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US Evacuates Libya Embassy Following Biggest Local Violence Since Gadhafi Ouster

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The middle east is burning again: first it was the fascinating ascent of the brutal Al-Qaeda spinoff ISIS, creating its own Caliphate in northern Iraq and in the process taking over a third of Syrian territory as well as all of its oil infrastructure. Then, the latest iteration of the Israel vs Gaza conflict has now claimed over 1000 lives and is dragging virtually all neighboring countries into it as well. And the cherry on top is that the Libyan "liberation" by the US has just gone full circle, as the country is is now witnessing one of its worst spasms of violence since Gadhafi’s ouster. End result: nearly two years after the deadly attack on the US embassy in Benghazi, moments ago the US once again shuttered its embassy in Libya, this time in Tripoli, evacuating more than 150 Americans to Tunisia.  This is happening just 24 hours after the US Secretary of State was literally next door in Egypt, assuring the region that peace and stability are just around the corner.

From NBC:

More than 150 Americans have been evacuated from the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, Libya, amid spiraling militant violence aimed at the Libyan government. "The U.S. together with other countries have decided that because of the freewheeling militia violence that is taking place particularly around the embassy ... it presents a real risk to our personnel," Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters during a trip to France.

 

American officials told NBC News that the 158 Americans, including 80 heavily armed U.S. Marines, left the embassy compound early Saturday in a caravan of SUV's and buses and drove west toward neighboring Tunisia. Besides the Marines who were the embassy’s security force, the caravan was also protected overhead by two American F-16 fighter jets and unmanned drones that shadowed the group on their drive.

 

At least two American warships, a guided-missile destroyer, the USS Ross and a guided-missile cruiser, the USS Vella Gulf, were nearby in the Mediterranean in case additional military protection was needed, officials told NBC News.

 

While there appeared to be no direct threat of an attack against the embassy, the rising violence in Libya recently prevented delivery of food and other vital supplies to the embassy over roads now largely controlled or threatened by rebel militant forces, the officials added.

While it needs no reminding, CBS does so nonetheless, that  "the move marks the second time in a little more than three years that Washington has closed its embassy in Libya. In Feb. 2011, the embassy suspended operations amid the uprising that eventually toppled longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi. After the formation of a transitional government in July, 2011, the embassy reopened in September. Gadhafi was killed in October of 2011."

The Obama administration has been particularly sensitive about security of U.S. government employees in Libya since the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. mission in the country’s second largest city of Benghazi that killed ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The administration is still fending off criticism from Republicans and others that it did not either enhance security in Benghazi or evacuate the mission due to rising violence in that city in the months prior to the attack.

 

The Benghazi mission was abandoned after that attack and never reopened. The embassy In Tripoli has been operating with reduced staff since but has remained open even as the violence intensified.

But wait, didn't Brent drop recently because the political situation in Libya was getting better? Recall from Goldman:

On July 2, federalist rebels handed the central oil terminals of Ras Lanuf and Es Sider back to the Libyan government, with a combined capacity of 560 thousand barrels per day. The government lifted the force majeure on July 6, allowing the NOC to start marketing crude from the ports. This development points to a potential sharp ramp-up in Libyan oil production from its current 320 thousand barrels per day level as well as a ramp-up in exports that have been erratic so far this year. This has led to a decline in crude oil prices, with Brent prices down nearly $2.00/bbl since Reuters first reported this deal and currently trading near $110/bbl, although the lack of further deterioration in Iraq, where exports remain undisrupted, has also contributed to the broader decline in prices over the past two weeks.

 

 

Apparently not.

In Tripoli, the militias are fighting mostly for control of the airport. They are on the government’s payroll since authorities have depended on them to restore order.

 

The U.S. is just latest in a number of countries to have closed down their diplomatic operations in Libya. Turkey on Friday announced that it had closed down its embassy and militia clashes in Benghazi have prompted the United Nations, aid groups and foreign envoys to leave.

 

In Tripoli, clashes near the international airport have forced residents to evacuate their homes nearby after they were hit by shells. On Friday, the official Libyan news agency LANA reported that explosions were heard early in the day near the airport area and continued into the afternoon.

 

The battle in Tripoli began earlier this month when Islamist-led militias — mostly from the western city of Misrata — launched a surprise assault on the airport, under control of rival militias from the western mountain town of Zintan. On Monday, a $113 million Airbus A330 passenger jet for Libya’s state-owned Afriqiyah Airways was destroyed in the fighting.

 

The rival militias, made up largely of former anti-Gadhafi rebels, have forced a weeklong closure of gas stations and government offices. In recent days, armed men have attacked vehicles carrying money from the Central Bank to local banks, forcing their closure.

 

Libyan government officials and activists have increasingly been targeted in the violence. Gunmen kidnapped two lawmakers in the western suburbs of Tripoli a week ago and on Friday armed men abducted Abdel-Moaz Banoun, a well-known Libyan political activist in Tripoli, according to his father.

Finally, there is of course the obligatory spin:

Full statement from the State Department on the evacuation:

Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, we have temporarily relocated all of our personnel out of Libya.

 

We are committed to supporting the Libyan people during this challenging time, and are currently exploring options for a permanent return to Tripoli as soon as the security situation on the ground improves. In the interim, staff will operate from Washington and other posts in the region.

 

Securing our facilities and ensuring the safety of our personnel are top Department priorities, and we did not make this decision lightly. Security has to come first. Regrettably, we had to take this step because the location of our embassy is in very close proximity to intense fighting and ongoing violence between armed Libyan factions.

 

This relocation was done over land, with our personnel arriving in Tunisia this morning, and traveling onward from there. We are grateful to the Government of Tunisia for its cooperation and support.

