“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Does Glenn Beck have something here?

Alexander Higgins

Libyan officials, US officials and intelligence assets on the ground say the Benghazi embassy attack was planned by Al Qaeda affiliated Islamic extremists.
Libya officials also say that the U.S warned in advanced but failed to take necessary measures to prevent the attack that took the lives of 4 Americans including that of US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stephens.
An investigation by The Examiner's Alexander Higgins reveals further reveals that Libya extremists conducted nearly monthly attacks against diplomatic facilities and convoys prior to the 9/11 attack.
These are the latest details contradicting the US government's claim the attack on the Benghazi Embassy in Libya was spontaneous outrage over an anti-Muslim film that caught the administration off-guard.

Several foreign policy experts have offered explanations on why the administration would be attempting to spin the narrative.
Explanations offered ranged from limiting political damage for backing the Libya extremists to overthrow Gaddafi to an attempt to hide the administration's gross negligence in failing protect the consulate despite clear warnings prior to the attack.
As Canada's Sun News details the video embedded on this page the US was given clear specific warnings Al Qaeda publicly urged followers to attack embassies in both Libya and Egypt.
On September 10th Al Qaeda issued a warning they would attack the US embassy in Cairo and "burn it to the ground" if the blind Sheik was not released from prison.
In Libya Al Qaeda urged followers to attack the consulate in Benghazi for revenge of a US assassination drone strike.
Official diplomatic cables echoed the warnings of potential attack in Cairo and CNN reported on the attack warning.
Despite those warnings much of the corporate media's attention has focused on whether the Obama administration was warned of the possibility of an attack in the 48 to 72 hours prior to the assassination of the US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.
Several top-level officials in the U.S. government and the Libyan government have stated that certainly is the case.
Libyan security officials tell the Independent the U.S. was warned three days prior to the attack.
The Independent cited top-level U.S. diplomatic sources in a prior report who revealed the US was warned 48 hours in advance.
Those sources said an alert was issued by the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security but was never made public.
The February 17th Brigade, the armed militia group in control of Benghazi security, told CNN that US diplomats were separately warned of the "rapidly deteriorating security" situation in a meeting three days before the attack.
Nearly monthly attacks on Libya diplomatic facilities ignored
Not only did the Obama administration fail to act on specific warnings of a potential attack but there also was a failure to harden security at diplomatic facilities in Libya.
Security alerts issued by the US Libya embassy to American travelers prior to the 9/11 attack that took the lives of 4 Americans, including that of US ambassador Chris Stevens, reveal diplomatic facilities were being attacked on a nearly monthly basis.
The previous attacks against US diplomatic facilities included rocket-propelled grenades and improvised explosive devices in attacks on diplomatic facilities.
Additionally there have also been attacks on diplomatic convoys, including an attack on a UN convoy in February, a UK convoy in June and a US convoy in Tripoli in August.
Each of these security alerts warn that protests in Libya in the past have often escalated into violence and attack against government buildings.
The nearly monthly occurrence of these attacks suggest severe gross negligence on behalf of the Obama administration.
There was clear failure to take the necessary steps to harden the Benghazi consulate from the same attacks that targeted it the past and provide the security needed to protect American lives.
Instead, just two weeks prior to the attack the consular section of the Benghazi office was opened to the public.
Libya officials say attacks were planned
Libyan security officials have arrested several people and identified at least 50 more who played a role in the attack.
According to the Libyan officials and investigators familiar with the attack on the Benghazi compound the evidence indicates the attacks was planned by foreign Islamic extremists considered to be affiliates and sympathizers of Al Qaeda .
The way these perpetrators acted and moved, and their choosing a specific date for this so-called demonstration, I think that this leaves us with no doubt that this was pre-planned, pre-determined,”, says Libyan parliament chief Mohammad Magarief told McClatchy papers.
Magarief further explained that the raid as “definitely” planned and were not the result of the spontaneous storming of the consulate as claimed by the Obama administration.
Magarief states he also believes that the assaults were planned by foreign Islamic extremists he considers to be “affiliates and sympathizers”of al-Qaeda.


