By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Trump or Hillary?  The Republicans must be very careful how they play this.  With news today that Clarence Thomas is pondering retirement, the fate of our nation could not be more in balance as we realize that the next president will have a major impact on the Supreme Court.

I was never a Trump supporter, never thought he was in it for the long haul, never thought anyone would take him seriously.  Well, here we are.

So many people I’ve talked to say, “I just can’t vote for Trump.  I’m staying home.”  That is a vote for Hillary.  I’ve also heard talk of a third-party run, a brokered convention, a total wrench in the process.  That, too, is a vote for Hillary.

With some polls reporting a Clinton over Trump lead in the polls, I again state, the Republicans have to be very careful how they play this.

My husband and I had a conversation with a young couple recently who are in their twenties – to young to remember many of the Clinton scandals.  “Well, she was a senator for New York, right?  And married to a president, right?  She’s got to be better than Trump!”

Oh, my, no.

We must educate the youth.

This article by Daniel Gallington at The Washington Times is a good place to start.  He lists many, but not all, of her egregious faults and reasons why she should never be allowed to run for office, much less get elected to the highest office in the land; first a series of problems:

  • The subject of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” that led to the impeachment and disbarment of her husband
  • Took crockery, furniture, artwork and other items from the White House — had to return and/or pay for them.
  • Said “what difference, at this point, does it make” about four brave people killed in Libya as a direct result of her failure to protect them on the anniversary of 9/11.
  • Totally ignored the structure and rules for the handling of sensitive national security information.
  • Amassed a personal fortune with “speaking fees” and payments from private sector political donors and foreign governments into transparent “foundations” in obvious exchange for future political favor.

And then Mr. Gallington expounds on them:

After she and Bill left the White House [along with the furniture, crockery and art work they took with them] she simply punched her ticket with two more political gigs that were handed to her. Neither of which identify her as anything but an opportunist, saying and doing whatever necessary to perpetuate her “new” political career, this while biding her time until she could run for president — twice.

Her time as a senator from New York was purely a block-checking exercise to stay “relevant.” Best illustrating this is the question: Why didn’t they go back to Arkansas? Easy, returning to Arkansas would have been the political — and financial — end for them and they knew it. It’s the same reason the Obamas are not returning to Chicago. And in this context, look for an “Obama Foundation” that rakes in money and a series of Hillary-style political appointments for Michelle — after all, she flunked the Bar Exam too.

More than anything else, Hillary’s campaign is counting on the “newer” American voters to simply not remember her and Bill’s checkered political and legal past. Accordingly, we can expect a Republican campaign replay of the 1990s: Bill’s Impeachment, the Star investigation, Bill’s disbarment for lying, her Rose Law Firm partner going to jail — and on and on and on — as supplemented by her latest scandals: Benghazi, “speaking” fees and classified emails.

Read the whole thing.

Then educate those young whipper-snappers out there who need some assistance.  Be sure to cover Benghazi and Whitewater in some detail.

Trump is no dream candidate, trust me, but he’s the only chance we’ve got right now to save this country.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

I was very busy yesterday and only saw this story about the Benghazi chapter of Hillary Clinton’s new book last night.

“I will not be a part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans. It’s just plain wrong, and it’s unworthy of our great country. Those who insist on politicizing the tragedy will have to do so without me.”

In other words she’s the victim of Benghazi!

Four dead Americans including 2 navy seals & Ambassador Stevens, no response during an attack that lasted hours and the response of the Secretary of State who spun the story for months & wants to be president is she’s a victim?

I thought the Clinton’s were incapable of disgusting me further, I was wrong.

Final thought: what’s worse, Hillary crying victim over Benghazi or the media playing along with it.

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By Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

Before you read this post, keep in mind that an attack on an American embassy or consulate is an attack on American soil. The attack occurred on the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack.

The Twitchy guys had a field day with The Breakfast Club-like response from former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor:

Bret Baier: According to the emails and the timeline, the CIA circulates new talking points after they remove the mention of al-Qaeda, and then, at 6:21, the White House, you,
Tommy Vietor: Me.
BB: add a line about the administration warning of September 10th, of social media reports calling for demonstrations. True?
TV: I . . . believe so.
BB: Did you also change attacks to demonstrations in the talking points?
TV: Maybe. I don’t really remember.
BB: You don’t remember?
TV: Dude, this was like two years ago.

