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  • Netanyahu calls Putin, takes neutral stance on Ukraine

    04/17/2014 12:55:42 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/17/2014 | Herb Keinon
    Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu initiated a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to discuss bilateral issues, Iran and Ukraine, the Kremlin said in a statement. ... Netanyahu does speak to Putin by phone from time to time, so Tuesday night's conversation - though not a regular occurence - is by no means unprecedented. Russia is a major player in three areas of major concern to Israel: Iran, Syria and arms sales to the Middle East. ... On Monday, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki denied a Haaretz report last week...
  • Admin Wants to Lift Ban on Airline, Nuke Training in U.S. for Libyans

    04/15/2014 7:14:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 11, 2014 - 6:15 pm | Bridget Johnson
    Republicans are protesting the Obama administration’s plan to lift a 1983 ban on nuclear and aviation training for Libyan nationals in the U.S., noting that the Department of Homeland Security’s reasoning didn’t mention the Benghazi attack or the responsible terrorist affiliates at work in the country. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), and National Security Subcommittee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) sent a letter in November to DHS about the proposed change, with a March follow-up to Secretary Jeh Johnson after they...
  • Gunmen abduct Jordanian ambassador in Libya

    04/15/2014 7:35:19 AM PDT · by don-o · 3 replies
    AP - via WJHL TV ^ | April 15, 2014 | ESAM MOHAMED and OMAR AKOUR
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - Masked gunmen abducted the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital early Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of abductions in the North African nation still plagued by lawlessness more than two years after the ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
  • Mother blames Clinton for son's Benghazi death

    04/12/2014 5:44:06 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    CBS News San Diego ^ | April 12, 2014
    Protesters gathered at the site of a Hillary Clinton event in San Diego. The group included Pat Smith, the mother of Sean Smith who was one of four Americans killed in a terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Smith says she holds Clinton accountable for what happened to her son. "They abandoned my son," she said. "And that's exactly what it was, an abandonment. They abandoned the guys on the roof top also. Please everybody, don't let Hillary be president. Don't let Hillary be president, whatever you do!"
  • CIA was Involved in Benghazi Attack

    04/10/2014 8:07:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | April 9, 2014 | Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack
    t has been learned that one week prior to the Benghazi attacks that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, CIA Director David Petraeus met with his Turkish counterpart, Hakan Fidan. This finding, reported by Hurrieyt at the time, further bolsters brand new claims by Seymour M. Hersh, the man who broke the Abu Ghraib prison scandal story in 2004. In early 2012, the Obama administration, along with the administration of Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reached an agreement that would have Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia provide funding for an operation run by then CIA Director David Petraeus (the Petraeus...
  • Repubs Want Select Benghazi Committee Dems want investigation ended

    04/09/2014 9:04:35 AM PDT · by don-o · 13 replies
    sharylattkisson.com ^ | April 9, 2014 | Shayrl Atkisson
    Today, three Republican U.S. Senators and one Representative who feel stymied on their investigation into the Benghazi, Libya Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks are calling for House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) to convene a Select Congressional Committee. “Segmenting the investigation will never get to the truth,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who is holding a news conference on the effort today with Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC). There have been multiple hearings in the nearly 17 months since the terrorist attacks that killed four Americans including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The hearings, subpoenaed...
  • As Benghazi falls, so goes Libya

    04/08/2014 1:07:41 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    Magharebia (Libya) ^ | April 4, 2014 | By Ali Al-Gattani
    Libya's General National Congress (GNC) on Sunday (March 30th) agreed to replace the legislative body with a new House of Representatives. As the country prepares for its next try at governance, Magharebia visited Susa to ask activist and former thwar Adel Elhasy about the interplay between politics and security. Unless things change across the board, the former field commander of the Free Libyans Brigade sees a grim future for his country. Adel Elhasy: The security situation is deteriorating - seriously. There are no recognised or active institutions. There is no army, just military units under various military ranks that are...
  • Prominent Ron Paul website promotes Farrakhan anti-Jewish speech

