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  • Lord, let this fiasco become the liberal’s Alamo.

  • “…to prevent it from ever happening again Senator.”-HRC

    We just did.
    We just took the best step forward to stop the idiotic indecisive negligence of public officials who should never hold positions that are clearly above their abilities. ie.former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

    I am happy that at the very least the families of our four heroes can breathe a bit easier this morning knowing Mrs. Incompetent isn’t the next POTUS.

  • I think our communion of saints was joining us in prayer about this election .

  • What does it matter? about 279 electoral votes.

  • I wish I had known about this ad prior to the election. I think I could have gotten a dozen more pro-Trump votes cast.

    Here is information about “what difference it makes:” to briefly review, about 4pm Washington DC time, Hillary was informed of the Benghazi attack. As we know, military forces were ready to respond and be on the site within 60min-2 hours, with a full special strike force nearby in Rota, Spain, which is the HQ’s for regional US Naval activities.

    Hillary Clinton made no known response to the calls forwarded to her by Gen. Carter Ham and Admiral Charles M. Gaouette for at least “13 Hours”. Both Ham and Gaouette have been dismissed from their positions and to this day have been unable to publicly voice what they know.

    However, at 10pm Washington time, Hillary did finally call an emergency meeting—to plot a public political response—even while the 25 or so surviving Americans were under mostly sustained and repeated assaults. All the time, we now know, ex-SEAL contractors Ty Woods & Glen Doherty, USMC M. Sgt. “TIg” (John) Tiegen, USMC Security Officer Mark “Oz” Geist, Army Ranger Kris “Tonto” Paranto, and two additional contractors that are anonymous to this day (In the Movie “13 Hours”, they are called “Jack Silva” & “Dave Benton”–pseudonyms) were having RPG’s, various arms and sniper fire, and finally 82 mm high-explosive mortar rounds, were picking them off. In fact, as we already know, Doherty and Woods disregarded “orders” to stay away from the beleaguered annex, even though hearing their agonized distress calls. It went on of course, for 13 hours.

    And where was Hillary. At this point, what difference does it make?

    Ty Woods is buried at Ft. Rosecrans Natl. Military Cemetery overlooking San Diego Bay, one of the most beautiful final resting places in the world. I have visited it, because Mrs. Phoenix’ dad is buried there. Woods also owned, until 2011, a bar and grill in Imperial Beach, near SD. He left all that to return to service as a military contractor. He is buried at Rosecrans, at least, with consummate honor. He left behind two teen-age sons and a younger daughter from a later marriage with his spouse, shown in the video above. But, what difference does it make?

    Glen Doherty is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Doherty, for those who are interested, was Catholic. He had no children and was not married at the time of his death. Many people do not know that Glen Doherty actually had his knees reconstructed, a result of repeated military extreme deployments, and was actually planning on leaving the military in 2001 when 9-11 happened. He re-upped instead. Now he rests with our greatest heroes (and a few scoundrels, like Ted Kennedy: there will be room for Hillary, too). So, what difference does it make, now? Alas, poor Yorick.

    Ambassador Chris Stevens, who died early in the assault, was single and had no children. He is buried at Forester’s Cemetery in the quiet town of Grass Valley, CA in the small Northern California Sierras, where he was born in 1960. And what difference does that make, now?

    For Sean Patrick Smith, an information management officer with State, and a 7-year USAF veteran, his final resting place has not been released by his family. He left behind two children at the time of his death. His life made a difference to them; perhaps.

    And now we turn to Hillary Rodham, a woman whose life makes Lucretia Borgia look like that of a cloistered nun, whose quest for power has finally been crushed.

    But none of these 4 lives, nor the approximately 25 who survived because of Woods, Doherty and the other courageous defenders of Benghazi, make any difference now.
    Or can anyone tell me what difference it makes?

  • Did Ambassador Christopher Stevens vote? Now you know why HRC did not win.

  • There is a film entitled 13 Hours based on the book of the same name written by the survivors of Benghazi. If war had been declared by Congress Hillary Rodham Clinton could be tried for treason. Jezebel

  • Yea, Mary De Voe, I have seen “Thirteen Hours”, part of my repeated references to it, and the interview with 3 of the survivors (“Tig” Tiegen, Mark “Oz” Geist, and Kris “Tonto/Tanto” Paranto), the 3 who have bravely come forward and allowed themselves to be identified.

    I also view and review “Blackhawk Down” repeatedly, because—what a surprise, it is a limited military engagement occurring as part of dumbfoundingly idiotic liberal administration’s misquided effort to conduct a diplomatic mission in a furiously hostile jihadi Muslim failed state—why, isn’t that like the idiocy in Libya? “Oh, what difference does it make.” And: Oh: who was the president at that time? The spouse of the Jezebel in charge of Ben-ghazi.

    Also, please never forget Aug. 6th, 2011, the day we lost SEAL team 6, 25 SEAL team members and 5 air support personnel. Our most elite, highly trained, unique personnel: 25 wiped out in one day.

    Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State in January, 2009: She is known to have travelled to Pakhistan, at least in July 2010, and likely several other times to Afghanistan, and Pakhistan: and was regularly in contact with Pakhistani officials, possibly arranging the Bin Laden raid (May 1-2, 2011). And, most importantly, we know her blackberry and mobil devices had already been hacked in 2009 (from Wikileaks) and information spread all over at least 5 foreign intelligence services (Iran certainly was one of the 5).

    On Aug 6th, 2011, SEAL team 6 ostensibly had been missioned to bring back a “high-value target”, a Taliban leader, supposedly, to try to gain leverage in obtaining an Afghanistan peace settlement. Clinton was being kept up to date with information directly from Huma Abedin on this unsecure network. We now know the Aug 6th SEAL team mission was leaked – several of the Afghan soldiers who were to accompany the high-risk mission inexplicably “switched out” literally the morning of the mission—an unheard of development! That should have been a signal that they had blown cover. And, their 6 replacement soldiers were also all killed along with the 30 USA personnel that day, from a highly defended target with RPG batteries placed in strategic positions on the hillside.
    Gee, they musta known.

    What difference does it make.

  • Smith was AKA “Vile Rat” of Goonfleet in EVE. (Translating into slightly more normal terms: he was basically a major organizer for the regional and national non-pro bowling league tournaments. Or one of the regional leaders for a hobby based ELKs, who did helped organize the national convention. He was a really well known person in a pretty tight knit group, and even folks who disliked him greatly there would CARE.)

    That had to cost Hillary some votes, especially among the folks who never paid any attention to politics because they all suck.

8 Responses to Remember

  • Very powerful ad. I hope it works. I hope Julian Assange is wrong – that Trump could be stopped by the powers that be.

  • I don’t know what is making my computer so jumpy– and I don’t know how that post from “ency” went up. It’s not “ency” 🙂 it’s me .Anzlyne … sorry Mr. McClarey.

  • Good ad. Portrays Hillary’s carelessness, thoughtlessness and heartlessness.

  • As the father of a son at a military academy, a son who wants special forces when he graduates, it chills me to the bone to think that monster might become commander in chief. Ultimately, all politics is local. #NeverHillary!

  • We don’t live in a free country.
    When things go wrong next Tuesday, the criminal state will be institutionalized.
    One more liberal SCOTUS fabulist and our freedom is officially gone: they will ban the Church unless it changes its “opinions” (what they call objective truth) on same-sex marriage. gender, etc. .
    Praise God! Our kingdom is not of this World.
    FYI – “fabulist” a person who composes fables.”

  • Benghazi Memoriam

    In the year of our Lord Twenty Hundred and Twelve,
    on the sacred day of September Eleven,
    Little did the four of us think
    that on that night we could be in Heaven.
    One would think that, on that special day,
    extra measures would be taken
    In a Libyan city so far away
    from the shores of our great Nation.
    One would think that, in Election Years
    (as that one was), aid would swiftly come.
    Yet, all our pleas went on deaf ears
    and thus our days would soon be done.
    Why were our electronic mails ignored?
    Does a U.S. Ambassador not merit attention?
    They were somehow lost in the thousands more
    that someone felt were not worth retention.
    How many public servants face
    the peril that we faced on that night?
    Or even acknowledge the costs of freedom,
    the rule of law, and the worth of each life?
    So, in this new Election Year,
    we humbly ask you (if you could)
    To remember us and to say a prayer
    for Stevens, Smith, Doherty, and Woods.

  • “I hope Julian Assange is wrong – that Trump could be stopped by the powers that be.”
    If Trump wins, then will Obama accept it and yield power or assume dictatorship and precipitate civil war?
    Democrats are never going to accept losing.
    The same is true of me – Hillary will never be my President if elected.

  • When people lose faith in God they put it in princes.

