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(The Daily Caller)   Obama and Hillary Clinton take responsibility for Benghazi by not taking responsibility for Benghazi   (dailycaller.com ) divider line 101
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2012-12-19 08:10:44 PM  
Benghazi. 
 
DRINK!!
 
2012-12-19 08:15:04 PM  
Worst. Scandal. EVER.
 
2012-12-19 08:25:26 PM  
imageshack.us
 
2012-12-19 08:52:59 PM  
I seem to recall the President taking responsibility for Benghazi during the debates. Or did that not count?
 
2012-12-19 09:00:28 PM  
Okay. You got your four dead to politicize.

It's easier than the dropped ball for 9/11. When you get to that kind of death count, it's just statistics. Doesn't even seem personal anymore.
 
2012-12-19 09:04:54 PM  
9/11/2001: 3,000 dead on US soil, President has 90% approval rating 
 
9/11/2012: 4 dead somewhere on the other side of the world, impeach that motherfarker!
 
2012-12-19 10:34:28 PM  

Mugato: 9/11/2001: 3,000 dead on US soil, President has 90% approval rating 
 
9/11/2012: 4 dead somewhere on the other side of the world, impeach that motherfarker!


No surprise.  There is a difference between bringing the country together vs. a cover up.  
 
Not sure it matters to you where people get killed. Is our Ambassador less dead because he died on the other side of the world?
 
2012-12-19 10:55:51 PM  

tenpoundsofcheese: Mugato: 9/11/2001: 3,000 dead on US soil, President has 90% approval rating

9/11/2012: 4 dead somewhere on the other side of the world, impeach that motherfarker!

No surprise.  There is a difference between bringing the country together vs. a cover up.

Not sure it matters to you where people get killed. Is our Ambassador less dead because he died on the other side of the world?


Okay, let's invade *shakes magic 8-ball* New Zealand!
 
2012-12-19 11:06:54 PM  
Something something about using a tragedy to advance your political agenda.
 
2012-12-19 11:13:40 PM  

tenpoundsofcheese: No surprise.  There is a difference between bringing the country together vs. a cover up.


What cover up?
 
2012-12-19 11:21:02 PM  
*yawn*
 
Huh?...Benwhatzi?  Really? They're still trying to make that a scandal?  Do they think they'll get a do-over election or something?
 
Whatever...
 
*back to sleep*
 
2012-12-19 11:26:52 PM  
Obummer and the She-Witch should have just pulled the funding for increased embassy security that the GOP refused to give them out of the magical socialist anti-Jesus box where they were keeping it. Clearly the only reason they didnt was so that they could put an true American Patriot-Hero in jail for being Republican and violating his parole in front of national media. All part of their evil plan.

Right? Right?

/scandal!
 
2012-12-19 11:30:33 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: tenpoundsofcheese: Mugato: 9/11/2001: 3,000 dead on US soil, President has 90% approval rating

9/11/2012: 4 dead somewhere on the other side of the world, impeach that motherfarker!

No surprise.  There is a difference between bringing the country together vs. a cover up.

Not sure it matters to you where people get killed. Is our Ambassador less dead because he died on the other side of the world?

Okay, let's invade *shakes magic 8-ball* New Zealand!


Rush Limbaugh said he is moving there....
 
2012-12-19 11:32:13 PM  
Isn't Benghazi that elementary school where Obama shot 20 kids and then executed 6 million Jews?
 
2012-12-19 11:33:35 PM  
Here's my issue on this, the republicans try to view Government like it's a business. Receipts in, expenses out, balance sheet style. They treat actions by the government like business decisions (probably because congress is primarily business executives and lawyers). But yet when something goes to pot, they immediately have the CEO as their fall guy. That failures by his employees are his direct, personal failures.

So the kids working drive-thru make a video of themselves hocking loogies in to whoppers and it goes viral? So the board of directors tries to fires the CEO and starts charging more for loogie-free whoppers to make up revenues for the lost customers.

/tl:dr Republicans have mostly dumb ideas that don't work.
 
2012-12-19 11:34:29 PM  
Stop trying to make Benghazi happen!
 
