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Thursday, January 17, 2019

With the Republican right persisting in baselesss persecution of Susan Rice, the UN Ambassador who may replace departing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, they have left President Obama little choice but to move ahead with her nomination. If he  backs away from Rice, in the face of what he has called false accusations against her, that display of weakness would undermine his second term before it begins.

The opposition to Rice is cobbled together from the remnants of a failed “October Surprise” election gambit, which began when Mitt Romney sought to smear the president by using the tragic attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. In the election’s aftermath, Senate Republicans have fixated on Rice, whom they accuse of misleading the public in television appearances several days after the Sept. 11 incident.

Rice’s supposed offense was to downplay the likelihood that the attack had been perpetrated by al Qaeda terrorists or their local allies, while underlining the idea that it had been inspired by an anti-Muslim video on the Internet.  On ABC News’ This Week,  she repeated almost precisely the talking points provided to her by the CIA:

 Our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous — not a premeditated — response to what had transpired in Cairo. In Cairo, as you know, a few hours earlier, there was a violent protest that was undertaken in reaction to this very offensive video that was disseminated. We believe that folks in Benghazi, a small number of people came to the embassy to — or to the consulate, rather, to replicate the sort of challenge that was posed in Cairo.

And then as that unfolded, it seems to have been hijacked, let us say, by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons, weapons that as you know in — in the wake of the revolution in Libya are — are quite common and accessible. And it then evolved from there. We’ll wait to see exactly what the investigation finally confirms, but that’s the best information we have at present.

In those remarks, Rice clearly warned against drawing any conclusions from the preliminary information then available. Nevertheless, Senate Republicans led by John McCain (R-AZ) have sought to defame her as a liar, a fool, or worse. The latest insult came on Tuesday from Senator Kelly Ayotte, a junior Republican from New Hampshire with no significant national security experience and little evident grasp of the facts. Tagging along with the embittered McCain and his reliable sidekick Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Ayotte made an unprecedented threat to put a “hold” on Rice’s nomination if Obama sends it up to the Hill – the first time in memory that a senator has deployed that privilege against a prospective nominee to head the State Department.

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231 responses to “In Baseless Persecution Of Rice, Republican Reputations Will Sink”

  1. nobsartist says:

    Lower than they already have?

  2. I wonder how these opportunists feel about the 3,000 wonderful Americans slaughtered on 9/11/01 when an ambivalent Republican President and a Republican controlled Congress did not heed to the warnings given to them about an imminent terrorist attack on U.S. soil? There are still a lot of unanswered questions about that tragedy and its aftermath, and I don’t hear any outrage from Ms. Ayotte, Lindsey Graham, John McCain and the rest of the gang. I wonder why.
    The truth is that terrorism is part of modern day life, that it can happen anywhere at any time, and that intelligence gathering is not a perfect science. Our government, our diplomats, and every American working overseas know that there are risks involved when we live abroad, especially in parts of the world where there is civil unrest and part of the population oppose American values and are determined to do us harm and undermine our interests.
    Blaming the administration for what happened in Benghazi is like blaming Republicans for 9/11. Most intelligence reports before these tragedies lacked specificity, and we did not know when, where or how the attacks were going to take place.
    To the best of my knowledge the terrorists that carried out the attack against our consulate in Benghazi have not been identified. At least not all of them and, probably who the mastermind (s) was. Revealing what little we know would tip off those who remain in the shadows and would give them a chance to escape. I am not surprised Ms. Ayotte is suddenly involved in something like this, the GOP is preparing for 2016 and Hillary Clinton, and we can expect more Ayotte’s to surface in the near future. I am very disappointed with Sen. McCain, however. He should know better.
    Why do Republicans, or anyone else, think the provocative film that fueled demonstrations of outrage throughout the Islamic world did not play a part in that tragedy? Maybe it did, maybe it didn’t. The only thing we know is that well trained and heavily armed terrorists attacked our consulate, killed four Americans, and destroyed that facility. Everything else is speculation. Instead of being united in our determination to find those responsible for the attack and bringing justice to them, we are splitting hairs over semantics, and second guessing each other. The only winners are the terrorists, who must be enjoying themselves seeing us fight each other instead of fighting them.

    • They Are Acting Like A Bunch Of Lunatics!!!

      • neece00 says:

        Hi there friend, acting? They are a bunch of lunatics.

      • idamag says:

        Hello, friend. My mental picture of the tea party is they are like the mafia and grover norquist is their godfather.

      • kinklu says:

        When I look at some of the new members of the House of Representatives, they look like they should be the soda jerk at the old corner drugstore fountain. Interrupting the President Of the United States with the exclamation, “You lie” during an official speech or any speech for that matter is not the act of a Congressman. Spitting on people and all the rest of the stupid, insulting acts of these cretins isn’t either. I’m embarrased that we have congressional representatives of this low caliber. I want to continue to be proud of my country and this just makes me want to lower my head in shame.

    • frida says:

      I do propose that the old man McCain and Lindsey Graham should go to Benghazi and find out what happened. They should then tell the nation their findings. If they are not ready to do so, from now onwards we do not want to hear anything about Benghazi. There is no seriousness on the matter, just only to place their anger of losing election to innocent person like Susan Rice.

      • idamag says:

        Frida, what an excellent idea! If it means so much to them they should do hands on investigations themselves. I think McCain is still campaigning.

        • I think wht we are seeing are the opening salvos of the 2016 campaign. Their target is not Susan Rice, or even Obama, but Hillary Clinton. They are trying to discredit where foreign policy accomplishments by creating a mantra of incompetence where none exists.

          • Dol5 says:

            Good take! I had not even though of this. Keep on writing!

          • viewfromtheleftcoast says:

            To Dominick: That may well be…but have you considered that perhaps they also want to discredit Ambassador Rice, in hopes of seeing Senator Kerry slated, thereby leaving his senate seat up for a special election, and again putting Scott Brown on the ballot to finish the term….they really, really liked Scott Brown.

            That and McCain is really a sore loser…..

          • Interesting thought. I don’t know how much conservative Republicans like Scott Brown, a man with a very moderate record, but I am sure they would not mind cutting the Democrat’s lead in the Senate by one. That would make the Democrat’s ability to get a filibuster proof 60 vote majority very hard to accomplish. As it is, we need 5 GOP defections to achieve that.

          • zola98 says:

            Well Wall Street likes him, he’s one of their lackeys. I’m more inclined to believe they want Kerry for the job of SOS also to allow Brown to run for his Senate seat. That seems the more plausible explanation for their erratic behaviour.

          • Bear in mind that if John Kerry does not get the SOS job, he will be the next Secretary of Defense…either way, his senate seat will be up for grabs.

          • McCain continually disappoints me. He USED TO be a better man, then he was pulled to the far right and hasn’t been the same person since. And, I believe you may be right about then wanting to have that “open seat” if Kerry should be selected. It is so sad that they spend so much time with politics and so little trying to do what is “right”.

          • kinklu says:

            McCain disappoints me, also. I try to use restraint in judging his actions because he is still an American hero to me. I suspect he’s getting a little long of tooth.

          • He may be a SORE loser, but the important fact here is that he is indeed a LOSER!

      • Frida there’s no doubt you hit da nail on da head. Yea old man McCain can’t win & couldn’t win the presidency office so that bitter pill is still in his mind so he & Lindsey Graham is having a heck of problem dealing with reality.

    • BJ says:

      I couldn’t have said it any better. Thank you Dominick – I wish these three so called members of Congress would read this.

    • 2hheels2 says:

      Well said, Was going to post but after your great summation there was just no need

    • middleclasstaxpayer says:

      Your statements show your ignorance of history & logic…in case of 9/11, and “warnings” of possible attacks were non-specific as to WHERE & WHEN.
      In Benghazi, the White House AND president knew IMMEDIATELY that our brave men were under attack, and they WATCHED the attack from our unmanned drones for over SEVEN HOURS without lifting a finger to help. WHY? President was well aware of how Jimmy Carter’s failed attempt to rescue hostages caused him to lose reelection. Therefore President Obama decided himself it was better to SACRIFICE the lives of four brave Americans than to possibly sacrifice his reelection bid. President sacrificed the lives of four brave Americans for his own selfish reasons.

      • Your retort highlights the desperation of those who seem fixated in establishing a parallel between 9/11/01 and 9/11/12. Our government did not know who, where, how or when those attacks were going to take place before they happened. Of course, our government knew immediately that our consulate in Benghazi was being attacked when that tragedy was still in progress. Guess what, our government – and the whole nation – were also aware that we were under attack when two planes crashed into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and one went down in Pennsylvania.
        Both attacks were monitored by spy satellites, we got immediate feedback from eye witnesses, and there was little that could be done to prevent what happened or intervene while the attacks were still in progress. In the case of Benghazi, the attack took less than one hour. How exactly do you think we should have reacted? We have military bases in places like Aviano, Italy, and in Torrejon and Rota, Spain. We also have the Fleet in the Mediterranean. But, as amazing as it may sound to people whose gray mass is impaired by hatred, instant responses to a terrorist attack that only lasts minutes is a virtual impossibility. It would have taken hours for our military to put together a rapid deployment force, or divert destroyers and cruisers to the Benghazi area. By then, the terrorists were long gone and had mingled among the civilian population to escape capture.
        What is being discussed is not an action video game with instant gratification, but a complex problem that requires time, lots of patience, determination and positive deeds to solve.

