We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
State Department to review its own Benghazi review : "Without mentioning Benghazi specifically, Geisel [State Dept. Inspector General] mentioned that the IG office has been recommending ways to increase security and crisis-response capability at diplomatic posts for some time."
It seems to me that we have a new trend, my gut tells me it is handcrafted by the liberal/dems, but I do not have enough info. Would you please ask the docs (Bliss, Schniderman, etc.) to take a look at the new 'wave' of a grey divorces that seems to be happening out there?
I think this one might be another interesting example of social trends amongst the left.
David French: The bottom line is that the president of the United States has the inherent authority to order immediate military assistance, regardless of whether a request comes from the State Department, CIA officials on the ground, or — in the confusion of battle — from no one at all. Why did you fail to give that order, Mr. President? And if you did, why was it not carried out?
In fact, the military did deploy forces, but they arrived after the evacuation was completed.
David French: That much we already knew. The courage of the few defenders has been well documented (and can’t be praised enough).
The claim was made and propagated loudly by the right wing media that there was an order to "stand down". That claim was false.
The Benghazi attack has been a subject of discussion on this blog for some time. While various claims have been made, most were unsupported.
Many Americans have been killed by militants in overseas missions over the last several years. This is an ongoing problem. The issue here is why the ambassador and his team were left in such an indefensible position. There were ample warnings. This security failure needs to be addressed, and that requires a clear understanding of what really went wrong.
Zachass, actually, it is most (really, all) of the Obama administration excuses that have been "unsupported", that is except for the lackey media repeating them and blacking-out the contrary evidence. Further, neither the "stand down" order nor most others have been disproved. It still remains to investigate who specifically did what. For example, here's this morning's "Exclusive: Security officials on the ground in Libya challenge CIA account" ( http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/03/exclusive-security-officials-on-ground-in-libya-challenge-cia-account/#ixzz2BAgAKbTz )-- That's all the time you get, Zachass, and more than your Department Of Disinformation deserves.
Bruce Kesler: It still remains to investigate who specifically did what.
Yes, we agree on that. It's rather obvious there were serious mistakes made, primarily in terms of the security arrangements. Apparently, the Americans were running a CIA operation of some sort, which only added to the confusion.
re illo, here's Davy Crockett's own words telling of the Red Stick Wars, which coming on the heels of the Battle of New Orleans launched Old Hickory's run at presidency:
We pursued them until we got near the house, when we saw a squaw sitting in the door, and she placed her feet against the bow she had in her hand, and then took an arrow, and, raising her feet, she drew with all her might, and let fly at us, and she killed a man, whose name, I believe, was Moore. He was a lieutenant, and his death so enraged us all, that she was fired on, and had at least twenty balls blown through her. This was the first man I ever saw killed with a bow and arrow.
(scroll down a ways, or 'read down' which is what you, in my estimation, will probably do --except for Zach, who will petition to have this man Crockett dug up and prosecuted in the court of the 21st century)