2012-12-19 11:37:09 PM  
danmillerinpanama.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-12-19 11:38:59 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-19 11:40:07 PM  
Remember when the other dozen embassy attacks were horrible scandals causing leadership questions and calls for impeachment?
 
2012-12-19 11:41:08 PM  
Hey, look, the image macro trolls are back.

I thought they got banned a while back
 
2012-12-19 11:44:18 PM  

bulldg4life: Hey, look, the image macro trolls are back.


As lame as ever.
 
2012-12-19 11:46:06 PM  
 
2012-12-19 11:49:21 PM  

Brick-House: [danmillerinpanama.files.wordpress.com image 504x346]


Yeah, that Lamestream MSM Media Leftist Libby Lib media sure has gone easy on President Obama by dogging his every step.
 
2012-12-19 11:57:29 PM  

Brick-House: In other news...

Clinton accused of faking illness to avoid Benghazi testimony


In other news, John Bolton is an asshole.

//aren't you supposed to be cowardly hiding in the Entertainment tab for the next 4 years?
 
2012-12-20 12:01:59 AM  
Its amazing what democrats can get away with...

Under Clinton we had the Waco massacre where seventy-six men, women and children died. No one ever held accountable.

Now under Obama with a Clinton at his side we have the Benghazi massacre and again, mistakes were made but no one will be held accountable.

and you Obama dick suckers are OK with this...
 
2012-12-20 12:03:41 AM  

Brick-House: Its amazing what democrats can get away with...

Under Clinton we had the Waco massacre where seventy-six men, women and children died. No one ever held accountable.

Now under Obama with a Clinton at his side we have the Benghazi massacre and again, mistakes were made but no one will be held accountable.

and you Obama dick suckers are OK with this...


You forgot the guy in the middle, responsible for magnitudes more deaths. And how is Obama responsible for Benghazi? Use facts. How did he personally fail to prevent it from happening? Use facts, ace. Or derp, whatever's easier for you to find.
 
2012-12-20 12:03:57 AM  
Brick House is really trying here, but this topic started out so farking stupid that not even his usual idiocy can make it much worse.
 
2012-12-20 12:04:04 AM  

coeyagi: Brick-House: In other news...

Clinton accused of faking illness to avoid Benghazi testimony

In other news, John Bolton is an asshole.

//aren't you supposed to be cowardly hiding in the Entertainment tab for the next 4 years?


I'll have you know that I am interrupting watching Kick Ass to try to school you people. But I forget, ignorance can be fixed, but stupid is forever.
 
2012-12-20 12:04:46 AM  

Emposter: Brick House is really trying here, but this topic started out so farking stupid that not even his usual idiocy can make it much worse.


He certainly is trying. I've never seen him post anything that wasn't some derpified "infographic" from Stormfront.
 
2012-12-20 12:05:24 AM  

Brick-House: coeyagi: Brick-House: In other news...

Clinton accused of faking illness to avoid Benghazi testimony

In other news, John Bolton is an asshole.

//aren't you supposed to be cowardly hiding in the Entertainment tab for the next 4 years?

I'll have you know that I am interrupting watching Kick Ass to try to school you people. But I forget, ignorance can be fixed, but stupid is forever.


School away, shill, school away. Must be what keeps your hair up.
 
2012-12-20 12:07:37 AM  
Here, BrickHouse, chew on this, these are scandals from W's first four years.

1. Memogate: The Senate Computer Theft

The scandal: From 2001 to 2003, Republican staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee illicitly accessed nearly 5,000 computer files containing confidential Democratic strategy memos about President Bush's judicial nominees. The GOP used the memos to shape their own plans and leaked some to the media.

The problem: The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act states it is illegal to obtain confidential information from a government computer.

The outcome: Unresolved. The Justice Department has assigned a prosecutor to the case. The staff member at the heart of the matter, Manuel Miranda, has attempted to brazen it out, filing suit in September 2004 against the DOJ to end the investigation. "A grand jury will indict a ham sandwich," Miranda complained. Some jokes just write themselves.

