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Final arguments in trial of Benghazi attack ‘mastermind’

November 16, 2017

AFP

© AFP/File / by Sébastien BLANC | A vehicle sits smoldering in flames inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Prosecutors in the trial of the alleged Libyan mastermind of the 2012 attack in Benghazi that killed a US ambassador argued Thursday that he was equally responsible even if he did not personally take part.

Wrapping up final arguments in the trial of Ahmed Abu Khattala over the 2012 Benghazi attack, US government lawyers said he was guilty of conspiracy and murder in the deaths of US ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

“‘I will kill all the Americans, each and everyone of them…’: This is what the defendant Abu Khattala said and this is exactly what he did,” prosecutor Michael DiLorenzo told a jury in the trial in Washington federal court.

“On September 11, he took action,” DiLorenzo said, highlighting that the attack in the eastern Libyan city took place on the anniversary of the 9/11 Al Qaeda attacks.

Khattala, in his 40s with a long white beard, sat passively in his chair in the courtroom, where his trial opened seven weeks earlier.

DiLorenzo summed up his argument that Khattala was an Islamic extremist who hated Western culture and believed the US operated a cell of spies in Benghazi.

Prosecutors allege that he directed the attack by some 20 men armed with grenades and heavy weapons on the US consulate and a second annex building where agents of the CIA worked.

The attack set fire to the consulate, where Stevens and a second State Department official, Sean Smith, died of asphyxiation.

Later that night two former Navy Seals who were contracted to the consulate operation, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, were killed by mortar fire on the annex.

The attack shocked the United States. Stevens was the first American ambassador killed in the field since 1979.

Republicans in Congress launched an intense investigation that accused president Barack Obama and then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton of mismanagement, neglect and covering up the truth of the incident.

– Murder and terror charges –

Khattala is facing 18 separate charges including murder and material support for terrorists.

The 12-person jury is to begin weighing a verdict after final arguments in the case wind up on Thursday.

Khattala’s lawyers argue that although he is a conservative Muslim, he did not hate the West. To the contrary, they said he was a “Libyan patriot” who says he worked with Americans to bring down the Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi, who was killed in 2011.

The photographs and videos that show him at the site during the attack do not prove he was part of it, his lawyers say. He was only a bystander who came to watch.

But the US government argues he commanded the Islamist militia Ansar al-Sharia behind the attack.

Even if he did not physically participate, DiLorenzo argued, in a conspiracy “the defendant is equally liable.”

– Test case –

Khattala’s trial is a test case for foreign suspects forcibly brought to the United States for trial.

He was captured in 2014 when US special forces carried out a raid based on intelligence provided by a Libyan man who ultimately received a $7 million reward from the US government.

On November 4 a second Libyan accused of involvement in the Benghazi attack, Mustafa al-Imam, was put on trial in the same Washington court, days after being captured and brought to the United States.

Al-Imam was called one of the men who attacked the consulate.

by Sébastien BLANC
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Alleged Benghazi attacker appears before US judge

November 4, 2017
© AFP | US Marshals wait to accompany an armored vehicle with Mustafa al-Imam as it leaves after a hearing at a US District Court on November 3, 2017, in Washington

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A Libyan accused of involvement in the 2012 attack on the US diplomatic complex in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the US ambassador, appeared Friday before a federal judge in Washington.

Mustafa al-Imam, who authorities said is approximately 46 years old, had been days earlier captured in Libya by American commandos.

Dressed in an orange prison suit, he was officially informed via a translator of criminal charges that include killing a person during an attack on a federal facility using a firearm, providing material support to terrorists resulting in death, and use of a firearm in connection with a violent crime.

The first two counts could carry a potential life prison sentence.

No details on the circumstances of Imam’s capture were provided.

According to the prosecution he was in a group of some 20 armed men who on September 11, 2012 entered the diplomatic complex in Benghazi before setting ablaze a building occupied by US ambassador Chris Stevens.

The ambassador and Sean Smith, a State Department technician, died of smoke inhalation.

The group later fired mortar rounds at a building used by the CIA, killing Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, two former members of the Navy SEALs working as contractors.

Assistant US Attorney Opher Shweiki ruled out the possibility of bail for Imam, citing a “serious risk of flight.”

“He has no ties in the US; he poses a serious danger,” Shweiki said. “There is no condition ensuring the defendant will appear in court.”

After the approximately 30-minute long hearing concluded US Judge Deborah Robinson ordered Imam remain in custody pending another hearing Thursday.

An alleged mastermind of the attack, 46-year-old Ahmed Abu Khattala, is already on trial in the United States, accused of being a commander of the Ansar al-Sharia militia.

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US special operations raid captures alleged Benghazi plotter

October 31, 2017

By LUIS MARTINEZ
ABC News
Oct 30, 2017, 6:33 PM ET

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U.S. special operations forces conducted a raid in Libya this weekend that captured a militant believed to have played a key role in the deadly 2012 attack on the Benghazi consulate, according to U.S. officials. That attack killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other American.

According to an official, the militant captured by elite special operations forces this weekend was Mustafa al-Imam. He was transferred to a ship offshore at some point after the capture and may still be aboard, another official said.

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U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed in the 2012 attack at Benghazi.

The plan is to transfer him back to the U.S. for prosecution in federal court, according to an official.

“Yesterday, on my orders, United States forces captured Mustafa al-Imam in Libya,” said President Donald Trump in a statement. “Because of this successful operation, al-Imam will face justice in the United States for his alleged role in the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi, which resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods — four brave Americans who were serving our country.”