Let’s interrupt this for a second to raise the issue of the video:
Andrew McCarthy, who convicted the Blind Sheik over the first World Trade Center attack, points out (emphasis added),

In the weeks before September 11, 2012, these jihadists plotted to attack the U.S. embassy in Cairo. In fact, the Blind Sheikh’s son threatened a 1979 Iran-style raid on the embassy: Americans would be taken hostage to ransom for the Blind Sheikh’s release from American prison (he is serving a life sentence). Other jihadists threatened to burn the embassy to the ground — a threat that was reported in the Egyptian press the day before the September 11 “protests.”

The State Department knew there was going to be trouble at the embassy on September 11, the eleventh anniversary of al-Qaeda’s mass-murder of nearly 3,000 Americans. It was well known that things could get very ugly. When they did, it would become very obvious to Americans that President Obama had not “decimated” al-Qaeda as he was claiming on the campaign trail. Even worse, it would be painfully evident that his pro–Muslim Brotherhood policies had actually enhanced al-Qaeda’s capacity to attack the United States in Egypt.

The State Department also knew about the obscure anti-Muslim video. Few Egyptians, if any, had seen or heard about it, but it had been denounced by the Grand Mufti in Cairo on September 9. Still, the stir it caused was minor, at best. As Tom Joscelyn has elaborated, the Cairo rioting was driven by the jihadists who were agitating for the Blind Sheikh’s release and who had been threatening for weeks to raid and torch our embassy. And indeed, they did storm it, replace the American flag with the jihadist black flag, and set fires around the embassy complex.

But back to the Baier-Vietor interview:

10 seconds into the video:
TV: A couple of things: One, I was in the situation room that night, ok?, and we didn’t know where the ambassador was definitively,
BB: Was the President in the situation room?
TV: No, and the fact that your network at one time reported that he watched video feed of the attack as it was ongoing is part of what I think is being innacurate
BB: Let me get to the bottom of that. Where was the President?
TV: In the White House.
1 minute into the video:
BB: Where was the President?
TV: In the White House.

Watch the whole interview:

Only after a series of edits — with various State, White House, and CIA officials massaging the talking points — do the talking points themselves “spontaneously evolve” to include a direct claim that there were demonstrations in Benghazi. Vietor will have you believe “that’s what bureaucrats do all day long.”

The fact remains that

The most serious attack on a US mission since the storming of the country’s embassy in Tehran in 1979 has occurred in a nation that Washington claims to have liberated from tyranny.

A retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general who was on duty at U.S. African Command headquarters in Germany during the Benghazi attacks said today said commanders quickly concluded that the event did not evolve from a protest, but that it was “a hostile military action.” This took place in the height of the 2012 presidential campaign, with the talking points of “Obama killed Bin Laden and al-Qaeda’s on the run.”

Where was Obama? Where was Hillary?

So where were they on the fateful night of September 11? Tommy Vietor–formerly Obama’s van driver, now, apparently, a foreign policy spokesman–says that Obama wasn’t in the situation room. Where was he? Resting up for his big fundraising trip to Las Vegas the next day? And how about Hillary? As Paul wrote earlier this evening, retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Lovell testified today that the military should have tried to rescue the besieged Americans in Benghazi. Why didn’t they? They were waiting, he testified, for a request from the State Department that never came.

Now there’s another Benghazi email,

The private, internal communication directly contradicts the message that President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice and White House press secretary Jay Carney repeated publicly over the course of the next several weeks.

BUT!
Jay Carney’s now saying those emails aren’t about Benghazi.

More questions: Why was Chris Stevens in Benghazi? Why were requests from an ambassador for additional security denied?

One more question: How did the attackers know the ambassador would be at the consulate in Benghazi rather than at the embassy in Tripoli?

But, hey, nothing to see here. “It’s all a partisan issue,” a phony scandal.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

The Sterling case is still the big story in the media, and the administration is very happy about that, because the rest of the news doesn’t look all that good, such as:

here’s Carney insisting that the Ben Rhodes email that lit up conservative media yesterday, which listed as one of the White House’s goals before Susan Rice’s Sunday show appearances “to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy,” didn’t necessarily mean Benghazi — even though the whole reason Rice was booked was because a U.S. ambassador had just been killed in the American consulate there. It’s basically his version of “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.” Is it working?

