By Nancy Thorner and Ed Ingold –

The Obama campaign accuses Governor Romney of politicizing the deaths of four Americans in the Libyan consulate. It would be more accurate to say that Romney is informing the public about the inept way in which Obama and the State Department handled the aftermath of the attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other American diplomats in Benghazi, which seems fully justified given the gravity of the situation with tones of a coverup.

In the Vice Presidential debate on Thursday, October 11, Joe Biden said the Administration didn’t blame terrorists for the attack, because they didn’t know until later about the nature of the attack. Yet from a Reuters report the day after the Benghazi assault on September 12, officials related how some reporting from the region suggested that members of Al-Qaeda’s north Africa-based affiliate, known as Al Qaueda in the Islamic Maghreb, may have been involved. According to one U.S. official, “It bears the hallmarks of an organized attack and appeared to be preplanned.”

It is curious that the Administration didn’t report what later proved to be true, but responded immediately, and continued to report for nine days, that the attack was instigated by a 14 minute video, which proved to be false. Apparently it’s OK to make up a story that fits your “Al Qaeda is Dead but General Motors is Alive” narrative whether or not you have facts to back it up.

Biden also said “We didn’t know…” that the embassy had requested additional security, based on a series of attacks leading up to the anniversary of 9/11.

It’s quite possible that the White House didn’t know the details, since that would be handled at a lower level in the State Department. However, the reason this request was denied was consistent with White House policy to maintain a low profile in Libya and elsewhere in the middle east.

History repeats itself if we ignore its lessons. Maintenance of a low profile is also the reason Delta Force in Somalia, 1993, was denied tanks and armored vehicles, and air support from C-130 gunships. As a result, we lost two Blackhawk helicopters, 19 dead and 100 wounded soldiers in that incident, as described in the book and movie “Blackhawk Down!” (Casualties would have been far greater if the Pakistanis in Somalia left their tanks and APC’s at home, or refused to come to America’s aid.) It is probably the reason 256 American soldiers were lost in the attack in Lebanon under Ronald Reagen, where the Marine barracks were left essentially unguarded. It is likely the reason we continue to take casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan – keep a low profile so we can pull out quietly — along with the infamous “rules of engagement,” which also come from the top down.

Governor Romney’s speech, 16 hours after the incident, was to decry the Administration’s apology over an obscure video, and to point out that America’s interests were at stake – sovereignty of embassy property and personnel, and the rights and principles which Americans hold dear. You don’t need the details when you know the United States has been attacked, and the Administration failed to acknowledge these basic facts!

The next day, more than 24 hours after the event, President Obama denounced Governor Romney for speaking, not the Libyan murderers, and then only after a campaign speech in Las Vegas and an appearance on “The View.” Obama’s most significant statement of the day was to the ladies of “The View,” that he was there only as “eye candy.” Indeed! Now, four weeks later, we find that Romney was right, but Obama’s, the State Department and Susan Rice were wrong all along.

Now fast forward to Monday, October 15 when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, more that a month after Benghazi, Libya assault on 9/11, and while away from American soil and on a South American junket in Peru, South America, told CNN that she is responsible for the breach of security that led too the terrorist attack and death of the U.S. Ambassador and three others Americans on September 11. It seems like Obama put a peg on Truman’s motto where he can hang a name tag for the appropriate sacrificial goat. Hillary fell on her sword for Obama. Having purchased her soul (and silence) in the Chicago tradition (keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer). Obama stepped in to collect in an effort to exonerate himself.

In the meantime, the individual who made the disputed film, which was a non-issue until Obama held it up for the world to see, sits in jail, not for the movie, but for an unrelated parole violation which would otherwise merit an admonition and possibly a fine.

The lesson is clear: Don’t buy a bridge from the White House or from HIllary Clinton!

First published at Illinois Review on Wednesday, October 17.


By Nancy Thorner and Ed Ingold –

Why would the Administration lie about who attacked our consulate, then deny that they lied? 

For a week following the event, the State Department and White House continued to deny that it was a terrorist attack, as though they were the only ones who didn’t know. Then they suddenly backtracked and admitted this fact, but refuse to say why they attempted to mislead the public, but continue to blame an unknown video for instigating events.

For two solid weeks, the news media have speculated over this event and how the White House handled it.

That’s the key. For two weeks, Libya has been the lead story on cable news (though conveniently ignored by network media), and not the economy, with only six weeks left before the election.

What a brilliant, Machiavellian, strategy!

We have been misdirected from the really important issues of the election. The execution of this plot was not an accident.  If you were to play the words of Susan Rice on top of the video of every other Democratic spokesperson, their lips would synchronize perfectly with the words.

Either Ms. Rice willingly submitted or was duped into being used by the Obama administration as a sacrificial lamb in its orgy of deceit, not adverse to being a stalking horse at the same time for the President’s campaign!

The traditional way politicians deflect inconsequential issues is to respond briefly and change the subject.

It is up to the Romney team to respond accordingly when confronted with the Obama administration’s Machiavellian strategy with words such as, “I’m sure the White House will figure out what everyone else seems to know and handle it appropriately.  What’s really important is the high unemployment level and the declining economy. . .”

Only time will tell, and it is running out.  The first presidential debate on Economic Policy is on October 3rd.   Mitt Romney’s success or failure will depend, in part, on his ability to explain the important issues of the day to the American people in a way that they make sense and take hold as the only logical and sensible approach to move this nation forward in a positive way.

Lie, Deny and Misdirect – Anything but the Economy

Obama1By Nancy Thorner and Ed Ingold –

There is continuing concern about the dis-articulated response of the Obama administration over the “Arab Spring” situation, as there should be.