The statement continued: “Our memory is deep and our reach is long, and we will not rest in our efforts to find and bring the perpetrators of the heinous attacks in Benghazi to justice.”

“I want to thank our law enforcement, prosecutors, intelligence community, and military personnel for their extraordinary efforts in gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and tracking down fugitives associated with the attack, capturing them, and delivering them to the United States for prosecution,” said the statement.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also issued a statement praising the militant’s capture.

“The Department of State family continues to mourn the loss of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods, and we will spare no effort to ensure that justice is served for these dedicated Americans and public servants,” said Tillerson. “I spoke with some of their family members to underscore the U.S. government’s unwavering support.”

“Today the Department of Justice announces a major step forward in our ongoing investigation as Mustafa al-Imam is now in custody and will face justice in federal court for his role in the attack. I am grateful to the FBI, our partners in the intelligence community and the Department of Defense who made this apprehension possible,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a statement.

“Al-Imam is in U.S. custody, and upon his arrival to the U.S. he will be presented before a federal judge in Washington, D.C.,” said a Justice Department statement.

The 46-year-old Mustafa al-Imam is charged in a recently unsealed three-count criminal complaint filed on May 19, 2015, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

“Al-Imam is charged with ‘killing’ a person in the course of an attack on a federal facility involving the use of a firearm and dangerous weapon and attempting and conspiring to do the same,” said the Justice Department statement.

He is also charged with “providing and conspiring to provide material support to terrorists resulting in death” and “discharging, brandishing, using, carrying and possession of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.”

Complete details of this weekend’s secret raid into Libya are still unknown. Typically “snatch and grab” missions like this are conducted by elite special operations teams like Delta Force or SEAL Team Six.

In July 2014, the elite Delta Force captured Ahmed Abu Khatallah at his home in Benghazi. The militia leader was an alleged ringleader of the Benghazi attack two years earlier.

Khatallah was transferred to a U.S. Navy ship offshore and was transported to the U.S. for prosecution in a federal court.

His trial began earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

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Photo: U.S. President Barack Obama walks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton past the flag-draped transfer case of one of four Americans who died this week in Libya, during a transfer of remains ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, September 14, 2012. U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans killed this week in Benghazi were honored at the ceremony. REUTERS/Jason Reed

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In a democracy, getting to the truth is always important. Most democracies yearn for the truth — and reject liars and actors. Photographer: KEVINLAMARQUE

INFAMOUS: 'The fact is we had four dead Americans,' Clinton said during a 2013 Senate hearing. 'Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?'

INFAMOUS: ‘The fact is we had four dead Americans,’ Clinton said during a 2013 Senate hearing. ‘Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?’

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Alleged U.S. State Department Misconduct and “Quid Pro Quo” To Protect Hillary Clinton Will Not Go Away — What difference, at this point, does it make?

October 18, 2016

Peace and Freedom 
Commentary

What difference does it make that we now know that Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy asked the FBI to ease up on classification decisions in exchange for allowing more FBI agents in countries where they were not permitted to go?

What difference does it make that the words “quid pro quo” were used to describe the proposed exchange in document classification by the FBI official?

The quid pro quo offer was a kind of bribery — offered by a State Department official to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

And what was so important that the document Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy wanted “Archived … in the basement of the department of state never to be seen again.”

Peace and Freedom has been told by reliable sources that the document concerns Benghazi.

And after all this time, why should some document about Benghazi matter?

What difference does it make?

Because four Americans lost their lives at Benghazi — unnecessarily.

Because Hillary Clinton and Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy were the people directly responsible for the security at the U.S. facility at Benghazi. And that despite the pleas for additional security at the Benghazi facility made by Ambassador Chris Stevens, who died on September 11, 2012 Hillary Clinton and Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy did not provide the additional security requested.

And that then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with the assistance of Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy picked the people to investigate their own culpability in the matter  — The Accountability Review Board — which was headed by ARB Chairman Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Vice Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen — two men with close ties to then Secretary Clinton.

In the investigation done by the  Accountability Review Board, Hillary Clinton was never questioned.

When Congress refused to accept the findings of the Accountability Review Board and the House Oversight Committee looked into the matter it found that the ARB downplayed security decisions made by senior officials at the State Department, especially that of Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy, and instead blamed four subordinates who, in some cases, “had little to no” responsibility for the key events. In some cases, “the ARB correctly identified poor individual decisions while apparently failing to take into account decisions made by more senior [State] Department officials,” reads a draft of the report obtained by CBS News.

“Such senior-level decisions played an equal if not greater role in the vulnerability of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.”

So the next logical question that every American should ask is this: What was Hillary Clinton’s role, the and role of Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy, in the decision making  concerning the security for the Benghazi facility prior to the terrorist attack on September 11, 2012.

Because we know the security at Benghazi was inadequate because four Americans died their — including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens.

Because there is reason to believe that Hillary Clinton and Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy may possibly bear some responsibility for the unnecessary death of four Americans who worked for them in the State Department chain of command.

And that lack of proper investigation and accountability is still tearing at the American people who no longer believe in the integrity and honesty of their U.S. government. Because Americans died unnecessarily. Because the U.S. government lied about their events surrounding their deaths. And because much of the investigation has been a “whitewash” meant to protect people in the Obama administration: including Hillary Clinton and  Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy.

