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  • The Shadow Party: Part I

    10/06/2004 2:42:28 AM PDT · by kattracks · 94 replies · 7,695+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 10/06/04 | David Horowitz and Richard Poe
    "My family is more important to me than my party," declared  Senator Zell Miller, a Georgia Democrat, as he spoke from the podium of the Republican National Convention on September 1. "There is but one man to whom I am willing to entrust their future and that man's name is George Bush." [1] Many Democrats howled in outrage at Miller's "betrayal" - former President Jimmy Carter in particular. In an angry personal letter to the Georgia senator, Carter accused Miller of "unprecedented disloyalty" and declared, "You have betrayed our trust. [I]t's quite possible that your rabid speech damaged our party..." [2] But...
  • White House: New Ebola Czar Will Report to Susan Rice

    10/17/2014 2:25:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 99 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 17, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Speaking from the White House Friday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said new Ebola Czar Ron Klain will report to former U.N. ambassador and current National Security Advisor Susan Rice. "Mr. Klain will ultimately however report to Ms. Monoco [Homeland Security] and to National Security Advisor Susan Rice in this effort," Earnest said. As a reminder, Susan Rice is the woman who went on five Sunday talk shows to lie about a YouTube video being responsible for the 9/11 attack in Benghazi. She is also the same person who said alleged Army deserter and Taliban sympathizer Bowe Bergdahl...
  • Ron Klain to be Ebola czar: report

    10/17/2014 7:16:37 AM PDT · by sunmars · 131 replies
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Ron Klain, the former chief of staff to Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden, will be named Ebola czar, according to a report on CNN.
  • Susan Rice lied to you… again

    10/14/2014 9:41:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/14/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The White HouseÂ’s dubious fixer of first resort, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, has stepped in it again. While she may not have intentionally misled the nation in yet another infamous appearance on a Sunday news program, this was the effect of her announcement that the United States had made a diplomatic breakthrough in talks with reluctant NATO ally Turkey. On Sunday, the Pentagon revealed that an agreement had been reached with officials in Ankara to allow American warplanes to use Turkish bases as part of the air campaign over Syria. Turkey also reportedly agreed to provide some rebels...
  • Susan Rice Is Misleading American Public Once Again

    10/13/2014 4:06:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Investors.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Leadership: Obama surrogate Susan Rice is again on TV, this time falsely claiming that the military never recommended ground troops against the Islamic State. Do Americans really swallow misinformation this easily? Less than a month ago, we and others pointed out the disturbing rift between a commander in chief who places politics before security and the commanders to whom he won't listen. We noted Gen. Ray Odierno, chief of staff of the U.S. Army and former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, said reinforcements to U.S. troops recently deployed in Iraq may be needed. We cited Joint Chiefs chairman Gen....
  • Administration points fingers on Ebola

    10/12/2014 8:05:24 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 11, 2014 | Megan R. Wilson
    White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice says other countries “haven’t done enough” to help stop the deadly disease Ebola from spreading. “We are pushing very hard for everybody to do more. This is going to take all hands on deck,” she told NBC’s Chuck Todd, in an interview set to air Sunday on “Meet the Press.” Ebola has killed more than 4,000 people, mostly centralized to three countries in Western Africa. The outbreak has caused skepticism of international health workers in some of those communities, who fear the workers could be spreading the disease instead of helping cure it....
  • Susan Rice bolts from podium, unable to answer reporters' questions at White House press briefing

    09/20/2014 6:47:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 90 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/20/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The National Security Advisor of the United States did something astonishing yesterday. In the middle of a reporter’s questioning, she bolted from the podium of the White House pressroom, saying, “Nice to see you,” fleeing a situation she evidently was unable to cope with. The question that caused Ms. Rice to flee was a fairly simple one: whether or not the president has authorized the bombing of targets in Syria. Rice responded multiple times that the timing of strikes would not be released, but that was not the question at hand, and reporters pressed her on whether her boss had...
  • White House says training Syrian rebels to take months (Susan Rice)