Gold Star Families and Media Outrage

Tuesday, August 9, AD 2016

One thing I have learned from the media since the Democrat Convention is that gold star families have absolute moral authority.  Even when a family attacks a candidate who had nothing to do with their son’s death at a national convention, if the candidate responds to the criticism, he is a wretched person attacking a gold star family.  I am sure the media will apply this standard even-handedly to both candidates:

The parents of two Americans killed in the Benghazi attacks in 2012 have filed a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, who served as secretary of state at the time.

Patricia Smith and Charles Woods are seeking damages for wrongful death, defamation, the intentional infliction of emotional distress and more. They filed the lawsuit in US District Court in Washington on Monday.
The move comes three months from the general election, from two parents who have been critical of the Democratic presidential nominee’s handling of Benghazi and the public and private answers she’s given to questions about just what occurred at the US diplomatic compound there the night their sons were killed.
The lawsuit was filed by Larry Klayman of Judicial Watch, a conservative organization that’s been critical of Clinton and sought her emails from her private server during her tenure as secretary of state.
Go here to read the rest.  The wrongful death suit is a stretch due to the immunity that government officials possess.  The defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress counts are more likely to succeed due to Clinton’s many interviews since she left office in which she has denied lying to family members of the Benghazi dead, telling them that the attack was caused by an anti-Mohammed video.  She has suggested that their memories are faulty, in effect calling them liars.   In any case I am sure that the press will swing into action with moral outrage, just as when Trump responded to the attack on him by the Khan family.  I am sure the moral outrage of the press will sound something like this:

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Media as Propaganda Arm of the Democrat Party

Sunday, August 7, AD 2016





Christopher Johnson at Midwest Conservative Journal helps point out that most members of the media this year are nothing but Democrat shills.  In that respect this year is like all years since 1964 although this year they are not bothering to make any attempt to disguise the fact:



“American “journalists.”  Pretty much the same thing.  CNN’s Carol Costello desperately tries to get a parent of one of Lady Macbeth’s victims to focus on what’s truly important:

Charles Woods, father of U.S. Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, who was killed during the Benghazi attack, appeared on CNN Tuesday. CNN Newsroom host Carol Costello repeatedly badgered him about Donald Trump’s feud with Khizr Khan, and whether Trump should apologize. Transcript below, via CNN.

“I know who should apologize, and that would be Hillary Clinton, for lying to the American families who lost their loved ones as well as to the American public,” Woods said.And I’m sure when the election comes out next year, they’re going to have to make the decision, who should they vote for, based upon who will do the best job of defending this country.


WOODS: And I think the whole reason …

COSTELLO: Do you, do you think, Sir …

WOODS: … Clinton proved at Benghazi that she was incapable of protecting 35 of her own employees. So how could she possibly protect 330 million Americans at home?

COSTELLO: Do you think that Mr. Trump should apologize to Mr. Khan?

WOODS: You know, I really don’t know what’s been said. I haven’t seen a T.V. set since last Monday or Tuesday … 

COSTELLO: So Eric Trump is saying that his father sort of apologized by calling Khan’s son a hero. And that Donald Trump has also sacrificed for this country.

WOODS: Well I would agree with what Mr. Trump said, definitely Khan was an American hero. He was a patriotic American, and he was also a moderate Muslim.

COSTELLO: But should Mr. Trump apologize?

WOODS: You know, like I say, I don’t know what he originally said, and I don’t know what he’s said since then. I — I know who should apologize, and that would be Hillary Clinton, for lying to the American families who lost their loved ones, as well as to the American public. You know, she’s …

COSTELLO: Do you …

WOODS: … in fact, she’s even doubled down and called us liars. Which is not appropriate at all. Because like I said, either she’s lying …

COSTELLO: Who are you endorsing this election?

WOODS: Well my son would still be alive if Mrs. Clinton was performing her job properly, as Secretary of State. So in good conscience I cannot vote for the person who was directly responsible for the death of my son. There is only two choices, and obviously I support Donald Trump.

And the main reason is because national security, as well as the economy, are the two most important issues that voters are going to have to decide upon next November.

COSTELLO: And just the last question I’ll ask you, do you wish that Mr. Trump would stop talking about the Khans now?

WOODS: You know, when Hillary Clinton on several occasions, has called the Benghazi victims’ families liars, would that be — should she apologize for that?

That exchange, ladies and gentlemen, is why so many of us have to depend on foreign news sources to find out what’s really going on in our own country.

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  • I have said it before. Carol Costello is a no talent former infobabe. She dropped out of Kent State’s journalism school in the 1980s when she landed a job at WAKR TV in Akron. She parlayed that into news anchor jobs in Columbus and Baltimore before going to CNN. Now she is a middle aged left wing crank.

    The media will NEVER go after the Clintons. There is enough dirt on them to lock them up forever but it will NEVER happen. The Democrats are organized crime. The ABA is their legal team. The media is their public relations arm. Hollywood produces their propaganda. Big business, long believed by many to be in the thrall of the GOP (insert laughter) has never hesitated to pay tribute to the Democrats and many wealthy business executives, and it seeems every Hollywood half-wit, are quasi-Socialists.

    Yeah, I know what people here think of Trump. Had the feckless GOP put forth better candidates we might have had a better presidential candidate.

  • “Yeah, I know what people here think of Trump.”

    I think he is going to smash Hillary in the Fall and be a terrible President. However, I also think that Clinton would be worse. As I predicted, Democrats are doing their worst to push me in Trump’s direction. They haven’t succeeded-yet. However, the sheer hypocrisy surrounding this campaign when it comes to judging the two candidates is nauseating to behold.

  • I, like many others, will probably vote for Trump in large part because of the totally biased press and the hollywood twits. I just want to laugh at them after the election – hope I can.

  • That exchange, ladies and gentlemen, is why so many of us have to depend on foreign news sources to find out what’s really going on in our own country.
    Just don’t forget to watch THEM just as closely as you watch the ones here; Russia isn’t funding a bunch of news sites because they’re nice people, and even innocent bias can cause issues.

  • I’m guessing ms costello is a pretty nice person, loved by her family etc. but her unrelenting attempts to force the conversation with Mr. Woods was a harassment, a way of bullying that can lead weaker persons to give in and whimper “yeah … but” and give the sound bite the CNN organization is looking for.

  • I’m not so sure Trump will win. Right now, I doubt it.

    Costello is just plain nasty and has hit middle age without a husband or kids. She will die an old maid. No doubt this irks her.

  • At this point in an election cycle, polls are pretty meaningless, at least that is the position of President Dukakis:

    United States presidential election, 1988



    George H. W. Bush (R) %

    Michael Dukakis (D) %

    March 52% 40%
    April 45% 43%
    May 38% 54%
    June 38% 52%
    41% 46%
    July 41% 47%
    37% 54%
    August 42% 49%
    September 49% 41%
    47% 42%
    October 50% 40%
    November 56% 44%
    Actual result 53% 46%

  • It isn’t all about the polls. The Democrat public relations machine is running at optimum efficiency. Trump is no skilled politician and the Clintons have an attack machine that destroys everyone (except Obumbler) going back to Arkansas and the late 1970s.

  • I cannot say this from experience, simply because I avoid watching much mainstream media. Nonetheless I find that people who “get” their news from such sources are quite uninformed. C. Costello certainly seems agenda driven in this interview. Mr. Woods handled the situation in an admirable manner. I don’t think I would have kept my composure as well as he did.

  • Having been a democrat and a democrat for life and an editor i’ve been around that mulberry bush and recall a quote from a famous journalist.
    I just looked it up:
    “I think being a liberal, in the true sense, is being nondoctrinaire, nondogmatic, non-committed to a cause – but examining each case on its merits. Being left of center is another thing; it’s a political position. I think most newspapermen by definition have to be liberal; if they’re not liberal, by my definition of it, then they can hardly be good newspapermen. If they’re preordained dogmatists for a cause, then they can’t be very good journalists; that is, if they carry it into their journalism.” (Ron Powers)
    In the self reassurance that goes on among liberal journalists — they don’t admit that are not non-doctrinaire, but are in fact committed leftists.
    As I re-read mr. Powers quote today I see that part of the reason liberalism is a sin is that it believes nothing and is detached from reality.

  • “Trump is no skilled politician”

    Correct, and that is one of several reasons why I think Trump is likely to prevail. As for the Clinton smear machine, Trump raised 82 million dollars last month, just a smidge behind Hillary. His average donation was $61.00 over the internet. His attacks against Hillary are soon going to be matching hers against him. Additionally Trump thrives on bad publicity. This is a unique year and Trump is a unique candidate.

  • I agree with Donald. Trump should be smart enough to stop shooting himself and Hillary is just dumb enough to become over confident. Plus maybe she will go all epileptic on TV. Anyway, it’s way too early to write Donald off. And another thing, the media might just give him a boost so the race stays interesting and ratings high.

