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The 12:21 video and transcript below come from a self-identified retired lieutenant colonel special operations planner who phoned the Rush Limbaugh Show Friday, October 26, 2012.  The caller claimed that Barack Obama had to have been informed within minutes after the attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

The caller also claimed that the U.S. ambassador and the three other staff members could have been rescued had Obama not countermanded the standing orders to extricate them. According to the caller, only Obama could have cancelled the rescue mission, and he did so because he feared another Desert One or Blackhawk Down type debacle right before the election. So to avoid political embarrassment, he let four Americans die.

I.M. Kane

 


BEGIN TRANSCRIPT:

RUSH: Now to the phones since it’s Open Line Friday. Doug in San Antonio. Great to have you on the program, sir. Hello.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. Thanks. I wanted to speak to the question of when the president knew and why Secretary Panetta refused to support the CIA annex request either to move to the consulate or to reinforce. Within a few minutes of the consulate being under attack — I’m a retired lieutenant colonel special operations planner for 15 years — the personal security detail for the ambassador notified the communications room in Tripoli who then, on the top secret side, sent a message to the White House Situation Room that the ambassador was in peril, okay? And they did that by code word and it would have been within minutes of the attack commencing.

The White House Situation Room has a list of what’s called Essential Elements of Friendly Information. That’s the military’s acronym for it, but they would have a similar thing, a critical information list. Certain things go right to the person that’s standing next to the president, both military and civilian leadership. So he would have known within minutes or it’s supposed to be informed within minutes because an ambassador is a four-star equivalent, very high, very important person, you know, represents the president and essentially is the president’s — you know, is the surrogate of the president in that country. So the White House cannot deny that the president knew immediately.

RUSH: They are. They are.

CALLER: Well, it’s a bald-faced lie, you know. I’m giving you some inside baseball information —

RUSH: Look, I believe you. You’re talking about watch desks. That tells me you know what you’re talking about.

CALLER: Well, it’s even a little more frustrating than that. So when that message, that code word goes out, flash traffic, that an ambassador is in peril, okay, the —

RUSH: We have heard this. In our parlance, the way we heard this, Doug, was essentially the panic button was hit. That’s how this was explained to me the first time. Somebody who knew what they were talking about referenced this as a panic button essentially was hit, and that once that happens, everybody that receives it knows what’s going on. There’s no doubt about it. So that’s pretty much true, right?

CALLER: Right. But it’s even more detailed than that, Rush. What it means is when a code word goes out, there’s standard operating procedures. The geographic combatant commander that’s responsible for Libya would have been part of that message traffic, and his CINC’s In-Extremis Force, which is, you know, a Special Forces unit —

RUSH: Okay, let me stop you there for another question, because what a lot of people have been told, the excuse that has been offered, in fact, from Condoleezza Rice on Greta Van Susteren a couple nights ago, the impression is, “Well, there’s so much traffic coming in, there’s so many e-mails, so many cables, so many memos, it would take somebody hours to sift through it.” What you’re telling me is that there are systems designed to penetrate all that in a real emergency?

CALLER: Well, there’s three networks, Rush. The e-mails that have been released are unclassified e-mails. On the top secret side, a flash traffic message from the embassy Tripoli to the White House Situation Room, it’s like an IM. I mean, it’s immediately responded to. You have to acknowledge receipt of it. Okay? So it’s immediate. It gets to the person, the watch officer sitting there, boom, flashes on his screen, he has to acknowledge receipt. And then there’s a protocol for who he then sends it to. He physically turns to someone, the senior guy on watch, “This is a critical element of information. POTUS needs to hear this,” and that’s what would have happened.

So no one in the White House can deny that — well, they can deny it, but the fact is the protocol says someone marched their happy little ass up to the senior guy standing next to POTUS and said, “Sir, ambassador in Libya is in peril.” And if he was missing, that is even a higher precedence. And then the chain would have also gone out automatically to the geographic combatant commander, AFRICOM, and he would have then turned to his special operations commander and said, “I want the In-Extremis Force, you know, strip ready in five minutes.” And evidently they were strip ready in Sigonella and they would have the assets to penetrate the airspace, you know, an MC-130 papa, which is a C-130 specially equipped with electronic countermeasures. They didn’t need permission to enter Libyan airspace, okay?

