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Benghazi in “perspective: Perhaps, just perhaps, Ambassador Christopher Stevens in his mind envisioned a “Utopian World.”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2013 by sheriffali

After 42 years of being a menace to his people and society as a whole, Mammary Gadhafi met his brutal end. There were a multitude of different factions who fought against the Gadhafi regime inside of Libya. When Gadhafi died and there wasn’t any ruling Government, the mass stock pile of weapons were being burglarized by the different factions.

 

We had maintained a small Consulate Office in Benghazi before Gadhafi fell and the person in charge was Christopher Stevens. He was in the Peace Corp for many years and was fluent in Arabic and had a working relationship with them. At the start of the new government we had a fortified Embassy in Tripoli in addition to the Consulate Office in Benghazi and an Annex with CIA Officers. [This was confidential until Congressman Darrell Issac open-door hearing that blew their cover] Their purpose was to try and control the weapons from going into the wrong hands.  

 

Christopher Stevens who became Ambassador to Libya made a decision to leave the fortified Compound in Tripoli and go to Benghazi for a “ribbon-cutting” ceremony. When people are trying to find fault they can’t see the truth and the truth is; Ambassador Steven didn’t like security to be with him at various times because he was in life and in death, quite respected not only by the Libyans but the Arab world as a whole and he felt secured with them. [Perhaps in Ambassador Stevens mind he had a Utopian World] The people who attacked the Consulate Office and killed Ambassador Stevens and the three other Americans are despicable fanatics, to their own people and everyone else.

 

It seems apparent that dealing with the different groups and different people there may have been a “selling out” by one or more of the Libyans associated with our people. That is how I believe the Benghazi Office got the surprised attack and we lost our people. It was and is a sad situation; a tragedy; but nothing in the [Report] disseminated information released by the  Investigating Board , suggests that there was some type of cover up.

 

[Ambassador Thomas Pickering headed the five member board that investigated the Benghazi tragedy. Just so the uninformed don’t suppose he is a friend of Obama, here is his record;]

 

His four-decade-long career in Foreign Service included ambassadorships in Russia (1993–1996); India (1992–1993); United Nations (1989–1992); Israel (1985–1988); El Salvador(1983–1985); Nigeria (1981–1983); and Jordan (1974–1978). Additionally, he served asUnder Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 1997 to 2000. He holds the rank ofCareer Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service.[6]

 

The News doesn’t highlight the good; just the bad and the ugly, but here is some good;

 

On September 21, about 30,000 Libyans marched through Benghazi calling for support of the rule of law and for an end to armed militias.[6][113] Carrying signs with slogans such as “We Want Justice For Chris” and “Libya Lost a Friend,” the protestors stormed several militia headquarters, including that of Ansar al-Sharia, an Islamist militia who some allege played a role in the attack on U.S. diplomatic personnel on September 11.[114][115] At least 10 people were killed and dozens more wounded as militiamen fired on demonstrators at the headquarters of Sahaty Brigade, a pro-government militia “operating under the authority of the ministry of defence.”[6][115][116]

 

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 CHRISTOPHER STEVENS

 

Chuck Hagel – Senate confirmation Hearing for Secretary of Defense, and John McCain!

Posted in Angry McCain, Chuck Hagel, Defense Secretary, Insane McCain, John McCain, Politics, President Obama, Senate Confirmation, Vengeful McCain on January 31, 2013 by sheriffali

Prior to Senator Chuck Hagel’s unofficial endorsement of Obama in 2007/2008, John McCain and Chuck Hagel were best of friends. Senator John McCain – “The War Hero” that became insane and vengeful after losing the election to Obama in 2008.

 

 

With each passing day, Senators John McCain is becoming less and less relevant and combined with his self evident vehement hate for President Obama; he is doing much damage to America, his family and his friends.

                  

John McCain and Chuck Hagel are both decorated Vietnam War Veterans and used to be “bosom buddies,” that is, until Chuck Hagel unofficially endorsed Obama in 2007/2008 and Mr. Hagel’s Nomination to be the next Defense Secretary.

 

A close study of Mr. McCain prior to his defeat in the 2008 election represented a man who cared about his country; its people and a person who was able to work with the opposition. However, it is self evident that McCain’s loss has sent him bonkers. In 2007, John McCain, Ted Kennedy and former President, George W. Bush came together with sincerity to resolve America’s Immigration problems through Immigration Reform. Subsequent to Obama becoming President, Mc Cain abandoned his position on the Immigration Reform.

 

John McCain is no longer the man he used to be and his insanity has brought out very obvious and sinister peculiarities about the man, and truly, this is a very sad state of affair. But then again that is what “hate” does to people.

 

As [Boethius] so wisely noted; “There would be no place for hatred among wise men. For who but the foolish would hate good men? Vice is a disease of the mind, just as feebleness shows ill health to the body.”