2. Doctor Detroit: The DOJ's Bungled Terrorism Case

The scandal: The Department of Justice completely botched the nation's Boobies-9/11 terrorism trial, as seen when the convictions of three Detroit men allegedly linked to al-Qaida were overturned in September 2004. Former Attorney General John Ashcroft had claimed their June 2003 sentencing sent "a clear message" that the government would "detect, disrupt and dismantle the activities of terrorist cells."

The problem: The DOJ's lead prosecutor in the case, Richard Convertino, withheld key information from the defense and distorted supposed pieces of evidence - like a Las Vegas vacation video purported to be a surveillance tape. But that's not the half of it. Convertino says he was unfairly scapegoated because he testified before the Senate, against DOJ wishes, about terrorist financing. Justice's reconsideration of the case began soon thereafter. Convertino has since sued the DOJ, which has also placed him under investigation.

The outcome: Let's see: Overturned convictions, lawsuits and feuding about a Kafkaesque case. Nobody looks good here.

3. Dark Matter: The Energy Task Force

The scandal: A lawsuit has claimed it is illegal for Dick Cheney to keep the composition of his 2001 energy-policy task force secret. What's the big deal? The New Yorker's Jane Mayer has suggested an explosive aspect of the story, citing a National Security Council memo from February 2001, which "directed the N.S.C. staff to cooperate fully with the Energy Task Force as it considered the 'melding' of ... 'operational policies towards rogue states,' such as Iraq, and 'actions regarding the capture of new and existing oil and gas fields.'" In short, the task force's activities could shed light on the administration's pre-9/11 Iraq aims.

The problem: The Federal Advisory Committee Act says the government must disclose the work of groups that include non-federal employees; the suit claims energy industry executives were effectively task force members. Oh, and the Bush administration has portrayed the Iraq war as a response to 9/11, not something it was already considering.

The outcome: Unresolved. In June 2004, the U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back to an appellate court.

4. The Indian Gaming Scandal

The scandal: Potential influence peddling to the tune of $82 million, for starters. Jack Abramoff, a GOP lobbyist and major Bush fundraiser, and Michael Scanlon, a former aide to Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas), received that amount from several Indian tribes, while offering access to lawmakers. For instance, Texas' Tigua tribe, which wanted its closed El Paso casino reopened, gave millions to the pair and $33,000 to Rep. Robert Ney (R-Ohio) in hopes of favorable legislation (Ney came up empty). And get this: The Tiguas were unaware that Abramoff, Scanlon and conservative activist Ralph Reed had earned millions lobbying to have the same casino shut in 2002.

The problem: Federal officials want to know if Abramoff and Scanlon provided real services for the $82 million, and if they broke laws while backing candidates in numerous Indian tribe elections.

The outcome: Everybody into the cesspool! The Senate Indian Affairs Committee and five federal agencies, including the FBI, IRS, and Justice Department, are investigating.

5. Halliburton's No-Bid Bonanza

The scandal: In February 2003, Halliburton received a five-year, $7 billion no-bid contract for services in Iraq.

The problem: The Army Corps of Engineers' top contracting officer, Bunnatine Greenhouse, objected to the deal, saying the contract should be the standard one-year length, and that a Halliburton official should not have been present during the discussions.

The outcome: The FBI is investigating. The $7 billion contract was halved and Halliburton won one of the parts in a public bid. For her troubles, Greenhouse has been forced into whistle-blower protection.

6. Halliburton: Pumping Up Prices

The scandal: In 2003, Halliburton overcharged the army for fuel in Iraq. Specifically, Halliburton's subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root hired a Kuwaiti company, Altanmia, to supply fuel at about twice the going rate, then added a markup, for an overcharge of at least $61 million, according to a December 2003 Pentagon audit.

The problem: That's not the government's $61 million, it's our $61 million.

The outcome: The FBI is investigating.

7. Halliburton's Vanishing Iraq Money

The scandal: In mid-2004, Pentagon auditors determined that $1.8 billion of Halliburton's charges to the government, about 40 percent of the total, had not been adequately documented.

The problem: That's not the government's $1.8 billion, it's our $1.8 billion.

The outcome: The Defense Contract Audit Agency has "strongly" asked the Army to withhold about $60 million a month from its Halliburton payments until the documentation is provided.

