Leoni no Clinton in “Madame Secretary” role

I have generally avoided television and big screen depictions of political Washington D.C. in the past like “West Wing” and the recent addition, “Scandal,” but tease footage of an attack on our embassy in Yemen promoting the last segment of “Madame Secretary,” piqued my curiosity.  I confess. I watched it.

Tea Leoni, Tim Daly (zap2it.com)

Tea Leoni does a credible job as secretary of state in the new CBS series, Madame Secretary. She’s shown here with Zeljko Ivanek, who is perfectly cast as the President’s chief of staff. (zp2it.com)

I have been reading how it was part of Hollywood’s plan to pump up Hillary Clinton’s role as secretary of state, but the Wall Street Journal’s Dorothy Rabinowitz gave it a pretty good review.

The show’s Executive Producer Lori McCreary said the inspiration for the show came from Morgan Freeman, who after watching Hillary Clinton during the Benghazi hearings, called McCreary saying, “What does she (Hillary) go home to, what does she talk about?”

I would have suggested that he might want to read Edward Klein’s book, Blood Fued, to get a pretty accurate picture. Continue reading

Netanyahu gets it

“Militant Islam’s ambition to dominate the world seems mad, but so too did the global ambitions of another fanatic ideology that swept into power eight decades ago.  The Nazi’s believed in a master race.  The militant Islamists believe in a master faith. They just disagree who among them will be the master of the master faith.”

Benjamin Netanyau (AP photo. Seth Wenig)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “It’s one thing to confront militant Islamists on pickup trucks with Kalashnikov rifles. It’s another thing to confront militant Islamists armed with weapons of mass destruction.” (AP photo/Seth Wenig)

So said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking to an audience of less than half of the UN representation this morning.  I’m highlighting it here because I’m sure many of you didn’t hear it.

“There is one place where that could happen,” he said, “the Islamic State of Iran. For 35 years, Iran has relentlessly pursued the global mission which was set forth by its founding ruler, Ayatollah Khomeini, in these words. ‘We will export our revolution to the entire world until the cry –there is no god but Allah – will echo throughout the world over.’ “

Netanyahu also reminded the audience that it was Gen. Mohammed Ali Jafari of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard who said, “Our imam did not limit the Islamic revolution to this country; our duty is to prepare the way for an Islamic world government. “ Continue reading

Finally, Holder to go!

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On Jan. 2, 2012, my op-ed piece, It’s time for AG Holder to go, appeared on the editorial pages of the San Antonio Express-News.  And this week, we finally learned that Attorney General Eric Holder has decided to resign.

Holder goers (csmonitor.com)

Finally, Attorney General Eric Holder decided to resign. (csmonitor.com)

Clearly, it was good news, but oh my, the damage he has done to the rule of law in our country. Holder’s outrageous actions make the oft-criticized decisions of John Ashcroft,  Alberto Gonzales, and even Janet Reno, seem so insignificant.

While most Americans likely believe the disapproval of Holder is centered in the Republican Party, not so.  Just 15 percent of Americans have a positive or very positive view (6 percent) of Holder, according to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.  Thirty-two percent have a negative view of Holder while four times as may have a very negative view (22 percent). Continue reading

Obama: Making it up as he goes

“Obama’s incompetence is truly dangerous,” read the headline on a Washington Times op-ed written by Joseph Curl, I recently ran across while going through my tickler file as I prepared to write this post.

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The commander-in-chief shows outright disrespect for the military as he salutes with a Styrofoam cup in his saluting hand. (usatoday.com)

Recalling the bumbling of Jackie Gleason on the old “Honeymooners” show, “incompetence is funny, sometimes hilarious,” wrote Curl. “But in real life, incompetence can be dangerous, even life-threatening,” he added as he drew an analogy of a real-life Homer Simpson in charge of safety at a nuclear power plant.”

Curl reviewed the president’s long list of recent missteps in the Middle East beginning with his “impotent ‘red-line’ threat” that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons would prompt “enormous consequences.” Nothing. Continue reading

An unusual request for help at the UN

  “In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri – where a young man was killed, and a community was divided.”

Unbelievably, those were the words of President Obama as he brought to a close his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday intended to seek support for the war against – my words – Islamic extremists.

“So yes, we have our own racial tensions,” he went on to say, “And like every country, we have our racial and ethnic tensions.”

Can you believe it? Comparing the Ferguson shooting to the beheading and mass killings by ISIL, al Qaeda and other Islamist extremist spin-offs?

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(Poster courtesy elektroka)

Nine paragraphs into his speech, he finally gets to the point. “There is much to be done to meet the tests of this moment. But today I’d like to focus on two defining questions at the root of many our challenges – whether the nations here today will be able to renew the purpose of the UN’s founding (he’s dreaming); and whether we will come together to reject the cancer of extremism (not likely).”  He left them with this less than memorable quote, “For America, the choice is clear.  We choose hope over fear.”  “Hope,” where have we heard that before?

We are facing the most barbaric, evil terrorists we could have imagined, and our president is talking “hope?”

I was also taken aback by an earlier statement in his speech. “I have made it clear that America will not base our entire foreign policy on reacting to terrorism. Rather, we have waged a focused campaign against al Qaeda and its associated forces – taking out their leaders, and denying them the safe havens they rely upon.”  Then he said, “At the same time, we have reaffirmed that the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam.  Islam teaches peace.  Muslims the world over aspire to live with dignity and a sense of justice.  And when it comes to America and Islam, there is no us and them – there is only us, because millions of Muslim Americans are part of the fabric of our country.”  Really, Mr. President?  How do you think Americans would respond to a poll on that? Continue reading

And she wants to be president, Part 6

Just four days ago I stated that the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty can be attributed to Hillary Clinton’s decision to cut back security at the Benghazi mission compound. (See my post Lack of security in Benghazi points to Clinton, 9/13/14.) Two more events tend to support my contention that confidants aided in the cover-up.

