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Lindsey Graham Threatens to Hold National Security Nominees Hostage Over Benghazi Fake Outrage

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Sen. Lindsey Graham has appointed himself the King of Republican Bad Craziness, pandering to the far right’s bizarre fantasies about the Benghazi attack with a relentless zeal that would be impressive if it were directed at something actually useful to the country. His latest threat: Lindsey Graham to Place Hold on National Security Nominees Over Benghazi Attacks.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is threatening to place a hold on key administration national security nominations unless President Obama explains how the White House reacted to the Benghazi attacks and who “changed” the talking points used by U.N. ambassador Susan Rice during back-to-back appearances on the Sunday political talk shows in September.

Appearing on CBS’ Face the Nation, Graham insisted that Republicans shouldn’t “allow Brennan to go forward for the CIA directorship, Hagel to be confirmed to Secretary of Defense, until the White House gives us an accounting.”

Let’s face it, this is exactly what the Republican Party would do anyway, Benghazi or no Benghazi. It’s just the latest excuse to do everything in their power to sabotage Obama, whether it’s good for the US or not.

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1 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 11:11:08am

Imagine if the GOP took their energy and applied it to something good. Even if they were doing it from a ‘conservative’ position, just if they worked really hard on coming up with something of actual benefit.

2 Dr Lizardo  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 11:11:55am

Why am I not surprised by this?

The inmates have not only taken over the (GOP) asylum, the asylum staff now has Stockholm Syndrome.

3 Goosestepping Obama Tina Brown  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 11:15:18am

Finally! Thank you Sen Graham for being the only person to realize the answer to the countries problems is ZOMFG BENGHAZI TALKING POINTS!!111!!!!


///

4 jaunte  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 11:16:19am

Party of “Sarah Palin for heartbeat away from the Presidency” is concerned about our national security.

5 Targetpractice  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 11:22:42am

Thank you, Sen. Reid, for leaving the children in charge. Congrats on setting precedent that the GOP will be quick to ignore if they ever take back the Senate.

6 Tigger2005  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 11:22:57am

Guess what Graham? We haven’t forgotten that 9/11, the WMD debacle and several major embassy attacks took place on Bush’s watch. Where are the investigations? We want an accounting.

7 Tigger2005  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 11:24:20am

“We won’t stop, we’ll be relentless, until Obama and Hillary admit they personally conspired with the attackers and then engaged in hot steamy sex at Camp David while their phones rang and rang and rang…”

8 erik_t  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 11:32:27am

The funny thing is it’s still not going to work.

Enjoy the primary defeat, Lindsey.

9 jaunte  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 11:36:08am

Graham in trouble with SC GOP base, Sanford has no support

February 08, 2011

With the GOP’s true believers, Senator Lindsey Graham has a reputation of being conciliatory toward the administration and working too often with Democrats and moderate Republicans. As such, while a 45% plurality of South Carolina Republican primary voters see his views as “about right,” an almost equal 42% view him as too liberal. Two-thirds of the state’s primary electorate label themselves conservative, and 53% of them see Graham as too liberal, while only 38% say “about right.”

10 moderatelyradicalliberal  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 11:36:32am

re: #5 Targetpractice

Thank you, Sen. Reid, for leaving the children in charge. Congrats on setting precedent that the GOP will be quick to ignore if they ever take back the Senate.

Beat me to it. Thanks a lot Harry Reid for not doing real filibuster reform.

11 erik_t  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 11:38:33am

re: #5 Targetpractice

Thank you, Sen. Reid, for leaving the children in charge. Congrats on setting precedent that the GOP will be quick to ignore if they ever take back the Senate.

The Senate is a fucking gentlemen’s club, not a functioning workplace.

12 jaunte  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 11:40:16am
13 Gus  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 11:44:29am

re: #12 jaunte

Club for Growth 2014 target: Lindsey Graham

Time to break out the Emergency Wingnut Device™.

14 aagcobb  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 11:46:20am

re: #4 jaunte

Party of “Sarah Palin for heartbeat away from the Presidency” is concerned about our national security.

They are so concerned about national security, they are getting ready to gut defense spending in the sequester.

15 dragonfire1981  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 11:59:43am

They have been trying to sabotage Obama since Jan. 2009 and it HASN’T WORKED.

Why keep trying? They really should comprehend that Obama is the President whether they like it or not and it might, just MIGHT be a good idea to try and work with his administration on some things.

Otherwise, the GOP will go down in another blistering defeat in 2016, a loss which will probably cost them the House if they manage to keep it in 2014.

16 Killgore Trout  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 12:00:12pm

About that shipload of Iranian weapons a few days ago….
Iran and Hezbollah build militia networks in Syria in event that Assad falls, officials say

A senior Obama administration official sited Iranian claims that Tehran was backing as many as 50,000 militiamen in Syria. “It’s a big operation,” the official said. “The immediate intention seems to be to support the Syrian regime. But it’s important for Iran to have a force in Syria that is reliable and can be counted on.”

