Obama Admin Explanation For Why Iran and Hezbollah Left off Terror List Doesn’t Pass Laugh Test

For some nefarious reason, this year’s Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Communities does not include Iran or Hezbollah. The official excuse the Obama Regime is using to explain why Iran and Hezbollah were left off the U.S. terror threat list doesn’t pass the smell test or even the laugh test. National Intelligence Director James Clapper has cited “a change in formatting” as the reason for this removal – evidently too ashamed to admit the awful truth – that Obama had agreed to do it as a concession in his nuke talks with Iran. “It’s a flat lie,” John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. told Greta Van Susteren on Fox News, last week. “The format of this years report is exactly the same as last year’s report,” Bolton explained. “Do they think we’re that stupid? Greta asked incredulously. “Yes,” Bolton answered flatly. “The people who would say this is a format change are weasels,” Bolton said. Bolton suspects that Iranian negotiators told American negotiators to “go easy on us on this terrorism stuff.”

SEE ALSO: Michael Goodwin, The New York Post: Israel: Beware of Obama: These are the best opening paragraphs I’ve read in a long time:

First he comes for the banks and health care, uses the IRS to go after critics, politicizes the Justice Department, spies on journalists, tries to curb religious freedom, slashes the military, throws open the borders, doubles the debt and nationalizes the Internet. He lies to the public, ignores the Constitution, inflames race relations and urges Latinos to punish Republican “enemies.” He abandons our ­allies, appeases tyrants, coddles ­adversaries and uses the Crusades as an excuse for inaction as Islamist terrorists slaughter their way across the Mideast. Now he’s coming for Israel. Barack Obama’s promise to transform America was too modest. He is transforming the whole world before our eyes. Do you see it yet?

Read the rest at the link. Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

The Mountain Behind Hillary’s Email Molehill – And a Prescient 2008 Warning From Christopher Hitchens (Video)

Pat Caddell on Hannity, Tuesday evening, said Hillary Clinton’s email scandal feels like “deja vu all over again”

After watching Clinton’s “trainwreck” of a press conference earlier today, he remarked, “I just had this horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach that we’ve been here before, and Oh my God, here we go again. Not only did she not answer – she raised a lot more questions.” An AP fact-check found Clinton’s explanations to be less than exculpatory. Here are the 20 Funniest Reactions to Hillary’s Catastrophic Email Press Conference.

“This is a big hill,” Caddell continued. “It’s not a molehill. This is a big hill – this email – and the mountain standing behind it are all those contributions from foreign governments and corporations – 26 of whom tried to get work from the State Department.”

Caddell noted, “we know this server has been hacked because we have the Sydney Blumenthal hacking that took place with her in which he was sending her… dozens of emails about foreign policy.”

He was referring to the hacker known as “Guccifer” who in a e-mail blasts two years ago,  disseminated four memos to Clinton from Sidney Blumenthal on foreign policy.

Via The Smoking Gun:

The 64-year-old Blumenthal, who worked as a senior White House adviser to President Bill Clinton, had his AOL e-mail account hacked last week by “Guccifer,” who has conducted similar illegal assaults against a growing list of public figures, including Colin Powell, relatives and friends of the Bush family, and a top United Nations official.

The hacker’s e-mails went to hundreds of recipients, though the distribution lists were dotted with addresses for aides to Senate and House members who are no longer in office. But many of the addresses to which the Blumenthal memos were sent are good (though it is unclear whether karl@rove.com is a solid address for the Republican mastermind).

Most of the e-mail recipients were sent four separate memos that were e-mailed to Clinton by Blumenthal during the past five months. Each memo dealt with assorted developments in Libya, including the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi. One memo marked “Confidential” was sent to Clinton on September 12.

Blumenthal’s memos and e-mails to Clinton were sent to her at a non-governmental e-mail address through the web domain “clintonemail.com.”

Did Republicans not yet see the problem with this?

As TSG reported last week, after Blumenthal’s e-mail account was compromised, the hacker searched it for e-mails sent to Clinton, and further sorted the mail to segregate any attachment–like Word files–that were included in Blumenthal’s correspondence to Clinton. Many of these pilfered documents were memos to Clinton on foreign policy and intelligence matters.

While “Guccifer” appears to have downloaded many of these attachments, the hacker opted not to send the actual Word files to those on the e-mail blast list (likely as a security measure since the downloaded files could contain metadata that could lead to the hacker, who is the target of a mushrooming federal criminal investigation).

