After a President has been in office for 1 year it is customary for the
last President to send a note to the new president. So when the note came from
Bush to Obama, the President was somewhat troubled because it was written in
code and all it said was:
This troubled him as he had always heard from his peers how former
president Bush was perceived to have been scholarly challenged. So he took the note
to his wife. She was unable to decipher it.
They called in the VP, and he was unable to decode the message. They
called in the chief of staff and the head of Secret Service detail and they were
unable to determine the meaning of the note.
Next he called in the head of the Senate and Speaker of the House.. They
both were mystified by the meaning of the coded message.
Now there was complete panic in the Oval Office. They called all of
their contacts in the media and sent copies of the note to all of them, and not
one was able to come up with an answer. A special emergency meeting was called
by the staff. All branches of the military, counter intelligence, CIA, FBI
were called in, and the best minds were unable crack the code.
After a sleepless night, a now humbled President Obama picked up the
phone and called the former president, and asked him the meaning of the note.
George Bush chuckled and replied---" you're holding it upside down"! ;
When I took Hillary Clinton to task in January for the mishandling of security in Benghazi, I told her that if I had been president at the time I would have relieved her of her post. Some politicians and pundits took offense at my line of questioning.
During those hearings, I reminded Sec. Clinton that multiple requests were sent to the State Department asking for increased security measures. I asked if she had read the cables from Ambassador Chris Stevens asking for increased security. She replied that she was busy and had not read them. I find that inexcusable.
Four months later, we are hearing that Sec. Clinton allegedly withheld information from a counter-terrorism bureau during the response. We are hearing new allegations that Special Forces wanting to respond during the attacks were told, "you can't go" by superiors. Ambassador Stevens' deputy Gregory Hicks testified this week that he spoke with Sec. Clinton on the night of the attack, when these orders were given. We are hearing that Hicks was initially told by the State Department not to meet with congressional investigators.
We are, again, hearing allegations that contradict the White House's story.
Benghazi security was a life and death matter that resulted in the latter. The notion that high-ranking government officials are somehow beyond reproach, as many suggested during my criticism of Sec. Clinton, is dangerous and wrong.
The Secretary of State's responsibility is to protect our diplomats. Clinton's decision not to and any other official responsible for the bad decisions in Benghazi should be relieved of their post. Almost twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton likely reached a similar conclusion.
In early October 1993, a battle between U.S. forces and Somali militia in Mogadishu left 18 Americans soldiers dead, 80 wounded and two American helicopters shot down. Today, this is remembered as the Battle of Mogadishu or more popularly, "Black Hawk Down," thanks to a subsequent movie of the same name.
A month earlier in September, Chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff Colin Powell requested soldiers, tanks and armor-plated vehicles to reinforce the mission in Somalia. Secretary of Defense Les Aspin denied these requests. The Associated Press reported the following on October 8, 1993, just days after the Battle of Mogadishu: "Defense Secretary Les Aspin today brushed aside calls for his resignation as ‘the politics of Capitol Hill,' but conceded that in light of recent casualties he shouldn't have rejected a request to send more armor and troops to Somalia last month."
Two months later, after less than a year of service, Aspin resigned as Secretary of Defense.
Though President Clinton cited personal reasons for Aspin's resignation, it was reported widely that he had asked him to step down. Aspin did ultimately accept responsibility for his decisions, saying, "The ultimate responsibility for the safety of our troops is mine. I was aware of the request and could have directed that a deployment order be drawn up. I did not, and I accept responsibility for the consequences."
By refusing to grant requests for weapons and reinforcement in Somalia in 1993, Sec. Aspin made a bad decision, admitted his bad decision, accepted responsibility and eventually left his position due to it.
When Ambassador Stevens, Lt. Col. Andrew Wood and others made repeated requests for increased security and resources in Benghazi, those requests were ignored. No one denies that these requests crossed Sec. Clinton's desk. But virtually everyone involved has denied that they should accept responsibility for the tragedy in Benghazi.
Now there are new allegations, accusations that arguably bear more significance on how this tragedy unfolded. It is imperative that we continue to ask: Who was responsible?
My job as a United States Senator and as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is to be part of the confirmation process for high-ranking national security positions as well as review the performance of office holders. When Sec. Aspin made bad decisions in 1993, he testified before the Senate, which examined his job performance, and many gave him a bad review.
Sec. Clinton was never above a similar job performance review. When I asked Clinton in January if her resignation meant that she was finally accepting responsibility, the answer never came.
Will the answers ever come? Don't the victims' families deserve them? Shouldn't we do everything in our power to leave no rock unturned in order make sure such bad decision-making doesn't happen again?
Sec. Aspin resigned over Black Hawk Down. The same precedent should have applied apply to Sec. Clinton.
To date, no one has ultimately taken responsibility for Benghazi.
My office is currently seeking out the witnesses and survivors of Benghazi to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. To date, the Obama administration has refused to let them testify.
Too many questions remain unanswered. Now, there are too many new questions. The evidence we had in January already suggested that Sec. Clinton ignored repeated requests for more security in Benghazi. The new evidence we have today—and that continues to mount—suggests that at the very least Mrs. Clinton should never hold high office again.
Photo courtesy of Brad Krischel, St. Louis Arch, Missouri
Founded by geniuses - run by idiots
What a country!!!!
COLUMBINE STUDENT'S FATHER 12 YEARS LATER !
Guess our national leaders didn't expect this. On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.
They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness.. The following is a portion of the transcript:
"Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.
"The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart.
"In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA - because I don't believe that they are responsible for my daughter's death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel's murder I would be their strongest opponent
I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy -- it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.
Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You've stripped away our heritage,
You've outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question "Why?"
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!
"Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation's history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs -- politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.
"As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him. To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA -- I give to you a sincere challenge.. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone!
My daughter's death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!"
- Darrell Scott