Especially if you’re President Obama, and “some people” are conservative politicians or Fox News commentators.
Having bashed Obama for not capturing those responsible for the Benghazi attack on 9/11/12 that left Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead, the right is now beating up on him because he’s captured the ringleader, Ahmed Abu Khattala. They don’t like the “timing.”
Special Forces planned and practiced the raid on Khattala’s compound for a year, and now he is heading to the U. S. for trial in a civilian court.
But instead of celebrating the news, the right is dismissing it as an effort to distract from Obama’s other problems and to promote Hillary’s book tour!
Nancy Pelosi has appointed the following House Dems to the Benghazi committee: Elijah Cummings of Maryland, Adam Smith of Washington, Adam Schiff of California, Linda Sanchez of California, and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois.
One of the members of the new (but not improved) Benghazi Select Committee is Mike Pompeo of Kansas. Guess what company is based in his district? Koch Industries! And guess what congressman the Koch Brothers have donated more money to than any other? Mike Pompeo!
Pompeo was first elected in the Tea Party wave of 2010, and, as you’d expect, he spouts lots and lots of anti fedrul guvmint rhetoric.
But Pompeo loves, loves, loves the feds when it comes to GMO’s. He’s pushing a bill to prohibit states from requiring labeling on or otherwise regulating genetically modified foods.
Pompeo and his Tea Party friends champion states’ rights — except when the states might do something they don’t like.
Besides the Chairman, Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, the GOP has appointed these other members: Susan Brooks of Indiana, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Mike Pompeo of Kansas, Martha Roby of Alabama, Peter Roskam of Illinois, and Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia.
And also note that all seven are either from the Midwest or the South.
No word yet on whether Dems will join. I hope not.
Susan Rice, who withdrew from consideration as secretary of state after criticism over her Sunday talk show appearances right after the Benghazi terror attacks on 9/11/12 that left four Americans, including Amb. Chris Stevens, dead, is President Obama’s new national security adviser. The job doesn’t require Senate confirmation, so Rice’s GOP enemies can’t do anything about it. She who laughs last, laughs best.
The losers here — besides those GOP enemies — are John Kerry and the Syrian rebels. Kerry because foreign policy will be concentrated at the White House now, giving him less power, and the rebels because Rice opposes intervention in the Syrian civil war, where the tide is turning in Assad’s favor.
Speaking of “power,” Obama is nominating Samantha Power to replace Rice at the U. N.
Consumer confidence is at its highest level since February 2008.
Housing prices in 20 major cities jumped 10.9% in the past year, the biggest annual increase since April 2006.
We know the deficit is looking much, much better than expected, as recovery brings more revenue to the government.
So for 2014, the GOP is left trying to sabotage Obamacare and trying to milk all the mileage they can out of the Benghazi, IRS, and reporter (AP/Fox’s James Rosen) “scandals.” I remain unconvinced that any of these is really a true scandal.
“I think the dam is about to break on Benghazi. We’re going to find a system failure before, during, and after the attacks. We’re going to find political manipulation seven weeks before an election. We’re going to find people asleep at the switch when it comes to the State Department, including Hillary Clinton. The bond that has been broken between those who serve us in harm’s way and the government they serve is huge — and to me every bit as damaging as Watergate.”
Interesting story up at the NationalJournal* explaining why the President doesn’t want to show the House and Senate Intelligence Committees all of the Justice Department drone memos. The article says it’s because they “contain secret protocols with foreign governments, including Pakistan and Yemen, as well as ‘case-specific’ details of strikes.”
The Administration believes that even if released just to certain members of Congress, the sensitive information would become public and embarrass the governments we have protocols with, which may include additional countries like Mali and Algeria.
This would explain why the Administration is supposedly trying to get John Brennan’s nomination for CIA out of the Senate Intelligence Committee by giving up some Dem votes over the drone memos and going for GOP votes by giving them more info on Benghazi.
National security issues can create some strange bedfellows!
* “What’s in the Secret Drone Memos,” Michael Hirsh and Kristin Roberts
John McCain says the White House has answered his questions about Benghazi to his satisfaction. Now he’s trying to get answers to Ted Cruz’s questions about Chuck Hagel himself.
If they can make Cruz happy (good luck with that), there won’t be a filibuster, and there will be an up or down (and it will be up) vote on Hagel tomorrow, and he can catch his flight to the NATO meeting in Brussels.
The GOP really doesn’t need another empty chair photo.