    09/19/2014 7:18:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/18/14 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - Training and equipping moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State extremists will take months, the White House warned Friday a day after Congress approved the plan. "We will move out as rapidly as can be done, in partnership with the countries that will host the training facilities," said Susan Rice, national security advisor to President Barack Obama. "This will be a process that takes months," she said, adding it will not "happen overnight." "This is a serious training program, and we are serious about vetting those that we will be training and equipping," Rice emphasized. "It is...
  • Susan Rice on ISIS: There’s a difference between a war and a counterterrorism operation, you know

    09/13/2014 9:05:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 53 replies
    hitair.com ^ | 9/12/2014 | Allahpundit
    Via Breitbart, another dim attempt by the White House to keep this new Iraq intervention in Americans’ rhetorical comfort zone. “Wars” are long, involve vast numbers of fighters on both sides, and absorb much blood and treasure; our “victories” in war lately tend to be unsatisfying and ephemeral too. “Counterterrorism,” though, is lightning fast, typically involves a small number of military assets, and is usually decisive. (It also conveniently doesn’t require a new AUMF.) The Bin Laden raid is the supreme example. By the White House’s own reckoning, rolling back ISIS will take three years at least, already involves a...
  • Obama Administration Says U.S. Is 'At War' With ISIS (until tomorrow)

    09/12/2014 3:52:30 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 17 replies
    nbc ^ | 9/12/2014 | staff
    The Obama administration said for the first time Friday that the United States is “at war” with ISIS militants. Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, used the language at least three times during his daily briefing with reporters. “The U.S. is at war with ISIL in the same way the U.S. is at war with al Qaeda,” he said, using an alternate acronym for the group. Minutes earlier, a Pentagon spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, used similar terminology. “This is not the Iraq war of 2002,” he told reporters. “But, make no mistake, we know we are at war...
  • White House: Yes, this is a war against ISIS

    09/12/2014 4:11:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    cbs ^ | 9/12/14 | Stephanie Condon
    A day after Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned against "war fever," administration officials on Friday said the U.S. is indeed waging a war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, otherwise known as ISIL). However, the administration is still trying to draw a distinction between this new "war" and the previous war the U.S. waged in Iraq, which included putting American troops on the ground in Iraq for combat operations. "The United States is at war with ISIL in the same way that we are at war with al Qaeda and its al Qaeda affiliates all around...
  • President Obama's Politically-Driven, Hastily Taped-Together, Counterterrorism Strategy

    09/12/2014 3:12:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    (P) resident Obama came into office in 2009, telling the American people he would end the wars against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. Six years later, facing a broader and more lethal terrorist threat, he is now telling us why we need to go to war again. To say Obama can't seem to make up his mind in the war on terrorism (a designation his administration stopped using the day he entered the Oval Office), is putting it mildly. If anything, his naive plan of withdrawal and retreat and the way it was carried out in the face of a...
  • Somebody Tell Kerry: White House Says We're at War with ISIS

    09/12/2014 2:37:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | September 12, 2014
    The United States is at war with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), the White House and Pentagon said Friday, a day after Secretary of State John Kerry repeatedly declined to use that phrase. “In the same way that we are at war with Al Qaeda and its affiliates around the globe, we are at war with ISIL,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at the White House. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby echoed that sentiment, telling reporters that while the effort was "not the Iraq war," they should "make no mistake, we know we...
  • Top Obama Officials Disagree Over Whether U.S. At War With ISIS

    09/12/2014 2:32:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    TIME ^ | September 12, 2014 | by Zeke J Miller
    The use of the W-word could have both legal and political implications. Top Obama Administration officials have publicly given conflicting accounts in recent days over a fundamental question of the new U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria: Is the nation at war? With 158 airstrikes carried out on ISIS targets and more than 1,600 troops deployed to Iraq in various capacities, Secretary of State John Kerry told ABC News Thursday that the nation was not in fact at war with the militant group. But by Friday afternoon, the White House and the Pentagon were...
  • Obama Meets With Hezbollah-Supporting Cleric on 9/11

