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President Obama on the world – “No Victors No Vanquished”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2014 by sheriffali

 

President Obama’s interview with New York Times Reporter Thomas L. Friedman should be promoted in the field of Political Science. Mr. Obama proved once more that he is an intelligent, prudent and superbly articulate person. From the inception of the interview with President Obama’s remark “No Victor No Vanquished,” speak volumes of the depth of Mr. Obama’s thinking.

 

Irrespective of whether or not you are Republican, Democrat or Independent; whether or not you like or dislike Obama, if you can set aside your differences with the President and be openly objective, much can be learned from this remarkable interview by one of New York Times most amazing writers.

 

President Obama’s thinking about world affairs is self evident that it matters not to him about his critics and perhaps, just how downright mean spirited some are towards him. It is crystal clear to me at least, Mr. Obama doesn’t look at just today or tomorrow, he sees far and wide beyond the great horizons that are yet to come with resplendency, and that if people could learn a simple lesson; “in this life, we must learn to care and help each other; ‘change the unacceptable and accept the unchangeable;’ and that we should see this life that we have been so blessed to part of as an opportunity to do good and not see victors or vanquished, the world can be a better place for all.  

 

 

Quote New York Times:

 

“President Obama’s hair is definitely grayer these days, and no doubt trying to manage foreign policy in a world of increasing disorder accounts for at least half of those gray hairs. (The Tea Party can claim the other half.) But having had a chance to spend an hour touring the horizon with him in the White House Map Room late Friday afternoon, it’s clear that the president has a take on the world, born of many lessons over the last six years, and he has feisty answers for all his foreign policy critics.

 

Obama made clear that he is only going to involve America more deeply in places like the Middle East to the extent that the different communities there agree to an inclusive politics of no victor/no vanquished. The United States is not going to be the air force of Iraqi Shiites or any other faction. Despite Western sanctions, he cautioned, President Vladimir Putin of Russia “could invade” Ukraine at any time, and, if he does, “trying to find our way back to a cooperative functioning relationship with Russia during the remainder of my term will be much more difficult.” Intervening in Libya to prevent a massacre was the right thing to do, Obama argued, but doing it without sufficient follow-up on the ground to manage Libya’s transition to more democratic politics is probably his biggest foreign policy regret.”

 

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New York Times Link – Full Print and Full Video 59 minutes http://nyti.ms/1vnTGVb

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Megyn Kelly and Fox News, Republicans and their Trolls spend their night and day, casting blame on President Obama for the world that was turned upside down by Bush and Cheney.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 29, 2014 by sheriffali

George W Bush and Dick Cheney capsized the stability of the world and it is going to take a decade or two before the world is again, right side up!

 

Megyn Kelly, Fox News and Republicans Preaching Jesus and claiming to be Patriots while being bankrupt of both! Spending their night and day, yes, night and day, blaming President Obama for all that ails America, while claiming that they are not racists, they just seem to have a different standard for a 50% Black President.

 

Obama by no means is a perfect man, but then again, we are all fallible and imperfect, however, as a person who is the CEO of an International Company that operates in over a dozen countries, I can attest to the fact that we in America are a long way from the doom and gloom we were tossed into by the previous Administration.

 

The American people on the other hand are justified in their majority reluctance to be involved with any war, but then at the same time they too blame Obama for the instability of the World. We must not fail to forget that a great majority of the American people are just plain uninformed, brainwashed or are divided by Political Party, Ideology and frankly, just plain ignorant. 83% didn’t have a clue where Ukraine is located, many thought it was within one of the States inside of America, imagine that for a moment.

 

We are the only country in the world where Six [6] major Corporations own the 1,500 News Papers; 1,100 Magazines; 9,000 Radio Stations; 1,500 Television Stations and the 2,400 Publishers.

 

News Anchors and News Hosts no longer have a mind of their own, they bow to their Corporate Masters, some bend all the way and others bend a little less. Nevertheless, the News, be it Television, Print or Radio they are about creating commotion, pitting one against the other to increase viewership that enhances their advertising and their Corporate Bosses laugh all the way to the Bank, while 98% of Americans are killing each other verbally out of just plain stupidity.

 

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Former Guantanamo Bay Detainee Abu Sufian bin Qumu Released in 2007 Implicated In the Benghazi Attack

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2014 by sheriffali

Abu Sufian bin Qumu former Detainee released from Guantanamo Bay by George W Bush in 2007 implicated in the Benghazi attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans.