    08/28/2011 12:58:35 PM PDT · by mnehring · 61 replies
    Judging by the comments for the post, it would seem that a nexus of support for Ron Paul and Louis Farrakhan has coalesced around conspiracy theories concerning Jewish political power and banks.  Among other artifacts of extremism found in the discussion attached to the post is a link to an article in the Nation of Islam's official newspaper, The Final Call, spinning a conspiracy theory blaming the popular uprising against Qaddafi not on an expression of Arab Spring revolutionary spirit, but (predictably) on a conspiracy of bankers upset about Qaddafi's monetary policies.  (Read here.)  The Final Call article fails...
  • Hating Whitey - Jay-Z Dons Gaudy 5 Percent Nation Medallion; Sect Says Whites Are 'Wicked and Weak'

    04/06/2014 4:23:28 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 63 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 6 April 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Jay-Z causes controversy by wearing gaudy medallion of 'Five Percent Nation' group who believe whites are 'wicked and weak' • The Brooklyn-born rapper wore a medallion representing the Five Percent Nation at a Nets game last week • One of the main tenets of the Nation of Islam offshoot is that white people are 'weak and wicked' and that black men hold the power of God • When asked if the medallion holds any importance to him, Jay-Z said: 'A little bit' • Jay-Z was spotted wearing the nation's symbol last year while giving radio interviews for his new album,...
  • CIA Knew al-Qaeda Involved In Benghazi Attack From The ‘Get-Go’

    04/02/2014 4:53:49 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 18 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-02-14 | Curt
    "The analysts said from the get-go that al Qaeda was involved in this attack" -Mike Morell, Deputy CIA Director So today we find out from Mike Morell, the Deputy CIA Director at the time of the Benghazi attacks, that he crafted the talking points which were ultimately used by Susan Rice on talk shows based on what a few CIA analysts believed had happened instead of the on the ground accounts from the CIA Station Chief. The idiocy is mind-boggling. So mind-boggling you have to wonder if he isn't just covering his ass along with the ass of the...
  • Sources on ground during Benghazi attack slam ex-CIA boss Morell’s testimony

    04/02/2014 2:58:10 PM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 02, 2014 | Adam Housley
    Sources on the ground in Benghazi during the 2012 terror attack are pushing back hard on former CIA acting director Mike Morell's testimony on Capitol Hill, where he defended his role in shaping the administration's narrative and claimed politics were not involved.
  • Morell Testifies on Benghazi Talking Points

    04/02/2014 12:20:44 PM PDT · by don-o · 17 replies
    sharylattkisson.com ^ | April 2, 2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    During a Congressional hearing that lasted more than three hours, former C.I.A. Deputy Director Michael Morell praised his former agency’s intelligence analysts as the best on the globe, yet ones who he admits were sorely mistaken when they reported that spontaneous protesters were to blame for the Beghazi, Libya terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2012. “As you now know, subsequent information revealed their judgment to be incorrect [but]…that is where the best available information led them at the time, not because of politics,” Morell testified before the House Intelligence Committee today. More Benghazi Coverage When Morell’s own C.I.A. station chief...
  • Obama’s Failed Libyan War

    04/02/2014 12:59:02 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 53 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 2, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The Libyan civil war did more harm to the country, its people, economy and its neighbors in North Africa when NATO intervened at the behest of U.S. President Barack Obama, concluded a University of Texas-Austin professor Alan Kuperman. He gave his remarks at the libertarian think tank Cato Institute. Associate professor of public affairs Alan Kuperman is an associate professor of public affairs and he criticized NATO’s intervention in the Libyan civil war. The civil war pitted rebels against government forces loyal to dictator Muammar Qaddafi. Kuperman was grateful to Obama for outlining the definition of success in Libya for...
  • 18 countries ratify UN Arms Trade Treaty

