Republican/Fox News Hypocrisy on Benghazi

You have RWNJs on my twitter insanely claiming that “Benghazi was the worst foreign policy disaster in 40 years” and Fox News continuing to speculate as to what really happened, even though we know what really happened.  So many theories abound all designed to damage either President Obama or (Future President) Hillary Clinton, all of them nonsense because – there’s no rational, or even irrational, motivation on God’s green Earth for them doing any of the things the deluded fools accuse them of doing.  

Then you have the hypocrisy of all the mayhem that occurred under the administration of the guy they wanted to have a beer with but they made 0 peeps about.  They were just fine with wars of choice, thousands dead, torture, spying, lies and manipulation of intelligence. None of that was the worst foreign policy blunder of the past 40 years, except that THEY ACTUALLY WERE. And then to top all of that, Bullshit Mountain has to completely ignore the 13 Benghazi’s during President C Student’s reign:

January 22, 2002. Calcutta, India. Gunmen associated with Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami attack the U.S. Consulate. Five people are killed.

June 14, 2002. Karachi, Pakistan. Suicide bomber connected with al-Qaida attacks the U.S. Consulate, killing 12 and injuring 51.

October 12, 2002. Denpasar, Indonesia. U.S. diplomatic offices bombed as part of a string of “Bali Bombings.” No fatalities.

February 28, 2003. Islamabad, Pakistan. Several gunmen fire upon the U.S. Embassy. Two people are killed.

May 12, 2003. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Armed al-Qaida terrorists storm the diplomatic compound killing 36 people including nine Americans. The assailants committed suicide by detonating a truck bomb.

July 30, 2004. Tashkent, Uzbekistan. A suicide bomber from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan attacks the U.S. Embassy, killing two people.

December 6, 2004. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Al-Qaida terrorists storm the U.S. Consulate and occupy the perimeter wall. Nine people are killed.

March 2, 2006. Karachi, Pakistan again. Suicide bomber attacks the U.S. Consulate killing four people, including U.S. diplomat David Foy who was directly targeted by the attackers. (I wonder if Lindsey Graham or Fox News would even recognize the name “David Foy.” This is the third Karachi terrorist attack in four years on what’s considered American soil.)

September 12, 2006. Damascus, Syria. Four armed gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar” storm the U.S. Embassy using grenades, automatic weapons, a car bomb and a truck bomb. Four people are killed, 13 are wounded.

January 12, 2007. Athens, Greece. Members of a Greek terrorist group called the Revolutionary Struggle fire a rocket-propelled grenade at the U.S. Embassy. No fatalities.

March 18, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Members of the al-Qaida-linked Islamic Jihad of Yemen fire a mortar at the U.S. Embassy. The shot misses the embassy, but hits nearby school killing two.

July 9, 2008. Istanbul, Turkey. Four armed terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate. Six people are killed.

September 17, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Terrorists dressed as military officials attack the U.S. Embassy with an arsenal of weapons including RPGs and detonate two car bombs. Sixteen people are killed, including an American student and her husband (they had been married for three weeks when the attack occurred). This is the second attack on this embassy in seven months.

Yeah, no, those things happened, but whatever, sure 13 times.  When it happens once to a Democrat it’s the worst foreign policy blunder in 40 years.

Bottom line for Republicans, and mark this well, is that the lesson of Whitewater was: keep investigating no matter what, until somebody gets a blow job and THEN… YOU… POUNCE!

It is one of the galling pieces of historical information that Bill Clinton was hounded for 6 years over a meaningless land deal that he lost money on, the Inquisition covered in stupid, until a malicious busy body named Linda Tripp offered her completely unrelated to the investigation but nonetheless welcome  “testimony” about Monica Lewinski and a certain blue dress.

70% Say the GOP Out of Touch with Most Americans, and ho hum


Michael Tomasky carves up the stunning numbers from the ABC News poll: 70% believe that one of the two major parties is out of touch but get this, 49% of Republicans think their party is out of touch!  Half of them!  Their own party!  Out of touch!  So what’s next?

… it is one of the central problems in our politics, and perhaps the central one that these 49 percent have no one representing them. 

We are a two-party country, period. One of those parties is still somewhat ideologically diverse, running from Maxine to Max (Waters to Baucus). The other one is not. That is our problem. And it will remain so until rich moderate Republicans decide to get together and put their money behind organizations to give moderate Republicanism life and muscle again.

So Tomasky is hoping for a silent (maybe) majority of Republicans to either grow a spine and decide to reform the moderate wing of the party, or take it back altogether from the know-nothing extremists who’ve been bollocksing up everything. He has accepted that we are a two party country, period. I don’t agree. I do believe we can adopt more than the two parties that have been our reality for 100 years. 

But more to the point I believe it’s much more likely that that third party would be created by a schism within the GOP. And if that happens it’s not going to be moderates developing a sack. It’s going to be one of the brands of know-nothing (libertarians, Christianists) deciding to make a statement and going rogue.  

I’m rooting for this because it would give the Democrats a chance to run things in uniform government for a bit, which we badly need to heal the malfeasance of the GOP and push things into the 21st century on economic fairness, climate change, renewable energy, education, etc.  