Let’s Not Move on From Benghazi

Friday, July 1, AD 2016



Doctor Dorothy Woods, widow of fallen American hero Tyrone Woods, reminds us that what happened at Benghazi goes way beyond partisan politics.  Americans fighting for their lives were denied military support, their requests for assistance falling on deaf ears, and there has still been no satisfactory explanation as to why.  Ordinary Americans, whenever they have an opportunity, should ask Hillary Clinton what happened, since the Clinton supporting media refuses to do its job.

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  • I believe, based on information from former military, intelligence and special operations insiders, that the Benghazi fiasco was a WH deal to have the Ambassador taken hostage and traded for the blind sheik, but it went south and the Ambassador was killed. After twice watching the film “13 Hours” which is based on the testimony of the men who engaged the enemy in the firefight to protect those at the compound, I get the distinct feeling that no one was to make it out of there alive so there would be no witnesses. However these men fought so tenaciously that the WH was afraid that by holding up support any longer would raise too many questions, they finally gave the word to go ahead with the rescue. This why so many of both parties want Hillary elected at all cost. She is the only one that can make this all go away.

  • Why in the world would the White House have wanted to give up the blind sheik? How could they be sure the Ambassador wouldn’t be simply killed as was the case? How in the world would they have had the authority to trade someone currently serving a life sentence?

    None of that makes any sense. The truth is that the White House had nothing to do with the attack, was completely caught flat footed by it, made up the video story to fit into their election year meme that the War on Terror was won and over, and delayed sending help partially due to the State Department’s concern over diplomatic niceties. (Marines who were ready to be sent to Benghazi changed in and out of uniforms four times as the State Department dithered as to whether they should be in uniform or civies.)

  • If the Democrats had even a speck of patriotism, they’d be interested in
    finding out why events went so sideways at Benghazi. Instead, we
    see them complaining that the investigation is a partisan witch hunt as
    they circle their wagons around their own.
    Regardless of anyone’s party affiliation, the only correct response to the
    events at Benghazi is a burning desire to understand what went wrong
    in order to prevent any future repetitions. Instead, we get Democrats
    cheering Hillary as she so cynically asks “at this point, what difference does
    it make?”. That’s not the attitude of someone who wants to safeguard the
    lives of our diplomatic corps and our military overseas. Rather, that’s the
    attitude of someone whose #1 priority is their own political career.

  • This is the first one.

    Another one should be constructed and placed on the Mall in D.C. as a tribute to the brave men and a reminder to Government official’s that anything less than professionalism will not be tolerated!
    Especially Secretaries of State.

  • Don’t you wonder what the British knew aboutthe goings on there?

  • I apologize for not making it clear that the scenario I put forth was speculation. However; I did not pull it from thin air and that I should have made clear also. Here is a link to an interview with Retired 4 Star Admiral James Lyon who with in days of the attack made the speculation that the real purpose was to kidnap the Ambassador and exchange him for the Blind Sheik. There are others who have speculated the same thing but their info was 2nd and 3rd hand. This link is to a direct interview with the Admiral.

  • The Admiral I think is far gone in senility, and I say that as someone who would put little beyond the current administration. He has no evidence to support his wild speculation.

Benghazi Report Released

Tuesday, June 28, AD 2016



The House Select Committee on Benghazi have released their 800 page report.  Go here to links for the sections of the report.  Working in the law mines all day, I have not yet had an opportunity to read the report.  Here are the key findings from people who have read it:

  1.  The State Department under Hillary Clinton continually ignored requests for beefed up security for our diplomats in Libya.
  2.  There was no attempt, no attempt, to send any military assets to our men fighting in Benghazi.  They were left on their own.  This, at best, was criminal negligence.
  3. In the four years since the attack, only one of the hundreds of terrorists involved has been brought to justice.  Obama’s pledge that he would seek out and punish the terrorists was empty hot air.
  4. Subsequent to the attack the administration engaged in a conspiracy to mislead the American public by portraying this carefully coordinated terrorist attack as a riot over some anti-Islamic film by an obscure filmmaker.
  5. The Administration has stonewalled the investigation since it commenced.

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  • Clinton, and by extension Obama, who appointed her, and the Democrats who confirmed her, are guilty of criminal negligence in the Benghazi atrocity and the email mess.
    The people, not the political class nor the mass of stupidity known as the Democrat electorate, must hold these criminals responsible.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi: A Review

Sunday, January 17, AD 2016

My family and I went to see 13 Hours:  The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi on Saturday.  I found the movie to be an exciting and moving recreation of the actions of the CIA contractors, all former  members of elite American military units,  who fought against the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya on 9/11/12, and a damning indictment of the lack of action by the administration which left these men in the lurch, their criminal inaction leading to the death of former Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.  A strong language advisory  as military men under fire have been known to swear on occasion, and I would further note that my wife had to leave the theater because she found the movie too intense.  My review is below the fold and the usual warning as to spoilers is in full effect.


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  • “Who cares about Benghazi?” -Hillary Clinton

    “Who cares about Benghazi and e-mails?” – man who introduced Hillary Clinton at Iowa gathering.

    I pray that left leaning voters watch this movie and are disturbed to their very core. I have doubts though. If they are not disturbed by the slaughter of the Innocents caused by abortion in our land, than what’s four more lives? Who cares? Who cares?

    Hillary puts the H in Chastisement.

  • Clinton and Obama deserve life terms in Marion, Illinois for what they did and didn’t do re Benghazi.

  • I wonder if the producers of and actors in this film will now undergo investigation by the IRS.
    After a while, I find myself repeating how much I loathe liberal progressive Democrats ho abandoned our men, who murder babies, who sanctify sexual perversion, who despoil the morals of the nation. Eventually this has to stop, but the juggernaut of liberal progressivism is so large that it will take something monumental to reverse course now.
    I hope that regardless of their foul mouths, the men who gave their lives to defend Americans in Benghazi go to Heaven. Those who in their safe luxury gave the orders for rescue forces to stand down may not have such a destination when they are called from their life of material comfort and opulence.

  • Penguin Fan.

    Amen to that!

    She could practice her “Spin techniques” on the staff and inmates.

    Himself? Well he could smurk his way to homosexual bliss.

  • Judging from my own family, the democrats are not going to see this movie.

  • Of course Demoncraps will not see this movie. In spite of the foul language of hardened military men under pressure to heroically do the impossible with nothing, it shows Godly patriotism and Demoncraps by definition are demonic and cannot handle that truth or any truth. One day Democraps will stand side by side with Islamic fanatics on Judgment Day and they will share the same fate.

  • Profanity is common military vernacular, whether under fire or not!

  • Profanity in the military will be the next target for the libs. Let’s see. Red lipstick will be mandatory for all R.O.T.C. participants during the “sensitivity week” coming up. Remember the red heels not that long ago?

    Argo ____themselves!

  • Sarcasm of course.

  • Saw the movie Saturday with my 6th grade son. What an incredible story. My admiration for the military contractors was almost surpassed by my disdain for the bureaucrats in the movie, whether they were onscreen or off. Everyone should see this movie before November. At some point, the anger just wells up. Indictments are overdue.

  • Were justice to prevail, the man responsible for this travesty (and his wife) would, after 20 January 2017, be responsible for their own protection.

  • Art Deco.

    Beautiful point of justice.

    We will end up paying for their security, but after their life on earth…….

  • “Were justice to prevail, the man responsible for this travesty (and his wife) would, after 20 January 2017, be responsible for their own protection.”

    Comment of the week Art! Take ‘er away Sam!

  • My wife and I saw the movie toite. My boss texted me to tell me that he and his wife were going to see it also. Those heroes cursed like drunken sailors and fought like the best of Roman legions. I may write more tomorrow. But as far as I am concerned, the two people who gave the stand down order – Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama – should be tried for treason. Those jerks know nothing of what it takes to preserve their freedom. And if this country elects either her or that commie pinko Bernie Sanders, then we are truly doomed for the Republic will be at an end. God have mercy on those who gave their lives. I do not have their heroism. And as I have already said, I hope they made it to heaven in spite of ther foul language and their rough ways.
    “War is hell and hell is hell, and of the two, war is worse.” I think Hawkeye Pierce from MASH (that old 1970s TV show) said that. Can’t remember. Hope I never find out if it is true.

  • PS, my Filipina immigrant wife said that the movie is heartbreaking but well worth seeing. She is a typical Filipina Catholic – doesn’t know anything about theology or philisophy, and doesn’t care. Too complicated. But she does know right from wrong. “Why they not send help when asked?” My answer: “Hillary and Obama ordered a stand down.” Her response, “Oh, that wrong. They not send help? That wrong.” Rest assured that when she becomes a citizen, she’ll never vote Democrat.

  • “But she does know right from wrong.”

