For months the RW noise machine pitched F&F as a gun grab attempt by Obama. When that story got to sillyville the Repubs and Fox swithced to something else. At first I wondered if there was anything to it, then one speech Bohner refused to mention gun grab...then that died down and it just becamce a case of governemnt incompetence.
God Bless the Marine Corps.
I don't have much confidence in his political judgement, and I think he had a really lousy collection of senior campaign advisors. People like Eric "Etch-A-Sketch" Fehrnstrom. Throw in that pig Sununu as a surrogate and yer in real trouble. They couldn't even run effective polling. They were shocked to lose Ohio. Rove is still waiting for some of votes to come in from Butler County.
You guys might have heard about a book written by a campaign staffer that highlighted this very incident: Campaign Insider Book Argues Mitt Romney Lost Because Of Benghazi
The reason Obama smiles at one point is because Romney says F & F has "been investigated to a degree." Obama knew how much time Holder's staff had wasted dealing with the Issa Circus over the matter.
>>By 2003 … the Taliban [was] waiting for the political climate to change in America before entering Afghanistan.
An analysis that I figure is completely partisan and without foundation. Have you studied the strategic planning of the Taliban between 2004 and 2009? My guess is that they decided early during that time frame that they could regain a good measure of their status in Afghanistan because the Americans were busy elsewhere, and set about doing so. I figure that by the time Obama got in and was able to begin getting us out of Iraq, a lot of the progress we had made between Sept 2002 and March 2003 had been squandered. Certainly we accomplished much less during those six years than we might have otherwise.
>>America's national security is in the hands of a community organizser who ignores the military.
I'd say it's in the hands of the POTUS. When Bush43 was in office, was our national security in the hands of a baseball franchise owner who had been involved in some questionable financial dealings?
>>the president’s determination that the White House tightly control every aspect of national security policy and even operations.
I can understand Secretary Gates' concerns about this. Obama and his closest aides do seem to have a controlling nature. And I can see where a highly skilled administrator like Gates would find this to a degree problematic, even potentially dysfunctional. But I didn't hear anything from Gates about a failed foreign policy and incompetent leadership of the military. So if liberal supporters of the President will concede that Gates' criticism has validity, will conservatives agree with Gates that Obama has been an effective commander-in-chief?
>>The community organizer had a hard-on over the Arab Spring. Upstairs in the living quarters of the communiy olrganizer the bed sheets were soiled every morning from wet dreams.
Can I ask to be spared the puerile sexual taunts?
Am I correct in assuming that some posters here see the Arab Spring as regrettable?
I'm confident that all the details of this have been brought out, either publicly or in closed session. This select committee is a fund-raiser, a base-motivator, and an effort to get somebody to say something that will embarrass the administration.
I continue to wonder what some of the conservatives on this site would have thought of Mr. Stevens on Sept 10, 2012.
Speaking of the cinema, I'm reminded of a scene in Full Metal Jacket. Eightball has been sent out ahead to see what's in front of the platoon. He's seriously wounded by sniper fire.
DOC JAY: We can't leave him out there!
COWBOY: We're not leavin' 'im! We'll get him when the tank comes up.
DOC JAY: He's hit three ****ing times! He can't wait that long!
COWBOY: I've seen this before! That sniper's just tryin' t suck us in one at a time!
Doc Jay jumps over the low wall and runs out to get Eightball. He does not survive the effort.
The other day, I responded to a comment about "Obama's Twenty Biggest Lies" or something like that. The only one I felt I couldn't refute was the idea that using the ACA website would "be like shopping on Amazon." But I realized I was completely ignorant of that comment. Turns out it falls into, for me, the same category as "keep yer plan and doctor." No lies, just embarrassing and politically costly overconfidence.
President On Obamacare Site