8. The Halliburton Bribe-apalooza

The scandal: This may not surprise you, but an international consortium of companies, including Halliburton, is alleged to have paid more than $100 million in bribes to Nigerian officials, from 1995 to 2002, to facilitate a natural-gas-plant deal. (Cheney was Halliburton's CEO from 1995 to 2000.)

The problem: The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act prohibits U.S. companies from bribing foreign officials.

The outcome: A veritable coalition of the willing is investigating the deal, including the Justice Department, the SEC, the Nigerian government and a French magistrate. In June, Halliburton fired two implicated executives.

9. Halliburton: One Fine Company

The scandal: In 1998 and 1999, Halliburton counted money recovered from project overruns as revenue, before settling the charges with clients.

The problem: Doing so made the company's income appear larger, but Halliburton did not explain this to investors. The SEC ruled this accounting practice was "materially misleading."

The outcome: In August 2004, Halliburton agreed to pay a $7.5 million fine to settle SEC charges. One Halliburton executive has paid a fine and another is settling civil charges. Now imagine the right-wing rhetoric if, say, Al Gore had once headed a firm fined for fudging income statements.

10. Halliburton's Iran End Run

The scandal: Halliburton may have been doing business with Iran while Cheney was CEO.

The problem: Federal sanctions have banned U.S. companies from dealing directly with Iran. To operate in Iran legally, U.S. companies have been required to set up independent subsidiaries registered abroad. Halliburton thus set up a new entity, Halliburton Products and Services Ltd., to do business in Iran, but while the subsidiary was registered in the Cayman Islands, it may not have had operations totally independent of the parent company.

The outcome: Unresolved. The Treasury Department has referred the case to the U.S. attorney in Houston, who convened a grand jury in July 2004.

11. Money Order: Afghanistan's Missing $700 Million Turns Up in Iraq

The scandal: According to Bob Woodward's "Plan of Attack," the Bush administration diverted $700 million in funds from the war in Afghanistan, among other places, to prepare for the Iraq invasion.

The problem: Article I, Section 8, Clause 12 of the U.S. Constitution specifically gives Congress the power "to raise and support armies." And the emergency spending bill passed after Sept. 11, 2001, requires the administration to notify Congress before changing war spending plans. That did not happen.

The outcome: Congress declined to investigate. The administration's main justification for its decision has been to claim the funds were still used for, one might say, Middle East anti-tyrant-related program activities.

12. Iraq: More Loose Change

The scandal: The inspector general of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq released a series of reports in July 2004 finding that a significant portion of CPA assets had gone missing - 34 percent of the materiel controlled by Kellogg, Brown & Root - and that the CPA's method of disbursing $600 million in Iraq reconstruction funds "did not establish effective controls and left accountability open to fraud, waste and abuse."

The problem: As much as $50 million of that money was disbursed without proper receipts.

The outcome: The CPA has disbanded, but individual government investigations into the handling of Iraq's reconstruction continue.

13. The Pentagon-Israel Spy Case

The scandal: A Pentagon official, Larry Franklin, may have passed classified United States documents about Iran to Israel, possibly via the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a Washington lobbying group.

The problem: To do so could be espionage or could constitute the mishandling of classified documents.

The outcome: A grand jury is investigating. In December 2004, the FBI searched AIPAC's offices. A Senate committee has also been investigating the apparently unauthorized activities of the Near East and South Asia Affairs group in the Pentagon, where Franklin works.

14. Gone to Taiwan

The scandal: Missed this one? A high-ranking State Department official, Donald Keyser, was arrested and charged in September with making a secret trip to Taiwan and was observed by the FBI passing documents to Taiwanese intelligence agents in Washington-area meetings.

The problem: Such unauthorized trips are illegal. And we don't have diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

The outcome: The case is in the courts.

15. Wiretapping the United Nations

The scandal: Before the United Nations' vote on the Iraq war, the United States and Great Britain developed an eavesdropping operation targeting diplomats from several countries.

The problem: U.N. officials say the practice is illegal and undermines honest diplomacy, although some observers claim it is business as usual on East 42nd Street.