 

Militiamen under the command of Abu Sufian bin Qumu, the leader of Ansar al-Sharia in the Libyan city of Darnah, participated in the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, U.S. officials said.

 

In 2007, Qumu was released from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and sent to Libya, where he was detained. The Libyan government released him in 2008.

 

The State Department is expected to tie Qumu’s group to the Benghazi attack when it designates three branches of Ansar al-Sharia, in Darnah, Benghazi and Tunisia, as foreign terrorist organizations in the coming days.

 

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A Deadly Mix in Benghazi

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2013 by sheriffali

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

December 28, 2013

Benghazi, Libya

ABOYISH-LOOKING AMERICAN DIPLOMAT was meeting for the first time with the Islamist leaders of eastern Libya’s most formidable militias.

 

It was Sept. 9, 2012. Gathered on folding chairs in a banquet hall by the Mediterranean, the Libyans warned of rising threats against Americans from extremists in Benghazi. One militia leader, with a long beard and mismatched military fatigues, mentioned time in exile in Afghanistan. An American guard discreetly touched his gun.

 

“Since Benghazi isn’t safe, it is better for you to leave now,” Mohamed al-Gharabi, the leader of the Rafallah al-Sehati Brigade, later recalled telling the Americans. “I specifically told the Americans myself that we hoped that they would leave Benghazi as soon as possible.”

 

 

Yet as the militiamen snacked on Twinkie-style cakes with their American guests, they also gushed about their gratitude for President Obama’s support in their uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

 

They emphasized that they wanted to build a partnership with the United States, especially in the form of more investment. They specifically asked for Benghazi outlets of McDonald’s and KFC.

The diplomat, David McFarland, a former congressional aide who had never before met with a Libyan militia leader, left feeling agitated, according to colleagues. But the meeting did not shake his faith in the prospects for deeper involvement in Libya. Two days later, he summarized the meeting in a cable to Washington, describing a mixed message from the militia leaders.

 

Despite “growing problems with security,” he wrote, the fighters wanted the United States to become more engaged “by ‘pressuring’ American businesses to invest in Benghazi.”

 

The cable, dated Sept. 11, 2012, was sent over the name of Mr. McFarland’s boss, Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

Later that day, Mr. Stevens was dead, killed with three other Americans in Benghazi in the most significant attack on United States property in 11 years, since Sept. 11, 2001.

 

 

Open the New York Times link to read the most impartial and detailed account of the

Benghazi tragedy!

 

http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/benghazi/?emc=edit_na_20131228#/?chapt=0

BENGHAZI - NY TIMES - A DEADLY MIX

Benghazi – The Truth: Interviews show Militia and Insults to Islam fueled the assault!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2013 by sheriffali

Open the New York Times Link and read the extensive detailed report and Honor Ambassador Christopher Stephens, because he died for what he believed. Jihadists who are really lunatics, killed Ambassador Stephens over the Video that was published Online!

http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/benghazi/?emc=edit_na_20131228#/?chapt=0

 

AFTER THE ATTACK, Mr. Obama vowed retribution. “We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act,” he said in a televised address from Washington on the morning of Sept. 12. “And make no mistake, justice will be done.”

 

But much of the debate about Benghazi in Washington has revolved around statements made four days later in television interviews by Ms. Rice, who was then ambassador to the United Nations.

 

“What happened in Benghazi was in fact initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in Cairo,” she said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” “almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in Cairo, prompted by the video.”

 

Republicans, pouncing on the misstatement, have argued that the Obama administration was trying to cover up Al Qaeda’s role. “It was very clear to the individuals on the ground that this was an Al Qaeda-led event,” Representative Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican who is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said last month on Fox News.

 

“This was a preplanned, organized terrorist event,” he said, “not a video. That whole part was debunked time and time again.”

 

But the Republican arguments appear to conflate purely local extremist organizations like Ansar al-Shariah with Al Qaeda’s international terrorist network. The only intelligence connecting Al Qaeda to the attack was an intercepted phone call that night from a participant in the first wave of the attack to a friend in another African country who had ties to members of Al Qaeda, according to several officials briefed on the call. But when the friend heard the attacker’s boasts, he sounded astonished, the officials said, suggesting he had no prior knowledge of the assault.