 

Chuck Hagel is a good and decent man; a man who when called upon served his country and received; Two Purple Hearts; The Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry; Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Mr. Hagel took the patriotic path as opposed to those that willfully dogged the draft; George W. Bush, Bill Clinton; Donald Rumsfeld; John Bolton; Mitt Romney and so many others.

 

After returning to civilian life Mr. Hagel Co-Founded Vanguard Cellular; served as President of the McCarthy Group and served in the United States Senate from 1997 until he retired in 2008. He is currently a professor at the Edmund W. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

 

The haters on the extreme right and few on the extreme left are misrepresenting Mr. Hagel’s statements with an unrelenting affront that is totally dubious. Two of Mr. Hagel’s remarks are;

 

“The Israeli Government essentially continues to play games…Desperate men do desperate things when you take hope away. And that’s where the Palestinians are today.”

 

“I think we should continue to pursue openings with Iran, understanding this is still a nation very hostile to the West.” We need to understand cold, hard realities and be very clear-eyed and clearheaded, but every opening we should take.”

 

After eleven years of war; thousands of our precious men and women in uniform lost their lives; tens of thousands lost their arms or legs or both and in excess of 60,000 in a peculiar mental state of mind, trillions of dollars spent, we need people like Mr. Hagel who ask us to be clear-eyed and clearheaded.

 

It is my distinct opinion that despite all of the “hubris” from McCain and others to deny Mr. Hagel to be the next Defense Secretary, we do have sixty seven sensible Senators that would see the wisdom in President Obama’s Nomination of Mr. Hagel.

 

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CHUCK HAGEL & JOHN MC CAIN 

 

 

Federal Appeals Court Judges for the D.C. Circuit forgot about the 13th Amendment!

Posted in Abraham Lincoln, Better Tomorrows, Blacks, Chuck Hagel, CIRCUMSTANCE, Clint Eastwood, Colin Powell, Contradicting 150 years, Current events, Double-Standard, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Susan Rice, Equal rights for all, Equality, Extreme Views, Federal Courts, Frederick Douglass, John McCain, Limiting the black President, Lindsay Graham, McCain gone bonkers, Politics, Poverty, President Obama, Racism, Republican Legislators, Republicans, Right Wing Extremists, Rush Limbaugh, Women's Rights with tags , , , , , on January 26, 2013 by sheriffali

In ruling against President Obama’s “recess appointments” that contradicts 150 years of practice by Republican and Democratic Administrations; Federal Circuit Court Judges; David B. Sentelle, Karen LeCraft Henderson and Thomas B. Griffith must have missed;

 

Abraham Lincoln’s 13th Amendment to the Constitution!

 

But why should we be surprised?

 

Frederick Douglass gave us the answer on September 25 1883, as to why Republican Legislators would be so unrelenting on President Obama!

    

“Though the colored man is no longer subject to barter and sale, he is surrounded by an adverse settlement which fetters all his movements. In his downward course he meets with no resistance, but his course upward is resented and resisted at every step of his progress.

             

If he comes in ignorance, rags and wretchedness he conforms to the popular belief of his character, and in that character he is welcome; but if he shall come as a gentleman, a scholar and a statesman, he is hailed as a contradiction to the national faith concerning his race, and his coming is resented as impudence.” [Frederick Douglass, September 25 1883]

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 PRESIDENT OBAMA - ABRAHAM LINCOLN                                               

 

 

The Negro, even if he is President and has done what his predecessors have, is still challenged by some whites!

Posted in Blacks, Contradicting 150 years, Federal Courts, It is still about race for some, Limiting the black President, President Obama, Racism, Whites with tags , , , , on January 25, 2013 by sheriffali

Judges of the U.S. Court of appeals for the D.C. Circuit; Thomas B. Griffith, Karen LeCraft Henderson and David B. Sentelle; ruled;

 

That President Obama violated the Constitution when he made three recess appointments to the National Labor Board in January of 2012. The three federal judges who issued the ruling today, January 25, 2013 are all Republican appointees. The decision was written by David B. Sentelle, an appointee of former President Ronald Reagan who is chief judge of the federal appellate court in Washington D.C.

 

This decision is unprecedented and contradicts One Hundred and Fifty [150] years of practice by Republican and Democratic Administrations. The only difference is that Obama’s predecessors were “all” white and he, Obama, is “Half-White.”

 

We have come a long way out of the pit of 2008 that the Bush Administration had tossed us into, however, we still have surmountable problems and a long way to recover from how far we fell. The stock market closed this week at a five year high; manufacturing are progressing and the unemployment is getting better, but overall, we have to continue to work together if we are going to see the “mountain top” again!