  1. This is worth listening to even if you don’t pay much attention to Glenn Beck.

  2. Sorry; I tried. Maybe tomorrow. :)


    p.s. That guy, Stevens, reminds me, a little bit, of some of those guys that mess around with poisonous snakes. After awhile, they lose track of the fact that those are snakes, and start dreaming up strange delusions where the crawly things become their "friends."

    This usually ends with a bad case of "snakebite," and occasionally death.

    Certain personality types tend to "go native" in war zones. Some of us get lucky and survive. Others don't. Chris Stevens didn't.

    Just my take on it.

  3. .

    Who is responsible for security at US Embassies?

    The Chain of Responsibility

    State Department Security

    The critics of this administration will continue to criticise. The administration will continue to deny. The question asked of John McCain in the second video is a key one. Will anyone in America care? My answer? No, at least not enough to make any kind of difference. Sure, you'll get the feined outrage and accusations for a day or two but in the end Obama's opponents will continue to accuse him while his supporters continue to excuse him. Within a week it will have blown over and people will be saying, "Chris Stevens? Where did I hear that name?" As Dylan says at the end of Black Diamond Bay, "Seems like every time you turn around there's another hard-luck story that you're gonna hear."

    My take. One more clusterfuck. Nothing new here. Move along.

    The stories continue to keep coming in and they seem to paint a picture of incompetance or neglect, early warnings ignored and reasonable security steps not taken. It's easy to say the host country is responsible but Libya and Egypt are not Switzerland or the Vatican. We have been watching the growing unrest for the past month. We know the current Libyan government is weak and has to sublet governnace of many parts of the country to various tribes and paramilitary groups. To pin your security entirely on the government there is gross negligence.

    You can't station a company of marines at every US embassy but so far it appears no steps were taken to heighten security despite the warnings. It's easy to blame Stevens as being a cowboy who failed to heed the recommendations of his DSO. However, that is all speculation. And even if true, who appointed Stevens to Libya? He was not the only one in the Embassy. What about the other Americans, diplomats and military? Who has the ultimate responsibility to protect their lives? My take is that it's the responsibility of the honchos at State that either made poor decisions initially or failed to head warnings, either through policy decisions or neglect.

    I wish I could take Hillary's umbrage more seriously.


  4. Glenn was on track the last few days. Says the blind sheik may be let go for instance. What's happened to Major Hassan, the big shooter? he asks.

    What we have is a muzzie in the White House.

    From somewhere undisclosed and hunkered down east of the Mississippi and north of the Mason/Dixon, your correspondent here in a swing county in a swing state is working in a Republican county campaign office. People here seem to take the view we'd like to have an American as President of the United States.

    Stopped in to get registered, my were they ever helpful, and, I stayed on to work for 'em.

    Way to go, Obama and Hillary, empowering the very people that want to kill us all.

    Deep in Green Acres Country, I have listened to stations in Chicago, New York, Boston, and, o my God, Philly.

    The Obama economy is the shits here, except for the veggie/fruit farms. My neighbor is getting me an all day/night deer permit to shoot the deer which are pests out of the tomato fields. Even have a number to call for the gut out guy.

    Coupled with the free tomatoes, potatoes, beans, watermelons and corn, Life is Good.

    Stars wonderful at night. Coyotes yap.

    Bwana, the white hunter, from his porch deer killing site......


    One, two, put on shoe
    Three, four, close the door
    Five, six, pick up sticks
    Seven, eight, put them straight
    Nine, ten, a big fat hen!

    Only Quirk will be able to see too this nursery as an image of the coming of the Lord over the waters of chaos.....

    Have been reading again deeply in Campbell late at night....

    and will quote from same Caesar's commentary on Quirk's harmless Druids playing pan and pipe in the moonlight, when I get the time.....


    Romney/Ryan 2012 for the salvation of the nation

    P.S. - Rufus should read Thomas Sowell the last couple of days, on how stupid the democratic talking are that Ruf spouts each day. Alas, according to Sowell, the Republicans do a piss poor job of pointing out how inane and stupid the talking points all are.