    04/02/2014 11:02:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 2, 2014 1:47 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    Eighteen countries, including five of the world’s leading arms exporters, ratified a landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade on Wednesday, giving a significant boost to the campaign for the treaty’s entry into force. […] Five of the world’s top 10 arms exporters—Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain—turned in their ratification documents at the ceremony. The other 13 were Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Malta, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Among the hold-outs is the United States, the world’s largest weapons exporter. The Obama administration has signed the treaty but there is strong resistance in...
  • Michael Morell: No cover-up on Benghazi

    04/02/2014 9:33:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | April 2, 2014 | By LUCY MCCALMONT
    Former CIA Director Michael Morell denied there was any cover-up or political influence in messaging of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. “We did not deliberately down play the role of terrorists in the Benghazi attack in our analysis or in the talking points,” Morell said during a House Intelligence Committee hearing Wednesday. “And neither I, nor anyone else at the agency deliberately misled anyone in Congress about any aspect of the tragedy in Benghazi,” Morell added.
  • CIA's lies on Libya: Benghazi protest never happened

    04/02/2014 6:54:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | April 2, 2014
    A CIA Libya Station Chief has admitted that the government agency has lied about Libya, as the Benghazi protest never took place. Before the Benghazi news buzzed around the world, the station chief for the CIA reported to his superiors located in Washington that no type of spontaneous protest ever happened. In a deliberate attempt to not just lie to the American people, but others across the globe Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and UN Ambassador Susan Rice told the bluff of the century. These political leaders announced to the public that a terrorist attack happening on a Benghazi diplomatic assignment...
  • LIVE THREAD: Benghazi Talking Points Mike Morrell's Role in Shaping...(Hearing)

    04/02/2014 6:15:51 AM PDT · by ken5050 · 188 replies
    intelligence.house.gov ^ | April 2, 2014 | intelligence.house.gov
    <p>Former CIA head Mike Morrell is scheduled to testify at 10AM in a PUBLIC hearing before the House Intelligence Committee. C-span doesn't have it scheduled live, and FOXnews.com isn't showing that they'll carry it. If anyone finds a link, please post it.</p>
  • Muslim Brotherhood Launches Own U.S. Political Party

    04/01/2014 4:39:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    Investors.com ^ | April 1, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Islamofascism: With an eye toward the 2016 election, the radical Muslim Brotherhood has built the framework for a political party in America that seeks to turn Muslims into an Islamist voting bloc. 'Muslim voters have the potential to be swing voters in 2016," said Nihad Awad in launching the benign-sounding U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, whose membership reads like a Who's Who of Brotherhood front groups. "We are aiming to bring more participation from the Muslim community." USCMO also aims to elect Islamists in Washington, with the ultimate objective of "institutionalizing policies" favorable to Islamists — that is, Shariah law....
  • Climate adaptation faces funding crisis warn UN officials [Carbon Market Collapse]

    03/21/2014 7:40:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    RTCC ^ | March 20, 2014 | Sophie Yeo
    Flows of money towards climate adaptation projects are becoming increasingly unpredictable, making it difficult for vulnerable countries to prepare for the hardships caused by global warming. Future fundraising tactics would have to be “extremely aggressive” in order to raise enough money to continue their work, according to board members of the UN-run Adaptation Fund, the primary finance provider for adaptation projects around the world. “We are essentially going with our hands out to everyone,” Philip Weech, the board member from the Bahamas representing the Latin American and Caribbean regions, told RTCC. “We take funds from anyone, any inch, but the...
  • Armed militias hold Libya hostage

    03/30/2014 5:39:13 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 9 replies
    For many Libyans, the joy of freedom after decades under Gaddafi has given way to confusion. Libya has descended into a scramble over the future shape of the nation, with ex-rebel commanders, former exiles, Islamists, tribal leaders, and federalists all jostling for position. At stake is the stability and integrity of this vast North African territory, rich in both oil and gas."The next three to five months are very critical for Libya and will define where the state will go."
  • Libya poised to retake oil ports from rebels in move that could split country