    09/12/2014 10:40:15 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 9/11/14 | Alana Goodman
    President Barack Obama and White House national security adviser Susan Rice met with a delegation of Christian Middle Eastern leaders in Washington, D.C., on Thursday that included at least one Hezbollah-supporting Lebanese cleric. The meeting came one day after Sen. Ted Cruz was booed off the stage for defending Israel while giving a keynote address at a conference for the same delegation of Christian leaders. The In Defense of Christians summit, which was aimed at raising awareness of persecution against Arab Christiansa, featured speeches by several Hezbollah supporters and some of Bashar al-Assad’s most vocal Christian allies. One of the...
  • Susan Rice Calls Out Russia for Shelling Ukraine, Threatens "Further Costs"

    07/24/2014 6:40:16 PM PDT · by kristinn · 20 replies
    The White House via Twitter ^ | 9:09 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 24. 2014 | Amb. Susan Rice, Nat'l Security Adv.
    Putin is doubling down on the separatists. We continue to see arms flow across border from Russia to Ukraine.Russia is also firing artillery from within Russia into Ukraine.Although our preference is a diplomatic solution to Ukraine crisis, we remain ready to impose further costs on Russia as warranted
  • Rookie judge to preside over Benghazi trial

    07/13/2014 4:47:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    wa po ^ | July 7, 2014 | Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz
    Casey Cooper is new to the bench, but he’s well-connected . Just three months into his tenure on the federal bench, and before his formal investiture ceremony later this week, newly minted — but well-connected — U.S. District Judge Christopher “Casey” Cooper has been handed one of the most high-profile and politically sensitive American terrorism cases in recent years ... Cooper, 47, was part of the Obama administration’s transition team and is one of the more connected people in D.C. legal circles, Marimow notes. His wife, Amy Jeffress, worked at the Justice Department as a national security adviser to the...
  • Hillary blamed in another Benghazi scandal

    07/05/2014 7:07:48 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 49 replies
    WND.com ^ | July 5, 2014 | Aaron Klein
    Classified info at compound required U.S. Marine protection Did the State Department under Hillary Clinton deliberately refuse to classify what has been described as sensitive information housed at the U.S. special mission in Benghazi? The storage of any officially classified information in the compound would have required the deployment of the U.S. Marine Corps Embassy Security Group for protection. Instead, external security at the facility was provided by unarmed local Libyan guards. Armed members of the Martyrs of the February 17th Brigades served as the official quick-reaction force that worked within the compound. The Brigade is an offshoot of the...
  • White House: Death of Palestinian a 'heinous murder'

    07/02/2014 4:38:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 64 replies
    Ynet ^ | 7/2/14 | Ynetnews
    World leaders were unanimous Wednesday in condemning the killing of Mohammad Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian who was most likely kidnapped and murdered in revenge for the death of three Israeli teens that were abducted and recently found dead in the West Bank. In a series of posts on Twitter, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said the US is paying close attention to the investigation into the death of 17-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir. She also offered condolences to his family and the Palestinian people. US Secretary of State John Kerry also condemned the murder, calling the act "sickening" and saying,...
  • WH: Salaries published of every employee from $172,200 Sr. staff members to $42,000 assistants

    07/01/2014 6:54:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 1, 2014 | Francesca Chambers
    The White House is required provide Congress with an annual list of every one of its employees It's 2014 list, published today, shows that the president has 456 aides The lowest paid White House staffers make $42,000 a year, while the president's senior staff members make nearly four times that at $172,200The White House published its annual list of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue staff their salaries today. This year's list reveals that 456 aides serve at the pleasure of the president and make anywhere from $42,000 a year to $172,200 a year. Among the highest paid White House staffers are: National...
  • Benghazi suspect pleads not guilty in connection to terror attack

    06/28/2014 1:12:33 PM PDT · by Policy Wonk · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 28, 2014 | Catherine Herridge
    Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the Libyan militant charged in the 2012 Benghazi attacks, will face a federal judge Saturday afternoon for an initial court appearance, authorities confirmed to Fox News. At that time, the government is expected to outline the charges against him. Khatallah is being held at a federal courthouse in D.C. amid tight security, Department of Justice spokesman William Miller said. He was flown to Washington by helicopter shortly after sunrise from a navy warship, where he had been held since his capture nearly two weeks ago. Khatallah is accused of being involved in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack...
  • Suspect in Benghazi Attacks Arrives at Federal Court in DC, Says Source