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 PRESIDENT OBAMA - WHITES RACISM

Yemen (AP) Al Qaida’s No 2 died of wounds sustained in a US Drone Attack!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2013 by sheriffali

Saeed al-shihri, a Saudi National who fought in Afghanistan and spent six years in the U.S. Military Prison at Guantanamo Bay, succumbed to wounds sustained in a Drone Missile attack in the Southern City of Saada.

 

Al-Shihri’s death is considered a major blow to Al Qaida’s Yemen branch, known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. Washington considers it the most dangerous of the group’s offshoot.

 

Al Qaida in Yemen has been linked to several attempted attacks on U.S. targets, including the foiled Christmas Day 2009 bombing of an airliner over Detroit and explosives-laden parcels intercepted aboard cargo flight last year.

 

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PRESIDENT OBAMA THE DRONE-MAN 

 

 

President Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. watched over Obama’s Inauguration!

Posted in 2013 Inauguration, Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lincoln Luther Obama, President Obama with tags , , on January 22, 2013 by sheriffali

The spirits of two great men, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., stood watch over the West Front of the United States Capitol on Monday as Barack Obama took the oath to serve a second term as president with his left hand placed on two Bibles — one Lincoln’s and one King’s.

The event not only fell on the King holiday and 50 years after King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, but also came within days of the 150thanniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Without the revolutionary changes for which Lincoln and King were martyred, Barack Obama’s presidency would not be possible. This was abundantly apparent four years ago when he became the nation’s first African American chief executive, but it seems no less remarkable and significant the second time around.

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PRESIDENT OBAMA-ABRAHAM LINCOLIN- MARTIN LUTHER

 

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President Obama 2013 Inaugural Address

Posted in HOPE, Inauguration, President Obama 2013 Inaugural Address, USA #1 with tags , , , on January 22, 2013 by sheriffali

Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:

Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution.  We affirm the promise of our democracy.  We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names.  What makes us exceptional – what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Today we continue a never-ending journey, to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time.  For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth.  The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob.  They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.

For more than two hundred years, we have.                

Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free.  We made ourselves anew, and vowed to move forward together.

Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce; schools and colleges to train our workers.

Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play.

Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfortune.

Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone.  Our celebration of initiative and enterprise; our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, are constants in our character.

But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.  For the American people can no more meet the demands of today’s world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias.  No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores.  Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people.

This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience.  A decade of war is now ending.  An economic recovery has begun.  America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands:  youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention.   My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it – so long as we seize it together.

For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it.  We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class.  We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work; when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship.  We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American, she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.

We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time.  We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more, and reach higher.  But while the means will change, our purpose endures:  a nation that rewards the effort and determination of every single American.  That is what this moment requires.  That is what will give real meaning to our creed.

We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity.  We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit.  But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.  For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty, and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn.  We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few.  We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any time, may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each other – through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security – these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us.  They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.

We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity.  We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.  Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.  The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult.  But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it.  We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise.  That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure – our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks.  That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God.  That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.

We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.  Our brave men and women in uniform, tempered by the flames of battle, are unmatched in skill and courage.  Our citizens, seared by the memory of those we have lost, know too well the price that is paid for liberty.  The knowledge of their sacrifice will keep us forever vigilant against those who would do us harm.  But we are also heirs to those who won the peace and not just the war, who turned sworn enemies into the surest of friends, and we must carry those lessons into this time as well.

We will defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and rule of law.  We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully – not because we are naïve about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear.  America will remain the anchor of strong alliances in every corner of the globe; and we will renew those institutions that extend our capacity to manage crisis abroad, for no one has a greater stake in a peaceful world than its most powerful nation.  We will support democracy from Asia to Africa; from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom.  And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice – not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes:  tolerance and opportunity; human dignity and justice.

We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.

It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began.  For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.  Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.  Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote.  Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country.  Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.

That is our generation’s task – to make these words, these rights, these values – of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – real for every American.  Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness.  Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time – but it does require us to act in our time.

For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay.  We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.  We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect.  We must act, knowing that today’s victories will be only partial, and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years, and forty years, and four hundred years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall.

My fellow Americans, the oath I have sworn before you today, like the one recited by others who serve in this Capitol, was an oath to God and country, not party or faction – and we must faithfully execute that pledge during the duration of our service.  But the words I spoke today are not so different from the oath that is taken each time a soldier signs up for duty, or an immigrant realizes her dream.  My oath is not so different from the pledge we all make to the flag that waves above and that fills our hearts with pride.

They are the words of citizens, and they represent our greatest hope. You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course.

You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time – not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals.

Let each of us now embrace, with solemn duty and awesome joy, what is our lasting birthright.  With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history, and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.

Thank you, God Bless you, and may He forever bless these United States of America.

PRESIDENT OBAMA 2013 INAUGUAL ADDRESS