Skip to comments.Warning Cable from Libyan Ambassador Discounted
Posted on 11/03/2012 8:47:41 AM PDT by John Semmens
The emergence of an August 15th cable from Libyan Ambassador Chris Stephens to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warning that the Consulate was vulnerable to attack was brushed aside by the Secretary.
The date of that cable was less than four weeks before the September 11th attack, Clinton pointed out. That's far short of the normal turnaround time for State Department action. We still haven't fully evaluated the June attack on a British envoy in Libya. So, I hope everyone can appreciate why we were taken by surprise on September 11th.
Clinton also cited the stupefying ambiguity of Ambassador Stephens cable. What does 'vulnerable to a coordinated attack' mean? How might that be different from an uncoordinated attack? And how do you define 'vulnerable?' The Ambassador provided no projection of estimated casualties or even whether there would be any at all. His message was maddeningly vague and incomplete.
The Secretary offered up the September 11th communications from the Consulate as further proof of the dilemma she and President Obama faced on that day. Yes, the e-mail said the Consulate was under attack, Clinton agreed. But there were no head counts of the number of attackers, no description of the kinds and numbers of weapons being used. I mean, even now, almost two months later, there is no consensus within the Administration on what the appropriate response should've been.
Clinton counseled against using the tragic events of September 11th as a rationale for changing administrations. Why discard those who know the most about the situation? A Romney Administration would be essentially starting from scratch. Wouldn't it make more sense to preserve the institutional knowledge we already have by returning the current Administration for another four years?
if you missed any of this week's other semi-news posts you can find them at...
The facts may just move your article from satire to reality.
Perfect! "Depends on what the meaning of 'is' is" Bwahahahaha!
Typical Clinton style and response. Deny, deny, deny and/or “I don’t remember” or “It depends on what the definition of ‘is’ is”.
Wow you had my blood boiling! I think perhaps this is not a time for this sort of thing, do ya think?
I wish these “semi-satire” “news” can be filtered out. They are just stupid and misleading.
Painfully brilliant writing, John. Two big thumbs up.
Things are now totally nuts so regularly that its possible to get halfway through one of these before re-checking and finding out its satire.
These satirical articles may very well be stupid and misleading, but with the Obama administration, they're not very far from the truth.
Congratulations, on again being the Picasso of writing satire.
Some may not recognize the beauty of the nude lady while only looking at the trees!
We are three days from the most important election of my lifetime. This is the very best time for this sort of thing.
Great John. Loved it. Thanks for the ping too.
Well Done once again John!
I guess that the Wretched One could of said that she was busy “baking cookies for my daughter” (Watergate era).
Sorry- White Water-not Watergate.
The truth is enough then.
Label them as satires in the title, that's fine. Otherwise, not posting them would be a blessing.
With the new format now in effect on the "latest posts" pages eliminating the first part of the text of the post, we click on these satirical masterpieces lured by enticing titles.....only to begin reading what turns out to be fairy tales.
I don't like the new robotic format on the "latest posts" pages, either, although I realize it's to save space given the current trauma enveloping FR.
Fighting trauma with more trauma, I guess.
One of your best, John.
I stand staunchly against those who would have you stop writing these. Sorting out the fine line between the truth and the fiction is a useful, stunning, and brain-shrpening exercise. It drives home how infinitesimally small the line really is with these sociopaths.
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