    06/28/2014 6:44:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 28, 2014 | By MIKE LEVINE and BEN CANDEA
    A man suspected in the attacks two years ago on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, which killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans arrived at federal court in Washington, D.C. today, a source told ABC News. Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured in Libya earlier this month. He's expected to be arraigned later today.
  • John Mccain, Lindsey Graham: Send Benghazi Suspect To Guantanamo Bay

    06/17/2014 4:50:24 PM PDT · by kingattax · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Jun 2014 | by CHARLIE SPIERING
    When The Washington Post reported the capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala, suspected in the Benghazi terrorist attacks that killed four Americans in 2012, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) were clear in asserting what they deem the proper course of action should be: send him to Guantanamo Bay. Reporters waiting outside the chamber received the news on their smartphones before senators began trickling out of the Senate Chamber. Many of them refused to comment, awaiting more details from their staff. But McCain and Graham spoke up. "I’m glad that they got him,” McCain stated, before suggesting that...
  • Captured Benghazi suspect did interviews with U.S. media outlets as authorities searched for him

    06/17/2014 4:50:27 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 3 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 06/17/2014 | ADAM EDELMAN
    The suspected ringleader of the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks, who was captured by U.S. forces over the weekend, was actually interviewed by multiple media outlets last year — a stunning revelation that could raise questions over why it took the U.S. so long to arrest the man.
  • CNN Reporter: Benghazi Suspect 'Not A Man Who Was In Hiding'

    06/17/2014 5:30:59 PM PDT · by kingattax · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6-17-14
    CNN's senior international correspondent Arwa Damon, who spoke last year with Ahmed Abu Khattal, the suspected mastermind in the 2012 Benghazi terror attack that killed four Americans, said not only was he not in hiding but he actually offered to speak with American officials about the attack. Ahmed Abu Khattal did not deny he was at the consulate the night of September 12, 2012 but instead claims he was "directing traffic." Damon said while his story does not line up with the events of that night, she empathized his confidence in making himself available to talk with U.S. authorities.
  • Something Pretty Remarkable Happens When Hillary Clinton Fans Are Asked About Benghazi

    06/17/2014 6:18:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 53 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 6/16/2014 | Jason Howerton
    When Fox News correspondent Jesse Watters asked Hillary Clinton fans about the deadly Benghazi terror attacks of 2012, he got some surprising answers. None were more surprising than the ones coming from several people who had no idea what Benghazi was, despite the fact that many argue it is Clinton’s biggest failure as secretary of state.
  • Heritage’s ugly Benghazi panel

    06/17/2014 6:54:00 AM PDT · by don-o · 61 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 16, 2014 | Dana Milbank
    Representatives of prominent conservative groups converged on the Heritage Foundation on Monday afternoon for the umpteenth in a series of gatherings to draw attention to the Benghazi controversy. But this one took an unexpected turn. What began as a session purportedly about “unanswered questions” surrounding the September 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Libya deteriorated into the ugly taunting of a woman in the room who wore an Islamic head covering. The session, as usual, quickly moved beyond the specifics of the assaults that left four Americans dead to accusations about the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrating the Obama administration, President Obama...
  • US Official: Libyan Militant Accused in Benghazi Attack in US Custody

    06/17/2014 8:35:44 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    US official: Libyan militant accused in Benghazi attack in US custody .
  • Suspected Benghazi attack ringleader in U.S. custody

    06/17/2014 9:33:11 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 17, 2014 | David S. Cloud
    The U.S. military has captured a man believed to be one of the ringleaders of the deadly attacks on the American diplomatic compound and a CIA base in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012, officials said Tuesday.
  • News Guide: What Benghazi means in US politics

    06/17/2014 11:36:54 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 17 2014 | Washington Examiner
    WASHINGTON (AP) — To congressional Republicans, "Benghazi" is shorthand for incompetence and cover-up. Democrats hear it as the hollow sound of pointless investigations. It is, in fact, a Mediterranean port city in Libya that was the site of an attack on an American diplomatic compound on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. That's nearly all that U.S. politicians can agree on about Benghazi. It's been a political rallying cry since just weeks before President Barack Obama's re-election in November 2012. With the launch of a new House investigation, Benghazi is shaping...
  • U.S. captures Benghazi suspect in secret raid

