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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!”

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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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Terrorism in the United States seems to be increasing….
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The U.S. Military needs to be rebuilt…..
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The U.S. Economy is “limping along”…..
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American wages remain at 1997 levels as recovery fails to lift middle class
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The potential achievements of Obamacare are outweighed by the costs….
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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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“There is a shocking epidemic of heroin overdoses in black inner cities.
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Black Americans are either killing each other, or killing themselves in record numbers. (From the article above)
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Violence against U.S. Law Enforcement Officers Seems To Be On The Rise……
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Syria and other Middle East nations are in Severe Trouble….
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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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Gains in respect for human rights are being rolled back in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, the Philippines, Southeast Asia and China….
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China has “Militarized” the South China Sea despite Xi Jinping’s promise to President Obama that he would not do that and in violation of international law…
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Russia invaded Crimea (which it still holds) and parts of Ukraine (which it still holds)
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North Korea is perfecting nuclear weapons and the long range ballistic missiles to deliver them in an attack on Japan, South Korea, U.S. bases in Asia and even the U.S. homeland….
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Hillary Clinton’s Legacy….
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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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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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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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By Jeff Zeleny, Dan Merica and MJ Lee CNN
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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.

(h/t Gregory Korte)

Bre Payton is a staff writer at The Federalist. Follow her on Twitter.
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President Barack Obama dances tango during a state dinner hosted by Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri at the Centro Cultural Kirchner as part of President Obama’s two-day visit to Argentina, in Buenos Aires March 23, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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Obama kisses Aung San Suu Kyi at her residence while visiting Myanmar during his November 2012 visit
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US President Barack Obama, right, Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron — at a Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, December 9, 2013.
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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani ripped into President Barack Obama for attending a baseball game in Cuba yesterday afternoon instead of jumping on his plane and coming home after the Brussels attacks

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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Mother of State Dept. official killed in Benghazi blames Clinton
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WHAT HAPPENED IN BENGHAZI?

Ambassador Christopher Stevens

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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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The attack came in three waves, spread over eight hours at two locations.

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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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They set the building on fire. Ambassador Chris Stevens and Sean Smith, a State Department communications specialist, were overcome by choking smoke in a safe room, and later died.

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Hours later, a nearby CIA annex was attacked twice. CIA security contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty died there while defending the annex from the rooftop.

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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.

After Benghazi — U.S. President Barack Obama walks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton past the flag-draped transfer coffins of the four U.S. men who were killed at Benghazi
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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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Updated July 29, 2016 8:03 a.m. ET

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.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/hope-without-change-1469746723

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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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By John Francis Carey
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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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She escaped an indictment after negligently handling Secret and Top Secret U.S. government information.
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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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That’s what four more years means. No economic recover to cheer about. Not more security for our children and grandchilden — less.
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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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Her campaign logo of an “H” with a big sideways arrow speaks to me. It means four more years. Stay the course. More Obama agenda. The arrow going sideways is like the  electronic monitoring  devices in every hospital Intensive Care Unit.
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Hillary “H” with sideways arrow is the patient “flat lining.” It is a symbol of death.
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I wish we could speak to Ambassador Chris Steven, 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.
Sideways means more of the same. Not good.
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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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Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at the Newark campus of Rutgers University on Wednesday. PHOTO: JULIO CORTEZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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 (Who knows more about sharing U.S. government  secrets?)

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

Hillary Clinton at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J., June 1.
Hillary Clinton at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J., June 1. PHOTO:EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
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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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Iran has attempted to launch a new type of ballistic missile based on North Korean technology. Pictured: Iran’s successful launch of an Emad long-range ballistic missile in October, 2015

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U.S Secretary of State John Kerry with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

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(R L) Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani attend Supreme Leader’s meeting with authorities of the country and ambassadors of Islamic countries, in Tehran, Iran July 6, 2016. Reuters photo
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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.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. calls President Obama “cop hater in chief” — It’s “Pushback” Time

July 9, 2016

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. Mark Hoffman photo

There were several commentators taking to the airwaves on Friday  in an effort to make sense out of the killing of five law enforcement officers in Dallas.

Americans each have their own “truth.” But there used to be “the truth” — which seems almost totally lost today.

Listen to some of the things said by Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.

“Black lives matter but so do Asian lives, Hispanic lives and Blue (law enforcement officers’) lives.”

“It seems that we, as a society are unable to discuss Black on Black crime.”