The outcome: Little fuss here, but a major British scandal erupted after U.K. intelligence translator Katherine Gun leaked a U.S. National Security Agency memo requesting British help in the spying scheme, in early 2003. Initially charged under Britain's Official Secrets Act for leaking classified information, Gun was cleared in 2004 - seemingly to avoid hearings questioning the legality of Britain's war participation.

16. The Boeing Boondoggle

The scandal: In 2003, the Air Force contracted with Boeing to lease a fleet of refueling tanker planes at an inflated price: $23 billion.

The problem: The deal was put together by a government procurement official, Darleen Druyun, who promptly joined Boeing. Beats using a headhunter.

The outcome: In November 2003, Boeing fired both Druyun and CFO Michael Sears. In April 2004, Druyun pled guilty to a conspiracy charge in the case. In November 2004, Sears copped to a conflict-of-interest charge, and company CEO Phil Condit resigned. The government is reviewing its need for the tankers.

17. The Medicare Bribe Scandal

The scandal: According to former Rep. Nick Smith (R-Mich.), on Nov. 21, 2003, with the vote on the administration's Medicare bill hanging in the balance, someone offered to contribute $100,000 to his son's forthcoming congressional campaign, if Smith would support the bill.

The problem: Federal law prohibits the bribery of elected officials.

The outcome: In September 2004, the House Ethics Committee concluded an inquiry by fingering House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), saying he deserved "public admonishment" for offering to endorse Smith's son in return for Smith's vote. DeLay has claimed Smith initiated talks about a quid pro quo. The matter of the $100,000 is unresolved; soon after his original allegations, Smith suddenly claimed he had not been offered any money. Smith's son Brad lost his GOP primary in August 2004.

18. Tom DeLay's PAC Problems

The scandal: One of DeLay's political action committees, Texans for a Republican Majority, apparently reaped illegal corporate contributions for the campaigns of Republicans running for the Texas Legislature in 2002. Given a Republican majority, the Legislature then re-drew Texas' U.S. congressional districts to help the GOP.

The problem: Texas law bans the use of corporate money for political purposes.

The outcome: Unresolved. Three DeLay aides and associates - Jim Ellis, John Colyandro and Warren RoBold - were charged in September 2004 with crimes including money laundering and unlawful acceptance of corporate contributions.

19. Tom DeLay's FAA: Following Americans Anywhere

The scandal: In May 2003, DeLay's office persuaded the Federal Aviation Administration to find the plane carrying a Texas Democratic legislator, who was leaving the state in an attempt to thwart the GOP's nearly unprecedented congressional redistricting plan.

The problem: According to the House Ethics Committee, the "invocation of federal executive branch resources in a partisan dispute before a state legislative body" is wrong.

The outcome: In October 2004, the committee rebuked DeLay for his actions.

20. In the Rough: Tom DeLay's Golf Fundraiser

The scandal: DeLay appeared at a golf fundraiser that Westar Energy held for one of his political action committees, Americans for a Republican Majority, while energy legislation was pending in the House.

The problem: It's one of these "appearance of impropriety" situations.

The outcome: The House Ethics Committee tossed the matter into its Oct. 6 rebuke. "Take a lap, Tom."

21. Busy, Busy, Busy in New Hampshire

The scandal: In 2002, with a tight Senate race in New Hampshire, Republican Party officials paid a Virginia-based firm, GOP Marketplace, to enact an Election Day scheme meant to depress Democratic turnout by "jamming" the Democratic Party phone bank with continuous calls for 90 minutes.

The problem: Federal law prohibits the use of telephones to "annoy or harass" anyone.

The outcome: Chuck McGee, the former executive director of the New Hampshire GOP, pleaded guilty in July 2004 to a felony charge, while Allen Raymond, former head of GOP Marketplace, pleaded guilty to a similar charge in June. In December, James Tobin, former New England campaign chairman of Bush-Cheney '04, was indicted for conspiracy in the case.

22. The Medicare Money Scandal

The scandal: Thomas Scully, Medicare's former administrator, supposedly threatened to fire chief Medicare actuary Richard Foster to prevent him from disclosing the true cost of the 2003 Medicare bill.