      • You are a liar and I suppose you should just get in line with the rest of the fools who would believe something as stupid as that.

        • idamag says:

          Lynda, they believe what they want to believe and if the facts, or lack of facts, do not reinforce what they believe, they change them.

      • Annemb says:

        President Obama is certainly not GW Bush who knew that we would be attacked from as far back as January 2001 yet did nothing about it.

        Also, why did Congress vote to take away funds from these American “outposts”?

        • middleclasstaxpayer says:

          An “attack” on US Soil could be “anywhere” with our 6 MILLION square miles of land.
          President Obama KNEW for 7 HOURS where Americans were being slaughtered in Libya, yet DENIED all requests for help. He let brave Americans die, when reinforcements were within an hour of the scene. As to Congress taking away funds, our Congress is filled with liberals….ask THE LIBERALS why they took funds away.

          • Annemb says:

            I stand by what I wrote!

          • idamag says:

            Prove it.

          • middleclasstaxpayer says:

            It’s part of the Congressional record…are you literate?

          • neece00 says:

            You know, you can make any string of words look like facts but it does not make it so.

          • idamag says:

            Middleclass, I am literate. Nothing concrete has been made public yet. There are security factors to consider.

          • MCT, the United States has embassies in the capital cities of every country we have diplomatic relations with, and we have consulates in every major and many mid size cities in those countries. Every single one of those diplomatic facilities, and for that matter, every business owned by American companies, and every American living abroad is a potential target of a terrorist attack. Terrorist attacks can happen anywhere and at any time. It is physically impossible for us to prevent them. We can take steps to minimize risk, we can – and have – used intelligence gathering to thwart terrorist attacks, but the risk of being attacked is still there.
            The Benghazi attack did not take seven hours, it took less than one hour. Civilians entered the compound after the terrorists left and took our diplomats and security agents out in a futile attempt to save them. They were already dead. President Obama did not refuse to help our diplomats while the attack was in progress. You are confusing a warning of potential terrorist attacks issued by embassy personnel a few weeks earlier, with what transpired during the attack. Exactly what do you believe should have been done? Should we have bombed the consulate to kill the terrorists knowing four American were in its safe room? Are you suggesting rapid deployment forces should be stationed near every embassy and consulate? Do you realize the level of manpower that would be needed – and funding – to do the latter? We will have to reinstitute the draft to offer military protection to the hundreds of embassies and thousands of consulates we have worldwide.

          • middleclasstaxpayer says:

            Per congressional testimony, the 2 Navy SEALs who tried to help were under fire for 7 hours as WH personnel & president watched thru drone feed to WH. There were at least 3 requests for support & backup, which was within an hour of the scene. All requests for help were denied. Obama allowed our brave SEALs to be murdered as he watched….then president went to bed so he could be up early for a campaign stop. Inexcusable & unamerican! He’s a disgrace to office.

          • myfanwy says:

            Denied how?

          • middleclasstaxpayer says:

            Per congressional testimony, at least 3 urgent requests for help were sent by our SEALs in Benghazi, knowing reinforcements were with an hours’ reach. Local US forced were at the ready, but all 3 requests met with the command to “stand down” which could only be issued by the Commander in Chief. The White House had minute to minute video feed from a drone and watched for SEVEN hours as our SEALs were eventually overrun & murdered. No president in US history has stood by while US forces were slaughtered and did NOTHING! President is a disgrace to our fine country & to his office.

          • myfanwy says:

            Was that the same congressional testimony during which a CIA operation and safe house were clumsily exposed to all the world on C-SPAN?

          • middleclasstaxpayer says:

            Even if true, it could NEVER condone allowing our brave SEALs to be murdered as the president & WH staff watched. An national disgrace!

          • zola98 says:

            The R’thugs have control of Congress and they have already acknowledged that they veoted increasing funding for security. Stop watching/listening to Faux Noise, they make up fallacies which stupid, gullible people like you buy into.

        • idamag says:

          Ann, good point. Paul Ryan led the Congress in the vote to defund them.

          • Annemb says:

            Thanks so much.

            I’m fed up with the Republican/TP games. They are detrimental to our democracy.


      • What failed attempt by Carter? Oh do you mean the aborted attempts to rescue the hostages?

        If you plan on talking, at least have the correct info, and don’t just jabber on without actual knowledge?

      • idamag says:

        Like Frida said, they should go to Benghazi and make their own investigations before spouting off and I think you should, too.

      • The President did’nt kill those people.They might have had a chance to catch the killers but,Republicans were so busy trying to smere President Obama the looose talk probably gave the CIA operation underway away.President Obama unlike his political foes does’nt have to lie!!.When Condelisa Rice lied 5ooo Americans died

        • middleclasstaxpayer says:

          In order to protect his OWN reelection hopes, president denied pleaded-for support & back-up, allowing terrorists to slaughter our brave SEALs in Benghazi. President was ONLY thinking of himself, and ignored the SEVEN HOUR standoff, watching our men being murdered. Then he went to bed so he wouldn’t miss his campaign stop early next day. President is NOT FIT to hold the office….he is a disgrace to his country, although it probably is NOT his country.

          • idamag says:

            Middle, when the investigations are complete they might show that you are right, but they have not been completed and much is not out there because of security reasons.

        • idamag says:

          Steven, and 100,000 Iraqi civilians.

    • BDD1951 says:

      Since being defeated by an African-American in 2008, John McCain has become an angry old man seeking revenge.

    • rpg1408 says:

      Hmm…. Ayotte sounds suspiciously like Ayatollah. Are McCain and Graham part of an Islamist conspiracy? or are they still consumed by the desire to get Obama and prevent him from functioning (the way the G.O.P. used the Lewinsky scandal against Bill Clinton). Read David Brock’s ” Blinded by the Right” for an analysis of the G.O.P. playbook by a key player in their machinations.

    • Annemb says:

      Dominick Vila … a truly excellent post. Much truth! Thanks!

      Yes, I, too, am “…very disappointed with Senator McCain…” In fact, last week I emailed Senator McCain that: I always admired him as a statesman, but he is no longer a statesman. I also told him that his actions are “sour grapes” since the 2008 election; and finally asked, “when will you grow up?”

      They’ve been playing in the sandbox for too long, and it’s past time that they got out of the sandbox and began acting like adults – legislators – for which they are being paid. Or they must resign. The Repubs sold their soul to the tea party and continue to lean to the right despite what the country has said.

      I’ve been active for over 40 years now, and have never been so disgusted / disappointed (except for the Reagan-Bush eras) with those who claim to be leaders. There is racism, hate, misinformation, lies, the same old GOP tactics except they are not really the GOP of the past.

      Sorry, I don’t mean to be negative, I’m just disgusted and disappointed. We need true legislators, not pseudo legislators.

      Blessings be upon you and your family…

      • jarheadgene says:

        Good for you, writing him direct. I also used to respect McCain, because he was known as a moderate conservative and was willing to cross party lines to vote for laws that benefitted all…but NOW……GOP is going down in “flames”…and I will gladly FAN them, as long as they continue to let Rupert Murdoch run the show. He is as “good” a person as William Randolph Hearst was. Sorry Rupert.. .”Rosebud”
        burned in the flames as will your soul.
        Many people visit Hearst Castle and start with the “oooohs” and “ahhhhs”, I got disgusted, how could one man hoard so much wealth while the U.S. was suffering the Great Depression? And have so little concern for those “not like him”. Sounds all too familiar like someone who missed the Presidency by ONLY One Hundred and Twenty Six electoral votes. hahahha

        • Annemb says:

          Your wonderful post was encouraging.

          Yes, the GOP is going down … the old GOP cared about people but not this GOP. They sold their soul to the tea party and to their right-wing extremist idoleologue agenda.

          We need to keep moving ahead for the sake of our democracy.


      • Dol5 says:

        You are not being negative, just truthful! Lots of us are disgusted too.

        • Annemb says:

          Thanks so much.

          I like to look on the positive side … but when I see what’s been happening since St. Ronald Reagan, both Bushes I get discouraged. We love our country and don’t want to a few pseudo-representatives bring it down.


    • ChristoD says:

      You forgot the totally unwarranted attack on Iraq after 9/11 based on trumped up charges perpetrated by Cheneys’ shaddow intelligence dupes that WE paid for to do a job that the CIA et al are supposed to be doing. That insidious undertaking caused an additonal 4,500 + American soldiers deaths, tens of thousands of seriously physically wounded and mentally debilitated soldiers, hundreds of American contractors killed and wounded and hundreds of thousands Iraq’skilled and wounded. In addition the war was a testimonial to how NOT to conduct a war. Add to this the fact that destroying the ‘villian’ Hussein who was busy writing novel and was a MAJOR counter to Irans’ calculating Mullahs’ and you have the classic example of total incompetance and an administration out of control. Where were McCain and Graham when THAT was happening ? They are self righteous partisan hacks who have lost their sense of honor and dignity all in the name of gotcha politics at its’ worst.