    03/29/2014 8:21:25 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 28 March 2014 13.47 EDT | Chris Stephen in Tripoli
    Libyan government forces are poised to attack rebels blockading key oil ports this weekend in an offensive that risks splitting the country apart. A deadline for rebels in the eastern province of Cyrenaica to hand over the ports, blockaded since last summer, has passed with the opposition still in control and vowing to form a breakaway state if attacked. Rebel militias are dug in along Red Wadi, a valley preventing access along Libya's coastal highway to three blockaded ports. "The deadline is already over," said Osama Buera, a spokesman for the rebel Cyrenaica Political Bureau. "The central authorities in Tripoli...
  • Cohen: Kind words for Hillary Clinton show Sarah Palin’s smarts

    03/25/2014 10:09:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | March 26, 2014 | Adriana Cohen
    Hillary Clinton is probably the last person Sarah Palin wants to see in the Oval Office. Which makes Palin’s near-endorsement of Clinton a bit of a head-scratcher. But Palin, despite the smears back in 2008, is a lot smarter than the left-leaning press has ever been willing to admit. “I would like to see women run for the higher office. I think America certainly is ready for more female candidates at that upper echelon,” Palin told Mario Lopez on “Extra” when he asked about a Clinton run. And the stunned speculation about why Palin would say anything nice about Clinton...
  • Bedtime for Obama

    03/25/2014 1:14:41 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 7 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 25, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The Middle East is falling apart. The United States have ceased even to resemble a world power and force for good. Domestically, the United States are torn apart. It's time for President Obama to divide his remaining time in office between golfing and sleeping.Here's a link to a recent analysis of U.S. contributions to increasing instability in the Middle East. Even principals in the Obama Administration disagree substantively. Martin Indyk, special U.S. envoy for the Israeli - Palestinian "peace process" talks, was present at an Arab League summit in Kuwait to oppose passage of an extremely hard line Arab position on the peace talks -- which the Obama Administration has managed to...
  • Christians to EU: Israel is Our Safe Haven

    03/25/2014 5:48:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Israel Today ^ | March 24, 2014 | Ryan Jones
    Some 150 Israeli Arabic-speaking Christians on Sunday demonstrated outside the European Union mission in Tel Aviv, demanding that the international community stop nitpicking against Israel and start combatting the severe persecution of Christians everywhere else in the Middle East. “Nations, organizations and international missions are quick to raise an accusing finger against Israel at every opportunity,” said Father Gabriel Nadaf, spiritual father of the Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum, which organized the rally. Those same nations and organizations “don’t life a finger against the ethnic cleansing of Christians in the Middle East,” the priest continued. Father Nadaf went on to explain...
  • William Hague: Russia faces 'isolation' over Ukraine

    03/24/2014 8:38:44 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 19 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 23 March 2014 | BBC
    William Hague has warned Russia that it faces long-term "isolation and stagnation" over the crisis in Ukraine. The foreign secretary said it was time to consider a "new state of relations" different to that of the past 20 years. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, he said the UK and its European allies would not "run scared".
  • Egypt sentences 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death

    03/24/2014 6:41:39 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 24, 2014 4:09 AM ET|
    <p>Those convicted are part of a group of 545 defendants on trial for the killing of a police officer, attempted killing of two others, attacking a police station and other acts of violence.</p> <p>More than 150 suspects stood trial, the others were tried in absentia. Sixteen were acquitted.</p>
  • Law of Social Media: Digital Coup Coming

