Update II: As we wrote below, we want a thorough and immediate investigation that includes testimony from Hillary Clinton (we also want State Department leaks to continue) before election day.
Republican/conservative super website Powerline keeping it real. They know the problem is Barack Obama. Via Powerline, excerpts (we’ve removed the State Department call portions, go to the website for that) of What Happened In Benhazi:
“The State Department has released a transcript of a briefing that two high-ranking department officials gave to a number of reporters via conference call on October 9 (Tuesday). I am not certain about this, but I believe the transcript was only made public today. You should read it in its entirety; it is the most detailed description I have seen of the events in Benghazi on September 11.
While this is by no means clear, it appears that the State Department may have released the transcript as part of the escalating conflict between Barack Obama and Joe Biden and the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. In their desperation to avoid responsibility for the Benghazi debacle, Obama and Biden have pointed fingers in two directions: at the intelligence community for reporting incorrectly that the incident was a protest over a YouTube video clip, and at the State Department for not providing adequate security for the Ambassador.
Here are some excerpts from the narrative: [snip]
Barack Obama, meanwhile, was jetting off to Las Vegas for a fundraiser.
It was obvious to the reporters on the call that this narrative blows Obama’s evasions sky high: [snip]
This exchange is priceless:
OPERATOR: The next question is from the line of Brad Klapper with AP. Please, go ahead.
QUESTION: Hi, yes. You described several incidents you had with groups of men, armed men. What in all of these events that you’ve described led officials to believe for the first several days that this was prompted by protests against the video?
SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL TWO: That is a question that you would have to ask others. That was not our conclusion. I’m not saying that we had a conclusion, but we outlined what happened. The Ambassador walked guests out around 8:30 or so, there was no one on the street at approximately 9:40, then there was the noise and then we saw on the cameras the – a large number of armed men assaulting the compound.
So Hillary Clinton and the State Department unequivocally reject the account that Barack Obama and Joe Biden have given. It is hard to imagine what “intelligence” reports Obama could have received that blamed the YouTube video. He is lying, evidently.
Update: As we write below, “Let’s Rumble”. We are not alone in asking: Is the White House throwing Hillary under the bus on the Benghazi attack?
“In fact, since the convention, Clinton and Obama have had a serious falling-out over two issues: the president’s preparation and lamentable performance in his debate with Mitt Romney, and the question of who should be assigned blame — Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — for the intelligence and security screw-up in Benghazi, Libya.
This new rift, which the Clintons and Obamas have managed to keep secret from the media, has poisoned their relations to such an extent that it could conceivably have an impact on the outcome of the presidential election. [snip]
Despite their mutual lack of trust, Clinton and Obama have managed to keep their personal feelings under control — up to now. But in the wake of the fatal attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Clinton is concerned that the White House and Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago are moving to dump political and legal blame for the Libya mess on the State Department and, by definition, on Hillary Clinton herself.
My sources tell me that Clinton is working on a strategy that will allow Hillary to avoid having Benghazi become a stain on her political fortunes should she decide to run for president in 2016.
Bill Clinton has even gone so far as to seek legal advice about Hillary’s liability in terms of cables and memos that might be subpoenaed by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which this week launched an investigation into the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The committee will also examine the apparent Obama administration cover-up that followed the Benghazi attack.
Finally, I’m told that Bill is playing with various doomsday scenarios, up to and including the idea that Hillary should consider resigning over the issue if the Obama team tries to use her as a scapegoat.”
Bill Clinton must be asked “Is Hillary Clinton and the State Department to blame for the Benghazi Libya disaster as the White House claims?” But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
We’ll explain the real damage that Joe Biden did to Barack Obama last night (hint: what will Obama have to now do on Tuesday?) sometime in the next few days. Right now what we are watching is “What Will Bill Clinton Do?”
Last night Chuckles The Clown (a.k.a. Veep Joe Biden) appeared to throw the State Department and Hillary Clinton under the well worn tires of the Obama bus. Today, Jay Carney left no doubt that Barack Obama wants to blame Hillary Clinton for the Benghazi, Libya disaster.
“That is not to say the State Department is in the clear. Still to be explained is the lack of appropriate security at the embassy in Benghazi. We want a full investigation of what happened.
We have no doubt that Barack Obama wanted to make it appear that everything was hunky dory in Libya in order to score political points for his reelection. What must be determined is whether Hillary Clinton and/or the State Department cooperated in this foolishness. We doubt it. But we want a full and complete investigation of all these questions.