“Tens of thousands of black American males are probably alive today because of the policies of Rudy Giuliani when he was Mayor of New York City.”

“Black Lives Matter” is a group of anarchists.”

“The liberal left want to keep us fighting among ourselves and divided so they can advance their socialist agenda…”

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Rev. Jeff Hood speaks to Good Morning America

“The liberal left want to keep us fighting among ourselves and divided so they can advance their socialist agenda…”

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Sheriff David Clarke Slams Obama, Clinton, BLM After Dallas Attack

Leah Barkoukis
Townhall
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In the wake of the Dallas shootings, Milwaukee Count Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr. didn’t mince words in calling out President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the Black Lives Matter movement for their divisive rhetoric, lies, and selective outrage.

While Clarke acknowledged President Obama, or “cop hater in chief” as he referred to him, didn’t cause the ambush against police officers in Dallas Thursday night, he said on “Fox and Friends” Friday morning that “[Obama] fuels this sort of anger, this misplaced anger.”

Clarke had also taken to Twitter to express his outrage over the situation.

American needs Obama to get out of bed & address Dallas situation NOW. He poured gas on this situation with his dog whistle message earlier.

Waiting for Obama, Lynch and anti gun bigots to blame Dallas slaughter of police on the need for more gun control or background checks.

All the phony outrage & news coverage over two police shootings yet nothing on the black on black carnage in Chicago that happens every day.

Black LIES Matter wants this conversation about Black lives? Let’s have it dammit. Talk to me about Chicago black on black murder Black LIES

Mrs. Bill Clinton earlier showed support for Black LIES Matter. Let’s see if this cop hater shows the same empathy for police in Dallas.

Clarke didn’t have to wait long to see partial blame for the attacks placed on gun control.

In President Obama’s statement from Poland about the shootings on Friday, he said, “We also know that when people are armed with powerful weapons, it makes shootings like this more deadly and more tragic.”

Coming to Obama’s defense was Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who told reporters during a briefing in Poland, “the president’s views about the impact that easy availability of guns has on our community is a significant source of concern for him. And too many innocent lives have been claimed because of the easy access people have to guns, in some cases, guns that were never intended to be on city streets.”

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, canceled her events Friday and tweeted that she “mourned” for the victims, their families, and the Dallas community at large.

I mourn for the officers shot while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protesters, for their families & all who serve with them. -H

On Thursday her campaign was quick to declare “Black Lives Matter” after the video footage of the police shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling spread on social media.

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2016/07/08/sheriff-david-clarke-slams-obama-clinton-blm-after-dallas-attack-n2190120

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It seemed to us at Peace and Freedom that Hillary Clinton was probably delighted that the events in Dallas changed the national conversation away from her own unexplained (at least unexplained honestly) use  of a private email system with security less than that provided for any G-Mail account — to handle TOP SECRET/SCI U.S. Government documents.

To Hillary Clinton, Black Lives Matter but she seemed to totally neglect the lives of four brave Americans who worked for her: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith.

THOSE lives matter.

She failed to keep them alive and then she participated in a conspiracy to hide the truth by saying, “It was because of a video offensive to Muslims.”

Actually, four Americans died in Benghazi on Hillary Clinton’s watch because she failed to protect them. She was probably too busy leaking classified information from her Blackberry while chatting by email with Sidney Blumenthal.

Maybe Hillary is just pandering to Black Lives Matter so she can get elected president and be in a position again to further enrich the Clinton Foundation and herself.

Hillary better set the record straight on Black Lives Matter with her husband…..

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Which black people did David Clarke call uneducated, lazy and morally bankrupt?
http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/article/2015/nov/17/who-did-david-clarke-call-uneducated-lazy-and-mora/

Sheriff David Clarke Slams Obama, Clinton, BLM After Dallas Attack
http://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2016/07/08/sheriff-david-clarke-slams-obama-clinton-blm-after-dallas-attack-n2190120

If you like (or hate) David Clarke, you’ll also probably like (or hate) Jason L. Riley:

JASON L. RILEY is a member of the editorial board at the Wall Street Journal, where he has worked since 1994. He appears regularly on the Journal Editorial Report on Fox News. He has also appeared on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Hannity and Colmes and ABC’s World News Tonight.

PLEASE STOP HELPING US

How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed

By Jason L. Riley

205 pp. Encounter Books. $23.99.