    03/23/2014 4:12:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Recent events in Turkey, and prior events in Egypt and Libya got me thinking about the amazing power of social media. On Thursday, Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to eradicate twitter, adding “The international community can say this or that – I don’t care. They will see the power of the Turkish Republic.” The next day a "digital coup" occurred and Twitter Use in Turkey Jumped to New High. With the above in mind, I propose ... The Law of Social Media: Arrogant fools who think they can control social media quickly discover social media controls them. The...
  • Gingrich: As soon as 2016 is about substance, Hillary starts losing support, literally, overnight

    03/23/2014 2:16:48 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 51 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 23,2014 | Newt Gingrich
    NEWT GINGRICH: First lady, Senator, Secretary Clinton is very famous for being famous and as long as she can continue to be famous, she will be famous. Now, you're in the middle of a mess in Russia, her reset, which by the way was mistranslated and actually said in Russian overcharge and had apparently been taken from a jacuzzi or a swimming pool from a Geneva hotel. The reset -- the fact is as Secretary of State, she reset our relationship with Russia so well that you currently have the occupation of Crimea and the potential occupation of Ukraine. So,...
  • Does Russia or Iran pose greater danger to world peace?

    03/23/2014 8:30:57 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 26 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | Sat Mar 22 2014 | Tony Burman
    While Vladimir Putin's actions in Crimea are worthy of international censure, a more imminent threat to world peace is impasse over Iran. There has been a sense in recent days that this was no ordinary week in the life of the planet. Our already bloodstained 21st-century history — unfolding once again in uncertain and threatening ways — seemed to be opening a new chapter. Two events last Tuesday in world capitals more than 2,000 kilometres apart best symbolized this. But which of these events do you think poses the greatest potential danger to world peace? In Moscow, a preening, self-satisfied...
  • Turkey, Qatar excluded from Cairo Islamic meeting

    03/22/2014 3:06:40 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    hurriyet daily news ^ | March/22/2014
    Egypt has not invited Qatar and Turkey for a major Islamic conference due in Cairo later this week, according to a report published on March 22. “We are not having a crisis with the Qatari or Turkish people … The issue lies in the policy of the Turkish and Qatari governments,” Egyptian Minister of Waqfs (religious endowments) Mohammad Jumaa told at a press conference, gulfnews.com has reported. Cairo will host a conference on March 25 on religious extremism, as Egypt continues a crackdown on Islamists in what the military-backed government portrays as a “war on terrorism”. Around 80 scholars from...
  • AP: Three years after US-NATO intervention, Libya is a failed state

    03/22/2014 4:18:11 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 42 replies
    HotAir ^ | 03-22-2014 | Morrissey
    An anniversary passed this week that went almost completely unremarked — and for good reason. March 17th marked the three-year anniversary of the UN Security Council resolution imposing a no-fly zone over Libya to stop the Moammar Qaddafi regime from attacking rebel-held Benghazi and Ajdabiya, and the three-year anniversary on the 19th of the NATO war on Libya. French, British, and American planes began bombarding the Qaddafi regime, an air war that would continue for months — while Barack Obama refused to request Congressional approval for it. Later, Obama would claim that Libya represented the smart model of Western intervention....
  • Obama trip to Europe, Saudi Arabia to be dominated by Crimea

    03/22/2014 11:08:57 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 23 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | March 21, 2014 | BY LESLEY CLARK
    President Barack Obama had planned a week long trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia to highlight global progress in ridding the world of nuclear materials, soak up the positive publicity emanating from Pope Francis and reassure an anxious Gulf ally of the U.S. commitment to the region. Instead, the trip will be dominated by Russia’s military seizure of Crimea and Obama’s efforts to persuade European allies to step up sanctions on Russia, even as critics at home suggest Obama hasn’t been as tough on Russian President Vladimir Putin as he needs to be. Obama, who arrives in the Netherlands on...
  • Libya's guns free-for-all fuels region's turmoil (another Somalia)

