Obama administration regroups to counter Benghazi criticism
May 16th, 2013
07:42 PM ET

Obama administration regroups to counter Benghazi criticism

By Jill Dougherty

Buffeted by Republican criticism for its handling of last September's deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, the Obama administration is mounting a coordinated response.

Thursday, at a Rose Garden news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Barack Obama went out of his way to challenge Republicans to fully fund security for America's diplomats.

Republicans have ripped the administration for not providing adequate security for the Benghazi mission at which four Americans, including Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, were killed.

The White House, in response, has accused Republican lawmakers of cutting diplomatic security funding.

"I am intent on making sure that we do everything we can to prevent another tragedy like this from happening," Obama said. "But that means we owe it to them and all who serve to do everything in our power to protect our personnel serving overseas."

The president said the administration has been taking steps recommended by the Accountability Review Board report, completed last December, that examined the circumstances surrounding the Benghazi attack and made 29 recommendations.

"I'm calling on Congress to work with us to support and fully fund our budget request to improve the security of our embassies around the world," Obama said.

After the Benghazi attack the State Department reviewed security at posts around the world and submitted a request to reallocate $1.4 billion in fiscal year 2013 resources to begin work this year that was approved by the Congress.

The next fiscal year budget request, the administration says, provides over $4 billion for embassy security programs, including $2.2 billion to support increased embassy security construction recommend by the review board.

In a move coordinated with the White House, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez on Thursday introduced a bill funding construction at high-risk, high-threat diplomatic posts around the world.

The New Jersey Democrat said the State Department currently is allowed to construct eight to 10 facilities a year but is funded for only two to three.

The bill also would fund Arabic language instruction and provide more training for diplomatic security personnel.

In a nod to Republican criticism that no officials were fired in the wake of the Benghazi attacks, Menendez pointed out that "at the administration's request" the bill "will authorize disciplinary action in cases of unsatisfactory leadership by senior officials."

The new bill and Obama's comments followed the release Wednesday of almost 100 pages of e-mails between administration officials working out controversial "talking points" on Benghazi that were relied on by the administration to explain events around the attack and that Republicans suggest were downplayed for political reasons.

At the State Department, CNN asked spokeswoman Jen Psaki whether the administration's counter attack of Republican criticism was "damage control."

"I think this is actually the opposite of politicizing it," Psaki replied. "They're talking about what's important about this debate we've been having publicly."

"The secretary has raised this, as has the president today and in the past several days," she added. "While there's been a lot of talk about e-mail and other issues, what their focus is on is protecting the men and women who are serving around the world and taking many steps we can do to achieve that."

Out of the 29 recommendations by the review board, Psaki said the State Department has addressed nearly all of them so far, including creating 151 new diplomatic security positions. Forty-eight are expected to begin this July and another 48 are planned to begin in early September, she said.

As for the four State Department officials placed on administrative leave over the Benghazi attack, she said a review process begun by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues.

"Secretary Kerry has been briefed regularly and will be making a decision soon," she added.

But Republicans aren't letting up.

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky told CNN's Wolf Blitzer: "Ultimately, the buck stops with who runs an organization."

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  3. Jftyjk Ddtyk

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    May 20, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Reply
  4. Jftyjk Ddtyk

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    May 20, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Reply
  5. Jftyjk Ddtyk

    Hey have you ever noticed how America only gives money to illegal alians?

    May 20, 2013 at 11:51 pm | Reply
  6. Jftyjk Ddtyk

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    May 20, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Reply
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    May 20, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  8. Jftyjk Ddtyk

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    May 20, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Reply
  9. Jftyjk Ddtyk

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    May 20, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Reply
  10. Jftyjk Ddtyk

    hey, have you noticed how the ATF does not belive they are capable of winning the war on drugs?

    May 20, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Reply
    • T.

      Hey Jftyjk, are you high?

      May 21, 2013 at 4:42 am | Reply
  11. Jftyjk Ddtyk

    Hey, have you ever noticed how DHS seems to never have acomplished anything meaningful?

    May 20, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Reply
  12. Jftyjk Ddtyk

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    May 20, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  13. Jftyjk Ddtyk

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    May 20, 2013 at 11:20 pm | Reply
  14. Jftyjk Ddtyk

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    May 20, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  15. Jftyjk Ddtyk


    May 20, 2013 at 11:08 pm | Reply
  16. c5back9

    Nixon tried similar diversionary tactics in '73 / '74 too - might be just about time to start getting the old articles of impeachment ready.