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SHAME

How America’s Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country

By Shelby Steele

198 pp. Basic Books. $25.99.

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Jesse Jackson on Shootings and Blacks

By REUTERS | Jul. 8, 2016 | 0:54

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said Friday that while his civil rights group mourned the loss of five police officers in Dallas, his coalition must not be derailed from ending the “executions” of black men.

The Truth Got Lost in The Obama Administration

June 29, 2016

President Obama’s First Inauguration, Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Peace and Freedom Commentary
By John Francis Carey

Inauguration Day is about the happiest day in the political calendar here in the United States.

It’s always a time of hope and promise and joy that our political system, our cherished democracy, works.

Often times, after a few years, we become less hopeful. Maybe even jaded.

Barack Obama’s first inauguration was a time of particular joy and hope because America had, yet again, changed the world by doing something that had never been done before. People on the Mall in Washington DC that day were filled with honest-to-goodness joy for Mr. Obama, the American system, and our fellow man.

For me, it was a moment of patriotic pride like the one when the first man walked on the moon. The fist man on the moon was one of us. An American.

And in every great endeavor, the people invest their trust in the leader, and the leader pays us back with the truth.

That’s the compact between the leaders and the people.

Every great accomplishment in America is the culmination of the bond between the people and the belief that our top leaders are even more patriotic and truthful and good than the rest of us.

President John F. Kennedy said at his Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961, “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

Sadly, nobody talks that way in  American anymore. It seems like everyone, even our political class, our elites, is saying, “Get what you can and never mind the truth,” or “The end justifies the means.”

The truth, sadly, has gotten lost in the Obama Administration.

You couldn’t keep your doctor or your plan. But look how well it all turned out! Many more that were uninsured are now insured!

The end justifies the means. Sorry some of you lost your doctor and your plan and your savings to pay the new premiums.

There are no “radical Islamic terrorists.” That would be an offensive remark to all Muslims.

Really?

And “what difference at this point does it make?”

Human lives and the truth ALWAYS MATTER.

“What difference at this point does it make?” are the words spoken by then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the lawmakers charged in our American democracy to find the truth and to keep the executive branch of government “in check.”  Hillary Clinton’s poor choice of words indicates a wrongful disdain for the truth, and a lack of respect for the lives and the families entrusted to her safekeeping to carry out the mission of the United States government.

These four dead Americans, who believed so  whole-heatedly in America that they volunteered to serve the the most troubled hot spot of all our diplomatic posts, became pawns in the great political infighting that now threatens to ruin our democracy. Their stories were never truly told because it was easier to lie during the election season.

The hero Chris Stevens along with Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith were not respected enough to get the truth.

Their blood was just another wrong-headed conservative newspaper editorial to be spun, lied about and defamed.

The leaders in America, at least some of them, lost the truth because they are not serving the people in the way John Kennedy had hoped. They are too busy covering up their own behind. They are consciously upon a covert mission to change America into their own version of the politically correct society.

There’s a lot of talk about tolerance and there’s a very high tolerance for lying.

The end justifies the means. Conservative lawmakers are the enemy. And conservative groups are denied their rights by the IRS while the President of the United States says, “there is not a smidgen of evidence of wrong doing.”

That was not true.

There’s a high tolerance for death, as long as there’s no mention of Islam.

Our American democracy has built-in accountability. Every one of us, every American gets to have her or his say in all of this.

Its often difficult on election day because, upon reading the ballot, some of us know they are all liars — on both sides.

So for myself, the current state of American democracy is this: I’ve decided not to vote for anyone who stepped over dead Americans to get to their lofty perch. Because in every dead American serving her or his country, like Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith — there is a part of me. They were there representing me and my family and my flag and the kind of America and Americans I want us all to be.

I will not dishonor them by voting for anyone that stepped over their blood and lied about it.

We should not shame them with more lies.

As Hillary Clinton said after the report by Trey Gowdy and his committee was released, “It’s time to move on.”

It might be time to move ahead to Donald Trump. Hillary had her chance to defend America.

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Updated on July 26, 2016

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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

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Hillary Clinton talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Ji on September 5, 2012. He got promoted, she’s running for president and China pretty much owns the South China Sea.

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 — Russia got Crimea, Syria, and half of Ukraine. NATO had to be reinforced by U.S. troops

 (From Sunday, June 26, 2016)

Susan Rice September 16, 2012, just a few days after the attack on the U.S. at Benghazi. She told and re-told the lie that blamed the attack on a video seen as offensive to Muslims on all five major U.S. TV Sunday news talk shows. President Obama promoted her from U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations to the post of U.S. National Security Adviser.

