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Monday, October 22, 2012

Are Some GOP Members of Congress Morally Corrupt on Libya?

Things must be getting desperate in Republican land in Congress as they see this election, slip, slipping away out of their grasp as the Libyan attack is blowing up in their faces:
But now, a growing drumbeat of evidence has found that the administration’s claims were substantiated by the the intelligence community. Eyewitnesses in Benghazi initially told officials and reporters that “members of the group that raided the U.S. mission specifically mentioned the video, which denigrated the prophet Muhammad” and “found no evidence that it was ordered by Al Qaeda.”  
They have no one to blame but themselves for their obstructionism, lies and lack of integrity in this election.  Trying to use a tragedy like Libya to score political points is exactly the reason that Republicans including Romney should not get people's votes on November 6th.  Many of today's Republicans have no integrity or honesty in this election.  Never thought I would be saying that along with Republicans have put ousting Obama and their party ahead of what is good for the Country.  Unfortunately, they have done just that with their obstructionist tactics and lies they have told about Obama.    How much farther along would the recovery be if the Republicans in the House and Senate had worked with the Democrats for the American people?  Love it when the GOP trashes Obamacare which was based on a Republican plan in the 90's and Romneycare but it is so bad they had to vote over 30 times to repeal costing the taxpayers around $50M all for the purposes of grandstanding leading up to this election.

For Cong King (R-NY) to suggest that Obama had the intel documents doctored shows a gross lack of integrity and honesty.  If King wants the American people to think anyone can snap their fingers and change intel reports, he knows he is lying which make his comments even worse.  Those intel people at the highest levels are not for sale to anyone as they put America first something Republicans have forgotten in their quest to get a very flawed candidate Romney who cannot tell the truth elected.  Republicans have been morphing into pretzels lying about him and putting their credibility on the line for Romney which as we note is continuing today.  GOP has been saying for years that Obama never gets an intel briefing but that is an outright lie as I have discovered when talking to some people I have known for years who come out of that community.
Reports have indicated that despite the intelligence community’s growing uncertainty about the impetus for the attacks, “intelligence officials didn’t feel they had enough conclusive, new information to revise their assessment” and did not communicate their doubts to Rice before her Sunday show appearances. This assessment was also reflected in Obama’s Presidential Daily Briefings. 
This is simply stunning and make a lot of us who are Republicans question Republicans who have been elected in the House and Senate who put the Republican Party and its big donors over the American people.  For that alone, they deserve to lose control of the House and not take the Senate.  Democrats if they take control of the House are walking a thin line with the American voters who have had it with both parties in Congress.  Republicans promised transparency and working together if we elected them -- they didn't come close to delivering as they became obstructionist on almost everything.  What I have been seeing about Libya from Republicans in Congress is enough to know this group should never be in charge of committees in Congress.  Sad day for America when politics is put over Country.  Time both parties wake up and realize they work for the good of the American people not their parties.

Are there no Republicans with backbones willing to stand up and call out people like Peter King whose comments are so despicable -- whether you like him or not, you are talking about the President of the United States which shows with today's Republicans it is all about scoring political points as the truth takes a big hit.
SecurityGOP Jumps The Shark: Congressman Suggests Obama Doctored Libyan Intelligence To Win ReelectionBy Igor Volsky posted on Oct 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Republicans blamed President Obama for the killing of four Americans in Libya within hours of the September 11 attack, attributing the violence to the administration’s supposed penchant for “apologizing” and failing to lead in the region. Within days, Republicans charged that Democrats, by arguing that the deaths were caused by a YouTube video disparaging the Prophet Muhammed, were covering up and misleading al Qaeda’s involvement in the deaths and called for U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s resignation. During a series of Sunday show appearances on September 16th, she pointedly argued that the attackers took advantage of a protest against the video to carry out the killings. 
But now, a growing drumbeat of evidence has found that the administration’s claims were substantiated by the the intelligence community. Eyewitnesses in Benghazi initially told officials and reporters that “members of the group that raided the U.S. mission specifically mentioned the video, which denigrated the prophet Muhammad” and “found no evidence that it was ordered by Al Qaeda.” The CIA also believed that the clip acted as an accelerant for the killings, instructing both Obama and Rice that “The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the U.S. Consulate and subsequently its annex.” The agency did not change its assessment until September 22. 
The new evidence undermines the GOP’s accusations. But rather than back away from the blame game, they’re doubling down on their attacks against the administration. During an appearance on Fox News on Monday, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-NY) — who led the Republican effort to use the Libya incident as a way to weaken Obama’s foreign policy credentials — insisted that Obama should have questioned the intelligence community’s conclusions and suggested that he pressured the CIA to doctor its findings to fit his re-election narrative:
KING: I want to find out why the president didn’t ask questions….Did they ask the State Department if they had any videos what occurred at the consulate that night? Why with all these threats leading up to September 11th and talking about terror attacks and how could they now be saying it was not a terror attack. I think they’re hiding behind the term intelligence community. To me shows the president did not look into what happened, did not inquire what happened, was willing to look at something face value. Why was the report at face value whether there was so much evidence in there showing it was terrorist attack. It cries out for explanation and investigation. [...] 
Who are the individuals or the ones the president claim gave him this information? And did the president steer them in that direction? Was this is mind set by the administration that said Libya was great victory and Al Qaeda was on the ropes and no longer a threat to us?
During an earlier appearance on Laura Ingraham’s radio show, King also suggested that Rice should have known that the intelligence presented to her was false and interrogated the assessments before appearing on that series of Sunday political talk shows. “She’s in the chain of command at the State Department,” he said. “Did she just take that information or did she go to the Secretary of State?”   
Read More at Security at Think Progress.
Talk to more people who think it is time for a viable third party with a center right philosophy with no social issues.  Reminder -- Contract with America in 1994 did not contain social issues.  This group of Republicans wants to do away with contraceptives being made available in addition to legal abortion.  We should be moving forward not backward in this Country.

Don't know anything about the district of Peter King but after this, he should be voted out of office,  His credibility is shot and with it the Republican Party members of Congress who have gone over the cliff with the thought of a black man getting four more years as President.   It might even be worse if it was a woman because women are to be seen and not heard or an Hispanic who some Republicans consider less than human.  

Along with Romney has come some of the most bigoted comments out of Republicans I have ever seen.  When Jeb Bush said his brother, Dad, and Reagan would not have been nominated by today's Republican Party he is telling the truth but then they probably would not have run to represent the nasty, bigoted, hard right we are seeing today.

Think the Republican Party leadership is about to get the shock of their lives when the final results are in.  If they had any core values, they would ask themselves where they lost their integrity and honesty along with class in this election.  Only then, can the Republican Party start to be put back together.  If they are not willing to take the blame for going hard right and putting their big donors over the Country, then there is no hope for the Republican Party and some of us are going to have to find a new home.

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