 

Related:

 

“The ‘Quid Pro Quo’ on Hillary Clinton’s Emails,” by Russell Berman, The Atlantic, October 17, 2016
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/10/the-quid-pro-quo-on-hillary-clintons-emails/504422/

“Benghazi Accountability Review Board comes under renewed criticism,” by Sharyl Attkisson, September 19, 2013
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/benghazi-accountability-review-board-comes-under-renewed-criticism/

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Hillary Clinton — Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, testifying before a congressional committee investigating the deaths of four Americans at Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. Reuters photo by Kevin LaMarque
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I wish we could speak to Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith who died in the September 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi,  Libya.
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They would surely tell us: “Hillary Clinton did not have our back.”
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That’s why they are dead.
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Benghazi From left Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith died in the recent attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Libya.

Image: Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 23, 2013

Somebody must have told Hillary Rodham Clinton that her best defense on Benghazi was a good offense. She verbally attacked the Congressional lawmakers who have oversight over the U.S. Department of State — while she was Secretary of State.

Photo caption (Above) : Hillary Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP, file

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Obama: I Will Consider It An Insult To My Legacy If You Do Not Vote for Hillary (Legacy Is Really Not As Great As He Thinks)

September 18, 2016

President Obama made a strong sell for a candidate to succeed his legacy at the Congressional Black Caucus dinner Saturday night. The president invoked slavery and the Jim Crow era and preached that if they wanted to give him a good send off then register people to vote because his legacy is at stake.

Although he did not name Hillary Clinton, the president said he would consider it a personal insult from the African-American community if they did not for her.

“My name may not be on the ballot, but our progress is on the ballot,” President Obama said Saturday night. “And there is one candidate who will advance those things. And there is another candidate who’s defining principal, the central theme of his candidacy is opposition to all that we have done.”

“There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter,” Obama said. “It all matters. And after we have achieved historic turnout in 2008 and 2012, especially in the African-American community, I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down it’s guard and fails to activate itself in this election. You want to give me a good send off? Go vote!”

Remarks:

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Our work’s not done. But if we are going to advance the cause of justice, and equality, and prosperity, and freedom, then we also have to acknowledge that even if we eliminated every restriction on voters, we would still have one of the lowest voting rates among free peoples. That’s not good, that is on us.

And I am reminded of all those folks who had to count bubbles in a bar of soap, beaten trying to register voters in Mississippi. Risked everything so that they could pull that lever. So, if I hear anybody saying their vote does not matter, that it doesn’t matter who we elect, read up on your history. It matters. We’ve got to get people to vote.

In fact, if you want to give Michelle and me a good sendoff, and that was a beautiful video, but don’t just watch us walk off into the sunset now, get people registered to vote. If you care about our legacy, realize everything we stand for is at stake, on the progress we have made is at stake in this election.

My name may not be on the ballot, but our progress is on the ballot. Tolerance is on the ballot. Democracy is on the ballot. Justice is on the ballot. Good schools are on the ballot. Ending mass incarceration, that’s on the ballot right now.

And there is one candidate who will advance those things. And there is another candidate who’s defining principal, the central theme of his candidacy is opposition to all that we have done.

There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter. It all matters. And after we have achieved historic turnout in 2008 and 2012, especially in the African-American community, I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down it’s guard and fails to activate itself in this election. You want to give me a good send off? Go vote! And iI’m going to be working as hard as I can these next seven weeks to make sure folks do.

Hope is on the ballot. And fear is on the ballot too. Hope is on the ballot and fear is on the ballot too.

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What is Barack Obama’s Legacy? Are Black Americans better off than they were four years ago? Eight years ago? Is the world better off than it was eight years ago? Is the U.S. economy better off than it was eight years ago?
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Terrorism and Islamic jihad is increasing….
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American wages remain at 1997 levels as recovery fails to lift middle class
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President Obama’s (and Hillary Clinton’s) Iran Nuclear Deal further emboldened Iran which has become a greater threat to U.S. allies Israel and Saudi Arabia….
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Black on Black Murder and other Crimes of Violence are on the Rise…..
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During the Obama Presidency, the world witnessed a migration of people as large as migration during World War II — The migration has destabilized Europe, contributed to Britain’s exit from the European Union and added hundreds of thousands of new refugees to the world…. The migration became a torrent after President Obama failed to enforce his “red line” for chemical weapons in Syria
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Hillary Clinton and Vladimir Putin. After this photo was taken, Mr. Putin annexed Crimea and “invaded” eastern Ukraine and got America’s uranium….
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Hillary Clinton — Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, testifying before a congressional committee investigating the deaths of four Americans at Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. Reuters photo by Kevin LaMarque
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I wish we could speak to Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith who died in the September 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi,  Libya.
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That’s why they are dead.
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Benghazi From left Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith died in the recent attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Libya.

Image: Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 23, 2013

Somebody must have told Hillary Rodham Clinton that her best defense on Benghazi was a good offense. She verbally attacked the Congressional lawmakers who have oversight over the U.S. Department of State — while she was Secretary of State.

Photo caption (Above) : Hillary Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP, file

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While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton began what was called the “U.S. pivot to Asia.” In this photo, Hillary Clinton talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. on September 5, 2012. Today Hillary Clinton is running to become the next President of the United States and China’s former Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi has been promoted to the number three leadership within the Chinese Communist Party. China seems to be in control of most of the South China Sea and is pressuring all U.S. allies from Japan to Australia to Singapore to ally themselves with China or face consequences. Even long-time u.S. ally the Philippines seems to have gone over to the China side…  In 2012, Hillary Clinton was a big advocate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). After Donald Trump said the TPP was not a good deal for American workers, Hillary Clinton became against the TPP.
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Those were fun times, weren’t they?  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov press a red button symbolizing Mrs. Clinton’s  intention to “reset” U.S.-Russian relations during their meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, March 6, 2009. Only the Clinton State Department Used the word for “overcharge” instead of the word for ‘reset.” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton left her post as U.S. Secretary of State with a Russia in military resurgence. The button meant “Reset to the Soviet Union and the Cold War” to Putin’s Moscow government, we suppose. (AP Photo)

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President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrive at a campaign at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Obama is spending the afternoon campaigning for Clinton. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama: Would be ‘personal insult’ to his legacy if black voters don’t back Clinton
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WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama delivered an impassioned plea to the African-American community Saturday night to help stop Donald Trump, saying he would consider it a “personal insult” to his legacy if black voters didn’t turn out for Hillary Clinton.