Nevertheless, blaming the upset on a 14 minute youtube “film” on the Internet is proving to be a case of misdirection to the American people over what in reality has become the Obama administration’s failed one-size-fits-all policy approach to dealing with the 22 countries in the Arab and Muslim world. The administration’s hopeful “Spring” vision of establishing better relations with the Arab and Muslim world has vanished, if the vision ever existed at all, leaving in its wake an administration struggling to find its footing and a unifying strategy to quell the present havoc created when dictators were dislodged and  seismic-like shifts took place in the region’s politics.

The present unrest caused by Obama’s failed Mideast policy, coupled with failures in past administrations to deal firmly with the region, will continue to reap the terrorism it has spawned with no end in sight.

There is, however, a current issue that can be explored and clarified, also involving a disputed video, in which Governor Romney seems to be dismissing 47% of the voters when he referred to the 47% as believing they were entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to-you-name-it.

Having seen as much of the video as has been published, it is clear that Governor Romney was responding to a question over campaign tactics, not policy. With limited time and resources, a candidate must devote the most effort reaching those voters who might be persuaded, and less time to those devoted to a particular candidate. You won’t see much campaigning in Illinois from either side – Illinois is bought and paid for by the Democrats.

It is clear, from Governor Romney’s record, that he is a compassionate and generous person, with his own time and money as well as in leadership. With close editing and media spin, one is led to quite another conclusion. As usual, the pundits’ version of Romney’s speech bears little resemblance to his actual words. It seems that reporters build on what others have said, rather than refer to the source. This is a classic “straw man” strategy – misrepresent Governor Romney’s position, then beat the false premise down in a one-sided debate.

Consider the source of the Romney video. Jimmy Carter’s grandson helped leak the Romney fundraiser video, filmed in secret and kept under wraps for months.  Although other Romney candid statements had been floating around on-line in bits and piece for three months, it didn’t hit the big time until it was published by David Corn at Mother Jones today.  Carter, who toils on-line as an opposition researcher, searches for clips on Republicans almost every day.  Having worked with Corn before, it was just “a natural fit” to connect Corn with the mysterious up-loader of the clip in the hope that his tip could potentially affect the outcome of the election (and get his a job).

Sorry Mother Jones, but what Romney said in your secret tape is pretty much on par with he has been saying all along while campaigning.  It is also in keeping with the government dependent class Obama has created since taking office, despite Obama’s promise of JOBS, JOBS, JOBS during his 2008 campaign and promises during every State of the Union Address to laser focus of JOBS.

The truth is that people dependent on the government for handouts tend to vote for the party or candidate which promises the most payout. Likewise, no candidate can promise to increases taxes and expect support from those people affected.  How else to explain how Obama has a positive approval rating and is tied/ahead in the polls garnering 45-47%?

Is Governor Romney guilty of class warfare? How often does a guilty man accuse others of his own perversion? An example of this tactic is the promise by President Obama to raise the taxes on a privileged few, made in order to garner the votes of a significant minority.

The fact that 47% of the population pay no income taxes is a side issue which needs to be put to rest. It is a mistake to characterize all as people with “no skin in the game.”  Many are retirees, whose income is too low, or otherwise exempt from taxation. Some are working poor, whose deductions exceed their income. Only a fraction of them are dependent, in part or in whole, on direct government benefits.  They do need a safety net.

It can be duly noted without exaggeration that 40% of the 47% would probably vote for Obama even if we had a Depression, believing America is an entitlement society and that they are victims deserving of entitlements from a government that is charged to take care of them.

As far as writing voters off, didn’t Obama write the white working class off a long time ago when he chastised folks who “clung to their Bibles and guns.”

Even Fox News at first seemed to drink the liberal Kool-Aid but is now coming to grips with the facts. Paraphrasing a line by Jack Nicholson in the movie “A Few Good Men,” we can’t handle the truth.

When speaking to Fox News on Tuesday, September 28, Romney, to his credit, didn’t back away from what were secretly recorded and leaked video remarks casting supporters of President Obama’s as being more dependent on welfare.

Romney on Fox News:  “This is the message I’m carrying day and day out and will carry over the coming months. “This is a decision about the course of America, where we’re going to head.  We’ve seen the president’s policies play out over the last four years.”

An analysis by Damian Paletta and John D. McKinnon on Tuesday, September 18 in The Wall Street Journal, The Data Behind Romney’s 47% Comments, is an interesting read and explains how this nation got to the point where almost half of American households pay no income tax.

Stated by Paletta and McKinnon is a finding that no clear partisan split was found to exist among beneficiaries, especially for recipients of federal retirement (SS) and health-care programs (Medicare).

Receiving monthly payments from S.S. with Medicare as her primary insurance, has Nancy Thorner really paid for these benefits or earned them?

Not according to the Supreme Court’s 1937 Helvering v Davis decision, which decided that taxes collected under the label of Social Security or Medicare cannot be earmarked for those expenditures.  As a result Thorner hasn’t really paid for those benefits, nor earned them.  She receives these benefits based solely on her status as defined by law, as do millions of other Senior Citizens.

Entitlement and Earned Benefits:  The Supreme Court, in Helvering v Davis (1937) as defined:

“The proceeds of both the employee and employer taxes are to be paid into the Treasury like any other internal revenue generally, and are not earmarked in any way.” They also held that Congress can decide how revenue can be spent for the public good, including for various social benefits, without violating the Constitution.”

Governor Romney could mitigate damage and strengthen his position by calling out to citizens to vote for the best candidate for the country, not merely the one who promises to to deliver the most loot; to create jobs so that hard-working citizens can afford to pay taxes; to reward achievement rather than punish it.

A message to MItt:  Be positive – be pro-active – be as specific as possible without denigrating a class of citizens (or appearing to do so). They may never vote for you, but they will still be citizens, many in need, if you win.