 

We will continue to engage all Libyans and the international community to seek a peaceful resolution to the current conflict and to advance Libya’s democratic transition. We reiterate that Libyans must immediately cease hostilities and begin negotiations to resolve their grievances. We join the international community in calling on all Libyans to respect the will of the people, including the authority of the recently-elected Council of Representatives, and to reject the use of violence to affect political processes. Many brave Libyans sacrificed to advance their country toward a more secure and prosperous future. We continue to stand solidly by the Libyan people as they endeavor to do so.

Turns out "it does make a difference after all."

 

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Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:28 | 5006930 Kirk2NCC1701
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Why not evacuate it for good?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:43 | 5006971 BigJim
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You mean Libyan embassy staff aren't expendable?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:46 | 5006985 nmewn
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What difference does the staff make!?!? ;-)

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:53 | 5007003 icanhasbailout
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well, they wrecked Libya and threw it into utter chaos, which now threatens their own lives

 

if that ain't difference-making, what is?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:09 | 5007064 nmewn
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Nonsense, we have it on the "best of authority" that the chaos was caused by a youtube video ;-)

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:24 | 5007107 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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http://shoebat.com/2014/06/17/company-botched-obamacare-website-tied-ben...

n a SHOCKING discovery, CGI Federal – the Canadian Company that built the Obamacare website – appears to have a connection to the “Innocence of Muslims” video the Obama administration blamed for the Benghazi attacks.

And here’s how it was done:

The evidence is well established that in 2010, CGI acquired Stanley Associates, which “provides services to the U.S. federal civilian, defense and intelligence agencies”. [1]

When the crudely produced video “Innocence of Muslims” was posted to a YouTube it needed a boost, especially since it was posted by someone no one had ever heard of and who had only uploaded two videos – that were basically the same.

Well, a YouTube channel known as NewsPoliticsNow3 (NPN3) has been connected to Stanley Associates, the service provider for U.S. defense and “intelligence”.

...

But what difference does it make?

 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:37 | 5007138 nmewn
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lol...incredible.

Produce the video, market the video and then claim the video is what caused it.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:01 | 5007187 Arius
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Kerry is going to be a peace maker between palestinians and israelis ... fix your peace first!

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:52 | 5007323 Save_America1st
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Doesn't this all make sense? 

Government needs crisis to maintain power and control

Totally creates chaos throughout MENA and even trains, funds, arms and protects Al Quaida and ISIS

Oil companies also want to 150 to 200 barrel oil, but consumption is down world-wide due to massive "hidden" depression/recession

Allow terrorists to take over in Syria and Iraq for triple-whammy...jeopardize oil to drive up prices, and create "terrorist" chaos so the MIC gets to continue building weapons and playing war, all while using threat of said "terrorists" to destroy American freedom and create a tyrannical police state in order to "keep us safe" from the very terrorists they have created.

I'd say this is all going to end very badly, but at the same time it never really ends.  The psycho, treasonous governments, the MIC, and global elitists and banksters just keep this shit rolling on year after year in perpetuity.  And they will continue to do so until they locked the world down and begin to conduct hard-core extermination of anyone who resists.

 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:20 | 5007371 onthesquare
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This is known as "The Stategy of Terror".  It has been going on for centuries and done so by France, Britain, Japanese, Germans, Dutch, Russians, Romans, Egyptians, Danes, Italians, Australians...or just about everybody and now USA has the new plane and so here we are.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 18:59 | 5008199 7.62x54r
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Odumbo still has staff there?

What a retard.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 15:52 | 5007786 Hulk
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That is incredible. So often, marketing is completely overlooked !!!

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:39 | 5007144 max2205
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I love labia

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:25 | 5007109 Pool Shark
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"What difference at this point does it make??!!"

 

 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:24 | 5007111 ilion
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150 pathetic losers.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:12 | 5007219 disabledvet
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Are we paying for that?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 23:00 | 5008714 Never One Roach
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Bring back Gen Westmoreland. He and LBJ know how to win a war .. sent over half a million soldiers to Vietnam and see how we beat the pee out them....

 

Oh, wait a sec.....

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 00:57 | 5008958 Marigold
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Just like the Yanks slinked out of Saigon with their tails between their legs after being defeated by a nation of peasant farmers and fishermen so they again do the same in Iraq & Libya after leaving a trail of destruction behind them. It's time to say it ... The USA is truly the evil empire.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:27 | 5007117 FinalEvent
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Temporarily closed,... hmm,.. reminds me of the gold window in 1971

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:37 | 5007277 Ratscam
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what were the jobs of the 78 embassy people (158-80 marines) in Tripoli? Issuing visas or being paid by Joe Sixpack to serve the interests of big corporations?
War is a racket, Smedley Butler

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 17:33 | 5007998 Aussie V
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If there was ever a woman who needed a massive course of 'Large Dick with Onions" It is that Marie Harf!!

Fair Dinkum, I've never seen a more frigid, dizzy brained, stuck up woman than that one.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:11 | 5007065 tarsubil
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Little preview of DC? Oh please.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:28 | 5007106 Freddie
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Bushes, Clintons and Obama all the same NWO gang.

Paul Craig Roberts said Libya towards the end of Khadaffi was one of the better places in the world for citizens.  Khadaffi had been using a lot of the oil revenue to improve the conditions.  Far better than Chavez or the Saudis who are/were fu*k ups.