    06/17/2014 8:24:54 AM PDT · by don-o · 128 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 17, 2014 | Karen DeYoung,, Adam Goldman and Julie Tate
    U.S. Special Operations forces captured one of the suspected ringleaders of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi in a secret raid in Libya over the weekend, the first time one of the accused perpetrators of the 2012 assault has been apprehended, according to U.S. officials. The officials said Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured near Benghazi by American troops, working alongside the FBI, following months of planning, and was now in U.S. custody “in a secure location outside Libya.” The officials said there were no casualties in the operation, and that all U.S. personnel involved have safely left Libya.
  • Obama goes golfing during Palm Springs vacation as Iraq descends into chaos

    06/16/2014 1:25:48 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 12 replies
    President Barack Obama spent last weekend on the golf course and on vacation in Palm Springs, California while his National Security team took charge of monitoring the increasing unrest in Iraq, it was revealed on Monday. According to reports filed by journalists on the trip of the president's comings and goings, President Barack Obama spent Saturday afternoon and most of Sunday at exclusive resorts playing golf with White House aides. Meanwhile, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and her team were tasked with coming up with a plan to stop al Qaeda linked terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and the...
  • How Can We Understand Benghazi Without Probing the CIA's Role?

    05/13/2013 6:20:05 AM PDT · by don-o · 19 replies
    The Atlantic | May 13, 2013 | Conor Friedersdorf
    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/05/how-can-we-understand-benghazi-without-probing-the-cias-role/275781/
  • How can Bowe Bergdahl be a POfWar if he ceased waging war and deserted?

    06/11/2014 9:47:07 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 24 replies
    6/11/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Bowe Bergdahl: a Prisoner of WAR, a deserter taken hostage by the Taliban or an enemy combatant? If it isn't the first of the three rather the second, why then are all cable news outlets describing this as a prisoner swap? Why aren't they calling this an enemy combatant ( Taliban 5)/deserter or a EC/deserter swap? If Bowe Bergdahl deserted, then would he have then as well forsake the military, and thus his uniform? Would Bowe Bergdahl then be an enemy combatant?
  • Obama reaches back to Clinton’s “Nuts and sluts” trying to lie his way out of Beghdahl treason

    06/09/2014 10:07:51 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/9/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Barack Obama is basically an enemy of America. Those who voted for him and those who manipulated the Republican primaries to insure a loser like Mitt Romney would be the GOP candidate to oppose him, have much to be ashamed of and much guilt to share. Obama has always been suspect in every aspect of his being from his fake life story to his devastating use of executive power to destroy our nation. Nevertheless, few among us could have predicted his treachery in the trade of five top level enemy commanders for a single soldier who willfully deserted and collaborated...
  • Meet Obama's Kissingers

    06/06/2014 8:35:31 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 6, 2014 | Kimberley Strassel
    If the Bergdahl uproar feels creepily reminiscent of the Benghazi uproar, or the Syrian "red line" uproar, or the choose-your-own- Obama -foreign-adventure uproar, it's because they all have a common denominator. This is what happens when political hacks formally take over foreign policy. It's the "formal" point that bears some meditation. Barack Obama isn't the first president to make foreign-policy decisions on the basis of domestic political calculations. He does, however, win the distinction of being the first president to utterly disregard—to treat with contempt—the institutions and procedures that were designed to help the commander in chief insulate the serious...
  • Susan Rice Turns Up at Normandy, Steps on Rake

    06/07/2014 5:58:03 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6-6-2014 | Bryan Preston
    June 6, 2014 Susan Rice Turns Up at Normandy, Steps on Rake Bryan Preston Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice is pretty unhappy at you people in the media. All she did was claim that a man the military believes deserted his post and wound up in the hands of the Taliban served in the military with “honor and distinction.”We all misunderstood her. We thought “honor” and “distinction” actually meant something. Rice got cornered by CNN’s Jim Acosta at the Normandy invasion commemoration today, and he peppered her with questions about those two words. (For you millennials who attended public...
  • Questions loom over Rice's credibility (time to go hide)

    06/07/2014 10:56:12 AM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/07/14 | Alexander Bolton
    National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s comments that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl served with "honor and distinction" has amplified GOP criticism of President Obama's prisoner swap and undermined Rice’s credibility on Capitol Hill. Independent experts have cast doubt on Rice’s judgment, given questions about whether Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban after deserting his post in Afghanistan. Even allies of the White House are suggesting she stay off the Sunday talk shows. “When I saw her on TV making that honor and distinction comment it just seems so phony to me,” said Andrew J. Bacevich, a professor of history and international relations...
  • Rice’s credibility in question [Like, DUH!]

