From deep inside the foundations of our Republic's capital city
Looks like sacrificial victims are getting a little more tougher these days.
James,Cutting a ram's throat should be at least a two-man job. Maybe they should use flex cuffs next time. GWB,I accidentally deleted your comment (I still make mistakes using this iPad screen). Please post it again, if you like.You quoted POTUS's promise to find out what happened in this Benghazi business. My response: Obama ought to ask whoever is in charge of the U.S. government if he wants to find out what happened.
Thanks TSB! Glad you are back. All we need is a statement from Carter Ham..who I notice has been totally absent from the msm. He is lending tacit approval to POTUS and driving us conspiracy buffs crazy!gwb
GWB: Ham is keeping a low profile, but the AFRICOM website still shows him as the Commander. His successor has been nominated but not yet confirmed by the Senate, so Ham is still in change, not relieved of command, much less under arrest. Not that that will keep people from looking for the second gunman on the grassy knoll, but FWIW.
Thanks TSB for keeping us straight on the latest. Hillary was in Morocco Monday getting the boots organized for some kinetic action in Mali so I'm sure Carter has his Hams full. Here is the scoop from WH situation room! gwbhttp://cdn.pjmedia.com/instapundit/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/There-Is-A-Sandy-Clause.jpg
TSB,Just not like the Old Testament days. Safety meetings, critical path scheduling, MSDS requirements, OSHA "Competent Sacraficer Certification and meetings.
James: Absolutely. Eid needs a whopping does of red tape and industrial standards if the Middle East is ever to catch up with the West.GWB: Her "Hams full"? Ha, ha!
"Eid needs a whopping does of red tape and industrial standards if the Middle East is ever to catch up with the West". The floors of meetings are littered with the debris of failed solutions and earnest ideas.
TSB: It's on to Algeria for a little more "quiet diplomacy"! I wonder if she mentioned to PM Medelci that the French are involved? gwbhttp://wemeantwell.com/blog/
I just hope it stays quiet. Mali looks like a fine place to stay out of.
I'm thinking about your assessment of security requirements in Timbuktu!Mali is almost twice the size of Texas ... imagine the convoys! gwb
TSB: With today's Wapo stories we finally have CIA, State, DOD, and WH on the record. Everyone now agrees it was the fault of the Libyan government (which is infested with infested with Al Quaeda guys from everywhere.) Did I miss anything? gwb
Today the news stories started pouring out like a dam had broken. Especially the CIA's timeline and the quotes from unidentified "high-ranking government officials" about the non-action by the Counterterrism Security Group. The mainstream media might be forced to report this story after all.
TSB,"The mainstream media might be forced to report this story after all. ", Tuesday six o clock news all networks bet on it.
TSB: I think you were right the first time.... They will be forced to not report it. (by whoever is running things) Even Mittens sees no value in touching this one. Of course I think Hillary is the culprit because she is currently the farthest from the scene of the crime. gwb
Diplopundit explains a lot of the confusion today and brings up sightings of martian landings in Ohio. On October 26 the mother ship was caught entering El Popo volcano with a number of smaller ships circling around. SPOOKY! gwbhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnpP_mGYeWc
TSB: It's going to be exciting to watch NY-NJ divvy up a $6 or $10 billion chunk of federal tsunami relief. Can Obama deliver that by Monday or does it have to be in cash? gwb
http://www.islamicdawaparty.com/TSB: PM Maliki, evidently taking the lead from STATE, is now on twitter...AND on his new website you can send him an email! So I did, telling him to accept a free copy of "We Mean't Well". Talk about "DIRECT DIPLOMACY!" gwb
GWB: That is a whole lot of free government cheese to deliver, and Obama is just one man. He might not get it all done by COB Monday.Great work with Maliki! He is known to enjoy freebies from Americans, so that offer will be most appreciated.
TSB: The Swedes are crying for more power producing garbage!http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/recycling/blogs/sweden-runs-out-of-garbage-forced-to-import-from-norway?hpt=hp_bn16My wife suggests American politicians but wouldn't tsunami debris be a great export/job producer? gwb
Power-producing garbage! The Swedes are so cutting edge. Between that and the blonde girl from ABBA, I might move there when I retire.
TSB:LOL! They might charge you as a war criminal... and who knows what that ABBA girl and her friends could charge you with! Get dual citizenship with Ecuador before you go? (My daughter has relatives there with a cabin in the woods.)gwb
TSB: 'America's Mayor' is going to Athens this month to advise the Greeks on ??.. maybe how to harness the power of their neo-nazi movement. Why not see if the Dutch would take back NYC for $10 billion? They would know how to start marketing all that US landfill fuel and send us back the dioxin which we could store in that unused nuclear waste place in Nevada! (Give Harry Reid a chance to get invested and he'll be onboard!) It's a winwinwinwinwin! gwb
Well TSB, The morrow beckons as Grant said to Sherman on the 1st night of Shiloh "Tommorrow we whup em". Let's go get em!
I don't know who'll win, but either way, it will be a very long night tomorrow.
You guys are so optimistic! Do you really think either side is going to accept the results without spending a few hundred million on lawyers? gwb
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/05/us-usa-crime-forthood-idUSBRE8A41KH20121105TSB: When we screw up it's called a "bad apple". Too bad Hasan didn't call the FBI for help. (or buy his gun from the ATF) gwb
TSB: In Washington state the big vote is on "gay marijuana marriage". (actual quote from TV!)gwb
Well TSB, so much for my powers of prophecy. Just going to have to work harder and take it back inch by conservative inch.