      • One of the worst part of the Iraq tragedy was the decision made by the Bush administration to replace all Bathists in government positions with Shiites aligned spiritually to Iran. When we did that we changed the balance of power in the Persian Gulf region forever.

        • ChristoD says:

          It makes you wonder WTF is wrong with those folks who voted Republican, who are not died-in-wool Republicans, are thinking. I know that deep red GOP’ers drink the kool-aid but what are the others drinikng ? Compared to the Dubya horror years that have extended through to today with HIS created National Deficits, President Obama is a saint.

    • neece00 says:

      BJ is right, I wish congress could read your post as well.

    • Dol5 says:

      Your calm and reasonable take on the Benghazi incident is excellent. I only hope that some of the Republicans read it. Having once been of that party but changed to the Democrats, I can understand somewhat how they react. Blindly and without much thought. Just following what they are being told. President Obama has a lot to consider regarding many coming decisions. He does not need a group of people on the losing side making a lot of noise just because they want to disrupt things. They appear to feel they are doing good but really are holding this country hostage instead. I hope that others will stand up and support our President! President Obama can and will do a good job in the next 4 years if every one gives him a chance. Why tear the country down just for spite? When the time come around for the next presidential election, then they can try fairly, to win. But if they act like children, they probably wont.

    • montanabill says:

      How did you feel when a Democrat President failed to go after Bin Laden before Bush was President?
      If Susan Rice insists on being a Mortimer Snerd for Obama, to act without thinking, then she will make a very poor Secretary of State.

      • Bill Clinton ordered a drone attack against the camp where OBL was at until just a couple of hours before. I feel a lot better about a President who tried to do something against that thug, than the Republican President that gave him weapons, training and military intelligence when OBL and the Mujahadeen were fighting the Soviets in the 1980s. Then again, we all know that in those days foreign policy was the responsibility of a Marine Lt. Col. 🙁

    • Drop dead. So in retaliation you elect an illegal kenyan. Please check your sanity at the door; wait you don’t have any, socialist comrad.

    • In general I agree with Dominick except for the fact that there were specific details which could have prevented the first 911 attack and nothing was done to improve security. Terrorists like mohamed atta were wanted by interpol; Bush did nothing; he has a sea of blood on his hands; started unnecessary wars which continue today; lied to the American people and blamed the intelegence community; who cared more about his ranch than the security of Americans! Bush also managed to take a budget SURPLUS and began the huge rise in deficits which continue to this day. He also said he did not care about capturing Osama Bin Ladden ; yet the republicans have the nerve to question Obama’s birth and his grades and his loyalty to America Give me a break; Bush tax cuts during the war which was not paid for have led was down the path to the so called “cliff” we are heading to. Now the republicans want to attack Americans more with their so called reforms of social security, medicare and medicaid. Reform the tax code get rid of the fat cat loopholes and the large corporate subsides; oil subsidies and bring back the banking rules and stock exchange rules created during and after the great depression. Reduce the size and scope of the too big to fail Banks and financial institutions. Bring back the draft; mandatory service of at least two years for all either military or civilian. It is totally unfair that so few have to make the sacrifice for the country. Bring down the cost of the delivery of healthcare. Citizens should have the same type of healthcare like the military has and it should cost the individual nothing. Single payer, universal healthcare is the solution with tort reform and help with the malpractice insurance cost and situation should also be addressed. End the wars and our massive foreign entanglements; build American infrastructure; the energy grid; roads, bridges; levies; clean energy; etc. The goal should be 100 percent employment. We should have the best education and healthcare for our citizens in the world; the best infrastructure in the world. Our military budget should be cut in half; it will still be the largest military budget in the world; protect America and let most of the world take care of itself. Peace and progress. Abolish the two party system; it is killing progess. God bless America!

  3. old_blu says:

    It’s horrible that these four Americans died, but the Rebuplicans are just using it for political points and they think we are that dumb. We get it, if it wouldn’t have happened during an election year or if it would have happened to a Rebuplican President, they would have already forgot about it. Now here they come in…. 3…..2…..1

  4. Let Them Keep Flapping Their Gums They Are Only Showing The We The People That They Are Not Fit To Run NOTHING!!

  5. Lovefacts says:

    So, going on the Sunday morning shows and using unclassified information provided by the CIA is Ambassador Rice’s crime. But Condi Rice is a saint and suffered no backlash for saying Iraq had a nuclear weapon.

    So, what’s difference between what these two women did? The Ambassador simply stated the facts as they were provided her. Whereas, as Bush’s National Security advisor, Condi Rice knew she was telling a lie when she said the mushroom cloud statement and got us into an unnecessary war. Oh, and she’s a Republican. Now, I understand.

    • BDD1951 says:

      As long as it’s a republican then it’s okay. But a Democrat, go after her. I see this republican hate all around me. The emails are unbelievable. No republican wants to know the truth, so they just pass it on without checking the truth of the email. My sister is one of the worst.

  6. Fever says:

    Well here we go again McCain is having flash backs ( not the War but the Presidential Election when he lost) this is simply a Power Play on the Republican side McCain and his puppet side kicks. You know the people we are at war with must be sitting back and enjoying the Circus Show in Washington. All they have to do is make one hit and watch these monkies make asses of themself with a back and forth discussion and fingerpointing. But the United States Citizens are getting use to this childish games in Washington. Look guys the Electiion is over and you lost ( Republicans) now lets get some work done to get our Country back on track please. McCain its time for you to turn in your pencil and paper and go back home to your rich wife and enjoy the rest of your life with the Super Great Health Insurance and retirement you will have for the rest of your life while our country is struggling to get things done thanks to people like you……..Get Real !

  7. It is shame to use these kind of points for political gain .But it doesn’t surprise me the way focus on attack’s instead of answer’s .I guess they really don’t have answers do they and that is why it almost always turn’s on the GOP and Tea Party .

  8. olafaux says:

    Racially, FIXATED on Dr. Rice:
    As it is, right now, the Republicans (especially McCain & Co.) do not give a DAMN about their reputation. This batch of racist are like the Dying Stars. They are all but GONE. There are a few reasonable YOUNG Republicans, for whom these nuts are spoiling the road ahead. Once again, the GOP has picked the WRONG fight.
    As far as Susan Rice is concerned?? “Can’t Touch This”
    God bless America!

  9. Sandwedge says:

    Rachel Maddow had the most probable reason for all of this last night on her program:

    If the Rs can kill Susan’s nomination, then her probable replacement would be John Kerry which would free up his Senate seat and give Scott Brown (narrowly defeated by Elizabeth Warren in the last election) a chance to gain another Senate seat for the Rs.

    • frida says:

      President Obama has to wise up on this and ask Hillary Clinton to stay a bit longer (I hope he has already done so). We can not afford to lose even a single senate seat.

      • BDD1951 says:

        That would be nice but, Hilary is tired and she deserves time off. She has been the best SOS we have had in a long time. That’s because she works at it. Not like her predecessor who must have spent more time in the beauty shop than on the job.

  10. frida says:

    I do think the Constitution which we have now needs to change. We have to move with time. Something which is older than 200 years or so, giving power to lunatics like McCain and his buddy Graham, doesn’t make any sense at all. These empty skulls should not have more power than the rest of us 150 millions voters who want the country to move forward and not to be held hostage.

  11. Richard Weiner says:

    Lawrence O’Donnell said that he thought that this was about trying to force Obama to appoint John Kerry as State, which would then leave a Massachusetts Senate seat open, which Scott Brown could then try to grab. That makes sense to me. Just politics as usual. If that happens, though, sure would like to see the Mass governor run….

  12. Benghazi isn’t a Consulate, because there is no Consul. It is a Mission — which is to say, just a piece of property that State owns. And that bastion of liberalism the Wall Street Journal has reported that the main reasons State didn’t invest much security in the place were, a) House Republicans keep cutting State security budgets, and b) the preponderant use of the place was by CIA under diplomatic cover, so State thought CIA would take care of security.

    Of course, with all the Congressional hoo-haw that cover has been completely blown, but as we learned when the cover of CIA’s then head of the Iraqi Operations Group was blown by Republicans for political reasons — that is, Valerie Plame — when Republicans have a choice between national security and pointlessly throwing red meat to the base, the base wins every time.

    In other words, these guys aren’t even trying to score points against Democrats. They’re trying to score points against other, even more radical Republicans who might possibly challenge them in the primaries next time.

  13. Memo to the GOP:
    You lost. You couldn’t lie, cheat and steal your way into the oval office. Now you think that whining and throwing one hissy fit after another is going to achieve the goals of the super rich and the tea party. You have insulted the intelligence of every thinking American, and we are tired of it. Get over it. You are damaging the reputation of the US world-wide. Grow up!

  14. Hey Frida;
    I think that maybe on the way to Benghazi,McCain,Graham and Ayotte ought to be given a one way ticket to Osama Bin Laden’s watery grave.

  15. Daniel says:

    These clowns are shooting themselve in the foot their true colors has been revealed.
    Press on you idiots

  16. 426tt_64 says:

    These 2, McCain a wooped out loser and his pal Lindsey Graham are waisted suits. McCain’s out of a committee job unless he takes Indian Affairs which he doesn’t want and that is why he has ask for a Watergate type Committee hearing on Obama. Graham wants the Ist seat in the Senate, when he can’t even do the janitors jobs. Our President Beat the hell out of him and Mitt and the 3 of them couldn’t take it, POOOOOOOOOR LOOOSSSERS.