    May 20, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Reply
  17. Jftyjk Ddtyk


    May 20, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  18. OK

    Does the following surprise anyone understanding "Chicago Politics"?

    ERIC HOLDER'S JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, already under fire for seizing AP phone records, also obtained records pertaining to Fox News' chief Washington correspondent James Rosen's efforts to report leaked material, even calling Rosen a criminal 'co-conspirator' — a charge the news organization called 'chilling.'

    May 20, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  19. California

    All these scandals make watergate look like a misdemeanor.

    May 20, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  20. California

    Hillary tied to Benghazi-Gate.

    This administration is crumbling.

    May 20, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  21. California

    Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Obama administration spied on Fox News reporter James Rosen:
    This administration is chest deep in it and it's getting higher.

    May 20, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  22. HILLARY FOR 2016

    Could not perform last night. MUST BE OBAMA'S FAULT. Put the worng color socks on for for work. MUST BE OBAMA'S FAULT. Awww shucks I forgot to take something out of the freezer for dinner. MUST BE OBAMA'S FAULT. Going to have to work 15 minutes later that usual. MUST BE OBAMA'S FAULT. RACISM AT IT GREATEST. Republicans. A DYING BREED THAT WILL NEVER WIN THE PRESIDENCY AGAIN.

    May 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Reply
    • includes

      I was a Obama supporter, but the more I educate myself, I find that our president is all about destroying what that is good.

      May 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @includes,hey what did that Texas imbecile in Bushs ever do to benefit Americans
        .He sure as hell helped Cheneys Halliburton with no bid contracts in his unfunded war created by lies didn't he,WMDs my butt!!And did he follow up on Clintons Intel about terrorists targeting certain cities nationally eventually leading to 9/11,nope just acted like his usual imbecilic self taking another day out of over 450 in his first two terms off,his motto "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED"in destroying America at our expense!!

        May 21, 2013 at 6:01 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Your rhetoric is getting very shop worn. It is tiresome to see the same old thing over and over again when the problems keep getting worse....

      May 20, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  23. Tray Zimmerman


    May 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Reply
    • US Sailor

      If you are working for the USMC I hope that you are not using an official government computer and time during your workday for politically motivated activities such as what you are currently doing. Sounds like you are misusing government equipment and also wasting tax payers money by being on CNN and not doing your job. I will go ahead and do a fair turn for you and file a fraud waste and abuse complaint against you. Since I know your name and that you work for the USMC, it's more than enough to call the tip line.

      May 20, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Reply
      • Tray Zimmerman

        Go ahead idiot. That is why fedefral employees use leave and have a computer at home.

        May 20, 2013 at 9:54 pm |
      • Tray Zimmerman

        Go ahead idiot.

        That is why federal employees use leave and have a computer at home. Now I am sure you are a republican fool

        May 20, 2013 at 9:56 pm |
      • T.

        And now go and get a good lawyer to defend yourself.

        May 21, 2013 at 4:59 am |
  24. larry

    "if Obama sodomized a young boy on national television at prime time the 45% of the population who have been conditioned to support him would seek to justify his actions."

    May 20, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  25. US Sailor

    Ok.. why don't you POS libs/dems think of this. Why are military personnel held to higher standards than the people in DC?! A prime example is that a Commanding Officer is held responsible for things which happen at their command, ignorance is no excuse. Numerous COs are fired each year. This POS Obama and his POS lapdog Holder have no balls or honor. They need to be put in jail.

    May 20, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Reply
    • Tray Zimmerman

      I work for the US Marine Corps and I just forwarded your info to the US Secret Service.
      You sound to be very treasonous. Lets see what happens.

      May 20, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Reply
      • US Sailor

        How very nice of you.. Thank you. Unknown to you a military retiree is allowed to say what he wants. Besides, what I posted was 100% accurate.

        May 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
      • US Sailor

        By the way you should really learn what the definition of treasonous is:

        1. violation or betrayal of the allegiance that a person owes his sovereign or his country, esp by attempting to overthrow the government; high treason

        2. any treachery or betrayal

        Since I am retired, obviously I can excercise my first amendment right.

