Larwyn’s Linx: Krauthammer: White House blackmailed Petraeus for false testimony on Benghazi

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Nation

Krauthammer: White House blackmailed Petraeus for false testimony: NB
Levin To House GOP: ‘Subpoena Petraeus, Subpoena Hillary Clinton’: CNS
Kelley’s financial strife adds clues to FBI email investigation: DefTech

Can We Replace John Boehner With Paul Ryan?: RS
“You Have Two Years to Live” : Loudon
Nice Losers: Sowell

The Frogman’s Prophecies: Dissident Frogman
Yep: Eric Holder to stay on as Obama’s attorney general: Hot Air
Petraeus Love Pentagon has Evil Twin Story Now: NakedDC

Economy

The Obamacare Nightmare Comes True: Rush
Gee, why’d they wait ’til after 11/6 to mail these letters?: Malkin
Look Who’s Refusing To Compromise To Avoid The Fiscal Cliff: IBD

Obama Presides Over a $ 120 Billion Deficit in October: Virtuous
US could be on path to fifth straight $ 1 trillion deficit: Fox
Parasitic Unions Kill Their Hosts (or, in this case, Hostess): RS

Scandal Central

Levin: Fiscal cliff? We’re facing a COLLAPSE: Scoop
Apparently, Everybody Involved in the Petraeus Scandal Is a Swinging Sex Freak: RSM
Who’s doing who in the Obama team’s sex scandals: A handy guide: Malcolm

The GOP Says It Can Not Legally Help Stop Vote Fraud, No Joke: NoisyRm
Voter Identification Laws Are Trouble For Democrats: IBD
Election Fraud in Philadelphia (Audio): TUOwl2009

Climate & Energy

CEI Sues To Force Release of Carbon Tax Emails: CEI
The Third Bucket of Fiscal Cliff Negotiations: FreeEnt

Media

Barack Obama tacitly admits Eric Holder is as guilty as sin about Operation Fast & Furious…: RS
Has the Petraeus Affair exposed a potentially darker scandal?: TAB
GOP Must Close Media Gap To Close Youth, Minority Gap: IBD

Media: Republicans Are So Stupid They Thought They Could Win…: Ace
Fighting Words: Zilla
Did Freedom Win?: Stossel

Amusing Bunni Needs Our Help: Camp o’ the Saints
If You Were Saying to Yourself, ‘This Petraeus Scandal Isn’t Crazy Enough …’: RSM
Scott Walker for Speaker of the House: AmSpec

World

Instead of Benghazi Hearings, Hillary Clinton Heads For Wine Tasting in Australia: JWF
“The Sphinx and Pyramids Must be Destroyed”: Gatestone
Saudi tells U.N. Iran trespassing on its territory: report: Reuters

Valerie Jarrett’s Radical Roots: FPM
EXPOSÉ: Qatar’s takeover of Europe: INN
Disaster Ignorance: Williams

OH, GOOD GRIEF: Susan Rice Secretary Of State, John Kerry At Defense?: IBD
Camp Bastion Families Want Answers About Afghanistan: Malkin
Jay Carney: White House wasn’t informed about the Petraeus mess until the day after the election: Malkin

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue.com/Tech)

The Wrong Man For The Job, Microsoft In The Aftermath of Steven Sinofsky’s Departure: TechCrunch
Microsoft User CAL Changes: What it means for you: SHI
Adobe investigates alleged customer data breach: CompWorld

Cornucopia

Sticky Post: Happy Birthday, BigFurHat!: iOTW
The Wizard of Oz in One Sentence: PS Mag
White House website deluged with secession petitions from 20 states: DC

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QOTD: “Jill Kelley, 37, is not from Tampa Bay. She grew up in Pennsylvania with her four siblings. She is first generation American. Her parents moved to the U.S. from Lebanon in the 1970s.

She started to volunteer at MacDill after Kelley “organized galas and fashion shows benefiting the American Red Cross and the Tampa Museum of Art,” according to the Tampa paper… The Kelley family soon befriended Petraeus and his wife as well as other leading members of the military brass who frequently visited CentCom headquarters. Those connections combined with her family’s financial problems would have motivated the FBI to look deeper into Kelley’s past.