  17. saltyshore says:

    Here’s the Republicans issue with Susan Rice……
    1) She has a vagina.
    2) She is black.

  18. zeldaq says:

    mc cain keeps saying ”the people want answers”. just like boner keeps saying”we are doing the people’s work”. WHAT PEOPLE ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? the more you idiots talk, the more
    THE PEOPLE DISPISE YOU!!! to you mr. boner, are you talking about the 334, or the 203?
    wake up 203 are IRRELEVENT. they are now romney’s 47%. do you guys really think the public so stupid, that they buy your horse shit? KEEP DIGGING YOU HOLE. soon we won’t have to listen
    to it anymore. mc cain i think you would be good man down on the farm, where thet don’t need anybody.

  19. latebloomingrandma says:

    Just a week ago McCain was demanding an apology from Susan Rice. So she and the acting CIA director go in good faith to the 3 senators in private and explain what happened. Then the 3 preen before the cameras and chew her up. It only becomes more ridiculous when one realizes that this is the guy who picked Sarah Palin and foisted this twit onto us for 4+ years. She was the person he should have been grilling with questions before he chose her. Hearing him call Rice “unqualified” or “not very bright” made me think this elder statesman has lost his marbles. Palin is not fit to shine Ambassador Rice’s shoes. Their educations, backgrounds, and knowledge could not be more stark. Yet McCain chooses one of the least qualified persons ever to be one hearbeat away from the Presidency, and malign an ambassador for putting forth info provided by the CIA. Thank God we did not have a President McCain this last 4 years. I shudder to think what condition we would be in.

    • Bear in mind that the same senators that are demonizing Ambassador Rice for not being more forthcoming are the same ones that would have hanged her had she revealed any classified information.
      I believe their fixation on Benghazi is two pronged: they are desperately trying to establish a parallel between 9/11/01 and 9/11/12, adding innuendo about ambivalence, lack of responsiveness, and incompetence to, again, establish a parallel with the Iraq fiasco. The other part of this strategy is long term. They expect Hillary Clinton to be our nominee in 2016 and they are determined to undermine her credibility and her record. The fact that Ayotte is suddenly getting a lot of visibility is no accident. They plan to counteract the candidacy of Hillary Clinton with a female VP for whomever their 2016 nominee happens to be. You can bet on the GOP trying to project a semblance of inclusiveness, especially as it pertains to women, to offset the damage caused by Akin, Limbaugh and others during the last campaign.

      • idamag says:

        Benghazi was a tragedy. We should have been a nation outraged, instead, the republicans jumped on it before anything was known and used it for political fodder. That shows the depths to which they have sunk.

    • idamag says:

      Lateblooming, This morning, John McCain and Graham said Libya has weapons of mass destruction and I think he wants us to attack them.

  20. gargray says:

    Terrorism happens all the time even the US, the Colorado school shooting to the shooting of the congress woman from AZ. What happened to Mc Cain and Graham back then? Where were the back lashes against the NRA. Thier egregious comments make them sound jealous and not fit to be in government. Ayotte better keep her mouth shut, she is just a freshman.

  21. John McCain is a old senile fool who needs to retire his position. He jumps on board any wagon that he think that might have a possible chance of making the president look bad. All he does is make himself that the fools who follow him look like complete and utterly idiots. Graham and Ayotte are stupid to put their careers on the line for that old fool.

  22. these are the worse losers i have ever heard of.they losean election that overwhelmingly repudiates their party,and start trying to cause difficulty immediatly before the swearing in.with trumped up misinformation,like fox news does..

  23. stsintl says:

    In a way, it is funny that the man who picked Sarah Palin as his VP choice questions the qualifications of Ambassador Susan Rice for the Secretary of State position. These idiots need to learn the basic principle that if you have nothing good to say about someone then say nothing.

  24. TSB says:

    It looks like they acually can go lower than a worm!

  25. anwilliamson3766 says:

    MaCain need to sit his old ass down somewhere, looking like an old turtle head. Just stop, it’s over. In the future the REP, is making it hard for them in the 2016 election.

  26. Rex H says:

    I’m sick of mean old man McCain.
    Whatever good he has accomplished in life is getting cancelled out fast by his performance of the past 4+ years.

  27. Gmo says:

    you are a comunista socialist outlet who is going to ruin yhis beautful cuntry

  28. howa4x says:

    Susan Rice, and the intelligence community did not want to give up what we knew about the attack since the world including the terrorists watch us news.This is not about anything more than trying to get Obama to shy away from her so that he will have to appoint John Kerry which opens up his senate seat to a special election that Scott Brown might win. McCain knows better than this, and his old buddy Lieberman gave him up by saying there is no issue with Rice after the briefing they both attended. I hope Obama nominates Rice and has a public fight with MCain. This will go a long way to helping the GOP bridge the gap with women and minorites, Ha Ha Ha! McCain is showing up as a bittter old man. Other republicans want him to stop and none of the others except Graham is comming to his aid, and he if he didn’t have a primary challange comming up, McCain would be out there himself. I hope those 2 keep it up since the more they talk about it the more they look foolish.

  29. ivory69690 says:

    HEY McCain tell the country about the other msss. rice from ur dirty Bush era . now thats some thing that should be explaned by you and how you stuck up for her . and how many lives where lose then with the dirty Bushes war ?

    • idamag says:

      I watched Condoleeza Rice say that if we did not attack Iraq, the next thing we would see is a mushroom cloud over the United States.

  30. ivory69690 says:

    ill bet McCain when you was a POW thy just let you go thy didnt want to deal with your B/S im sure

  31. ivory69690 says:

    , Senate Republicans have fixated on Rice, whom they accuse of misleading the public in television appearances several days after the Sept. 11 incident./// what about all the misleading the ppl. the ANTI-CHRIST ROMNEY did ? now his B/S was some kinda big time misleading and all you stoogers followed him like sheep to slater

  32. ste says:


  33. ExPAVIC says:


    The old, old, used up and dying GOP can’t cut a break. I love it.

  34. jetfuel4 says:

    Mindless Obama zombies….”we did not INTENTIONALLY mislead the American public” quote, unquote white house release. Did I miss something here, they are admitting misleading the public? But, we didn’t mean to so it’s okay because…..

    • ObozoMustGo says:

      Jet… this is definitely the land of the Obozo zombies. These people are so far in a trance over that idiot that they cannot see reality. And it’s not likely to change. I have been posting on the Benghazi cover up for 2 months here and have posted another one in response to this article from the head useful idiot, Joe Conason. Take a read through it. Great stuff from the Canada Free Press.

      Keep fighting the good fight.

      Have a great day!

      “When Obozo called the SEALs, they got Bin Laden. When the SEALs called Obozo, they got denied.” – Navy SEAL’s Facebook posting that was censored and then later uncensored

  35. whitrober says:

    One can’t help wondering whether Senator McCain is still bitter over his defeat to President Obama in 2008 and determined to undermine him at every turn. Sadly, keeping to a personal vendetta may mean acting against the best interests of the nation. I’ve always respected Senator McCain for his independent thinking and willingness to take an unpopular stand, but he now appears to be a petty, disgruntled loser who’s putting his own grudge before the common good.

  36. jarheadgene says:

    ME THINKS these idiots are “Barking up the wrong [Rice]”. If you want a true investigation worth our American Tax Dollars. Investigate Condelezza, Georgie BOY , and DICK CHENEY. War Criminals from the time they said “WMD”. Unfortunately, what is really happening here is – McCain is just trying to stay significant in an ending career that has lost all respectability in the last year, and Ayotte…trying to make a name for herself.

    • ObozoMustGo says:

      Hi Gene! I hope you are well today, my friend. I find it odd how you see conspiracy with the Bush Admin but completely give a pass to Obozo on the most blatantly obvious cover up in American history. Where is your healthy sense of skepticism, Gene? Don’t be a zombie, buddy. You know that Obozo was lying to the American people and the world about the stupid video. The issue is why lie in the first place? What is he hiding? There actually are real journalists who have been digging into this Benghazi matter, but the main stream media is ignoring this because they are in the tank for Obozo. The foreign press knows what’s going on, but for some reason, the American people do not. What are they covering up? And why lie in the first place?

      You’re a good man, Gene. You need to attempt some objectivity and understand that BOTH Bush and Obozo may be lying to the American people about our activities in the Middle East the last 12+ years. I have posted a response to this Joe Conasan Obozo a$$ kissing piece that includes an article written in Canada Free Press. I suggest you go read it, Gene. It may begin the process of opening your eyes.

      Have a nice day, Gene!