        May 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        To a mind numbed robot, anyone that might have a different opinion than the emperor is treasonous. Oh BTW the emperor has no cloths... the veil is being peeled back a layer at a time!"

        Thanks for you service US Sailor

        And Tray did not say he was a Marine .. only that he worked for them. Should that be the case and these posts of his make it to the base commandant... Well.....

        May 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm |
  26. ladyjag

    Unless we can vote out the Tparty nuts, and make sure who we have in Washington that listens to the People, we will not have our AMERICA back. The dysfunction of our CONGRESS, is absurd. and we need TERM limits, I am tired of this unprofessional politicians.

    May 20, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Reply
    • jonat

      Yes we must get rid of any opposition to Obama's criminal behavior so he is free to flush the country down the toilet

      May 20, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Reply
    • US Sailor

      How about the disfunction of this administration?

      May 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Reply
    • UKiddinMe

      How about we just get rid of ALL special interests in Washington including the animal rights nuts, the environmentalists, the corporate attorneys and then maybe you'll see that most of the TParty folks are just Americans that are tired of Washington stealing from EVERYONE to dole it out as they see fit. TParty was started under the premise that Washington has too much power and money to represent the real citizens. Are their factions within those groups that need to be flushed out (yes) but then that is true of all of Washington Left & Right. Open you're eyes and quit buying the bologna you're being fed

      May 20, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Reply
      • reg

        I think the special interests, lobbyists, etc. should all go as well. However this is highly unlikely. Unfortunately lawyers run DC and the reality is all of this makes for a boatload of regular work for 400 dollar an hour idiots to siphon off tax payer dollars bickering about legislation. Lawyers are litigators, not legislators... they're paid to argue, thus our country's gridlock.

        May 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • c5back9

      ladyjag, has it occurred to you that those in the Tparty are there doing what they were sent to DC to do, or is your vision so distorted that you can't see they are there to block the Leftist takeover of Washington? Many citizens (myself among them) believe Washington has grown too big and intrusive. Just look at the AP debacle and how the DOJ has trampled all over the bill of rights and various laws. What to you think of an administration that engages in unlawful gun-trafficing then a short time later tries to portray itself as taking what is supposed to be a stand on moral high ground to introduce gun legislation which they say will help curb illegal gun trafficing?

      May 20, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  27. stopthelies

    It's important to remember that the stand down order came before anyone knew how long the attack would go on. It went on for hours and no one was sent. what if they were able to hold out for a day or more??? Now the stand down order is much more relavant....who gave it?? Who put the video crap in the talking points? And where exactly was the president and what was he doing? The WH releases e-mails on Beghazi beginning 9/14. What about the 12th & 13th?? I believe the campaign had much influence on how this would be spun. And that is criminal. Check Axelrod's e-mails. I bet there is a wealth of info there.

    May 20, 2013 at 10:44 am | Reply
    • reg

      But isn't Axelrod no longer serving within the government, he is a consultant to MSNBC on the media side, a reporter and private citizen. So we can't check his email, can we? Oh wait, isn't that what just happened with the AP?

      May 20, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  28. Gary in Maine

    Unity could happen. First though, we must vote out all the GOp/Tea Nuts in the midterm elections next year. Then, reverse corporate personhood.

    May 20, 2013 at 6:53 am | Reply
    • jonat

      Not one liberal can make a point without name calling...children should stick to coloring books and video games

      May 20, 2013 at 7:49 am | Reply
      • chris

        You just tried to make your point by name calling (referring to an adult as a child is name calling).

        May 20, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
    • Caramon

      So, Gary, your idea of bringing unity in this country is simply to eliminate anyone with opposing views. In this manner, you may be able to bring unity to Washington. But it would not bring unity to the country. Remember, 47 percent voted Republican.

      May 20, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  29. jj

    CONFIRMED: Republican Operative Altered Benghazi E-Mails To Mislead the Public and Support Partisan Soap Opera

    GOP/Teagagger FAIL. Again. 🙂

    May 19, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  30. hammer

    He is one ugly MF.