    That’s a lot more than many theologians understand nowadays!

  • Fox News a few months back aired an extensive interview following the timeline of events with these heroes. It was a gripping show and an apolitical show. My reaction at the time was anger that American citizens in the service of our government were hung out to dry and then one of pride in these former military men who were the rescuers despite being told to stay out of it. We plan to see the movie. Over lunch with a friend on Mon. I mentioned that actress Maggie Smith’s son is seen in the movie trailer. Whereupon my friend said, “It’s a movie aimed at Republican viewers.” I had to set her straight.
    I dislike foul language and particularly the use of it in comedies because it is gratuitous and often ruins the show. Foul language is prevalent in the military and I would guess in most all male groups, especially those in stressful situations so the use of it in the movie is realistic. As an aside a foul mouthed woman makes me cringe. Unfortunately vulgar language has crept into the media and as a result in use by the younger generation of both sexes.
    We pretty much know who the cowards are. The number of unsung heroes out there is enormous; they deserve our gratitude and our prayers.

  • I think trying to figure out who ordered whom to stand down can only end in a semantical rabbit hole along the lines of “it all depends on what the meaning of is is” –if only because I doubt very much a stand-to/stand-by was first ordered and later countermanded.
    My personal guess is that bureaucratic infighting between State, DOD & the CIA, coupled with the complete and utter failure of POTUS to provide direction left us paralyzed for the duration of the crisis.

    The interesting question for me is: were State, DOD & CIA fighting over who was going to take the lead, or fighting to avoid responsibility for taking the lead? My guess here is that State took/was stuck with leading because this was primarily a diplomatic crisis, which they attempted to resolve –by asking the Libyans to do something about it. The reason Benghazi remains a black hole (Obama buried it enough to win re-election, so what does he care now, particularly since he’s tempermentally incapable of accepting culpability for anything.) is because it would reflect discredit upon the former Sec State –and nothing must be allowed to come between her and her rightful place in the Oval Office.

    Granted, that’s all sheer speculation. As recent events in the Persian Gulf remind us, the administration has a habit of ignoring bad news/unpleasant events in the hope that nobody else will notice either. When that fails, they start looking around for convenient scapegoats.

    In any event it seems to me nothing short of a miracle that only four lives were lost. In fact, that may be one of the biggest unspoken ironies in this story. That is, whereas the loss of the CIA Annex as well as the Consulate/Mission/Residential Compound we were renting would have been an inescapable disaster for the Obama administration, it therefore might very well be only owing to ferocious efforts of those contractors, that the Obama administration was able to successfully downplay the deaths of Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith into a minor tragedy.

    Good movie. But I’m starting to get tired of the valor in the face of extreme adversity, noble stoicism in defeat vibe that’s become a recurrent theme in these dramatizations of modern events (e.g. Black Hawk Down, Lone Survivor, arguably, Zero Dark Thirty –but that’s more of a “what price victory?” vibe; and American Sniper only evades that vibe through the plot device of a fictional Iraqi sniper antagonist.)

    Honestly? I’d rather see a Delta Force remake wherein the elite special forces protagonists defy all sorts of politico-bureaucratic perfidy and incompetence to fight their way, on their own initiative, to relieve the beleaguered American outpost in the middle of greater Crapistan.

  • The interesting reaction to this film has been a lack of criticism from the usual sources about “lies”, “inaccuracies”, “mischaracterizations” etc. in an effort to discredit it. Could be they don’t want anyone looking into, and verifying, the facts of what happened. While there is clear enough blame at the top, there is no question that some of politicized military and civilian higher ups declined to do the right thing and cowered in the shadows when courage was called for.

  • Her perfidy is less worrisome than is Hillary’s incompetence.

  • T Shaw, to my mind they are equally dangerous in a president.

    If Hillary is nominated, look for bumper stickers with some of her deceitful, inane
    quotes, starting with her Benghazi quote, “What difference does it make?”

  • @CAM.

    Here’s another one for the stickers;
    “Religions need to change their views regarding abortion.” HC

    What a ungrateful misguided “believer.”
    If her mother had the views that she vehemently professes, there’s a great chance that she, Hillary, would of ended up in a trash pile…dead from abortion…. like so many millions of other children.

    Hypocrite. That is her name.

  • One must understand that HC is informed by her Methodist upbringing which see social action (liberal) as its raison d’etre. The Wesley brothers, who lived and died as low church Anglicans would be appalled at the church that was founded after their deaths. An offshoot, the Salvation Army was founded in the 1860s by William and Catherine Booth to do religious social work minus the political positions that were coming into the Methodist Church. This division exist today with Methodists seeing themselves in the vanguard of progressive social change and doing what they felt the Almighty would have done.

  • @ Don Link.

    What would the Almighty do regarding abortion?

    To bad the Methodist, some Methodist, wouldn’t search the scriptures for the answers instead of relying on their own inclinations.
    Jesus made it very clear. “What so ever you do to the very least of my brothers and sisters you’ve done unto me.” Matthew 25:40

    When it comes to Goats v Sheep…the Goats may get the presidential votes needed to continue their social debauchery, but in the end the sheep will Triumph will the Good Shepherd.

    More goat cheese Hillary?

  • Now that it is certain that Hillary Clinton’s e-mail and server were hacked by Iran, China, and/or Russia..


    ..with even cautious, ever-circumspect former Sec of Defense William Gates concurring (interview 1/21/16)..


    …we need to go back and look at the shoot-down of Seal Team Six, Aug. 6, 2011 (Feast of the Transfiguration, FYI). Of course, 3 months prior, on May 2nd, 2011, criminal-blabbermouth Joe Biden names Seal Team Six as the Bin Laden raid force, in an unprecedented breach of security (later affirmed by the Supreme Egotist, Obama). Aaron Vaughn, one of the ST6 group members, phoned home and notified his family after Biden’s yak-attack that Seal members had been informed that Al-Qaeda chatter, picked up around the world by US intelligence, indicated that all efforts were being concentrated on finding and destroying ST6: he warned his mother and family to clear and delete all social media communications in order to protect them, since they may be the focus of an attack. Their cover had been blown for Obama’s “victory lap”.


    Finally, while seeking a supposedly “high-value target”, a Taliban leader in Afghanistan, for the operation on Aug. 6, 2011, Hillary Clinton, the Sec of State since Jan 2009, who never had a US.gov secretary of state e-mail address on the SIPR-net secure communication system, but was receiving daily updates from Huma Abedin on copied-and-pasted info to her server, certainly received the highest-confidential information such as Seal Team 6’s operation to be scheduled on this day. Based on Gates’ assumption, this information went likely to Iran, who shared it with Al-Qaeda/Taliban operatives in Pakistan.

    A few days later, a heavy bombing raid supposedly killed Tari Qahir, the Taliban leader who had been the focus of the “extraction” of ST6. Dare we ask “why” was ST6 committed at all to this useless effort?
    When the day came, “Extortion 17”, the Chinook special operations helo arrived at the attack site, it was immediately engaged by heavy fire from 3 sides: ST6 had no escort aircraft for covering fire at all (probably just US military negligence and idiocy: we have to admit it happens, and they weren’t expecting anything but a “routine” mission: a Ranger commando unit was already on the ground, and perhaps the expectation was that the sector was secure). 25 Seals died, 5 other US air personnel also. Oh: 6 Afghani Army members, who had all been switched out at the last minute from the original 6 and who didn’t appear on the manifest, also died. Estimates of Taliban infiltration by one US general has been “1 out of 4, 25%”.

    So besides the almost-certain breach of her criminally-unsecure e-mails that informed Al-Qaeda operatives in Libya of his whereabouts and thus catalyzed the death of US Ambassador Chris Stevens, as well as ex-Navy Seals Ty Woods and Glen Doherty (the latter, without whom the death toll certainly would have been larger, as well as leading to a likely hostage situation), Hillary Clinton, as the Clintons always do, left a swath of death and destruction by their unfathomably arrogant dereliction of security and responsibility for US lives—not just in Ben-Ghazi, but also in Tangi Valley, Afghanistan.

  • Reminds me of the Walker family’s treason. From them to USSR to N Vietnam…. our aircraft hit by SAMS and our pilots would say, “It’s just as if they knew we were coming.” Of course, they did.
    What thoughtless hubris combined with incompetence – Biden, Obama and H Clinton.

