Live from the White House South Lawn.
President Obama took no prisoners in his remarks today, blasting the Republican Party’s relentless obstructionism on immigration reform. Here you see a President who has no fucks left to give.
Who does the Obama administration think they’re fooling? This capture of a Benghazi ringleader is nothing more than a transparent attempt to distract people’s attention from Benghazi: U.S. Captures Benghazi Suspect in Secret Raid.
The officials said Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured Sunday near Benghazi by American troops, working alongside the FBI, following months of planning, and was now in U.S. custody “in a secure location outside Libya.” The officials said there were no casualties in the operation, and that all U.S. personnel involved have safely left Libya.
Abu Khattala’s apprehension is a major victory for the Obama administration, which has been criticized for having failed so far to bring those responsible for the Benghazi attacks to justice.
Remember this guy?
Yes, he’s popping up again like a malevolent right wing jack-in-the-box, predictably calling President Obama all kinds of names and boasting about how he would have solved everything by… well, he actually never gets around to saying how he would do that.
I’m guessing it involves WAR, the all-purpose Republican response to foreign policy issues.
“He and his people will try to hide from their record,” Romney said. “Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that some world leaders ‘may not be happy’ when they read her new book,” Romney said, adding that she singled out Putin.
“Please,” Romney said. “This from the woman who was gushing with smiles when she presented his minion with her red reset button.” …
“Jihadism and extremism are surging and on the rise in the Middle East and Africa. The Taliban is not defeated in Afghanistan,” Romney said as he spoke to his former donors in a theater-in-the-round setting. “And tragically, all that we fought for in Iraq, all that 4,500 American lives were shed to gain, is on the cusp of vanishing.”
In a statement this morning, President Obama said he will not be sending US troops to Iraq, but did not rule out other types of military action such as airstrikes.
Speaking just before leaving for North Dakota, Obama told reporters that Iraqi leaders would have to reach a political solution to the sectarian divide in their country by making compromises with their opponents.
“We can’t do it for them,” the president said, repeating the same phrase a few minutes later.
The insurgent group, which calls itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), “poses a danger to Iraq and its people,” Obama said. “And given the nature of these terrorists, it could pose a threat, eventually, to American interests as well.”
Obama said the insurgents’ recent gains should serve as “a wake-up call” to the Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and he cautioned that he would not exercise any military option until Iraq’s leaders demonstrated their commitment to bridging differences between sectarian groups.
In other news, the Pentagon is reportedly moving the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush into the Persian Gulf.
WW2 Veteran gets ride on Marine One helicopter: Pres Obama talks w Kenneth “Rock” Merritt over Normandy pic.twitter.com/TKZKypO0SL
A WW2 veteran greets President Obama with a kiss at Normandy pic.twitter.com/ojFPfUYvpc
Marine One helicopter flies over the beaches of Normandy pic.twitter.com/SxCe18J56H