    May 19, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  31. Fred

    LOL! One thing is clear from all the posts here by the Republican hillbillies is that they can't think for themselves. They just suck up all the Republican propaganda lies and believe it like it is fact. The shrub man and his cronies almost totally ruined this country and Obama and a Democratic Congress saved it quite quickly. If it wasn't for the total Republican obstructionism since 2010, we would have a whole bunch more people working in this country today.

    May 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Reply
    • just wondering

      If these Tea Baggers applied 1/2 of their supposed Christian Values to themselves they the Tea Party would cease to exist.....

      May 19, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  32. Pete

    Hey usmc1371 worked in Tulsa,Oklahoma back in the 80s at Sun Oil refinery as a welder,small world,take care..

    May 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Reply
    • USMC1371

      I have made a few dozen welds in that chit hole back when I was welding for local 430. Sun sold it to Holley energy but its still a run down old refinery it needs shut down but they can't replace it.

      May 19, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  33. Maxwell

    Once again, President Obama is attempting to create a distraction from the facts, funding was never an issue in Benghazi.

    Deputy Secretary of State Charlene Lamb testified that funding was never an issue and they believed Security was at the required levels. 

    What Deputy Lamb also stated was the Administration had hired local militias to protect the lives of Americans there and not the US Marines. Further proof had funding actually been an issue, the US Marines could've easily been deployed to secure the compound in Benghazi, rather then having to pay cash to local militias.

    May 19, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  34. Tom Slick

    Why push the video?
    Who gave the order to stand down?

    May 19, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Reply
    • Nathaniel Fultz

      Yes I agree this would all fade (as partisian polictics) if the administration would tell who gave the stand down orders.
      the rest is posturing. Help should have been sent immediately.

      May 19, 2013 at 10:07 pm | Reply
  35. BudW

    Criticism? they were caught out right telling a lie after lie,of course we have questions, where is the transparency?

    May 19, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Reply
    • Nathaniel Fultz

      There was no lie the President said it was an act of terror. He just didn´t tell anyone else in the admistration and allowed them to lie to the world. Very poor leadership for the boss to say something and everyone else to claim differently.

      May 19, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Reply
    • chris

      are you talking about the iraq war?

      May 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  36. helenecha

    American Embassies overseas should be setting in a peaceful situation, or they’re the command centers staying together with American ground troops working together on supporting the local governments as well as their armed force. If only that the calling on Congress' support to improve the security of US Embassies around the world is not far from that point.

    May 19, 2013 at 1:40 am | Reply
  37. Phaerisee

    Regardless of the partisan pettiness, the President is a great man.

    May 19, 2013 at 1:10 am | Reply
    • USMC1371

      Name one thing?????

      May 19, 2013 at 2:06 am | Reply
      • Pete

        @usmc1371,come on marine that's a no brainer,how bout doing something both Bushs didn't have the balls to do in ordering Seals in taking out one of Bushs brothers Osama BinLaden!!How's that bud and show me any republican president that topped that..Remember too bud it was Truman in WWII that ordered Gen.Curtis LeMay to use nuclear bombs on Hiroshima,Nagasaki that ended that war as well..Two presidents, both democrates that had more balls than all republican presidents combined ....

        May 19, 2013 at 8:58 am |
      • USMC1371

        Really pete?
        Obama gave the order that was only possible because of Bush? After years in office thats all you can come up with? Sad it truly is sad.

        May 19, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
      • Pete

        @usmc1371,marine, Bush was asked about BinLaden by FOXs Hannity in 2006 about his capture and Bush reply"I really don't spend that much time on him" and another famous quote was "BinLaden doesn't fit within the administrations strategy for combating terrorism ",now marine that's truely sad..But how can Bushs ever kill a brother in Osama BinLaden when its known but not by you that all of them were employed by Osamas father at the Carlyle group of NY years before any of them were in politics..Osamas old man owned the largest construction corporation in the middle east,Saudi Arabia and employed all three till Osama took off years later..Osama also spent time with the CIA as well if you know it or not..And if you check reports in military Osama was pinned down in BoraBora and Bush told his guys to stand down letting him escape..Why don't you think Pres.Obama made the first call about Osama being taken out to Bush because of how he didn't want him killed,just captured if possible..No conspiracy theories bud just facts that if you dig enough it'll tell you that Bushs protected Osama BinLaden for years as well!!If you need anymore facts you don't know about which is many just ask and I'll see what I can do for yah marine!!And isn't it like 21-22 big shots in Al Qaeda or related terrorists groups that have been taken out as well by Pres.Obamas policies not Bushs,hey marine give credit when credit is due!!And don't talk about Bushs to Ray in Georgia because he's in denile like you and I don't need two of yah asking about facts you obviously don't know nothing about,at ease and take care marine!!