“I can’t think of a better target for a foreign intelligence source than a woman who is connected to America’s top military leaders and who is also struggling financially,” said a Pentagon security official who asked not to be named.” —Mike Hoffman


Doug Ross @ Journal

Larwyn’s Linx: Confirmed–SEALs killed in Benghazi 7 Hours After White House Informed of Attack

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Nation

Confirmed: SEALs killed in Benghazi 7 Hours After WH Informed of Attack: CNS
Senators Call for Select Committee on Benghazi: Beacon
Navy SEALs Blast Obama: GWP

Incompetence: Classified Documents Lay Uncollected In Benghazi: Breitbart
Sean Smith’s Mother Believes Obama Murdered Her Son: RWN
Bloomberg bans National Guard from NY because they have guns: GWP

Election Central

If Romney wins, Harry Reid vows to block everything: Malkin
I’m Even More Confident That Mitt Will Win: DLim
Ohio Math: Numbers Equal Trouble for Democrats: ViralRead

Scott Brown is Totally Going to Win the Senate Race: HillBuzz
Elizabeth Warren Holds Rally, No One Shows Up: ConHideout
Former Hillary aide backs Romney: Politico

Nate Silver statistics and the myth of Harry “Kid” Matthews: DTG
West Chester, Ohio: Massive Crowd for Romney-Ryan Rally: RSM
Obama Support Rally With Stevie Wonder Draws Under 200 People: JWF

The Secret of the Romney Landslide: JOdysseus
Wisconsin Early Voting Gains Solid in GOP Areas: RS
Axelrod: ‘We Don’t Have to Win [Independent] Voters’: NRO

Economy

FEMA still doesn’t have bottled water to distribute for Sandy: Breitbart
Under Obama, food stamp rolls have increased 75 times faster than jobs: WS
Figures: Obama doesn’t even call into monthly “Jobs Council” meetings: GWP

Scandal Central

Voter Fraud Alert!: Obama Supporter in NC Brags on Facebook About Voting 4+ Times: Nice Deb
NAACP Takes Over Houston Polling Station, Advocates for President Obama: Pavlich
Bill Maher Warns Romney Backers: ‘Black People Know Who You Are and They Will Come After You’: NB

Climate & Energy

Radical Sherrod Brown Praises Outsourcers Moving Jobs to Mexico Because of Emissions Standards: Sooper
IBEW thugs strike again, turn away transformers delivered by non-union truckers: WyBlog
A few miles downstream from Pittsburgh » Gadsden Coal Barge: Chicago Boyz

Media

Papers Blast Obama Over Benghazi: WS
NYT: Hey, This Romney Guy May Be Surging in Pennsylvania: Breitbart
WaPo: GOP may add to 2010 house gains: Greenroom

It Ain’t By the Numbers: VodkaPundit
Media blackout of black Chicago protesters marching against Obama: LI
Scenes from Ohio ‘All-Star’ Rally: RSM

Liberal Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert Mocks Mother of Sean Smith, Slain at Benghazi: Sooper
Prediction Time: Q&O

Wow: The Romney Crowd is Colorado: Ricochet

World

Exclusive: Security officials on the ground in Libya challenge CIA account: Fox
Syrian tanks enter Golan Heights demilitarized zone: GlobalPost
Here’s the ship that carried weapons from Libya to rebels in Syria: WinSol

Biggest Big Government can’t keep lights on: Steyn
But I’m sure defense cuts will help: US Air Force struggles with aging fleet: AP
Fars: Iran not suspending 20% nuclear enrichment: JPost

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue.com/Tech)

CallFlakes Automates Follow-Ups on Your Android Phone: LifeHacker
Humans and rats interact in virtual reality ‘beaming’ experiment: Verge
Online university students show off achievements with digital badges: Verge

Cornucopia

After the Hospital and After the Storm: Zilla
Buyer’s Remorse: Lifelong Democrat Says Join Me, Vote Romney: RightNewz
New Obama Campaign Video Claims He’s “Following God’s Command”: WZ

Images: Chicago Boyz and Robert Stacy McCain
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QOTD: “Today, Obama asked his supporters to vote for revenge. Today I ask you to vote for love of country.” —Mitt Romney (via Moe Lane)

Bonus QOTD: “Last week, Nanny Bloomberg, Mayor of New York, rivaled his own personal best for worst mayoral performance since that snowstorm a couple of years back. This is a man who spends his days micromanaging the amount of soda New Yorkers are allowed to have in their beverage containers rather than, say, the amount of ocean New Yorkers are allowed to have in their subway system – just as, in the previous crisis, the municipal titan who can regulate the salt out of your cheeseburger proved utterly incapable of regulating any salt on to Sixth Avenue. Imagine if this preening buffoon had expended as much executive energy on flood protection for the electrical grid and transit system as he does on approved quantities of carbonated beverages. But that’s leadership 21st-century style: When the going gets tough, the tough ban trans fats.