      “When Obozo called the SEALs, they got Bin Laden. When the SEALs called Obozo, they got denied.” – Navy SEAL’s Facebook posting that was censored and then later uncensored

      • jarheadgene says:

        There certainly are a few things that make me skeptical re: many issues surrounding Bengahzi, but as you use to say, “…….distractions….distractions….distractions.” My thought is, as it has been, and this is based on my understandings of the facts.
        Multiple demonstrations were going on at multiple sites regarding the anti-mohammed tape but they were merely distractions for what was about to take place, an assault in Bengahzi with rocket launchers by heavily armed ???? and 4 Americans are dead. In private hearings Gen. Patraeus cleared Rice and the President of any wrongdoings saying it was his CIA that witheld information. No conspiracy at the executive level. Now an investigation is under way to capture and punish those responsible. I’ll wait for the results.
        As for a “REAL” Journalist looking into Bengahzi……I certainly hope you are not talking about Sean Hannity or Bill O’Rielly. As to why I make the comparisons….the DEATH toll of Bush/Rice/Cheney actions vs. Bengahzi. I say DO THE MATH.

        • ObozoMustGo says:

          Gene… you say DO THE MATH? OK, here’s some MATH for you that you will not like. These are facts. Obozo’s death toll is far higher than Bush’s.

          Regarding the cost and death toll of the Afghan war. From the DoD budgetary numbers, here are some facts:

          Total Cost of Afghan War since 2001 = $557B
          Total spent since Obozo took office in 2009 = $385B


          Here’s some more shocking numbers about Afghan that the media just ignores:

          Total casualties in Afghan war from 2001 to 2008 = 2,638 Americans
          Total casualties in Afghan war from 2009 to 2012 = 14,000 and change


          Here’s some more for you, Gene:

          Total dead in Afghan war from 2001 to 2008 = 625 Americans
          Total dead in Afghan war from 2009 to 2012 = 1,474


          I know you leftist freaks don’t like to hear the truth about what a failure Obozo has been, but you must face the facts. You are hanging your ideological future on a guy that is nothing more than a smoke screen. A wizard behind the curtain. A phony and a liar.

          Regarding Benghazi, I have said it all along. There is a bigger issue being covered up and I believe it to be the arming of terrorists in the Muzzie Brotherhood in Libya and in Syria. The NY Slimes has even reported on American weapons in Syria. That has gone silently away, hasn’t it?

          Gene, read my other post of the article from Canada Free Press. You will see that there are many deeper questions about the whole Benghazi matter that need to be asked. This cover up in America would be the equivalent of Woodward and Bernstein basically blowing off the Watergate matter is nothing. You know I am right, Gene. The media in America is covering Obozo’s a$$ by blowing this whole thing off.

          Have a nice day, Gene!

          “If you’ve got a business. That, you didn’t build that. Somebody else, made that happen.” ~ Barrack Obama

          • metrognome3830 says:

            You are up to your same old tricks, OMG. Playing around with numbers. And what does it prove and what does it solve? You have no credible way to hang Afghan on Obama outside of a bunch of numbers. He did not get us into Afghanistan. And you know damn well that if, when Obama took office he immediately pulled all the troops out of Afghanistan you would now be blaming him for turning tail and running. You know damn well that George Bush got us into Iraq through absolute lies. Hardly anyway to contradict that. The Benghazi attack is still being investigated. Any “journalist” who claims to “know” all the facts at this juncture is a lying SOS. And you need to clear up what you mean by “arming the Muzzies?” Are you now claiming that the Obama administration is arming the Muslims? If so, that kind of talk is entirely unworthy of someone of your intelligence. As for McCain leading this charge against Susan Rice, I have no certain evidence of what he is up to. I only know what I think it may be. But I will keep that to myself until I have some real facts, not just meaningless numbers. The media in America is covering Obama’s a$$? I guess you don’t consider Fox News “american media.” Others may be trying to a bit more objective.

            Have a nice day, OMG!

          • idamag says:

            This dipstick has been on many posts and he is a cut and paste for the hate blogs. I wouldn’t be surprised if he belongs to a racist group. He will yammer, “Play the race card..” but it has already been played by the likes of him. For a couple of months he posted a supposed quote from a foreign newspaper showing that Obama was not popular overseas. The quote did not come from that newspaper. It was from a hate blog. After the election, telegrams and phone calls poured in from 21 countries who were happy that Obama won the election.

    • idamag says:

      Absolutely, these are the people who threw this entire country into a false war, killed 100,000 Iraqi civilians and 4,000 American troops, and lost our creditibility with the rest of the world.

  37. myfanwy says:

    Well, Graham is definitely “disturbed,” and McCain is a very, very “troubled” person. Ayotte is an annoying little wannabe whose threats against Ambassador Rice are ludicrous, given the yawning qualification gap between them. This is a grown-up world, Senators. Act like it!

  38. old_timer_37 says:

    John McCain and Lindsay Graham were serving when the Bush Administration lied profusely about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction…. and thereby got them (and others) to vote us into an unjust war. I don’t recall either of them complaining about that serious deception. Their hypocrisy is transparent. Talk about straining the gnat and swallowing the camel!

  39. a80a says:

    these three monkeys are hanging by their tails ,have bitten off more than they can chew and can,t find a way upchuck, without losing face, who ever heard of ayotte up to now, by joining with these has beens and still wanta bes she could be damaging her future, if you go to far to retreat sometimes you must surrender.

  40. ObozoMustGo says:

    Once again, the head useful idiot, Joe Conasan, doing the bidding for Obozo to help cover up and distract Americans away from the real issue which is Obozo’s Benghazi cover up. Since no one at The Memo is capable of honest journalism, I’ll take responsibility for waking you leftist freaks up from the trance you are in. Here’s why Benghazi matters. This is the first in a 3 part article. Go to the origninal site yourself. Hat tip Doug Hagmann and Canada Free Press:

    Benghazi explained: Interview with an “Intelligence Insider”
    – Doug Hagmann (Bio and Archives) Wednesday, November 28, 2012
    Original location is www(dot)canadafreepress(dot)com/index(dot)php/article/51346

    This is part one of a multi-part interview with a government insider intimately familiar with the events that took place in Benghazi. In this part, he provides important background, and explains this administration is engaged in a massive cover-up.

    DH: It’s been a while since we’ve discussed Benghazi. What have you heard lately?

    II: Before I answer that, I want to get a few things off my chest. Every politician, whether it’s a congressman senator, diplomat, or their spokespeople and the media are lying to the American public every time they call the location of the attack a consulate. It was not. There was absolutely no diplomatic consulate in Benghazi. None. Words are important here. They can create a wrong image, an incorrect picture of what was really going on. The property where our Ambassador and other Americans were murdered was a rented villa consisting of a primary residence with a couple of outbuildings behind the actual house. The reason they’re still calling it a consulate is to subtly divert any questions about our activities there.

    DH: Let’s go over this again; exactly what was taking place at Benghazi?

    II: As I said, the place where the attack happened is one of the largest, one of the most active CIA operation centers in North Africa, if not in the entire Middle East. It was not a diplomatic station. It was a planning and operations center, a logistics hub for weapons and arms being funneled out of Libya. Unlike the embassy in Tripoli, there was limited security in Benghazi. Why? So the operation did not draw attention to what was going on there.

    DH: So in reality there were no actual security issues?

    II: Oh yes, there were, in Tripoli. Diplomatic cables show that. But it was for the embassy in Tripoli, the Ambassador and the diplomatic staff in general, not specifically for the Benghazi location for two reasons. First, the Benghazi location was a CIA operation, not a diplomatic one. Visible security at that location would draw unwanted attention there. They had to blend in. Remember, the villa was located in a somewhat residential area, sort of like the suburbs. Secondly, additional manpower was not needed there, at this CIA center, as the operation was already winding down.

    DH: I know you’ve gone over this before, but let’s get into the specifics of the operation at Benghazi.

    II: Good, I want to be clear. After Gaddafi was taken out, there was the matter of his weapons and arms that were hidden all over Libya, including chemical weapons – gas weapons. According to Obama and Hillary Clinton, we were in Libya to collect and destroy these weapons to make for a ‘safer’ Libya. That’s what they were telling the American public. That’s not really what was going on, though, and it seems like all of the other nations except the average American knew it. Anyway, you can find pictures and videos of weapons caches being destroyed, but that is strictly for the public’s consumption.

    What was really happening, before Gaddafi’s body was even cold, is that we had people locating caches of weapons, separating the working from those that weren’t, and making a big show of destroying the weapons, but only the weapons that were useless. The working weapons were being given to Islamic terrorists. They were being funneled through Libya, crisscrossing Libya on a Muslim Brotherhood managed strategic supply route. In fact, Michael Reagan called it the modern day equivalent of the Ho Chi Minh Trail in a recent article he wrote, and he is correct.

    The entire arms and weapons running operation was headquartered in Benghazi, The weapons were actually being shipped out of Libya from the port city of Dernah, located about a hundred miles east of Benghazi. That was the ‘choke point’ of the weapons being shipped out. Remember the Lusitania? Think in those terms, ships carrying weapons hid among ‘humanitarian aid.’ By the time of the attacks, an estimated 30-40 million pounds of arms were already transported out of Libya.

    From there, the weapons were being sent to staging areas in Turkey near the Syrian border, for use by the Free Syrian Army and other ragtag terrorist groups to fight against Assad. The objective was and still is to destabilize the Assad government.

    DH: Why Syria, why not Iran?

    II: It’s both, but Syria is the primary target here for this operation. First, look at the bigger picture, look at the so-called “Arab Spring.” Who benefits and by default, who doesn’t? Who is the architect for what’s going on throughout the Middle East and North Africa? Whose agenda is being implemented? To specifically address Benghazi, though, look at the bigger picture here and what is trying to be accomplished.