An after-hours document scrubbing at State

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Sharyl Attkisson interviewed former state department official Raymond Maxwell about an after-hours document scrubbing. (realclearpolitics.com)

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Former state department official Raymond Maxwell told Sharyl Attkisson about an after-hours document scrubbing. (whatamimissisnghere.com)

Two days after that post, Sharyl Attkisson broke a story of a Sunday after-hours document scrubbing in the basement operations center at the State Department. Her source was former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell, who was a leader in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, charged with collecting e-mails and documents relevant to the Benghazi probe. He was a 21-year Foreign Service veteran at State.

Hearing about the document scrubbing effort, he decided to look into it. Upon arrival he observed boxes and stacks of documents and the presence of one of Clinton’s top advisors. She told Maxwell, “We are to go through these stacks and pull out anything that might put anybody in the front office or the seventh floor in a bad light.”  The seventh floor was where Clinton and her principal advisors were located. Continue reading

Lack of security in Benghazi points to Clinton

On March 28, 2012, U. S. Ambassador to Libya Gene Cretz sent a cable to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton requesting additional security assets. The response, bearing Clinton’s signature, while acknowledging his request, instead articulates a plan to scale back security for the U. S. Mission in Libya, including the Benghazi Mission. – Source: INTERIM PROGRESS REPORT for the Members of the Republican Conference on the Events Surrounding the September 11, 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi, Libya


Rep. Trey Gowdy will chair the House select committee on Benghazi that gets underway on Wednesday. (LibertyNews.com)

In the two years following the attack, Congressional hearings and media reports have, for the most part, concentrated on the night of the attack. They questioned whether we could have dispatched air assets in time, if there was a stand-down ordered and if so who ordered it?

While answers to those questions are important, my effort since that fateful night has focused on the failure to provide proper security despite five months of warnings. I firmly believe Hillary Clinton is clearly responsible for placing Ambassador Chris Stevens and other Americans in jeopardy not only that night but in the preceding months. Continue reading

Yes, Bin Laden is dead, but …

Dr. Afridi (mohammed rauf AFP getty images

Dr. Shakil Afridi was imprisoned for helping the United States identify the location of Osama Bin Laden. Three years of quiet diplomacy has not helped to secure his release. (Mohammed Rauf photo/AFP/Getty images)

“Bin Laden is dead”…. “we took out Bin Laden” How often have we heard those words over the past three years in speeches by President Obama, Vice President Biden and members of the national security team?

But what about Dr. Shakil Afridi? “Who’s he?” would likely be the response from most Americans.  Using the cover of a door-to-door vaccination program, Doctor Afridi, was the key to our locating Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The doctor was first tried for “conspiracy against the State of Pakistan and high treason;” charges that carry the death penalty. He was later sentenced to 33 years in prison for lesser trumped up charges. Continue reading

Our community organizer is taking us into an “unwar” against an enemy of “non-Islamists”

In the hours leading up to any major presidential address, the media starts their countdown – we’re just six hours, five hours, four hours … from President Obama’s speech on the ISIS threat. It’s followed by the question posed to some member of Congress – what does the president have to say tonight?  Last night was no different.

The president missed his opportunity again, but I wasn’t disappointed because after six years of his presidency I no longer expect him to say the right thing.

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President Obama again missed an opportunity to exhibit his understanding of the ISIS threat during his address to the nation. (pool photo, Getty images)

He started his speech with the usual “we took out Osama bin Laden” and reminded us of his mistake in bringing Americans home from Iraq and his plan to do the same win Afghanistan. Most military leaders say that a contingent of troops left in Iraq could have prevented the ISIS push across the Syrian border.

Some blame Obama’s failure to get a status of forces agreement in Iraq, but he didn’t really try to get one, because he didn’t want one. He sold his base on getting out of Iraq beginning in 2007 and has never wavered from that agenda. Continue reading

GOP addresses women’s concerns; Dems fear strong female Republican candidates in mid-terms

 It’s your body.  They want to take away your birth control.  They will repeal Roe v Wade.  They oppose equal pay for women.

They’re at it again.  Democrats, NOW, NARAL and other feminist groups. They’re following their belief that if you tell a lie enough times it eventually is believed to be the truth.  Their playbook, Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, says, “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.”

I’m not a woman, but if I was, this would be an outright insult to my intelligence.

A friend recently brought to my attention his concern that the GOP was ignoring the belief among women that Republicans were oblivious to issues of concern to women.  He cited an article about a study conducted by two Republican groups that painted a dismal picture of Republicans among women.

imagesT8YBR0JNThese groups, American Crossroads and the American Action Network,  well aware of how women voted in 2012, aanconducted the study not only to see if two more years under Obama changed their position, but to develop a strategy for addressing their concerns.  While married women clearly supported Mitt Romney, single women overwhelmingly supported the President in 2012.  The mere fact that Republicans undertook this study should tell skeptics that the party is aware of this shortcoming and should tell women, “yes we hear you.”

I’m confident that Republicans will be presenting ideas that could interest women to at least give the GOP a “fresh look.”  At the same time, however, it will be incumbent upon Republican candidates to neuter those claims quoted at the top of this post. Continue reading