Benghaziiiiiiiiiiii! Report!!

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Libya, Obama OppositionLeave a Comment

The New York Times headline says it all: But you wouldn’t know that reading the right wing blogs. Sure the report condemns many things, but not Hillary Clinton.  Of course, wingnuts will try to blur the lines. Here’s what the New York Times says: Ending one of the longest, costliest and most bitterly partisan congressional investigations in history, the House … Read More

Russian Plane Crash In Egypt

Ken AshfordLibya, Middle East, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

A Russian charter plane crashed over the weekend on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.  All 224 aboard the Airbus jetliner were killed, with company executives ruling out technical or human error only to be upbraided by aviation officials who called such assertions premature. The Metrojet flight full of mostly Russian vacationers, bound for St. Petersburg from the Egyptian resort of … Read More

The Problem With Trump-Bush-9/11 And Clinton-Benghazi-9/11

Ken AshfordHistory, Libya, Political Scandals, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

I know I’m not the first to bring it up, but there is a huge disconnect going on right now when you tie together to seemingly separate stories. Trump is saying that since 9/11 happened during Bush 43’s watch, Bush 43 bears some culpability.  This makes Jeb Bush act all defensive, because (he seems to argue) the President cannot micromanage … Read More

Tripoli, No Benghazi

Ken AshfordElection 2012, Libya, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

Keep this in mind when it is brought up in the debate tonight.  According to State Department officials involved, the security requests were for the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Tripoli, not Benghazi, the New York Times reported last week: In a stream of diplomatic cables, embassy security officers warned their superiors at the State Department of a worsening threat from Islamic extremists, … Read More

Cartoon Nails It

Ken AshfordElection 2012, Libya, Middle East1 Comment

Boy, if this Oliphant political cartoon doesn't accurately describe Romney's desparation over the past few days, nothing does: These past few days, Romney has been playing to the crowd that was so outraged by a mosque bgeing built at Ground Zero (by the way, I've been there — you can't see any mosque — it's blocks away).  And he thinks this … Read More

How To Overthrow A Dictator

Ken AshfordIraq, LibyaLeave a Comment

So with the (unconfirmed) news that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has been killed, sounding the end of his 35 year brutal regime in Libya, now would be a good time to pull some lessons on how to actually do dictator-toppling. Unilateral or coalition? Iraq, under Bush:  The organized international community was against the War in Iraq, so Bush created what he called … Read More

Dumbest Quote About Libya

Ken AshfordHealth Care, LibyaLeave a Comment

I'm not crazy about our intervention in Libya, and I'm among those who think the action is unconstitutional (not that anyone cares anymore about the War Powers Clause — that was dead letter law decades ago). But this criticism of Obama is just plain stupid.  It comes from Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX): But then when you find out we're being sent … Read More