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Obama’s Libya Story Collapses: The Attack Was Planned. by The Elephant's Child

The map above is as of September 13 — 4 days ago, so add Afghanistan and Pakistan, State has issued a travel warning for Lebanon. (Click to enlarge)

Let me be clear: (familiar phrase?) The protests were not about the video. The protests were planned in advance, our government was told that unrest was coming. 9/11 is a major day of observance for radical Islam, for it marks their most successful attack on — us. For eleven years they have been demonstrating that they like to demonstrate on important dates.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice made the rounds of the Sunday shows explaining that the attacks in Egypt and Benghazi were simply spontaneous uprisings caused by a disgusting, repugnant video that offended the sensitive Muslims. The President of Libya, Mohamed Magariaf told NBC Friday that Libyans and “foreigners” carried out the attack on the U.S. Consulate that killed our ambassador and three other Americans. He said that foreigners were involved in the planning and execution of the attack, and that Libyan authorities have suspects  in custody.

The State Department is not answering questions about Benghazi, and the situation is described as chaos in the agency. Marines are stationed in embassies to protect their classified materials, not to secure the embassy walls. The killing of Ambassador Stevens was a premeditated hit, planned and carried out as a retaliation for the recent drone strike that killed the number two al Qaeda operative in Afghanistan. The other protests were covering theater.

The claim that the filmmaker was taken into custody because of a possible probation violation, doesn’t even pass the smell test. He may or may not have violated probation, but he was taken into custody because his video embarrassed the president. Now that the federal government has outed him by name, by his location, by his religion,  and by his neighborhood will they be supplying him with protective custody? The FBI helped supply a Seattle artist with a new name and new location after she tried to suggest an “everybody draw Mohammed” day. Surely they can do more for the gentleman whom they outed in direct violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution.

The lapdog media is trying to portray Egypt and Libya as two different entities, and the protests around the Muslim world as just a coincidence, but the facts on the ground lay waste to administrations claims.

President Transparency is not prepared to talk straight to the American people, for he believes he can get away with it as usual, because he has a gift and the American people aren’t very bright, or something like that. His attempt to get YouTube to drop the video didn’t work. And the facts usually emerge. Works better to be honest in the first place.

GM to Government: You’re Harming Our Reputation! by The Elephant's Child

From David Harsanyi at Human Events:

The Obama administration is today launching a complaint at the World Trade Organization over China’s allegedly unfair subsidizing of its auto industry. The administration will charge the Chinese government with subsidizing auto and auto parts producers from 2009 to 2011 to the tune of $1 billion. (Protectionism becomes a vital component of economic policy when a candidate is campaigning in Ohio).

We also learned today that General Motors executives have asked the Treasury Department to sell its stake in the giant car company.  The Obama administration said no. You remember only a few days back, Obama was being wildly cheered because “Bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive!”

Bin Laden may have been a really “gutsy call,” after dawdling and foot-dragging for a year after they learned what town he was in, and which was his house. Obama’s “saving” the auto industry was hailed as another administration success. Such a success that taxpayers now own about 226.5 percent of the company, at a current cost to taxpayers of $14,601,905,416.80. The U.S. Treasury owns roughly 500 million shares of common stock in General Motors. The Treasury would need to sell these shares at roughly $53 per share to “break even” on the investment. It’s now trading at just under $24 a share.

GM, not happy with the relationship, doesn’t care much for the stigma of being known as “Government Motors,” and the US government is a drag on its reputation and ability to recruit talent because of government imposed pay restrictions. They’re also irked at restrictions on corporate jet use.

Well, of course no one wants to sell any shares before the election — that might make the government look bad as it called attention to another big loss the government has foisted on the taxpayers. The hypocrisy of charging the Chinese Government with subsidizing their auto industry might be noticed. And if it is all just kept quiet, maybe no one will notice that the Volt line is shut down and the Defense Department is being forced to buy 1500 Volts for military use. And Obama wants to crow about the new fuel economy mandates of 54.5 mpg, which voters would like, without any discussion of how auto makers would get there, or what the additional cost to car buyers would be, or how much driver safety would be discarded.

It just gets ever so complicated when you have the government in your back pocket. They just can’t resist telling everyone how to run their business, because government people are just so darn brilliant.

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