The problem: Congress voted on the bill believing it would cost $400 billion over 10 years. The program is more likely to cost $550 billion.

The outcome: Scully denies threatening to fire Foster, as Foster has charged, but admits telling Foster to withhold the higher estimate from Congress. In September 2004, the Government Accountability Office recommended Scully return half his salary from 2003. Inevitably, Scully is now a lobbyist for drug companies helped by the bill.

23. The Bogus Medicare "Video News Release"

The scandal: To promote its Medicare bill, the Bush administration produced imitation news-report videos touting the legislation. About 40 television stations aired the videos. More recently, similar videos promoting the administration's education policy have come to light.

The problem: The administration broke two laws: One forbidding the use of federal money for propaganda, and another forbidding the unauthorized use of federal funds.

The outcome: In May 2004, the GAO concluded the administration acted illegally, but the agency lacks enforcement power.

24. Pundits on the Payroll: The Armstrong Williams Case

The scandal: The Department of Education paid conservative commentator Armstrong Williams $240,000 to promote its educational law, No Child Left Behind.

The problem: Williams did not disclose that his support was government funded until the deal was exposed in January 2005.

The outcome: The House and FCC are considering inquiries, while Williams' syndicated newspaper column has been terminated.

25. Ground Zero's Unsafe Air

The scandal: Government officials publicly minimized the health risks stemming from the World Trade Center attack. In September 2001, for example, Environmental Protection Agency head Christine Todd Whitman said New York's "air is safe to breathe and [the] water is safe to drink."

The problem: Research showed serious dangers or was incomplete. The EPA used outdated techniques that failed to detect tiny asbestos particles. EPA data also showed high levels of lead and benzene, which causes cancer. A Sierra Club report claims the government ignored alarming data. A GAO report says no adequate study of 9/11′s health effects has been organized.

The outcome: The long-term health effects of the disaster will likely not be apparent for years or decades and may never be definitively known. Already, hundreds of 9/11 rescue workers have quit their jobs because of acute illnesses.

26. John Ashcroft's Illegal Campaign Contributions

The scandal: Ashcroft's exploratory committee for his short-lived 2000 presidential bid transferred $110,000 to his unsuccessful 2000 reelection campaign for the Senate.

The problem: The maximum for such a transfer is $10,000.

The outcome: The Federal Election Commission fined Ashcroft's campaign treasurer, Garrett Lott, $37,000 for the transgression.

27. Intel Inside ... The White House

The scandal: In early 2001, chief White House political strategist Karl Rove held meetings with numerous companies while maintaining six-figure holdings of their stock - including Intel, whose executives were seeking government approval of a merger. "Washington hadn't seen a clearer example of a conflict of interest in years," wrote Paul Glastris in the Washington Monthly.

The problem: The Code of Federal Regulations says government employees should not participate in matters in which they have a personal financial interest.

The outcome: Then White House counsel Alberto Gonzales, spurning precedent, did not refer the case to the Justice Department.

28. Duck! Antonin Scalia's Legal Conflicts

The scandal: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia refused to recuse himself from the Cheney energy task force case, despite taking a duck-hunting trip with the vice president after the court agreed to weigh the matter.

The problem: Federal law requires a justice to "disqualify himself from any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned."

The outcome: Scalia stayed on, arguing no conflict existed because Cheney was party to the case in a professional, not personal, capacity. Nothing new for Scalia, who in 2002 was part of a Mississippi redistricting ruling favorable to GOP Rep. Chip Pickering - son of Judge Charles Pickering, a Scalia turkey-hunting pal. In 2001, Scalia went pheasant hunting with Kansas Gov. Bill Graves when that state had cases pending before the Supreme Court.

29. AWOL

The scandal: George W. Bush, self-described "war president," did not fulfill his National Guard duty, and Bush and his aides have made misleading statements about it. Salon's Eric Boehlert wrote the best recent summary of the issue.

The problem: Military absenteeism is a punishable offense, although Bush received an honorable discharge.

The outcome: No longer a campaign issue. But what was Bush doing in 1972?

30. Iraq: The Case for War

The scandal: Bush and many officials in his administration made false statements about Iraq's military capabilities, in the months before the United States' March 2003 invasion of the country.