  • There is a shit storm coming our way. Both within the Church and within the USA. We are just about leaderless. Those in power ignore reality and speak using vague language. Within the Vatican, especially. The USCCB, a close second.
    Something wicked this way comes. Bet on it.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Thursday, January 14, AD 2016


The movie 13 Hours:  The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is being released tomorrow.  From what I have been hearing from people who have had access to advance screenings, it is a gripping tribute to the CIA operatives, former members of special forces units, who during the attack on the American consulate on 9/11/12 in Benghazi, Libya, on their own initiative and against orders from higher ups, rescued 32 Americans from the consulate and then stood off the terrorists at the CIA compound until the people they rescued could be evacuated.  Their urgent requests for air support went unanswered, the Obama administration, paralyzed due to the attack spoiling the mendacious campaign slogan of the Obama campaign that Al-Qaida was finished, was unwilling to make the story larger by sending military units to support the brave men holding the compound.  In the fighting, two former Seals, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, were slain. It is outrageous that the effort to award each of these heroes the Congressional Gold Medal has been stalled in Congress, but that pales to insignificance in that the villains who left these two men to die have incurred no penalties for the betrayal of  the fundamental duty owed by a government to those who fight our enemies:  to render them every assistance possible.

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  • What is of value sufficient enough to give one’s life for? Is it today’s morally corrupt politicians who would have you die to protect their political behinds, as at Benghazi? is it for a nation that long ago turned from freedom and officially destroys millions of innocent lives for political gain? Is it now reduced to just protecting your fellow warrior? But isn’t that what even the evilest of enemy combatant might also do?
    There was a time when one never had to ask if one should serve. No longer is that the case.

  • This nation is every bit as worth fighting for as it was on July 4, 1776 when it was tainted with slavery. The ills that beset America will never be solved by giving up on the country in despair, and I never will do that, and I will always honor and support those brave Americans who go in harm’s way against our foes.

  • Patriotism, without asking hard questions, can also become a diabolical virtue (as in the WWII German allegiance to “the Fatherland) of, course, fighting to keep America “worth fighting for” is not so much despair as it is calling for a course correction. No man could argue with fighting for the principles upon which this great nation was founded (Is that what Benghazi was about?) nor can one ever not fully support our warriors in harms way. (That was what Benghazi was about)

  • “Patriotism, without asking hard questions, can also become a diabolical virtue”

    Patriotism of course consists of more than fighting for one’s country, but being willing to do so, absent some sort of religious belief that requires pacifism, at least for men, is an essential part of being a patriot. In regard to Benghazi the men on the ground were not policy makers but warriors who reacted to save American lives. Purer patriotism I would find hard to conceive.

  • This is more more thing that shows why liberal progressive Democrats are utterly loathsome.

  • “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

    ― George Orwell

  • My kid (airborne ranger) is there because of 9/11, which hit when he was in high school. In Afghanistan and a;ways, he carries a NYC subway metro card with 9/11 and some important names written thereon.

    Men may enlist for Babe Ruth, Mom or apple pie. When the bullets and shells start hitting, they do it for the men next to them; to not let them down.

    In the “dead” of a black, snowy night, Mother and I drove the man to the post for a deployment. As we drove out of the troop area (in his car), one of the troopers passed and called out, “Victory!”
    Greet them ever with grateful hearts.

    The feckless dastards ruining the country are the tip of the iceberg. Look at the Iranians seizing two riverine PB’s. Were the sailors allowed to defend their vessels and themselves?
    The rules of engagement (ROE) are troublesome. I know that air strikes were denied for BS reasons.
    Finally, the subtitle for the movie should be “TRUTH.”

  • One of the most closely held secrets of this administration is what the President was doing during those 13 hours.

  • This might have been Obama’s Watergate, but for the fact that this nation’s
    journalists, presstitutes all, opted to collectively shrug and look away. Obama
    left those dozens of people to die in Benghazi not because it was best for our
    national security to do so, but because it was better for his own political
    career– and our worthless press let him reap the rewards of his cynical calculation.

  • This might have been Obama’s Watergate, but for the fact that this nation’s
    journalists, presstitutes all, opted to collectively shrug and look away.

    Half of them are married to administration officials. Most of the editors are pleased to deploy the limited manpower of their imploding businesses elsewhere. The few that actually report (see Sheryl Atkisson) are subject to government harassment. It does amaze me that the identity of those giving and transmitting the stand-down order have never been made public.

  • One of the most closely held secrets of this administration is what the President was doing during those 13 hours.

    He flew off to a fundraiser the next day.

  • It does amaze me that the identity of those giving and transmitting the stand-down order have never been made public.
    I’m inclined to take the administration at it’s word when it says there was never a stand-down order since I doubt that there was ever a stand-to order in the first place.
    He flew off to a fundraiser the next day.
    So we’re guessing his beauty sleep couldn’t be interrupted here or what?

  • “I’m inclined to take the administration at its word when it says there was
    never a stand-down order since I doubt that there ever was a stand-to order
    in the first place.”

    Wednesday’s issue of the Washington Examiner quotes Congressman
    Trey Gowdy, chair of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, saying that
    a number of witnesses had confirmed a stand-down order was given to our
    military stationed near Benghazi on the night of the attack. Such an order
    could only have come from the very highest levels in Washington.
    As per our military’s protocols, US Army General Carter Ham, then commander
    of The US Africa Command (AFRICOM), upon receiving emails from our consulate
    in Benghazi requesting help in the attack, readied a rapid response unit and
    contacted the Pentagon awaiting orders. General Ham received the order
    to stand down. General Ham decided he would help the legation anyway, and
    within a minute of moving to respond, was apprehended by his second-in-
    command and relieved of his command.
    Woods and Doherty were not military, but rather were former members of
    Special Forces who were contracted to work for our government. Thus, their
    decision to go to the consulate was not a matter of disobeying orders, as
    they were civilians. It is only because they chose to intervene that the death toll
    was 4 and not 34, for the Obama administration never lifted a finger to help
    our people.
    And yes, President Obama flew out to Vegas for a fundraiser on the morning
    of the 12th.

  • the Obama administration never lifted a finger to help our people.
    And I for one would like to know what was so damn important that they couldn’t be bothered.
    What? Was Sports Center on and POTUS couldn’t be bothered to make a decision?

  • Ernst, if I was working in an embassy or consulate under this administration,
    I’d be looking very, very hard for another line of work. Clearly, to this
    president embassy personnel are about as expendable as a kleenex.

13 Hours at Benghazi

Saturday, September 6, AD 2014

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  • Cowards in Washington is the understatement of the decade.

    Build monument in D.C. to depict these brave men at stand off. In your face Hillary!

  • What’s Hilary going to say now?
    “What difference does it make?”

    She will rue the day she demonstrated her incompetence and ridiculous ideology with this remark.
    I wonder if her boss will stick to “It was a video.”

  • How can Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton get away with complete impunity? Their inaction to defend our consulate borders on treasonous.

  • Imagine having to stand down, under orders, while your friends and collegues are overrun….and no support is sent?

  • These men’s character is shown in the facts that they went to aide those in need without orders & without support as well as their bravery in putting the truth in writing & then airing it on national tv. I am waiting for their characters to be assasinated by the liberal establishment. I am truly wondering how they were able to get that book published. I also hope nothing happens to the Fox News anchor leading the interview.

  • Barbara Gordan.

    Your concerns are VALID in this day and age. Shame on Hilary Clinton and anyone who wishes for her to be the first woman President. Culture of personality will destroy this Nation if she
    is given the nod.

  • This nation is already destroyed. It is not even a reflection of what it once was.

  • there’s just so many scandals! So much going on that it will be hard to follow any one of the scandals to a just resolution

Benghazi: The Point Is We Should Have Tried

Thursday, May 1, AD 2014



Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.  Retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Lovell, who was Deputy Director for Intelligence for Africom (Africa Command), at the time of the Benghazi attack, gets to the heart of the matter:



“Many with firsthand knowledge have recounted the heroism displayed by the brave Americans in Benghazi that night. They fought the way they trained. That is in the record. Outside of Libya there were discussions that churned on about what we should do. These elements also fought the way they were trained. Specifically, the predisposition to interagency influence had the military structure—in the spirit of expeditionary government support—waiting for a request for assistance from the State Department. There are accounts of time, space and capability discussions of the question, could we have gotten there in time to make a difference. Well, the discussion is not in the “could or could not” in relation to time, space and capability—the point is we should have tried. As another saying goes: “Always move to the sound of the guns,” Lovell said. “It is with a sense of duty as a retired General officer that I respectfully submit these thoughts and perspectives.”

Lovell also confirmed again that the 9/11 Benghazi attack was not a result of a demonstration but instead was a well planned out assault and said the situation of holding back help made the military feel “desperate.”

“The military should have made a response of some sort,” he said.

Further, Lovell said people on the ground that night knew it was an attack from al Qaeda almost immediately.

“We didn’t know how long this would last when we became aware of the distress nor did we completely understand what we had in front of us, be it a kidnapping, rescue, recovery, protracted hostile engagement or any or all of the above,” Lovell said. “But what we did know quite early on was that this was a hostile action. This was no demonstration gone terribly awry.”

