Obama to Close Vatican Embassy, Latest in Long List of Shots at Catholics

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While it can be argued that Barak Obama doesn’t like Christians, he seems to harbor particualr hatred towards Catholics.  For the background, here is some content from Town Hall…

There was his slam on Catholic education. His embrace of pro-abortion extremism. His willingness to have priests arrested if they performed mass on military bases (even voluntarily) during the sequester. And, of course, the hideous ObamaCare HHS mandate falls with particular violence on the First Amendment rights of Catholics.

Now, for the most recent slight, the Obama administration is closing the freestanding Embassy to the Vatican.  The Washington Times has more…

The Obama administration, in what’s been called an egregious slap in the face to the Vatican, has moved to shut down the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See — a free-standing facility — and relocate offices onto the grounds of the larger American Embassy in Italy.

The new offices will be in a separate building on the property, Breitbart reported.And while U.S. officials are touting the relocation as a security measure that’s a cautionary reaction to last year’s attacks on America’s facility in Benghazi, several former American envoys are raising the red flag.

It’s a “massive downgrade of U.S.-Vatican ties,” said former U.S. Ambassador James Nicholson in the National Catholic Reporter. “It’s turning this embassy into a stepchild of the embassy to Italy. The Holy See is a pivot point for international affairs and a major listening post for the United States, and … [it’s] an insult to American Catholics and to the Vatican.”

Relocating an embassy out of the Vatican due to security concerns?  Because, as we all know, the Vatican is a hotbed of terrorist activity?   I think this sends a clear message to the Pope, and US Catholics.  The message is simple.  It reads, F*CK YOU!

NOTE:  I’m not Catholic.

 

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Benghazi Update: CIA Operators Requested Permission to Help During Embassy Attack, All Were Denied

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The Benghazi story continues to take sickening turns, as we find out today that CIA Operators repeatedly asked to intervene, but were repeatedly denied.  FOX News has more…

Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later on the annex itself was denied by the CIA chain of command — who also told the CIA operators twice to “stand down” rather than help the ambassador’s team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11. 

Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team who was at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When he and others heard the shots fired, they informed their higher-ups at the annex to tell them what they were hearing and requested permission to go to the consulate and help out. They were told to “stand down,” according to sources familiar with the exchange. Soon after, they were again told to “stand down.” 

Kindly check out the rest of the article, as there is a great deal more information.

The long and short of it is this; there were CIA operatives were near the consulate.  They repeatedly asked for assistance, and assets were nearby.  And, at each step of the process, they were denied.  They might have been able to save lives, or even stop the attack, but they were actively prevented from doing so.

Is it just me, or has this story went from lying to hide incompetence, and it is now lying to hide intentionally getting people killed?

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Benghazi Update: What Did President Obama do from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM on September 11, 2012, An Analysis of the Timeline and Administration Responses

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The buck stops at the top on this one. Via memeorandum I saw this CBS News storyCould U.S. military have helped during Libya attack?:

…Some lawmakers are asking why U.S. military help from outside Libya didn’t arrive as terrorists battered more than 30 Americans over the course of more than seven hours. The assault was launched by an armed mob of dozens that torched buildings and used rocket propelled grenades, mortars and AK-47 rifles.

CBS News has been told that, hours after the attack began, an unmanned Predator drone was sent over the U.S. mission in Benghazi, and that the drone and other reconnaissance aircraft apparently observed the final hours of the protracted battle….

…Retired CIA officer Gary Berntsen believes help could have come much sooner. He commanded CIA counter-terrorism missions targeting Osama bin Laden and led the team that responded after bombings of the U.S. Embassy in East Africa.

“You find a way to make this happen,” Berntsen says. “There isn’t a plan for every single engagement. Sometimes you have to be able to make adjustments. They made zero adjustments in this. They stood and they watched and our people died.”

The Pentagon says it did move a team of special operators from central Europe to the large Naval Air Station in Sigonella, Italy, but gave no other details. Sigonella is just an hour’s flight from Libya. Other nearby bases include Aviano and Souda Bay. Military sources tell CBS News that resources at the three bases include fighter jets and Specter AC-130 gunships, which the sources say can be extremely effective in flying in and buzzing a crowd to disperse it….