Flashback: A very prescient Christopher Hitchens (God rest his soul) in an appearance on the Larry King Show in November of 2008 – when Hillary Clinton’s name was being bandied about for Secretary of State – gave a laundry list of reasons why she should not be nominated. First and foremost – the Clintons’ history of taking corrupt foreign donations.

“There are about five or six financial scandals in her past – all of them related to foreign donors to her and her husband – the Riady family in Indonesia, innumerable people in connection to business in China – not an unimportant country in our State Department’s periphery – or our Treasury’s periphery.”

He added that there were “many, many dozens of whom fled the country rather than testify into the hearings on Clinton’s fundraising and her brother who tried to get a hazelnut monopoly in Georgia and who took loans from Marc Rich and didn’t repay them. If all of this was balanced by huge foreign policy expertise – okay, maybe, conceivably, possibly — but it isn’t! What’s her best foreign policy position?  She invented a record for herself in Bosnia – made herself into a laughing stock!”

Gowdy: We Learned The Day Before the NYTs Article Broke That Hillary Didn’t Have an Official Email Acct (Video)

Judge Andrew Napolitano and Congressman Trey Gowdy both appeared on The Kelly File Monday night to talk about Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.

Megyn Kelly asked Napolitano to weigh in on Obama’s take on the controversy.

“I’m glad that Hillary’s instructed that those emails that had to do with official business need to be disclosed,” Obama told CBS News’ Bill Plante over the weekend.

“Apparently the president has the same misunderstanding of federal law that his former secretary of state does,” Napolitano quipped.

He went on to explain the federal statute that says documents and records by high-ranking officials belong to the government. “A former official can ask the government for personal documents back, but Clinton did the opposite,” Napolitano said.

“She retained and concealed 100 percent of the documents with which she dealt while she was secretary of state in 48 months. She decided what was governmental and kept what she didn’t want to reveal,” he continued.

Kelly announced that Hillary will be addressing the email scandal within the next 48 hours. The forum has yet to be disclosed, but it is a safe bet that it will be hermetically sealed event with only friendly reporters allowed in with pre-approved questions.

Congressman Trey Gowdy, Chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi came on next to talk about the State Department’s unimpressive reaction to HillaryGate.

“They’re not going to go back and look for responsive documents to subpoenas, to litigation inquiries, to FOIA requests, Kelly noted, after showing a clip of State Dept. Deputy Press Sec. Marie Harf telling a reporter that they have no plans to find documents that have been requested retroactively. “If you asked prior to the date Hillary’s 55,000 pages were turned over – a week ago, or two weeks ago – you’re out of luck.”

“Well, the State Department is not going to get to be the final arbiter of that,” Gowdy drawled. “I have lost confidence for a myriad of reasons – not the least of which  – they missed every single opportunity over the past six months to tell us that not only did she not have an official email account. They didn’t even have her records.  You would think that that would come up in all the conversations that we had with the State Department. Which is precisely why they are not the neutral, third-party arbiter that I would recommend.”

Gowdy then went on to describe the run-around he got from State, Hillary, and her lawyer, last summer when it was first disclosed that some of her emails were on her personal account. Gowdy was stonewalled for months as he kept pressing for the rest of them. It wasn’t until the day before the NYTs story broke that he found out that  she did not have an official email account.

Gowdy wants a neutral arbiter – “a federal judge, archiver, or inspector general” to take charge of getting the info he seeks from her server.

UPDATE: 

Via Mediaite: Hillary Clinton to Hold Press Conference Today on Email Story:

Hillary Clinton will hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon to address the revelation of her exclusive use of a personal email account and private server to conduct State Department business while Secretary of State.

MSNBC’s Clinton beat reporter Alex Seitz-Wald confirmed the presser. The start time is unknown, but Mediaite will link to a livestream when it becomes available:

Lt. Col Ralph Peters: Obama and Dems Like ‘Bitchy High School Girls’, Obama’s Politics ‘Onanistic’

An incensed Lt Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) verbally pummeled Obama and the Democrats mercilessly yesterday in a couple of appearances on Fox News. Unable to hide his disgust and contempt for their reaction to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech before Congress, Tuesday morning, he likened them to “bitchy high school girls” in an appearance on America’s Newsroom.

As captured by the Washington Free Beacon:

Later in the day, he was on Fox Business with Stuart Varney, repeating an assertion he has made in recent days that the Regime has already accepted that Iran will get the bomb and create a new hegemony in the Middle East. They are just hoping that the first blast happens on someone else’s watch.