I don’t think I could do a job where I had to life for a living.

Then there’s the question of Big money, Big Democrat money that is:

During a gathering here of major Democratic donors this week that has raised more than $30 million for liberal groups, questions about the party’s split personality on the issue were dodged, rejected or answered with an array of rationalizations. That is, when they weren’t met with recriminations or even gentle physical force.

You mean to say the Koch brothers are not the only source of big money in politics? Who woulda thunk it!

Meanwhile while Mr. Sterling has said some nasty stuff in private, a Democrat congressman is being a little more public in his racism and has an explanation for CNN:

Bash: Isn’t that a racially charged term?

Thompson: “For some it is, but to others it’s the truth.”

Bash: Because looking at that and hearing that kind of language, that certainly wouldn’t be appropriate if it was coming from somebody who was white.

Thompson: “But I’m black.”

Bash: That makes it OK?

Imagine if Cliven Bundy gave that “to others it is truth” answer, but as Allahpundit put it:

Look at it from his perspective: He knows he won’t be reprimanded, so why waste time cooking up anything more than pro forma spin?

Meanwhile growth continues to be poor:

Economic growth plummeted to a dismal 0.1% in the first quarter of 2104. They’re blaming it on the weather…
…Oh well, don’t worry. The economists who predicted a 1.1% rise assure us that a strong rebound is just around the corner.

The Polls still stink

a new ABC News/Washington Post poll that shows President Obama skidding to a dismal 41/52 approval/disapproval score. The poll contains other bad news for Democrats, e.g., by 53%-39%, respondents say it is more important to have Republicans in Congress to check Obama’s agenda than Democrats to support it. And the numbers on Obamacare are bad.

very bad

On the heels of the release of a Washington Post-ABC News poll which showed President Barack Obama sinking to the lowest approval rating of his presidency and Democratic voters displaying a lack of enthusiasm ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, a Harvard University Institute of Politics poll of young voters is set to further dispirit Democrats.

That survey of 18-29-year-olds found that only 23 percent of young Americans say they will “definitely” vote in November, a drop of 11 points from Harvard IOP’s last poll conducted in November, 2013.

And Wendy Davis has gone from Democrat heroine to Glenn Close impersonator

“The uninformed opinions of a Washington, D.C., desk jockey who’s never stepped foot in Texas couldn’t be less relevant to what’s actually happening on the ground,” Karin Johanson, Davis campaign manager, said in a surprising statement after Shumlin’s slight.

I will not be ignored Peter

If the left is lucky all of this will continue to be overshadowed until a new meme can overwhelm the reality for them.

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Media-Scales-590-LIBack in January the Bridgegate™ scandal broke and the media devoted hours and hours to the coverage to the exclusion of all else.  The coverage was so excessive  that Vladimir Putin could have taken Crimea, Ukraine and the Baltic states and it might have rated a line at the bottom of page A-16 or 30 seconds at the bottom of a newscast.

So yesterday when Randy Mastro’s press conference began to announce the result of his investigation every news network turned to it cutting away from the President in Europe

In connection with allegations related to the George Washington bridge realignment we found that Governor Christie had no knowledge aforehand of this George Washington bridge realignment idea and he played no role whatsoever in that decision or the implementation of it. We further found no evidence that anyone in the governor’s office asides Bridget Kelly knew of this idea in advance or played any role in the decision or the implementation of it.

It wasn’t long after the words came out of his mouth that MSNBC cut away and had a commentator dismissing these results and dismissed Randy Mastro as a hired gun for Gov Christie and not independent. As I noted at the time:

 

CNN carried the press conference a little longer but then continued along those same lines. This was a legal team hired by Christie and should be taken with a grain of salt.

The next day Morning Joe spent practically the entire show dismissing the findings of but suggesting Christie would have been better off not having the press conference.

This has become the MSM media meme:

CBS Headline: Christie-Appointed Lawyer: Governor Not Involved In George Washington Bridge Plot

Yahoo News: Christie cleared in his own probe, but others loom

Huffington Post: Chris Christie’s Lawyer To Issue Traffic Scandal Report

UPDATE:  The New York Times:

A Whitewash for Gov. Christie
The best example?   TPM’s headline which calls this “Christie’s Self Exoneration Panel“.