    The Obama administration is playing the role of Saudi Arabia’s private army. I think if Americans knew this, they would be outraged. Our service men and women are being sold out as mercenaries for the wants and desires of the Royal family, for the Saudi’s interests. It’s about religious dominance and oil. Who is really benefitting from, say, what’s going on in Egypt? Mubarek is out, and the Muslim Brotherhood is in. Who does that benefit? Saudi Arabia.

    Look at what we see happening in Egypt. Destabilization. Do you think the Russians want that? Hell no. Syria is Russia’s red line in the sand, as you earlier wrote. If Syria is lost to the Muslim Brotherhood by the actions of Obama, Hillary Clinton and others in this administration, what happens? Well, it will have an adverse impact on Russia from a military standpoint. They will likely lose access to their Mediterranean deep water port in Syria, which is Tartus.

    But think further – three dimensionally. Russia is still the world’s largest oil producer, and that’s Russia’s primary source of income. Then there’s Turkey, adjacent to Syria. A large amount of Russian oil and gas, consumed by the West, flows through Turkey, which is also a player in this operation.

    So, the destabilization of Syria which is exactly what Obama and Clinton are trying to do, presents a direct military and economic threat to Russia. Assad at least has kept things in check in Syria. Can you imagine Assad being replaced by someone like Morsi? That would strike at the very heart of Russia’s economic health and military capabilities. Think of what’s at stake here. Do Americans want a regional war? World War III? Has Obama or Clinton asked the American people if this is what they want?

    Make no mistake, we are doing the bidding for Saudi Arabia. The U.S., NATO and other allies are engaged in a proxy war with Iran and Russia.

    DH: What about Assad’s war crimes?

    II: Assad is no angel, but don’t be fooled by the death toll attributed to him. Now this is important. Remember the first Gulf War? In the run up to Desert Storm, a young woman testified before the Human Rights Caucus – she only testified under her first name, which was Nayirah. Remember that she testified that Iraqi soldiers were taking infants from incubators in Kuwait, leaving them to die? Her testimony was supposedly confirmed by Amnesty International. Her testimony went viral, and every war hawk in the U.S. government cited her testimony, saying we needed to right the wrongs, the inhumanity. It was all one big lie!

    After Desert Storm, it was revealed that Nayirah’s last name was Al-Sabah, and she was the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States. Her testimony was part of a publicity campaign organized by Citizens for a Free Kuwait, which was run by Hill & Knowlton, a PR firm out of New York. People must learn the back story.

    So we see a body count attributed to Assad. Who’s doing the killing, Assad’s people? Maybe at times, but the Free Syrian Army and other groups are doing most of the slaughter. It’s one huge ‘false flag’ operation and the media is selling it hard. And Americans are buying it, just like the testimony of the girl from Kuwait.

    It’s one big lie being told by Obama, Clinton, Rice, and others. Many Americans are buying the lie, and the media is selling the lie. The people behind this are laughing at us. Don’t you get it? They’re laughing at us.

    And do you want to know what’s at stake? Four Americans were killed in Benghazi. Forty thousand have been killed so far in Syria. Tens of thousands of Syrian people have become refugees. Why? For what? To advance the agenda of Saudi Arabia. For oil.

    You know, the so-called right wing establishment were all up in arms about Obama’s submissive bow to the Saudi King. Where are they now? Where’s the outrage that the body count will be much greater than Forty thousand? It is anticipated that if the Obama plan succeeds, not only will America be committed to yet another war, but the body count could be as high as FOUR MILLION. Christians, among others, will be slaughtered. This could trigger a third world war, it’s that serious.

    What are Russia and Iran doing? Certainly, they must be fighting back.
    Benghazi was a strike against us, the Obama-Clinton agenda. A visible strike, and I’ll explain more about this shortly, because there are events I will point out that will put it all into perspective. But think of it this way. How did we successfully collapse the Soviet Union? I mean, what was the last straw? We attacked their currency – the Ruble. They’re still stinging from that, and Putin was in the KGB at the time. Do you think he forgot about that?

    So, how do, or will Russia and Iran strike back if Obama and Clinton continue this insanity? Militarily? Possibly in regional conflicts, but to take us out, to stop us, what is the one area where we are very vulnerable? It’s our economy – our dollar. What’s our dollar tied to? Not gold or silver anymore, and some say it’s not tied to anything. Well, that’s not quite correct. It’s tied to OIL. The free-flow of oil.

    Oil transactions everywhere in the world, including Russia and China, are made with U.S. dollars. We buy their oil with our dollars, and they return with those same paper dollars and employ Americans by buying our goods and services. As Michael Reagan wrote: “[t]his system is also crucial to the security of our diplomatic and legal infrastructure, which is ultimately backed by our military. It’s the core of our foreign policy.” He also wrote that “any attack on the free flow of oil is an attack on the dollar. Any attack on the dollar is an attack on our ability to project power and protect Western democracies, economies, and ideals. God have mercy on us all if that attack is successful!”

    Tomorrow Part II


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    “Based on information that we — our initial information — we saw no evidence to back up claims by others that this was a preplanned or premeditated attack; that we saw evidence that it was sparked by the reaction to this video.” – Jay Carney on Sept 17th responding to questions about what caused the Benghazi attacks on our consulate on 9/11, despite email evidence that shows Obozo knew it was a terrorist attack moments after it started.

  41. Great input ObozoMustGo but you could have wrapped up your entire lecture with five short words, “Rice is the wrong color!”

  42. Interesting input ObozoMustGo but you could have wrapped up your entire lecture with five short words, “Rice is the wrong color!”

  43. Bob Williams says:

    The U.N. Representative knowingly lies to Congress and the American public. What’s so wrong with that? After all, this is the Obama Administration were talking about, not some reputable entity. Besides, she got her marching orders from the Liar-In-Chief, so what would you expect?

    • I remember when GW Bush lied to all of us about weapons of mass destruction!! We lost
      many soldiers due to a war we shouldn’t have been in plus $$$$$ our country didn’t have.
      Should Bush have been impreached?

  44. tobyspeeks says:

    I’m thinking the GOTeabillies worked incredibly hard to make Obama a one term president and towards the end when they new their efforts failed they pulled a mini 9/11 over in Libya.

    Of course I don’t believe that, but if it turned out to be true I would not be one bit surprised.

  45. FredAppell says:

    The Republicans have copied the Democrat playbook word for word. Has anyone besides me noticed that since 2008 President Obama has been blamed and smeared by the GOP for allegedly doing everything that Bush was Guilty of doing. It’s a tit- for- tat people and I noticed it happening several months after President Obama took office. The most important thing here is that Bush actually was and still is an international war criminal and a usurper of the Constitution. The GOP has always known that, so to cover their asses they have accused Obama of the very same offenses. It is troubling at just how well it is working but that is also due to the fact of who is buying into the lie’s. That demographic of Americans never liked Obama nor will they ever so who cares what they think. The GOP is playing the old shell and it is only hurting their own party. Democrats need to practice a little more patience and stop letting the GOP get under your skin. Remember everyone, bullies only have power if you allow them to so stop giving it to them.

  46. John McCain is hell-bent on a witch-hunt against the President and Susan Rice’s impending nomination for the secretary of states’ role that nothing said or done will satisfy Mr. McCain. McCain has become an albatross around the President’s neck to a point that McCain has become too irritating and an irrelevance to many. Just imagine McCain’s daughter calling her father a panderer! How worse can it get for McCain to realise that his obsession with Benghazi has become too much of a witch-hunt for anybody to bear?
    Ms. Rice agreed to walk into a trap set-up by McCain on Sunday. Susan Rice should not have agreed to walk into that trap at any cost. Clearly that is what McCain wanted to achieve and Ms. Rice gave McCain his wish. A weapon with which he will use against Susan Rice to achieve his sworn aim of making sure he (McCain) “will use all in his powers to stop her from becoming secretary of state”. That matter was fully explained by retired CIA Director David Petraeus who was in-charge of the CIA when the attack on US diplomats in Benghazi took place. Susan Rice has never been a CIA nor was she in-charge of the intelligence community when this unfortunate event took place. McCain should not make Rice as an excuse for reaching President Obama or wanting to frustrate his efforts in forming his next cabinet. There was no need at all for Ms. Rice to appear before John McCain and co. because clearly it was not meant for any good. See what McCain is saying after the meeting! Clearly McCain tricked Ms. Rice into this meeting which was not necessary considering that the information required by McCain was provided by the former CIA Director last week.