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  • This Administration is treasonous, diabolical, demonic, idolatrous, iniquitous, perverted, perverse, malicious, malevolent and utterly evil. It murders unborn babies. It lets heroes die un-vindicated. It glorifies itself in all manner of filth and spiritual disease. I have not the words necessity to express my disgust, disdain, contempt, loathing and abhorrence that I have for this Administration and the liberal progressive Democrats. Benghazi is but one in a list of numerous crimes perpetrated by an Administration which has respect for neither the God who sits on His Throne in Heaven above nor for the people whom they are appointed under His authority to serve and protect.
    Sirach 10:1-5
    A wise magistrate will educate his people,
    and the rule of an understanding man will be well ordered.

    Like the magistrate of the people, so are his officials;
    and like the ruler of the city, so are all its inhabitants.

    An undisciplined king will ruin his people,
    but a city will grow through the understanding of its rulers.

    The government of the earth is in the hands of the Lord,
    and over it he will raise up the right man for the time.

    The success of a man is in the hands of the Lord,
    and he confers his honor upon the person of the scribe.

  • Obumbler and his minions are in this up to their necks. What the Regime did was criminal, but Obumbler cares not and neither do the media.

  • The truth may now safely leak out. His Supreme Obamanation has been reelected.

    P.S. Our bishops could take heed of the retired brigadier general’s words, “The point is we should have tried” as a guide in their own duties as overseers. We all could.

  • The bishops could learn to do their duty and so could the media. Candy Crowley aided and abetted this administration in this lie during the debate with Mitt Romney. She helped shut Romney down and elevated Obama. She, Gwen Ifill, Martha Radditz and others share in the disaster that is Obama’s presidency, having helped make it possible for him to win on lies.
    Everyone who continues to be an accomplice to this unholy administration should soon examine their conscience, publicly repent and try to right the wrongs they have helped to perpetrate.
    Also I have never understood why it mattered what “inspired” the attack on the U.S. – whether it was a movie or not– it was an attack on us and our personnel. We should have defended ourelves. Saying it was an video maker, arrested in California, was just another refrain of ” it was our fault, our fault, our most grievous fault.

  • This, and Obamacare – are they the last – or the only – trainwrecks from his Incompetency, the POTUS? I would say not.
    Meanwhile, the dependence on the USA for moral leadership and truth by the rest of the world is being hugely compromised.

  • My only quibble with Anzlyne’s 6:31 comment is that nobody made Mitt Romney stop talking about Benghazi but Mitt Romney.

  • You are right Ernst, he could have followed up later. I was thinking of that night with the rules of the “debate ” and the time constraints I thought she shut him down and gave the floor to obama. She read a transcript and seemed to offer proof that obama was right and Romney was wrong, then the show was over. Lots of viewers for the debate. To me all the cards seemed to be in o’s hand, and the dealers were his too.
    But he could have tried to press it more during the remaining time before the election.

  • Not only could have, but should have Anzlyne. Not doing so was a failure of nerve that left the impression that Crowley and Obama were right, and Romney wrong.

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  • You are all right. Amen! This leaves a question, which stands like the elephant in the living room…..like the emperor with no clothes on……why has not the impeachment process begun?

    He did less than Nixon ever thought of, yet no media dares sound the alarm! Why?

    We have been infiltrated? Joe McCarthy was right, and, went to his grave an unsung hero?

    Then again, look at all the mosques which have sprung up all over America! Do you have one in your neighborhood? John Paul II said “Be Not Afraid”. We seem to be afraid to speak the truth. Do it before it’s too late, and, we experience “the knock on the door at night” (The
    Gulag Archipelago by Alexander Solzhenitsyn)

  • Does anyone here know the answer to that question? Why no effort to impeach?

  • Because no conviction would be possible in the Senate. Been there, done that, in 1999 with Bill Clinton. Not a single Democrat Senator voted Clinton to be guilty under either article of impeachment. I cannot think of a single Democrat senator who would ever vote to impeach Obama under any imaginable circumstance.

  • Thank you Donald. But couldn’t the impeachment process still be useful?
    I see that the impeachment in the house is more or less an indictment, even though it might not be followed by any kind of conviction by the senate, but could it not set the framework for a criminal case after his term is over?
    I’m thinking not just of getting him out of office, but of seeking justice even after the term is up.
    Otherwise is the president who has a majority support in the congress really above the law? Does this gives the green light for that type of politician who may follow. Is this bad precedent? Making bad guys who push the envelope see how much they can get away with. It seems we are helpless to deal with dereliction of duty and abuse of power. Then “checks and balances” are a fiction.
    Could impeachment tell the historical record and instruct future voters. Somebody has said something like silence only helps the bad guys.

  • “But couldn’t the impeachment process still be useful?”

    Not in our current media advice and the hair raising stupidity of far too many low information voters.

    “Otherwise is the president who has a majority support in the congress really above the law?”

    A President who enjoys the support of a majority in a crisis is very strong indeed. Obama has not enjoyed that support since the midterms. The solution for a rogue president is ever in the hands of the voters at the next election.

  • I believe you are right. This is all disheartening.

Benghazi Betrayal

Wednesday, April 30, AD 2014



Sharryl Attkisson, who left CBS News because of their unwillingness to report on news harmful to the Obama administration, reports on the attempt by the Obama administration to intentionally lie to the American people about the Benghazi attack:


Newly-released documents reveal direct White House involvement in steering the public narrative about the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, toward that of a spontaneous protest that never happened.

One of the operative documents, which the government had withheld from
​Congress and reporters for a year and a half, is an internal September 14,
​2012 email to White House press officials from Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s
​Assistant and Deputy National Security Advisor. (Disclosure:Ben Rhodes
​is the brother of David Rhodes, the President of CBS News, where I
was employed until March.)

In the email, Ben Rhodes lists as a “goal” the White House desire “To
​underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a
broader failure or policy.”

The email is entitled, “RE: PREP CALL with Susan, Saturday at 4:00 pm ET”
and refers to White House involvement in preparing then-U.S.Ambassador
to the U.N. Susan Rice for her upcoming appearance on Sunday television
​ network political talk shows.

The Rhodes email states that another “goal” is “To reinforce the President and Administration’s strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges.”

A court compelled the release of the documents, which were heavily-redacted, to the conservative watchdog group JudicialWatch, which has sued the government over its failed Freedom of Information responses. I have also requested Benghazi-related documents under Freedom of Information law, but the government has only produced a few pages to date.

Today, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called the Rhodes email the “smoking gun” showing the “political manipulation by the White House” after the attacks.

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  • We never merited this much contempt and mendacity before either.

  • I disagree Ernst. The only people who deserve this administration are the misguided fools who voted for it.

  • The fools have us outnumbered Donald. Our guilt lies in the fact we let that happen.

    Anyway, it was meant more as an allusion to Franklin, seeing as we’ve just about reached the point “when the People shall become so corrupt as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other[.]”

  • “Our guilt lies in the fact we let that happen.”

    The wise voters being outvoted by the foolish is an occupational hazard of Democracy! 🙂

    I would be more disturbed by this administration currently if Obama’s job approval ratings were not now sinking to new depths.

  • I think his approval ratings were slightly lower in the fall of 2011 during one of the Euro-convulsions. The man is an indicator of loss of seriousness among the political class and populace alike, so sinking approval ratings are to be welcomed as one might falling temperature during a fever.

  • Disturbing to know that this man was voted in mostly because of his skin color and not about the content of his character, which is a mile wide and an inch deep.

  • Obama’s always struck me as both narrow and shallow. But I’ll concede he can fake an appearance of broadness, whatever we mean by that.
    And letting our Republic devolve into, and remain, a democracy is exactly where our collective guilt resides.

  • “And letting our Republic devolve into, and remain, a democracy is exactly where our collective guilt resides.”

    Most of the Founding Fathers were complaining about the ignorance of the voters throughout the Revolutionary War and the early years of the Republic. Such complaints are a constant feature of American life.

Benghazi Betrayal

Monday, October 28, AD 2013


Well, it took over a year, but 60 Minutes last night ran a feature on the Benghazi attack on September 11, 2012 that is absolutely damning for the Obama administration.  With Lara Logan as the lead reporter,  it revealed an administration indifferent to the security for our diplomats and who left men fighting for us in the aftermath of the attack to fend for themselves.  It did not ask the key question of why no military assets were sent to rescue them.  From the transcript of the report:



The same force that had gone to the compound was now defending the CIA Annex. Hours later, they were joined by a small team of Americans from Tripoli. From defensive positions on these rooftops, the Americans fought back a professional enemy. In a final wave of intense fighting just after 5 a.m., the attackers unleashed a barrage of mortars. Three of them slammed into this roof, killing former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.


Lara Logan: They hit that roof three times.


Andy Wood: They, they hit those roofs three times.