    03/22/2014 11:55:34 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 13 replies
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — At the heart of the Libyan capital, the open-air Fish Market was once a place where residents went to buy everything from meat and seafood to clothes and pets. Now it's Tripoli's biggest arms market, with tables displaying pistols and assault rifles. Ask a vendor, and he can pull out bigger machine guns to sell for thousands of dollars. Libya, where hundreds of militias hold sway and the central government is virtually powerless, is awash in millions of weapons with no control over their trafficking. The arms free-for-all fuels not only Libya's instability but also stokes...
  • U.S. to hand over tanker with contraband oil back to Libya

    03/21/2014 3:04:43 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 21, 2014 12:48pm EDT | Phil Stewart and David Alexander; Editing by Stephen Powell
    (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy will meet Libyan authorities in international waters in the next day or two to hand over a tanker carrying contraband Libyan oil seized this week by U.S. commandos in the Mediterranean, the Pentagon said on Friday. ... The Morning Glory had been escorted by the USS Stout, a guided-missile destroyer. But Warren said that the Stout had been relieved on Wednesday, and that the tanker was now being escorted by the USS Elrod, a guided-missile frigate. Some 34 sailors from the Elrod were aboard the Morning Glory, he said. The North Korean-flagged Morning Glory, which...
  • Exclusive: The mysterious journey of the Libya oil tanker

    03/20/2014 5:28:40 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:23am EDT | Ulf Laessing, Jonathan Saul, Steve Stecklow, Lin Noueihed and David Sheppard
    (Reuters) - What began late last year as a routine new assignment for Pakistani sea captain Mirza Noman Baig ended in a dramatic night-time rescue as U.S. special forces seized the ship his family said he was forced to operate by Libyan rebels. ... Baig's family say the captain received direct orders from Saud Al Anazi, the head of ZAD Group, to stop near a rebel-held eastern Libyan port. Here, according to Baig's family and Libyan officials, armed men boarded and loaded the ship with oil. ... ZAD's Anazi denied involvement in any plan to help the rebels sell oil....
  • Hillary Clinton's Circle Isn't Sure She Should Run for President in 2016

    03/19/2014 12:35:21 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 67 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 18 Mar 2014 | Peter Nicholas
    A Hillary Clinton presidential candidacy looks like a sure thing, with marquee Democratic donors and activists mobilizing for what they see as her inevitable entrance into the 2016 race. Yet some of Mrs. Clinton's closest confidants and allies aren't sold on the idea that she should run. Their cautions add an unpredictable element as Mrs. Clinton weighs whether to seek the presidency again, a decision she says she plans to make later this year. One of Mrs. Clinton's top advisers and former aides, Cheryl Mills, believes she should stay out of the contest and has told her as much, according...
  • Don’t cancel sale of Apaches to Egypt, Israel urges U.S.

    03/19/2014 3:16:57 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    Haaratz ^ | 03/19/2014 | Barak Ravid
    Israeli officials have been lobbying Washington hard on behalf of the new Egyptian government, urging resumption of U.S. aid to Cairo. Since the coup in 2013, during which the army headed by the present defense minister, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, ousted President Mohammed Morsi and outlawed Morsi’s movement, the Islamic Brotherhood, American military aid to Egypt has been on ice. Collaboration on security between Israel and Egypt has improved since Morsi’s ouster. The senior Israeli official says that Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, and other embassy diplomats talked about the matter with high-ranking American officials during the last...
  • SEALS "liberate" tanker: more than meets the eye?