  5. New Hampshire: Romney 48, Obama 45

    By the way Teresita, my federal taxes pay your salary.



    Romney +4

    1. If you work for the Navy, as you say.

      But, then, you said you were a lesbian, too.

      Who knows?


  7. Sorry; Ruf makes up his Own mind. The pubs are wrong on:

    1) Energy

    2) Taxes

    3) Healthcare

    4) Foreign Policy, and

    5) Social Issues

    Ruf will be voting Democratic this year -

    for the first time in my life, I might add.

  8. Rasmussen Reports 9/17 - 9/17 500 LV 4.5 45 47 Romney +2


    Ruf is very easily fooled.

    Ruf will be voting to Greece-ify USA.

    Ruf must love muslims.


    I can mail you some Romney campaign literature, and stickers, Ruf.

    1. Just mail me a copy of his tax returns.

    2. Rasmusen Reports

      Electoral College
      Obama: 243 - Romney: 196 - Toss-up: 99

      That's a bump of 4 in the toss-ups.

  9. :)

    In exchange for a copy of yours, including a separate statement on the non-taxable Cherokee Casino Cash direct deposit income, I will do my best.

    In the meantime, a nice shiney Romney/Ryan 2012 Campaign Button?

    Only two dollars.

    Bumper sticker: free


    Poll: Approval of Obama foreign policy plunges...

    from Drudge

  10. If you draw Social Security, have Medicare, or are paid by the Government Not To Plant Crops on your land You Are In the 47%.

    Does this apply to anyone, Here?

  11. Mitt Romney's Father drew Welfare when he came up from Mexico. How does That compute into Romney's Dependence Theory?

  12. CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac Wisconsin Obama +6

    There's a reason why Ryan didn't run for Senator when he had the chance.

  13. RCP reports
    Ohio Obama +4.2
    Virginia Obama +3.0
    Florida Obama +1.4
    Wisconsin Obama +2.7
    Iowa Obama +0.2
    Colorado Obama +1.3

    Ohio is key to the GOP chances for victory.

  14. By the way Teresita, my federal taxes pay your salary.

    Don't forget the contribution from Australia, the Netherlands and Canuckistan.

  15. "Italy's highest criminal court on Wednesday upheld the convictions of 23 Americans in the kidnapping of an Egyptian terror suspect as part of the CIA's extraordinary rendition program.

    The ruling marks the final appeal in the first trial anywhere in the world involving the CIA's practice of abducting terror suspects and transferring them to third countries where torture is permitted

    The 23 Americans all were convicted in absentia following a three-and-a-half-year trial, and have never been in Italian custody. They risk arrest if they travel to Europe and one of their court-appointed lawyers suggested that the final verdict would open the way for the Italian government to seek their extradition.

    `'It went badly. It went very badly,” lawyer Alessia Sorgato said. `'Now they will ask for extradition.”

    The Americans and two Italians were convicted last year of involvement in the kidnapping of Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, from a Milan street on Feb. 17, 2003 — the first convictions anywhere in the world against people involved in the CIA's practice of abducting terror suspects and transferring them to third countries where torture was permitted. The cleric was transferred to U.S. military bases in Italy and Germany before being moved to Egypt, where he says he was tortured. He has since been released.

    Those convicted include the former Milan CIA station chief, Robert Seldon Lady, whose original seven-year sentence was raised to nine years on appeal. The other 22 Americans, all but one identified by prosecutors as CIA agents, face seven-year terms."

  16. BTW, Teresita, your taxes help fund my VA Benefits; Thank You.

    1. That is assuming that Teresita actually works.

      We can't assume anything about he/she/it.

      He/she/it lied for YEARS claiming she was a lesbian in the employ of our nation.

      Then to find out that he/she/it claims to be straight.

      This is why she/he/it was banned...

      Too many lies, not enough time to cross check them all

    2. Teresita was Never banned. She probably just got tired of reading silly shit like yours.

    3. Then to find out that he/she/it claims to be straight.

      This is good, bad, what?