Back in Benghazi, the president who looks so cool in a bomber jacket declined to answer his beleaguered diplomats’ calls for help – even though he had aircraft and Special Forces in the region. Too bad. He’s all jacket and no bombers. This, too, is an example of America’s uniquely profligate impotence. When something goes screwy at a ramshackle consulate halfway round the globe, very few governments have the technological capacity to watch it unfold in real time. Even fewer have deployable military assets only a couple of hours away. What is the point of unmanned drones, of military bases around the planet, of elite Special Forces trained to the peak of perfection if the president and the vast bloated federal bureaucracy cannot rouse themselves to action? What is the point of outspending Russia, Britain, France, China, Germany and every middle-rank military power combined if, when it matters, America cannot urge into the air one plane with a couple of dozen commandoes? In Iraq, al-Qaida is running training camps in the western desert. In Afghanistan, the Taliban are all but certain to return most of the country to its pre-9/11 glories. But in Washington the head of the world’s biggest “counterterrorism” bureaucracy briefs the president on flood damage and downed trees.” —Mark Steyn


Doug Ross @ Journal

FAST AND FURIOUS IN BENGHAZI: Timing of Attack Hints at Double-Cross of White House Gun-Running Operation by Turkey

Clare Lopez is an international security consultant at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies. She is uniquely qualified to analyze the intelligence and defense communities not only through her current professional connections, but also because of her 20-year background with the CIA. She served for 20 years as an operations officer specializing in counterintelligence, counternarcotics, and counterproliferation programs.

Today, writing at RI.org, Lopez spots a very troubling anomaly with the timeline of the Benghazi attack. And, as if there aren’t enough unanswered questions about the attacks and the subsequent White House cover-up, her discovery has the potential to implicate Turkish officials in the murders.

…Ambassador Christopher Stevens held his last meeting of the day on September 11 with [a]] Turkish diplomat [Ali Sait Akin] from 7:30pm to 8:30pm and then escorted him out to the compound gate to bid farewell. At that point, the briefing states, “Everything is calm at 8:30 p.m. There’s nothing unusual.”

But the AP witnesses said that, “The neighbors all described the militants setting up checkpoints around the compound at about 8 p.m.” The checkpoints were described as being manned by bearded jihadis in pickup trucks mounted with heavy machine guns and bearing the logo of the Al-Qaeda terror franchise, Ansar al-Shariah.

That means that the Turkish Consul General would have had to pass out through the blockade as he departed the American compound and left the area. There is no record that he phoned a warning to his American colleague, the one he’d just had dinner with, Ambassador Stevens. Given the description of the blockade around the American compound and of the jihadis and their trucks that were manning it, it seems unlikely that the he somehow just failed to notice. “[N]o one could get out or in,” according to one neighbor interviewed by the AP.

Except for the Turkish Consul General, it would appear.

Stevens was a sitting duck, a target surrounded by the jihadist attackers who shortly would take his life and that of his Public Affairs Officer, Sean Smith.

…Similarly, this raises the question of the Libyan gate guards from the “February 17 Martyrs Brigade,” the jihadi militia subcontracted by the British firm Blue Mountain, which was the prime contractor for the U.S. Benghazi compound security contract… [T]he Libyans of the Martyrs Brigade surely must have been [aware of the checkpoints]. Yet they provided no warning to the Ambassador and his people either, because again, according to the State Department briefing, the American security officers inside were taken by surprise when the first gunshots and explosions rang out around 9:40 pm…

In other words, the Turkish Consul General met with Stevens — the discussion topics of which have not been released by the State Department — and then left the Ambassador, drove safely through a newly-established terrorist checkpoint, and disappeared into the night without warning his colleague.

Lopez asserts that “it is obvious that the Turkish diplomat and by extension, his government, were at least to some degree complicit in the attack against Ambassador Stevens and the others.”

What was the subject of the discussion between Stevens and Akin? Malta Today offers some context that hints at some strong possibilities.