        May 19, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
    • Ray E. (Georgia)

      Great at what? So far the only thing he is Great) at is spending other people's money. The current Adminstration is terriably incompentent. But he sold you a Bill of Goods and you elected him. He can't go soon enough.

      May 19, 2013 at 9:04 am | Reply
      • Pete

        @RayE(Georgia),I just love hitting ignorents like you with facts. Pres.Obama has spent less than all your past presidents and at a 1.4%GDP its well below Bushs or the Reagan era ..Check out spending as well in laying off over 600,000 federal employees that Bushs hired to artificially lower the unemployement rates during his terms,talk about a bloated government something republicans are truely noted for!!Pres.Obama rate on federal spending has declined as well below expectations..Please check your facts because as usual you're showing us that education you got from Georgia was all for naught!!

        May 19, 2013 at 9:19 am |
    • BudW

      He does not know about Benghazi,AP,IRS,Fast and Furious,Solyndra what the hell does he know?

      May 19, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Reply
      • Nathaniel Fultz

        Wrong Jon he heard about all of them from the news. Jon Stewart was playing the clips on the daily show.

        May 19, 2013 at 10:17 pm |
  38. dontbow

    this president if you can even call him that is really sad how he cannot accept responsibility, reminds you of kartrina and the city's mayor

    May 18, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @dontbow,and you know who your elustreous president was than none other than that Texas idiot in Bush during Katrina and basicly craping on the folks of Louisiana because they were black!!Remember him and you considered him a president ..Boy are your standards low as your IQ!!

      May 19, 2013 at 9:04 am | Reply
      • USMC1371

        Man if bush is alk you got you really do need to STFU.

        May 19, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
      • Pete

        @usmc1371,you ain't man enough boy to say that to anybody and you if you are a marine you stfu jar head if you know what that means !!

        May 19, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
      • Pete

        @usmc1371,I'm sorry that my intelligence is just to much for you marine not just about Bush your imbecile of a president you voted twice for but all around because I do something you can't appreciate,I read!!Remember you voted for him and you're in denile aren't yah,I would be too voting for that Texas idiot!!

        May 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
      • USMC1371

        Nine, one, eight,
        Four, four, zero
        Zero, zero, six, six

        Theirs my cell. I will pay for your travel, hotel, hospital bill and buy you a beer when its over. Come on keyboard tough guy. I fear two men in this world and your not one of them.

        May 19, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
      • Pete

        @usmc1371,not getting into any fight over a worthless president like your Bushs..I'm a caretaker taking care of my disabled 25 year old son bud or I'd take you up on it sometime..All you have to do is quit posting unfactual statements it would make it a hell of a lot easier and I don't back down from no one myself so it would be one hell of a brawl..Again take care and if you need facts I'm here like I said before for yah!!I wouldn't take that number anyway because there's too many weirdos that would be calling yah,don't do that again for your own sake!!

        May 19, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
      • Pete

        @usmc1371,hey Tulsa,Oklahoma ,worked there in the 80s at SunOil refinery in around tulsa as a welder,small world...

        May 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
  39. John

    Must admit....this GOP focus on Benghazi is the single biggest example of extreme partisanship with absolutely no benefit for the American people of my lifetime and I have lived through several major wars........There were 13 embassy attacks during the GW Bush administration, resulting in 77 deaths.................many the result of "claimed Al Queda" involvement.......But there was no outcry about whether Al Queda's claims were true and why our administration couldn't figure it out.....Three of the attacks were in Riyadh, all within a one year period, but there was no outcry as to why Bush couldn't even get it right after the 2nd attack.....Several of the attacks had better (although not good enough) rationale to attack the presidency than did Benghazi,,,,,Issa and his cohorts are embarassing the U.S. by showing this total undeserved disrespect for the President....He should be voted out of office as soon as possible.

    May 18, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Reply
    • Burnie the purple dinosaur

      I have lived through several major wars.

