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Bridget Johnson


April 30, 2013 - 8:49 am

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) quickly fired back at President Obama today for accusing the senator of citing evidence of a decline in national security just to make headlines.

At this morning’s press conference, Obama was asked about Graham’s assertion that Benghazi and the Boston Marathon bombings are critical examples this security slip.

“No, Mr. Graham is not right on this issue. Although I’m sure it generated some headlines,” Obama said.

“The FBI investigated that older brother. It’s not as if the FBI did nothing. They not only investigated the older brother, they interviewed the older brother. They concluded there were no signs that he was engaging in extremist activity. So that much, we know,” the president added.

Graham rapidly responded to Obama’s comments.

“With all due respect Mr. President, Benghazi and Boston are compelling examples of how our national security systems have deteriorated on your watch,” the senator said.

“In Benghazi, multiple requests for increased security were denied and numerous warnings from Ambassador Stevens about the growing threats from al-Qaeda were ignored by Washington. For over seven and a half hours during the attack our Americans in the field were abandoned. After the attack, your administration provided misleading information to the American people,” Graham continued.

“In Boston, both the FBI and CIA were warned by the Russians about a radical Islamist in our midsts. Once enrolled in the system as a potential terror suspect, the older brother was able to travel back to Russia unimpeded by DHS or any of our intelligence agencies.  Agencies under your control were unable to coordinate the information they received on the Boston terrorists.”

“If Benghazi is not an example of system failure before, during and after the attack what would be?” Graham said. “If Boston is not an example of a pre-9/11 stovepiping mentality what would be?”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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On the third hand...
If you happen to be a diplomat, or anyone else working in a dangerous location, and you suspect a threat from Islamic terrorists you know what you have to do.

Yuo. Make sure the memo you send refers to "threats of attack by white supremacist racist tea party veterans." Offer proof: someone left the TV set tuned to Fox. You'll have a crack team of the FBI's best agents swarming the place in no time.
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Obama displays a very bureaucratic mindset.
"It’s not as if the FBI did nothing"

Procedure was followed. That, to a Bureaucrat, is what is really important.

The operation was performed precisely as per the manual, so it was a complete success- the fact that the patient died is irrelevant.
1 year ago
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Agree! A tyrannical, despotic We The Elite People of culture of corruption in ALL of Washington DC government! Where, in America are there 435 or so, individuals in one single GOVERNMENT entity earning $174,000 dollars a year to perform at an 8% level, year after year? HUH? Having a million dollar a year guaranteed pension, perks et al just for uttering inanne statements like "if Guam increases its population to some 79,000 additional inhabitants it will tip over and capsize!!!"
Then there's this administration: a jewel of prevarication and corruption, to wit:
Once America realizes there are two major components at work in this administration, We The People will be on firmer footing.
First, this administration began its life as a COVER-UP! :from subprime "redlining activism" in Chicago's 13th District(Then Sen Obama in a 2007 speech admitted this practice); to sweetheart deals with ACORN, Joyce Foundation, Citibank, and Chase Manhattan et al. His COVER-UP even continued in his autobiography, now totally was his purported "Long Form" birth certificate and later, US citizenship for all his Kenyan native relatives.
Secondly, This administration believes strongly in "crony-capitalism!" Ex: Tony Rezko; Valerie Jarrett; Penny Pritzker;FannieMae; Countrywide & Ameriquest; Citigroup; renewable energy schemes (all bankrupt) infinitum.
Once these two truths about this administration are firmly fixed into Americas and americans psyche, everything else will be easily understood. 1)COVER-UP 2)Crony-capitalism equals a corrupt administration as never before occupied this White House (and Congress). Pray. Amen. Ol Calvin Coolidge looks like a saint as compared to this administration(and Congress).
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Senator Graham is obviously a racist.
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