  47. Looking at McCain one cannot avoid but see a person with no brains to come up with new ideas. For McCain to be seen to be doing some work he must pick on current and ongoing issues even if they lead nowhere. McCain is keeping himself very serious and busy with the Benghazi terrorist attack as if that is the worst terrorist attack that has ever befallen the U.S. How is it that McCain never saw the gravity of the matter when close to three thousand people died on American soil on 9/11. Why didn’t McCain follow that attack with the determination and zeal he is pursuing the Benghazi attack? What is so special about the four people who died in the Benghazi attack that McCain talks with a very serious posture? McCain is asked a simple question as to why the person who investigated the love affair between the now retired General Petraeus and Ms Bodwell reported to Eric Cantor instead of reporting to the White House? McCain wears a very very serious face when answering that question, terming the question the dumbest question he has ever heard. Is McCain clever enough to differentiate between a dumb and a clever question? Clearly this type of issues give McCain some work to do otherwise he wouldn’t be having any ideas to bring forward intelligibly. McCain is a buffoon beyond comprehension. He is petty, uninformed, and unintelligible old man who should think of retiring. When Al Gore’s election win was stolen by another buffoon in the name of George Bush, he chose to stay out of the limelight. John Kerry is never too focal, Romney is disappearing into the oblivion after lamentably losing the presidential election which he had promised himself that he would win. But McCain won’t go. He is going nowhere because he has nothing useful to do. McCain would rather keep himself focal on petty issues such as what he is seriously pursuing now for the purposes of re-election to the Senate. He is very narrow minded and obscene. McCain’s main aim in pursuing the Benghazi terror attack is that he hopes this matter could lead to some ground or sufficient reason to start harassing President Obama with some impeachment. That is the main reason why McCain is pursuing this matter with a greater zeal so that he can have a chance to repay himself for the defeat he suffered in an election defeat by President Obama. McCain is still hurting badly from that defeat.

  48. Mike Tierney says:

    Ms Rice did not do anyone any avors with her comments. Sure it was CIA information she had but she can also watch television and realize that just maybe the info she had was too old (hours seemed to make a difference). And she could have asked her handlers if there was anything more current.
    Probably what she said or didn’t say shouldn’t disqualify her from the Secretary of Sate job but we should ask if Clinton would have gone down the same path. Condeleeza Rice fell into the same trap with her WMD statements but she didn’t have the benefit of the TV or the Libyan government’s statements to fall back on.
    Bottom line is she did a lousy job and maybe she isn’t really qualified for a position like Sec’y of State.

  49. Eva Armstrong says:

    Could we please have a male Sec. of State. We have had two great female Sec. of State. I think the foreign countries would like to see that we do have some men who can talk to them just as well. I recommend Gov. Jon Huntsman.

  50. Marie Bano says:

    Do not be fooled Democrats. the real reason why the Republicans are going after Rice was revealed today. Two GOP Senators are backing John Kerry to be Secretary of State. They want his seat vacant so SCOTT BROWN CAN RUN AGAIN IN MASSACHUSETTS.

  51. viewfromtheleftcoast says:

    I should think the voters in NH who elected Ayotte are disappointed…….this was not why she was elected to represent them in the Senate……..if she doesn’t walk away from this soon, she very well may be a one term Senator…..I know NH, they do not suffer fools lightly……and this is a foolish move, and waste of time…….Paetreus has vindicated Ambassador Rice, it’s so foolish to persist….let the investigations continue…..

  52. viewfromtheleftcoast says:

    Grover is just a shill for the wealthiest of the wealthy…..and he is getting wealthy shilling for them…

  53. Lynda says:

    When you are starting at a number near zero you can only sink into negative numbers. We are already seeing the approval ratings of Congress at historical lows, so the future is not looking very bright. We are witnessing the demise of one of the grand parties in American politics and it is a self inflicted process. Maybe the party will split into two competing branches. The extremes on their own and the moderate and reasonable the majority of the two co-branches of the GOP.

  54. viewfromtheleftcoast says:

    To: Dominick… was more stupidity by the Bush Admin….something that was pointed out by foreign policy experts at the time

  55. viewfromtheleftcoast says:

    to: middleclasstaxpayer……that is just so much horse—t…… you play too many video games

  56. ChristianMartin says:

    How are Republican reputations supposed to suffer when this administration ignored several previous requests for more security? Both parties are disconnected from reality, incompetent and inneffective, and seem to have nothing better to do than throw poo at each other.

  57. viewfromtheleftcoast says:

    again middleclasstaxpayer (with a fact check problem….read statements from the military in Lybia and in Med region)and while we are discussing your vast ignorance…..the allocation of funds come from the House… do know who Paul Ryan is, right??? chairman of the budget comte. , because the R’s are in control, not the Liberals, or even moderate R’s….)

  58. viewfromtheleftcoast says:

    YOU illiterate……That is NOT a part of the congressional record……that is why you cannot cite it…..that’s a challenge!! cite it

  59. viewfromtheleftcoast says:

    to: old_blu…….and where was the ire when so many civilian contract workers protecting, diplomats and other V.I.P.’s in Iraq were murdered…..

    in fact where was the Republican ire with the loss of over 2,000 soldiers killed and thousands upon thousands wounded for a war without any credible reason, other than to make money for the war machine industries (read Halliburton/Cheney and many other profiteers) Anyone who still believes that the purpose was to disrupt al queda is quite loony, or that we had to take down a corrupt and dangerous head of state, also loony…..look around the globe there are still far worse leaders……do they really want to have wars around the globe???? and thus destroy the earth, for greed!!!

    • old_blu says:

      You are absolutely right that was Cheney’s money maker, and no one yelled about that for months.

    • idamag says:

      And the republicans didn’t even raise their eyebrows when no-bid contracts were given to Haliburton and subsidiaries like Blackwater. And when a million dollars disappeared, it was “Oh, well.”

  60. viewfromtheleftcoast says:

    RIGHT ON!!!

  61. viewfromtheleftcoast says:

    Me too! first he has to appoint someone till a special election and hope there is no ethical issues if he chose to run…..and if he does/can he will win overwhelmingly, he has been a very good Governor…..but I think that if Hilary doesn’t throw her hat in he is a potential candidate…

  62. viewfromtheleftcoast says:

    and she’s a Rhodes Scholar….not in the bottom of her class like McPain

  63. viewfromtheleftcoast says:

    OMG, OBOZO….talk about distractions….you are all over the place today… need to sit down and concentrate, maybe even meditate….

    BTW, and I’m sure you know this now, the “Mission” was a CIA cover…you think maybe the CIA had something to do with the smoke screen that was passed to Rice, the unfortunate person to be tapped to do the Sunday “shows” (not high art, but shows still)

    BTW, do you think the other Rice was duped??? or, as National Security Advisor she actually knew the truth about “NO WMD’s” and she passed her nomination hearings with nary a quibble

  64. MARK says:

    For a republican,McCain was someone who used to make sense occasionally.What happened to what used to be a halfway decent guy? Seems like he and Trump are competing for the Most Rediculous Award.

  65. viewfromtheleftcoast says:

    If Ayotte keeps it up she will be a one term Senator, I know NH, they will not stand for this. She was not elected for this purpose, she was elected to represent the people of NH…….lest she forget, NH went Democratic for President , Governor, and Representative…….she was elected in 2010, she should notice that some of the other 2010 legislators will not return in January……these times they are a-changing, the electorate are fed up with this nonsense of grandstanding for attention and to grandstand with two old white men?????

  66. S-3 says:

    That scumbag Graham is one of many people fucking with the actually decent people of South Carolina whom know this is an insult to true conservative values… And Iam a liberal anarchist, myself – But I ca’t help but feel sorry for anyone who voted for this posturing shitcase and anyone like him.

    • idamag says:

      S-3, I never feel sorry for those people who voted them in. I am angry at them. I feel sorry for the nation they were foisted on.

  67. S-3 says:

    May Rice be nominated and Graham and any scumbags like him ruining South Carolina (my damned state) be eventually removed from power; hopefully with brute and violent force (unseen or otherwise). Amen.

  68. viewfromtheleftcoast says:

    think about the grammar of what you just said……reread the quote, then think, then look up the words “not” & “intentionally”

  69. viewfromtheleftcoast says:

    To: OBOZO

    You are fixated on the Canada Free Press….can you cite anything else to support your argument and O’Rielly and crowd do not count as research journalists.

    who’s the journalist at CFP?, and what date is the article? I do want to read it for myself, and do my own assessment…thank you for your cooperation:)

  70. viewfromtheleftcoast says:

    he graduated from the Naval Academy, without distinction

  71. ORAXX says:

    9/11 happened on Bush’s watch, and McCain, Graham, and the rest of these great Republican patriots, never had a word of criticism for Dubya. Right wing hypocrisy is absolutely limitless.

  72. angryspittle says:

    I believe this whole fiasco is a feint. They want O to drop Rice and nominate Kerry to open up that Senate seat for that idiot that the Massachusetts voters sent packing so they can gain another seat.

  73. kinklu says:

    The angry old white men of the GOP should beware. People resent the image of men beating up on a woman. They’d best have their act together or certain people, I for one, will resent their behavior. But, then, that’s what angry old white men do.

  74. lockportportner says:

    Boy these republicans always have tricks senator mc cain needs to retired he as to try to keep his name in the news.

  75. the persecution of Rice on this matter is one of the dumbest political tactics i have ever seen.

  76. They don’t care to catch the people that killed our people in Libia.They politicised this attack from the start to get at President Obama.Mc Cain no longer has the temperment to be a United States Senator,and should retire.This is vendetta.What happened to creating jobs and the unity of Americans after an attack? Susan Rice did’nt attack the counsolate.Why are’nt they as angry with our attackers?