      May 18, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  40. Pete

    Well the truth be known that a retired Army Gen.Carter Ham asked some time before the Benghazi incident happened to ambassador Stevens not once but twice if he needed additional security in Benghazi because of recent regional unrest,anniversary of 9/11 coming up and again Stevens twice answered no!!So there's my posts for days saying what I thought was true with Stevens incompetency,complacency that caused their untimely deaths and again Stevens was told by the military,CIA also to evacuate and again he said no, so two wrongs don't make a right and all this dog and pony show for naught!!Just a witch hunt to discredit Hillary,Pres.Obama at tax payers expense just like Fast ,Furious with nothing there either..Time to quit Issa because the need for pitbulls like you are coming to a very nasty end!!

    May 18, 2013 at 11:57 am | Reply
    • Captain America

      I aske Stevens three times too, if he wanted my help, but he said no. oh well !! what you can do?

      May 18, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  41. john nisbet

    As President Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you but ask what you can do for your country."
    America needs to take these famous words to heart and quit voting for people who promise that the government will take care of them. Our country will only succeed when "The People" control our politicians and our own lives.

    May 18, 2013 at 3:37 am | Reply
  42. john nisbet

    It's time for Americans to persuade politicians to work for the people who send them to Washington. Tea party politicians know that if they don't constantly work toward truth and justice for the people, they will be replaced next term.
    Republicans are still being sent as the social elite and are elected through the "good old boys club." After they pay their dues they are advanced. Democrats think that they are smarter than their voters and will do what is best for them without any accountability. How democrats get the job done is none of our business. Without accountability to the people, they do whatever they want. America needs to take back the control from the politicians. When Americans question our leaders, then we progress. Ours is not a secret government society. Ours is a voter run society. Demand answers and the truth has to come out.

    May 18, 2013 at 3:30 am | Reply
  43. Pisces

    I am so sick and tired of hearing about this Benghazi issue. Yes, the loss of the soldiers and the ambassador was tragic, and my deepest sympathy goes out to the families, but each one of them knew the danger of their chosen profession. None of them went into their chosen career blind to the fact that with all the security in the world there was a possibility they could lose their life. I mean what are the republicans hoping to gain by pushing this issue? Are they so afraid that Hilary Clinton is going to run for president in 2016 until they will use these families lose to achieve their agenda? We know the republicans won't stop at nothing to win and please let's not mention morals (they have none). I never heard them say let's interrogate both former president Bush for sending all those young men and women to fight a senseless war in Iraq. I am talking about some thousands of lives lost and young adults crippled for life because of WHAT? Now that is what need to be investigated, but instead they want to harp on four lives that was lost in hopes of smearing Hilary Clinton's reputation. I am so sorry for the lose of the lives in Benghazi, but what are the republicans hoping to accomplish. With all the issues we have in our country at this moment, why are we placing total focus on lives that we cannot bring back. I just pray that each one of them was save, because to absent from the body is to present with the LORD and that is a much better place than this world that we are living in. America have got to do better!!!!

    May 17, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Reply
    • john nisbet

      Pisces – Lyndon B, Johnson (democrat) also sent 58,000 U.S. soldiers to their death and 303,000 wounded in Vietnam. War has happened through our history. Johnson used the war powers act to send the troops without congressional support. Bush went to Congress and asked their full support before going into Iraq. Both Democrats and Republicans voted to go to Iraq. Obama used his war powers act to bomb Syria, once again a democratic president going around congress. If you are tired of hearing about Benghazi, then send a letter to your senators and congressman telling them to tell congress to identify who it was that told our military to stand down and let 4 brave souls die serving their country.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:52 am | Reply
      • Pete

        @JohnNesbit,read my post it makes a helluva lot more sense than the unfactual crap you dribble about!!Bush lied and you know it ,quit being not only delushional, but quit being certainly out of touch in political history as well!!

        May 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
      • USMC1371

        Are you retarded? Bush was feed bad info. I know your going to call b.s. but he got the same info that all the dems got that voted to go forward on action in Iraq. So by your logic everyone that made a yes vote that day should be in prison? Hillary, karry, and a few other dems! Please stop with the Bush crap it just makes you sound dumb. If you want to make a point come up with current factual info.