The number of migrants and refugees during the Obama Administration has exceeded the total number from World War II.

Because the threat of Radical Islamic Terrorism was not addressed more forcefully from the start with a concerted campaign to eliminate them,  the number of killed, wounded and displaced has continued to rise. The citizens of Syria and other places gave up waiting for Barack Obama to end the war and, at great peril to their own lives, and the lives of their family members, they became refugees and migrants.  How much longer must the world stay in this state of upheaval?

President Obama now has the distinction of being the longest serving American president during war in the history of the United States. That’s his legacy.

“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it’s written to do that. In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in — you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed… Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass… Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/11/09/obamacare-architect-lack-of-transparency-was-key-because-stupidity-of-the-american-voter-would-have-killed-obamacare/#ixzz3x3hwzqxd

U.S. Failed to Protect Americans in Benghazi, GOP Says — And Covered Up The Truth After

June 28, 2016
House committee set to release Benghazi attacks findings

The lengthy report comes after a two-year investigation into the attacks on an American diplomatic mission in Libya.Video provided by Newsy Newslook

WASHINGTON —  House Republicans say that despite stonewalling by the Obama administration they were able to conclude a two-year investigation into the 2012 terror attacks in Benghazi with an 800-page report that blames politically motivated bureaucratic delays for failing to prevent or stop the deadly attacks that claimed four American lives.

The highly anticipated report adds new detail to the findings of seven previous congressional inquiries, and is expected to be used by Republicans to question Hillary Clinton’s leadership just as the fall presidential campaign heats up.

Clinton, who was secretary of state when Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others were killed on Sept. 11, 2012, was planning to visit Libya later that year, which pressured diplomats to stay at the poorly guarded, temporary outpost despite deteriorating security in the region, according to the report.

The Republicans said “despite President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s clear orders to deploy military assets, nothing was sent to Benghazi, and nothing was en route to Libya at the time the last two Americans were killed almost 8 hours after the attacks began.”

Republicans highlighted a teleconference meeting a few hours after the attacks began as a turning point in the U.S. response. They say actions taken after that meeting, in which Clinton participated, only delayed the deployment of military forces. Communications afterward referenced the need to get clearance from various countries to deploy military resources for a rescue, according to the GOP report.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., a former prosecutor and chairman of the committee, urged Americans to “read this report for themselves, look at the evidence we have collected, and reach their own conclusions.”

“We expect our government to make every effort to save the lives of Americans who serve in harm’s way. That did not happen in Benghazi,” said Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., a member of the special committee. “Politics were put ahead of the  lives of Americans, and while the administration had made excuses and blamed the challenges posed by time and distance, the truth is that they did not try.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the report “makes clear that officials in Washington failed our men and women on the ground when they were in need of help. … We must ensure that those who hold positions of responsibility do better for the men and women who serve in harm’s way.”

Democrats on the panel, led by Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., have repeatedly accused the Republicans of using the investigation and numerous previous committee probes to try to embarrass Clinton and damage her chances of becoming president. They released their own minority report a day ahead of the Republicans, contending the report absolves Clinton of blame in the terror attacks.

Democrats, in their Monday report, highlighted the testimony of Pentagon officials who said diplomatic clearances were not necessary and emails mentioning them did not slow the response.

“I recall reading the email summary of the (secure video teleconference) that had arose in that conversation. And my view was that it was irrelevant, that if we needed to deploy forces to protect American lives, that we have the legal authority, and we have the, indeed, the obligation to do so,” said James Miller, who was undersecretary of defense for policy, according to the portion of the transcript released by Democrats.

The different partisan interpretations of such evidence, which has largely defined debate over Benghazi for almost four years, is likely to persist after the release of the two competing reports.

In a statement, Clinton’s campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said the House investigation, after spending more than $7 million, did not find anything to contradict the conclusions reached by previous congressional committees.

“This report just confirms what Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and even one of Trey Gowdy’s own former staffers admitted months ago: This committee’s chief goal is to politicize the deaths of four brave Americans in order to try to attack the Obama administration and hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign,” Fallon said.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz, anticipating the release of the report Monday, called the investigation “a Republican conspiracy theory in search of a conspiracy.”

He said seven previous congressional investigations found “there were no efforts by the White House or executive branch entities to cover up facts or make alterations for political purposes.”

