romney Fizzles:

It’s not easy for a guy who worked for ACORN to hit new lows, but Obama managed it by conspiring with the infamously slimy lawyer Gloria Allred on a last minute smear job against Romney. The results were less than impressive:

A Boston area judge shut down Gloria Allred’s request on Thursday to have a gag order lifted on a case presidential candidate Mitt Romney testified in on behalf of his friend’s divorce case.

As was first reported by TMZ, Gloria wanted to unseal Romney’s testimony on the complicated divorce case of his friend and Staples founder, Tom Stemberg. The famed celebrity lawyer also wanted the gag order associated with the case lifted, so that everyone could speak freely about Romney and the case.

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Michelle Malkin asks: What about the Camp Bastion attack?

Three days after the bloody 9/11 siege on our consulate in Benghazi, the Taliban waged an intricately coordinated, brutal attack on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. The murderous jihadists released video exactly one month ago this week showing off their training exercises in preparation for the assault. Where are the questions?

Where’s the accountability? Where’s the Obama administration? Where’s the press? Where’s the outrage?

Two heroic U.S. Marines were killed in the battle. Their names — Lt. Col. Christopher Raible and Sgt. Bradley Atwell – have not been uttered publicly by the commander in chief. Their arrival back in the U.S., in flag-draped coffins, was not broadcast on network TV. But their brothers-in-arms did not and will not forget. And neither must we.

On September 20, John Gresham of the Defense Media Network wrote a scathing detailed breakdown of this little-noticed terrorist attack on our troops. He called it “arguably the worst day in USMC aviation history since the Tet Offensive of 1968.” Eight irreplaceable aircraft were destroyed or put out of action by Taliban warriors dressed in U.S. combat fatigues — amounting to “approximately 7 percent of the total flying USMC Harrier fleet,” Gresham reported.

Keep reading…

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Dangerous: Former FEC Commissioner Brad Smith Demolishes Leftist Hysteria over Company Election Letters:

In today’s Wall Street Journal, my friend Brad Smith at the Center for Competitive Politics defrocks the self-appointed do-gooder intelligentsia and media in the Beltway, all of whom have sounded the alarm bells over a letter Koch Industries sent its employees about the upcoming presidential and congressional elections:

If you’re like most Americans, you probably wouldn’t find these words threatening. But they have many denizens of the anticorporate American left apoplectic. “A slow-motion coup d’état,” says journalist and law professor Garrett Epps, writing in the Atlantic. “A culture of fear” pronounces In These Times, Noam Chomsky’s lowbrow broadsheet. “Ominous,” says the Center for American Progress, a lefty think tank.

The quotes are from a letter sent by Koch Industries President Dave Robertson to the company’s employees. “It is essential that we are all informed and educated voters,” wrote Mr. Robertson. “Our future depends on it.” His employees must be quaking in their boots.

Of course, anything done under the aegis of David and Charles Koch, the owners of Koch Industries and prominent backers of Mitt Romney and conservative causes in general, drives the left crazy. But it isn’t just the Kochs who are letting their political preferences be known. As Reuters notes, “Several companies have sent out letters urging their employees to vote for Romney.”

But the left seems to think it is somehow illegitimate for management to speak to its own employees about how different candidates, and the policies they espouse, could affect the company. The left has two main fears: First, that corporations will say things it doesn’t like; and second, that employees will listen.

Keep reading…

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Via Pseud O’Nym

Salon, (no linky for them) says conservatives are “flipping out” over the Lena Dunham ad. (Libs just love it when conservatives are offended by their repulsive antics.)

But, Jim Treacher of The Daily Caller says, I think Lena Dunham’s Obama ad is great and she should do a bunch more just like it:

Some people are aghast that Team Obama is so creepy and cultlike that they think this is a good ad. To them I say… What are you complaining about? This is a very promising sign. The Greatest President Ever knows he’s in trouble and is willing to try anything, anything, to squeeze out one more vote. If he thinks his base is so helpless and infantilized that something like this appeals to them, great. If he thinks this will sway “independents” and “undecideds” and other people who won’t admit they’re voting for Romney because their friends will think they’re uncool and/or racist, fantastic. Run with that.

Keep showing us just what a serious guy you are, Mr. President: Big Bird, binders, bayonets, and babbling bubbleheads.