It is all about stealing oil and gold via murdering people including innocent civilians.  Iraq, Libya, they are still trying in Syria, lots of places in Africa, they would roll over Iran if they could.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 15:00 | 5007410 BadDog
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Dr. Roberts also went on to state that the neocons who are in charge of the U.S. now believe that a nuclear first strike on Russia can be pulled off.  These lunatics are from the same order that murdered JFK when he would not go along with their schemes.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:07 | 5007202 laomei
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Just a reminder, Libya used to be nice and stable, enjoying some of the highest HDI levels in Africa.  They were not in debt and provided some amazing social services to keep things under control.  This was all because of literally a bunch of merchants backed by the US who were upset that they were not getting as much as they potentially could.  They funded the terrorists, which resulted in Gadaffi attacking them back, all the while screaming "terrorists". Can't have that though, so they execute him while his family flees.

 

And now this is where we are.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:03 | 5007346 Omen IV
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yes but as i remember there were billions invested in a Goldman Sachs fund that disappeared or went away

whatever happened to that?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 19:22 | 5008262 Freddie
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Putin was pretty enraged by what happened in Libya.  He was furious of the murder of Khadaffi.  Putin had said that he could have been given the chance to leave the country or been given a trial.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 00:35 | 5008915 laomei
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A trial was never on the table, he knew far too much and in chaos such as the present situation would have resulted in his coming back to lead.  A stable Libya is simply a threat to far too many interests and it had been for decades.  Gaddafi always put his neck out on the line due to the "good example" problem.  That being, primarily, that if at any time there is a successful example of societal and economic theory that runs counter to the status quo, it MUST be demonized and destroyed.  For if it is allowed to foster, that's the end of capitalism.  See how the US attacked them over and over again for zero reason, then called Gaddafi the "mad dog".  When that wasn't good enough, the US started targetting his family directly for murder.

 

Great Man Made River - Notice how NATO found any excuse to bomb it... virtually unlimited water for everyone for free? Can't have that.

Education - University was free, as was all education up to it.  Along with the government gladly paying for education abroad

Subsidies - Massive piles of money for citizens to ensure stable lives after marriage.  No rents, everyone owned their home, gas and food was dirt cheap. Cars.. the government paid 50% of it for you.  Electricity? Also free.

Healthcare - Some of the best, also free... not good enough? Government pays for your treatment abroad

Agriculture - Want to be a farmer? Have some free land, free home, free equipment, free livestock and free seed

Unemployment - Graduated and unable to find work? The government will pay you the average salary until you can find work.

 

Sounds fucking insane, but all this was in despite of western sanctions with zero external debt, large cash reserves and surpluses, and they specifically rejected IMF bullshit.  No police forces either, so kinda hard to have a "police state".  The government was strictly grassroots bottom up.  HDI higher than Saudi.  Of course, such a place in the modern world cannot be allowed to exist, especially at a time when the great reset is nearing... it might spread.

 

See how the system was not only torn down entirely, but the western model was imposed on it, complete with a jew bank and international debt.  Gee, I wonder why it's in chaos, after ruining a system that worked for most... to the bane of a handful of merchants upset that they didn't have as much power and riches as they wanted who allied with al qaeda to get what they wanted.  There was a housing shortage which was being addressed. The plan to do away with the government bodies tasked with distributing oil revenue and give it to the people directly seemed to be enough to piss off some internal factions (who then began plotting), but the final straw was the unified african gold dinar system being devised.  Bad enough that Gaddafi presided over a "good example" system, that could be countered with propaganda and black ops.  But threatening the USD and Euro? That was as far as the west was willing to allow it to go.  You can say a lot of shit about the guy, but his speeches, while long and rambling tended to be incredibly accurate.

 

Oh well, he's murdered and dead now, and chucked out into the desert to be forgotten like a piece of trash while everything he spent his entire life building is being torn apart.  

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 13:08 | 5009823 whyami
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Putin was furious because he was cheated by the NATO scam caled 'no fly zone.' Later turned it to a full scale bombing and ground troop invasion.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 17:49 | 5008044 ednraleigh
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Now THAT'S change we can believe in.  Hope they're alright.  Really!

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 13:11 | 5009833 whyami
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Don't even mention that! I feel cheated by trusting what this sociopath has to say. He lied just about everything he as promised. health care, lobbying, government transparency, liberty, tax cut, social security, deficit, economy, too big to fail, unemployment, income gap, poverty, crime, energy, and many others …

 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:36 | 5007135 Dubaibanker
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That's right nmewn.

US officials from the TOP down are dumb and dumber.

Watch this clip that happened just yesterday on the US Capitol Hill.

A US Congressman does not know the difference between officials on his side or on the opposite side. Disaster is just round the corner for the US officials, whether it is Libyan, Iraqi, Pakistani or any other embassy or the Capitol Hill itself. 

Congressman Mistakes U.S. Officials For Indian Ones
Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:48 | 5007162 Antifaschistische
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Well, the irony to me, is that if Russia put "heavily armed" Marine (equivalents) in the Ukraine...a country which has Ethic Russians, a country with which they share a border, the White House and it's propaganda machine would insist on boycotting the entire country of Russia.

Yet, we sprinkle our Marines around the globe like candy and don't expect anyone to detect any hypocrisy. 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:09 | 5007058 Renewable Life
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What's really amusing, is talking to my fellow Americans who don't think the EXACT same thing would happen in this Country, if you removed the unified military and police threat of federal and state governments, at this point in our history!

Ethnic, religious, and economic pockets of violence and influence would emerge overnight, along with racial and cultural violence and "payback" killings, extortion, and massive refugee migrations!!

People would struggle to control their neighborhoods and communities, let alone deal with the bigger picture!! Thomas Jefferson and the boys worked this out 250 years ago and it's AS relevant today if not more, then it was then!!

