New Romney Bumper Sticker: Hope is Not a Strategy

October 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm (2012 Election, Hope and Change, Hope Is Not a Strategy, Mitt Romney, President Obama)

The mistake here is in assuming Obama ever had a strategy.

The message is derived from a statement made in Mitt Romney’s powerful foreign policy address today.

From the Romney campaign website:

President Obama hopes for a safer, freer, and more prosperous Middle East allied with us — but hope is not a strategy. America cannot support our friends and defeat our enemies when our words are not backed up by deeds, when our defense spending is arbitrarily and deeply cut, and when we have no trade agenda to speak of. And we are not strong if the perception of our strategy is not one of partnership, but passivity.

Wonder how many of these will be slapped directly over the Obama ’08 bumper stickers that everyone is desperately trying to cover up.  Prius owners don’t count.

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Reporter Lara Logan: Administration Lying About Taming the Taliban

October 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm (Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Apologists, CBS, Chris Stevens, Lara Logan, Libya, Obama Administration, Taliban, Terrorists, War on Terror)

CBS reporter Lara Logan stepped out of the role of journalist, and into the role of American citizen screaming about her government’s lies regarding the enemy her country faces – the Taliban.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

“I chose this subject because, one, I can’t stand, that there is a major lie being propagated . . .” Logan declared in her native South African accent. 

The lie is that America’s military might has tamed the Taliban. 

“There is this narrative coming out of Washington for the last two years,” Logan said. It is driven in part by “Taliban apologists,” who claim “they are just the poor moderate, gentler, kinder Taliban,” she added sarcastically. “It’s such nonsense!”

Logan then goes on to rip what she calls “Taliban apologists” in Washington who have tried to falsely portray the enemy as ‘kinder’ and ‘gentler’.

“It’s such nonsense,” she added.

Logan believes the false narrative is an attempt by the administration to get America out of the longest war, but that it only provides a false sense that the perils of the enemy are in the past.

It’s a rather frightening account from somebody in the know.

Logan concludes, “Our enemies are writing the story, and there’s no happy ending for us.”

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Report: Despite Multiple Pleas From Officials, Obama Administration Pulled 34 Security Personnel From Libya Prior to Attack

October 8, 2012 at 10:52 am (Andy Wood, Benghazi, Chris Stevens, Libya, Obama Administration, State Department)

An ex-U.S. security team leader tells CBS News that he and other officials made it clear to the Obama administration that they “needed more, not less” security staff on the ground in Libya prior to the attacks that would kill Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other diplomats.

Despite those pleas, and the dozen or so documented security threats facing the consulate in Benghazi prior to September 11th, the administration pulled 34 security members from the site over the preceding six month period.

Via CBS News:

The former head of a Special Forces “Site Security Team” in Libya tells CBS News that in spite of multiple pleas from himself and other U.S. security officials on the ground for “more, not less” security personnel, the State Department removed as many as 34 people from the country in the six months before a terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.

Lt. Col. Andy Wood will appear this week at a House Oversight Committee hearing that will examine security decisions leading up to the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi.

Speaking to CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, Wood said when he found out that his own 16-member team and a six-member State Department elite force were being pulled from Tripoli in August – about a month before the assault in Benghazi – he felt, “like we were being asked to play the piano with two fingers. There was concern amongst the entire embassy staff.”

More…

He said other staffers approached him with their concerns when the reduction in security personnel was announced.

“They asked if we were safe,” he told Attkisson. “They asked… what was going to happen, and I could only answer that what we were being told is that they’re working on it – they’ll get us more (security personnel), but I never saw that.”

Wood insists that senior staff in Libya, including Ambassador Stevens, State Department Regional Security Officer Eric Nordstrom, and himself, all wanted and had requested enhanced security.

Read the rest of the report here… 

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Scandal: ‘Obama Campaign is Clearly Soliciting Donations From Foreign Nationals’

October 8, 2012 at 8:57 am (2012 Election, Daily Caller, Foreign Nationals, Government Accountability Institute, Harry Reid, Ken Sukhia, Nancy Pelosi, Obama Campaign, Obama Donor Scandal, Scandal)

Over the last few days, the internet has been abuzz with the possibility that the Obama campaign was about to be nailed with a major foreign donor scandal, with some even speculating that the President was so distracted by the pending story, that it contributed to his horrible debate performance.

Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner wrote:

President Obama’s reelection campaign, rattled by his Wednesday night debate performance, could be in for even worse news. According to knowledgeable sources, a national magazine and a national web site are preparing a blockbuster donor scandal story.

The campaign tried desperately to block the story, indicating its importance.

Now, the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) has released the report that shows the campaign has been using social media portals to solicit foreigners for donations, using data mining techniques to gain information about people who may not have actually visited the campaign site, and even operating a website for internet users outside the United States.

This, to put it mildly, would be a violation of federal election laws.

The Daily Caller reports (emphasis mine):

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has been soliciting foreigners for donations, an explosive report from the conservative Government Accountability Institute (GAI) shows. Those foreign donors are allegedly visiting the Obama campaign’s donation solicitation Web pages through a social media website the campaign controls, and through an outside website that serves mostly Internet users from outside the United States.

About 20 percent of visitors to the “my.barackobama.com” social media website “originated from foreign locations,” the report found. That Web address is owned and controlled by the Obama re-election campaign.

“At no point during the [website’s] subscription process is a visitor asked whether he or she can legally donate to a U.S. election,” GAI notes.

The report adds that once a visitor signs up for the website, they are immediately solicited for campaign donations.   “In fact, numerous foreign nationals report receiving solicitation letters and thank you emails from the campaign for their support.”

In a report accompanying the GAI report’s release, former U.S. Attorney Ken Sukhia concluded that the Obama campaign is clearly soliciting donations from foreign nationals.

They also add that the campaign site employs various techniques to mine e-mail and other data from “friends and associations” of members of the site.  An example:

Neither President Obama nor his campaign owns Obama.com. Sukhia said data show that 68 percent of traffic to that website comes from foreign users, all of whom are redirected to Obama fundraising Web pages.

Obama.com was registered in September 2008 to Robert Roche, an Obama campaign bundler living in Shanghai, China, according to GAI.

“By October 2, 2008, Obama.com began redirecting all visitors to specific content on my.barackobama.com,” GAI wrote. “Upon arrival to my.barackobama.com, visitors were asked for their name, email, and zip code and presumably were sent solicitation letters, like every other visitor who provides that information to the campaign.”

The report then goes on to demonstrate other tactics that the websites use to gather information, such as e-mail addresses, and continues to redirect viewers to the campaign donation web page.

The donation web page seems to be the crux of the foreign donations activity.

For instance, the campaign website has disabled industry standard credit card verification methods, eliminating the necessity to provide the Card Verification Value (CVV) code on the back of a credit card.  The Mental Recession reported on this several months ago, as conservative bloggers were easily demonstrating that the Obama campaign websites were allowing very real donations from some very fake names – Nidal Hasan and Hitler as an example.

Some in the media were pointing out this tactic all the way back to the 2008 presidential campaign, oddly enough spurred on similarly by a record breaking fundraising overhaul reported in September.  Back in 2008, Obama had raked in $150 million.  This September, $181 million, a massive increase from the donations submitted to his campaign the previous month.  The release raised eyebrows, as it was announced quietly via Twitter on a Saturday morning, when it clearly should have been touted as a news story to energize his base.

What’s more, a vast majority of those donations – 98% – are not required to be reported, leaving the door open to the possibility that multiple millions in donations were generated from illegal foreign entities.

An excerpt from U.S. election code reads:

It shall be unlawful for – 

(1) a foreign national, directly or indirectly, to make – 

(A) a contribution or donation of money or other thing of

value, or to make an express or implied promise to make a

contribution or donation, in connection with a Federal, State,

or local election;

(B) a contribution or donation to a committee of a political

party; 

The President himself has griped about American elections being bankrolled by foreign entities.  Here is an excerpt from his 2010 State of the Union address (video below):

“With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests –- including foreign corporations –- to spend without limit in our elections. I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities.”

Hypocrisy, thy name is Obama.

The media and the voters didn’t seem to care about these illegal tactics in 2008, will it matter this election?

Update:  Other high profile Democrats not using the CVV security measure on their campaign donation pages include House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin.

Update:  Download the full report here…

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