Arms Continue to Flow From Benghazi to Syria
Today’s Morning Jolt features the Pentagon smacking down Secretary of State John Kerry, some politicians going on a showy diet, and then this easily overlooked development#…#
Meanwhile, Back in Benghazi#…#
Remember my story about the smuggling of shoulder-mounted anti-aircraft missiles …
The Government of ‘What Difference Does It Make?’
I hope you’ll forgive the grim tone that launches the Thursday edition of the Morning Jolt . . .
Benghazi Hearings Mark End of Accountability, Forever
At the end of a day of Senate and House hearings on Benghazi, we know . . . not …
Susan Rice’s Greatest Hits, Going Well Beyond Benghazi
If, indeed, President Obama’s choice to be the next secretary of state is the current U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, perhaps it is worth looking beyond her record on Benghazi. Just about four years ago, …
Vice President Biden’s Most Crass, Tasteless Gaffe Ever
“Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?” — Vice President Joe Biden to Charles Woods, grieving father of slain Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, during a memorial service at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.
CIA: We Said Benghazi Was a Militant Attack From Day One
The CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours of last month’s deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate that there was evidence it was carried out by militants, not a spontaneous mob upset about an …
U.S. Military Strikes in Libya Coming Soon?
The Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt includes a debate preview, look at both the USA Today swing-state poll and new intriguing results in Pennsylvania from Quinnipiac, and then the busy night for news on Libya . . .
U.S. Military Strikes …
Romney Campaign: Obama Administation ‘Continually Misled’ the Public
Andrea Saul, the Romney campaign’s national press secretary, just released a statement in response to the Obama campaign’s comments on the terrorist attack in Libya:
President Obama’s campaign today said that Libya is only an …
A Likely List of Thursday’s Debate Topics
For much of today, there has been some grumbling on the right about Martha Raddatz, the ABC News senior correspondent who is moderating the vice-presidential debate. In 1991, Barack Obama attended her wedding. This is rather weak tea as far as …
An Exciting, Fresh, Bold New Form of Media Bias
In the Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt . . . sent along to the editors at the usual time, and reaching readers a bit later under our new distribution system (we’re working on it) . . .
A Bold New Form of Media Bias
Three Policy Points for Romney to Raise
There was nothing inappropriate about Mitt Romney’s statement on the Libyan attacks this morning. If anything, his remarks were strikingly limited in scope. (The inane, narrative-obsessed, and apparently coordinated questions from the press didn’t help generate a substantive …
Libyan Anti-Aircraft Missiles, Now Apparently in al-Qaeda Hands
An update to my article a few weeks ago on arms-smuggling in Libya, before, during, and after the civil war there: The AP found documents from an al-Qaeda-affiliated group showing that they indeed have shoulder-mounted anti-aircraft missiles:
The 26-page document …
State Department: Someone Failed on Benghazi, But We Won’t Say Who
The concluding paragraph of the unclassified version of the State Department’s internal review of what happened in Benghazi:
5. The Board found that certain senior State Department officials within two bureaus in critical positions of authority and responsibility in Washington …
Benghazi, the Story That Won’t Go Away — and Shouldn’t
The final Morning Jolt of the week offers a lot of swing-state coverage, but also a look at that other story that keeps bubbling back up every few weeks . . .
Benghazi, the Story That Won’t Go Away – and …
White House Told of Benghazi Militants Within Two Hours
Ever since the first question of the final debate, Republicans have wondered why Mitt Romney was so subdued in discussing the attack on our consulate in Benghazi and the administration’s shifting story. One theory is that discussion of the …
Obama, Romney, and the Libya Exchange
Well, Obama checked one of the boxes he needed to: He came across more energetic and pugnacious. I’m sure liberals will be ecstatic. For what it’s worth, the CNN instant reaction on the bottom of the screen indicated …
Biden: If Only Our Diplomats Had Asked for More Security!
Besides the laughing, grinning, interrupting, and so on, this may be one of the more consequential Biden statements of the night:
“Well, we weren’t told they wanted more security there. We did not know they wanted more security again.”
Stephanie Cutter’s Bad Day, Still in Progress
Obama’s deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter, began the day by contending that “if you look at the recent polls, the race is roughly the same as it was before the debate.”
She continued this afternoon by discussing the attack …
Why Was the Libya Explanation So Wrong for So Long?
The Heritage Foundation has put together a video of the Obama administration’s statements about the Benghazi attack being driven by the Islam-mocking YouTube video . . . It’s all useful; I just wish they listed the date of each statement, to …
U.S. Intel: Benghazi Attack Wasn’t Spontaneous
Yes, I know that the media is having the biggest meltdown about an accurate Romney comment since . . . Wednesday, but I think the more important bit of news comes in this morning’s Jolt’s second item:
U.S. Intelligence: No, …
Obama, Not the Balm for Anti-Americanism We Were Promised
Remember the expectations for how Barack Obama could transform U.S. relations with the Muslim world once in office?
Andrew Sullivan, writing in The Atlantic, July 2007:
What does he offer? First and foremost: his face. Think of it as the …