    03/18/2014 5:21:30 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 15 replies
    The Thanks Project ^ | 3/18/14 | Steve Berman
    A platoon from SEAL team 2 boarded and retook a pirated oil tanker in the Mediterranean. Fox News reports this matter-of-factly, and even brought in former SEAL Chad Williams to explain it. Maybe I am living in a media-amped Jack Bauer kind of fog, but I can't help thinking there's more to this than meets the eye.
  • U.S. Navy SEALs seize fugitive oil tanker

    03/17/2014 8:40:54 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 17, 2014 | Laura King
    CAIRO — U.S. Navy SEALs seized control of an oil tanker that had illegally taken on a cargo of crude oil peddled by rebels in Libya who had earlier captured key oil ports, the U.S. military announced early Monday. The seaborne raid, staged off of the Cypriot coast, came at the behest of the governments of Libya and Cyprus, the Pentagon said in a statement. “No one was hurt tonight when U.S. forces … boarded and took control of the commercial tanker Morning Glory,” the statement said. The SEAL team, backed by helicopters, launched its operation late Sunday local time...
  • Navy Seals board rogue Libya oil tanker Morning Glory

    03/17/2014 4:14:52 AM PDT · by lump in the melting pot · 32 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3/17/2014 | BBC
    The US has taken control of a tanker full of oil loaded from a rebel-held port in Libya, the Pentagon says. The raid by Navy Seals took place in international waters south of Cyprus, said Rear Adm John Kirby. The Morning Glory's evasion of a naval blockade at the eastern port of Sidra prompted Libya's parliament to sack Prime Minister Ali Zeidan last week. The oil terminal has been under the control of militia wanting autonomy for eastern Libya since July 2013.
  • Obama’s Libyan legacy

    03/16/2014 11:41:43 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 2 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-16-14 | DrJohn
    Benjamin Franklin is believe to have said it first: "Our Constitution is in actual operation. Everything appears to promise that it will last; but in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes." We can add another. Nothing is certain but death, taxes and Barack Obama lying.Two years ago I wrote Why you’re an idiot to believe anything Barack Obama saysIn it were documented the mounting lies told by Obama: - We’re not after Gaddafi - We won’t impose - No boots on the ground None of that was true. Obama got his wish and toppled Moammar Gaddafi. Shortly...
  • Ousted Libyan PM flees country after tanker escapes rebel-held port

    03/12/2014 8:43:57 AM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/12/2014 | Ulf Laessing
    Former Libyan prime minister Ali Zeidan has fled to Europe after parliament voted him out of office on Tuesday over his failure to stop rebels exporting oil independently in a brazen challenge to the nation's fragile unity. Zeidan was in Malta for two hours late on Tuesday on a short stop before going to "another European country", Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told state-owned television TVM. Government sources in Malta said he had left via a private plane bound for Germany, but the German authorities could not confirm he had arrived. The standoff over control of oil exports runs across dangerous...
  • Libyan parliament sacks prime minister after rebels export oil

    03/11/2014 10:17:24 AM PDT · by mojito · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/11/2014 | Ulf Laessing and Ayman al-Warfalli
    TRIPOLI/ES SIDER, Libya, March 11 (Reuters) - Libya's parliament voted Prime Minister Ali Zeidan out of office on Tuesday after a tanker loaded with oil from a rebel-held port escaped the navy, officials said. Zeidan, a liberal weakened for months by infighting with Islamists, will be temporarily replaced by Defence Minister Abdallah al-Thinni, parliament spokesman Omar Hmeidan told reporters. The news deepens the turmoil in the North African country, a member of the OPEC oil producer group, where the government has struggled to impose order and rein in militias that helped oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but now defy state...
  • Schlafly: The President's Grab for Dictatorial Power

    03/10/2014 2:50:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 11, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The United States is at "a constitutional tipping point" and "in the midst of a constitutional crisis." Has President Barack Obama unilaterally overturned the constitutional framework of three branches that is the basis of our unique and successful system of self-government? That question is not just partisan bickering by Republicans and tea party activists. It was spoken in all seriousness in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee by a distinguished constitutional law professor who voted for Obama. Jonathan Turley of George Washington University said that the "massive gravitational shift of authority to the executive branch" is unconstitutional and threatens the...
  • Libya halts North Korean-flagged tanker loaded with rebel oil

