Rice Concedes Error on Libya; G.O.P. Digs In By MARK LANDLER and JEREMY W. PETERS
WASHINGTON — Susan E. Rice may have hoped that paying a conciliatory call on three hostile Senate Republicans on Tuesday would smooth over a festering dispute about the deadly attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, and clear a roadblock to her nomination as secretary of state.But the senators seemed anything but mollified, signaling instead that they would still oppose Ms. Rice, the ambassador to the United Nations, if she is nominated by President Obama, even after she conceded errors in the account of the assault she gave on Sunday morning television programs shortly after it occurred in September.
Two of the Republicans, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, said they would seek to block Ms. Rice, who according to administration officials remains Mr. Obama’s preferred choice to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The third Republican, Senator John McCain of Arizona, said on Fox that he would be “very hard-pressed” to support Ms. Rice.
“Bottom line, I’m more disturbed than I was before,” Mr. Graham said after the tense, closed-door meeting.
The continued criticism of Ms. Rice, 48, a diplomat with close ties to Mr. Obama, deepens an already bitter and unusually personal feud between the White House and Republicans over Libya. Responding to a question about criticism of Ms. Rice at a news conference two weeks ago, Mr. Obama said, “If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me.”
When Yael Ram-Matzpon * heard the door open at 3:30 a.m., she thought it
was her husband returning from his job in the IDF. But when the door flung
open and the light flicked on, she found herself face to face with a
knife-wielding Palestinian terrorist from Gaza. Lying next to her in bed
was her four and half year- old daughter and two year- old son. In a room
close by, her eight and nine year old daughters lay sleeping.
“‘What do you want, I asked him. Money, food?’ I got up. He told me to get
down on the floor. I knew I wasn’t doing that.”
And so began a fight to the death between an unarmed 39 year- old mother of
four and an armed terrorist in Sde Avraham, a neighborhood in southern
Israel’s Eshkol region near Gaza; a mother who knew that only she stood
between him and the slaughter of her innocent children. “He pushed me down
and started to slash me,” she told Israel’s evening news. “And I thought:
‘Now I’m going to feel what it’s like to be slashed, just like you see on
television.'” As she speaks, we notice the long scar on her cheekbone, the
tear in her skin under her eye and on her chin, evidence of the deadly
weapon which sought to take away her life and the lives of her children.
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3470/muslim-indignation-australia We cannot, and must not, stand for a religion that will limit our ability to speak, especially a religion that openly calls for the murder of people of other religions, and often even its own. The Sydney police force announced a few weeks ago that, in anticipation of more hostile Islamic street protests similar […]
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=2954 How Israel is helping Hamas reload On Sunday, a truck filled with money was delivered to Gaza from Israel. That a large vehicle was needed for the transport was already a given. Not only does $13.5 million in cash take up a lot of space, but the procedure itself has been going on monthly […]
Remember the word “ghetto” was used to describe minority dwellings in major cities? A ghetto historically was a place where Jews were confined, gates were closed at night, and the living conditions were beyond squalid. In cities in Europe, they were used as rounding up places for deportations to concentration camps. Well, fortunately the word is no longer used to describe ethnic enclaves.
Now, how about the word “occupation” about Israel’s legitimate towns and villages in Judea and Samaria and the Golan. What occupation? The real occupation is the Hamas occupation of Gaza, the Taliban occupation of Afghanistan, the al Qaeda occupation of Iraq, the Jihadists’ occupation of Mindanao, of Somalia, of Sudan….and the politically correct occupation of the American mind that ignores the perils of Sharia.
And, don’t you just love the words “insurgents” and “militants” for all form of murderous vermin that Pamela Geller so rightly calls “savages?”
http://frontpagemag.com/2012/hillel-zaremba/islamists-exploiting-the-interfaith-racket/print/ While it is all well and good to encourage the commonalities that unite Americans of all faiths, it is equally important to inquire into the bona fides of organizations that only claim to promote tolerance. Philadelphia presents a sorry but enlightening example of how groups whose agendas directly challenge American values get a free […]
http://frontpagemag.com/2012/nonie-darwish/immigrants-dilemma-in-america/print/ If America were to open its borders without restrictions, more than half the world population would be here. It is the American capitalist system that is still a dream come true to many who are more than happy to leave their stagnant, dysfunctional economies, burdened with class envy and re-distribution of “pennies” through government […]
http://frontpagemag.com/2012/ben-shapiro/hollywoods-casual-anti-semitism/print/ Several years ago, I interviewed noted producer Leonard Goldberg for my book on liberalism in television, Primetime Propaganda. Goldberg, noting my Jewish surname, asked me why I thought so many Jews in Hollywood didn’t care about Israel. He said he was shocked by the lack of pro-Israel Jews in town. My answer was simple: […]
http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/hitler-would-be-proud-austrian-muslims-chant-death-to-the-jews/print/ And this kind of talk isn’t just theoretical. Top members of the Austrian government were in attendance Monday at Vienna’s Great Synagogue, the Stadttempel, on the 30th anniversary of a terrorist attack by Arabs against Jews who were celebrating a Bar Mitzvah. Security officials said at the time that the terrorists were aware of […]
http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/the-untold-history-of-the-left/print/ Oliver Stone’s “The Untold History of the United States” is one of those untold histories that are told over and over again by the left. But no matter how often the left retells the same stories, it makes sure to add an “untold” in there, not because their revisionism of history was previously untold, […]