While Wall Street floods and Atlantic City submerges I could not help but notice that this is the most appropriate to job description name I have ever seen:
Chris Landsea, the hurricane center’s science officer. wsj
I finished Richards’ wonderful autobiography last week. It is really very good indeed – no mistake having James Fox as your ghost – and I was struck at the delight of this song. There are Richards, Clapton and Ronnie Wood palying with their own idol.
We lost four people there. Ou Ambassador and three heros.
We lost them because Barack Obama failed to do his duty…He went to Vegas.
We had drones in the sky.
We had a gunship.
We had F-14s.
We had a rapid response force.
We did nothing.
We stood down.
Our President did nothing to defend our people.
He knew they were in danger. He knew that he had the assets to protect them. He did nothing.
I want your to think about that. I want you to think about those young heros taking down 60 hostiles – just the two of them. I want you to think about their cries for help.
Our President went to Vegas.
Vote any way you want.
I will not go to Vegas when my people are in harms way.
I will not stand down our airforce and our special forces when they can save American lives.
I will not lie to you about what happens.
I will be the Commander in Chief and I will use every weapon, every bit of intelligence, every capacity this great nation has to protect our people.
That’s the job. I’ll do it, my opponent has proven he will not.
Not knowing exactly what was taking place, the two SEALs set up a defensive perimeter. Unfortunately Ambassador Stevens was already gravely injured, and Foreign Service officer, Sean Smith, was dead. However, due to their quick action and suppressive fire, twenty administrative personnel in the embassy were able to escape to safety. Eventually, these two courageous men were overwhelmed by the sheer numbers brought against them, an enemy force numbering between 100 to 200 attackers which came in two waves. But the stunning part of the story is that Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty killed 60 of the attacking force. Once the compound was overrun, the attackers were incensed to discover that just two men had inflicted so much death and destruction. scott on cap cod via the prof
How embarrassing…imagine doing your job when your President wants you to just lie down and die…Sub-optimal I tells you!
The information I heard today was that General Ham as head of Africom received the same e-mails the White House received requesting help/support as the attack was taking place. General Ham immediately had a rapid response unit ready and communicated to the Pentagon that he had a unit ready.
General Ham then received the order to stand down. His response was to screw it, he was going to help anyhow. Within 30 seconds to a minute after making the move to respond, his second in command apprehended General Ham and told him that he was now relieved of his command.
The story continues that now General Rodiguez would take General Ham’s place as the head of Africon. tiger droppings.com
If this is true the Big “0” should be impeached right now.
That the greatest enemies of Palestinian freedom are the Hamas gangsters who run the bleakly razor-wired Gaza Strip never seems to get a look-in. That the best way for a Canadian to see to it that humanitarian aid reaches Gaza is to simply pay one’s taxes — Ottawa has spent roughly $300 million in Gaza over the past five years — is practically heretical to even mention. ottawa citizen
Terry is not fooled. Nor are the writers he reviews here. From that quote he just gets better and better.
We also learned that, in those first moments of the attack, a request for military back-up was made by U.S. staff on the ground but was denied by Washington. It had planes and Special Forces less than 500 miles away in southern Italy – or about the same distance as Washington to Boston. They could have been there in less than two hours. Yet the commander-in-chief declined to give the order. So Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods fought all night against overwhelming odds, and died on a rooftop in a benighted jihadist hell hole while Obama retired early to rest up before his big Vegas campaign stop. “Within minutes of the first bullet being fired, the White House knew these heroes would be slaughtered if immediate air support was denied,” said Ty Woods’ father, Charles. “In less than an hour, the perimeters could have been secured, and American lives could have been saved. After seven hours fighting numerically superior forces, my son’s life was sacrificed because of the White House’s decision.” mark steyn, orange county register
No one does outrage more effectively than Mark.
It is becoming clear that it was the White House’s inaction which killed the Ambassador and his protection unit in Benghazi. And, sooner rather than later, it is going to hit the election with more force than hurricane Sandy.
People are killed on every President’s watch. Part of the job. But it is never part of the job to let them be killed when there is something, anything, which can be done to save them. The Big “0” didn’t lift a finger. In fact, it appears he told the assets to “stand down”.
Which is despicable and the very reason he should be fired.
The story originates with Fox and is obviously subject to verification. However, if Obama had the capacity and refused to use it the whole idea of his fitness as Commander and Chief is in tatters.
And it is far enough ahead of the election for this to gain traction in the MSM who, I suspect, are getting a bit worried about their boy’s lack luster performance.
Mitt just stood his ground and looked and sounded Presidential.
Obama was fine. Fine was not at all good enough.
Update: I think this gets it about right:
If you knew nothing about Barack Obama and Mitt Romney except what you saw in their final debate, you would have assumed that Romney was the incumbent president, that Obama was the challenger trying to unseat him, that Romney was clearly leading in the polls going in and that he remained there going out. You wouldn’t necessarily think Romney won the debate, but you would think he was winning the race. Yuval Levin, the corner
I am not the first person to notice that the media monolith on the Big “0’s” side of the aisle is showing cracks.
Obama is still half black, he still looks great in sports clothes, he still can read a teleprompter; but it is beginning to dawn on even the media that this may not be quite enough.
And it is particularly not enough now that Romney/Ryan have demonstrated that they don’t actually feed puppies into blenders and, well, could find Libya on a map.
Dams do not break all at once.