Monday Morning Quarterbacks Bother Poor Leon Panetta

    You know what? SECDEF Leon Panetta is way too important for any of you to criticize. Unlike the rabble, he knows about running operations. He manages risk. He bristles at the Monday Morning Quarterbacks who deign to question his perspicacity and strategic brilliance in how he handled the tragic events of September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya. He also has a rather pompous 4th point of contact in need of cover and concealment. He throws General Ham, and General Dempsey under the bus below.

    “(The) basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on; without having some real-time information about what’s taking place,” Panetta said, according to The Associated Press. “And as a result of not having that kind of information, the commander who was on the ground in that area, Gen. Ham, Gen. Dempsey and I felt very strongly that we could not put forces at risk in that situation.”

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    Cyberattacks Target Oil in the Middle East

    According to an article in The New York Times, on August 15 of this year a successful cyberattack struck Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s national oil company and the world’s largest oil producer. The virus-based attack wiped the hard drives of 30,000 personal computers, three-fourths of the company’s internal network, replacing data files with the image of a burning American flag. Damage was limited to the corporate | Read More »

    DWS Destroyed by…Glenn Greenwald

    The old adage is that a broken clock is right twice a day. Apparently, it’s Glenn Greenwald’s time. Writing for the UK’s Guardian (the same paper that hired, and then fired, RedState Great Old One and Co-Founder Joshua Trevino, he takes Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to task for her complete ignorance of Obama’s “Kill List” that she displayed after this last debate. Greenwald writes:

    The NYT needs to read *itself* on the Syrian rebel situation.

    The NYT needs to read *itself* on the Syrian rebel situation.

    Because first it’s writing things like this: “Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists, and not the more secular opposition groups that the West wants to bolster, according to American officials and Middle Eastern diplomats,” and then it visibly wonders why it | Read More »

    VMI speech, 10/08/2012: Mitt Romney will promise to arm Syrian rebels, if elected.

    From the text of his prepared remarks: In Syria, I will work with our partners to identify and organize those members of the opposition who share our values and ensure they obtain the arms they need to defeat Assad’s tanks, helicopters, and fighter jets. Iran is sending arms to Assad because they know his downfall would be a strategic defeat for them. We should be | Read More »

    Battle of Mogadishu. October 3-4, 1993

    On October 3-4, 1993 US troops, primarily Special Operations Detachment Delta, 3d Battalion 75th Infantry (Ranger), and elements of 10th Mountain Division fought an epic battle in the streets of Mogadishu. A military defeat that was transformed into a political defeat and a root cause of 9/11/2001. As the feckless Obama regime continues its maladministration, we may see history replay itself.

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    Obama: ‘protecting’ American lady-parts. Egyptian ones? …Well, not so much.

    Obama: 'protecting' American lady-parts.  Egyptian ones?  ...Well, not so much.

    Let’s connect the dots: One. This is from the official Tumblr of the Obama re-election campaign (click it fast, because it won’t be there soon): [UPDATE: Well, that was fast.]   Two. We are giving aid to Egypt. Which is to say, we are giving Egypt $450 million of your tax money. Three. Egypt, of course, is run by the Muslim Brotherhood. This is what | Read More »

    A look at the horrific, graphic Univision Fast & Furious excerpt.

    A look at the horrific, graphic Univision Fast & Furious excerpt.

    The below is not the entire Univision Operation Fast & Furious expose: it’s merely about ten minutes of it. Ten very graphic, very infuriating, and very embarrassing ten minutes of it. Don’t watch it if you have a physical/mental problem with seeing people being murdered on-screen, and for real: (see also this ABC article) It’s a useful primer for what happened: which is to say, | Read More »

    Washington Post recounts assassination of Ambassador Stevens.

    Washington Post recounts assassination of Ambassador Stevens.

    You know, you read this Washington Post article on the assassination of Ambassador Stevens, and you keep telling yourself This movie is completely unbelievable. On the eve of his death, U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was ebullient as he returned for the first time in his new role to Benghazi, the eastern Libyan city that embraced him as a savior during last year’s civil war. | Read More »

    More details about tomorrow’s Univision expose of Operation Fast & Furious.

    I’ve looked at that second paragraph three times and I don’t know which is the worst revelation. That the Obama administration enabled the murder of innocent children? That it indirectly participated in a targeted assassination of the family of a Mexican law enforcement official? That it’s going to be pointed out that the Obama administration was in full Ugly American mode when it came to the Mexican government? Or that our actions emboldened Mexican narco-terrorists to continue their destabilization campaign against our southern neighbor? Any one of those would be a scandal; taken collectively, and you have to wonder just how many more people have to die before Barack Obama and Eric Holder will take any kind of accountability for their actions.

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    Some Syrian Chemical Weapons Have Gone Missing

    As the world watches the goings-on in Syria, one of the most pressing fears is that its stock of chemical weapons might go missing and fall into the wrong hands. Today, we find that our nightmare is coming true. We heard in late August that Syrian rebels claimed to have taken over a base with chemical weapons. Now, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has admitted that some of those weapons have gone missing

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    Barack Obama takes a page from the Muslim Brotherhood.

    You may have noticed a little while back that the US Embassy in Cairo called out the Egyptian government/Muslim Brotherhood for saying one thing in English (read: Western foreign consumption) and another in Arabic (read: domestic/regional consumption). Which is all to the good… so why did the President do the same thing this week? The View: “In an interview with ABC’s “The View,” Obama — | Read More »

    Angry Libyan mobs assault… Islamist militia bases in Benghazi.

    “Witnesses say supporters of Ansar al-Sharia lined up outside its headquarters, in front of the crowd, waving black and white banners. They fired into the air to try to disperse the protesters, but fled with their weapons after the base was surrounded by waves of people shouting “no to militias”.”

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    The Falklands of Asia

    It was 1982, Leopoldo Galtieri was doing a horrendous job of running Argentina and hungry, disappointed people had begun to complain about it. Galtieri decided to initiate a war with Great Britain over the Falkland Islands to Rodeo-Clown the attention of the Argentinean public away from his own inability to govern. describes Galtieri’s motivations for adding to the sum total of human misery below.

    In early 1982 the Argentine military junta led by Lieutenant General Leopoldo Galtieri gave up on long-running negotiations with Britain and instead launched an invasion of the islands. The decision to invade was chiefly political: the junta, which was being criticized for economic mismanagement and human rights abuses, believed that the “recovery” of the islands would unite Argentines behind the government in a patriotic fervour.

    The plan, and Argentinean public opinion, both blew up in Galtieri’s face. He lost his war, was driven from power, and is remembered more for his appearance in the lyrics of an obscure Pink Floyd Song than for his impact on human history. However, that hasn’t stopped others from following in his benighted footsteps. As Redstate Front Page Contributor, Jeff Emanuel recently wrote, China and Japan are close to initiating violent unpleasantness over a bunch of Islands in the East China Sea.

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    Is Barack Obama REALLY thinking about releasing the Blind Sheik? REALLY?

    Before we get started:

    OK, wanted to get that out of the way.

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