But the powers that be, would always rather have tyranny and dictatorship, then Freedom, no matter what era you live in!!

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:22 | 5007097 americanspirit
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Renewable Life - I wish I could give you 100 greenies for your perceptive comments. The only missing part is what would happen to all the bankers and politicians who couldn't manage to get out of town in time.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 13:17 | 5009840 whyami
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They are fine with us ordinary citizens so long as we are under their control. They can care less about how we live.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 15:43 | 5007764 thorsmjollnir
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How else are they going to get close enough to buy off the next regime?

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 12:15 | 5009702 Disenchanted
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The US Embassy in Libya was always in Tripoli.

There was not an embassy in Benghazi...

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:30 | 5006936 observer007
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Evacuation comes only hours after Libyan government warned country could be torn apart by clashes between rival militias.

Latest News:

http://tersee.com/#!q=libya&t=text

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:52 | 5007168 Antifaschistische
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....are those US made rocket launchers, guns and bullets I see in the hands of milita men!!

Shouldn't Putin point that out!!

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:32 | 5006941 Kirk2NCC1701
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I suspect that the Bear and the Camel are teaching the Eagle that TWO can play the game of National Destabilization.

Who's gonna sell you oil now, bitchez!?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:05 | 5007195 Clycntct
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"National Destabilization"

That says it all.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:32 | 5006943 onewayticket2
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another crisis, another fundraiser.....is all this destruction the "hope" or the "change"?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:43 | 5007440 Zero Govt
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no this is US Govt Foreign Policy remember.. the strategy is to be hated by the local population always trying to put NWO puppets in

...same strategy back home 

it's working

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:34 | 5006946 Catullus
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Marie Harf, resident douche, Washington DC

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:38 | 5006958 thamnosma
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Living the high life off of our backs.  

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:55 | 5007016 More_sellers_th...
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PLUS A MILLION...I have never met her, but I can guarantee she is a douche

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:57 | 5007019 Urban Redneck
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The embassy is either open or closed.

Making up words like a child and arbitrarily assigning them to one of these only two options (which therefore must encompass the new made up word) does not change the fact that embassy is either open or closed.

If the embassy is not open, then the embassy must be closed.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:18 | 5007085 Max Cynical
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Marie Harf, Jen Psaki...little girls playing government.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:23 | 5007101 americanspirit
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don't forget little miss Potty Mouth

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:26 | 5007115 lakecity55
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"Jen Psaki, proud short bus graduate."

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:16 | 5007368 Quus Ant
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http://rt.com/usa/162608-jen-psaki-fails-grilling/

Lying for a living.  Cringeworthy.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:34 | 5007128 Tulpa
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Any one of them would still be a better president than Hillary.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 16:07 | 5007822 Grumbleduke
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slave

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:09 | 5007208 icanhasbailout
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you should see the "chicks' club" of northern European defense ministers... these wenches will scare no one in their dresses and high heels.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:13 | 5007222 TahoeBilly2012
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That bitch Psaki makes my stomach turn. Talk about a hatefuck fantasy.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 17:14 | 5007963 Rakshas
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........her responses always remind me of Tina Fey's Palin...... hmmmmmmm ......... crazy thought but are we being Punk'd????

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 15:45 | 5007771 mc225
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marie harf=stoner chick or just high on life?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:36 | 5006950 alexcojones
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Working! Destroy a country. Kill the leader.

Create Chaos. Steal gold bullion.

Leave Carcass. Move On to Next.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:09 | 5007206 RacerX
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must be that "change we can believe in"

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:04 | 5007350 Agstacker
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As long as the change is 1964 or earlier silver coins...

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:36 | 5006951 Beard of Zeus
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The US still has an embassy in Libya?!

 

LOL

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:55 | 5007012 icanhasbailout
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yeah an actual embassy too, not a CIA outpost retroactively labeled as a "consulate" after it is attacked and lost to enemy forces

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:37 | 5006953 Quinvarius
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At least Kerry is paying attention.  Hillary just didn't think it mattered before, during, or after.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:39 | 5006961 thamnosma
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Maybe the botox monster should fly to Tripoli to negotiate a cease fire among the militias....

Another "mission accomplished" moment

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:04 | 5007048 logicalman
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When politicians say 'mission accomplished' they never tell you what the 'mission' was.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:42 | 5006966 vlad335
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Yes, remember clearly that when something would flare up in the world, Hilliary would be on the opposite end of the planet, far far away. Media never once called her on it either.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:59 | 5007030 Urban Redneck
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It's hard to dodge sniper fire, when a sniper is actually shooting at you.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:19 | 5007089 nmewn
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lol...

"She said when she arrived in Bosnia on March 25, 1996, "I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."

Aggghhh...run for your lives!

"But news video footage of her arrival at Tuzla shows Clinton, then the first lady, calmly walking from the rear ramp of a U.S. Air Force plane with her daughter, Chelsea, then 16, at her side. Both Clintons held their heads up and did not appear rushed.

The video shows Clinton spending several minutes talking with the group, including an 8-year-old Bosnian girl who presented her with a poem, and later greeting U.S. troops."

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/03/25/campaign.wrap/index.html

Morally & ethically "dead broke" ;-)

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:38 | 5007140 Tulpa
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Given her demonstrated psycopathy on other issues, it's quite possible that she wasn't lying and really does remember things that way.  When you make up stories for a living sometimes you forget where you parked the truth, so to speak.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:25 | 5007166 Urban Redneck
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They way Hitlery remembers things...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2_w-QCWpS0

Dodging sniper fire is an oxymoron, even without the cankles.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:26 | 5007257 Chief Wonder Bread
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LOL. Serpentine...!