Addressing the Congressional Black Caucus gala for the last time as president, Obama warned that while his name would not be on the ballot in November, all of the progress that the country has made over the last eight years were on the line.

“If I hear anybody saying their vote does not matter, that it doesn’t matter who we elect — read up on your history. It matters. We’ve got to get people to vote,” Obama said. “I will consider it a personal insult — an insult to my legacy — if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election. You want to give me a good sendoff? Go vote.”

Obama’s speech — coming less than two months away from Election Day — marked some of his harshest words yet about Trump, as well as his most forceful call on the black community to get behind Clinton.

His remarks also had lighter moments — particularly as he addressed the so-called “birther” controversy. The second-term president began his speech by remarking: “There’s an extra spring in my step tonight. I don’t know about you guys, but I am so relieved that the whole ‘birther’ thing is over.”

Chuckling, the President said, “I mean: ISIL, North Korea, poverty, climate change — none of those things weighed on my mind like the validity of my birth certificate. And to think: that with just a 124 days to go, under the wire, we got that resolved.”

Obama was referring to Trump’s admission this week that the president was born in the United States. Trump has long supported the birther theory, raising questions about Obama’s birthplace and demanding that the president present his birth certificate as proof of his origin.

Obama’s tone, however, soon turned serious as he outlined what he said was at stake in the election.

“You may have heard Hillary’s opponent in this election say that there’s never been a worse time to be a black person. I mean, he missed that whole civics lesson about slavery or Jim Crow,” Obama said. “But we’ve got a museum for him to visit, so he can tune in. We will educate him.”

In harsh rebuke of Trump, Obama referred to the businessman as “somebody who has fought against civil rights and fought against equality and who has shown no regard for working people most of his life.”

On Trump’s quest to win over African-American voters, Obama quipped: “Well, we do have challenges, but we’re not stupid.”

Clinton lauds Obama

Speaking moments before the president, Clinton lauded Obama and also took on the birther controversy that has been swirling.

“Even when hateful nonsense is thrown their way, Barack, Michelle, their two beautiful daughters have represented our country with class, grace and integrity,” said Clinton, who served as Obama’s secretary of state.

She added, “Mr. President, not only do we know you are an American, you are a great American.”

Clinton, who accepted the group’s “Trailblazer Award” on Saturday night for becoming the first female presidential candidate for a major political party, nodded to Trump when she said that the choice in November “is not about golf course promotions or birth certificates, it comes down to who will fight for the forgotten.”

“We can’t let Barack Obama’s legacy fall into the hands of someone who doesn’t understand that, whose dangerous divisive vision for our country will drag us backwards,” she said, though she never mentioned Trump’s name.

Obamas stumping for Clinton

Clinton’s campaign is relying on the Obamas to help persuade the coalition of minorities, young people and women who propelled them to the White House to cast ballots for this year’s Democratic candidate. The President made his first solo appeal this week, appearing at a campaign rally in Philadelphia and phoning in to African-American radio to talk up Clinton.

“I get frustrated hearing folks say, ‘You know, we’re so excited with Barack, we love Michelle, they take Hillary for granted,'” Obama told syndicated host Frankie Darcell. “This is not a reality show. This is not something where it’s all flash and fizzle.”

On Friday, First Lady Michelle Obama made her first campaign appearance of 2016, trying to convince her and her husband’s supporters at a Virginia rally that Clinton is also worthy of their votes.

“When I hear folks saying they’re not inspired this this election, I disagree. I am inspired,” she said, urging the crowd to register to vote and actually cast ballots for Clinton.

Hillary Clinton Says If You Favor Donald Trump You Are Deplorable — Obama Says Americans Are Lazy

September 10, 2016

Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, testifying before a congressional committee investigating the deaths of four Americans at Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. This appears to be her testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on January 23, 2013. She said during Congressional testimony, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” She seemed to attack the lawmakers entrusted with the task of getting to the truth. Photo by KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Hillary Clinton has called Donald Trump supporters a “basket of deplorables,” comments that sparked anger from her Republican rival for the White House and quickly went viral.

The Democratic nominee for president was speaking at a fundraiser in New York on Friday night when she said, “to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.”

“The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”

Speaking to gay rights supporters, she added that those people are “irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.”

Trump struck back on Saturday, posting on Twitter: “Wow, Hillary Clinton was SO INSULTING to my supporters, millions of amazing, hard working people. I think it will cost her at the Polls!”

“Basket of Deplorables” quickly became a trending hashtag on Twitter on Saturday. There was even a mock account @TheDeplorables.

Clinton also told the crowd at the “LGBT for Hillary” gala that other Trump supporters are people who feel let down by the government and the economy, and are “desperate for change.”

“Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well,” she said.