“Republicans have been investigating this exhaustively. And with each turn of the crank, they’re unable to prove some of the wild conspiracy theories they’ve been proffering for years,” Schultz said. “So I don’t know why Republicans are obsessed with this,”

Schultz also disputed allegations of administration stonewalling, saying the cooperation was “far-ranging” and included hundreds of thousands of pages of documents and interviews with 77 State and Defense department officials.

Contributing: Paul Singer and Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, and Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Trey Gowdy’s Benghazi Committee Releases Full Report On Attacks

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By ALEX PAPPAS
The Daily Caller
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After more than two years, the Republicans on the House Benghazi committee on Tuesday released a final report on its findings.

Four Americans died in the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, foreign service officer Sean Smith and CIA contractors Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. The special committee to investigate the attacks was formed in 2014.

“I simply ask the American people to read this report for themselves, look at the evidence we have collected, and reach their own conclusions,” committee chairman Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina congressman, said in a statement. “You can read this report in less time than our fellow citizens were taking fire and fighting for their lives on the rooftops and in the streets of Benghazi.”

Terrorists attacked the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 killing four Americans 

Terrorists attacked the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 killing four Americans

According to a document released by the committee, here are the “new facts” uncovered by the probe, with corresponding page numbers in the released report:

Despite President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s clear orders to deploy military assets, nothing was sent to Benghazi, and nothing was en route to Libya at the time the last two Americans were killed almost 8 hours after the attacks began. [pg. 141]