Reminds me of US foreign policy.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:38 | 5006954 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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http://www.vocativ.com/world/libya/libya-civil-war/?PageSpeed=noscript

...

“There are many militias and they control many parts of Libya,” a member of the anti-Islamist Zintan militia tells Vocativ. “There’s a clear split between those who want Islamic law and those who do not.”

The promotion or rejection of Sharia seems to be the main differentiator between the brigades. Islamist and anti-Islamist militias squared off in Tripoli’s Martyrs’ Square during Vocativ’s trip. “Ansar al-Sharia, go away and leave us alone!” read one sign against the Islamist militant group. “No to media,” read another.

...

Sounds like jihad 2.0 is breaking out over in Libya I wonder which groups are stirring the pot just as Heinz 57 Horseface is with in a stones throw of all the action....

Zintan seems to be anti-sharia

Ansar al-Sharia (Benghazi) - pro-sharia

groups from Misrata - pro-sharia

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:50 | 5006967 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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http://www.libya-analysis.com/libyan-armymilitias/

...

The question on every one’s tongue is will the House of Representatives be nipped in the bud by ongoing violence or will it be able to establish traction against the militias due to its democratic mandate? As clashes have not abated around Tripoli’s airport, a surge in violence has been registered during the past days in Benghazi. Military bases belonging to Saiqa Special Forces have been targeted by repeated attacks and suicide bombings from the Islamist side, leading in turn to a resumption of aerial attacks from the Benina airbase. Furthermore, Saiqa Commander Wanis Bukhamada publicly called for reinforcements to be sent in support of the fight against ‘terrorists’ and for a clear statement on these events to be issued by the Government.

For his part, in a speech to the Libyan people Wednesday night, caretaker Prime Minister Abdullah Thinni reiterated calls for dialogue and restraint, calling in particular on the cities of Zintan (anti-sharia) and Misrata (pro-sharia) due to the role played by militias from these cities in recent Tripoli’s airport clashes. Yet when he attempted to go to Tubroq, he was prevented from using Maitiga airport by the Islamist militias that control it.

...

Some more reading since Libya is an it's complicated fight but the fighting seems to center around Sharia vs Secular Islamic state regardless of the factions and regions.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/libya-in-crisis-rival-mil...

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:38 | 5006956 dsty
dsty's picture

love the hillary picture

i guess we are about to see what difference it made

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:39 | 5006960 corporatewhore
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my favorite also.  if she gets the nomination would you join me in a joint venture printing up tshirts with that picture and the slogan "what difference does it make"?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:51 | 5006999 dsty
dsty's picture

that would be a hate crime

and the jail will be run by manly women

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:06 | 5007052 logicalman
logicalman's picture

That's the question everyone should ask themselves when voting time comes around.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:23 | 5007105 lakecity55
lakecity55's picture

My T-Shirt design would have her pic and a caption: "Evil Satanic Cunt"

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:39 | 5006959 Jayda1850
Jayda1850's picture

Yet another once stable country our government has fucked up. One of the only things they actually do well.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:41 | 5007149 Tulpa
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I agree that the Libya intervention has made things worse, but let's not smother Qaddafhi's thuggish regime with too much incense.  Its stability before came at the price of a brutal dictatorship and sponsorship of terrorism.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:40 | 5006962 Reaper
Reaper's picture

Did they take their schemes out with them?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:41 | 5006963 stant
stant's picture

They got the bagdaddy we got the Mack daddy

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:42 | 5006968 Inbetween is pain
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So why do you have a picture of Hilary?  She isn't even mentioned in the article?  More stupid ZH misdirection.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:56 | 5007015 samsara
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Ah, How's your reading comprehension?

Last Line of the article:

"Turns out "it does make a difference after all."

Hillary. 'What Differnce Does It Make'

Every mature ZH'er knows that.

(3 years and you didn't know that?)

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:40 | 5007401 Inbetween is pain
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Listen you moron, that still has nothing to do with the current situation.  ZH just loves to inflame with irrelevant details.  Every ZHer hates Hilary.  ZH always uses the same picture of her, and it's like putting a red cape in front of a bull: stupid ZH readers get mad like a Pavlovian dog salivating in response to a bell.  The fact is Hilary has nothing to do with this current situation--you're bing manipulated just like the MSM manipulates.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:21 | 5007093 lakecity55
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Fuck off, Huma.

Anthony is sexting again. Go stop him.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:25 | 5007131 Bdelande
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That buffoon Hillary Clinton openly equated Putin to Hitler.  She's a historrical illterate and abject moron.  That obsurdity coming from an Ex Secretary of State is an utter disgrace, she's a complete embarrassment to the United States.    

The woman is a worthless war monger, period.  All she has left to do is get on her knees and blow her good buddy John McCain.   

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 15:32 | 5007737 tenpanhandle
tenpanhandle's picture

Now there's a picture in my mind that I could do without.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:42 | 5007148 New_Meat
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Noooo, dipshit, that is a picture of Hillary.  But after all, what does it matter at this point? - Ned

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:01 | 5006973 thamnosma
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Thank God we murdered Gaddafi.  It feels good to liberate yet another oppressed population.

And it is all summed up in this 12 second clip.  This should be THE campaign ad...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DXDU48RHLU

A textbook example of a psycho-sociopath and evidence for a war crimes trial.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:26 | 5007113 eddymunster
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What a fucking twat!

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:44 | 5006979 toady
toady's picture

The "you break it you bought it" stuff from when W went into Iraq always pops into my mind when I hear this stuff. Sure, Gadaffi, Saddam, that dude in Syria, are (were) authoritarian dictators, but at least shit was stable. Now they're out or on their way out and the whole middle east is like a bad imitation of the road warrior.

