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My Letter to Rep Trey Gowdy   Leave a comment

Dear Representative Gowdy,

As a Vermonter, I’m a supporter of Bernie Sanders in the upcoming election.  However, if Hillary Clinton wins the primary, I am now very content to vote for her.  I was not sure before, but the hearing yesterday proved she is capable of standing up for America and has all of the qualifications needed to be an excellent President of the United States.  What you did to her was just wrong and she stood strong and tough and proved beyond any shadow of a doubt that she will make a great President.  Assuming you are still in office when she is elected, please work with her to move America through the 21st century in the most wonderful way that we can.

Sincerely,

Tim

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Jon Stewart “Even Megyn Kelly, who was, prior to that desperately searching for answers, had the House intelligence committee chair Mike Rogers (R-MI) on her show two weeks after he released the Benghazi report, and never asked him about it once.  Not bleeping once. Yes, the network who used the word Benghazi like a clubhouse password, the official Republican dominated House report on Benghazi was the only news story in two years that didn’t remind them to talk about Benghazi.

Which brings us once again to our main point of respect and appreciation.  The beauty that is the ugliness of Fox News.  They demand accountability for anger and divisiveness whilst holding themselves entirely unaccountable for their anger and divisiveness.  For two years they used Benghazi as shorthand, as a symbol for the whole concept of a corrupt lying, tyrannical, possibly murderous Obama White House, kind of like other people used Hands Up Don’t Shoot as a symbol for systemic racism.  There’s really only one difference between the two phenomena.  Systemic racism actually exists. “

http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/faezep/mighty-morphin-position-changers

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John Fugelsang on Benghazi ”They don’t care about these four innocent dead people,We went from using a terror attack in 2001 to cheer on a president to using a terror attack in 2012 to smear on a president. They exploited three thousand terror dead to attack Iraq. Now they exploit four terror dead to attack Barack.

This is all about one thing. And it’s not about a cover up,” John Fugelsang said. “If they cared about a cover up, Oliver North would be breaking rocks in a Federal Pen right now. This is about 2014. The GOP has no ideas and they’ve got to get the base out. This gets them angry. And I am sorry but the Democrats are taking this like a real piñata … and they keep getting pummel on this. The Democrats need to turn this around and call these guys out for what they are really doing, a crass exploitation of four tragic deaths for a really disgusting political gain.”

http://egbertowillies.com/2014/05/03/john-fugelsang-benghazi-republican/

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Barack Obama at the White House correspondents dinner “And, I’m feeling sorry for the Speaker Of The House as well. These days, the House Republicans are actually giving John Boehner a harder time than they are me, which means orange really is the new black.”

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Megyn Kelly – Fox News: Let me ask you about DOD [Department of Defense]. Because I know your report concludes that DOD officials believed nearly from the onset that this was a terrorist attack and not some sort of a protest gone awry. Now, I want to get specific, because so many people have said, ‘So then why did Susan Rice go out and talk about protests? Why did she mention a video?’ But the CIA talking points, the very first draft that went out and was circulated, that Susan Rice ultimately was provided, that top officials ultimately saw, talked about a protest. They did. The CIA actually came out, I want to look at it here, and said this is a draft from September 14th, 11:15 am, ‘We believe based on currently available information that the attacks in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault.’ So, tell me, does that — does it or does it not answer the question about how our officials started to come out and talk about protests and the video?

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/02/12/fox-host-finally-accepts-the-truth-about-bengha/198030

 

Posted February 15, 2014 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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A former “60 Minutes” producer who was fired over a 2004 story about then-President George W. Bush’s service in the Air National Guard said Friday that CBS’ now retracted story detailing the attack in Benghazi, Libya was done to appeal to conservatives.

“My concern is that the story was done very pointedly to appeal to a more conservative audience’s beliefs about what happened at Benghazi,” Mary Mapes told Media Matters. “They appear to have done that story to appeal specifically to a politically conservative audience that is obsessed with Benghazi and believes that Benghazi was much more than a tragedy.”

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather, who is also widely believed to have left the network as a result of the 2004 flap, declined to comment on the discredited Benghazi story when reached by TPM through a spokesperson on Friday.

The chairman of CBS News and executive producer of “60 Minutes” on Friday apologized for airing the story, telling Variety that the network would now “own it.”

CBS said it was misled by the source who provided the account, and publication has been halted for a book about the night on Sept. 11, 2012.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/former-60-minutes-producer-discredited-benghazi-story-was-done-to-appeal-to-conservatives

Posted November 9, 2013 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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Fareed Zakaria (CNN)

But, first, here’s my take. Conservatives are, of course, mad at Barack Obama, and we’ll talk about the various scandals in a moment, but they are also mad at a country that isn’t mad enough at him.

