President Obama on Tuesday explained his decision to launch airstrikes in Syria, arguing that he has a responsibility to protect America from terrorist influences in that part of the world.
But there was a time when the president and his allies repeatedly mocked former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential election for the Republican candidate’s numerous warnings on Syria, the Middle East, and general unrest aboard.
In fact, Vice President Joe Biden regularly mocked Romney's talk of war in the Middle East, and his jeering remarks, in retrospect, seem worthier of regret than chuckles.
Romney “said it was a mistake to end the war in Iraq and bring all of our warriors home,” Biden said on September 2, 2012. “He said it was a mistake to set an end date for our warriors in Afghanistan and bring them home. He implies by the speech that he’s ready to go to war in Syria and Iran.”
Biden also regularly took shots at Romney’s warnings over Russia.
The Republicans candidate “wants to move from cooperation to confrontation with Putin’s Russia. And these guys say the president’s out of touch?” the vice president asked.
Those campaign taunts don’t hold up so well today, do they?
Neither does this one.
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Romney's a murderer? To put things in perspective try telling this s**t to to the families of the 4 Americans who died needlessly in Benghazi.
Tell this to the families of Brian Terry and Jamie Zapata and countless Mexicans who died after the Cartels received nearly 2000 weapons in the botched F&F debacle.
Meaning...bring a head to the table... get your official Muslim ID card.
A few things to think about.
Wonder if Stedman has one more investigation left in him?
Isn't this at least as notable as the Brown and Martin cases?
Imagine a white guy cut off a black woman's head. I mean what's worse... getting shot or having your head cut off?Let’s see if Barry puts this in the same spotlight as he did with Brown and Martin.
To bad the cop didn’t shoot him between the eyes. He's indigent and it's going to cost the taxpayers millions in long drawn out trials and appeals.
One more detail. Please tell me this administration is not going to chalk up another one to workplace violence. If it is 911 should be revisited. People were at work and we of course had violence. Add the two together and what do you got? Absurd you say? No more than Ft Hood and this latest atrocity.
Where is the condemnation from the so-called moderate/good Muslims?
Their aren't any
What demented religion believes cutting one's head off somehow ingratiates oneself to God?
Gruesome new details have been revealed regarding a woman murdered in Moore, Oklahoma, Thursday. According to local outlets, she was beheaded by a man who was reportedly in the process of converting to Islam.
The victim, identified as Colleen Hufford, 54, died at the scene at Vaughan Foods, a food distribution company, after the violent attack unfolded around 4:05 p.m. at the hands of a male former employee.
Alton Alexander Nolen, who was fired from the business before allegedly attacking Hufford and another coworker, is the primary suspect in the case. He was shot during the attack by an off-duty officer and remans hospitalized, but is expected to survive.
The horrific incident unfolded after Nolen, 30, was terminated at a different location, then reportedly drove to the front of the Vaughan Foods building, hit a vehicle and walked inside.
Nolen also reportedly attacked Traci Johnson, 43, another worker at the plant, before being shot by Mark Vaughn, the chief operating officer of the company and a reserve Oklahoma County Deputy.
Johnson is currently in stable condition; authorities believe the suspect would have killed the second victim had he not been stopped.
Police do not currently believe that Hufford and Johnson were targeted, but claim that they were in Nolen’s way after he entered the building.
Moore Police Department
Coworkers claim that Nolen had recently converted to Islam and that he had been attempting to convert them as well, according to police.
“After conducting interviews with coworkers of Nolen information was obtained that he recently … started trying to convert some of his coworkers to the Muslim religion,” Moore Police Department officer Jeremy Lewis said at a press conference Friday.
The officer added that the manner of death and initial statements from coworkers have led the FBI to get involved in helping explore Nolen’s background.
State records indicate that Nolen was convicted of felony drug offenses, escape from prison and assault and battery on a police officer. Additionally, he reportedly served time in prison, according to Fox News.
Facebook posts show Nolen reading the Koran, donning Muslim religious clothing (pictured), praying in a mosque, and performing the one-figure salute of the ISIS terror group
“On behalf of everyone at Vaughan Foods, we are shocked and deeply saddened by the events of today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the team member we lost and all those affected. Our focus is on the safety and well-being of our employees. We will provide counseling and support for our team members and support each other through this difficult time. We are working with authorities on this active investigation and ask that you direct your questions to local law enforcement.”