You break it you bought it.

At this point, what difference does it make?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:02 | 5007036 thamnosma
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And what business is it of ours to decide which "authoritarian" needs to be removed? 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:10 | 5007067 toady
toady's picture

That's what "you break it you bought it" means.

Mind your own damn business or pay the price.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:38 | 5007279 Clycntct
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It's so much easier to sweep up the little pieces.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:12 | 5007068 i_call_you_my_base
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What seems to happen is that all of these countries just flip from islamist to secular until the military steps in. If you look at when they are most stable, it's under military rule. Obviously this could all be contrived.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:44 | 5006980 homiegot
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Day of Rage

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:47 | 5006986 smacker
smacker's picture

For Tripoli read Saigon.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:02 | 5007039 thamnosma
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I'm reading Saigon for Kabul later this year.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:09 | 5007063 lakecity55
lakecity55's picture

Last guy out, grab the poppies!

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:24 | 5007249 Suisse
Suisse's picture

Those are Hamid Karzai's brothers' poppies.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:49 | 5006991 Global Hunter
Global Hunter's picture

"They came...they saw...they broke it...they profitted from it...they ran like a bunch of LGBT pussies at the first sign of danger"  USA USA USA!

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:51 | 5006998 olle
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"Besides the Marines who were the embassy’s security force, the caravan was also protected overhead by two American F-16 fighter jets and unmanned drones that shadowed the group on their drive."

And I thougt  that once a country finally was liberated by the west they also gained control over their territory and Airspace..... hmmmm...

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:57 | 5007026 toady
toady's picture

Trying to put on a big show.

"Look! We're protecting or embassy personnel! Nobody is getting killed! It does make a difference! Look!"

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:03 | 5007042 thamnosma
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Well, it would have looked somewhat bad if the caravan got shot up.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:07 | 5007057 toady
toady's picture

True dat.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:52 | 5007001 JR
JR's picture

As the Israeli-US Empire continues its destabilization tactics around the globe – in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Ukraine, Chechnya, et al. -  PressTV, on Global Research today, sounds the death knell for Gazans dying from Israel’s use of lethal banned weapons, in violation of all international conventions:

“Latest reports say Israeli aerial and ground forces are using white phosphorus bombs to pound several residential areas across the besieged Gaza Strip.

“The lethal bombs violate all international conventions and are considered as banned weapons in civilian areas.

“This comes as a Norwegian doctor in the besieged coastal enclave has recently criticized Israel for using cancer-inducing bombs against Palestinian civilians.

“Medics say some Palestinians in the besieged enclave have been wounded by a new type of weapon that even doctors with previous experience in war zones do not recognize.

“Israel also used depleted-uranium and white phosphorus shells in the besieged region during their previous assaults.”

http://www.globalresearch.ca/israel-drops-white-phosphorus-bombs-on-gazans/5393390

All in the name of  John-McCain-style "freedom."

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:08 | 5007053 lakecity55
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Hey, the Zionists had no problem with their buddy Adolf smoking a few million of their own "brothers."

What's Wilie Pete for if ya can't use it?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:21 | 5007091 Infinite QE
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It's always been funny to me that if Hitler was this awful creature then why did the Allies ship him and his top guys to Argentina? In exchange of course for all of their nuclear material and knowledge. Well, I guess when you're the ones who control the history books, you can make anything into anything.

 

http://www.sharkhunters.com/Books.htm

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:33 | 5007127 lakecity55
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Well, 'Dolf did his job and retired to a comfortable life with Eva.

Nothing surprising there.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:20 | 5007002 tony wilson
tony wilson's picture

yids are yar wid me

say yer

say yar

yahweh

say hey

say ya

hey ya hey ar

incantationun baby

cum on you kabbalistic satanic cunts

lets dance do der 911 shuffle

it for are blood ritual

read der talmud suckers

it a script for life on earth

magick

blood

harvest the energy of goy death

saturn is real hungry sea

for der human battery energy

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShAwHBsKOuA

 

 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:54 | 5007009 ShrNfr
ShrNfr's picture

Yeah, they are panning "Shades of Grey", aren't they?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:55 | 5007018 smacker
smacker's picture

I take it that the two F-16s, multiple drones and two guided missile destroyers floating nearby were all on hand just in case this evacuation convoy was denied entry into Tunisia due to wrong Entry Visa paperwork.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:57 | 5007024 world_debt_slave
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As Bite Me stated "most peaceful world in American history" / sarc

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:59 | 5007031 dsty
dsty's picture

gonna have to change the marine corps theme song

please help me, cause Tripoli is in Libya ya'll

From the Halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.
Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes,
You will find us always on the job
The United States Marines.
Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.
Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:25 | 5007114 JR
JR's picture

It sort of reminds one of 1898 and the 21st Lancers Lieutenant Winston Churchill, on horseback, confronting North African Arabs running toward him with their only defense, swords :  “ I rode up to the individuals firing my pistol in their faces and killing several – three for certain – two doubtful – one very doubtful.”

And then, from the Halls of Montezuma to the skies of Tripoli and Iraq came the Empire’s newest warriors, the United States Marine pilots flying at 1500 feet out of reach of the Libyan air defenses that they had neutralized with high tech electronic equipment.  Meanwhile, B-2 stealth bombers flew 25-hour round trips from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri to drop forty-five 2000-lb bombs from high altitude over Libya.

With the carnage far below, it kinda gave new meaning to the phrase: Home of the Brave.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:59 | 5007032 Atomizer
Atomizer's picture

Central planning blow back. Who would of thought? 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:02 | 5007037 logicalman
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Peace.....