Iran’s strategy, a senior Arab official agreed, has two tracks. “One is to support Assad to the hilt, the other is to set the stage for major mischief if he collapses.”

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.

17 122 Year Old Obama  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 12:00:42pm

re: #15 dragonfire1981

They have been trying to sabotage Obama since Jan. 2009 and it HASN’T WORKED.

Why keep trying? They really should comprehend that Obama is the President whether they like it or not and it might, just MIGHT be a good idea to try and work with his administration on some things.

Otherwise, the GOP will go down in another blistering defeat in 2016, a loss which will probably cost them the House if they manage to keep it in 2014.

Definition of insanity: trying the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

18 Bulworth  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 12:01:40pm
who “changed” the talking points used by U.N. ambassador Susan Rice during back-to-back appearances on the Sunday political talk shows in September.

Good god they’re still on this?

19 b_sharp  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 12:02:26pm
“…and who “changed” the talking points …”

What is it about new and more accurate information that this man doesn’t understand? What is it about making sure information is accurate that this man doesn’t understand?

Then again, why is he grandstanding now?

20 Bulworth  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 12:03:44pm

re: #4 jaunte

I sincerely regret I have only one upding to give for this

21 NJDhockeyfan  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 12:04:19pm

re: #16 Killgore Trout

About that shipload of Iranian weapons a few days ago….
Iran and Hezbollah build militia networks in Syria in event that Assad falls, officials say

Which is a reason why we shouldn’t send weapons to the rebels. Besides the Iranians, al-Qaeda is also fighting along side the rebels.

22 Killgore Trout  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 12:08:06pm

re: #21 NJDhockeyfan

Which is a reason why we shouldn’t send weapons to the rebels. Besides the Iranians, al-Qaeda is also fighting along side the rebels.

It’s a huge mess. I was surprised to see the estimate of 50,000 militia men. That’s a very sizable force.

23 The Mountain That Blogs  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 12:11:09pm

re: #15 dragonfire1981

Why keep trying? They really should comprehend that Obama is the President whether they like it or not and it might, just MIGHT be a good idea to try and work with his administration on some things.

I think they are still holding out hope of taking the Senate in 2014. There are 35 seats up for grabs, only 14 are currently held by Republicans, and unless Susan Collins decides to retire or Paul Broun is actually the nominee in Georgia, the GOP isn’t in danger of losing any of them.

24 Killgore Trout  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 12:11:27pm

OMG! Drones are coming for all of us!
Report: Ex-Cop Christopher Dorner Is Now a Target for Drones

Presumably, the drones looking for Dorner’s heat signature are unarmed. Presumably.

Should armed drones actually be authorized to fire on Dorner, then it would be a first, and frankly a terrifying precedent. And considering all the collateral damage that’s already happened, adding drone fire to the mix would be a horrible idea. Unmanned eyes in the sky could be the ticket to ending the week-long search, but you can’t unset a precedent.

Of course following the links doesn’t turn up a hint of a mention about armed drones, that’s from the imagination of the idiot from Gizmodo.

25 b_sharp  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 12:15:59pm

re: #24 Killgore Trout

OMG! Drones are coming for all of us!
Report: Ex-Cop Christopher Dorner Is Now a Target for Drones

Of course following the links doesn’t turn up a hint of a mention about armed drones, that’s from the imagination of the idiot from Gizmodo.

Drones aren’t really unmanned, either.

Perhaps they should have gerbils duct taped to the top of them to point that out.

26 Varek Raith  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 12:18:37pm

re: #16 Killgore Trout

re: #21 NJDhockeyfan

How about that GOP moderating???
Oh, wait…

27 steve_davis  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 12:19:48pm

Now that Obama has no more elections to run for, I really, really want ot see him in a SOTU address just begin naming names. “Senator Graham….where are you senator? Senator Graham has put this country’s security at peril so that he can score some cheap political points in his reelection bid. Senator, I’m asking you as the commander in chief, stop what amounts to a treasonous attack upon the people that you are here to serve. Stop obstructing me from getting the people in place who can get our brave men and women out of harm’s way…”

28 Killgore Trout  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 12:21:56pm

re: #25 b_sharp

Drones aren’t really unmanned, either.

Perhaps they should have gerbils duct taped to the top of them to point that out.

…with goggles and scarves!

29 jaunte  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 12:32:10pm

Poway Student Who Planned School Shooting Detained

Detectives from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department investigated the alleged threat and found numerous rifles and handguns in the 12-year-old student’s home.

According to officials, the email threat made reference to 3,000 rounds of ammunition as well as numerous firearms in the planned shooting at the Poway middle school located at 14640 Tierra Bonita Rd.

30 Talking Point Detective  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 12:33:14pm

re: #17 122 Year Old Obama

Definition of insanity: trying the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

I’m thinking that these Republicans could best be helped by addiction counseling. Clearly, they are addicted to BENGHAZI!!!!!11!!!!

31 simoom  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 12:43:14pm

You’ve just got to love how they keep moving the goalposts /// :
[Link: politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com…]

The South Carolina lawmaker made the threat Sunday on CBS, using the phrase “no confirmation without information” in vowing to put a hold on the nominations of both John Brennan and Chuck Hagel unless the Obama administration provides more information about the Benghazi attack.