I’m giving you a lot of Inside Baseball stuff, and maybe putting myself in a little peril by doing it, but the In-Extremis Force, they would have been chomping at the bit to do this. It was turned down, POTUS, at his five p.m. Eastern time meeting with the principals, that’s when he put the kibosh on everything. It was a conscious act. It has to be because, you know, the In-Extremis Force is required to be prepared to do In-Extremis non-combatant evacuation operations for its geographic responsibility, the entire continent of Africa. So there’s always somebody ready to go, and the aircraft are always prepared to go.

It’s maddening to say that there was not intelligence. An intelligence guy is not a decision-maker. He’s just some analyst dude that tells the decision-makers this is what we know. Well, the decision-makers who are so risk-averse now need perfect intelligence. They would have had to have, you know, in the calculus of this, to know that, whatever  the attacking force was, if I put 15 or 50 or a hundred operators on the ground, you know, they’ll have success. No one knows that. In soft planning, you plan to fail half the time.

RUSH: What about the story we’ve been told that not only was there so much traffic coming in that it was impossible to find the right stuff, which you’ve now explained, but they’re also telling us that the president wasn’t told for a while, and even now, as recently as today, they’re saying that the three most recent e-mails — it sounds like we’re talking about — flash traffic’s not e-mails, right?

CALLER: Flash traffic is digital from station to station.

RUSH: Right. So they’re misleading us left and right. They’re trying to say, “Well, the president –” They will not explain. They will not tell us what happened to the three e-mails and why he didn’t get them or why he wasn’t told or when he knew or what. They’re basically portraying the president as removed from all this.

CALLER: Well, the bottom line is a flash traffic saying that the ambassador is in peril, or, worse, missing, you know, the protocol is for someone to physically contact with a person in the chain that’s supposed to determine what happens next. Now, I wasn’t in the Oval Office so I can’t —

RUSH: Let me ask you, the question came up yesterday that I couldn’t answer, and I need to ask you, just from what you’re saying. This is unreal, but let’s assume they can’t find POTUS, let’s assume he’s just not engaged. Who has trigger authority on a response to something like that? I mean, you say we don’t need permission to send a C-130 in there to disrupt. Who orders it in there, in a situation like this? Who has the authority to order the C-130s wherever they are, Italy, wherever they are, to take action? If you can’t find the president — is the president the only guy that can give that order?

CALLER: No, sir. Okay? Basically in the absence of permissions, okay, you have standing orders. And one of the standing orders to geographic combatant commander is to observe life of American citizens —

RUSH: Exactly. Precisely.

CALLER: And he’s a four-star, you know, he’s in Germany. AFRICOM headquarters is in Germany, and their op-center would have been monitoring this in real time, ’cause it’s part of their geographic responsibility. And they would have been going through the different permutations of courses of action of who can get there the quickest. Now, in their geographic area they have Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa, which is in Djibouti. I served there when it was the Joint Special Operations Task Force Crisis Response Element, and we have responsibility for all of CENTCOM and AFRICOM in Africa because at the time there was no AFRICOM. And we had the capacity to get from where we were in Djibouti to Benghazi in about three hours, four hours, depending on what we wanted to take. Now, if we wanted to go in there with a lot of operators, and at the time we had about a hundred operators, it would have taken us probably five hours.

RUSH: Okay, Doug, you’re sitting out here, you obviously are intimately familiar with all this. So what’s going through your mind, A, in real time when you hear about this, and then in subsequent days when you hear the excuses or explanations that have been offered for why no action was taken? I mean, I may be putting you on spot and you can’t share that with us, but I gotta ask you.

CALLER: It stems from Desert One, Rush, it stems from the failure of Desert One during the Iranian hostage rescue. And what commander wants to repeat that, you know. Now, at the lieutenant colonel level, at the colonel level of the In-Extremis Force of all these different headquarters, State Department, everybody was saying, “Let’s go! Let’s get boots on the ground and kick these people’s asses and get our people.” But who makes those decisions? It’s POTUS, V POTUS, State, and Def. And they had a five o’clock Eastern time meeting, and they said no. You know, we’re willing to have the consulate overruled and the embassy overrun — (phone connection goes bad)

RUSH: The fact that they’re afraid of replicating Carter’s boondoggle, that’s not gonna fly with a lot of people.

CALLER: Well, sir, I hate to break it to you, but the people that are-four-stars right now, okay, were young officers, and they saw what happened to the leadership, okay? I’m not saying on the Special Ops side. You know, Special Ops guys —

RUSH: But I mean there are alternate explanations. There are political campaign explanations that people have conjured up to explain why Obama would not want any military activity taking place there in order to make sure that an image is created for his campaign: We’re defeating Al-Qaeda. They’re on the run. We got bin Laden.