“Man will only be free when the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”

Denis Diderot

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:04 | 5007040 lakecity55
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But, wait, I thought that lesbian cunt Hillary fixed this shit!

Why, I bet Vlad posted this story!

"Libya is safe, safe I tell you!"
---Mr Ed

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:05 | 5007047 Space Animatoltipap
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WWIII in progress. Nothing new here. Just google "the law of karma" and "eternal religious principles".

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:04 | 5007049 q99x2
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Globalist DHS  operations are moving MS13 gangs of 8 people each acrooss the US from Mexico and Central America. The Washington D.C. globalists are going to F'n kill us.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:17 | 5007081 lakecity55
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I heard that too.

Supposedly cadres are being shipped to specific areas to destabilize the local society where they will operate.

I had a LE source. Some of those guys are getting scared. They all (the ones I talked to) at least blame The Bath House.

If this all turns out to be true, The Bath House has had a plan given to him created some time ago.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:47 | 5007309 viahj
viahj's picture

Only hastening the deployment of the full police state before the collapse.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:05 | 5007050 dutchTender
dutchTender's picture

BTFD

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:13 | 5007071 Yancey Ward
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Kerry might well be the dumbest person on the planet.  Literally the dumbest.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:50 | 5007084 all-priced-in
all-priced-in's picture

We need to find a solution -

Maybe get some of those big red reset buttons -

Take them around to all the countries that are having problems and ask them if they would like to "hit it"

Since we have so many countries that hate us now - and so many world conflicts - you could have multiple buttons.

For example send

Hillary to Bengazi - just have her stand on the street corner in a short skirt -  with the red button asking if anyone wants to "hit it"

John Kerry to Gaza to talk with Khaled Meshaal- red button plus tell him to not come back until there is peace in the middle east. 

Joe Biden to Nigeria to meet with Joseph Kony - bring the red button and your double barrel shot gun - don't come back until all the kidnapped girls are safe.

Obama to meet Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi  - bring a red button and a neck brace - don't come back until - well just don't come back ever.  

 

 

 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:18 | 5007087 esum
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obama is facilitating the caliphate.... that is his foreign policy goal.... this will lead to wwIII

in addition he is weakening the ussa and withdrawing leaving a power vacuum

while domestically he has stiffled the economy and opened the floodgates for terrorists and illegals...

fucks over us citizens and caters to illegals first... vets can eat shit and die as can seniors and obama care will destroy the country..

great job for a foreign agent... a TRATOR who must be IMEPACHED.... its not incompetence... its execution of a plan...

the withdrawal maneuver that included air support and ground support could have been provided for the benghazi folks...70 got out because of the action of 2 ex seals who used illuminating lazers waiting for the air support...that were told to stand down... but did the right thing.... now the fat that there was an op supporting ISIS has been covered up...conveniently... WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE.... 

the specops people were political sacrifices, directed by the white house..... the TRUTH WILL SURFACE..... NON DISCLOSURE FORMS AND CONTINUOUS POLYGRAPHS WONT STOP IT .... and when it does there will be hell to pay

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:28 | 5007116 tony wilson
tony wilson's picture

caliphate A

you say interesting

hum

dat scarey dat means he as muslim

dat means he der enema of der jews

obarme sure is acting like he der enema today 1000 kids dead under rubble.

i believe obarme sending more bombs to protect israhell.

 

zionism is the virus

the muslims usefull tools patsy init

The End of Israel?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-h6gOUs6KQ&list=UUttU-lPuKrF73VJzvgjGdZg

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:30 | 5007403 neuronius
neuronius's picture

faclitating the defacaliphate :)

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:33 | 5007413 neuronius
neuronius's picture

or would that be defecaliphate...

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:25 | 5007112 pitterrier
pitterrier's picture

I read a discription of Kerry somewhere that was, "A hairpiece in search of a brain."

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:28 | 5007120 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/07/23/kerry-defies-faa-ban-flies-int...

...

Kerry flew to Tel Aviv from Cairo, where he met Tuesday with Egypt’s president and other high-level officials.

An unusual screening process occurred involving Kerry and his State Department team as they were subjected to a metal detector before meeting with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at the Egyptian presidential palace.

Reuters reports that Kerry and his aides were checked with a metal detector. Security personnel reportedly raised a handheld metal-detector wand to Kerry’s suit jacket before waving him through.

Kerry’s aides were also subjected to the handheld wand and were told to walk through a metal detector.

...

Egypt is sending a message here.

They ain't happy about their support for the Muslim Brotherhood which includes that 'ceasefire' agreement that was beneficial to Hamas who happens to be the MB's group over in Gaza.

 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:29 | 5007121 Yen Cross
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  Really? lmao.

      "To be clear, our embassy in Tripoli is not closed. We have temporarily suspended operations. Difference is an important one."

  It will be officially closed when you return to a pile of smoldering rubble...

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:59 | 5007184 Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill's picture

Undergoing renovations, in Foggy Bottom speak.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:21 | 5007244 disabledvet
disabledvet's picture

More like "the Government has been shut down again."

A security detail is one thing...an entire Army quite another. "And JFK needs a bigger boat."

I think he's still maintaining the US position as an honest broker in the region...we do not need the oil and natural gas in the region but obviously it is in everyone's interests that such assets be secured.

I did see in spite of the Federal Governmet contributing 3 percent the last quarter's GDP "it still wasn't enough."