The problem: For one thing, it is a crime to lie to Congress, although Bush backers claim the president did not knowingly make false assertions.

The outcome: A war spun out of control with unknowable long-term consequences. The Iraq Survey Group has stopped looking for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

31. Niger Forgeries: Whodunit?

The scandal: In his January 2003 State of the Union address, Bush said, "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

The problem: The statement was untrue. By March 2003, the International Atomic Energy Agency showed the claim, that Iraq sought materials from Niger, was based on easily discernible forgeries.

The outcome: The identity of the forger(s) remains under wraps. Journalist Josh Marshall has implied the FBI is oddly uninterested in interviewing Rocco Martino, the former Italian intelligence agent who apparently first shopped the documents in intelligence and journalistic circles and would presumably be able to shed light on their origin.

32. In Plame Sight

The scandal: In July 2003, administration officials disclosed the identity of Valerie Plame, a CIA operative working on counterterrorism efforts, to multiple journalists, and columnist Robert Novak made Plame's identity public. Plame's husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, had just written a New York Times opinion piece stating he had investigated the Niger uranium-production allegations, at the CIA's behest, and reported them to be untrue, before Bush's 2003 State of the Union address.

The problem: Under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act it is illegal to disclose, knowingly, the name of an undercover agent.

The outcome: Unresolved. The Justice Department appointed special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to the case in December 2003. While this might seem a simple matter, Fitzgerald could be unable to prove the leakers knew Plame was a covert agent.

33. Abu Ghraib

The scandal: American soldiers physically tortured prisoners in Iraq and kept undocumented "ghost detainees" in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

The problem: The United States is party to the Geneva Conventions, which state that "No physical or mental torture, nor any other form of coercion, may be inflicted on prisoners of war to secure from them information of any kind whatever."

The outcome: Unresolved. A Pentagon internal inquiry found a lack of oversight at Abu Ghraib, while independent inquiries have linked the events to the administration's desire to use aggressive interrogation methods globally. Notoriously, Gonzales has advocated an approach which "renders obsolete Geneva's strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners and renders quaint some of its provisions." More recently, Gonzales issued qualified support for the Geneva Conventions in January 2005 Senate testimony after being nominated for attorney general. Army reservist Charles Graner was convicted in January 2005 for abusing prisoners, while a few other soldiers await trial.

34. Guantánamo Bay Torture?

The scandal: The U.S. military is also alleged to have abused prisoners at the U.S. Navy's base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. FBI agents witnessing interrogations there have reported use of growling dogs to frighten prisoners and the chaining of prisoners in the fetal position while depriving them of food or water for extended periods.

The problem: More potential violations of the Geneva Conventions.

The outcome: An internal military investigation was launched in January 2005.
 
2012-12-20 12:09:06 AM  
So what exactly is the scandal again? That there wasn't enough protection at the site?
 
2012-12-20 12:10:01 AM  

Mentat: Worst. Scandal. EVER.


Yeah they threw in the towel -- 'systemic failures,' breach of security -- the middle east wanted something for being blamed for 9/11/01 -- they got it on 9/11/11 or 12 or whenever it was

/people are f*cking stupid and nothing is ever obvious -- remember that
 
2012-12-20 12:10:38 AM  
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The Republican Party, circa 2012...
 
2012-12-20 12:14:49 AM  

Mugato: 9/11/2001: 3,000 dead on US soil, President has 90% approval rating

9/11/2012: 4 dead somewhere on the other side of the world, impeach that motherfarker!


"4 dead somewhere on the other side of the world" reminds me...I wish I'd been paying attention to the internet's reaction to the Tarnak Farm incident. I suspect it would have made for an interesting comparison.
 
2012-12-20 12:17:34 AM  
Beeenggghaaaazzziii TROLL BAIT! Who's bitin' tonight?
 
2012-12-20 12:23:36 AM  

Brick-House: Obama dick


Not judging.
 
2012-12-20 12:23:59 AM  
If tomorrow all the scandals were gone,
That I outraged about all my life.
If I had to start again
With just Free Republic as my wife.
I'd thank my lucky tri-corner hat
To be derping here today
Because Benghazi stands for "study it out"
And the libs can't take that away!