Lara Logan: In the dark.


Andy Wood: Yea, that’s getting the basketball through the hoop over your shoulder.


Lara Logan: What does it take to pull off an attack like that?


Andy Wood: Coordination, planning, training, experienced personnel. They practice those things. They knew what they were doing. That was a– that was a well-executed attack.


We have learned there were two Delta Force operators who fought at the Annex and they’ve since been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Navy Cross — two of the military’s highest honors. The Americans who rushed to help that night went without asking for permission and the lingering question is why no larger military response ever crossed the border into Libya — something Greg Hicks realized wasn’t going to happen just an hour into the attack.


Lara Logan: You have this conversation with the defense attache. You ask him what military assets are on their way. And he says–


Greg Hicks: Effectively, they’re not. And I– for a moment, I just felt lost. I just couldn’t believe the answer. And then I made the call to the Annex chief, and I told him, “Listen, you’ve gotta tell those guys there may not be any help coming.”


Lara Logan: That’s a tough thing to understand. Why?


Greg Hicks: It just is. We–, for us, for the people that go out onto the edge, to represent our country, we believe that if we get in trouble, they’re coming to get us. That our back is covered. To hear that it’s not, it’s a terrible, terrible experience.

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  • The combination of the administration’s indifference and the public’s indifference toward this evil administration is mind numbing.

  • If the embassy in Benghazi was so vulnerable, Obama ought to have recalled our ambassador and closed the facility.
    “Sufian bin Qumu, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee and long-time al Qaeda operative, was one of the lead planners along with Faraj al-Chalabi,”
    The coward in the White House released an al Qaeda operative and refused help to our ambassador.
    Donald McClarey, please repost this every six months until after the 2016 election.

  • I also watched the 60 minutes Benghazi report. Two things were noticeable: First,
    CIA rep Andy Wood said that when the Al Qaeda operatives hit the Delta-Force defenders with a mortar shot, it was the equivalent of “getting the basketball through the hoop over your shoulder”, implying it was a lucky and also triumphal “hit”. In fact the mortar fire was incoming for several hours (one witness said over 6 hours): as you know if you are aware of military tactics, when an opponent has a mortar, you must move continuously, or it is simply a matter of time, maybe a few minutes (think Omaha Beach). And it isnt that difficult to effectively operate state-of -the art mortars: it is a matter of time: you will eventually hit a target that is pinned down. The fact is, while Obama went to bed and Hillary disappeared, these two outstandingly brave men were eluding their attackers for hours, until their ammunition ran low and their luck —and Hillary and Obama — ran out. Second, when Lara Logan ran through her questions, she skillfully avoided asking questions about who should have dispatched reinforcements. Bases in Sicily and ships in the Mediterranean could have had jets and helicopter gun ships on site in a period of 30 minutes up to 1 hour. Just like with the IRS scandal — no one is responsible.

  • Much of this information came out over a period of months – either through Fox News reports or other investigative journalistic endeavours.
    But that does not make it any easier to watch when it is all pulled together in a doco.

    When are the “Impeach Obama” signs going up?

  • “When are the “Impeach Obama” signs going up?”

    Going up? I’ve had mine on the back of my van for years. (Actually my wife put it there!)

  • …for the people that go out onto the edge, to represent our country, we believe that if we get in trouble, they’re coming to get us. That our back is covered. To hear that it’s not, it’s a terrible, terrible experience.

    Agreed. It has been a terrible experience. And to find out how many Americans reacted to the death of an American Ambassador with “win some, lose some,” e.g. Spiliakos at First Things: I’ve never been able to get worked up about the Benghazi attack. I always thought that the refusal to order a prompt rescue mission was a judgment call.

Benghazi and the CIA

Thursday, August 1, AD 2013

More news in regard to one of those phony scandals that President Obama doesn’t want to talk about.  This is from that right wing news source CNN:

CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack.

Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya.

Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret.

CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency’s Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out. Read: Analysis: CIA role in Benghazi underreported

Since January, some CIA operatives involved in the agency’s missions in Libya, have been subjected to frequent, even monthly polygraph examinations, according to a source with deep inside knowledge of the agency’s workings.

The goal of the questioning, according to sources, is to find out if anyone is talking to the media or Congress.

It is being described as pure intimidation, with the threat that any unauthorized CIA employee who leaks information could face the end of his or her career.

In exclusive communications obtained by CNN, one insider writes, “You don’t jeopardize yourself, you jeopardize your family as well.”

Another says, “You have no idea the amount of pressure being brought to bear on anyone with knowledge of this operation.”

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4 Responses to Benghazi and the CIA

  • Hope & Change!
    Hope and change that America can BELIEVE in.

    The only Nation that this filthy President hasn’t apologized to is THIS one…the United States of America.

    He should…but he won’t.

    I do pray for him, I honestly do.
    It is difficult and his belittling of tragic events under his watch sours my stomach.
    He has been the most challenging soul to be merciful towards. How did Christ ever forgive me? That’s what transforms my hatred of this Administration into a form of pity. Who am I?
    When I ask myself these two questions then the graces flow to seriously pray for him.

    If I overreached my bounds this evening please accept my apology.

  • Not at all, philip. Well said, indeed.

    We are to pray for our enemies, those who hate us and would do us harm. I believe that perfectly describes the current regime in Washington. We must trust that at the end of it all, we will be with Christ in Paradise, and by following His commandments our hope of gaining Heaven increase.

Lest We Forget

Monday, June 24, AD 2013

Benghazi Heroes


The Battling Boys of Benghazi

We’re the Battling Boys of Benghazi,

no fame, no glory, no paparazzi,

Just a fiery death in a blazing hell,

defending the country we loved so well.

It wasn’t our job, but we answered the call,

fought to the consulate, and scaled the wall.

We pulled twenty countrymen from the jaws of fate,

led them to safety, and stood at the gate.

Just the two of us, and foes by the score,

but we stood fast, to bar the door,

Three calls for reinforcement, but all were denied,

so we fought and we fought, and we fought till we died.

We gave our all for our Uncle Sam,

but Barack Obama didn’t give a damn.

Just two dead SEAL’s, who carried the load,

no thanks to us — we were just “bumps in the road.”

Anonymous Marine Officer

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  • Hoping the twenty countrymen led to safety remember to console the two families, and bring truth to the reports.

  • Benghazi disturbs me more than any other provocative act of this administration. I think it is more personal than all the rest because it has a face.

    These men deserve to have their story told and those who left them to die need to come clean.

    This is a political issue to many. I get that. Whether it was incompetence or a policy choice to leave them to die, it looks bad for the Administration. Administration opponents and supporters have understandably manipulated the issue for political gain. But these men really were the people that boys dream of someday being, the kind of men who would rise to the challenge and face unbeatable odds with courage.

    I hope to see their story told in full one day.


Friday, May 10, AD 2013



Jeff Goldstein at Protein Wisdom is always brilliant but he outdoes himself in a remarkable post where he explains just how ominous for the Republic the Benghazi scandal is:

I have very little I wish to say today, so sick to my stomach am I from hearing yesterday’s testimony on Benghazi, wherein career civil servants were very obviously, and oftentimes visibly, working to restrain their anger, outrage, and outright disbelief at what their own government had done (and hadn’t done) to secure the lives of Americans.

In short, the subtext of yesterday’s testimony was precisely this:  it does matter.  And those Democrats who have spent the last 24 hours trying to dismiss or diminish or deflect the testimony as a non-story — a tack that the mainstream press has aided them with, failing for the most part to even mention the hearings, much less provide any in-depth coverage of the revelations, save for the occasional story informing us that there were no revelations — are no better than any third-world goosestepping apparatchik whose job it is to provide cover for a Dear Leader.

They sicken me in a way I cannot even put into words — and that’s saying something, given my occasionally-documented facility with the language.  These people are monsters of a sort, but even that appellation can do their rank cynicism and their easy disregard for conscience no real justice.

And the media, without doubt co-conspirators in what is a major scandal — and an even more major cover-up — are so committed to progressive activism, and to their own self-styled righteousness and compassion (which, relying on a surreal tautology and the anti-foundationalism at the heart of their ideology, they presume to claim is a function of their progressivism: they are good, so therefore what they do is good; and what they do is good because it’s being done by good people), that they have found a way to convince themselves that their biases, be it by omission or by massaging of the facts to report that there’s nothing new to report, are somehow noble and are in the service of a Greater Good.

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  • If I have difficulty trying to understand why the Obama gang are continually let off the hook for their ineptocratic government, it must be soooo frustrating for all good Americans who are seeing their great country go down the gurgler – no wonder some states are muttering secession, and your average American is buying extra guns. From where I look, they are totally justified.

