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January 15, 2014 - 8:29 am

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) told a House committee this morning that the Obama administration’s rush to blame the Benghazi attack on an anti-Muhammad video underscored the White House’s narrow definition of Islamic terrorism.

“It was obviously a terrorist attack by any generally held definition of terrorism,” Lieberman said at the House Homeland Security Committee, which was examining the administration’s “false narrative” that al-Qaeda is on the run.

“They obviously weren’t just there to have a good time,” he said of the terrorists gathered outside the U.S. diplomatic facility, and “even if it was somehow affected by the video, still it was terrorism.”

“Why there was hesitancy to do that?” Lieberman said of the administration’s lack of immediate recognition that a terrorist attack took place on the anniversary of 9/11.

He singled out as a big part of the problem the administration’s insistence on defining the enemy as just those inspired by al-Qaeda or a loosely linked affiliate.

“When you limit the category,” the senator said, and refuse to acknowledge the enemy is “violent Islamic extremists … you miss part of the enemy.”

Lieberman noted that this insistence on classification means the administration lacks intelligence on Islamic terrorists not affiliated with al-Qaeda.

The State Department just this month designated three branches of Ansar al-Sharia as foreign terrorist organizations, he noted, highlighting this lack of understanding.

“Sometimes the world doesn’t cooperate with a presidential narrative, and I think that’s where we are,” Lieberman said.

 

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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A regime that succeeds in forcing us to debate if an attack is an attack is strong indeed.

Meanwhile, NOBODY talks about an alleged Commander in Chief who goes to sleep WHILE an American Ambassador is under attack.
And NOBODY talks about the fact that the same alleged Commander in Chief used the attack to proclaim in front of the United Nations that "the future does not belong to those who offend" islam and its "prophet".

A solid regime indeed.

With no resistance and no leaders to oppose it.



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We desperately need more Joe Lieberman's.
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Seems like the terrorists are taking over the country, and noone is doing anything to stop it.
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behave=behalf

Can we get a spell check? Please.
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Use Firefox. Spell check is built in.

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Joe, like the rest, have no clue what the enemy is. Violent extremists in Islam do not exist. I don't know of any Apostates within Islam that are murdering infidels.

Was Mohammed an extremist? If so, then all of Islam is extreme, not just those who carry out the physical attacks on behave of all of Islam.

The first step in winning a war is identifying the enemy. Until that is done, Islam will grow like a cancer until it kills the host.
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Joe is a good man but,' at this point what difference does it make'.
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No, absolutely...no. You must never say anything as belittling as that, even as attempted snark.
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According to the reports I've seen, even if you narrow the definition of "terror" to "Al Quaeda and Friends", this qualified.
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I don't like his politics, generally, but I do think Lieberman is one of the few honorable Democrats left alive.

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Yeah, he's a socialist, but at least he's an honest and rational one - for whatever that's worth.
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Well, look at it this way:

If you could flip a switch and put Joe Lieberman in the Oval Office instead of Obama, how many nanoseconds would it take for you to make up your mind?

;-)


Frankly, I'd take him over Romney. With Joe Lieberman, you know what you're getting.



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