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With Ambassador Stevens missing, the White House convened a roughly two-hour meeting at 7:30 PM, which resulted in action items focused on a YouTube video, and others containing the phrases “[i]f any deployment is made,” and “Libya must agree to any deployment,” and “[w]ill not deploy until order comes to go to either Tripoli or Benghazi.” [pg. 115]
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The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff typically would have participated in the White House meeting, but did not attend because he went home to host a dinner party for foreign dignitaries. [pg. 107]
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A Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) sat on a plane in Rota, Spain, for three hours, and changed in and out of their uniforms four times. [pg. 154]
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None of the relevant military forces met their required deployment timelines. [pg. 150]
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Five of the 10 action items from the 7:30 PM White House meeting referenced the video, but no direct link or solid evidence existed connecting the attacks in Benghazi and the video at the time the meeting took place. The State Department senior officials at the meeting had access to eyewitness accounts to the attack in real time. The Diplomatic Security Command Center was in direct contact with the Diplomatic Security Agents on the ground in Benghazi and sent out multiple updates about the situation, including a “Terrorism Event Notification.” The State Department Watch Center had also notified Jake Sullivan and Cheryl Mills that it had set up a direct telephone line to Tripoli. There was no mention of the video from the agents on the ground. Greg Hicks—one of the last people to talk to Chris Stevens before he died—said there was virtually no discussion about the video in Libya leading up to the attacks. [pg. 28]
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The morning after the attacks, the National Security Council’s Deputy Spokesperson sent an email to nearly two dozen people from the White House, Defense Department, State Department, and intelligence community, stating: “Both the President and Secretary Clinton released statements this morning. … Please refer to those for any comments for the time being. To ensure we are all in sync on messaging for the rest of the day, Ben Rhodes will host a conference call for USG communicators on this chain at 9:15 ET today.” [pg. 39]
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Minutes before the President delivered his speech in the Rose Garden, Jake Sullivan wrote in an email to Ben Rhodes and others: “There was not really much violence in Egypt. And we are not saying that the violence in Libya erupted ‘over inflammatory videos.’” [pg. 44]
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According to Susan Rice, both Ben Rhodes and David Plouffe prepared her for her appearances on the Sunday morning talk shows following the attacks. Nobody from the FBI, Department of Defense, or CIA participated in her prep call. While Rhodes testified Plouffe would “normally” appear on the Sunday show prep calls, Rice testified she did not recall Plouffe being on prior calls and did not understand why he was on the call in this instance. [pg.98]
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On the Sunday shows, Susan Rice stated the FBI had “already begun looking at all sorts of evidence” and “FBI has a lead in this investigation.” But on Monday, the Deputy Director, Office of Maghreb Affairs sent an email stating: “McDonough apparently told the SVTS [Secure Video Teleconference] group today that everyone was required to ‘shut their pieholes’ about the Benghazi attack in light of the FBI investigation, due to start tomorrow.” [pg. 135]
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After Susan Rice’s Sunday show appearances, Jake Sullivan assured the Secretary of the State that Rice “wasn’t asked about whether we had any intel. But she did make clear our view that this started spontaneously and then evolved.” [pg. 128]
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Susan Rice’s comments on the Sunday talk shows were met with shock and disbelief by State Department employees in Washington. The Senior Libya Desk Officer, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, State Department, wrote: “I think Rice was off the reservation on this one.” The Deputy Director, Office of Press and Public Diplomacy, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, State Department, responded: “Off the reservation on five networks!” The Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications, Bureau of Near East Affairs, State Department, wrote: “WH [White House] very worried about the politics. This was all their doing.” [pg. 132]
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The CIA’s September 13, 2012, intelligence assessment was rife with errors. On the first page, there is a single mention of “the early stages of the protest” buried in one of the bullet points. The article cited to support the mention of a protest in this instance was actually from September 4. In other words, the analysts used an article from a full week before the attacks to support the premise that a protest had occurred just prior to the attack on September 11. [pg. 47]
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A headline on the following page of the CIA’s September 13 intelligence assessment stated “Extremists Capitalized on Benghazi Protests,” but nothing in the actual text box supports that title. As it turns out, the title of the text box was supposed to be “Extremists Capitalized on Cairo Protests.” That small but vital difference — from Cairo to Benghazi — had major implications in how people in the administration were able to message the attacks. [pg. 52]
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During deliberations within the State Department about whether and how to intervene in Libya in March 2011, Jake Sullivan listed the first goal as “avoid[ing] a failed state, particularly one in which al-Qaeda and other extremists might take safe haven.” [pg. 9]
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The administration’s policy of no boots on the ground shaped the type of military assistance provided to State Department personnel in Libya. The Executive Secretariats for both the Defense Department and State Department exchanged communications outlining the diplomatic capacity in which the Defense Department SST security team members would serve, which included wearing civilian clothes so as not to offend the Libyans. [pg. 60]
When the State Department’s presence in Benghazi was extended in December 2012, senior officials from the Bureau of Diplomatic Security were excluded from the discussion. [pg. 74]
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In February 2012, the lead Diplomatic Security Agent at Embassy Tripoli informed his counterpart in Benghazi that more DS agents would not be provided by decision makers, because “substantive reporting” was not Benghazi’s purpose. [pg. 77]
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Emails indicate senior State Department officials, including Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan, and Huma Abedin were preparing for a trip by the Secretary of State to Libya in October 2012. According to testimony, Chris Stevens wanted to have a “deliverable” for the Secretary for her trip to Libya, and that “deliverable” would be making the Mission in Benghazi a permanent Consulate. [pg. 96]
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In August 2012 — roughly a month before the Benghazi attacks — security on the ground worsened significantly. Ambassador Stevens initially planned to travel to Benghazi in early August, but cancelled the trip “primarily for Ramadan/security reasons.” [pg. 99]
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Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta bluntly told the committee “an intelligence failure” occurred with respect to Benghazi. Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell also acknowledged multiple times an intelligence failure did in fact occur prior to the Benghazi attacks. [pg. 129]
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Democrats — in defending former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — have opposed the committee since before it was formed. Still, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appointed Democrats to the committee.

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On Monday, the Democrats on the committee released their own report, which they used to call the probe a waste of time.

“Decades in the future, historians will look back on this investigation as a case study in how not to conduct a credible investigation,” the Democratic report states. “They will showcase the proliferation of Republican abuses as a chief example of what happens when politicians are allowed to use unlimited taxpayer dollars — and the formidable power of Congress — to attack their political foes.”

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Benghazi report: Clinton should have realized risks

June 28, 2016

Updated 8:44 AM ET, Tue June 28, 2016

Exclusive early look at part of the Benghazi report 01:56
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Washington (CNN) House Republicans released a long-awaited report Tuesday on the Benghazi terror attacks that killed four Americans on Hillary Clinton’s watch as secretary of state, reviving the politically charged issue less than five months before the election.

