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A Libya Timeline Refresher

McBender Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 3:15 PM
It seems to me that Obama is responsible for lax security, lax intelligence, and for destabilizing Libya in the first place. If Republicans were able to deal with basic reality, they could make some legitimate criticisms here. Of course, since the current crop of Republicans have taken a perverse delight in destabilizing middle eastern countries in the name of democracy for the better part of the last decade, and since most of them howled for the Libyan intervention, they can't really bring up that third point.
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A Libya Timeline Refresher

McBender Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 2:25 PM
Apparently you feel that the translation of the movie and a new round of promotion for it a few days before September 11 is just a coincidence. And then there is this: To Libyans who witnessed the assault and know the attackers, there is little doubt what occurred: a well-known group of local Islamist militants struck without any warning or protest, and they did it in retaliation for the video. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/16/world/africa/election-year-stakes-overshadow-nuances-of-benghazi-investigation.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&
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A Libya Timeline Refresher

McBender Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 1:34 PM
A few days before the 9/11 anniversary, someone – no one knows who – translated the innocence video into Arabic. And a new round of promotion and propaganda was launched claiming the United States government produced and supported the movie. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/this-is-the-man-who-reportedly-translated-sent-the-anti-muhammad-film-to-egyptian-journalists/ I doubt the timing of the new translation and additional promotion of the film is coincidental. It might be interesting to know who did that. Alas, Townhall has no such interest.
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Is a Nuclear Deal With Iran Possible?

McBender Wrote: Oct 09, 2012 8:28 PM
Earth to ANY Republican: Iraq will NEVER be of any help to the Republican Party EVER. If Iraq-war dead-enders can't bring themselves to face reality, the least they could do is keep quite.
I believe Lawrence Korb, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Ronald Reagan, has the situation pegged accurately. http://nationalinterest.org/commentary/return-the-neocons-7564
lois, If you wish to make the argument that Obama's predecessor is more to blame than Obama is on Afghanistan, that is certainly the case. But Obama continued a nonsensical policy in Afghanistan. And initiated another in Libya. Obama is as clueless as Bush -- and Romney has made it very clear that he is no better.
If Obama actually understood why Iraq went poorly, he would not have done what he did in Afghanistan and Libya -- pursue democracy in places that are not consolidated nation states and have no constitutional backgrounds. A good Conservative critique of Obama would be helpful. Romney has repeatedly indicated he has no intention of making one.
Becca: Reagan won the second debate. You don't know your history. You're remark about the first Bush/Kerry debate is equally ignorant.
Ah Tincan: Another Iraq war dead-ender I assume. Democracy promotion is just fine with you no doubt. At some point, certain Republicans need to understand the difference between teaching somebody a lesson and using our troops for social engineering projects. The proper Conservative criticism of Obama is that he turned Libya into the Somalia of the Mediterranean and is using our military to prop up Karzai. Romney's response: we should do more of this.
Chestertonfan: he should not do it so soon after getting some momentum in the first debate. I would be delighted if he said something different than he has said during the past year, but I won't hold my breath.
Perhaps Romney can join previous first debate "winners" Walter Mondale and John Kerry for a party. He is also about to do something extremely foolish. Romney is reportedly planning to give a “significant” foreign policy address at VMI next Monday. Based on the fact that his campaign is loaded with neoconcservative Bushites, he will undoubtedly cause consternation for Conservatives and independents alike.
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