These clowns are warring up like mofo's and it ain't even moving the needle.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:17 | 5007229 Emergency Ward
Emergency Ward's picture

Where is Jen Psaki to make things perfectly clear so we will make no mistake in our misunderstanding?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:24 | 5007245 disabledvet
disabledvet's picture

YOU WILL PAY FOR WHAT YOU DID TO OUR POLISH EMPIRE!

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:31 | 5007407 Jackagain
Jackagain's picture

Empire? 

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:27 | 5007396 neuronius
neuronius's picture

+1 LMAO.  Good one.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:33 | 5007126 souljaboy
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No moon tonight or tomorrow night. Just sayin'.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:40 | 5007132 Jayda1850
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Ethnic, religious, and economic pockets of violence and influence would emerge overnight, along with racial and cultural violence and "payback" killings, extortion, and massive refugee migrations!!- from renewable life comment

The issue is that governments like ours rely on that being the case for their own survival. It is this fact that make it the government's strongest weakness. They have come to rely so much on us fighting each other over these trivial divisions that they spend no time or money guarding against the alternative possibility. Until we, as a people, can get past our petty differences, that are constantly trying to be ripped open by the TPTB and the MSM, we will continue to live under the boot of tyranny.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:36 | 5007133 Atomizer
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Happier times…

Gaddafi Cruising the Streets of Tripoli| Libya 14 Apr 2011

Obama, Hillary and the rest of the progressive movement never could pull this off. They would be shot while propped out of sunroof. Ask yourself why? He who sits behind bullet proof glass is a dictator; those that can expose themselves in public are leaders. Look at John Kennedy. Although I’m republican, Kennedy was a sane Democratic figurehead.

Food for thought

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:54 | 5007171 Skip
Skip's picture

Saddam could do the same thing as could Hitler, Hitler even had ARMED people come to meet him in his office, can you imagine Barak doing the same?
Also Saddam had very LAX gun laws you could buy OVER THE COUNTER, no questions asked, what Bill Clinton banned in 1994,"assault weapons" I think to buy a handgun you had to have a permit which was easy to get.
Saddam's gun laws were as America's were prior to 1968.

Resolve all over again that any amount of effort on "our" part at this point in history, "beats the alternatives". The only conceivable "alternative" is, of course to simply submit (it has been "planned that way") to a course of inaction that will culminate in your butchery and the butchery of your loved ones, at the hands of the bolshevik beast.

Richard Cotten, June 1966, Conservative Viewpoint

http://www.gundigest.com/article/ObamaExpose/
http://www.nrahq.org/
http://gunowners.org/

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:27 | 5007255 disabledvet
disabledvet's picture

JFK was a nazi just like his wacko father.

He was a good swimmer though and created a great US Navy...best in our history...history period actually.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:30 | 5007402 Jackagain
Jackagain's picture

Good thing for Ted he was a good swimmer too...

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 15:19 | 5007718 Atomizer
Atomizer's picture

Disabledvet

Executive order 1110

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:09 | 5007209 Skip
Skip's picture

"Look at John Kennedy. Although I’m republican, Kennedy was a sane Democratic figurehead."

Excerpt from Chapter 5 of Michael Collin Piper’s Final Judgement:

The history books have told us of John F. Kennedy’s epic struggles with Fidel Castro and the Soviets in the Bay of Pigs debacle and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Yet, only in recent years have we begun to learn of Kennedy’s secret war with Israel. Much of the conflict stemmed from Israel’s determination to build a nuclear bomb.

This is a hidden history that helps explain in part the dynamic forces at work resulting in Kennedy’s assassination.

By mid-1963 Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion hated Kennedy with a passion. In fact, he considered JFK a threat to the very survival of the Jewish State.

AMERICA—NOT ISRAEL—FIRST

Stephen Green believes that Kennedy’s position vis-à-vis Israel was an important stand: “It was a remarkable exchange, and the last time for many, many years in which an American president precisely distinguished for the government of Israel the differences between U.S. and Israeli national security interests.”101

Thus it was that John F. Kennedy informed Israel, in no uncertain terms, that he intended—first and foremost—to place America’s interests—not Israel’s interests—at the center of U.S. Middle East policy.

NUCLEAR EXPANSION

This set the groundwork for further tension between the U.S. and Israel over an even more explosive issue: Israel’s determination to build a nuclear bomb. Israel had been engaged in nuclear development during the past decade but continued to insist that its nuclear programs were strictly peaceful in nature. However, the facts prove otherwise.

In order to thoroughly examine Kennedy’s conflict with Israel over the Zionist State’s nuclear intentions, we once again refer to Stephen Green’s aforementioned work, Taking Sides: America’s Secret Relations With a Militant Israel, a treasure trove of little known information relating to U.S.-Israeli relations from the period of 1948 through 1967. Green writes of JFK’s discovery that Israel was engaged in nuclear arms development.

When Kennedy was coming into office in the transition period in December 1960 the Eisenhower administration informed Kennedy of Israel’s secret nuclear weapons development at a site in the desert known as Dimona. Israel had advanced several cover stories to explain its activities at Dimona.

A ‘HIGHLY DISTRESSING’ SITUATION

Israel had kept the nuclear weapons program as secret as possible, but US intelligence had discovered the project. Kennedy termed the situation “highly distressing.”102

Kennedy, upon taking office, determined that he would make efforts to derail Israel’s nuclear weapons development. Nuclear proliferation was to be one of Kennedy’s primary concerns.

Israel’s intended entry into the nuclear arena was, as a consequence, a frightening prospect in JFK’s mind, particularly in light of ongoing conflict in the Middle East.

From the very beginning of his presidency, John F. Kennedy found himself at severe odds with the government of Israel. It was a conflict that would never really be resolved until the day JFK died in Dallas. It was not an auspicious start for the New Frontier.

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