In this war between the State Department and the Obama White House there is the Bill Clinton factor. Some have been critical of Bill Clinton for “helping” Barack Obama so ostentatiously. Bill Clinton agreed to “help” Obama’s reelection efforts well before September 11, 2013 so his help is not related to a “cover-up” of Benghazi-gate.
Never-the-less Bill Clinton has Obama in a very ugly death grip. Usually Barack Obama responds to crisis by “blaming the staff” and throwing someone “under the bus”. The person Barack Obama would love to bury after squashing under the bloody tires of the overused bus is Hillary Clinton.
But in this case, Obama cannot throw Hillary Clinton under the bus. That’s because Bill Clinton has made himself so essential to Obama’s reelection campaign Bill Clinton could retaliate and throw Obama under the bus and when the Clinton bus rolls….
We find ourselves in the giggly position that Hillary Clinton could throw Obama under the bus. She does not have to drive the bus herself. In Washington there is the wonderful world of “leaks”. Someone partial to Hillary and hostile to Obama could continue to leak information to Issa’s Government Oversight Committee which embarrasses Obama.
Hillary would come out of it all smelling like a rose because she gets to tell the truth about Obama while Bill Clinton gets to play the loyal party guy. The truth – that’s something Obama cannot afford as his campaign collapses.
The State Department undermined the Obama lies right from the beginning by telling committee investigators what really happened in Benghazi. We want a complete investigation and answers to what happened on the remaining open questions about security and requests for security.”
Hey, let’s rumble. The White House directly and unambiguously blames the State Department. Let’s hear from the State Department.
We think it is now extremely important for Hillary Clinton to testify before the House Oversight Committee and clear up the name of the State Department. Let’s rumble.
And as we stated at the beginning here Bill Clinton has to be asked this question: “Is Hillary Clinton and the State Department to blame for the Benghazi Libya disaster as the White House claims?”
As many also realize the Benghazi disaster is growing and might be the final final nail in the Obama coffin. Obama wants someone to blame other than himself. But there are problems.
Jay Carney the Clown and Barack Obama the boob apparently have realized that Chuckles the Clown might get Bill and Hillary upset or angry so they are changing the ever changing story and persist with the Libya Fibya tales. After passing the burning coal to the State Department now there is a different spin from Clown Carney: Biden was obviously talking about the president, himself, and the WH, not the entire administration.
The White House story keeps on changing and we doubt very much if the clarifications have anything to do with concerns about the truth or attempts to determine what really happened in order to punish those responsible and prevent similar horrors in the future. No, the reason why this story keeps changing is because Carney the Clown and Chuckles the Clown, along with Barack the Boob are concerned about one Bill Clinton and the damage he might do if Hillary is left holding the bag.
The story, the Libya Fibya, continues to get more fibs told to ya. Consider the events starting from last night when it was stated by Biden: Hey, none of us knew that the Benghazi consulate wanted more security! Update: CBS News: Biden’s got some clean-up to do on Libya; Update: White House: No, really, we had no idea. Um, what’s going on?
“Just taking Biden at his word, we’d have to believe that (a) the State Department had no special concern over personnel in eastern Libya, where the weak central government can’t even deploy a police force, (b) the White House was unaware that al-Qaeda had expanded its operations in the region, and (c) no one remembered that the anniversary of 9/11 was approaching. That’s a shocking level of incompetence to confess on national TV. Small wonder that CNN’s tracking group considered this Joe Biden’s lowest point of the debate.”
Um, what’s going on? Who knew what and when? What did Barack Obama know and when did he know it? Did anyone know anything? Is up down? Is down up? What the blazes is going on?
Who knew what and when? It’s time to get Hillary Clinton to testify under oath before the House Oversight Committee. It’s time to ask Bill Clinton the question. More importantly Bill Clinton has to ask himself a question. Bill Clinton has to ask himself why he is supporting Barack Obama when Barack Obama is setting up Hillary Clinton to take the fall for Barack Obama’s incompetence if not treachery.
Hillary Clinton supporters want more than any Republican or conservative to, as the Professor says, “get rid of the fairy tale”. It would probably be better though if those that want to get rid of Barack Obama would stay focused on defeating Barack Obama and (1) stop posting idiot attacks on Hillary Clinton with gibberish such as “Karma’s a bitch, ain’t it, Madame Secretary?“, and (2) when you “borrow” a title from us, at least admit it (or is there a difference between “People Died, Obama Lied” and our earlier title “People Died, Obama Lied – The Spanish Language Edition“).
Barack Obama must be defeated. Barack Obama must be held to account. But Barack Obama opponents must stay focused on the target and bring everything back to Barack Obama. Barack Obama opponents must remember where the buck stops and target the buck stop chair, even if it is empty.