According to Media Matters blogger Eric Boehlert, the furor over the Benghazi terror attack that killed four Americans is meaningless hype from conservatives who simply want to hurt the president, since more people died in embassy attacks under President Reagan than Obama, Twitchy reported Thursday.
Boehlert issued his proclamations in three separate tweets, linking to his own blog post at Media Matters.
If an alien landed in Washington today and asked me to describe our leader, all I would have to do is show him video footage of two events just days apart.
First would be video of our leader performing at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner (WHCD) on Saturday evening. There, the alien would watch as President Obama delivered a series of hilarious jokes with masterful timing.
It seems that for Obama, some things are just more important than others.
During a press conference at the White House on Tuesday, the president said he was “not familiar” with reports that Benghazi whistle-blowers have been threatened by unnamed administration officials, the Weekly Standard reported. At the end of the press conference, however, the president ran back to the podium to praise Jason Collins, the NBA player who recently announced that he is gay, Jim Hoft said at the Gateway Pundit.
The second observation relates to Obama’s statement with Netanyahu on his arrival in Israel. A correspondent of mine pointed out the number of times Obama spoke of how Israelis “feel” about their security, as if the objective is to provide a feeling for Israelis on that head. It is an interesting rhetorical choice in more ways than one; an obvious concern is that Obama posits a theoretical situation in which Israelis could be, objectively, secure, and yet not feel themselves to be so. Continue reading →
If you went strictly by the MSM reporting on the Defense Department’s recent announcement about missile defense, the thought in your head would be “we’re deploying more interceptor missiles because of North Korea.”
The “North Korea” deployment
What’s probably not in your head is the auxiliary details. DOD has requested that funding for the additional deployments Continue reading →
The first act of the new pope, a Jesuit from Argentina, was to take the name of St. Francis of Assisi, who according to Catholic tradition was told by the Lord, “Rebuild my Church!”
Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, must believe his calling is to rebuild a church devastated by sexual and financial scandal. In a broader sense, the Catholic Church is emblematic of a 21st-century ill: the failure of social institutions to adapt to the times, and the public’s loss of faith in them.
One of those faltering institutions, of course, is the U.S. political system.The parallel between the Catholic Church and Washington leaped to my mind the other day while I read this sentence in TheNew York Times’s outstanding analysis of papal politics:
“The next pontiff must unite an increasingly globalized church paralyzed by scandal and mismanagement under the spotlight in a fast-moving media age.”
Let’s play Mad Libs with that sentence:For “church,” substitute the name of almost any U.S. institution and for “pontiff” substitute practically any institutional leader. For example:
“The next governor must unite an increasingly globalized state paralyzed by scandal and mismanagement under the spotlight in a fast-moving media age.”
A correspondent of mine expressed some surprise when it was announced yesterday that the new secretary of state, John Kerry, would not be visiting Israel prior to the visit next month of President Obama.
What this means to foreign-service hands is that there won’t be a ministerial-level sit-down in advance of the president’s trip. The army of foreign-service specialists who negotiate for the U.S. and Israel won’t come up with serious negotiating points Continue reading →
The day after the 2012 presidential election was the unofficial beginning of the mainstream media’s (MSM) obsession with Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (HRC) political plans for 2016. Now given that Friday, February 1st is the day when HRC steps down as Secretary of State to resume her life as a private citizen, this is the perfect week to launch an occasional new series aptly named Hillary Watch 2016.