…Add to the controversy the fact that the last two Americans didn’t die until more than six hours into the attack, and the question of U.S. military help becomes very important…

The 3 AM phone call came in to someone (either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama) saying that our mission in Libya was under attack, that our Ambassador was locked in a life-and-death struggle with terrorists, that we were observing in real time the firefight from a drone, and that we had gunships and fighter jets within ‘an hour’s flight’ away. And nothing was done.

In fact, according to the report here, for several hours our drone watched the battle, and nothing was done. Let me just speculate out loud for a minute and try to figure out (based on this report) how the situation could have played out differently. According the timeline, security forces arrived at about 2:30 AM to retake the compound, so let’s work backwards from there. All times in Benghazi time.

If the drone had indeed watched ‘the final hours’, one can speculate that it arrived on the scene at the latest of 12:30 AM, the authorities took a couple minutes to assess the situation, then they dispatched fighter jets and gunships and transports, which took a little over an hour to arrive, putting help on the scene at 2 AM- a full 30 minutes earlier than they are reported to have arrived there. This probably doesn’t change much, although it does give authorities another 30 minutes to catch/kill the bad guys, recover sensitive information, and possibly discover where our Ambassador is.

But if the drone arrived earlier (12:00 or earlier) or help was dispatched as soon as the call for a drone went in (I’m not sure where the drone came from), than our forces might have arrived on the scene by 1:30 and been able to find the Ambassador’s body (not yet dead- maybe able to save with our medical technology) or 1:00 to rescue the Ambassador and prevent his death. If the drone was dispatched from Sigonella, then it is reasonable that help could have also been sent at the same time, and Stevens would have been saved for sure.

The timeline here is important, because someone dropped the ball and four Americans- including our Ambassador- are now dead because of that mistake.

Benghazi is 6 hours ahead of east coast time (Washington DC). So if the compound was attacked at 10 pm on September 11 (Benghazi time), that means it was 4:00 pm on September 11 in Washington DC. Around 11 pm (5 pm Eastern time), the fighting continues to rage around the main building. Around 12 am (6 pm eastern time), the annex comes under attack. Around 1 am (7 pm eastern time), Stevens is pulled out of the annex, alive by some reports. Around 2:30 am (8:30 eastern time), US forces retake the annex.

According to the President’s scheduleon that day he was going to be departing from Bethesda, Maryland at 4:40 PM en route the White House, arrive back to the White House at 4:50, and at 5:00 he would meet (along with Joe Biden) with the Secretary of Defense Panetta. At 7:51 pm we get a report that our compound in Libya has been attacked, at 10:10 pm we get an unnamed administration official saying that Egypt embassy statements don’t reflect White House views, 10:38 pm the Secretary of State issued a statement, at 12:09 am Obama spokesman tweets that the White House is shocked by Romney’s earlier tweets, at 7:21 am on September 12 Obama issued a statement. (source on statements)

I have been unable to establish (through an hour of searching google) anything further regarding the President’s actions to counter this schedule on September 11 that would shed more light on his actions, including where was the President, what did he know, and when did he know it.

According to reports, the President was aware about the attack about 90 minutes after it began- about 5:30. Give him a couple minutes to take in the information and figure out our response, and by 6:00 pm at the latest he’s ordered our boys in to rescue our people under attack. Given a ‘one hour response time’, that puts our forces in control of the compound at 7:00 pm, or 1:00 AM Benghazi time, right around the time that the annex was under attack and BEFORE the Ambassador was dead. But that didn’t happen.

Although some are saying that President Obama simply heard the news and then went to bed, I was unable to find any evidence of this or any sort of reaction by the administration. The first responses by the administration at 10:10 pm (4 am Benghazi) playing defense regarding statements from the embassy in Egypt and at 12:09 am (6 am Benghazi) a political response attacking his opponent in an upcoming election- but Obama and the media have been silent about what President Obama did between 5:30 pm and the next day.