(Must be another major scandal brewing on the horizon)
The White House on Thursday was quick to advocate for Holder's placement in the history books.
“He established a historic legacy of civil rights enforcement and restoring fairness to the criminal justice system,” said one White House official. “Holder revitalized the department’s praised civil rights division, protected the rights of the LGBT community, successfully prosecuted terrorists, and fought tirelessly for voting rights, to name a few.”
(Might be a few they left out…quite a few that is)
ERIC HOLDER'S CAREER: Scandals, activism and race politics Eric Holder is the fourth-longest-serving attorney general in U.S. history and has attracted more than his share of scandal.
1995 – Holder told the Woman's National Democratic Club that the DOJ would soon launch a public campaign to 'really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way ... in the way in which we changed our attitudes about cigarettes.'
January 2001 – As deputy attorney general, Holder interceded with President Clinton and advised him to pardon Marc Rich, a substantial campaign donor and 20-year fugitive, in a tax-evasion and racketeering case. Clinton granted the pardon during his final hours in office.
February 2009 – Holder was confirmed as attorney general by a 75-21 margin in the U.S Senate and became America's first black attorney general.
February 2009 – A newly minted AG Holder said during a speech marking Black History Month that the U.S. was 'essentially a nation of cowards' on race-relations. He said in January 2014 that 'I would not take that back' (Didn't the "nation of cowards" just elect a black president?)
May 2009 – Holder stunned legal watchers by decided to try a terror-bombing suspect in civilian courts instead of giving him a military tribunal at the Guantanamo Bay detention complex. Ahmed Ghailani, indicted for the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies which killed 12 Americans and 212 otherss, became the first Guantanamo prisoner brought to U.S. soil for a trial.
November 2009 – Following an Islamist Army doctor's jihad-related mass shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, Holder's DOJ classified the casualties as the result of 'workplace violence' instead of opening a terrorism case.
(The Hasan case was as close to workplace violence as Benghazi was to a video)
April 2010 – Holder personally OK'ed search warrants demanding the secret collection of emails belonging to Fox News Channel reporter James Rosen. The DOJ wanted to track the source of a national security leak without Rosen being aware he was under surveillance. (Yet he couldn't track 2 and a half years of missing emails at the IRS)
Watch this short video... remember he personally signed off on the search warrant to obtain the communications of Rosen. If this isn't an out-and-out lie what is? (If video won't load click post title)
Video 29 reused
May 2011 – Holder testified under oath during a congressional hearing that he hadn't heard about the failed 'gunwalking' program Operation Fast and Furious until one month earlier. A memo later surfaced from 2010 showing that Holder had been briefed on the program, which lost track of nearly 2,000 guns that killed hundreds including an American border patrol agent. He would have went up in flames on this one but Barry broke the law by covering up a crime using Executive Priviledge to pull Stedman's ass out of the fire.
He Frankly is a liar.
June 2012 – Congress voted to hold Holder in contempt, an unprecedented move, for refusing to turn over the Fast and Furious documents that a Republican-led committee had subpoenaed.
November 2013 – a Texas Republican congressman filed Articles of Impeachment against Holder but only attracted 26 cosponsors for the bill.
March 2014 – Holder declined Republicans' demands to appoint an independent Special Prosecutor to probe allegations that IRS officials politically targeted conservative groups with intrusive investigations. Immersed with a avalanche of evidence, crashed hard drives, two and a half years of missing emails, people pleading the 5th left and right, yet instead he conducted investigations into thugs Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin finding this a bigger miscarriage of justice than the most significant breach in government corruption since the Nixon administration.
Unequivocally Eric Holder was/is the worst AG this country has ever had. When history is recorded I hope the hindsight is 20/20 but I suspect the historians are holding a white cane with a red tip. If you think this is all BS go to Wikipedia now and look up Alberto Gonzales and compare it with their take on the legacy of Stedman.
WASHINGTON—Attorney General Eric Holder will announce he plans to resign, according to an official familiar with his plans. A formal announcement is planned for Thursday afternoon at the White House.
Mr. Holder plans to stay in the job until a successor is confirmed, according to the official. That means he could remain on the job beyond the November election.
The first black attorney general, Mr. Holder is also one of a handful of remaining cabinet members whose tenures date back to the beginning of the Obama administration.
