Historically, Iran is an ancient civilization but a relatively young Muslim country. The seventh century Arab-Islamic conquest of Persia was and is still viewed by the majority as a defining national catastrophe inflicted upon a superior civilization by primitive foreign invaders. Presently, after fourteen centuries, Iran is still torn between the loss of its global empire and the narrative of the self-sacrifice of Husayn, the son of Ali and the grandson of Mohammad, against the Sunni usurper Yazid in the defense of the absolute Truth and divine legitimacy. As a result, Iran and its peoples, called the Shiite-Ali, had remained to this day a divided state and society in which successive rulers and religious authorities had oscillated between their faith in the global mission of Shia-Islam and their loyalty to their national identity. [Read more...]
History, in her disposition toward intellectually gifted peoples and nations, appears as fickle as the gods of ancient times were wont to be of their most devout revelers; the more those peoples and nations excelled the less they were shielded from endless tribulations, great catastrophes, and devastating tragedies. Like most of the nation-states of Europe and Asia, present-day Iran had a glorious history, yet unlike them, it has been torn since 1979 between revolutionary adventurism and reactionary self-preservation.
The fatal contradiction in Ayatollah Khomeini’s doctrine of the “guardianship of the jurist” (velayat-e faqih) is that, by definition, it contains the political seeds of its own destruction. [Read more...]
How they were changed to obscure the truth
Even as the White House strove last week to move beyond questions about the Benghazi attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2012, fresh evidence emerged that senior Obama administration officials knowingly misled the country about what had happened in the days following the assaults. The Weekly Standard has obtained a timeline briefed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence detailing the heavy substantive revisions made to the CIA’s talking points, just six weeks before the 2012 presidential election, and additional information about why the changes were made and by whom. [Read more...]
Nobody should have been surprised when Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi issued a “constitutional declaration” on Thursday asserting total political power. This was, after all, the former Muslim Brotherhood leader’s second power grab since he took office in June, complementing his earlier seizure of legislative and constitution-writing authorities by now insulating himself from judicial oversight. Yet Washington was caught entirely off-guard: Morsi’s power play was at odds with the administration’s view that the Muslim Brotherhood is a “democratic party,” and his impressive handling of last week’s Gaza ceasefire created a modicum of trust between him and President Obama. So the State Department released a predictably confused statement, urging “all Egyptians to resolve their differences … peacefully and through democratic dialogue.” [Read more...]
by Jennifer Rubin
Each new revelation about the Benghazi debacle reinforces the idea we are either not hearing the truth or everyone in the administration was behaving irrationally. If you are waiting for someone to finally give a satisfactory explanation, I think it’s going to be a long wait.
The latest is that the director of national intelligence is claiming responsibility for the changed talking points. [Read more...]
The most recently revealed State Department e-mails regarding the attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi show that President Barack Obama has not been shooting straight with America. Whatever national security errors were made in the months and weeks leading up to the Benghazi attack, engaging in a cover up always makes things worse.
We now know that an e-mail was sent from American embassy personnel in Libya to hundreds of officials in the Obama Administration only minutes after the attack began. This e-mail’s subject line was “US Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack” and stated that “approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well. Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi, and four [embassy] personnel are in the compound safe haven.” [Read more...]
by Adam Kredo
Economic sanctions on Iran have failed in their “principal objective” of preventing Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons, according to a nonpartisan study by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).
Sanctions “have not stopped Iran from building up its conventional military and missile capabilities, in large part with indigenous skills,” according to the report, which was released earlier this week. [Read more...]
You got that right, Mr. President, you might even say it is damn inconvenient.
by George Landrith
President Barack Obama, during an interview on the Comedy Central’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart responded to a question about his inaccurate and even misleading communications after the Benghazi attack, by saying: “If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal.” Not optimal? Really? Let’s review a few other things that are “not optimal.” [Read more...]
by George Landrith
It has now been over a month since the al Qaeda terrorist attack on America’s consulate in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the assassination of four American diplomats, including the American ambassador, Chris Stevens.
It may be true that in the first few hours after the attack, it was unclear precisely what had happened, why it happened, or who did it. But within only hours — not days — the basic facts were clearly obvious, and well known and understood. It was a well-organized and planned terrorist attack. There was no movie. There was no protest — spontaneous or otherwise. [Read more...]
The press is asking questions and connecting the dots. Guess what? President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UN Ambassador Susan Rice, Obama Press Secretary Jay Carney, and Obama campaign officials have consistently and repeatedly and knowingly misrepresented and misstated the facts surrounding the attacks on Benghazi.
What this report from Sept. 28, 2012. More facts have come to light since this report and none of them help Obama. This is now officially a full blown cover-up. And these events bring into question the success of Obama’s foreign policy and his leadership as commander in chief. And that is precisely the reason why Team Obama are misleading the public. Obama hopes to avoid accountability prior to the election by pulling the wool over the electorate’s eyes.
Here are excerpts from articles all across America reflecting the growing realization that Obama and his spokesmen and his administration purposefully misled the American public for weeks about the attack on the consulate in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of four Americans. It is revealing that the President and his team refused to come clean until Congress held hearings. Only then, the truth started to leak out.
