May 14, 2013

One From Oliver North

Lt. Col. Oliver North, USMC (Ret) has for quite some time been a journalist’s journalist, doing what the bulk of those mistakenly called “journalists” of the mainstream media should be doing but aren’t: reporting the truth rather than left wing political propaganda or omission/spin/whatever else is employed by the lying liars of the alphabet networks, the New York Times and the rest of that crowd.

In his latest column, he talks about the Benghazi cover-up which has become one of the banes of the Obama Administration’s left wing existence. I say “one of” because a few more have materialized of late, not least among which is the one involving the IRS in which those particular fellows and fellowettes have been putting in herculean efforts to single out conservative political groups for their dubious attentions.

But let’s stick to the issue at hand, which is Benghazi and what Col. North has to say about the events that transpired there in September, 2012. We try to copy and paste only a few key paragraphs when we link to articles and columns by others, but this one is homogeneously “key” from the first word to the last.

As published in Human Events.

We all know about the notorious Obama “Kill List.” CIA Director John Brennan proudly told us about that last year when he described how the O-Team decides which Americans should be executed by Hellfire Missile fired from remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs). Why hasn’t the White House used this capability to “take out” those who killed our diplomats in Benghazi, Libya last year?

Clip and save this column. Herein are some important events, names, places – facts your children and grandchildren will need to know about these perilous times:

Tuesday, September 11, 2012, Benghazi, Libya. The U.S. consulate and a diplomatic annex in this city on the Mediterranean coast are assaulted and destroyed by radical Islamic terrorists. Four American citizens: U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith and two former Navy SEALS, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, are killed during two attacks over a seven-hour period. Officials in Washington take no action to stop the attacks or save lives.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012. The President, standing beside Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, describes what happened in Benghazi as “an outrageous attack” and promises, “We will not waiver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.” For weeks thereafter, White House officials, the Secretary of State and lesser government functionaries, reiterate Obama’s claim the attack was fomented by a crude anti-Muslim video posted on the Internet. It’s not true.

Thursday, October 4, 2012. Thirty-two days before the presidential election, and desperate to preserve the fiction that “al Qaeda is on the ropes” because “Osama bin Laden is dead,” the State Department announces formation of an “Accountability Review Board” (ARB) headed by former U.S. Ambassador Tom Pickering and a recently retired Joint Chiefs Chairman. Though the Reagan White House provided Pickering with extraordinary additional security when he was threatened by terrorists in El Salvador, the ARB report, delivered on December 20, 2012, found “mid-level State Department officials” were responsible for security lapses in Benghazi.

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies under oath before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In response to questions posed by Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) about who attacked the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi and why, she explodes: “What difference at this point does it make?”

Wednesday, May 8, 2013, three brave men testify before the House Government Reform Committee about the lies, misfeasance, and incompetence in the Obama administration’s handling of the jihadist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Gregory N. Hicks, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya, the highest-ranking American diplomat in the country during the attacks; Mark I. Thompson, a former U.S. Marine and operations coordinator for the State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau; and Eric Nordstrom, formerly the senior diplomatic security officer in Libya, all testify about what really happened on 9-11-12. To avail themselves of legal protections against retribution, all three claim status as “whistleblowers.”

Their testimony indicts the President, the Secretary of State and Administration minions of incompetence and lying to the public about what happened before, during and after the Benghazi attacks. Supporters of the Obama regime describe the three as “politically motivated” and claim there is “nothing new” in what they said. That’s not true either. Herewith, a few important facts we now know thanks to the courage of these three men:

Though radical Islamists routinely use “anniversaries” to motivate adherents to violence, the Obama administration did absolutely nothing to anticipate such a possibility by pre-positioning quick-reaction military forces in the Middle East prior to the 9-11-12 attacks. Worse, instead of granting Ambassador Stevens’ repeated requests for additional security assets, the O-Team actually reduced U.S. security personnel in Libya. This abysmal failure reflects, inter alia, a near total deficit of human intelligence (HUMINT). The Ambassador and three other Americans paid for this misfeasance with their lives.

In the midst of the deadly attacks in Benghazi, bureaucratic inertia and infighting in Washington prevented any response which might have saved lives. In the aftermath, the Obama administration insulted the Libyan government by refuting their assertion that the perpetrators were radical Islamists. The result: more than two weeks before FBI agents could visit “the scene of the crime.”

Since 9-11-12, the Benghazi terror attack has been probed by five separate committees of Congress. The State Department’s ARB is at best a whitewash. Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) and more than 140 of his colleagues have called for a bi-partisan select committee of both houses to fully investigate the matter. Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham support the proposal. It’s time – unless Congress wants to participate in a cover up.

It’s time – unless Congress wants to participate in a cover up

Well said in the column and especially on that last; We here at Hard Astarboard have been wondering, for some time now, when it is that the Republicans in Congress are going to start remembering where their votes come from and start, as such, doing their job.

by @ 7:45 pm. Filed under Countering Obama Coverups, Great Commentary, Security

May 7, 2013

The Cost Of “Diversity”

As is always the case, Thomas Sowell strikes right at the heart of the matter in this excellent column.

Words that replace thought

If there is ever a contest for words that substitute for thought, “diversity” should be recognized as the undisputed world champion.

You don’t need a speck of evidence, or a single step of logic, when you rhapsodize about the supposed benefits of diversity. The very idea of testing this wonderful, magical word against something as ugly as reality seems almost sordid.

To ask whether institutions that promote diversity 24/7 end up with better or worse relations between the races than institutions that pay no attention to it is only to get yourself regarded as a bad person. To cite hard evidence that places obsessed with diversity have worse race relations is to risk getting yourself labeled an incorrigible racist. Free thinking is not free.

Read On…

by @ 3:40 pm. Filed under Great Commentary

May 4, 2013

Planned PARENThood, my #@%!

From One News Now

Poll: Voters blind to the truth about Planned Parenthood

A recent poll commissioned by the National Right to Life Committee shows that people need to be educated on the mission of Planned Parenthood. Because when that happens, they tend to change their view.

NRLC executive director David O’Steen tells American Family News the survey, conducted on 1,003 registered voters by the Polling Company February 28 - March 3, 2013, shows that the majority has a favorable opinion of the abortion giant. But that does not surprise him, as it is something that has been reported in previous studies.

“But it shows that this favorable image is really based on not knowing much about the organization,” O’Steen adds. “Eighty-eight percent of the population feels that they are familiar with Planned Parenthood, and 44 percent say they’re very familiar. But a majority doesn’t even know that Planned Parenthood performs abortions.”

vAlthough 63 percent said that they had a favorable opinion of Planned Parenthood, including 38 percent of those who identified themselves as pro-life, 55 percent of those polled did not know that Planned Parenthood performs abortions. But based on current figures, the truth is an estimated 27 percent of all abortions done in the U.S. are performed at Planned Parenthood facilities.

O’Steen contends the reason people do not know the truth about the abortion giant is the secular media does not report it.

“This is the nation’s largest chain of abortion clinics. We do have a job ahead of us in the pro-life movement and in the pro-life media of just telling the truth over and over and over again and breaking through this veil of secrecy that Planned Parenthood wants to hide behind,” the pro-lifer asserts

The article is here.

by @ 8:47 am. Filed under Planned Parenthood and Infanticide