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via @MelissaTweets

Tony Harnden The Daily Mail: Is Obama’s ‘firewall’ crumbling? Romney draws level with President in ‘safe state’ of Wisconsin 

Mitt Romney is now tied with Barack Obama in Wisconsin, one of the ‘firewall’ states the president hoped would protect him against defeats in Florida and Virginia, according to a new poll.

Rasmussen found that Romney and Obama were tied on 49 per cent in the state, which Obama won in a 14-point landslide in 2008.

Buoyed by internal polling which shows similar numbers, Romney is to head to Wisconsin next week, as first reported by MailOnline last Tuesday. He will hold a rally in the Milwaukee area on Tuesday morning.

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The Daily Caller: Fast and Furious whistleblower John Dodson sues Time, alleges Fortune libeled him:

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives special agent John Dodson is suing Time, Inc., The Daily Caller has learned, alleging that its Fortune Magazine libeled him in an article it ran this summer. Dodson is the ATF agent who blew the whistle on Fast and Furious, exposing the failures of the operation to the American people.

The article, authored by Katherine Eban, claims that a “Fortune investigation reveals that the ATF never intentionally allowed guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. How the world came to believe just the opposite is a tale of rivalry, murder, and political bloodlust.” The article was headlined “The Truth about the Fast and Furious Scandal.”

In his libel lawsuit complaint, obtained by TheDC, Dodson said that “predicate is false and deceptive in that it leads readers to erroneously believe that it is the only accurate account of these events.”

Dodson also alleges “the article is fictitious in the sense that it contains facts that Defendant knew to be false prior to publication. Further, the contentions made in the article have been eviscerated in the public domain.”
Here we go again, “flipping out” about the left’s infantile behavior…actually – a left-wing President’s infantile behavior:

Sunshine State Sarah: Obama: Most. Childish. Campaign. Ever.

Fresh off their trivial, demeaning, and completely creepy “ladyparts” and “your first time” ads, the Obama campaign is now seeking inspiration from the kindergarten playground for today’s message.
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Please sit down. I know this news will come as a shock.

In a previously off-the-record interview with the Des Moines Register, President Obama argued that the economic recovery he’s overseen isn’t as bad as his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, claims… “In many ways, because of the actions we took early on, we’re actually ahead of pace in the typical recovery out of a recession like this,” Obama said…

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The Blaze: Former Joe Biden Aide Writes Controversial Tell-All Book: ‘Egomaniacal Autocrat’:

A former aide to Vice President Joe Biden has written a tell-all book that describes the VP as an “egomaniacal autocrat” who was “determined to manage his staff through fear” – an October surprise that the Obama campaign probably didn’t see coming.

Author Jeff Connaughton, a former Biden Senate staffer, says Biden originally inspired him to get into politics but the experience working under the former Delaware senator caused him to become disillusioned with the political system in Washington.

The book is called “The Payoff” and it was actually quietly released last month. Connaughton writes, as Politico describes it, “in the fashion of a guilt-racked whistle-blower: he was a party to a corrupt system and now he wants to blow the lid off the game.”

“I came to D.C. a Democrat and left a plutocrat,” writes Connaughton.

Here’s one thing we can be sure of about the Benghazi affair: almost everything we’ve been told since by the mainstream media is a lie, invariably one designed to shore up the creaky and desperate Obama administration.

Consider how quickly the story was spun by Obama’s amen corner in the liberal MSM. It should, according to any objective news sense, have been a shocking tale of how a woefully unprotected ambassador was murdered in cold blood by Al Qaeda affiliates. Instead, it almost immediately became – of all things – an excuse to demonstrate why Mitt Romney was unfit to be president.

Here, for example, was NBC the day after.

Yesterday we noted that Mitt Romney, down in the polls after the convention, was   throwing the kitchen sink   at President Obama. Little did we know the kitchen sink would include — on the anniversary  of 9/11 — one of the most over-the-top and (it turns out)  incorrect attacks of the general-election campaign .

And here was CBS the day after. (Sounds to me like they have the same White House press officer dictate their stories for them…)

(CBS News) The conventional wisdom emerged in Washington almost immediately on Wednesday: Mitt Romney’s handling of the violence in Egypt and Libya was a disaster.

“The comments were a big mistake, and the decision to double down on them was an even bigger mistake,” Steve Schmidt, senior campaign strategist to Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, told CBS News. “There are legitimate criticisms to be made but you foreclose on your ability to make them when you try to score easy political points. And the American people, when the country is attacked, whether they’re a Republican or Democrat or independent, want to see leaders who have measured responses, not leaders whose first instinct is to try to score political points.”