I’m most concerned myself regarding the President’s actions between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm- during that 2 hour window the President was in the unique position to do something to save Americans lives and prevent bad guys from killing our Ambassador, and it is still today, some time later, that we are unclear about just what he was doing during that time period. It’s too early for him to be in bed, so I don’t think that was it- but it would not surprise me if he was watching TV or a movie or eating some sort of fancy meal during that time instead of DOING HIS JOB and working to defend American citizens, soldiers, and diplomats.

So it wasn’t a ‘3 AM’ phone call- but when the phone rang at 5:30 and the President was briefed about what was going on (with information fed to him then or soon after by an unmanned drone), the President was thrust into a position to make a call and exercise leadership to save American lives… and there is no evidence from him or anyone else that he did so in any way. Instead he soon was back to playing politics and jetting off to fundraise before celebrities, proving once more that he is unfit for command and should be relieved of his duties as Commander-in-Chief and President of the United States of America.

Original Post:  A Conservative Teacher

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Manhattan Infidel Presents Your Rioting Muslim Template™

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The Americans have insulted the prophet.  Or possibly not. It doesn’t really make much of a difference.

With the riots in Libya and Egypt I have decided, for the benefit of my readers who may be unaware of the root causes of such riots, to publish the Rioting Muslim Template™.  As always, if you are caught or killed in a Muslim riot the President of the United States will disavow any knowledge of your actions.  Then he will apologize.  Then he will deny the apology.  Then he will accuse his opponent in the election of playing politics.  Then he will jet off to New York for a $40,000 a plate fundraiser.

Muslims riot and storm U.S. embassies because

  1. The United State has oppressed the Muslim peoples!
  2. The United States stole Andalusia from the Caliphate of Cordoba in the 11th century
  3. Reason?  We need a reason?
  4. My goat is very very sick
  5. It’s hot as hell in Philadelphia (someone open up a window!)
  6. Jews!

To prevent Muslims from taking over American embassies Americans should

  1. Refrain from insulting the prophet
  2. Refrain from insulting Islam
  3. My goat.  Please.  Save her.
  4. Rewrite our constitution to restrict free speech and enact anti-blasphemy laws (but only for Islam not Christianity)
  5. Someone ought to open up a window! (No no no!  Too many flies!  Too many flies!)  But it’s hot as hell in Philadelphia!
  6. Jews!

If you happen to see Muslims attempting to scale the walls of the American Embassy you are stationed at

  1. Do not panic!  After all, storming an embassy is a serious breach of international law.  The host country would never let that happen
  2. Trust the embassy guards.  The host country put them there for a reason.  They are highly trained and your safety is paramount to them
  3. How am I supposed to mount my goat if she is dead.  My goat.  Please.  Save her.
  4. Find a laptop and Tweet the experience.  Remember you are not in danger.  The security guards will stay at their stations at the risk of death
  5. Jews!

Muslims have scaled the walls of the embassy, are setting fires and shooting people.  What do you do?

  1. Resign yourself to your fate.  It is your fault after all.  I mean, you must have insulted the prophet. Or not.  It doesn’t really matter but you are an infidel and deserve to die.  And no virgins for you!
  2. Try to reason with the rioters.  Say something that will appeal to them such as, “President Barack Obama loves Muslims.  Not like the cowboy Bush.”
  3. Okay.  That didn’t work and they still seem intent on killing you.  (See no. 1)
  4. Basically you’re screwed pal.  I bet it was the ice cream cone you are eating.  It insults the prophet
  5. My goat.  Please.  I need her to take my seed.
  6. Jews!

You’ve been shot 12 times, your hair is on fire and you are suffering from smoke inhalation

  1. Know that your death will be a sacrifice for freedom
  2. Thank god you wore respectable underwear, as your pants will probably come off as your body is dragged through the streets
  3. You really should have saved his goat when you had the chance
  4. When I bite into a York Peppermint Patty I am reminded of the decadence of western culture.
  5. Jews!

It is my hope that this Rioting Muslim Template™ will in some small way contribute to peace and understanding between our peoples.

NOW GET YOUR F#$#$ING GOAT OFF MY LAWN!

Original Post:  Manhattan Infidel

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