Mr. Holder has long signaled he plans to leave the job by the end of this year.
The official said the attorney general and the president have had several discussions about his planned departure and finalized those plans at a Labor Day meeting at the White House.
Among those mentioned as possible successors is former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, according to people familiar with the discussions. She and Mr. Holder were spotted having dinner at a Washington restaurant last month.
Another candidate being considered by the White House is Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who represented the U.S. in the recent Supreme Court case over whether for-profit companies with religious objections should have to pay a fine for not covering contraceptives in workers insurance plans as required by the Affordable Care Act.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is another potential contender.
The United States spent more than $100 billion on aid in Afghanistan since 2001 to train and equip the country's security forces, to pave crumbling dirt roads, to upgrade hospitals and to build schools. More than 2,200 U.S. forces have died in Afghanistan operations since 2001. Nearly 20,000 have been wounded.
Now we have to listen to this ungrateful piece of shit?
Karzai and his 2 brothers (Ahmed Wali Karzai, now deceased) were (are) nothing but worthless crooks.
September 23, 2014: Afghan President Hamid Karzai attends his farewell ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
Outgoing Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai took one final swipe at the U.S. Tuesday, telling a gathering of Afghan government employees that the 13-year American-led military action had failed to bring peace to his country.
"We don't have peace because the Americans didn't want peace," said Karzai, who will officially give way to President-elect Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai when the latter is sworn in Monday.
"If America and Pakistan really want it, peace will come to Afghanistan," Karzai added, referring to his country's eastern neighbor as well as the U.S. "The war in Afghanistan is to the benefit of foreigners. But Afghans on both sides are the sacrificial lambs and victims of this war." Karzai also thanked a number of countries for their efforts in Afghanistan — India, Japan, China, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Germany — without thanking the U.S.
Karzai's words were met with a furious response by the American ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham, who called the comments "ungracious and ungrateful."
"It makes me kind of sad. I think his remarks, which were uncalled for, do a disservice to the American people and dishonor the huge sacrifices Americans have made here and continue to make here," Cunningham told a gathering of journalists.
Karzai's spokesman Aimal Faizi told The Washington Post that while the president appreciates the efforts of U.S. troops and taxpayers to rebuilt the war-torn country, he also believes that the U.S. did not do enough to confront Pakistan-backed militants in the country and that Washington and Islamabad "sabotaged" efforts to reach a peace deal with the Taliban.
Karzai is the only president Afghanistan has known since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion removed the Taliban from power. In the intervening years, The United States has spent more than $100 billion on aid in Afghanistan since 2001 to train and equip the country's security forces, to pave crumbling dirt roads, to upgrade hospitals and to build schools. More than 2,200 U.S. forces have died in Afghanistan operations since 2001. Nearly 20,000 have been wounded.
The United Nations says that some 8,000 Afghan civilians have been killed in the conflict over the last five years alone. Karzai for years has railed against U.S. military strikes for the civilian casualties that some of them cause — although the United Nations has said insurgents are to blame for the overwhelming majority of casualties.
In his final year in office Karzai refused to sign a security agreement with the U.S. that would set the legal framework to allow about 10,000 American military advisers and trainers to stay in the country next year. Ghani Ahmadzai has said he will sign it.
Samehullah Samem, a member of parliament from the western province of Farah, said as a decade-long ruler Karzai has earned respect among Afghans, but that he should be more careful with his words toward an ally. He noted that the Afghan economy is faltering.
"We are completely dependent on the international community. We need the support of the international community, especially the United States of America," Samem said.
U.S. military and intelligence operatives helped transport Karzai around the region in late 2001, shortly after the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington. That U.S. connection helped pave the way to the presidency.
Ghani Ahmadzai's entrance is more conventional. A former finance minister, the new president has worked at the World Bank and earned a PhD. from New York's Colombia University. His path to the presidency follows a long election season that ended with negotiations for a national unity government and the election commission giving him 55 percent of the runoff vote.
Cunningham said the U.S. was asked to be involved in the unity negotiations and that the U.S. exerted itself to help Afghanistan succeed, an important achievement especially given the "psychic investment as well as blood and treasure" here since 2001.
The 13-year war against the Taliban has largely been turned over to Afghan security forces, a development that has seen casualties among Afghan soldiers rise significantly this year.
Karzai says US has not wanted peace in Afghanistan during farewell speech