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I wish we could speak to Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith who died in the September 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi,  Libya.
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 Obama says Americans Are Lazy
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‘If you’re in the United States, sometimes you can feel lazy and think we’re so big we don’t have to really know anything about other people.’
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During a townhall meeting in Laos, President Barack Obama called Americans “lazy” multiple times.

For one, Obama said Americans’ reluctance to embrace his favored environmental policies is a sign of laziness.

“Usually when you see the environment destroyed, it’s not because it’s necessary for development,” Obama said. “It’s usually because we’re being lazy and we’re not being as creative as we could be about how to do it in a smarter, more sustainable way.”

He also accused Americans of being isolated and ignorant because the United States is such a big country.

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“The United States is and can be a great force for good in the world. But because we’re such a big country, we haven’t always had to know about other parts of the world,” he said. “If you’re in the United States, sometimes you can feel lazy and think we’re so big we don’t have to really know anything about other people.”

This isn’t the first time Obama has insulted Americans abroad. During his visit to Malaysia last November, he said Republicans were helping ISIS.

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Parents of Benghazi victims file lawsuit against Clinton

August 9, 2016

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© AFP/File | While secretary of state, Hillary Clinton conducted official government business on a private server at her home, which critics say exposed official US correspondence to possible hacking attacks from foreign governments and terror operatives

Hillary Clinton is being sued by the parents of two Americans who were killed in the 2012 Benghazi attack.

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Relatives of two men killed in the 2012 attack on a US consulate in Libya have filed a lawsuit blaming the deaths on Hillary Clinton’s “reckless” handling of classified information in her private email server.

While secretary of state, Clinton conducted official government business on a private server at her home, which critics say exposed official US correspondence to possible hacking attacks from foreign governments and terror operatives.

The FBI concluded last month that the Democratic presidential nominee had been “extremely careless” with classified information on her server, but nevertheless declined to recommend criminal charges against her over the scandal.

US authorities ended their probe into the matter, but Clinton’s political enemies have been trying to keep controversy over her email server alive, including linking it to the attack in Benghazi nearly four years ago.

Parents of two American security agents at the consulate in their wrongful death suit file Monday against Clinton allege that terrorists were able to determine the men’s whereabouts because of her use of a private server.

The assault on the US consulate, which occurred while Clinton was secretary of state, killed four Americans in all, including Washington’s ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens

“It is highly probable, given defendant Clinton’s history of reckless handling of classified information, that defendant Clinton, as secretary of state, sent and received information about ambassador Christopher Stevens and thus the US Department of State activities and covert operations that the deceased were a part of in Benghazi, Libya,” said the text of the lawsuit filed in the US District Court in Washington, DC.

“As a direct result of defendant Clinton’s reckless handling of this classified, sensitive information, Islamic terrorists were able to obtain the whereabouts of ambassador Christopher Stevens and thus the US State Department and covert and other government operations in Benghazi, Libya and subsequently orchestrate, plan, and execute the now infamous September 11, 2012 attack.”

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Hillary Accused of Betrayal: Parents of two Benghazi victims sue Hillary Clinton alleging she is ‘directly responsible’ for deaths of their sons

August 9, 2016

Hillary Clinton is being sued by the parents of two Americans who were killed in the 2012 Benghazi attack.

The lawsuit alleges the former Secretary of State was directly responsible for the deaths of Sean Smith, a State Department communications specialist, and CIA contractor Tyrone Woods, two of four men who died on the night of September 11, 2012.

Smith’s mother Patricia Smith and Woods’ father Charles Woods are suing Clinton for wrongful death and negligence, but also for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

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Hillary Clinton is being sued by the parents of Sean Smith (top) and Tyrone Woods (bottom), who were both killed in the 2012 Benghazi attack

The suit accuses Clinton of making defamatory statements to the media by saying the plaintiffs were lying when they said that she told them the attack was motivated by an anti-Muslim YouTube video, Mediate reports.

In the complaint, Larry Klayman, an attorney for the families, wrote: ‘During her campaign for President, Defendant Clinton has negligently, recklessly, and/or maliciously defamed Plaintiffs by either directly calling them liars, or by strongly implying that they are liars, in order to protect and enhance her public image and intimidate and emotionally harm and silence them not to speak up about the Benghazi attack on at least four separate occasions.’

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The suit also claims that Clinton’s ‘extremely careless’ handling of classified government data on a private email server also led to Smith and Woods’ deaths.

It references the Democratic presidential nominees infamous email scandal multiple times, alleging that her ‘reckless’ use of a private server to handle classified information meant it was compromised.

‘It is highly probable, given Defendant Clinton’s history of reckless handling of classified information, that Defendant Clinton, as Secretary of State, sent and received information about Ambassador Christopher Stevens and thus the U.S. Department of State activities and covert operations that the deceased were a part of in Benghazi, Libya.

Sean Smith's mother Patricia addresses the Republican National Convention on July 18

Sean Smith’s mother Patricia addresses the Republican National Convention on July 18

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Dorothy Narvaez-Woods (right), widow of former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, listens to Hillary Clinton testify before the House Select Committee on Benghazi October 22 last year

Dorothy Narvaez-Woods (right), widow of former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, listens to Hillary Clinton testify before the House Select Committee on Benghazi October 22 last year

‘This information was compromised from the second that it left Defendant Clinton’s private email server and easily found its way to foreign powers including, but not limited to Russia, Iran, China and North Korea,’ the lawsuit states.