TSB: Hey, it was an early night! Thanks to my mastery of Seinfeld re-runs I understood this election from the git-go: A show about nothing! Keep up the great reporting. gwb
TSB: Did you tell me the CIA announced in 1997 that all records of the Mossedeq overthrow in 1953 (Ajax) were destroyed in the early 60's? I'm reading Fisk's account of interviewing C M Woodhouse in 1997 about his end of the operation(Boot). Tnx! gwb
TSB: Reading further.. the Iranians pasted back together all the shredded US diplomatic documents from the embassy. They sold these for 15 Rials to anyone who wanted them. When reporters returned to the US with this "big book" it was seized as "classified" so the American people were the only ones to never see it. My question: Were the documents destroyed twice? Fisk studied them thoroughly and reported on them. gwb
Memo to Congress: We won! We will be glad to not answer your questions behind closed doors and feel free to discuss publically anything you read in Wapo or Nyt. Meanwhile, let's all pretend to have the greatest respect for one another and the American people as we move Forward!gwb
TSB: Thanks to Obama (finally mentioning it) wikipedia has been completely updated re: the Iranian hostage crisis and the 1953 coup. Now Norman Schwartzkof's role is outlined and all the others. I'm still suspicious that the Iranian publishing of all the embassy documents was the original wikileaks? gwb
TSB: My bipartisan vote for Sec-State: Jon Huntsman Jr. If you remove all the Repubs who don't believe in evolution and then throw out a couple ego maniacal coal burning war mongers you are left with a Bush a Clinton and a Rubio in 2016. And if you were a FSO who would be your favorite ambassador to work for? Huntsman is the guy if you want a coherent US foreign policy? (added plus, Hillary would have a fit!) gwb
GWB: I think Huntsman is out - too Mormon for the post-Romney era. A coherent foreign policy sounds good, though.I'll have to check Wiki and the hostage crisis. The reconstructed documents were on-line once, so I assume they still are, somewhere. Kermit Roosevelt, the CIA's guy in charge of Operation Ajax, wrote a book about it ("Countercoup"). It was withdrawn by the publisher after lawsuits in Great Britain, but is still in libraies. The CIA also declassified its official history. I hope everyone who sees "Argo" will be interested enough to read into the subject.
Thanks TSB! "Di Fi" sees no problem with Petreaus at CIA! Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) of California, the Intelligence Committee chair, told NBC News that Petraeus’s personal mistake should not have led to his resignation.“I would have stood up for him,” she said. “I wanted him to continue. He was good, he loved the work, and he had a command of intelligence issues second to none.”I think Obama knew about this all along and decided to keep him from testifying. gwb
TSB: If Huntsman turned out to be a great Secy of State why not run as a Democrat who denounces billionaires trying to buy elections? (People are getting a little sick Obama's powerful female foreign policy team and another Janet Reno isn't going to go down well.) It's time to melt down these old dynasties! gwb
TSB:Wasn't that great reporting on Petreaus? I guess he was about to jump off some sort of fiscal cliff to save the nation when Hillary and POTUS grabbed him just in time.(tragedy averted!) gwb
Tweet this TSB! (Drudge has fog lights!) gwbhttp://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/husband-wrote-letter-nytimes-about-wife-having-affair-government-executive_662256.html
TSB: Instapundit strikes again! The Afghan army is switching from choppers to donkeys and the donkey contractors haven't been paid in more than a year! It looks like we not only won't patrol with them, we won't even buy them a ride! gwbhttp://www.newser.com/story/157283/afghan-troops-switch-from-us-copters-to-donkeys.html?utm_source=part&utm_medium=slate&utm_campaign=greatfinds_rss
TSB: "Our Man In Iran" (2010) reveals details of the shredded embassy documents. The CIA had 6000Iranian agents but the Mossad had much better intelligence than we did.It revealed our role in training SAVAK. Carter said "no real damage".It's great to see this whole thing from a Canadian point of view. Brezinski gave Carter a bunch of really bad advice... and he kept taking it! I see why they don't want anyone here to read it. gwb
GWB: It was a funny exception to Carter's usual big concern about human rights, etc. He must have had a blind spot when it came to the Shah; he even toasted the Shah at a huge royal ceremony (thousand-year observance of the Persian Empire, or something like that) and said all sorts of complimentary things. Maybe that was part of Brezinski's genius advice?
We will investigate why the committee didn’t know,” Feinstein said. “We should have been told.”TSB: There is a great scene in "Our Man In Tehran" where CIA Dir. Stansfield Turner discovers accidently that he has been cut out of the planning for the hostage rescue. He confronts Brezinski and is "cut in" but told to "Hurry Up! Turns out they had a total of one guy in the country to coordinate the whole thing. They were pretty lucky the whole thing crashed and burned in the desert. Step 3 of this plan was going to be taking over the oil fields... but Carter would have cancelled that part and fired Brezinski by then. The generals of that day thought he was nuts to even think about it and probably would have resigned. gwb Memo to Di Fi: If we don't tell you stuff it's because we aren't ready yet, ok? Just give em that "shocked and heartbroken thing."
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