    06/07/2014 5:07:20 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | Alexander Bolton
    National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s comments that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl served with "honor and dignity" has amplified GOP criticism of President Obama's prisoner swap and undermined Rice’s credibility on Capitol Hill. Independent experts have cast doubt on Rice’s judgment, given questions about whether Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban after deserting his post in Afghanistan. Even allies of the White House are suggesting she stay off the Sunday talk shows. “When I saw her on TV making that honor and distinction comment it just seems so phony to me,” said Andrew J. Bacevich, a professor of history and international relations...
  • New York Times: Demonizing Sgt. Bergdahl

    06/07/2014 6:03:45 AM PDT · by kristinn · 89 replies
    The New York Times via the Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Friday, June 6, 2014 | Editorial
    Four months ago, Sen. John McCain said he would support the exchange of five hard-core Taliban leaders for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. "I would support ways of bringing him home," he told CNN, "and if exchange was one of them I think that would be something I think we should seriously consider." But the instant the Obama administration actually made that trade, McCain, as he has so often in the past... SNIP Though we criticized the administration for ignoring the law in not informing Congress of the transfer of the Taliban detainees 30 days in advance, leave it...
  • Susan Rice explains her praise of Bowe Bergdahl

    06/06/2014 9:57:48 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/6/14 | JONATHAN TOPAZ
    Susan Rice explains her praise of Bowe Bergdahl By: Jonathan Topaz June 6, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Susan Rice isn’t backing down from her controversial comments that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction” in Afghanistan. “I realize there has been a lot of discussion and controversy around this,” the National Security Adviser said during an interview Friday with CNN’s Jim Acosta at the D-Day anniversary in Normandy, France. “What I was referring to is the fact that this was a young man who volunteered to serve his country in uniform at a time of war. That in...
  • Susan Rice defends Bergdahl comments, calls his service 'honorable' (Doubling down)

    06/06/2014 9:57:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | June 6, 2014 | Jim Acosta, Senior White House Correspondent
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Colleville-sur-Mer, FRANCE (CNN) -- President Barack Obama's national security adviser said Friday that her full-throated praise of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was appropriate given the former Taliban prisoner's willingness to go to war for his country -- despite questions about whether or not he deserted his Army colleagues. Susan Rice, who on Sunday said Bergdahl served the United States with "honor and distinction," told CNN in an interview that she was speaking about the fact the Idaho native enlisted and went to Afghanistan in the service of his country. "I realize there has been lots of discussion and controversy around...
  • Will Chuck Hagel Tell Susan Rice Not To Praise Bergdahl Until All The Facts Are In?

    06/05/2014 8:39:06 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 14 replies
    6/5/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Susan Rice, United States National Security Advisor under the Obama administration, said that Bowe Bergdahl 'served the United States with honor and distinction.' Sounds like praise to me. But Chuck Hagel, who said very recently that Americans should not pre-judge Bowe Bergdahl, seems to take one line with - I guess "regular" Americans - and another with Susan Rice. Hmmm... Should Hagel and Rice both say that Bowe Bergdahl should be neither judged nor praised until all the facts are in? Funny how some WH aides can accuse Bergdahl's fellow soldiers of 'swift boating,' but won't tell people to not...
  • Fox’s Rosen: Sources Claim Bergdahl’s Taliban Collaboration ‘As Serious As You Can Imagine’

    06/04/2014 11:40:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 4, 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    Fox News reporter James Rosen claimed intelligence sources have told him not only that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl willingly collaborated with the Taliban, but that his involvement with the terrorist group may be “as serious as you can imagine.” Rosen spoke with Bill O’Reilly Wednesday night about his ongoing conversations with intelligence and Pentagon officials regarding both old and new investigations into Bergdahl’s likely desertion and possibly treasonous activities. “My reporting has shown that the intelligence community also undertook a separate [from the Army] investigation of Sgt. Bergdahl,” Rosen explained, “both his final period of active duty that culminated in...
  • LINDSEY GRAHAM CALLS ON SUSAN RICE TO RESIGN FOR MISLEADING AMERICANS (VIDEO)