  17. Rat's friends....

    Iran’s extremist militias and their proxies were behind a recent string of terror attacks against Israeli diplomatic targets around the globe and might seek to strike the United States, U.S. counterterrorism officials said Wednesday.
    “We have seen an uptick in operational activity by the Quds Force over the last year or so,” National Counter-Terrorism Center Director Matthew G. Olsen told a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
    Mr. Olsen said the Quds Force, the elite division of the Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps responsible for operations abroad, “poses a threat beyond the immediate [Middle East] region,” including to the U.S. homeland.
    He cited the federal prosecution last year of a senior member of the force for involvement in a failed plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. by bombing a Washington restaurant.

  18. .

    Federal prosecution?

    Has anyone heard what the latest is on this case?

    It seemed a little strange when I first heard it, especially the timimg. It was in all the papers for a week and then I haven't heard anything since.

    Any one know the status of the "prosecution"? Or is this guy dumped in some hole over in Gitmo?


  19. That "Senior member" was the fella that, instead of getting his explosives from Hugo's military, went to El Paso and tried to buy explosives from US agents posing as drug dealers?

    He was no more a "Senior Member" of a foreign terrorist organization than a Jewish candy distributor in Ohio is really an operative member of Mossad.

    As for the Iranians striking at Israeli targets "around the globe", one would have to wonder why they are so ineffectual in those strikes. While Iranian scientists and engineers are gunned down with methodical efficency, inside Iran, the Iranians can barely manage to bomb an occasional bus full of tourists in Europe in retaliation.

    Iranian Quds proving to ba a toothless tiger, here to date.

    1. Wow... IF I was a member of Mossad?

      You'd not be able to type....

      Lucky for you I sell Charms not UZIS.

      Now you?

      You are a crusty horse fucking lazy bum in Arizona that lives off the government dole...

      Making love to your horses, bragging about all the people you killed when you were working for Ollie North...

      Hey rat, how goes your horse molestation?

      Did those charges get dropped?

  20. So what is the difference between the percentage of taxes the Top 1% pays, and the absolute, Median Taxpayer pays?

    How about 4%.

    The Simplest, Most informative Income Graph You Might Ever See.

  21. On 11 October 2011, United States officials alleged there was a plot tied to the Iranian government to assassinate Saudi ambassador Adel al-Jubeir in the United States. The plot was referred to as the "Iran assassination plot" or the "Iran terror plot" in the media, while the Federal Bureau of Investigation named the case "Operation Red Coalition".[1][2][3]

    Iranian nationals Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri were charged on 11 October 2011 in federal court in New York with plotting to assassinate Al-Jubeir.[4][5] According to U.S. officials, the two planned to kill Al-Jubeir at a restaurant with a bomb and subsequently bomb the Saudi embassy and the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C.[6][7] Bombings in Buenos Aires were also discussed. Arbabsiar was arrested on 29 September 2011 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York while Shakuri remained at large.[8] On 24 October 2011, Arbabsiar pleaded not guilty.[9]

    The allegations of an Iranian plot met with a stream of disbelief from a number of foreign officials and analysts. Senior U.S. officials struggled to explain why the Quds Force would attempt such a delicate plot in such an unskilled style.

    No evidence was presented implicating Iran's most senior leaders.[10]

    Kenneth Katzman, a Middle East analyst at the Congressional Research Service, said, "There is simply no precedent – or even reasonable rationale – for Iran working any plot, no matter where located, through a non-Muslim proxy such as Mexican drug gangs.... The Iranian modus operandi is only to trust sensitive plots to their own employees, or to trusted proxies such as Hezbollah, Saudi Hezbollah, Hamas, the Sadr faction in Iraq, Iran-friendly extremist Muslims in Afghanistan and other pro-Iranian Muslim groups."[24]

    Reza Sayyah from CNN questioned the plausibility of the claim by asking, "Did an elite branch of Iran's military handpick a divorced, 56-year-old Iranian-American used-car salesman from Texas to hire a hitman from a Mexican drug cartel to assassinate the ambassador to Saudi Arabia by blowing up a bomb in a crowded restaurant in Washington?"[25]

    There have been no reports of prosecution since the 11OCT11 indictment...