A Libyan-flagged vessel which last year was used by a Malta-based humanitarian organisation in supplying a lifeline to rebels in Misurata, has been implicated in a covert US arms smuggling operation to Syrian freedom fighters, which may also be linked to murdered US ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi last month.

The ship ‘Al Entisar’ which was chartered last year by I-Go Aid Libya, then run by businessman Mario Debono, has been reported to be linked to last September’s attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

A Fox News investigation revealed that shipping records confirmed that the Al Entisar entered the Turkish port of Iskenderun, some 35 miles from the Syrian border, just five days before Ambassador Chris Stevens, and three other US officials were killed during an assault by more than 100 Islamist militants on the US Consulate compound in Benghazi.

Another report, this time appearing on the Times of London, said that the Al Entisar was carrying 400 tons of cargo. Some of it was humanitarian, but also reportedly weapons, described by the report as the largest consignment of weapons headed for Syria’s rebels on the frontlines

…The cargo reportedly included surface-to-air anti-aircraft missiles, RPGs and Russian-designed shoulder-launched missiles known as MANPADS.

The ship’s Libyan captain reportedly told the Times of London that “I can only talk about the medicine and humanitarian aid” for the Syrian rebels.

It was reported there was a fight about the weapons and who got what “between the free Syrian Army and the Muslim Brotherhood.”

A reasonable person would deduce from these stories that the United States was running weapons (does “Fast and Furious” ring a bell?) from Libya to Syria using Turkey as a go-between. The end result turned out to be a complete disaster — like everything this administration attempts.

The Libyan weapons likely went to the Muslim Brotherhood and a Turkish diplomat appears to have helped set up the assassination of Ambassador Stevens. We simply don’t know whether the government of Turkey itself was involved with the double-cross or whether Akin was a Brotherhood sympathizer who helped set up the attack.

The families of those murdered deserve answers. America deserves answers. And we can start the interrogatory by firing this administration on November 6th and launching a full-scale Congressional investigation. We don’t have to take this s*** any more.

Update: Clinton discloses West’s effort to help reshape Syria opposition


Doug Ross @ Journal

Larwyn’s Linx: White House Informed Of Militant Claim Two Hours After Benghazi Attack

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Nation

White House Informed Of Militant Claim Two Hours After Benghazi Attack: CJ
A State Of The Race Report for 10/24/2012: Hawkins
Texas Attorney General warns OSCE on Election Observations: RS

Romney’s Brilliant Maneuver: Dossier
Democratic Polling Firm PPP: Romney 49, Obama 47: Ace
It Wasn’t Just an Apology Tour, It Was a Condemnation Tour!: EIB

Dirty Tricks, Part 5,034: LoneCon
Obama’s Pathetic Debate Performance: Malor
An Open Letter to Obama On “Stage 3 Romnesia”: Gormogons

Economy

Obama Slashes Four Hours Off Definition of “Full-Time” Employment: Mish
Bob Woodward: Obama ‘mistaken’ on sequester: Politico
What happens when a party takes you for granted, DC Democrats.: Lane

Scandal Central

The Benghazi Smoking Gun?: Wizbang
Reporter Asking Questions Threatened by Eric Holder’s Bodyguard: Adams
Michelle: Killing Half-Born Child ‘Legitimate Medical Procedure’: First Things

Climate & Energy

Hockeystick Climatologist Michael Mann Sues CEI, National Review for Defamation: Reason
Bankrupt A 123 Systems Wants to Pay Bonuses to Top Execs: Breitbart
EPA, Justice Impose Regulations Through Court Settlements: FreeEnt

Media

Obama’s Pity Party Begins: “Michelle and I will be fine no matter what happens”: JWF
Megyn Kelly: Media in spin room laughed and applauded at Obama’s “bayonets” line: Hot Air
Rob Schneider: “As a Liberal, As a Democrat, There’s No Way I Can Support Barack Obama Again”: Ace

Biden’s Brother Awarded Lucrative Gov’t Contracts: Media Silent Thus Far: NB
2008 Called. It Wants to Know What Happened to Barack Obama.: Gawker
Obama tries a little cancer humor, because cancer is hilarious: Events