        May 18, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
      • Pete

        @usmc1371,hey bud no BS that Bush was given Intel from the Clinton administration before any of this 9/11 stuff happened and Bush as his usual idiotic self didn't follow up on the fact that certain cities nationwide are being targeted by terrorists ..And marine he sat there looking like a deer in the headlights wetting his pants after secret service said to him at that school in Florida that NYs twin towers were hit,now who's ignorent sure ain't me and that ain't BS either!!Bush as well with this supposid bad intel didn't have to jump if you remember and remember bud he ruined Colin Powells career sending him to not only the UN but both houses with Bushs lies as well,no WMDs bud and inspectors sent there from the UN said so..Are you disputing that fact ..Look up how Bush,Cheney and Rumsfield are indicted by over 150 countries but ours for human rights violations that they'll be tried at the ICC courts in Hague,Netherlands,now who's got crap on his face now marine,sure ain't me bud!!Facts do hurt don't they!!

        May 19, 2013 at 9:34 am |
  44. Jomama

    Things have gone wrong, the in fighting in government is disgusting. Its time to get to get it together and be one government. If that is even possible.All I have to say is give our guys clear Objectives period. Remember People Terrorists have no value on human life, They Hide behind borders, laws and our moral values and use that against us. They hide behind their own people,They hide behind women and children and use them. I remember in Dessert Shield I met this Arab and I asked him about saddam INSANE. He told me in broken English. Saddam very bad man. Kill him and walked away.

    May 17, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Reply
    • george t hibs

      That is not possible. Did you ever hear of Duck, Dodge and Hide? ....aka The Three Stooges; Congress, Senate and the Prez!
      In time they will all be nothing more than a bad memory.

      May 17, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Reply
      • Jomama

        Yes I know its a pipe dream.

        May 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
  45. litlejimy

    The video story didn't stand the sniff test immediately after the attack. The only question that really needs to be asked is "If we didn't know how long the attacks would go on how could we know that help wouldn't arrive in time?" Bottom line we abandoned Americans in the line of fire when we could have tried to help. No excuses.

    May 17, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Reply
    • Jomama

      You friggin send help no matter what! If its late you did everything you could. You do what ever is possible no matter what. Politics and mission objectives don't even mix. Republicans and Democrats trying to undermine each other is DISGUSTING. Are we not one country? No we are 2 countrys democrats and republicans.

      May 17, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Reply
      • Jomama

        Spelled wrong sorry

        May 17, 2013 at 7:06 pm |
      • Pete

        @jomama,special elite FAST troops were on military training exercises somewhere else and it was over 400 miles between Benghazi,Tripoli that's for the lapse in military followup..Again Stevens was told to evacuate and was asked twice if he needed additional security before this incident by Gen.Carter Ham and answered both times NO!!So again its my posts if you've read that said complacency,incompetance led to his,others untimely demise and there it is kids,no smoking gun found just biased ,hateful republicans that wanted Hillary discredited at any cost and you paid that cost before with Fast,Furious and with Issa as chair both times what did it get you,nada,zilch,nothing and its time you to put your pitbull in Issa down because he's warn out his welcome on Capital Hill!!

        May 18, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
      • Jomama

        Your right Pete no questions on your facts as usual. I have a pipe dream what is needed and it will never come true.

        May 18, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
      • Pete

        @jomama,come on man please interject the silence from someone of intelligence is killing me..And I bet its not good about Issa either is it!!Republicans and their political debacles ,you certainly don't want them in Vegas to gamble with !!Have a great day bud!!

        May 18, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
  46. jerrylax

    how about obama regrouping back to where he came from...chicago, hawaii, or Indonesia....who cares, but just get out of DC and take your ego and corruption with you

    May 17, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @jerrylax,you remind me an annoying pimple that's on my ass sometimes ,not all the time popping up out of nowhere causing me pain there ,than suddenly mysteriously disappearing as well,get the similarities jerry ..Anything intelligent from the peanut farmer bud or is it navals out there in Californiahh!!Typical empty headed republicans,can yah hear the wind blowing through their ears,I can!!

      May 18, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Reply
      • USMC1371

        You need to see a doc your gay lover gave you something a sham-wow is not going to wipe away.

        May 18, 2013 at 9:56 pm |
      • Pete

        @usmc1371,no you're the gay lover type bud being out there with all the other boys playing soldier or is it animals you fancy,you tell me!!