    1. .

      The plot was referred to as the "Iran assassination plot" or the "Iran terror plot" in the media, while the Federal Bureau of Investigation named the case "Operation Red Coalition".[1][2][3]

      Operation Red Coalition. Ironic. Or possibly just a Freudian slip.

      I mentioned the timing of the case was a little suspicious. This all occurred right at the time the US was making a major push at the UN for expanded sanctions and was trying, unsuccessfully, to get Russia to go along.


  22. Israel teams with terror group to kill Iran's nuclear scientists, U.S. officials tell NBC News
    Thu Feb 9, 2012 6:16 AM EST

    By Richard Engel and Robert Windrem
    NBC News.

    Updated: 11:14 a.m. ET -- Deadly attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists are being carried out by an Iranian dissident group that is financed, trained and armed by Israel’s secret service, U.S. officials tell NBC News, confirming charges leveled by Iran’s leaders.

    The group, the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, has long been designated as a terrorist group by the United States, accused of killing American servicemen and contractors in the 1970s and supporting the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran before breaking with the Iranian mullahs in 1980.

    The attacks, which have killed five Iranian nuclear scientists since 2007 and may have destroyed a missile research and development site, have been carried out in dramatic fashion, with motorcycle-borne assailants often attaching small magnetic bombs to the exterior of the victims’ cars.

  23. As to the Iranians and the Mexican Mafia ...
    Anyone that would believe Eric Holder ...

    Has to be dumber than a box of rocks

    That this story involves the Mexican drug cartels, and Attorney General Eric Holder proclaiming that we’re going to “hold the Iranian government accountable,” has got to be some kind of sick joke: after all, here is a man who stood by and watched while US law enforcement agents let guns travel over the US border to arm those very same cartels. Is this “coup” for the Justice Department the pay-off for that harebrained scheme – and when is Holder going to be held accountable?

  24. Mr. Panetta's visit comes as the U.S. has moved to add new missile defenses and to build up forces in the Asian-Pacific region. In a speech at the Armored Engineering Academy in Beijing on Wednesday, he said his message was that the U.S. was placing a renewed focus on Asia because the region was critical to its economic, diplomatic and security interests, not because Washington sees Beijing as a threat.

    "Our rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region is not an attempt to contain China," Mr. Panetta said. "It is an attempt to engage China and expand its role in the Pacific."

    Mr. Panetta said the U.S. wanted to create a new model for the relationship with China. Like his predecessors, Mr. Panetta emphasized that the U.S. requires a stable military-to-military relationship with China.

  25. While it certainly does not stretch the imagination to think that the Israeli would work, hand in glove, with terrorists that killed US citizens.

    Hell the Israeli kill US citizens themselves, with impunity.

    Why wouldn't the Israeli use proxies that have US blood on their hands, too?

    1. Thanks Rat for showing your true colors again.

      But the ONLY person here ever having claimed doing any murder here is you.

      You remember when you used to brag about doing "wet ops" in Central America....

      No, Israel doesn't "kill" American citizens on purpose, unless of course they were actively attacking or plotting to attack Israel, or put themselves into a war zone...

      Sirhan Sirhan comes to mind... Rachel Corrie is another.. I guess when you go home to Iran and try to do some nasty things to Israel , you might be targeted.. but no real loss there...

      don't forget to grow out your beard desert rat, or shall we call you mohammed?

  26. Protesters have directed most of their anger at the Western-backed Prime Minister, Salaam Fayyad, demanding his resignation. Mr Fayyad has attempted to defuse tensions by undoing some of the government's austerity measures, and cancelling an increase in fuel prices.

    Israel, mindful of the risks of an economic collapse, advanced £40m in tax revenues that it collects on behalf of the Authority.

