Barack Obama, our next President

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kuda

Cincinnati, OH

#789567 Oct 31, 2012
Sister Kathryn Lust wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe the 47th (unless Ann has him committed.)
"I think my biggest concern obviously would just be for his mental well-being," -Ann Romney
Well Sister, could Ann have him committed for his character disorder? She could issue a press release saying he is “just away for a much needed vacation.”
Homer

Effort, PA

#789568 Oct 31, 2012
BRIGANTINE, N.J.(AP)— President Barack Obama inspected the devastation from Sandy on Wednesday, flying high over flooded neighborhoods, sand-strewn streets and a burning fire that charred homes along the New Jersey coastline.

With Election Day less than a week away, Obama's visit to view the aftermath of the rare autumn storm was layered with political implications. The president's tour guide was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican and top supporter of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney who joined Obama on a Marine One helicopter ride over the region.

To the chagrin of some Republicans, Christie has lavished praise on Obama for his efforts in helping states deal with the storm.

http://news.yahoo.com/obama-gets-first-hand-l...

Good to see Republicans and Democrats working together.

We need more moderates like Obama and Christie.

“Constitutionalis t”

Since: Dec 10

Spring, TX

#789569 Oct 31, 2012
ChromiuMan wrote:
<quoted text>
That's the problem with being a "low information" voter.
Benghazi was staffed by CIA operatives whose job may have been not just to secure and destroy dangerous weapons (like RPGs and SAMs) looted from former Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi’s stockpiles during and after the 2011 revolution, but also perhaps to facilitate their onward shipment to the Al-Qaeda- and Muslim Brotherhood-dominated Syrian opposition.
Obama signed an intelligence finding sometime in early 2012 that authorized U.S. support for the Syrian rebels and by mid-June 2012, CIA operatives reportedly were on the Turkish-Syrian border helping to steer weapons deliveries to selected Syrian rebel groups. According to an Oct. 14, 2012 New York Times article, most of those arms were going to “hard-line Islamic jihadists.”
One of those jihadis was Abdelhakim Belhadj, former leader of the Al-Qa’eda-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group Abdelhakim Belhadj (LIFG) and head of the Tripoli Military Council after Qaddafi’s ouster. During the 2011 revolt in Libya, Belhadj was a key contact of the U.S. liaison to the Libyan opposition, Christopher Stevens.
In November 2011, Belhadj met with Syrian Free Army (SFA) leaders in Istanbul, Turkey, as well as on the Turkish-Syrian border. Further, Belhadj’s contact with the SFA comes in the context of official policy adopted by the post-Qaddafi Libyan “government,” which sent a delegation to Turkey to offer arms and possibly fighters to the Turkish-backed Syrian rebels.
The multilateral U.S.-Libya-Turkey agreement to get weapons into the hands of Syrian rebels – which were known to be dominated by Al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood elements -- by working with and through Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist figures like Belhadj, was confirmed by the appearance of a Libyan-flagged vessel, Al-Entisar, which docked at the Turkish port of Iskanderun on September 6, 2012.
Suspected of carrying weapons bound for the Syrian rebels, the ship’s cargo reportedly included Russian-designed, shoulder-launched missiles known as MANPADS, RPGs and surface-to-air missiles—all of them just the sort of weapons available in Libya.
U.S. Ambassador Chris StevensStevens’ last meeting in Benghazi the night he was killed was with the Turkish Consul General Ali Sait Akin, who is variously reported to have been there to discuss a weapons transfer or a warning about the possible compromise of the Libyan weapons pipeline to Syria. Whatever the topic of Ambassador Stevens’ discussion with Akin, he clearly and knowingly put himself in harm’s way to be there, in Benghazi, on the night of September 11.
The urgency that compelled Stevens to Benghazi that night seems especially difficult to understand given what was known to him as well as to senior levels of the Obama administration about the extremely dangerous situation in post-Qaddafi Libya.
It is all the more baffling then that, in view of the obvious priority that the U.S. government had placed on its Libya-to-Syria weapons pipeline operation, such a systematic effort in the weeks leading up to the September 11 attack was dedicated to stripping the Benghazi base of the security protection it so desperately needed in a deteriorating Libyan security environment and despite the repeated pleas of Ambassador Stevens and others in both Tripoli and Benghazi for more security.
From at least February, 2012 onward, the Regional Security Officer (RSO) at the U.S. Tripoli Embassy, Eric Nordstrom, had urged that U.S. security measures in Libya be expanded, citing dozens of security incidents by “Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups, including Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)…”
In August 2012, Stevens reported that the security situation in Benghazi was deteriorating, yet in spite of this, the 16-man Site Security Team assigned to Libya, comprised of Special Forces led by SF LTC Andy Wood, was ordered out of Libya, contrary to the Ambassador’s stated desire that they stay.
GOD IS 4 THE REPUBLICANS

Woodbridge, VA

#789570 Oct 31, 2012
TSM wrote:
<quoted text>
President Romney… what a Sweet Sound? But I’ll leave you with a quote from JFK : And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country !! Romney/Ryan
Good ole sister Lust can't see the good Romeny will do for this country, because she, like all the rest of the Demonbrats, think and talk with the wrong end.