 

Al Qaeda was having its own problems penetrating the Libyan chaos. Three weeks after the attack, on Oct. 3, 2012, leaders of the group’s regional affiliate, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, sent a letter to a lieutenant about efforts to crack the new territory. The leaders said they had sent four teams to try to establish footholds in Libya. But of the four, only two in the southern Sahara “were able to enter Libyan territory and lay the first practical bricks there,” the letter said.

 

The letter, left behind when the group’s leaders fled French troops in Mali, was later obtained and released by The Associated Press. It tallied up the “spectacular” acts of terrorism the group had accomplished around the region, but it made no mention of Benghazi or any other attacks in Libya.

More than a year later, the group appears more successful. People briefed on American intelligence say the regional affiliate has established a presence in Derna.

 

In the days after the Benghazi attack, meanwhile, Mr. Abu Khattala was still at work on construction sites and moving at ease around the city, even mocking the American political debate about the ambassador’s death. “It is always the same two teams, but all that changes is the ball,” he said in an interview. “They are just laughing at their own people.”

 

Sitting for an interview on a Benghazi hotel patio three weeks after the attack, Mr. Abu Khattala acknowledged being at the scene. But he said he had stopped near the mission that night only to break up a traffic jam. He then left, he said, and returned later to help rescue a Libyan guard he had heard was trapped inside.

 

But he scarcely hid his sympathy for the attackers. While almost everyone else in Benghazi mourned Mr. Stevens as a friend of the revolution, Mr. Abu Khattala was unmoved by his death. “I did not know him,” he said coolly.

 

And he suggested that the video insulting the Prophet Muhammad might well have justified the killing of four Americans. “From a religious point of view, it is hard to say whether it is good or bad,” he said.

 

But as American investigators focused on Mr. Abu Khattala in the following weeks, other militia leaders closed ranks with him.

 

Mr. Bargathi and Mr. Bin Hamid offered alibis for him, contradicting many witnesses. Mr. Bargathi said that he had received a call from Mr. Abu Khattala after the attack had begun and that Mr. Abu Khattala had seemed surprised by the news.

 

Told that Mr. Abu Khattala had given his name as a corroborating witness, Mr. Bin Hamid said they had stood together outside the compound because it seemed too dangerous to enter.

 

In an interview last spring, Mr. Bin Hamid said he had decided to make Mr. Abu Khattala a kind of local real estate judge, putting him in charge of settling disputes over property deeds.

 

“That made him happy,” Mr. Bin Hamid said. “He is good at this. He is a sincere person. People respect him.”

 

Other Benghazi Islamists insist, bizarrely and without evidence, that they suspect the C.I.A. killed the ambassador.

 

The leaders of Ansar al-Shariah, the hard-line Islamist group allied with Mr. Abu Khattala, declared in a statement read on television the morning after the attack that they had not participated in it. But they lauded the assault as a just response to the video. They, too, insisted that a “peaceful protest” had “escalated as a result of shooting that came from the consulate, which led to the ambassador’s death by suffocation.”

 

As they did with Mr. Abu Khattala, other local militia leaders and even elected officials embraced Ansar al-Shariah more tightly after the attack. Yousef al-Mangoush, the chief of staff of the Libyan military, met with its leaders to confirm their warm ties. “Mangoush has a very good impression of them,” said Ibrahim Bargathi, the chief of the Preventive Security Brigade, who arranged the meeting.

 

Ansar al-Shariah focused on charitable missionary work, including an antidrug campaign with local corporate sponsors, picking up garbage during sanitation strikes and offering exorcisms for those troubled by evil spirits.

 

“They are like Boy Scouts,” Mr. Bargathi said. “Anything that promotes good, they support.”

 

By last summer, United States investigators had interviewed hundreds of witnesses and formally asked the Libyan government to arrest Mr. Abu Khattala, along with about a dozen others wanted for questioning. The United States military also prepared a plan to capture him on its own, pending presidential approval, officials said. But the administration held back, fearing that unilateral United States military action could set off a backlash that would undermine the fragile Libyan government.

 

In the meantime, violence among local groups has scattered the militia. This fall, Ansar al-Shariah fought a citywide gun battle with a defected military unit that left at least nine dead. Opponents burned down Ansar al-Shariah’s headquarters and bombed its clinic, and its fighters were driven into hiding.

 

The fighters are widely blamed for explosions that have destroyed seemingly every police station in the city, as well as car bombings and drive-by shootings targeting the defected unit.