CALLER: All those memes, you know, are probably in play, but mostly it’s just incompetence and not understanding the principle of you don’t leave anybody behind, okay?

RUSH: Doug, look, I know you’ve stuck your neck out here and you obviously know your stuff intimately well and I really appreciate your call. It’s fabulous to get your input and knowledge on this. Somewhere, somebody refused to make a gutsy call.

END TRANSCRIPT

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“He is a liar. … He will lie to confuse us. But he will also mix lies with the truth to attack us. The attack is psychological … and powerful. So don’t listen to him. Remember that – do not listen.”—Father Merrin, The Exorcist

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What the hell’s wrong with you Wisconsinites that you allow the Government Accountability Board (GAB), a supposedly neutral government agency, to act in a blatantly partisan manner to further the objectives of the Democrat Party and disenfranchise your overseas military personnel in a presidential election?

Your service men and women’s votes should be counted first. They are fighting to preserve your freedom, liberties, and right to vote; and they, more than anybody else in your state, deserve to vote. NEVER, EVER should they be disenfranchised from the voting process?

In fact, no state should be allowed to submit its vote totals until its precious military votes are in and counted, and that goes doubly for Michigan, Mississippi, and Vermont where similar complaints have been filed with state election officials.

Wisconsin is a battleground state in this year’s presidential election, and could play a role in determining who wins the presidency. According to GAB data, 6,496 military and permanent overseas voter absentee ballots were counted in the 2008 presidential election.

“[T]he 2008 presidential election was a disaster for military voters. Thousands of them were disenfranchised when their absentee ballots were sent to wrong addresses, lost in the mail or mailed too close to the election for the ballot to be returned. To make matters worse, thousands of ballots were rejected by local election officials because the ballot – through no fault of the military voter – arrived after the election deadline.”

Don’t allow what happened in 2008 to happen again! Replace the partisan hacks on the GAB with people who will adhere to the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act and send out the absentee ballots to overseas and military voters on time.

I.M. Kane

For more on the story, see “Romney campaign sues over absentee ballots in Wisconsin,” “Military voters soon to be disenfranchised – again,” and “Elections board won’t seek deadline extension for military voters.”

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Debate moderator Candy Crowley’s performance last night was absolutely disgraceful. From the outset, Crowley’s choice of questions and her attempts at orchestrating who was allowed to speak and when indicated that she was totally in the tank for Obama and the debate was an attempt to resuscitate him.

Leading up to the debate, Crowley crowed that she would not just be a “fly on the wall,” and true to her word, the CNN blow fly buzzed ’round Mitt Romney’s head throughout the evening, cutting him off every time he tried to correct an Obama lie. But Crowley waited for the exchange on the Benghazi attack in Libya to bite him on the ass:

Mr. Romney:  You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack, it was an act of terror? It was not a spontaneous demonstration, is that what you’re saying.

Mr. Obama:   Please proceed, governor.

Mr. Romney:  I want to make sure.

Mr. Obama:  Get the transcript.

Ms. Crowley:  It — it — it — he [Mr. Obama] did in fact, sir [Mr. Romney]. … He [Mr. Obama] did call it an act of terror.

The truth is, Obama didn’t call it an act of terror the day after the attack. What he said was “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.”

In other words, Obama was making a generic statement that he would later tie to mob protests over an anti-Islam YouTube video. Four days later United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice would appear on all five of the networks’ Sunday news shows claiming that the assault on the U.S. mission in Benghazi was not an act of terror. It took two weeks before the White House came out and labeled the Benghazi attack an act of terror.

During the Vice-Presidential debate, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, no slouch at shilling for the Democrat Party, interrupted Paul Ryan 15 times and Joe Biden five times.

In comparison, CNN’s Candy Crowley made Raddatz look like a rank amateur. She interrupted Mitt Romney 28 times and Obama nine times, and four of those were when Obama refused to respect the time limit when discussing assault weapons.

In her desperation to resuscitate Obama and keep Romney from scoring points, it came as no real surprise when she interrupted and falsely claimed that Romney was incorrect in saying that Obama refused to call the Benghazi attack an act of terror.

I.M. Kane

For more on the story, see “Crowley skews hard for Obama in disastrous debate,” “Crowley’s False Fact Check Saves President, Derails Debate – UPDATE: Crowley Backtracks,.” and “Crowley Interrupts Romney 28 Times, Obama Just 9.”