“Constitutionalis t”

Since: Dec 10

Spring, TX

#789571 Oct 31, 2012
ChromiuMan wrote:
<quoted text>
Probably because you only know what you want to believe, carol. That's the problem with being a "low information" voter.
And more information for you:

Note that, at any time, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could have ordered the deployment to Benghazi of additional security experts from the Department of Security (DoS) Bureau of Diplomatic Security (or Diplomatic Security Service—DSS), but apparently chose not to do so.
Instead, DoS hired a British firm, Blue Mountain, to manage its security in Benghazi, and Blue Mountain subcontracted the job to a local jihadist militia called the February 17 Martyrs Brigade who have known Muslim Brotherhood ties.
Furthermore, Nordstrom testified at the October 11, 2012 Congressional hearings that “in deference to sensitivity to Libyan practice, the guards at Benghazi were unarmed"-- an inexplicable practice for a place as dangerous as Benghazi.
Then, in what may have been the attack “green light,” on September 10, 2012, AQ leader Ayman al-Zawahiri called on Libyans to avenge the death of his Libyan number two, Abu Yahya al-Libi, who had been killed in a June, 2012 drone strike in Pakistan. The timing suggests that al-Zawahiri may have given the attack go-ahead after receiving word that Stevens had arrived in Benghazi that day—further suggesting that perhaps AQ knew of Stevens’ travel plans.

Once the attack unfolded at the Benghazi base, it quickly became apparent that the minimal number of U.S. and local security staff was completely unequal to the scores of heavily armed jihadist attackers swarming the compound. And yet, despite a live-streaming video from an overhead drone, plus cables and cell phone calls that, altogether, must have been received by hundreds of administration diplomatic, intelligence and military officials (including the U.S. President, Vice President, Secretaries of Defense and State, and Directors of National Intelligence and CIA), military support from regional bases was denied repeatedly to the besieged Benghazi defenders.
Worse yet, former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods, Tyrone Woodswho was providing security for CIA operatives at the Benghazi annex facility, and Glen Dougherty, who had arrived on a rescue flight dispatched by the CIA Chief of Station in Tripoli, repeatedly were denied permission by their CIA chain of command on the ground to go to the aid of Ambassador Stevens and the others.
Eventually, they went anyway, and succeeded in saving many lives because of their moral and physical courage. Again, Dougherty and Woods requested military backup, at least to silence the mortar fire that they had been able to identify by laser painting it. They fought on alone for hours, but when no help came, that mortar barrage eventually took both their lives and seriously injured others.

Ty Woods:“Where the fuck is the Spectre?”

Why don't you give us some information and tell us where was the Spectre when Al Qaeda was killing Americans.
Homer

Effort, PA

#789572 Oct 31, 2012
Christie definitely has an eye on 2016, he has definite appeal to moderates and independents, something NJ is loaded with. Plus he has the bombast and arrogance that the rightwingers love and unlike Republicans and their distaste for compromise, Democrats would work with him.
kuda

Cincinnati, OH

#789573 Oct 31, 2012
Homer wrote:
BRIGANTINE, N.J.(AP)— President Barack Obama inspected the devastation from Sandy on Wednesday, flying high over flooded neighborhoods, sand-strewn streets and a burning fire that charred homes along the New Jersey coastline.
With Election Day less than a week away, Obama's visit to view the aftermath of the rare autumn storm was layered with political implications. The president's tour guide was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican and top supporter of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney who joined Obama on a Marine One helicopter ride over the region.
To the chagrin of some Republicans, Christie has lavished praise on Obama for his efforts in helping states deal with the storm.
http://news.yahoo.com/obama-gets-first-hand-l...
Good to see Republicans and Democrats working together.
We need more moderates like Obama and Christie.
Kudos to Gov. Chris Christie! He’s an honest old-time Republican who is practical and moderate, not afraid to go off-message in the service of fairness. Unlike Romney, he says what he means and means what he says. That’s refreshing!
Lincoln Duncan