If you’ll remember, the days following the foreign policy disaster that is now being called a scandal  “bigger than Watergate” for this administration, newshounds were describing as Mitt’s “worst week of the campaign.”
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Barack Obama’s prospects for re-election have been fading for some time now. As Mitt Romney surges, Obama flails, embarrassing himself with silly trivialities that are often summed up as Big Bird, binders and bayonets. That’s what happens when your record is so bad that you can’t talk about it; not truthfully, anyway. So it has been clear for a while that Obama’s re-election hopes can’t absorb another blow. Which the Benghazi story, to the extent the facts get out, surely is.

That is why Obama made a decision early on to stop referring to the Benghazi debacle as a successful terrorist attack. Acknowledging what really happened would have utterly destroyed one of Obama’s main campaign themes, that through his own personal heroism he had al Qaeda on the run. Instead, Obama chose to pretend that Benghazi was an unfortunate but essentially meaningless mob uprising, prompted by a YouTube video. So we got the nauseating spectacle of Hillary Clinton hugging the father of one of the murdered SEALS and assuring him not to worry, the Obama administration would prosecute the guy who made the video to the fullest extent of the law.

But, with a little over a week to go until the election, the lid was blown off the administration’s cover-up by Fox’s story yesterday, alleging that the administration turned down repeated pleas for help over the course of the seven-hour Benghazi battle, and by the white-hot anger of Charles Woods, who has repeatedly called Barack Obama and his White House “cowards” for failing to come to his son’s aid.

Keep reading at link.
Watch the video at the site.

So far, no decision appears forthcoming from the Obama campaign or the DNC about following the lead of Washington’s Democrats to dump Knight’s hate-earned cash.

According to the report in The Seattle Times:

After resisting calls to return the cash when some of the videos surfaced earlier this week, a party spokesperson Friday evening said the Democrats have decided to donate half the Knight money to the campaign for Referendum 74 to legalize gay marriage, and half to the Anti-Defamation League.

“Recently, we’ve been made aware of comments made by a contributor to the Democratic Party that do not reflect our party’s values. While we did not solicit any contributions from JZ Knight, it is important that we make it clear that we view her comments as offensive and do not condone this kind of vitriol,” said state Democratic Party [Chairman] Dwight Pelz in a statement through a spokesperson.

The Times story did not indicate whether individual state candidates who have received monies from Knight and the Ramtha School of Enlightenment – $3,600 by 2nd legislative district state Senate candidate Bruce Lachney, $3,600 by Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero, $1,800 by State Supreme Court Justice Susan Owens – have joined with Pelz in ditching the toxic cash.

Still, Pelz & Company have not exactly donned the hairshirt to walk a penitent path to repair the damage done by five days of vacillation on whether to act ethically or to keep sitting on tainted funds. Delivering a $35,000 bag of cash to Approve Referendum 74 campaign headquarters – vaunted by the Democrat’s progressive base as a Normandy Invasion of sorts against conservative values – can hardly be considered a painful act of contrition.

Faith Family Freedom Fund: The McCaskill Repeal and Replace Tour:

Here is the up to date itinerary of Trevor Loudon’s US tour.

So far he will be speaking in Oregon, Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, Florida, California, New Jersey, Colorado, Georgia, Philadelphia, Montana, Wisconsin and Ohio.

There are still several open days to fill, so if you’d like Mr. Loudon to speak at your event or to interview him, please contact him at trevor.newzeal@gmail.com

Klavan on the Culture: Rape and Abortion: Dilemma or Demagoguery:

As everyone knows (since the media has covered it more often than Fast and Furious and Benghazi-gate put together), Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock recently answered a debate question about abortion and rape: “I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” Mourdock later clarified the comment and apologized for his poor phrasing — as was proper — but come on, we all know what he was trying to say. He doesn’t think rape is intended by God. He thinks a baby conceived by rape remains a baby with a right to life.

It doesn’t bother me that many people disagree with this. As I said, I myself think the question is so difficult it is beyond the scope of law and only the individual conscience should be trusted to decide it. But what does bother me is that leftists — by which I mean Democrats and their mainstream journalist Renfields — have tried to demagogue this into some kind of gotcha moment, akin to Todd Akin’s ignorant remark about women’s magic bodies containing a sparkly stopgap that prevents the whole problem. Read the articles: filled with wishful msm thinking about how Mourdock’s remarks put the entire GOP on the defensive.

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