This frustration is now taking over mainstream and intelligent voices within the conservative movement and about broader issues than Benghazi.

Bret Stephens, the columnist for the Wall Street Journal, laments that President Obama is not paying a price for a foreign policy that he, Stephens, describes as “isolationist.”

Now, our isolationism will surely come as a surprise to the diplomats, soldiers and intelligence officers working on America’s vast foreign policy.

Washington spends more on defense than the next 10 great powers put together and more on intelligence than most nations spend on their entire militaries.

We have more than 200,000 troops stationed at dozens of bases abroad, from Bahrain to Germany to Japan to South Korea to Turkey. We have formal commitments to defend dozens of our important allies in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

And our vast footprint has been expanded under the Obama Administration. The White House has extended America’s security umbrella to include defending Israel and the moderate Arab states against the threat posed by Iran’s possible development of nuclear weapons.

It is enlarging the U.S. military presence in Asia with a new base in Australia to deal with China’s rise. To call all this isolationism is to mangle both language and logic.

In fact, President Obama’s worldview is rooted in American exceptionalism. You see, the fundamental pattern of international relations is that as a country becomes powerful, others gang up to bring it down. That’s what happened to the Habsburg Empire to Napoleonic France to Germany and, of course, the Soviet Union.

There is one great exception to this rule in modern history, the United States. America has risen to global might, and yet it has not produced the kind of balancing opposition that many would have predicted.

In fact, today it is in the astonishing position of being the world’s dominant power while many of the world’s next most powerful nations, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, are all allied with it.

The reason surely has something to do with the nature of American hegemony. After World War II, we helped revive and rebuild our enemies and turned them into allies. For all the carping, people around the world do see the U. S. as different from other, older empires.

But it also has something to do with the way that the U.S. has exercised power, reluctantly. Historically, America was not eager to jump into the global arena. It entered World War I at the tail end of the war. It entered World War II only after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.

It contained Soviet aggression in Europe but was careful not to push too far in other places. And when we did, as in Vietnam, we paid a price.

From Dwight Eisenhower to Robert Gates-, there is a strand of American thinking, realism, that urges America to be disciplined about open-ended military interventions for just this reason.

We have just gone through a decade devoted to a very different idea, that American power must be used actively, aggressively, preemptively and in pursuit of expansive goals beyond the narrow national interest. The result was thousands of American soldiers dead, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians dead, $2 trillion spent and the erosion of American influence and goodwill across the globe.

Can we get please a few years of respite to rebuild our economic, political and moral capital?

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1305/19/fzgps.01.html

 

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From CBS:

SCOTT PELLEY: Also at his news conference today the president called for tighter security for U.S. diplomatic facilities to prevent an attack like the one in Benghazi, Libya, last year that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Of course, Benghazi has become a political controversy. Republicans claim that the Administration watered down the facts in talking points that were given to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for television appearances while Mr. Obama was running for reelection. Republicans on Capitol Hill claim that they had found proof of this in White House e-mails that they leaked to reporters last week. Well, it turns out some of the quotes in those e-mails were wrong. Major Garrett is at the White House for us tonight. Major?

MAJOR GARRETT: Scott, Republicans have claimed that the State Department under Hillary Clinton was trying to protect itself from criticism. The White House released the real e-mails late yesterday and here’s what we found when we compared them to the quotes that had been provided by Republicans. One e-mail was written by Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes. On Friday, Republicans leaked what they said was a quote from Rhodes. “We must make sure that the talking points reflect all agency equities, including those of the State Department, and we don’t want to undermine the FBI investigation.” But it turns out, in the actual e-mail Rhodes did not mention the State Department. It read “We need to resolve this in a way that respects all the relevant equities, particularly the investigation.” Republicans also provided what they said was a quote from an e-mail written by State Department Spokesman Victoria Nuland. The Republican version notes Nuland discussing: “The penultimate point is a paragraph talking about all the previous warnings provided by the Agency (CIA) about al-Qaeda’s presence and activities of al-Qaeda.” The actual e-mail from Nuland says: the “…penultimate point could be abused by Members to beat the State Department for not paying attention to Agency warnings…” The C.I.A. agreed with the concerns raised by the State Department and revised the talking points to make them less specific than the C.I.A.’s original version, eliminating references to al-Qaeda and affiliates and earlier security warnings. There is no evidence, Scott, the White House orchestrated these changes.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2013/05/wow_this_is_pretty_epic.php?ref=fpb

Posted May 18, 2013 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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