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Ratopolis is a 1973 sociology film that shows a controlled study of a small colony of brown rats. As space becomes more restricted and food becomes limited, the colony starts to display disturbing behavior.

Veteran House Democrats Brad Sherman and Howard Berman nearly came to blows during Thursday’s public debate at a local college. During the debate, 57-year-old Sherman grabbed the shoulder of 71-year-old Berman, yanked him toward his chest, and shouted, “You want to get into this?”

Berman, the older, shorter guy, looked bit flustered and somewhat shaken.

Both candidates are vying to win control of the same district due to California’s new primary system, which sends the top two finishers to the runoff regardless of party affiliation.

As if Joe Biden’s one-man clown show performance during Thursday’s Vice Presidential debate didn’t reveal enough about the people who make up today’s Democrat Party, the :22 youtube video of the two Democrats fighting for a position at the government trough leaves little room for doubt.

The only reason the Democrat Party remains viable is that there are 60 million voters who don’t know shit from Shinola and can’t find their asses with both hands.

They’re selling postcards of the hanging

They’re painting the passports brown

The beauty parlor is filled with sailors

The circus is in town

Here comes the blind commissioner

They’ve got him in a trance

One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker

The other is in his pants

And the riot squad they’re restless

They need somewhere to go

As Lady and I look out tonight

From Desolation Row.

I.M. Kane

For more on the story, see “California House race with veteran Democrats turns physical during debate.”

 


Brad Sherman Pierce College :22 Video

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The following is a take off on the classic “Who’s on First” baseball routine by Abbott and Costello.

(H-T Ladd)

I.M. Kane

Abbott and Costello Discuss America’s Unemployment Rate

COSTELLO:  I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America.

ABBOTT:  Good subject. Terrible times, it’s 8.3%.

COSTELLO:  That many people are outta work?

ABBOTT:  No, that’s 16%.

COSTELLO:  You just said 8.3%.

ABBOTT:  8.3% unemployed.

COSTELLO:  Right, 8.3% outta work.

ABBOTT:  No, 16%.

COSTELLO:  Okay, so it’s 16% unemployed.

ABBOTT:  No, 8.3%.

COSTELLO:  WAIT A MINUTE! Is it 8.3% or 16%?

ABBOTT:  8.3% are unemployed; 16% are out of work.

COSTELLO:  If you’re outta work, you’re unemployed.

ABBOTT:  No, Obama doesn’t count the “Out of Work” as unemployed. You have to look for work to be unemployed.

COSTELLO:  BUT THEY’RE UNEMPLOYED!

ABBOTT:  No, you miss his point.

COSTELLO: What point?

ABBOTT:  Someone who doesn’t look for work can’t be counted with someone who’s looking for work. It wouldn’t be fair.

COSTELLO:  To who?

ABBOTT:  The unemployed.

COSTELLO:  BUT THEY’RE ALL UNEMPLOYED!

ABBOTT:  No, the unemployed are looking for work. Those who are out of work gave up looking, and if you give up looking for work, you’re off the unemployment roles.

COSTELLO:  So if you’re off the unemployment roles, you’re not counted as unemployed?

ABBOTT:  Absolutely!

COSTELLO:  And the unemployment rate would go down?

ABBOTT:  Absolutely!

COSTELLO:  The unemployment rate goes down because you don’t look for work?

ABBOTT:  Absolutely. That’s why it’s at 8.3%; otherwise it would be 16%. And Obama doesn’t want the unemployment rate at 16%.

COSTELLO:  Because it would be harder for him to get reelected?

ABBOTT:  Absolutely.

COSTELLO:  Wait a minute … you mean there are two ways to bring down the unemployment rate?

ABBOTT:  Two ways, absolutely.

COSTELLO:  The unemployment rate can go down if you get a job?

ABBOTT:  Absolutely.

COSTELLO:  And the unemployment rate can go down if you stop looking for a job?

ABBOTT:  Absolutely.

COSTELLO:  So there are two ways to bring down the unemployment rate, and the easier of the two is to just stop looking for work.

ABBOTT:  Now you’re thinking like Obama’s Economy Czar.

COSTELLO:  I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about!

ABBOTT:  Now you’re thinking like Obama.

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MUST SEE video!

“Before you were born, I only worried about how your disability reflected on me. Now, there’s no better mirror in the world.”—Heath White

A beautiful thing is never perfect.” We’re all defective; it’s just a matter of degree. Or as Augustine put it, “This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.”

I.M. Kane


E:60 – Perfect 14:08 Video

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