    06/04/2014 11:32:51 PM PDT · by kingattax · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4 Jun 2014
    Wednesday on NewsMax TV, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told host Steve Malzberg that Susan Rice needs to go. "I can't believe anything she tells me". Graham said. He pointed to both Rice's Benghazi Sunday show appearances when she blamed a YouTube video for the attack and last Sunday's appearance claiming U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl "served with honor and distinction." "One of two things, she is completely detached from the realty situation and is literally making things up that sounds good or she's manipulating the information for political reasons. Either way should she be the National Security Advisor?" he said.
  • Peters: Obama Admin's Handling of Bergdahl Is 'Benghazi 2.0' Video

    06/04/2014 12:25:57 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | June 3,2014 | Kelly File
    Peters said this is evidence of a cultural divide between the Obama administration and those who serve in the military. “When you really listen to Susan Rice and Obama, I mean they think that desertion is kind of like skipping class.” He said being a deserter is the “second gravest sin” in the military, right behind turning your weapon on your fellow soldiers. Furious, Peters told Megyn, “I am sick of hearing people, even on Fox, instant experts who never served in their military, saying well we always went after our deserters.” Throughout U.S. history, Peters said deserters were rescued,...
  • Who Wrote Susan Rice's Talking Points, This Time?

    06/04/2014 9:21:55 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Jun 2014 | by DEBRA HEINE
    In response to The White House doubles its bet on some bad cards: For no other reason other than morbid curiosity, I'd like to know who wrote the talking points for Susan Rice's appearances on the Sunday talk shows, yesterday. It's not like she had any more credibility to lose, but Rice told some whoppers, yesterday, possibly as Allahpundit notes at Hot Air, in a calculated attempt to set a false narrative, as "most voters will pay attention to this story for 48 hours after Bergdahl’s release and then tune out." Even as the truth was gushing out about the...
  • White House Backpedals After Claiming Bergdahl ‘Served With Honor And Distinction’

    06/04/2014 7:36:36 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 36 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/3/2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    Deputy national security advisor Tony Blinken struggled to cover for his boss Susan Rice on Tuesday, backtracking from her contention that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl “served with honor and distinction” in the face of tough questions from NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell. Mitchell confronted Blinken over Rice’s Sunday claim that Bergdahl “served with honor and distinction” — an assertion almost immediately disproven by scores of Bergdahl’s comrades and official Pentagon reports, which show the soldier abandoned his post and may have been seeking to join the Taliban. “Why did Susan Rice say he served with honor and distinction?” she asked. “It...
  • Susan Rice: Bergdahl Served With 'Honor and Distinction'

    06/02/2014 7:10:43 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 85 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | JUN 2, 2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    Susan Rice: Bergdahl Served With 'Honor and Distinction' BY DANIEL HALPER President Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, said on ABC that Bowe Bergdahl "served the United States with honor and distinction." Certainly anybody who's been held in those conditions, in captivity for five years, has paid an extraordinary price. But that is really not the point. The point is that he's back,” Rice told ABC host George Stephanopoulos when asked whether Bergdahl was a deserter and whether he'd face punishment. “He is going to be safely reunited with his family. He served the United States with honor and distinction....
  • Rice fires back on Bergdahl criticism (Hussein's Constitutional responsibilities)

    06/01/2014 3:25:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/01/14 | Kevin Cirilli
    U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice pushed back on Sunday against GOP claims that the administration negotiated with terrorists by transferring five Taliban prisoners in Guantanamo Bay to Qatar in exchange for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on Saturday. "I wouldn't put it that way," Rice said on CNN's "State of the Union" when asked if the exchange means that U.S. officials can no longer say they don't negotiate with terrorists. "Why didn't you notify Congress?" Crowley asked, referencing the law that requires the president to alert Congress in 30 days before transferring any prisoners from Guantanamo Bay....