“This is a president who just doesn’t like Israel,” Peters explained.

Varney challenged Peters on that point, saying, “you said it right out loud. Obama will sacrifice Israel. That’s a remarkable thing to say!”

But Peters exclaimed, “no it is not! It’s not. Stuart, it’s NOT remarkable!” 

He added, “I’m tired of everyone in Washington pussy-footing around every issue.” He argued that people are too worried about their next promotion etc.

“I believe in my heart and soul — if Israel disappeared from the face of the earth tomorrow, Obama would not shed a single tear. He regards Israel as an obstacle – not an ally.”

He later compared Obama’s politics to Onanism.

“We’ve got a president who’s obsessed with himself. I mean this is the most politically onanistic president imaginable and we live in very, very dangerous times.” (For those of you in Rio Linda, Peters just called Obama’s politics masturbatory – a very apt description IMO.)

“And yesterday we saw a leader,” Peters continued. “and immediately after that leader spoke (Benjamin Netanyahu) we have President Obama just go into a – a – a – hissy-fit snit. Now compare the two men. My God, where is our Netanyahu?”

SEE ALSO:

Via The Times of Israel, a member of the Iranian Regime uses many of the same propaganda points as the Obama Regime in an interview with NBC.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif acknowledged that his country seeks the annihilation of the “Netanyahu regime” but denied that it seeks to wipe out Israel.

In an NBC interview on Wednesday, Zarif finessed a series of questions raised by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his speech to Congress Tuesday, including over Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei’s tweet last year urging the annihilation of Israel, and about his own laying of a wreath at the grave of Imad Mughniyeh, the arch-Hezbollah terrorist responsible for the killings of hundreds of Americans.

Zarif said Netanyahu had been fanning “hysteria” since 1992 with the claim that Iran was two years from the bomb. “Once this fear mongering is out, then we can have a deal,” he said. Zarif also denied stalling the IAEA’s efforts to probe alleged nuclear weapons work. He spent much of the extensive interview castigating Israel for a series of alleged vicious crimes, while insisting on Iran’s tolerant and peaceful nature.

It was Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) who said in January that the talking points coming out of the Obama administration sounds like the propaganda coming out of Tehran.

It becomes increasingly difficult to tell them apart.

Ralph Peters: ‘Obama is a Spiteful Failure of a President and We Just Have to Get Through the Next 2 Yrs’

Mark Levin and Ralph Peters appeared on Fox News’ Hannity, Tuesday night, to talk about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before congress.

“Past presidents have worked with the Russians and any other government to try and prevent these third world actors from getting a nuclear weapon,” Levin pointed out.

“The problem is our foreign policy is such a shambles there’s nobody to work with.”

The conservative radio host said that he read the World threat assessment of the US intelligence community the government put out, last year. He learned that Tehran has made technical progress in a number of areas including building missiles that are inherently capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction. “Iran  has the largest has the means and motivation to develop longer range missiles including an intercontinental ICBM that hits Europe and the United States,” Levin noted.

“This is no joke and I’m scared to death with this president in office,” said Levin.

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (retired) was also on Hannity tonight to discuss the speech.

“Obama is incapable of learning. We have to recognize that. Six years into his term, he still thinks he can make friends with Iran.”

“It is stunning,” he added. “For Americans, the most important point that Bibi Netanyahu made today was that in the Middle East today, dealing with Iran and the Islamic State, the enemy of my enemy is my enemy. Obama just can’t figure that out.”

“I am convinced Sean – absolutely convinced – that Obama, Kerry and company have accepted that Iran will get a bomb – they just don’t want to happen on his watch. They want a decent interval of denial. And meanwhile as you heard – our president’s — pathetic, spiteful,  rebuttal…” Peters said ruefully. (Obama’s reaction to Netanyahu’s speech, here.)

“Obama is a spiteful failure of a president and we just have to get through the next two years,” Peters declared..

He later noted that “if Israel disappeared off the face of the earth tomorrow, Obama would not shed a tear.”

“Today when he was being so petty and spiteful and angry about Netanyahu’s speech,” Peters continued, “wouldn’t it have been great to see that kind of flaring anger from Obama about Vladimir Putin’s aggression – or at ISIS’ beheadings – we’ve never seen that kind of anger from him – but he directs it toward Bibi Netanyahu, and I can only say that — I’m ashamed and embarrassed at this president and I am on Israel’s side. I think most Americans are, and the one thing Netanyahu did accomplish today with that masterful, forceful, direct speech, was he made it almost impossible for Senate Democrats – for most of them – to vote for a bad deal.”