  77. lana ward says:

    Susan Rice is a LIAR, just like her boss and the whole regeme. All that “clump” know how to do is lie!! They MURDERED 4 men, and now they are grasping at anything

    • ococoob says:

      And does that also make Bush, Rumsfeld, and Cheney LIARS too PRIOR to 9/11? These guys “murdered” over 3000 PLUS untold thousands in Iraq!

      • lana ward says:

        People die in war, they always have, they always will. Chris Stevens begged for more security, Obama denied it. These “people” saw the 4 being murdered and did nothing. Then over and over say it was because of a movie. Cowards. They’re all bags of shit

        • ococoob says:

          Don’t skirt around the issue here. Answer the question previously asked: What about Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld and the Iraq and WMD. Why don’t you just come out and say you don’t like Obama because he’s black, is that it? Also, Obama DIDN’T deny additional security at all, it’s your 112th Congress, Eric Cantor, and Paul Ryan that cut the security out of the budget, doofus! Get your fact straight and quit listening to FauxNews. Obama won, get over it and quit blaming him and everyone else for the mess the Republican controlled house in 2000 and 2004 and Bush started and we’re, to this day, still cleaning up the mess. Enough!

          • lana ward says:

            Everyone in congress believed they had WMD. Saddam H. deserved to die, all the people he murdered,whether he had weapons or not. You don’t like Obama because he’s black? I don’t like him because he’s a TRAITOR and is PURPOSELY taking our country under. You’ll find out. Red rag DID deny extra security for our Ambassador, get your facts straight! He’s a murderer! Obama’s had 4 years to turn things around, and things are getting worse. Things were starting to get better when he took office, and they’ve been going down ever since!!

          • ococoob says:

            Get help will ya. You sound PARANOID and a wackf***ck!

          • lana ward says:

            You wackos’ on the left will all need help when you find out how red rag has betrayed you

        • idamag says:

          Lana, poor uninformed Lana. Do you have letters that Stevens wrote to Obama himself. He did not ask for more security in Benghazi as he was only visiting there.

          • lana ward says:

            Chris Stevens did beg for more security. The media you listen to should all be shot for lying to the country

    • idamag says:

      Poor dumb Lana is back.

  78. America should not take their skinhead politics. I can not imagine the power goes that deep. I would not blame her for not releasing unwarranted, unknown or sensitive facts. We are part of a world.

  79. 1silverstar7 says:

    wow the son of a navy admiral that became a P O W & sang like a bird while held captive double set of standards for sure

  80. onedonewong says:

    What a joke. The CIA knew that it was a terrorist attack the day after the terrorist attack, obama knew that and so did Clinton. They refused to own up to it because it would damage barak’s reelection because it was a small replay of 9/11 and that the embassy had asked for added protection a week earlier and even 4 hours after the 1st attack.
    These 4 deaths are another example of barak placing more value on mooslim lives than our citizens

    • ococoob says:

      And what happened to the security BEFORE Benghazi happened? Your Republican house members CUT funding off, you doofis!

      • onedonewong says:

        Sorry States budget has grown by 400% since 2002. Maybe if Hilary was repairing Mosques and placing ads in mooslim papers she could use better judgment on what to spend state’s $$ on

        • ococoob says:

          State’s budget???!! What the hell are you talking about? If you’re thinking that the safety budget was slashed by state’s budget and not the federal budget, then you’re really a stoypid ass! Read up on your current events and current history, you idiot!

      • idamag says:

        oco, this guy let his racism slip on other blogs.

  81. JORAM says:

    This goes to have said it all and rigth,why are the republicans only looking at the many soldiers died in iraq and afghanistan looking for WMD and trying to figth the talaban,did any of them talked of what G bush turned the US into.john mccain his group should shutup go home.LET THE DEMOCRATES CLEAN bushs mess.

  82. rl12 says:

    The President MUST call the “three clowns” out on their threats and send her nomination to the hill. The American people who re-eleced the President want it.

  83. ridemybroom says:

    such bastardos they are….not to mention the pile of crap they are as well…time to retire these 2 who are joined at the hip…

  84. Meniru Anigbo says:

    The “Benghazi scandal” is a code word for “we don’t want another “NIGGER” in such high profile position as face of America, period. These angry senators are bandied together in opposition to whatever the president does and have now come again in a different form to resent “their” losing “their” country to “THAT ONES” of America. Their vow – not to have two “NIGGERS” – one in the White House and another at the State department at the same time. But instead of publicly stating what they privately discuss, they are trying to proximate Dr Rice with an assessment she did not produce, but merely read. The same McCain who once denied that he never said he and Sarah Palin were a team of Mavericks is now judging someone’s else veracity for truth differently? He also said that a PhD Rhodes scholar is unqualified and incompetent” and you wonder the qualification of sarah Palin whom he chose as his presidential running mate? These posturings are just codes for racists tendencies. Senator Mitch McConnel once said that their objective was to deny Obama a second time and now that their evil plot did not succeed, they are hatching other plans to throw spanners on the wheel of progress of the Obama administration. Icheoku calls on the President to follow the song of Tom Petty – “Won’t backdown” and shove Dr Rice on these guys throats willynilly; – they lost the election and has no standing to have a say in who serves or does not serve a reelected president; admitted they can shout all they want. Who serves the president in any capacity is his prerogative and if McCain and Graham don’t like it, too bad. Icheoku therefore throws our support for Dr Susan Rice as the next Secretary of State.

  85. Colt says:

    Conason, you’re still around? You’re a complete moron.

    • daniel bostdorf says:

      Colt—you have a complete lack of intelligence. You need to get a better education, or learn to read and/or understand anything in the real world other than worthless, pointless and foolish “bumper sticker” phrases used without knowledge of actual meaning.

      Definition of moron:

      A person of mild mental retardation having a mental age of from 7 to 12 years and generally having communication and social skills enabling some degree of academic or vocational education. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.

      Definition of stupid:
      1. Slow to learn or understand; obtuse.
      2. Tending to make poor decisions or careless mistakes.
      3. Marked by a lack of intelligence or care; foolish or careless: a stupid mistake.
      4. Dazed, stunned, or stupefied.
      5. Pointless; worthless


  86. The real 9/11 happen in 2oo1 Mr. McCain an for 10 years you did nothing.

  87. I used to respect John McCain; now he appears to be just another partisan jackass.

  88. Poor McCain, still bitter that he lost. He’s old, tired, worn out. Needs to go home and sleep. Stay out of the way of progress. Same with McConnell. And why isn’t Boehner contested for his seat? Get with it folks. These same idiots loved it when Condoleeza Rice went out and LIED to us all about Iraq and the weapons of mass destrubtion – threatening us with a fireball. Oh yeah, same jerks who loved that. You would almost think McCain who suffered in a prison camp would NOT want war all the time, but he seems to do just that. And since when does this Ayotte character wield such weight? Ashamed of my home state of NH.

  89. Don’t tell me that the Republicans are still campaigning or are they starting early for 2016. What a shame McCain hasn’t learned anything from his past experience. He toots his military horn about his experience, why doesn’t he know that terrorists don’t make arrangements for their attacks, no fore warnings available. When McCain goes to Benghazi, tell him to take Graham(cracker) and Ayotte with him and don’t come back until they decide to vote “yes” to install Susan Rice. The Republicans need to realize the people of this country are tired of their stalling and filibustering. this country has important work to be done, let President Obama get things done.

  90. amarquez647 says:

    It is shameful that John McCain, a war hero has on many occasions made a mockery of his own legacy. First by choosing Sara Palin as a running mate, secondly by taking every opportunity to bare false witness against the office of the presidency. Now he slanders Ms Rice for partisan gains. He was a man of honor but now embittered by his los of the presidency engages in behavior that four years ago he would consider dishonorable.

  91. Jerry Beck says:

    What is wrong with these people,she said what she knew. She didnt mislead me,I waited for more informatin. Them and the people that let FOX news(if you want to call it that) be the only information they rely on,should be ashamed. She only said what she knew. Come on.

    • idamag says:

      Speaking of faux news, I have a cat who likes to change channels on the tv. Usually, she wants to watch football games, but today she selected faux news and Bill O’Reilly was yammering about athiests become militant and trying to force their beliefs on other people. Funny, I have never had an athiest try to get me to believe the way they do. I have had plenty of Jehovah’sWitnesses and Mormons try.

  92. Bobby G says:

    Sen. McCain’s terms in D.C. is over..Go home and enjoy your life with your family.

  93. tabster says:

    Kelly Ayotte supports the use of torture. She’s an unethical person and doesn’t belong in the US Senate.

  94. Grunge45 says:

    Republicans no longer care about this country. They just want to have, and to exercise, power. Close to traitors, in my book.

  95. myk001 says:

    Senator McCain – poor old faurt going senile. Remember Reagan during his last term —could not remember any thing. Before he died, he could not even recognize Nancy who worshiped him. Pay backs are hell both in this life and thereafter..

  96. bask_score says:

    This is one of the issues that has led to my permanent exit from the GOP. I’m no Rice fan, but this focus on her is so misguided it’s starting to look like an effort to protect Obama, and give him a chance to cut his losses. It’s a big, ineffectual nothingburger.

    Give us Rice, and we’ll leave you alone. Bah humbug. Barking up the wrong tree. What’s important about Benghazi was the level of security, and actions the admn. took — or didn’t take — in the hours after the attack began.

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