Ironically at TPM you can find another headline that is getting a lot less press: Oversight Dems To Issa: Drop The Charade And Let’s Do Some Real Work.

Because we all know the internal investigation of Benghazi was beyond reproach.

It’s seems strange to me that TPM and the rest of the media seem to have variable standards when it comes to internal investigations.  Let’s take the IRS…

The head of the Internal Revenue Service told House Republicans on Wednesday that it would take years to provide all the documents they have subpoenaed in their probe of how the agency handled tea party groups’ applications for tax-exempt status.

The comments by IRS chief John Koskinen drew a frosty response from Republicans who run the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee, one of several congressional panels investigating the controversy. The panel’s chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., warned him he should comply with the request “or potentially be held in contempt” of Congress, a sometimes threatened but seldom-used authority.

…they didn’t find this story particularly newsworthy.  It didn’t generate a whole lot of talk on Morning Joe either, in fact I don’t recall any, but why would it?  After all the internal investigation headed by an Obama donor leaked it was unlikely there would be any criminal charges filed and the president himself said there was no corruption involved.  Where’s the story there?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This is a gift to the GOP.

If I was a member of the GOP I would go on every morning & afternoon show that I’m invited and when questioned about this report and investigation say something like:

Well I think it’s very fair to question the credibility of an investigation commissioned by those who are being investigated like the IRS scandal for example when a political donor to the president leaked that there was unlikely to bring criminal charges even though we have people repeatedly taking the fifth in that investigation, or in the Benghazi investigation where the political allies of the White House are insisting congressional investigations be dropped

When they bring up Christie interview with Dianne Sawyer they should compare it to the President’s statement to Bill O’Reilly that there was “not even a SMIDGEN of corruption.” No matter what direction the question comes, some variation of these answer should be the response.

This is a gift to the GOP if they are smart enough to use it.

Closing Thought: What would the reaction of the MSM be if Chris Christie had  “joked” about using lane closures to punish mayors who didn’t support him in 2010?

Update 2: Via Glenn, Howie Carr reminds us we don’t have to go to the Obama Administration to find Democrats presumed innocent

Oddly, however, the hacks rounded up over the last few days, well, let’s put it this way. They voted for Obama 100 percent. They think Obamacare’s great. How could they possibly be guilty as charged?

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faustaBook review by Fausta Rodríguez Wertz

Eyes On Target: Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs by Scott McEwen and Richard Miniter, is a gripping read in many ways:
It tells the story of a group of men who will give their all to protect our country, from the point of view of several of the men themselves.
It is the history of the most-feared anti-terrorist force in the world.
And, as the book jacket aptly describes, it

is an inside account of some of the most harrowing missions in American history-including the mission to kill Osama bin Laden and the mission that wasn’t, the deadly attack on the US diplomatic outpost in Benghazi where a retired SEAL sniper with a small team held off one hundred terrorists while his repeated radio calls for help went unheeded.

The book could be divided in three sections: The history of the SEALs, and how they evolved ‘from pirates to professionals’; the missions in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Benghazi (which actually was not a mission); and the Appendix and notes, which includes The US House Republican Conference Interim Progress Report on the events surrounding the September 11, 2012 Terrorist Attacks in Benghazi.

Not to be missed is chapter eleven, “Why the Unique Culture of the SEALs matters,” where McEwen and Miniter make the case for why

We must, as a society, keep a group of warriors free of politics and bureaucracy, free of the distractions that keep them from doing their vital work.

While the Obama administration and its apologists continue to refer to the September 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi as a fake, phony scandal (a Google search yields 553,000 results on benghazi fake scandal), the details of the attack, as itemized on chapter ten, belie this “fake, phony scandal” narrative.

Authors Scott McEwen and Richard Miniter thoroughly researched the official timelines of the Defense Department, the State Department, congressional reports, Arabic-language newspapers and American media to construct the most detailed timeline of the 9/11 attack in Benghazi. They go back to April 5, 2011 and start with Ambassador Chris Stevens’s arrival in Benghazi, ending with the September 12 arrival of the Marine FAST platoon in Tripoli at 8:56PM, a full twenty-four hours after the attack began.