Griffin, GA

#789574 Oct 31, 2012
DBWriter wrote:
<quoted text>
Benghazi was staffed by CIA operatives whose job may have been not just to secure and destroy dangerous weapons (like RPGs and SAMs) looted from former Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi’s stockpiles during and after the 2011 revolution, but also perhaps to facilitate their onward shipment to the Al-Qaeda- and Muslim Brotherhood-dominated Syrian opposition.
Obama signed an intelligence finding sometime in early 2012 that authorized U.S. support for the Syrian rebels and by mid-June 2012, CIA operatives reportedly were on the Turkish-Syrian border helping to steer weapons deliveries to selected Syrian rebel groups. According to an Oct. 14, 2012 New York Times article, most of those arms were going to “hard-line Islamic jihadists.”
One of those jihadis was Abdelhakim Belhadj, former leader of the Al-Qa’eda-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group Abdelhakim Belhadj (LIFG) and head of the Tripoli Military Council after Qaddafi’s ouster. During the 2011 revolt in Libya, Belhadj was a key contact of the U.S. liaison to the Libyan opposition, Christopher Stevens.
In November 2011, Belhadj met with Syrian Free Army (SFA) leaders in Istanbul, Turkey, as well as on the Turkish-Syrian border. Further, Belhadj’s contact with the SFA comes in the context of official policy adopted by the post-Qaddafi Libyan “government,” which sent a delegation to Turkey to offer arms and possibly fighters to the Turkish-backed Syrian rebels.
The multilateral U.S.-Libya-Turkey agreement to get weapons into the hands of Syrian rebels – which were known to be dominated by Al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood elements -- by working with and through Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist figures like Belhadj, was confirmed by the appearance of a Libyan-flagged vessel, Al-Entisar, which docked at the Turkish port of Iskanderun on September 6, 2012.
Suspected of carrying weapons bound for the Syrian rebels, the ship’s cargo reportedly included Russian-designed, shoulder-launched missiles known as MANPADS, RPGs and surface-to-air missiles—all of them just the sort of weapons available in Libya.
U.S. Ambassador Chris StevensStevens’ last meeting in Benghazi the night he was killed was with the Turkish Consul General Ali Sait Akin, who is variously reported to have been there to discuss a weapons transfer or a warning about the possible compromise of the L
It is all the more baffling then that, in view of the obvious priority that the U.S. government had placed on its Libya-to-Syria weapons pipeline operation, such a systematic effort in the weeks leading up to the September 11 attack was dedicated to stripping the Benghazi base of the security protection it so desperately needed in a deteriorating Libyan security environment and despite the repeated pleas of Ambassador Stevens and others in both Tripoli and Benghazi for more security.
From at least February, 2012 onward, the Regional Security Officer (RSO) at the U.S. Tripoli Embassy, Eric Nordstrom, had urged that U.S. security measures in Libya be expanded, citing dozens of security incidents by “Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups, including Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)…”
In August 2012, Stevens reported that the security situation in Benghazi was deteriorating, yet in spite of this, the 16-man Site Security Team assigned to Libya, comprised of Special Forces led by SF LTC Andy Wood, was ordered out of Libya, contrary to the Ambassador’s stated desire that they stay.
Governor Christie with President Obama. If Governor Romney loses, Christie will be odds on favorite in 2016.
Libya boring
People are without power and looking to the government for help

“Constitutionalis t”

Since: Dec 10

Spring, TX

#789575 Oct 31, 2012
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually they have.
There is no proof possible, on;y models & predictions based on events past & present.
Look at this hurricane. Many weather scientists had Sandy going out to sea.
But one group said no. Their model had it turning left.
If it were up to the moronic right, they would have demanded proof & called these people morons & have done nothing to prepare.
Thank Gos we had sane people in charge. Many lives were saved.
That was probably your global warming so-called "scientists" making those models.
If you recall, almost a week before the storm struck New Jersey, I posted here a warning about a hurricane scheduled to hit New York, and I said it would hit New York about noon Tuesday.
Ultimately, the storm turned west just a little south of where it was predicted to turn west almost a week before it came ashore.
Those are the weather models I get.
But, I have to plan things like drilling deepwater wells at anywhere from 200 to 500 million a well. We don't spend money on bullshit science when that kind of money is being spent in the PRIVATE economy.
Lincoln Duncan

Griffin, GA

#789576 Oct 31, 2012
carol wrote:
Is Russia America's friend or foe?
"The 'sleeping bear' has been pretty restless lately: it has vetoed U.N. Security Council resolutions on Syria and blocked U.S.-led diplomatic efforts to end the civil war there; it has refused to pressure Tehran, even though it helped build Iran's nuclear enrichment program; and relentless push-back by Russian President Vladimir Putin against basing a missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic – both former Soviet satellite states – has left those two NATO members exposed and nervous."
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/31...
Sure hope Obama reads this.
Unless he doesn't get the chance to become "more flexible", I mean.
cut and paste

