May 14, 2013—SnyderTalk Editorial: The Incredible Shrinking President


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The Incredible Shrinking President

President Obama stood before a global audience yesterday and accused Republicans of playing politics with Benghazi, an issue that is threatening to bring down his administration:

President Obama today gave no ground on Benghazi, proclaiming “there’s no there there” to the GOP-led investigation of the administration’s response to the attack and calling the probes a “political circus.”

Obama, who spoke during a White House press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, asserted that he had said the attacks were terrorism the day after they occurred. But he also argued it wasn’t clear in the immediate aftermath exactly what had caused the attacks.

But Obama did not address his own repeated statements in the days after the attacks, even as evidence suggested otherwise, that the assault was the result of an anti-Islamic videotape. And he did not even attempt to address the matter he was specifically questioned on – why the “talking points” recited by UN Ambassador Susan Rice were edited from their original form and why there appeared to be more White House and State Department involvement in the editing than previously indicated.

“The whole issue of talking points throughout this process has been a sideshow,” Obama said, charging that Republicans were using the issue to raise money.

The president’s explanation flies in the face of testimony that was given last week by key witnesses who had firsthand knowledge of the incident:

The testimony was not kind to the Obama administration.

The hearing, called by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, was framed around the appearance and questioning of three State Department officials who were closely involved with the US response to the Benghazi attack on Sept. 11, 2012, but had not yet testified on it.

All three officials, called “whistleblowers” by several committee members, were critical of the Obama administration’s actions before, during, and after the assault on the temporary US mission in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi and on an annex operated by the CIA.


The officials, including the second-in-command to Ambassador Stevens at the time of the attack, were critical of a wide range of administration decisions: from the level and type of security for the Benghazi mission, to rejecting a number of military options for addressing the attack.

Gregory Hicks, the deputy chief of mission in Tripoli the night of the attack, criticized “stand down” orders out of the Pentagon: one not to send jets to overfly the attack site, another not to dispatch special forces from the embassy in Tripoli in the early morning hours the day after the attack.

It was Mr. Hicks who gave the committee and its audience – which included relatives of the four Americans killed in Benghazi – a riveting “tick tock” of events the night of the attack that included phone calls with Stevens. He said the last words he heard from his boss before the last call went dead were, “Greg, we’re under attack.”

Hicks said he sought to have jets overfly the Benghazi mission in a bid to frighten away the attackers and end the assault, but was told the nearest jets were at Aviano Air Base in Italy and would take hours to get in the air.

Americans died.  President Obama was in charge.  Hillary Clinton was his front person.  Susan Rice was their mouthpiece.  All of them saw the potential political damage associated with the Benghazi fiasco at a critical moment in the 2012 presidential election campaign, and they decided to play politics instead of doing their jobs.  If there is a political “side show” as the president said, he and his team are guilty of initiating it:

GOP outrage over a changed set of talking points related to September’s attack in Benghazi is a political “side show,” President Barack Obama argued Monday, asserting the tragedy was being used for political gain by his rivals.

The Republicans who claim Obama’s administration was intentionally misleading in the way they characterized the Benghazi attack are ignoring key facts and sullying the memory of the four Americans who died, the president claimed.

“We’ve got a whole bunch of people in the State Department who consistently say, ‘You know what, I’m willing to step up, I’m willing to put myself in harm’s way because I think that this mission is important in terms of serving the United States and advancing our interests around the globe.’ And so we dishonor them when we turn things like this into a political circus,” he said.

President Obama continues to play politics over the coffins of four Americans who died in service to their country while he ignored their pleas for help.  That’s his modus operandi.  He’s playing politics now just as he did over the coffins of the young children who were murdered by a crazed lunatic at Sandy Hook Elementary School in his quest to savage the Second Amendment to the Constitution.  It’s time to hold him and his accomplices accountable.  They should be investigated, charged if there is evidence of criminal activity, and tried in a criminal court.  Justice demands it.