‘Having used a secret private email server that we now know was used to communicate with Ambassador Christopher Stevens with confidential and classified government information, and which we also now know was likely hacked by hostile adversaries such as Iran, Russia, China and North Korea aligning with terrorist groups, it is clear that Hillary Clinton allegedly negligently and recklessly gave up the classified location of the plaintiffs’ sons, resulting in a deadly terrorist attack that took their lives,’ Klayman said in a statement, the Boston Herald reports.

An emotional Patricia Smith addressed the crowd at the Republican National Convention last month, where she blamed Clinton for her only child’s death.

‘That night, we lost sons,brothers, fathers and husbands. We lost four brave Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for the county they chose to serve and the American people lost the truth.

‘For all of this loss, for all of this grief, for all of the cynicism the tragedy in Benghazi has wrought upon America, I blame Hillary Clinton.’

She added: ‘I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son.’

Daily Mail Online has contacted a representative for Clinton for comment.

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Ambassador Christopher Stevens and CIA contractor Glen Doherty also died

The attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in the Mediterranean port city in Libya occurred on Sept. 11, 2012 — the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

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A few attackers scaled the wall of the diplomatic post after dark and opened a gate, allowing dozens of armed men inside.

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A team of six security officials summoned from Tripoli and a Libyan military unit helped evacuate the remaining U.S. personnel. They were taken to an airport and flown out of Benghazi.
The attacks have been the subject of numerous congressional investigations.

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Hope Without Change — Four More Years — “It Will Work Out Better This Time”

July 29, 2016

Clinton is promising better results from more of the same policies.

U.S. Democratic Nominee for President Hillary Clinton speaks on the last day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 28.
U.S. Democratic Nominee for President Hillary Clinton speaks on the last day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 28. PHOTO: XINHUA/ZUMA PRESS
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Democrats in Philadelphia extolled Hillary Rodham Clinton as a tireless warhorse with a lifetime of hard experience who also happens to be fresh and modern and historic. The contradiction shows how hard it is to sell a candidate who has been a national figure for 25 years when the public wants change.

The truth is that Mrs. Clinton accepted the nomination Thursday night as the most predictable Democrat in generations. Democrats have tended to nominate relative unknowns with strategically ambiguous goals, like Bill Clinton in 1992 or Barack Obamain 2008, who ran on hope and change and revealed his true ambitions in the White House.

By contrast, Mrs. Clinton has been clear. She wants to serve as Mr. Obama’s political and policy heir, as she and he now admit. This won’t mean “change” unless the Clintons have an unusual personal definition of that word, as they do for “classified material.” A de facto third Obama term will mean the status quo, only more of it.

Also changeless will be Mrs. Clinton’s political and private character. Voters have seen enough of this national figure since 1992 to understand how she cuts ethical corners and then stonewalls and dissembles when discovered. This is why some 68% of the country believes she isn’t honest or trustworthy.

President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton embrace on stage at the Democratic National Convention July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia. (Photo credit  SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton embrace on stage at the Democratic National Convention July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia. (Photo credit SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

As divergent in temperament and worldview as Mrs. Clinton and Donald Trump are, her average unfavorable rating (55.4%) is nearly as high as his (56.9%). If voters do decide they’re “with her,” no one can claim they didn’t know what they were getting—the same policies that have produced slow growth and stagnant incomes, and no doubt more scandal.
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This campaign has been so volatile for both parties because of pent-up frustration over slow growth. The Democratic establishment has responded by amplifying the same preoccupation with inequality that contributed to the inertia. Rather than the growth that allows everyone to rise, Democrats have doubled down on redistribution economics, high taxation and heavy regulation.

Mrs. Clinton’s project is even more progressive than Mr. Obama’s. Believe it or not, there are still subsidy gaps in the cradle-to-grave entitlement state, and this is a candidate who regularly talks about the programs she wants to create for “ages 0 to 5.”

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A partial list includes another burst of spending allegedly earmarked for public works; wage controls for higher federal minimum, overtime, family leave and “equal” pay; a right to child care; “free” college; a Medicare-like public health insurance option and administrative prices for new drugs; and nearly doubling the top tax rate on long-term capital gains to 43.4% from 23.8%.

Anyone who thinks these policies will get better results than 2007-2016 hasn’t paid attention.

Much of this could be blocked if the GOP holds the House. But Congress would matter less than it once did because Mrs. Clinton will attempt to govern through executive fiat as Mr. Obama has. In May she promised to extend the President’s partial suspension of immigration law—blocked by the Supreme Court—to all illegal aliens “with sympathetic cases if Congress refuses to act.”

The courts could stop some of this lawlessness, though they are increasingly stocked with progressive jurists who vote their political preferences. The Supreme Court will soon follow if Mrs. Clinton takes the White House.

Some of Mrs. Clinton’s centrist supporters, and those who flinch from Mr. Trump, have convinced themselves she’d lead pragmatically, whatever her liberal campaign promises. Shrewdly, Mrs. Clinton is evoking the prosperity of the 1990s to win over such hope-over-experience voters.

But Bill Clinton ran as a centrist after the left had been chastened by three straight presidential defeats. Yet even then, in his first two years, Mr. Clinton raised income taxes and tried to impose a fossil fuels BTU tax and HillaryCare that Mrs. Clinton managed as “co-President.” Her core political beliefs run closer to Mr. Obama’s than to the New Democrats of the 1990s.

Then there are the scandals that always follow the Clintons. Hillary began her career with a near-1000% return on cattle futures brokered by an Arkansas crony. Thirty years later her Clinton Foundation received donations from foreign governments and business magnates while she was Secretary of State. Her private email server, about which she lied for months, potentially exposed state secrets to U.S. adversaries. The surest bet in politics is that there will be more such abuses if she and the Clinton menagerie regain the levers of executive power.