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#789577 Oct 31, 2012
eviction notice wrote:
<quoted text>Michelle obama is planning a flash mob at the Whitehouse as we speak.George and Weezie don't seem to want to give up there piece of the PIE I I.
Seems George is in cold storage because the family is squabbling about who should get what is left of his not so large estate. He said he was an only ghild but some dude has claimed he is his brother. So DNA is being collected. Been dead three month and in cold storage.
Lincoln Duncan

Griffin, GA

#789578 Oct 31, 2012
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text> So you say that NJ & NY are on their own. Great plan.
Libertarians showing their real colors
Homer

Effort, PA

#789579 Oct 31, 2012
It is going to be some sight to see if/when Romney loses, we are talking bloodbath when the rightwingers turn on him.
Lincoln Duncan

Griffin, GA

#789580 Oct 31, 2012
carol wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree. People were buying homes they knew they couldn't afford that were grossly overpriced and happily signed on the dotted line when banks offered them a deal they couldn't refuse - until three or four years later when their mortgage payment doubled.
Unbelievably stupid.
Which is why we kept renting after selling our home until sanity returned to the housing market.
Thing is, we started liking not having to worry about repairs and appliances breaking down and yard work. We're still happy renters.
But, like you, I blame people who couldn't even figure out what they could and could not afford.
It certainly wasn't Bush's fault any way you look at it.
So is Christie selling out Romney?

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#789581 Oct 31, 2012
One right winger is supporting Romney because he's a hawk:
DBWriter wrote:
<quoted text>
How about this logic, idiot:
Peace through strength.
Obama's idea of surrendering to a bunch of Arabs that get excited when they watch a video of Arabs cutting off the head of a defenseless American while he's bound like an animal won't have a peaceful ending, idiot.

Another rightwinger is supporting Romney because he's a dove:
Gunner wrote:
<quoted text>
We never should have invaded Iraq OR Afghanistan. Afghanistan being "the RIGHT war" is ridiculous. Obama never should have committed billions of tax dollars and resources to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
I don't rank incidents where American lives are needlessly wasted. Any American life lost in those sand-filled shitholes is one too many.
The current president ordered the assassination of at least two American citizens, for chrissakes. As far as I'm concerned, Bush, Cheney, Obama, Biden and all their lackeys are war criminals for misusing our military.
F**k 'em all.

Sounds like Romney is an imaginary notion that these loony right wingers have created in their empty heads.

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#789582 Oct 31, 2012
Homer wrote:
It is going to be some sight to see if/when Romney loses, we are talking bloodbath when the rightwingers turn on him.
Even worse if Romney wins and he won't be able to take BOTH sides of every promise he made to these loonies.
Homer

Effort, PA

#789583 Oct 31, 2012
kuda wrote:
<quoted text>
Kudos to Gov. Chris Christie! He’s an honest old-time Republican who is practical and moderate, not afraid to go off-message in the service of fairness. Unlike Romney, he says what he means and means what he says. That’s refreshing!
Yeah even if I disagree with him on some things, he does mean what he says, speaks from the heart, doesn't flipflop all over the place like Romney, although he may not be physically able to.
RUSH10ME

Warsaw, VA

#789585 Oct 31, 2012
DBWaiter wrote:
I'm curious, though, if Mitt can remember cleaning up a football field after a big storm when he was in "High School," how come he can't remember holding a kid down and shearing off his hair in "high school" like he was a sheep?
Obammy has not only sheared off the country's hairs , he has divided the country as never before , we will see what shakes out , if the majik negro wins , you will have two reasons to be happy , one being your boy won , second I will convert into the democratic party and never never be responsible for myself again , when you really look at you win either way , are you happy ???

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#789586 Oct 31, 2012
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
So, you are telling me that man adds nothing to change our atmosphere.
You really are quite naive.
it is you who is naive and gullible too. I'll bet you are one of them people who believed the Apollo missions were moving the Earth out of orbit.

Since: Oct 08

Location hidden

#789587 Oct 31, 2012
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
Sure, after Bush told them when Iraq exploded a nuke, it would be their fault.
Bush controlled the information. He ignored the intel that Iraq had no nuclear program.
Where were those nukes? Where was any nuclear program?
The MSM still pulling the wool over your eyes, ain't they Davey?? The nukes were shipped to Syria, something you would have been privey to, if you read anything but the MSM?

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