  • Fasts and Furious then Benghazi, for far less they pilloried Nixon as if he was the only politician who ever lied. We’ll see if this all theatre if and when the indictments come. Obama of course could not care about the fallout from Benghazi, as it has Hillary’s paw all over it.

  • We all know that if the exact same circumstances had occurred during the administration of George W Bush – the murder of a US Ambassador while on post in a foreign country – the media, and Democratic Party, and the Left would not let the matter rest until they had done maximum damage to Bush and to the Republican Party.

    If the US Secretary of State under a Republican administration had provided the same account of events, and the congressional testimony that Hillary Clinton has, the media, the Democratic Party, and the Left would be relentless in driving that Secretary from office.

    The double standard in the MSM is breathtaking.

  • I hope Jeff Goldstein gets well. He describes a malaise that is rampant in the citizens who want to remain within the foundations of the US. It’s something that is intended by those lemmings to thoroughly weaken the un-indoctrinated by issuing detriments to historically sound traditions, such as virtue, courage, marriage, family, children, elderly, education, Boy Scouts, religion, the military, the flag, decency, modesty, objectivity of journalist and judges, language, the golden rule ‘n stuff. Doses of inhumanity for one and all in every area of life.

    Antidote: Humanity and dignity, striving for purity of soul by remembering to cooperate with God’s help – described so well in the Bible.

    Don’t know if there are enough lawyers, sources of money, journalists, or others with humanity to correct the falsehoods and the inhumanity of the powers that be.

    I heard Fr. Wade Menezes say in his sermon today on EWTN that if he were asked to say in a sentence what is wrong with the culture, he would say that the culture no longer recognizes sin. It speaks of evil, but not sin because sin would imply a sound morality and trample on the moral relativism (that is sickening).

    Could word political parties differently …
    D’s to A’s as AntiFoundationials, building wreckers,
    R’s to F’s as Foundationals, builders.

    ” … progressive activism

    relying on a surreal tautology and the anti-foundationalism at the heart of their ideology, they presume to claim is a function of their progressivism:

    And those Democrats who have spent the last 24 hours trying to dismiss or diminish or deflect the testimony as a non-story — a tack that the mainstream press has aided them with, failing for the most part to even mention the hearings, much less provide any in-depth coverage of the revelations, save for the occasional story informing us that there were no revelations — are no better than any third-world goosestepping apparatchik whose job it is to provide cover for a Dear Leader. …”

Benghazi: The Truth Is Coming Out

Thursday, May 9, AD 2013

The Benghazi hearings in the House have gotten under way with a bang, especially from Gregory Hicks, the number 2 American diplomat in Libya at the time of the Benghazi attack:

The No. 2 diplomat in Libya during the Benghazi attack testified Wednesday that he and many others knew the Sept. 11 assault was terrorism from the moment it happened, and he was shocked when the Obama administration said otherwise.

“I was stunned,” said Gregory Hicks, former deputy chief of mission in Libya. “My jaw dropped and I was embarrassed.”

Hicks was referring to statements by his own State Department and the White House, which insisted for days afterward that the attack emerged from a spontaneous mob angry over an anti-Islam video.

Hicks was the first person who was in Libya during the attack to testify publicly before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is investigating the Obama’s administration’s handling of security in Libya and response to the attack.

Hicks said he felt he was subject to retaliation for criticizing U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice’s appearances on talk shows five days later in which she insisted the attack emerged from a protest against an anti-Islam video gone awry. Several days later, the State Department acknowledged there was no protest and it was a terrorist attack.

Under Secretary of State Elizabeth Jones “told me I had to improve my management style and that some people were upset,” Hicks testified

When Hicks returned to Washington for the funeral of ambassador Chris Stevens, who died along with three other Americans in the attack, Jones “gave me a blistering critique of my management style,” he said.

Hicks, who now works as a State foreign affairs officer for government affairs, says has been “effectively demoted from deputy chief of mission to desk officer.”

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9 Responses to Benghazi: The Truth Is Coming Out

  • I pray that people pay attention to it and that justice is served.

  • And, filmmaker Nakoula rots in jail.

    Obama-worshipping imbeciles, mainly academics and journolsists, immediately screamed for internet censorship based on huge Obama/Clinton lies.

    The demonstration/YouTube video lies were concocted in Washington. KIA SEAL’s father says he knew Clinton was lying when she told him it was about the video.

    Greg Hicks exposed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a liar.

    Hicks was in Libya on September 11, 2012. He testified that Clinton called him around 2 a.m. from Washington to ask “what was going on.” Hicks responded that consulate was under attack. He did not mention a protest near the consulate. There wasn’t one.

    “The only report that our mission made through every channel was that this was an attack,” Hicks said. “No protest.”

    Hicks said that U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens called him and said, “We are under attack.” Nothing said about a protest.

    “The video was not instigative of anything that was going on in Libya,” Hicks said. “We saw no demonstrations related to the video anywhere in Libya.”

  • “The truth about Benghazi is coming out, but truth is only of utility if people pay attention to it.”

    Sadly, I do not think that the majority of Americans care about the truth so long as they can have their i-Phones and i-Pads, and rut in heat like wild baboons without facing the consequences of their actions. Maybe, however, I am wrong, but the history of a less prosperous and certainly non-technological though equally idolatrous people – Israel and Judah – indicates otherwise. May it not take a King Sennecharib, a King Nebuchadnezzer to teach us a lesson in truth.

  • @PaulWPrimavera: I think you are on to something. As opposed to living in enlightened, progressive, evolutionary times, as so many seem to believe, I am beginning to get the sense that we really have regressed . . . to Old Testament times.

  • @ PaulWPrimavera:

    Let us pray that you are.

  • “Sadly, I do not think that the majority of Americans care about the truth so long as they can have their i-Phones and i-Pads, and rut in heat like wild baboons without facing the consequences of their actions.”

    Maybe if our side smartly and aggressively pursues this, we may be surprised as to how much people care. The fact that people have iPads and iPhones means they have more access to alternative media sources they didn’t have 30 years ago. While it is true that the MSM is biased to the left, I’m afraid that it provides an all too convenient excuse for many on our side to avoid looking at how we often undermine our own cause,

  • Greg,

    I like what you suggest. However, when I have tried to communicate with liberal progressive Democrats about these kinds of issues – the Benghazi scandal, the Kermit Gosnell trial, etc. – I am met with skepticism at best, but more often with outright ridicule as a right-wind conspiracy theorist.

    I participate on several pro-nuclear energy blog sites. One is run by a very intelligent and knowledgeable man who has nothing but the best interests of the country in his heart. When I explained my overall philosophy to him – of the individual right to life and of individual responsibility and accountability – he emphatically agreed. But he is a devout supporter of Barack Hussein Obama and will not countenance any discussion that opposes his liberal leftist point of view. This man was a former nuclear submarine engineering officer and is a nuclear professional with decades and decades of experience and training. He is far smarter than I am. Yet he is convinced that Obama’s social justice programs are best for the country, that national health care is a good thing, that abortion is a human right, that sodomy and lesbian marriage is likewise a human right, and that the fuss over Benghazi and similar scandals is simply conservative hype. Nothing can be done to convince him and his compatriots otherwise.

    We on the right can use all the i-Pad and i-Phone technology that we want. The situation, however, is no different than when the prophet Jeremiah went into the King’s court wearing a wooden yoke. The people did not want to hear what the prophet said. So they threw him down a cistern, and today’s leftists do the same in effect to any who oppose their socialist utopian dreams.

    Now let’s be clear: I have nothing but respect and admiration for this unnamed man about whom I am talking. He has been magnificent in supporting safe, clean, economical nuclear energy for the prosperity of everyone and his actions in that regard are to be commended and supported. I have nothing but good to say about him. But he – like all liberal leftists – is utterly blind to the evil of abortion, sodomy, lesbianism, and all the godless scandal and corruption of the Obama Administration. As Jesus Himself in Mark 4:10-12 states:

    “And when he was alone, those who were about him with the twelve asked him concerning the parables. And he said to them, ‘To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables; so that they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand; lest they should turn again, and be forgiven.'”

    And St. Paul confirms this in 2nd Timothy 4:3-4:

    “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths.”

    Oh dear Lord God, please save the country that I love, our President, our Congress-people and our Justices. Please open the eyes of the blind, the ears of the deaf, and the hearts of stone, in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

  • Paul,

    I am aware of the situation of which you speak. Whenever i have come across the kind of situation like the fellow nuclear engineer of which you speak, I have almost always have discovered there is something more beyond what meets the eye.

    I too see the parallels between what we are seeing now and the times of the prophet Jeremiah as well as the fall of the Roman Empire. However, this is not to used as an excuse for the ineptness on our side. Such was also the case in the two cases mentioned above. While the technology we now have isn’t all we need, we need to continue ask ourselves how we can better use the means at our disposal.