        May 19, 2013 at 9:47 am |
  47. BigShiz

    Get off Obama's nuts bit chs.

    May 17, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  48. Rudy G

    They should coordinate their response to the incompetence in this administration, instead of trying to cover up their mistakes.

    May 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  49. MrNeedtoKnow

    A fish is a fish; no matter how you cook it still smells and taste like a fish. You can try to hide the fish, but unfortunately it will come up whether the smell or the taste of it.

    May 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  50. bla

    The emails are pretty clear about there being a real possibility of an attack against that embassy. The only question that matters is why wasn't it taken seriously?

    So much for that campaign promise of more transparency.

    May 17, 2013 at 10:24 am | Reply
    • Pete

      @Bia,Stevens was asked to evacuate Benghazi repeatedly with always the same answer NO!!He was told if he needed more security in Benghazi by Gen.Carter Ham ,he said NO!!Just what the hell do you do if someone keeps arrogently stating things are right when info says they really aren't!!Ambassador Stevens complacency,incompetance caused those four men their untimely deaths and again its not Pres.Obamas,Hillarys fault because as much as you or not hate them they aren't babysitters to every embassy,consolate employee internationally.. And while I'm on a tear what about Bushs 60 or more deaths in over 10 embassies,consolates in his terms,nothing said,nothing done was there,typical hypocracy from the ignorent,uninformed republicans or independents just republicans masquerading because they're in denile that's all!!

      May 18, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  51. Barry

    One of the biggest unanswered questions is who was ultimately behind the false "blame a video" talking point. The WH will not answer this question and CNN is doing its part by running 2 Benghazi stories today, neither of which containing the word "video"...interesting.

    May 17, 2013 at 8:49 am | Reply
  52. Phil

    The US gov are playing a dangerous game of smoke and mirrors. The attack was known about prior to the event and blaming the attack on a anti Muslim video is preposterous to say the least. Time the US stood up and practice what they preach as the supposed world police for democracy. The reputation of this nation is fast losing ground, trust, transparency and honesty are lacking in US politics. The government failed to react to the intelligence and put in place the additional security necessary to stop this attack;the deaths of those killed are on the hands of Obama and he should be made to answer for their loss.

    May 17, 2013 at 7:18 am | Reply
  53. FIghtTheLastWar

    This tragedy is becoming fodder to ensure that Hillary begins the 2016 campaign with a major black eye.

    May 17, 2013 at 6:58 am | Reply
  54. Don Cheadle

    It's not merely a funding project to bolster security at US embassies; it's about being willing and ready to confront a threat to American interests when prompted to. Benghazi was an opportunity for the president to leverage our finest fighters to protect our interests and he failed to do so. Sure, bolstering security would help, but throwing money at this issue is not what republicans want to see; they want the president to function as a commander and chief of our armed forces when trends indicate continued threats against our interests as our embassies are attacked and are enemies' capabilities are nascent.

    May 16, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  55. tarura

    It's not a criticism, it's thruth seeking and that truth looks ugly
    So, the administration is regrouping. Who is to play POTUS now?

    May 16, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @tarura,certainly not an imbecilic republican like your idol in Bush!!

      May 18, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Reply
      • Ray E. (Georgia)

        Pete ! Intellegence Alert ! Obama ran for President. Good so far? He said he was the one we were waiting for. Got it? Now Pete, when you get elected president you are supposed to do the job. Not Clear? So far Pete Obama hasn't done his job!! He has voted present though.

        Pete, you need to take a vacation. I hera Nigaa Falls is nice this time of year. Go for a visit. Take a Barrel.

        May 19, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
      • Pete

        @RatE(Georgia),no bud you need a history ,economics lesson because you rant mostly inaccuracies..Yes I for one was sick of that imbecile in Bush the one you voted for right!!And yes he's doing his job with out your obstructionistic republicans,you know the politically inept ones that like you scream of ignorence because again you can't state facts that'll make Pres.Obama more competent a president than any republican in your and mines life!!!You sir need a vacation and while away you should get in some night classess as well in economics but not in Georgia where all they raise as a commodity there is ignorence!!

        May 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
      • T.

        Pete, THANK YOU.

        May 21, 2013 at 5:15 am |

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