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Democrats this week have made a theme of her experience on foreign policy, and the Commander in Chief test is an advantage given Mr. Trump’s lack of knowledge and mercurial temperament. But what genuine achievements can she point to? As New York Senator, Mrs. Clinton voted for the Iraq war in 2003, then tried to prevent the 2007 surge when the political tide ran out. As Secretary of State, she helped to lead Mr. Obama’s global retreat, which has left the world more dangerous than any time since the Cold War ended.

Mrs. Clinton took a flyer on Mr. Obama’s failed Russian “reset” but now says Vladimir Putin is an existential foe. She championed the premature withdrawal of troops from Iraq that allowed Islamic State to develop, and her plan to defeat ISIS amounts to an assertion that she has a plan to defeat ISIS. She advocated invading Libya on the covert advice of her longtime plumber Sidney Blumenthal, who had been banned from the Administration by President Obama. Sid will be back as a Hillary counselor.

Mrs. Clinton’s instincts are more hawkish than Mr. Obama’s, and we would hope that as President she’d steer towards a more prudent realism. But she might also continue the opportunism she has shown on trade, abandoning the Pacific pact she helped craft to placate her liberal base.

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In addition to inequality, the other Democratic obsession is identity politics. Mrs. Clinton would be the first woman President, if you haven’t heard. We wonder if the appeal to reward this particular woman because she is a woman will succeed among non-Baby Boomer women and men who have grown up in a more egalitarian society.

Notwithstanding her invocation of optimism Thursday night, the sour public mood and Mrs. Clinton’s unpopularity mean that to win she will have to run an unremittingly negative campaign that disqualifies Mr. Trump as unfit for the Oval Office. Americans may well decide that he isn’t worth the risk. But though false hope springs eternal, they shouldn’t underestimate the risks of a third Obama-Clinton term.

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Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama Embrace Each Other and The Business As Usual Approach in A Time of Growing Global Crisis — “More Of The Same Won’t Work”

July 29, 2016
Delegates hold up signs backing Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week.
Delegates hold up signs backing Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week. PHOTO: WIN MCNAMEE/GETTY IMAGES
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Any good psychologist can tell you his definition of insanity. Many say insanity is doing the same thing over and over while hoping for a better outcome.
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Americans now know the outcome of the Obama administration — a greater racial divide, police officers getting shot, the economy limping along, the Islamic State terrorists called and treated like the “J.V. Team,” Israel surrounded by by angry Islamists that want them dead and gone. North Korea is working hard every day on long range ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons. Iran is a major participant in North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile projects. Syria has been turned into a moonscape due to years of bombing, killing, death and destruction. President Obama had an opportunity to end all that after he drew his “Red Line.” But because he didn’t react when the red line was crossed, Putin sent is his air force and military to prop up Bashar al-Assad — a war criminal. That made the trickle of refugees and migrant leaving the Middle East on their way to Europe into a torrent of people.
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Yet Hillary Clinton has never been happier in her life. She escaped any consequences after four of her men were killed in Benghazi, Libya — men spearheading the U.S. move into Libya that Hillary Clinton, more than anyone else in the Obama Administration, had devised and championed.
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When pressed to cough her emails prompted by a Freedom of Information Act law suit, she began to destroy the emails — an act that also violated U.S. law.
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She destroyed public records protected by the Federal Records Act. The emails on her private server did not belong to Hillary Clinton. They belonged to the taxpayers– you and me — according to U.S. law.
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Barack Obama spoke in her behalf at the Democratic National Convention. Obama has already indicated that “Donald Trump could win.”
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To make  sure Hillary Clinton knows how often President Obama covered for her, he gave her a very public and prolonged embrace at the convention, as of to say, “You belong to me. You owe me. I’ve had your back. Now continue the Obama legacy.”
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Barack Obama’s Presidency has been a disaster. The legacy isn’t worth having. U.S. police officers are being lured into dark and dangerous places so that they can be ambushed and killed.
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Russia and China have gained  a lot of ground during the Obama Administration. Those two nations have extended their domain over perhaps the largest amount of territory ever transferred from one nation to another in peacetime — and without firing a shot.
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Putin got Crimea and almost half of Ukraine. China has done something unbelievable. Despite an international tribunal’s decision that China has no claim to 80% of the South China Sea — China isn’t going anywhere and the Obama Administration has hardly said a thing.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama enjoy themselves at the Democratic National Convention, on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

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Our U.S. military is war worn and tired — we’ll either have to rebuild or just let Russia, China and the Islamic State do whatever pleases them.
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And who gets hurt as China takes over the largest untapped cache of natural resources, energy (oil and gas), seafood and marine life and minerals? The rightful owners, of course. The little guys like the Philippines and Vietnam. President Obama made showy state visits to both nations but if you talk to government leaders in the Philippine and Vietnam today, they’ll tell you President Obama has ignored their pleas to do more to get China out of the legally defined territorial waters of the ASEAN nations.
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Hillary Clinton, as we just witness at the Democratic National Convention, is the “four more years” candidate. She is the candidate of the killers and not the police. As U.S. Secretary of State she participated in a criminal conspiracy known only to herself, Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin and folks like Sid Blumenthal. Due to the lack of security provided on her email home email system, something FBI Director James Comey called “less security than a G-Mail account,” we have to assume that everything she said and saw while U.S. Secretary of State has been joyful reading in the Kremlin and the Great Hall of the People.
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The day after the Sept. 11, 2012, attack, President Obama vowed: “Make no mistake — justice will be done.” All the while, the U.S. government and Hillary Clinton were saying a video was to blame.

