It’s been 12-years since the terror attacks of 9/11. With each passing year, we should never forget those that lost their lives, the families that lost mothers, fathers, daughters and sons. We should never forget that there is evil in this world and it means to do us harm.
It has also been one year since the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya. We must not forget those who died. It is a reminder that those that seek to do us harm are still out there.
When you think about it, it’s hard to believe that a year has passed since the 9/11 anniversary attack on our consulate in Benghazi. It’s even more unbelievable that those that committed the attack, which took the lives of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, are still at-large. And what comes as utterly dumbfounding is the fact that one of the known assailants, Ahmed Khattalah, has given media interviews, but the Obama Administration has failed to capture the fugitive.
So, some liberals are throwing some money at a new Super PAC to drum up support for a probable Hillary Clinton run for the White House. Not surprising. Democrats have been drooling all over themselves in hopes that Hillary will run.
What may surprise some folks is who was just named to the Super PAC’s National Finance Council: Susie Tomkins Buell, according to Lois Romano over at Politico. Okay, to some that may not be a surprise, but most people probably don’t recognize the name, and if they do, they probably just think she’s some rich liberal. While that’s true, most folks probably don’t know about her sweat-shop, union busting past.
In a not-so-shocking development today, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted that it “inappropriately” targeted conservative groups for “additional review” during the “2012 election cycle.”
“The Internal Revenue Service Inappropriately Flagged Conservative Political Groups For Additional Reviews During The 2012 Election To See If They Were Violating Their Tax-Exempt Status, A Top IRS Official Said Friday.” (Stephen Ohlemacher, “IRS Apologizes For Targeting Conservative Groups,” The Associated Press, 5/10/13)
So, the big news of the day wasn’t that Jodi Arias was deservedly found guilty of first-degree murder or the unfolding story of the horrific kidnappings in Ohio, but rather what transpired on Capitol Hill throughout the day.
While the establishment news was dominated at times by an enraptured bonbon audience enthralled with coverage of Arias and the evil-doer Ariel Castro; what the American public learned today is that the Obama Administration, the State Department, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Ambassador Susan Rice and others engaged in a deliberate campaign to deceive the American people about a terrorist attack on the 11th Anniversary of 9/11 in Benghazi, Libya. In other words: a cover up of the murder of four Americans in a foreign land who were there just doing their jobs serving their country.
A spontaneous protest? No. An anti-Muslim YouTube video? Nope.
So, according to Gallup, Congress’ approval rating remains mired in the mid-teens.
“Americans’ Approval Of Congress Is At 15% In February, One Percentage Point Higher Than In January And Exactly Matching The 15% Average For All Of 2012.” (Frank Newport, “Congress Approval Rating Holding Steady At 15%,” Gallup, 2/19/13)
This recent survey by Gallup isn’t surprising. The public has frowned on Congress for some time. But why have things gotten so bad and when did it turn so negative?
Wow, what a day. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced the music this morning and took direct fire from Republicans on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee over the terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Not surprisingly, Democrats did everything they could to protect Clinton and the Obama Administration in general for the “misinformation” campaign they deployed following the murder of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.
The most astonishing moment may have been when U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) brought up Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program to defend against the Obama Administration’s use of misinformation.
As the crisis in Libya continues to panic the oil markets, America is reminded once again of the pain at the pump and the dangers of relying on foreign sources of oil to fuel our cars, homes and the economy. According to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, the national average price of regular unleaded gas stands at $3.471. “Gas prices started 2009 around $1.61 a gallon” and a year ago the price of regular was $2.706. So since January 2009, gas has gone up $1.86, an increase of 116%. You’d think we’d one day learn our lesson, but we haven’t.
Back in February 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the Obama Administration would review U.S. policy towards Burma, also known as Myanmar. In so doing, Clinton justified the shift in policy asserting neither Western sanctions nor “constructive engagement” by neighboring Asian countries had resulted in much progress over the ruling military junta’s grip on power, human rights abuse record and suspected military cooperation with North Korea.
From that review, a new push to engage Burma, one of the most brutal regimes on the planet:
New York Democrats must be pulling their hair out. After Governor David Paterson appointed then-Representative Kirsten Gillibrand to Hillary Clinton’s vacant Senate seat – to the dismay of many liberals who viewed her too conservative – President Barack Obama’s Administration and senior New York Senator Chuck Schumer went out of their way to clear the field and ensure that Gillibrand would have a safe path to the General Election to serve the balance of Clinton’s term.
They didn’t expect former Tennessee Representative Harold Ford, Jr., to make a run at Gillibrand. I mean, who could have imagined? Who would have thought Fancy Ford would aim to make a political comeback in New York of all places?
Over the weekend, New York Magazine published an excerpt from John Heliemann and Mark Halperin’s new book, Game Change. The excerpt, “Saint Elizabeth and the Ego Monster,” centered on the downfall of John Edwards’ presidential campaign.
When the “Ego Monster’s” campaign unraveled after losing the Iowa caucuses, Edwards moved to broker a deal with Barack Obama where Edwards would agree to be Vice President in an effort to finally crush Hillary Clinton. He would later try to finagle the Attorney General spot from Obama on the eve of the South Carolina primary. The rest is, of course, history. Edwards ended up with nothing and his political career is beyond ruins.