Because I'm proud to be a Republican!
Where at least I have an IQ of 3.
I won't forget the men who lied
To give that derp to me.
And I'll proudly drive my Jazzy
Next to you, and defend froth here today
Because there ain't no doubt, I hate that spade,
F*ck Obama in the A!
 
2012-12-20 12:26:24 AM  
Didn't Fox get the memo?
 
McCain got his pound of flesh by knocking Rice out of the nomination, so revenge for 2008 was achieved.
 
The Benghazi "scandal" is done.  MCain has had his fun.
 
Now it's just the sad details of two bureaucracies not able to coordinate their security budgets and operations enough to protect an ambassador and his small staff on a critical day.
 
2012-12-20 12:27:11 AM  

coeyagi: Here, BrickHouse, chew on this, these are scandals from W's first four years.


True for any President and I am really trying to enjoy this extremely violent movie, thank you very much. So let this summarize my response...

www.xerraireart.com

/if I miss the Hit Girl fight scene, I am going to be pissed.
 
2012-12-20 12:27:30 AM  

coeyagi: 2. Doctor Detroit: The DOJ's Bungled Terrorism Case

The scandal: The Department of Justice completely botched the nation's Boobies-9/11 terrorism trial


Thread's over, folks. Moose out front should have told ya.
 
2012-12-20 12:29:22 AM  

Stile4aly: coeyagi: 2. Doctor Detroit: The DOJ's Bungled Terrorism Case

The scandal: The Department of Justice completely botched the nation's Boobies-9/11 terrorism trial

Thread's over, folks. Moose out front should have told ya.


I am amazed anyone but Brick House read that to see the glorious filters at work.
 
2012-12-20 12:32:06 AM  

Brick-House: Its amazing what democrats can get away with...

Under Clinton we had the Waco massacre where seventy-six men, women and children died. No one ever held accountable.

Now under Obama with a Clinton at his side we have the Benghazi massacre and again, mistakes were made but no one will be held accountable.

and you Obama dick suckers are OK with this...


Your poutrage is duly noted.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha..heh...hee hee hee... ah...ha ha ha ha ha.
 
2012-12-20 12:39:25 AM  

eraser8: tenpoundsofcheese: No surprise.  There is a difference between bringing the country together vs. a cover up.

What cover up?


The one that Right Wingers keep trying to conjure up to divide the country.
 
2012-12-20 12:39:49 AM  
I keep hearing that Benghazi is a coverup but what exactly are they covering up?
 
2012-12-20 12:40:31 AM  

tenpoundsofcheese: Mugato: 9/11/2001: 3,000 dead on US soil, President has 90% approval rating

9/11/2012: 4 dead somewhere on the other side of the world, impeach that motherfarker!

No surprise.  There is a difference between bringing the country together vs. a cover up.

Not sure it matters to you where people get killed. Is our Ambassador less dead because he died on the other side of the world?


Exactly. I blame Obama. He didn't do nearly enough to stop Republicans from defunding embassy security.
 
2012-12-20 12:54:41 AM  
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2012-12-20 12:56:18 AM  

Mrtraveler01: I keep hearing that Benghazi is a coverup but what exactly are they covering up?

 
Well, you see, they're covering up the shortcomings in the internalSHUT UP!!!!! OBAMA BAD!!! W U NO CAN SEE?!!
 
2012-12-20 12:59:29 AM  

stoli n coke: Mrtraveler01: I keep hearing that Benghazi is a coverup but what exactly are they covering up?
 
Well, you see, they're covering up the shortcomings in the internalSHUT UP!!!!! OBAMA BAD!!! W U NO CAN SEE?!!

 
The sad thing is that there are legitimate concerns about this. Such as why did the consulate have such inadequate security and such.
 
But the GOP and the right in general decided to play some stupid BS game over semantics.
 
Leave it to the GOP to fark something like that up.
 
2012-12-20 01:05:30 AM  

images.ridemonkey.com

fark THAT! I DON'T LIKE PEOPLE PLAYIN' WITH MY STATE DEPARTMENT!

 
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