March 6, 2015

Quote of the Day

Perhaps "All Hail Kim!"

The Clinton camp has spent this week explaining that none of this was untoward, that no laws were broken, and that she's being transparent.

Were you just awakening from a 40-year coma and still a bit fuzzy, this might strike you as remotely plausible. For everyone else who has lived through the Bill and Hill years, this email caper is pure Clinton. -- Kimberly Strassel WSJ Ed Page

Honorable mention (same article): "The Clintons thrive in gray areas."

Posted by John Kranz at 9:34 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

And they have more than fifty shades.

Posted by: johngalt at March 6, 2015 11:17 AM

June 17, 2014

Told You So?

Remember when Susan Rice said "we will catch the Benghazi attackers!" And Darrel Issa said "No, you will not catch the Benghazi attackers!" And Ms. Rice said "Will too!!" And Rep. Issa said "So's your old man!" And...

No. I don't remember it much like that, either. But Scott Wilson at the WaPo does.

The weekend capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala, one of the suspected ringleaders of the Sept. 11, 2012, assault on a U.S. diplomatic compound and CIA-run annex, gives Obama another told-you-so moment in Washington's score-keeping culture.

But the achievement is also likely to do little to tamp down the partisan fervor surrounding the administration's public management of the deadly Benghazi attacks, a still-raw political legacy of the 2012 presidential campaign that continues to preoccupy Republicans and their most ardent supporters on the right.

Let me get this straight. The Administration:
  • Bombs a country and ousts its leader with no plans to stabilize or recover;
  • Staffs a consulate with sub-par security;
  • Denies requests for additional security;
  • Sends no help during an eight hour attack;
  • Lies about the cause of the attack;
  • Lies -- aided by the outrageously unscrupulous antics of Candy Crawly -- about its characterization of the attack during a debate;
  • Throws a filmmaker in jail showing to the world our appreciation for free speech;
  • disavows filmmaker's rights;
  • Refers to the above as "a phony scandal."

And now, the WaPo thinks this is all magically expunged because an arrest was made? Told-you-so?

Posted by John Kranz at 4:59 PM | Comments (5)
But johngalt thinks:

I haven't yet heard... What role did Abu Khattala allegedly play in "Innocence of Muslims" - Dolly or Key Grip?

Posted by: johngalt at June 17, 2014 6:05 PM
But AndyN thinks:

Would anyone care to explain to me how a "spontaneous" event can have a ringleader?

Posted by: AndyN at June 18, 2014 10:55 AM
But jk thinks:

Perhaps Abu Khattala (or "Chip" as he's known in the industry) is Libya's Roger Ebert. "The Composition!" "The Lighting!" "The Insipid Dialogue!" "Somebody's gonna die!"

Posted by: jk at June 18, 2014 10:59 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Tying together this Benghazi misdirection aka "ringleader's arrest" with last Friday's #UnderPlayedStory, how is it that the NYT is able to report... "that Khattala 'told other Libyans in private conversations during the night of the attack that he was moved to attack the diplomatic mission to take revenge for an insult to Islam in an American-made online video" yet they can't find any clues in the disappearance of two years worth of email records that arguably could end the Obama Administration early? Do private Libyan conversations have better data retention policies and technologies?

Posted by: johngalt at June 18, 2014 2:56 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Excellent point AndyN. When they needed a scapegoat scalp [intentionally gratuitous "redskin" reference] the Obama Administration arrested ONE filmmaker. After his faux culpability was played out they arrested ONE - I don't know what... outspoken Libyan who was interviewed by western media?

And in the Salon piece I linked in the previous comment they have him tried, convicted and sentenced already, including the implication that there are no co-conspirators to keep pursuing. "Silly Republicans, Obama kicked your ass! Take that, bitches."

Posted by: johngalt at June 18, 2014 10:10 PM

December 29, 2013

Duranty Lives!

Famine in the Ukraine? Nyet!

Terrorism and prevarication in Bengazi? The NYTimes has concluded its extensive 15-month investigation and -- great news -- Sec State Clinton is blameless!

Still no word on gambling at Rick's... (It's homage, Keith, not plagiarism.)

Posted by John Kranz at 12:47 PM | Comments (0)

May 14, 2013

Quote of the Day

The motivations and fundraising of those who disagree with you are irrelevant to whether or not you're telling the truth, Mr. President. -- Jim Geraghty
Posted by John Kranz at 10:02 AM | Comments (0)

May 8, 2013

Benghazi in 5:30

About all you need to need to know.

Posted by John Kranz at 4:57 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

LOL - Rep. Jordan (R-Ohio) "Other than the degrees from Michigan it's [your resume] impressive."

Posted by: johngalt at May 9, 2013 2:58 PM
But johngalt thinks:

The most perplexing part of the ongoing Benghazi episode is how Hillary Clinton can sit silently by as the establishment press, in its dutiful effort to portray the Congressional investigation as nothing but an attempt to damage the former Secretary of State politically, repeatedly calls it a "witch hunt."

Posted by: johngalt at May 9, 2013 3:08 PM