Obama Crashing in Ohio; or, For the Love of Mercy, Leave Nate Silver Alone!: AmPower
New Ad: ‘Obama has secured the Dictator Vote. Does he have yours?’: NoisyRm
Even Slate’s Feminist Blog Finds The ‘Binders’ Meme Stupid: CDN

The Cult Of Barack Obama’s Presidency: Mataconis
Obama off-the-record comments deserve to be shared with voters: Des Moines Register
Rezko, Obama, and the Nadhmi Auchi Railroad (Part I): ILP2P

World

UK Police Arrest Top Anti-Muslim Activists – Throw Leader in Islamic Wing of Prison: GWP
United Nations Election Observer Details Revealed: Tatler
International Intrusion Into The U.S. Presidential Election: CFP

Democratic Surrogates Scatter When Asked About Obama’s Kill List: Breitbart
Obama Has Massive Lead in Global Poll: WS
Slashing America’s Defense: A Suicidal Trajectory: Max Boot (1/2012)

Sci-Tech

Memoto camera wants to capture your life — every 30 seconds: Tuaw
Piracy Warnings Kick in for AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon Customers: DailyTech
Microsoft: Windows 8 Shows Why Steve Ballmer Must Go, And Why That Is A Buying Opportunity: Seeking Alpha

Cornucopia

He’s not really one of us: MOTUS
Redistributing Hats to the Ignorant in Dayton: ushanka
Trumped-Up Charges? Republicans Rejected Man’s Claims That Obama Sold Cocaine In College: Radar

Image: Donald Trump to reveal ‘divorce papers of Michelle and Barack Obama’
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QOTD: “…Speaking of Fox and last night’s debate, it ended up being the highest-rated program in the network’s history, slightly ahead of their audience for the Palin/Biden debate in 2008. Total television viewers according to Nielsen’s preliminary estimate were 53.9 million, which is predictably way off the pace of the first and second debates. Too much competition last night with the NLCS and “Monday Night Football” and likely not enough interest in foreign policy. It may also be that low-information voters decided they didn’t need a third look at Romney. He killed in the first debate and was perfectly acceptable in the second, so he’d already cleared the bar of viability. And he knew it, which is why he was playing prevent defense…” —Allahpundit


Doug Ross @ Journal

OH, IT’S ON: Open Warfare Breaks Out Between the White House and the Clinton Clan

How else can one describe the escalating rhetoric bouncing between the State Department and the White House, each volley intended to duck blame for the Benghazi terror attack?

White House throws Hillary under the 2012 bus

The White House is throwing Hillary Clinton under the 2012 election bus… Top officials have already claimed the nation’s intelligence agencies did not alert the White House to the growing danger facing the State Department’s facility in Benghazi, Libya, which was destroyed Sept. 11 by a jihadi attack on the 11th anniversary of the atrocities in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

The claim was repeated Oct. 11 by Vice President Joe Biden during the vice presidential debate in Danville, Ky. “We weren’t told they wanted more security,” he announced. [And] Ben Rhodes, President Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser for communications, extended the claim Oct. 11 by telling told Foreign Policy magazine that neither Biden nor President Barack Obama knew of the growing danger.

…“These kinds of issues are handling in the State Department by security officials,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said during Friday’s press briefing… Security matters “are decided at the State Department,” he said, amid tough questioning from Fox News Channel’s Ed Henry.

The White House’s statements leaves Hillary Clinton on the hook, because she runs the Department of State.

How are Bill and Hillary dealing with this sellout? Not well, according to bestselling author Ed Klein.

As Benghazi blame nears Hillary, Clintons grow furious

With tensions between President Obama and the Clintons at a new high, former President Bill Clinton is moving fast to develop a contingency plan for how his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, should react if Obama attempts to tie the Benghazi fiasco around her neck, according to author Ed Klein…

…sources close to the Clintons tell him that Bill Clinton has assembled an informal legal team to discuss how the Secretary of State should deal with the issue of being blamed for not preventing the Benghazi terrorist attack last month.

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters during a press conference Friday that responsibility for the consulate in Libya fell on the State Department, not the White House

If blame for the security failures falls to Hillary Clinton, Klein said, it’s possible that she would even consider resigning over the issue…

Klein also noted that the famously troubled Obama-Clinton relationship has “reached a new low” with Joe Biden’s refusal to have Bill Clinton help guide the gaffe-master’s debate strategy.

That thumping noise you heard was Hillary Clinton going under the bus.


Doug Ross @ Journal