The report, parts of which CNN reviewed in advance, paints a picture of a perfect storm of bureaucratic inertia, rapidly worsening security in Libya and inadequate resources in the months that led up to the killings of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three colleagues on September 11, 2012.
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Clinton told the House Benghazi Committee last year that she was aware of the dangers in Libya but “there was no actionable intelligence” indicating a planned attack.
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The portion of the report obtained by CNN doesn’t offer a scathing indictment of Clinton. But it does argue that intelligence was available suggesting an attack was possible and Clinton and a top aide, Patrick Kennedy, should have realized the risks posed to the Benghazi mission by extremist groups.
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“It is not clear what additional intelligence would have satisfied either Kennedy or the Secretary in understanding the Benghazi mission compound was at risk — short of an attack,” the report says.
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Conservative members of the panel released a more political analysis of the attack Tuesday that’s far more critical of Clinton and the Obama administration. That study, authored by GOP Reps. Mike Pompeo of Kansas and Jim Jordan of Ohio, blames the attack on a “tragic failure of leadership.”
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Their decision to release an addendum to the main report appears to suggest that Pompeo and Jordan believe the committee report does not go far enough in criticizing Clinton and the administration.
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“The overall report, it’s about the facts, what happened,” Jordan told Chris Cuomo Tuesday on CNN’s “New Day.” “But Mr. Pompeo and I thought it was important to ask the questions. Why were we still in Benghazi when almost every other country had left? Why did we stay in Benghazi when the security situation was so terrible, so dangerous? And why did the administration mislead us?”
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How the Benghazi committee got so political

How the Benghazi committee got so political 02:49
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The committee report caps a much-politicized two-year probe into the attack on a U.S. outpost and CIA annex that killed Stevens along with IT expert Sean Smith and two security personnel, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. The attack was initially thought to be perpetrated by an angry mob responding to a video made in the U.S. mocking Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, but the assault was later determined to be a terrorist attack — a finding Republicans accused the White House of covering up to protect President Barack Obama’s re-election prospects.
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The committee report is sure to fuel charges by Republicans — including presumptive nominee Donald Trump — that Clinton is untrustworthy and that her tenure as the top U.S. diplomat was disastrous.

Reaction from Clinton, White House and Congress

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Democrats pre-emptively rebutted the findings Monday by releasing their own dissenting report. They accused Gowdy and the committee of flagrant political bias while arguing the investigation wasted taxpayer money to try to damage Clinton ahead of the November election.
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Rep. Elijah Cummings, the panel’s top Democrat, blasted partisanship on the committee.
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“Democrats offered to work with Chairman Gowdy on a joint report, and we even offered to give him a draft of our report ahead of time,” Cummings said. “Instead, he mocked our idea and decided to go it alone right before the presidential conventions. We can’t comment on his partisan report because we haven’t read it, and we haven’t read it because Republicans didn’t want us to check it against the evidence we obtained.”‎
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White House spokesman Eric Schultz ripped the Benghazi panel Monday, saying it amounted to a “Republican conspiracy theory in search of a conspiracy.”
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State Department spokesman Mark Toner said “the official facts surrounding the 2012 attacks in Benghazi have been known for some time.”
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He cited “great progress towards making our posts safer since 2012” and said “our priority continues to be carrying out our national security mission while mitigating the risks to our employees.”
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Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon blasted the committee in an overnight tweet.
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“Far from honoring the four brave Americans who died, the Benghazi Committee has been a partisan sham since its start,” he wrote.
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Clinton herself appeared to anticipate the report — and the potential political firestorm that could ensue — Monday when she spoke frankly about public perceptions that she’s not trustworthy.
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“I personally know I have work to do on this front,” she said Monday at a Rainbow Push Coalition lunch in Chicago.

Adding texture to the public record

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The report being released Tuesday includes testimony from senior State Department and intelligence officials along with lower-ranking diplomats and diplomatic security agents. It adds color and texture to the public record of the attacks already unveiled by multiple congressional and independent investigations.
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It shows that the State Department assessment of the situation in Benghazi in 2011 and 2012 noted rising crime levels, rampant firearm ownership, and a high risk of militia violence in the security vacuum left by the toppling of Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi. The precarious security situation, according to the report, was exacerbated by inadequate security at the Benghazi outpost, which was plagued by equipment failures, a lack of manpower and relied on an often-disorganized local militia for protection.
The report says requests for more security in Benghazi repeatedly met no response or were refused by senior officials in Washington, though the parts of the report seen by CNN do not directly lay the fault at Clinton’s door.
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The report also reveals that Stevens and senior department officials were apparently keen to set up a permanent consulate in Benghazi ahead of a planned visit to the city by Clinton in October 2012.
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But the difficulty finding a suitable secure facility prompted officials to exclude the Benghazi compound from official department rules and standards that would have otherwise been more stringent.
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“If you are in a non-diplomatic facility, there are no security standards. They don’t exist,” one unnamed diplomatic security agent told the committee.
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The full details surrounding the attack may never be fully understood, according to separate portions of the report obtained by Politico. The panel blames Clinton and the State Department for failing to turn over all emails from her private server — an omission it describes as “shameful.”
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But Mark Toner, the State Department spokesman, said officials went out of their way to cooperate.
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‘When combined with the seven previous Congressional inquiries, the Department has participated at least in 15 hearings, 64 briefings, 72 interviews, and has provided 100,000 pages of documents,” Toner said, adding that the panel requested huge volumes of information over a long period of years that was not relevant to the Benghazi tragedy.
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Other findings include :