The IRS shenanigans are another matter that deserve and are getting attention. The president says that he has “no patience” with it and that he “won’t tolerate it.”  Well, Mr. President, they were your people, and they were targeting your political opponents who had the audacity to talk about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and freedom.  Your culpability in that matter is still an open question.  More on that issue will follow.



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Daniel 10: 10-11

A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling.


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9--Jerusalem Post


EU Moving toward Ban of Hizbullah’s Military Wing

Cabinet handily passes 2013-2014 state budget

IDF: Cuts could harm readiness for war

Steinitz defends Lapid’s budget cuts

Iran to chair UN nuke disarmament conference

Nakba Day to lack hype of last two years

Hamas, Fatah to meet in Cairo for unity talks

J’lem plans 1,140 Palestinian homes near Jericho

Obama pushes for Syria talks, warns of challenges

Ahmadinejad may be charged over vote appearance



10--Arutz Sheva


German Director Slams Cancellation of His Wagner Opera

Budget of Prime Minister’s Residence Jumps 80% in Four Years

Canada Deports Arab Terrorist to Lebanon

 Bennett: I Won’t Let Peretz Damage Hesder Yeshivas

Israeli Students Mourn Establishment of Israel 

U.S. to Boycott Iran-Led Disarmament Conference

Egyptian Lawmakers: Remove Israeli Ambassador

Group: ‘Crazy’ for Iran to Head Disarmament Panel

Ralph Peters: Israel is a Civilizing Force

Jewish Group Honors US Ambassador to UN



11--Israel Hayom


With 80,000 Syrian dead, Assad seems to gain upper hand

Netanyahu decides on 3 billion shekel cut to defense budget

‘Jerusalem construction held up for diplomatic reasons’

Weinstein: There is no magic solution for infiltrator problem

Haredi politicians outraged at secular Jewish events for Shavuot

‘Lieberman should have been indicted in shell companies’ case’

Yachimovich meets Abbas, affirms Labor’s commitment to peace

The colors of the past: 1,500 year-old mosaic found near Beit Kama



12--Other News


Doctor found guilty of first-degree murder in Philadelphia abortion case

‘Mounting evidence’ Boston bombers were behind gruesome 2011 murders

Rafsanjani Suspected in Buenos Aires Jewish Center Bombing

‘Israel opens diplomatic mission in unnamed Gulf state’

Turkey arrests 9 in connection with deadly bombings

Assad Forces Gaining Ground in Syria

US Jews call on Israel to rethink tax hike for tourists

Massive Anti-Mine Exercise in Persian Gulf

Obama to Fund Muslim Groups… in Canada

Benghazi Mom Wishes Hillary Happy Mother’s Day: “She Has Her Child, I Don’t Have Mine Because of Her”





Theodore Shoebat: Holocaust of Christians in the Muslim World on the Horizon— Arrests and deportations of Christians in Sudan are becoming more momentous in Bashir’s government. On April 12, the Secretary General of the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference was ousted out of North Sudan into South Sudan. As a church elder in Khartoum was praising God in his church, government officials from the Security Service (NISS) seized and interrogated him for information on Christian missionaries in North Sudan.

Richard Baehr: The lies pile up and the president goes silent—The week just ended may have been the worst week experienced by the Obama administration, and there are over 220 to choose from. The congressional testimony by three whistle-blowers on the widening Benghazi scandal drew attention even from the mainstream media outlets, which had chosen to bury the story for months. The president’s press secretary, Jay Carney, in a performance worthy of a short career in this capacity, managed to double down on the falsehoods, continuing to avoid admitting even the obvious. For starters, Carney maintained that the talking points distributed to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for use in her appearances on the major news networks a few days after the attack in Benghazi on September 11 reflected what was known about the attacks, as opposed to the story the administration wanted to get out there (a spontaneous demonstration in reaction to an anti-Muslim video), and that the changes in the talking points in the days prior to Rice’s appearances were merely stylistic, rather than substantive.