Ralph Peters Calls Obama ‘The Reincarnation of Pontius Pilate Washing His Hands’ As ISIS Slaughters Christians (Video)

On Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, Wednesday morning, Lt. Col Ralph Peters (Ret.) used biblical terms to describe the president’s wanton disregard for the ongoing slaughter of Christians that is ongoing in the Middle East.  Describing the bloodletting as a holocaust, in which our president is doing nothing, Peters called Obama a reincarnation of Pontius Pilate washing his hands, but he said this blood is not coming off.

Host Bill Hemmer wondered if ISIS was bent on genocide, “or is it land they want.”

“They certainly would like land,” Peters replied. “But the immediate target are Christians, Jews, Yazidis, other minorities – but especially Christians because Christian civilization in that region predates Islam. It’s been there for 2,000 years. Bill the first 1000 years of Christianity, in the greater Middle East and North Africa – those were the cities where the saints – the theologians – there were far more Christians in the Middle East back then, than there were in Europe.”

He continued, “but what we are seeing now is an Islamist attempt to exterminate the last vestiges of Christian civilization in the Middle East. After the holocaust of World War II the world said never again. But Bill O’Reilly is right, it’s happening again. It is a genuine holocaust against Christians.

These Christians are kidnapped. Our president does nothing.

Christians are tortured and even crucified publicly. Our president does nothing.

The Christian women are kidnapped and raped and raped again. Our president does nothing.

Christians are driven from their homes in the Middle East but the hundreds of thousands, slaughtered by the tens of thousands, and our president does nothing!

He is the reincarnation of Pontius Pilate washing his hands, but this blood is not coming off.”

(You can bet this one has Medea Mutters in an uproar.)

Peters went on to say that the so-called coalition is a total lie. And the idea that ISIS is going to listen to the State Dept’s “demands” to let the captives free, he found ludicrous.

“Do you really think ISIS pays much attention to Jen Psaki?” he sneered. “You’ve got to act!”

See Also:

Weasel Zippers:Poll: Americans Think Giuliani Is More Patriotic Than Obama, 58% Say Rudy “Loves America,” Just 47% For Obama…

Horror: Approx 100 Christians Captured By ISIS in Syria (Video)

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ISIS (Daesh) hasn’t even released the murder/torture porn video from their last atrocity – the burning of 45 Iraqis  in the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, which is just a stones throw from Ain al-Asad air base, where 300 American Marines are stationed.

Exactly who these people were and why they were killed is not clear, but Col Qasim al-Obeidi said he believed some were members of the security forces.

Almost certainly among them are the 15 captured Kurds they paraded around in cages – as seen here. Daesh will be releasing their video in all its horrific glory any day now.

Now, amid claims from the Sec. of State that the US is “on the road” to defeating ISIS, comes this ghastly news via the IB Times: 

Islamic State (Isis) militants have kidnapped between 70 and 100 Christians of the Assyrian minority in the north-eastern Syrian province of al-Hasakah, according to a monitoring group and an advocacy organisation.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which relies on a local network of activists, cited “reliable sources” as saying that the jihadists abducted dozens of Syrians in the village of Tal Shamiram, in the Tal Tamer area.

The sources said that IS members confirmed via wireless devices that they had detained “90 crusaders”. Others reported that dozens of Assyrian people were kidnapped from the nearby village of Tal Hermez.

Horror.

It’s worth noting that our  patriotic and profoundly Christian president recently cited “the Crusades” as an example of Christian atrocities against innocent Muslims. To ISIS/Daesh, violence toward “Christian Crusaders” is justified and part of a 800 year grudge match. It would seem our president has some sympathy for that point of view.

Ace makes a great point on Twitter:

“IS attacked the Syrian villages at 5am and displaced 3,000 people,” Kino said. “That has been confirmed to us by different sources: refugees and fighters got in touch with relatives in Sweden, Germany and Canada.”

He said that 70 to 100 people, mainly women and children, have been abducted in the attack and the men were taken to the Abd al-Aziz mountains.

Another activist, Aryo Edward, president of the Sweden-based Assyrian rights group, told IBTimes UK that at least 500 families escaped the IS attack and fled to Qamishli and Hasakah city, where they found refuge in a church.

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