The White House never had any evidence that the attack was the result of a spontaneous mob that got out of control. They made that up. It was a lie. The White House never had any evdience that a movie caused the attack in Benghazi — none at all. They made that up too. That too was a bald faced lie. These lies were told by the President himself and by his personal spokesman and by his Ambassador to the UN who was sent out to sell the lies on TV.
This is a serious scandal — far bigger than Watergate. Four Americans are dead and the White House tried for weeks to cover up the details because it is an election year and Obama hopes to avoid accountability. [Read more...]
I support Mitt Romney for President and Paul Ryan for Vice President. For most of my life, I have been a Democrat, and I very publicly voted (C-Span, live radio, The New York Times) for Obama-Biden in 2008.
As I studied Obama’s performance as President, I could no longer support him. [Read more...]
“I saw that report. It is hilarious to me — He gets it every day, okay? The president of the United States gets the presidential daily briefing every day. There is a document that he reads every day when he is not — well, he always reads it every day because he’s a voracious consumer of all of his briefing materials.” – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Sept. 10 responding to a question about President Obama attending fewer than half of his daily national security briefings, first reported by Washington Post Columnist Marc Thiessen.
The ongoing unrest in the Muslim world, including riots at multiple diplomatic outposts, chaos in unstable nuclear power Pakistan and attacks on U.S. forces in Afghanistan, is shaping up to be a bigger threat to President Obama’s re-election bid than it first appeared. [Read more...]
Pressure is mounting on the Obama Administration to come clean about the terrorist attacks on the American consulate in Libya and the other embassy attacks throughout the Middle East and beyond. The past week has revealed a deeply cynical attempt by both the Obama White House and much of the mainstream media to deceive the American public and to help Obama avoid responsibility for his failed and naive foreign policy.
From day one and continuing for more than a week, the Obama Administration has said that the attack that killed an U.S. Ambassador and three other diplomats was a spontaneous protest that got out of hand and was caused by an obscure YouTube movie. That was manifestly absurd at the time it was first uttered and the facts have since proven that it was a false narrative.
But what is most bizarre is that more than a week later, the Obama Administration is reflexively refusing to admit the full truth about the attacks. The reason is politics. Obama is putting his re-election over national security.
If Team Obama can’t get this basic fact right, we cannot seriously expect them to get anything else right.
by George Landrith
Despite the overwhelming facts, the Administration continues to pretend that the attack on the American consulate in Libya on September 11, 2012 was a spontaneous protest of Muslim offended by a YouTube video.
Independent media reports say that Libyan security officials warned US officials of the risks of attack three days before the attack. Libyan governmental and military officials confirm this. [Read more...]
On November 23, 2007, then candidate Barack Obama made a bold prediction about himself and how his mere election to the nation’s highest office would ease tensions in the Middle East. No doubt, many Americans believed him and many others optimistically hoped he was right. However, the events of the past week prove that Obama was wrong and that his prediction was just more self-aggrandizing blather. Obama can’t change the level of the sea, he can’t fix the deficit or the economy, and can’t ease tensions in the Middle East. [Read more...]
On the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, two American embassies (or consulates) were attacked and breached – one in Libya and one in Egypt. Four American diplomats were assassinated by these coordinated attacks. We now know that security was almost non-existent in Libya and that at least some of the locally hired security detail actually helped the attackers locate and target our diplomats. And clearly the security at our Embassy in Cairo was insufficient as a mob breached the embassy’s walls and stormed the embassy, removing, destroying and burning the American flag and replacing it with al Qaeda’s flag and putting the Americans in the embassy at risk. And just today, in Yemen, hundreds of “protestors” stormed the American embassy chanting “death to America” and tore down the flag, burned it, and put American diplomats at risk. The extremists are now emboldened. [Read more...]
With the shocking assassination of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and 3 other diplomats and the violent attack on the U.S. Embassy in Egypt, the White House has time to fly to Nevada for fundraisers and campaign activities, but not time to meet with our best ally in the Middle East, Israel.
The White House declined Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama during a UN conference in New York at the end of September. [Read more...]
“I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi (Libya).” – Obama Statement (No mention was made of the act of war when the Muslim Brotherhood attacked the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.)
On the 11th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks, the American Embassy in Egypt and the American Consulate in Libya were attacked in what had to be coordinated and planned efforts.
More often than men would like it, history has the annoying habit of repeating itself. Thus, already in 1985, the Sudanese people had a disappointing experience with the “Arab Spring” of their own making. Back then they overthrew Jafaar al-Numeiri’s military dictatorship that during its decade and a half reign brought Sudan to the brink of political chaos and economic ruin. Finally, after a hiatus of four turbulent years, the people’s revolution was hijacked by an alliance of the military headed by Omar Hassan al-Bashir and the fundamentalist Islamists led by Hassan Abdullah al-Turaki. Subsequently, Sudan became a thoroughly Islamist state sponsoring al-Qaeda and other hard- core terrorist organizations. This development, in turn, led to the separation of the Christian south from the Muslim north. Now, both countries are paralyzed by even more severe political anarchy and economic bankruptcy. [Read more...]