Avi Issacharoff: Netanyahu’s Secret Talks with the Palestinians—Israel and the Palestinian Authority tried to initiate backchannel negotiations in late 2010 and early 2011 in a series of secret meetings between the prime minister’s envoy, attorney Yitzhak Molcho, and the head of the PLO Executive Committee, Yasser Abed Rabbo, who revealed these contacts in an interview in Ramallah last week. Abed Rabbo said he and Netanyahu met for 2 1/2 hours in mid-February 2011. Abed Rabbo said, “Molcho emphasized in the meetings the importance of the Jordan Valley, settlement blocs, and early-warning stations on West Bank mountains. I ruled this option out.”

Ben Cohen: The Church of Scotland’s War on Judaism— In a recent, exhaustive study of anti-Semitism, the German scholar Clemens Heni explains the significance for Christian theology of the story of Ahasver, a Jewish shoemaker in Jerusalem who, legend has it, refused Jesus a resting place as he made his way to Golgotha bearing the cross on his back. Ahasver’s punishment, says Heni, was to wander the world for eternity, an image that formed the basis for what the Nazis famously called “der ewige Jude”—“the eternal Jew.”

Amos Yadlin: After the Damascus Attack: Ten Points to Consider— One week has passed since the attacks nearDamascus, which according to American sources destroyed advanced Fateh-110 surface-to-surface missiles making their way from Iran to Hizbollah inLebanon. Now that the dust has settled and it seems as if the strike was contained – there was no immediate response either from Syria or Hizbollah – one can point to some initial conclusions. At the same time, it is entirely possible that we are in the midst of a greater crisis, both in terms of a belated reprisal and especially in terms of the probability that more red lines will be crossed and that further attacks could lead to an escalation on the northern border.

Michael Rubin: Rafsanjani Is No Moderate—When former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani first won the presidency back in 1989, the West was optimistic. There was hope that Iran would turn a new page, and that the revolutionary ayatollahs would move to normalize relations with the international community. But it was not to be. While Rafsanjani spoke publicly of pragmatism, privately he revived Iran’s covert nuclear program – of which he claims to be the father today – and played a crucial role in ordering the assassinations of Iranian dissidents abroad. Some of the most spectacular Iranian terror attacks – such as the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires – not only occurred under Rafsanjani’s watch but also with his direct authorization.

Tony Badran: Israel’s Strategic Clarity in Syria— It was perhaps fitting that the multiple Israeli strikes in Damascus last week followed Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah’s address from Tehran. Nasrallah had warned last Tuesday that the “resistance” was ready to face any Israeli assault and would emerge victorious in any confrontation. Instead, Nasrallah returned from Tehran just in time to witness Israel destroy multiple consignments of Iranian ballistic missiles intended for his group. The Israeli raids provide much needed strategic clarity to the conflict in Syria, throwing into sharp relief two basic points: Israel is not about to let the balance of power with Iran change. In addition, Iran’s ability to strike back has been shown to be decidedly limited.

Joseph Klein: The United Nations’ Hezbollah Protection Force— The United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1701 in August 2006, which brought about an end to the 34-day war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon. The resolution called on the Lebanese government to “secure its borders and other entry points to prevent the entry in Lebanon without its consent of arms or related materiel” and authorized the peacekeepers of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (‘UNIFIL”) to assist the government of Lebanon to accomplish this objective “at its request.”

Melanie Phillips: Obamastan— Fort Hood, Benghazi, the Boston bombings, Iran/Syria, Israel. The pattern is unmistakable; the danger to America is exponentially increasing; the scandal is deepening into something nearer to a national crisis. The Obama administration is playing down the Islamist threat to the US and the free world, empowering Islamists at home and abroad, endangering America and betraying its allies — and covering up its egregious failure to protect the homeland as a result of all the above, while instead blaming America for its own victimization.

Elder of Ziyon: Israeli Peacenik Meets the Reality of Palestinian Arab Intransigence—A liberal discovers her “partners” in peace are only interested in freeing Palestine from the river to the sea.



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