The tenacity of Chris Stevens.

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The report reveals the determination of Stevens to keep the post open in Benghazi — “Chris had, I think a different tolerance of risk than I did,” said Joan Polaschik, former U.S. deputy chief of mission in Libya.
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— After the fall of the Gadhaffi regime in 2011, one of Clinton’s top State Department aides, Jake Sullivan, asked a colleague what it would take to get a team back to the Libyan capital of Tripoli to re-open the U.S. embassy.
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— “An ambassador to Libya who actually wants to go. Locking Pat Kennedy (then Under Secretary for Management) in a closet for long enough to actually take some real risks,” the colleage emailed back.
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— In testimony to the committee, Charlene Lamb, formerly a senior State Department official, said that Stevens was ultimately responsible for security at his post. “It is very unfortunate and sad at this point that Ambassador Stevens was a victim, but that is where ultimate responsibility lies.”

Inadequate security in Benghazi

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Throughout late 2011 and through 2012, security became perilous in Benghazi and there were at least two attacks on the compound and on diplomats and other international facilities.
— A diplomatic security agent in the city in November 2011 told the committee that security was “woefully inadequate” with no perimeter security, low walls and no lighting.
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The report said the Benghazi mission made repeated requests for new agents in late 2011 and early 2012. After a series of attacks on international targets in the city, more requests were made. But “no additional resources were provided by Washington D.C. to fortify the compound after the first two attacks. No additional personnel were sent to secure the facility, despite repeated requests for security experts on the ground.”
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— At one point, then-State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland emailed Stevens to ask how to publicly describe the security incidents in 2012 : “Washington D.C. dismissed Stevens’ multiple requests for additional security personnel while also asking for help in messaging the very violence he was seeking security from,” the report said.
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— The report, citing a cable from the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, suggests there simply were not sufficient resources in the unstable nation to send to properly protect Benghazi. In early August 2012, there were only 34 security staff at the embassy. By the end of the month there were only six.
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— Such shortages might explain the overreliance on the February 17 local militia in Benghazi to help secure the outpost — but a diplomatic security agent quoted in the report said the group was “undisciplined and unskilled.”
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— In 2011 and early 2012, security sometimes became so difficult in Benghazi that staff were unable to do their jobs reaching out Libyans to report back to Washington on the restive political situation in the city. But the report says that in February 2012, the lead diplomatic security agent at the Tripoli Embassy told the post that “substantive reporting” was not its job anyway.
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“[U]nfortunately, nobody has advised the (principal diplomatic officer) that Benghazi is there to support [redacted] operations, not conduct substantive reporting,” the agent wrote, in a possible sign that the primary purpose of the mission was in fact to support the CIA.
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— The report also finds that the military did not carry out then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s order to deploy U.S. forces to help rescue Americans under fire in Benghazi, according to portions obtained by NBC News.
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“What was disturbing from the evidence the Committee found was that at the time of the final lethal attack at the Annex, no asset ordered deployed by the Secretary had even left the ground,” the report says.
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— The panel also argues that initial administration talking points framing the attack as the result of an angry protest over an anti-Muslim video released in the U.S. were drawn up by administration officials and did not include accounts from eyewitnesses or the Americans under attack, according to portions of the report obtained by Fox News.
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The report quotes an agent at the Benghazi compound as hearing chanting before a full-on attack begins, including explosions and gunfire and “70 people rushing into the compound with an assortment of “AK-47s, grenades, RPG’s … a couple of different assault rifles.”
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Another security officer described the assault as “a full on attack against our compound.”
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Asked if he had seen a protest before the attacks, the officer said: “zip, nothing, nada.”

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