Discredited in Benghazi by Angelo M. Codevilla

The abandonment of the State Department-CIA mission in Benghazi that came under attack on September 11, 2012 marked the failure of the Obama administration’s foreign policy toward the Muslim world. That American generals and admirals raised no protest to the decision not to go to the American contingent’s defense dishonored our military and undercut its sense of duty, responsibility, and self-respect. The discredit brought upon the United States by foolish, dishonest foreign policies is dangerous and hard enough to live down. But history teaches that militaries whose moral qualities have been undermined court disaster, and that restoring those qualities is very hard.

Public discourse has focused on whether the destruction of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was spontaneous or a planned terrorist attack, as well as on why the mission had not been provided with adequate security. But these questions are important chiefly from the standpoint of domestic politics.

Of greater importance to our nation is that the so-called consulate annex was destroyed by a regular, conventional military assault and finished off by very accurate mortar fire. This annex, a CIA outpost, seems to have been facilitating the transfer of weapons to Syrian rebel factions—something that the Obama administration was doing quietly while publicly debating whether to do it— as well as engaging in other covert activities in the region. More likely than not, this is how it could become the target of a regular military attack. This may also explain why a CIA team swept the ruins of the annex for two weeks before FBI investigators were allowed to enter it.

In short: regardless of who, precisely, ran the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, it was a blow aimed at U.S. policy. Moreover, since the Obama administration has apparently done nothing during the past 20 months to identify those who fired the mortars, it is reasonable to infer that detouring attention from that fight’s stakes and protagonists shaped its actions on the night of the attack—regardless of, or at least in addition to, any political considerations there may have been.

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From the Bear’s Corner: Some lessons are really-really-really hard to learn!

One of the main reasons (and there others) for the economic crash in 2008 was the housing market bubble. It all started with the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, revised in 1995 and again in 2005.

The act pressured mortgage lending institutions and banks under the threat of prosecution by the government to revise their criteria required needed to make home mortgages. (aka Subprime lending)

It was another one of those great illusions from the libtards that everyone should own a home whether they could afford it or not was immaterial. You didn’t need to have a job or verify your income and if didn’t have any money for a down payment the government would loan you that too.

What did a home buyer have to loose…Absolutely Nothing! In fact many of them walked away from a closing with a check in their pocket.

Now I am sure many of you are familiar with the above, but here we go again with the same old problem that helped create our never ending recession-depression and housing bubble crises.

The head of HUD (Housing and Urban Development), Shawn Donovan who is a Clinton retread from the 1995 act called for “innovative” ways to “increase the flow of credit.” He’s making it easier for weak buyers to get FHA loans.

All they have to do is get credit counseling, even though a 2008 study found that had no impact on default rates.

And who backs bad government loans? The American Taxpayer.

I guess we will call this “The Housing Bubble 2.0”

Timeline shows Bush, McCain warning Dems of financial and housing

Video Unearthed Democrats in their own words Covering

Barney Frank in 2005 What Housing Bubble?

Here is where should be…

Barney Frank

Today’s Toon

Real Men don't buy girls

A “Real” Commencement Speech

Notice:

For the next six days starting today Weds. 5/21 through Mon. 5/26 I am headlining Congressman Trey Gowdy videos. I am doing this because I see Gowdy as a raising star in American politics but he is different than your typical politician of recent vintage and he deserves the attention we are giving him.

He says what he means and he means what he says and I believe his first concerns are the welfare of this country. A rather refreshing point of view considering that the District of Corruption (D.C.) is home to a den of reprobates.

Gowdy needs help and support to get to the bottom of the Benghazi attack and you can expect the Democrats to obstruct, twist facts and lie and cover up what happened at Benghazi. (the coming hearings) (Nancy Pelosi on Benghazi: ‘Why aren’t we talking about something else?’)

They don’t want the truth to come out!

I am sure many of you are familiar with Trey Gowdy and if you are inclined to agree with me pass these videos along to your e-mail lists as public opinion weighs heavily in the world of politics.