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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Maureen Dowd, "Of Mad Men, Mad Women and Meat Loaf": Mo to O, Commanders-in-Chief Don't Abandon Troops to Die . . . Not

The Benghazi timeline, September 11-12, 2012, as gleaned from Jennifer Griffin's Fox News article entitled "CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack, sources say" (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/26/cia-operators-were-denied-request-for-help-during-benghazi-attack-sources-say/):


  • At 21:40 Libyan time, shots fired at US consulate.
  • Tyrone Woods and two others at nearby CIA annex disregard orders to "stand down" and rush to consulate.
  • "The rescue team . . . evacuated those who remained at the consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack" and return to CIA annex at midnight. Rescue team unable to find Ambassador Stevens.
  • CIA annex comes under attack, and military support is requested, but request is denied.
  • At 4:00 in Libya, "nearly seven hours after the attack on the consulate began," Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty are "killed by a mortar shell."
We know that sometime during the night, Ambassador Stevens was killed, and his naked body was carried out of the consulate by the attackers. It has been alleged that his body was sodomized.

The continuation of the timeline from the US on September 12:

  • Speaking from the Rose Garden at 10:43 EDT, President Obama, attributing the attack to an inane Internet video, declares, "Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. . . . As Americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because there are people who are willing to fight for it, to stand up for it, and in some cases, lay down their lives for it."
  • At 13:15 EDT, Obama departs the White House.
  • At 17:25 PT, Obama delivers campaign address at Cashman Center, Las Vegas.
  • At 21:10 MT, Obama arrives in Aurora, Colorado to continue his campaign tour.

In her latest New York Times op-ed entitled "Of Mad Men, Mad Women and Meat Loaf" (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/opinion/sunday/dowd-Of-Mad-Men-Mad-Women-and-Meat-Loaf.html), Maureen Dowd ignores what happened in Benghazi. Instead, she devotes much of her opinion piece to abortion rights:

"Our mom, a strict Catholic, taught us that it was immoral for a woman to be expected to carry a rapist’s baby for nine months. (Don’t even mention that rapists can assert parental rights in 31 states.)

But compassion is scant among the Puritan tribe of Republicans running now. As The Huffington Post reports, at least a dozen G.O.P. Senate candidates oppose abortion for rape victims. The party platform calls for a constitutional amendment with no exceptions for rape, incest or the mother’s life."

Compassion is scant only among Republicans?

Well, Maureen, I too am pro-choice, but I am also horrified by what was done to Ambassador Stevens. My hair stands on end and my blood pressure goes through the roof when I ponder how Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were allowed to die some seven hours after the onset of the attack against the Benghazi consulate.

There are responsibilities that come with being Commander-in-Chief. Obama is obviously unaware of them.

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