Boehner and GOP have given up trying

The GOP would lose more popularity every time Boehner speaks if they hadn’t already hit bottom. Now that may seem like a glib line, but I mean it. Polls are showing that the POTUS is absolutely beating the GOP in the PR war over sequester, as he has on each of these silly issues, as he did in the ELECTION. And yet they persist in their ridiculous, ill conceived and factually flimsy attempt to make people think that our latest manufactured budget crisis is everybody’s fault but theirs.

Boehner, with another layer of tan from his vacation golf, continues to flat out mislead by claiming the ball is in the Senate’s court because of budgets the last Congress passed (they expired, so um, NO!). Or claim the POTUS is somehow to blame for everything because he’s taking his arguments to the people around the country. It’s easy to say Boehner and his GOP minions are not fooling anybody, but they are – the same minimal information minority they’ve been talking to almost exclusively since Mitt Romney admitted in Boca Raton that the GOP believes they are the only real Americans and at least 47% of the country are unreachable to them. Turns out it was 53%… and growing. Only 22% of people self-identify as Republcans in a recent poll. 

“The president has known for 16 months that this sequester was looming out there when the super committee failed to come to an agreement,” Boehner told reporters on Capitol Hill. “And so for 16 months, the president has been traveling all over the country holding rallies instead of sitting down with Senate leaders in order to try to forge an agreement over there in order to move a bill.”

So Obama was wrong to run for President for a year. He should have let Romney have the field to himself. It’s so unleaderlike to campaign.

In the real world Boehner is just teeing up killer responses by Pelosi and Reid making Boehner seem stupid and silly. But he cares not because in Boehner’s increasingly smaller Fox News world his audience will just laugh at Pelosi and Reid’s rejoinders, if they hear them at all. The conservative bubble immunizes the 22% from the truth. So it costs Boeher nothing with them.

Unfortunately, the story does not end there. When you have mainstream miscreants like Woodward and the usual Politico hacks bending the truth into a pretzel in order to excuse the GOP from its culpability in this entire fiasco, the water is muddied. While the Dems continue to win the PR war, once again the essential truth is deranged so that the win is not the total annihilation it should be. The media continues to prop up a joke of a national party and the clown car they came out of.  

The simple fact is that the sequester was, as Ezra Klein described it, a punt. In the summer 2011 debt ceiling deal, everybody knew that there was an ideological logjam and nothing could be decided. So they came up with sequester, and putting off the big conflict until after the election, because (1) it was so poisonous it would motivate the two sides, and (2) the election would decide which ideological side the country favored. But here we are with the Democrats and Obama the clear winners but the GOP so intractable in the face of their defeat that they are ready to swallow the poison and claim they liked it.

Reason No. Infinite Why The GOP Will Never Get its Shit Together

All you need to know is the POTUS has invited as a guest to the State of the Union tonight a 102 year old Florida woman (born before women had the right to vote) who waited on line for hours to vote, but persevered in order to exercise her franchise thus exemplifying the greatness of democracy.

And a totally deranged GOP Congressman from Texas (from the county where they dragged James Byrd to death by the way) invited gun wacko one hit wonder Ted Nugent. A man who pooped himself to avoid the draft, has admitted to having sex with underage girls, and has been in turns threatening and just profane towards the President, the First Lady, Hillary Clinton, and anybody who disagrees with him.

The contrast is illustrative.  

Other guests invited by Democratic lawmakers include gun violence victims and their families to keep the heat on Congress to do something about the 3 million guns in the country.

And Ted Nugent. A “voice” in the debate on guns. Ted Nugent. 

Okay, so what fair minded person looks at this and says this is balance? This is rational? These are two national political parties that are both acting responsibly in the debate over policy and the future of the country?

Oh and afterwards responses will be given (for the GOP) by the Magic Hispanic Marco Rubio and for the (Tea Party wing of the GOP) by Ayn Rand Paul.

Anybody who votes for Republicans in this era of Rush, Beck, Fox News, Tea Party, Koch Brothers, etc. total political bullshit, has taken leave of their ever loving senses.

No, just pissing off liberals is not a governing philosophy.

Once Again – Why I am Not Afraid of the GOP Getting Its Shit Together

From Feministing; A list of dudes who voted against the Violence Against Women Act.  They voted in the Senate re renewal of VAWA and these 8 Republicans voted against consideration of reauthorizing it. Five of the eight are generic Republican Senate douchebags that even if their mothers were asked to name 10 senators wouldn’t come up with their names.

One is Rand Paul (R-Wacko Town). 

One is Tim Scott (R-Temp Agency). 

The Eighth mental and moral dwarf is The Great Brown Hope MARCO RUBIO. That hero of all GOPers who believe that if he runs for president everyone who speaks Spanish will vote for him because he speaks Spanish. He’s young, oh so conservative, does not have that conservative weasel face many conservatives are cursed with, nor does he often look constipated, another conservative face problem.

But here’s why I am not at all afraid that the GOP will get its shit together and overcome their unforced error penchant long enough to take back the WH. Rubio, the Magic Hispanic (Rush Limbaugh, you can have that, free of charge) voted against even considering reauthorizing VAWA. He did the math and thought – better offend women than the conservative base.  FAIL!