Eyes On Target is a gripping, well-researched, moving account of a group of heroic men, a book both for history lovers and especially for the general reader who wants to know the facts on Benghazi.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on US and Latin America politics and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

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Remember that famous Hypothetical concerning being a journalist vs an American that we talked about a while back

Moderator: Don’t you have a higher duty as an American citizen to do all that you can to save the lives of Soldiers, rather than this journalist ethic of reporting report the fact?

Mike Wallace: No you don’t have the higher duty…

This brought the following response from the Marine at the table:

Col George Connell: I feel utter contempt. Noting if they found themselves wounded they would expect Marines to go & save them (and he’d send em.)

At the time Wallace said “Lord knows it’s a hypothetical”

Well it’s not a Hypothetical anymore. Fox news contributor, Richard Grenell asked this question of the times David Kirpatrick.

This was the answer:

A reporter on the ground talking to the people in the process of attacking and killing Americans.

Glenn used to remark about the anti-war folks on Iraq: “They’re not anti-war, they’re just on the other side.”

Ditto

Via Hotair

Exit Question: How this is this not the top story in the News?

Update: While the NYT may not believe helping Americans under attack rises to the level of the Patriotic Duty of Americans the Libs at MSNBC have found something that does:

So signing up for Obamacare Patriotic Duty as Americans, aiding Americans under attack: Not so much.

If you want to know why the culture wars matter this is it.

Update 2: The Canada Free Press makes an interesting point

Whoa. Whoa? What? Grenell and others were quick to jump up and ask: Really? The New York Times had a reporter embedded in the pack of insurgents that attacked our diplomatic compound and killed our ambassador and three other Americans?
NYT: liberal elite’s roving damage control team

In reality, the only way that this is really true is that NYT paid off one of the militants and logged it in the ledger as “pay for reporter” instead of “bribe for terrorist murderer of Americans.”

There was a time when Times men were patriotic Americans, but those days are gone. Now, they are part of the liberal elite’s roving damage control team.

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My friend Chip Jones has a bombshell today:

Confidential sources close to Conservative Report have confirmed that Valerie Jarrett was the key decision-maker for the administration on the night of the Benghazi terrorist attack on 9/11/2012.

Jones’ story reports that relief was available not waiting in Europe for the call but on the tarmac of Tripoli:

Had the C-130 Spooky been on station, over the CIA Annex in Benghazi, moments before the mortar rounds were fired, the entire outcome of the Benghazi fiasco would have been different.

Add to that, a team of Green Berets on the ground to secure and/or evacuate the Annex, and the outcome would have been two SEALS still alive, and a mess of dead terrorists.

Now even though those assets were in Tripoli they are restricted in their use by “Cross Border Authority”

To initiate offensive military operations in a foreign country, law requires a Presidential order commonly referred to a Cross Border Authority or CBA. In the absence of cross border authority being granted directly by the President, no military operation could be initiated, including the commitment of troops to secure or rescue personnel from Special Mission Benghazi.

President Obama’s failure to issue Cross Border Authority allowing our men to die is bad but if it wasn’t him making the decision it’s worse

the decision not to take action was made by a person, to whom the people did not elect to give such authority to, nor did Congress even have confirmation power over.

The military-order, not to initiate action, saving our men in Benghazi, was issued by the President’s Advisor, Valerie Jarrett.

Combine this with the latest from CNN

Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret.

CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency’s Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out.

and the whole “Phony scandal” Meme continues to melt away.

Update: Mike Rogers reminds us of some history

Turns out that Valerie Jarrett is so cautious about letting Little Barry get into hot water, that she alone vetoed the raid in January, February, and March, with the result that Obama’s indecision coupled with Jarrett’s caution drove Panetta and the military planners underground to work out the details without all the second-guessing – here’s an excerpt:

When the president consulted with the CIA director or the secretary of defense, he often seemed to be “playing for time”, canceling meetings with senior officials that would require him to make decisions or abruptly walking out midway through conferences with his senior advisors, cabinet secretaries and military officers.
When Obama walked out, he would wander the White House in search of Jarrett. If she had been in the meeting with him, he would signal for her to join him. Her advice and reassurance was critical, as always.

This suggests the actions in Benghazi are consistent with previous behavior.

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Headline at the Hill:

Dems prepare game plan for Benghazi

It would have been nice if this headline was from May 26th 2012 instead of May 26th 2013, perhaps they might have been ready on September 11th 2012.

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