 

Hearing rumors that a revenge-seeking mob was threatening to come after Mr. Abu Khattala this fall, dozens of his neighbors sprang to his defense in scenes reminiscent of Venezia Road on the night of the mission attack. Fighters raced to erect checkpoints on the roads around his house, and they pulled out Kalashnikovs, grenade launchers, truck-mounted artillery and even a tank. Some drove government-issued pickups.

 

Mr. Gharabi said that Libya’s prime minister, under pressure from the Americans, had asked a Benghazi army commander for help apprehending Mr. Abu Khattala.

 

Mr. Gharabi quoted the commander as replying, “You will be lucky if he does not apprehend you.”

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We must remember our past before we condemn those that are fighting to find their own; “HOME OF THE FREE AND LAND OF THE BRAVE.”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2013 by sheriffali

America must remember its own past before condemning Egypt and the other Arab Nations, as they seek Democracy and a better way of life!

 

Despite our Declaration of Independence as described in the brief summary below, we had our own Civil War that lasted from 1861 to 1865 when Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant. Approximately SIX HUNDRED AND TWENTY THOUSAND people lost their lives, so we must be mindful and considerate as other Nations, seek to FIND their own; “HOME OF THE FREE AND LAND OF THE BRAVE.

 

[The Declaration’s most important diplomatic effect was to allow for recognition of the United States by friendly foreign governments. The Sultan of Morocco mentioned American ships in a consular document in 1777, but Congress had to wait until the 1778 Treaty of Alliance with France for a formal recognition of U.S. independence. The Netherlands acknowledged U.S. independence in 1782. Although Spain joined the war against Great Britain in 1779, it did not recognize U.S. independence until the 1783 Treaty of Paris. Under the terms of the treaty, which ended the War of the American Revolution, Great Britain officially acknowledged the United States as a sovereign and independent nation.]

 

The people of Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and other Arab countries are no different than we were when we were trying to find out way to Self Governance. Democracy is a noble objective, but it is messy and filled with death, destruction and stained with blood. We need to step back and stop being so self-righteous in our condemnation of the Arab Spring, because it is going to take more than a couple of years for these people to sort of their differences and become Nations of Law and Order.

 

We must not forget that we “propped-up” many of the Dictators in this region of the world that literally brutalized their people for decades and we did so for our own self interest; – OIL. Rather than the Politicians using every opportunity to demoralize these people just like the News Media, we need to nurture them with HOPE that one day they too will enjoy the sacrifices they are making.

 

There are skirmishes in several of these countries but our Civil War was fought in thousands of different places, from southern Pennsylvania to Texas; from New Mexico to the Florida Cost and the majority of the fighting took place in the states of Virginia and Tennessee. Our Civil War was also contested on the Atlantic Ocean as far off as the coast of France, the Gulf of Mexico, and the brown water of the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

Just look at the New York Times Head Line!

             Hundreds die!

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/15/world/middleeast/egypt.html?hp&_r=0

USA CIVIL WAR 1861-1865

WANNABES dishing out capriciousness to America’s brainwashed and the uninformed!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2013 by sheriffali

Erin Burnett, all of you WANNABES trying to be Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw and other “real” News men and women, who brought us the news unvarnished and who wasn’t trying to make a name for themselves, I am sorry to say, but, in today’s “garbage for news world, you people disgust me.

 

You sit on your behind and call people that you know and some are so willing to get on TV that they concoct stories for which you all add to the nonsense and help to further brain wash the uninformed, passing total “crap” as fact or news or both.

 

Both Hillary Clinton and President Obama have taken responsibility for what transpired in Benghazi, but like Fox News, CNN and some of their Hosts like you, work overtime to diminish our country’s credibility. Yes, it is sad that we lost our Ambassador and others when the Consulate Office was attacked, but that doesn’t give you all a license to “run down your country.”

 

I do believe that you know damn well that the CIA that occupied the Annex to the American Consulate’s Office in Benghazi, were there trying to prevent a bad situation from becoming worse.

 

“The CIA Agents that were there was retrieving as much of the weapons that fell into the Opposition Hands that overthrew Kaddafi, in order to try and prevent another new forty-two years of “Lunatic Rule.”   

 

Like life, Business or anything else in this mortal world, there are times when things go wrong and people either lose their lives or get injured. But, to listen to some in the media continually spew phantasmagoric rationales and internecine ideas, just to keep their “one hour show,” it is despicable!

WANNABES AUG 8 2013