    Indeed, Israel has rebutted suggestions that it is responsible for the Palestinians' economic woes, suggesting that the Authority had mismanaged its own budget, pushing it further into debt. It also pointed out that it had twice advanced the tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinians to enable it to pay salaries.

  27. After months of courting Hispanic voters on the campaign trail, at their party conventions and on the television airwaves, Mitt Romney and President Obama are heading to the epicenter of U.S. Latino news this week in what will undoubtedly be a direct appeal to this pivotal voting bloc.

    Starting with Romney Wednesday night, Univision News will broadcast a "Meet the Candidates" forum focusing on issues that are especially important to Hispanics. Obama will follow on Thursday.

  28. The current American story is one of polarization, with the two major parties sealed into their respective ideological bunkers, and stratification, with an elite that’s more isolated from the common life of the country it rules than at any time in recent history.

    Both the right and left have provocative intellectual takes on how this new world came to be: Charles Murray’s “Coming Apart” and Chris Hayes’s “Twilight of the Elites,” respectively, are this year’s prime examples. But both takes are longer on description than prescription, and neither has much purchase on our politics.

    However one tells the story, it’s an increasingly unhappy one. Yet on the evidence of what our leaders and would-be leaders say when we’re not supposed to be listening, there’s nobody in either party who cares enough to do anything to change it.

  29. Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission said it fined NYSE Euronext NYX +0.23% $5 million for sending data to some clients faster than it sent data to the public, allegations the NYSE neither admitted to nor denied.

    Defenders of high-frequency trading, in which firms send waves of buy and sell orders into the market, often canceling them, say it makes trading more efficient and cheaper for everyday investors.

    The U.S. stock market "is the most dynamic and efficient market in the world," Chris Concannon, executive vice president of Virtu Financial LLC, a New York high-speed trading firm, will tell the Senate panel, according to his prepared testimony.

  30. Al-Shabaab proved adept at managing the clan system in cosmopolitan Kismayo. In recent days they have allowed hundreds of lightly armed fighters from the Hawiye clan to move into the city.

    A warlord from the rival Marihan clan, Barre Hiiraale, is reported to be bringing his fighters to the city with the backing of Ethiopia. Meanwhile, the Kenyan advance from the south has been achieved with the backing of the Ras Kamboni militia from another rival clan, the Ogadeni.

    The convergence of forces could see a three-way fight between proxies of Ethiopia, Kenya and al-Shabaab, an outcome that could restore some nationalist support for the Islamic militants after a year at bay.

  31. On this day in 1970, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” aired its first episode on CBS.

  32. A man and his wife, now in their 60's, were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. On their special day a good fairy came to them and said that because they had been so good that each one of them could have one wish.

    The wife wished for a trip around the world with her husband.
    Whoosh! Immediately she had airline/cruise tickets in her hands.
    The man wished for a female companion 30 years younger...
    Whoosh...immediately he turned ninety!!!

  33. A Muslim has died whilst training to be a Skydiver.

    The "BNP school of
    diving" said they had no idea why his snorkel and flippers did not open.

  34. This is interesting; Fox has 3 new polls in Virginia, Florida, and Ohio.

    The results are, respectively, Obama +7, Obama +5, and Obama +7.

    And, a Pew Poll of Likely Voters is Obama +8.

    This thing is threatening to turn into a laugher.

  35. .

    President Barack Obama has opened up a double-digit lead over GOP challenger Mitt Romney in Michigan fueled by a wave of women moving toward the Democratic president following the national party conventions.

    Obama leads Romney by 14.2 points, 52 percent to 37.8 percent, in the Detroit News/WDIV Local 4 poll, a solid improvement from August pre-convention polls in which the president held a six-point advantage, 48 percent to 42 percent. In this month's poll, 8.7 percent of voters were undecided.

    From The Detroit News:

    Romney has never been liked here in Michigan. It went toxic with his "let them go bankrupt" comments. However, he was even with Obama, even slightly ahead, at one point this summer. The Obama double digit lead is a surprise. Just a one-off or an outlier poll? We'll have to wait for the debates.