Previously, Graham had vowed to put a hold on Hagel’s nomination unless outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified before Congress on the Benghazi attacks. Panetta testified last week before the Senate Armed Services Committee, saying that without direct warning or advance intelligence of the September 11, 2012, attack, there was no way for the military to respond in time.

32 austin_blue  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 12:52:32pm

blah blah Benghazi!! blah blah Syria!! blah blah Drones!! blah blah Iran!! blah blah…

It’s all so predictable, venal, and pointless. As if we don’t have real fish to fry.

33 engineer cat  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 12:54:37pm

i dunt give a half disme

34 engineer cat  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 12:56:59pm

which says more intelligent things?

1) republican politicians

2) snorg tee shirts

35 dragonfire1981  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:06:53pm

re: #34 engineer cat

which says more intelligent things?

1) republican politicians

2) snorg tee shirts

3) George Takei tweets

36 erik_t  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:07:05pm

Man, this place is deader than John McCain’s sense of shame this afternoon.

37 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:09:46pm

It’s grody outside and I have a headache.

u?

38 dragonfire1981  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:10:22pm

With all the mistaken identity nonsense from the LAPD perhaps LL Cool J should go into hiding for awhile…

39 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:10:48pm

Think Sheriff Joe in Arizona has wet dreams about having his own drone?

40 Vicious Babushka  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:10:57pm

re: #37 FemNaziBitch

It’s grody outside and I have a headache.

u?

Grody? I haven’t heard that word in like 45 years.

41 Stanley Sea  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:11:22pm

re: #36 erik_t

Man, this place is deader than John McCain’s sense of shame this afternoon.

Prepping for the Walking Dead.

42 Hercules Grytpype-Thynneghazi  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:11:40pm

re: #40 Vicious Babushka

Grody? I haven’t heard that word in like 45 years.

To the max.

43 erik_t  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:12:08pm

re: #41 Skeetghazi

Prepping for the Walking Dead.

John McCain - R (MTP)

44 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:12:09pm

re: #38 dragonfire1981

With all the mistaken identity nonsense from the LAPD perhaps LL Cool J should go into hiding for awhile…

This is the most often I’ve heard the name “LL Cool J” since the late ’80s.

45 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:12:52pm

re: #40 Vicious Babushka

Grody? I haven’t heard that word in like 45 years.

It’s still a useful and accurately descriptive word. - no?

46 TedStriker  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:13:08pm

re: #42 Hercules Grytpype-Thynneghazi

To the max.

Totally.

47 Kaessa  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:13:22pm

re: #46 TedStriker

Totally.

Fer sure!

48 TedStriker  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:13:48pm

re: #47 Kaessa

Fer sure!

That’s heavy.

49 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:13:51pm

re: #47 Kaessa

Fer sure!

gnarly dude!

50 Stanley Sea  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:14:17pm

gag me with a spoon

51 Lidane  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:14:36pm

re: #35 dragonfire1981

3) George Takei tweets

A+ post, would upding again.

52 Kaessa  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:14:54pm

re: #50 Skeetghazi

gag me with a spoon

Like, oh my god!

53 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:15:21pm

Actually gnarly is also a great word for describing weather conditions. As is Blustery. It’s neither of those today, but it s wet, gray and coldish. Anything that is not concrete is mud. Grody conditions in the Very Far Western Parts of Chicagoland.

54 dragonfire1981  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:20:09pm

re: #44 Glenn Beck’s Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut

This is the most often I’ve heard the name “LL Cool J” since the late ’80s.

I hear you on that and I don’t usually get caught up in such “lookalike” nonsense but in this case…the two guys REALLY look like they could be brothers.

55 dragonfire1981  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:20:27pm

re: #45 FemNaziBitch

It’s still a useful and accurately descriptive word. - no?

It’s a perfectly cromulent word

56 PhillyPretzel  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:20:54pm

re: #53 FemNaziBitch

It looks like Philly might have something tonight. According to the Nat’l Weather Service we might get a bit of freezing rain just in time for the morning commute. Yuck.

57 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:21:10pm

re: #55 dragonfire1981

It’s a perfectly cromulent word

Unlike Cromwell?

58 Hercules Grytpype-Thynneghazi  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:22:49pm

re: #48 TedStriker

That’s heavy.

There’s that word again. “Heavy.” Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the Earth’s gravitational pull?

59 FemNaziBitch  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 1:27:23pm

re: #58 Hercules Grytpype-Thynneghazi

There’s that word again. “Heavy.” Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the Earth’s gravitational pull?

heavy water makes weather gnarly

60 Bulworth  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 3:26:06pm

re: #31 simoom

No confirmations until Vince Foster testifies….

/

61 Wayne A. Schneider  Sun, Feb 10, 2013 4:43:27pm

I’ve said this before, but I think Lindsey Graham is still bitter because he knows he’ll never get to be John McCain’s First Lady.


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