Benghazi From left Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith died in the recent attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Libya.

Image: Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 23, 2013

Somebody must have told Hillary Rodham Clinton that her best defense on Benghazi was a good offense. She verbally attacked the Congressional lawmakers who have oversight over the U.S. Department of State — while she was Secretary of State.

Photo caption (Above) : Hillary Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP, file

She doesn’t have anyone’s back. She takes care of herself.

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Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov press a red button symbolizing the intention to “reset” US-Russian relations in March 2009. Photo: AP

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Hillary Clinton talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi during a press conference at the Great Hall of the People on September 5, 2012

Sun Tzu believed “It’s easier to get forgiveness than permission.” The “rule of law” and “human rights” spoken about in the West simply do not apply to China — a nation that rejects “Western Values.”

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PHILADELPHIA — President Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton as the woman to finish the job he started eight years ago, calling on Americans to “reject cynicism” and elect Clinton to “show the world we still believe in the promise of this great nation.”

Embracing his former rival to thunderous applause from the convention hall, Obama thus passed the Democratic party’s baton to the first woman ever nominated for president by a major American political party.

“I’m here to tell you that yes, we still have more work to do,” Obama told delegates at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday, implicitly arguing for a third term for his policies by citing unfinished work on the economy, public safety and civil rights. “My time in this office hasn’t fixed everything; as much as we’ve done, there’s still so much I want to do.”

Of that unfinished work, nothing is more important than national security. And there, he argued that no candidate was more prepared than his former secretary of state and first lady to President Bill Clinton. “No one. Not me, not Bill, not nobody,” he said.

“I know Hillary won’t relent until ISIL is destroyed. She’ll finish the job – and she’ll do it without resorting to torture, or banning entire religions from entering our country. She is fit to be the next commander in chief,” Obama said.

Touting Clinton’s experience and judgment, Obama’s speech was a direct rebuttal to one Trump’s most incisive attacks at last week’s Republican convention in Cleveland. Trump said Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State was marked by “death, destruction and weakness.”

“You know, nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the Oval Office. Until you’ve sat at that desk, you don’t know what it’s like to manage a global crisis or send young people to war,” Obama said. “But Hillary’s been in the room. She’s been part of those decisions.”

Acknowledging that the two were once bitter rivals for the 2008 Democratic nomination, Obama said he came to admire Clinton’s tenacity. “No matter how daunting the odds; no matter how much people try to knock her down, she never, ever quits.”

Obama’s enthusiastic endorsement anchored a Wednesday night lineup that also featured Vice President Biden and his would-be successor, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine. Echoing a theme throughout the convention, they all spoke of the Clinton they know personally — as opposed to the cartoon version she’s portrayed as by her Republican critics.

“She’s been caricatured by the right and by some folks on the left; accused of everything you can imagine – and some things you can’t,” Obama said. “But she knows that’s what happens when you’re under a microscope for 40 years.  She knows she’s made mistakes, just like I have; just like we all do.”

“Even in the middle of crisis, she listens to people, and keeps her cool, and treats everybody with respect,” Obama said. “That’s the Hillary I know. That’s the Hillary I’ve come to admire. And that’s why I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America.”

“Everybody knows she’s smart. Everybody knows she’s tough,” Biden said. “But I know what she’s passionate about. I know Hillary.”

After walking out on the Philadelphia stage to the theme from the movie Rocky, Biden urged the crowd not to boo or cheer while he delivered an indictment of Donald Trump. He said the GOP nominee’s “cynicism is unbounded” and his commitment to the middle class was “malarkey.” The crowd cheered anyway. When Biden said the billionaire Trump didn’t have a clue about the middle class, the crowd chanted, “Not a clue!”

Obama’s prime-time speech in Philadelphia capped a 12-year career in national politics as he attempts to pass the baton to the former first lady and senator from New York. Twelve years ago to the day, a then-unknown state senator from Illinois took to the convention stage in Boston to declare a “politics of hope,” laying the groundwork for his own 2008 election to the White House.

“I was so young that first time in Boston, maybe a little nervous addressing such a big crowd,” he said. “But I was filled with faith — faith in America,the generous, bighearted, hopeful country that made my story – that made all of our stories – possible.”

Obama continued that hopeful tone as he returns to the Democratic National Convention podium for the fourth time, but infused it with the themes of some of his most important speeches of his career. He spoke of building “a more perfect union” and the “audacity of hope,” and urged on the crowd as it chanted “Yes, we can!”

“The America I know is full of courage, and optimism, and ingenuity. The America I know is decent and generous,” he said.

He even quoted Ronald Reagan, calling America “a shining city on a hill,” and contrasted it with Trump’s pessimism.

But Obama also acknowledged that Americans have “real anxieties” about jobs and security. “We get frustrated with political gridlock, worry about racial divisions; are shocked and saddened by the madness of Orlando or Nice,” he said. “There are pockets of America that never recovered from factory closures; men who took pride in hard work and providing for their families who now feel forgotten.”

Trump is not the answer to those anxieties, Obama said. “He’s not really a plans guy. Not really a facts guy, either. He calls himself a business guy, which is true, but I have to say, I know plenty of businessmen and women who’ve achieved success without leaving a trail of lawsuits, and unpaid workers, and people feeling like they got cheated.”

When the crowd booed, he repeated a line that’s become a staple of his stump speeches. “Don’t boo. Vote,” he said.