Sunday, October 21, 2012

Not optimal

Here's Slate on Obama's appearance on the hard-hitting "Daily Show":
No one would be stupid enough to refer to the death of four people as "not optimal." The person who really wouldn't be stupid enough to do that is a politician who had emoted so forcefully about how much he cared about those who had died in the line of duty. That guy would definitely not be that dumb. And yet that's what the president did.
Obama "stupid"?  Inconceivable!


A Meme is a Wish Your Heart Makes said...

Harder! Clap harder! Tinkerbell is dying!

Eric said...

Is she being threatened by a mob in Benghazi? Her security concerns have been noted for future consideration.

Anonymous said...

Between the GOP's version of what happened in Benghazi and Tinkerbell, at least Tinkerbell might be real.

Anonymous said...

This just in: the State Department announced that Tinkerbell's death was due to a spontaneous movie review of "Here Comes the Boom."

Peter Panderer said...

Sad news for the boys who won't grow up:

Los Angeles Times, Friday:,0,95514.story

The assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi last month appears to have been an opportunistic attack rather than a long-planned operation, and intelligence agencies have found no evidence that it was ordered by Al Qaeda, according to U.S. officials and witnesses interviewed in Libya.

The attack was "carried out following a minimum amount of planning," said a U.S. intelligence official, who, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a matter still under investigation. "The attackers exhibited a high degree of disorganization. Some joined the attack in progress, some did not have weapons and others just seemed interested in looting."

A second U.S. official added, "There isn't any intelligence that the attackers pre-planned their assault days or weeks in advance." Most of the evidence so far suggests that "the attackers launched their assault opportunistically after they learned about the violence at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo" earlier that day, the official said.

Washington Post, Oct. 19:

The Romney campaign may have misfired with its suggestion that statements by President Obama and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice about the Benghazi attack last month weren’t supported by intelligence, according to documents provided by a senior U.S. intelligence official.

“Talking points” prepared by the CIA on Sept. 15, the same day that Rice taped three television appearances, support her description of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate as a reaction to Arab anger about an anti-Muslim video prepared in the United States. According to the CIA account, “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. There are indications that extremists participated in the violent demonstrations.”

“We believe the timing of the attack was influenced by events in Cairo,” the senior official said, reaffirming the Cairo-Benghazi link.

Wall Street Journal, Oct. 22:

President Barack Obama was told in his daily intelligence briefing for more than a week after the consulate siege in Benghazi that the assault grew out of a spontaneous protest, despite conflicting reports from witnesses and other sources that began to cast doubt on the accuracy of that assessment almost from the start.

New details about the contents of the President's Daily Brief, which haven't been reported previously, show that the Central Intelligence Agency didn't adjust the classified assessment until Sept. 22, fueling tensions between the administration and the agency.

The problems were aggravated by infighting among U.S. agencies that appears to have slowed the continuing work to understand what happened. And the new disclosures about the President's Daily Brief are likely to raise new questions about intelligence surrounding the Benghazi attack, which resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

The daily intelligence brief, compiled by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and based to a large extent on information from the CIA, is the most authoritative intelligence report prepared by the intelligence agencies and is read by the president and his top-level advisers.

The CIA was consistent from Sept. 13 to Sept. 21 that the attack evolved from a protest.