    03/10/2014 1:40:31 PM PDT · by mojito · 7 replies
    AFP/Google ^ | 3/10/2014 | Unattributed
    Benghazi — Libyan authorities stopped a North Korean-flagged tanker as it left a rebel-held port on Monday with an "illegal" shipment of crude, a military source said. Former rebels calling for autonomy for eastern Libya have been blockading the port of Al-Sidra and other key export terminals in the region since July last year. On Saturday, they began loading crude onto the North Korean-flagged Morning Glory which docked in Al-Sidra. On Monday, the navy intercepted the ship as it left the terminal with orders to escort it "towards a port controlled by the state," a military source told AFP on...
  • Libya threatens to bomb North Korean tanker if it ships oil from rebel port

    03/09/2014 1:34:46 PM PDT · by mojito · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/8/2014 | Ulf Laessing and Feras Bosalum
    Libya threatened on Saturday to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tried to ship oil from a rebel-controlled port, in a major escalation of a standoff over the country's petroleum wealth. The rebels, who have seized three major Libyan ports since August to press their demands for more autonomy, warned Tripoli against staging an attack to halt the oil sale after the tanker docked at Es Sider terminal, one of the country's biggest. The vessel started loading crude late at night, oil officials said. The oil dispute is just one facet of the deepening turmoil in the North African...
  • Evidence casts doubt on ex-CIA leaders’ claims on Benghazi mortar attack

    03/08/2014 9:11:36 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 8, 2014 | By Catherine Herridge, Pamela Browne
    If former CIA Director David Petraeus and his ex-deputy Michael Morell are recalled to testify on Benghazi, they can expect hard questions about the mortar attack on the CIA annex which killed two former Navy SEALs. Republican Mike Rogers, chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee, is weighing whether to recall one or both of those officials over their Benghazi congressional testimony. Rogers said the evidence suggests a highly skilled team carried out the mortar strike. Fox News has confirmed five rounds were fired in under a minute, with three hitting the annex roof -- a target roughly the size...
  • Western countries alarmed as Libya slides towards chaos

    03/07/2014 8:40:31 AM PST · by don-o · 42 replies
    Reuters - via Yahoo ^ | March 7, 2014 | Steve Scherer
    OME (Reuters) - Western countries voiced concern on Thursday that tensions in Libya could slip out of control in the absence of a functioning political system, and they urged the government and rival factions to start talking. Two-and-a-half years after the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi, the oil-rich North African state is struggling to contain violence between rival forces, with Islamist militants gaining an ever-stronger grip on the south of the country. "The situation in Libya is very worrying," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters on the margins of a conference in Rome to discuss the Libyan crisis.
  • Hillary's hatred of Israel is a campaign vulnerability

    03/04/2014 1:06:54 PM PST · by TigerTown · 47 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 4, 2014 | Brett M. Decker
    Hillary Clinton essentially has been coronated the next Democratic nominee and first woman president of the United States 33 months before the 2016 election. This media-driven certainty ignores her many negatives, including the Benghazi debacle on her watch, the circus sideshow of her husband Bill, her tendency to give off an unlikable vibe, and the possibility that another green amateur could swoop in out of nowhere to defeat her in the primaries like Barack Obama did in 2008. There is also the issue of Israel
  • Russia is on the ‘wrong side of history’ and its actions violate international law, Obama says

    03/04/2014 11:41:02 AM PST · by dennisw · 31 replies
    nationalpost. ^ | March 3, 2014 8:30 AM ET | David McHugh And Dalton Bennet
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says Russia is “on the wrong side of history” in Ukraine and its actions violate international law. Obama told reporters in the Oval Office on Monday that the United States is considering economic and diplomatic options that will isolate Russia. The president called on Congress to work on an aid package to Ukraine and make it the “first order of business.” Obama said continued military actions in Ukraine “will be a costly proposition for Russia.” Russia called for the adoption of a national unity deal in Ukraine even as it tightened its stranglehold over Crimea,...