Mazzetti said the CIA has taken the lead on drone strikes in Pakistan and that the bar has been lowered as to targeting. He questions how many people have been radicalized due to collateral damage of innocent civilian deaths. He said it will take years to see how this all plays out and if it will badly affect the US's security.
Ingraham brought up the fact that Defense Secretary Rumsfeld expressed concern that the CIA was taking the lead in the wars and placed restrictions on the military. Mazzetti said the spies are doing more military work and the military is doing more spying.
Mazzetti said the Benghazi event happened toward the end of his wrapping up the book. He recounts the details and Ingraham commented that the points he makes in the book were all there in Benghazi. Mazzetti cited the layers of classification that make it difficult to get to the bottom of the incident and Ingraham urged him to investigate it.
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North Korea's army was deeply split over whether to accept the command of Kim Jong-un, a former officer has revealed, giving a possible clue to the tensions lying behind the young leader's calls to war.
Laura Ingraham guest host Raymond Arroyo spoke to Nina Shea, author of "Persecuted".
Shea said the persecution of Christians as detailed in a recent Pew report is a result of radical Islamism and the number of Christians.
Shea said Christians in North Korea are sent to concentration camps and is the worst country for such activity. She said the death penalty or long prison terms given in Iran for prostylatizing. She also mentioned Pakistan and said that international pressure can ease these effects. She cited speech codes that are used to implicate people, causing mob violence against the accused. Anyone who defends Christians risks their lives.
Shea feels the United States has been too quiet in responding to these outrages. She thinks misguided political correctness causes leaders to shy away from condemnation and Arroyo stated it's a human rights issue. Shea sees it the gravest issue of our time.
China's new leader Xi Jinping's PR team is hoping his chanteuse wife Peng Liyuan will be the next Michelle Obama to hit the international stage to uplift China's global image.
All of this of course is no accident. Part of the Xi "China Dream Team" is the promotion of a first lady, something (if the Chinese blogosphere is to be believed) many Chinese have been waiting for after years of being fascinated with foreign first ladies from Michelle Obama to Carla Bruni to Cherie Blair. Going back of course, there's still a fascination among some with Jackie O., while, back in 1972, Pat Nixon intrigued the Chinese by wearing a rather scandalous red coat (her advisers told her the Chinese associated red with prostitutes) and accompanying her husband on tours of communes and schools. Obviously Peng Liyuan knows how to draw attention too, arriving with her husband in Tanzania on his recent swing through Africa in a well-tailored peach dress suit and with another luxurious leather, but again unbranded, handbag.
Bolton said Obama recognizes he may have come up to a red line when speaking about Syria's chemical weapons provoking a response. He's not beating the war drums in picking sides as the opposition doesn't have its act together as far as espousing democratic values. He is for making sure their chemical weapons don't proliferate outside of the country. He stated that Obama's leadership has been weak on this conflict and is trying to respond to political pressure from allies. He claims Obama doesn't have a good understanding of foreign policy beyond a few ideological issues.
Bolton said Obama got the politics out of his Mideast trip, but that the substance of his policies didn't more substantively. Both he and Ingraham noted there is no direction on Iran and that Obama doesn't want to deal with Iran nor have Israel deal with them. He opined that if Iran has a nuclear weapon that they would proliferate in the whole Middle East.
Bolton said isolationism has re-emerged in the GOP in reaction to war weariness, but warned against the US withdrawing totally. Ingraham argued that the public saw no gains from our involvement during the Bush years. Bolton said the world won't be a safer placd if the US pulls back on the world stage.
Park has kept her cool while these fools mouth off.
But despite that swipe, and a continuing torrent of rhetoric from Pyongyang threatening nuclear war and other mayhem, President Park Geun-hye is sticking by her campaign vow to reach out to North Korea's young leader, Kim Jong Un, and to send the country much-needed humanitarian aid.
The "Talking Points Memo" focused on Senator Rand Paul's filibuster and the strange bedfellows that emerged from this historic Senate event.
Ingraham spoke to Mark Hannah about Samira Ibrahim who was going to receive an award from the State Department until she made reprehensible remarks against the US and Jews as reported by the Weekly Standard. Foreign aid money for Egypt was also discussed, even as President Morsi makes equally reprehensible remarks.
Ingraham talked to Bob Hemer and Bob Dane about hate groups as deemed by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Dane dubbed them a far left fundraising McCarthy-like group. Heimer said he's seen real hatred from groups such as NAMBLA and the Aryan Brotherhood and said there's a difference between passionate right wing groups and hate groups. Dain said left wing groups blur the differences between passionate and hate groups.
Ingraham talked to Alexandra Brodsky and Gloria Malone about ads critical of teen pregnancy. Malone is a teen mother and feels stigmatized and shamed by the ads. Brodsky thinks it is condescending, bad policy and is unhelpful. Ingraham commended Malone for keeping her baby rather than seeking an abortion which these ads could prompt.
Ingraham discussed economic issues with Lou Dobbs. Both slammed Minority Leader Pelosi and President Obama's spending and their criticism of oil company subsidies. Dobbs said the effective corproate tax rate is 17%. He said the jobs report indicates a real recovery, but that the real unemployment rate is 14.3%. He said it is a time to be in the stock market.
Ingraham asked Chip Saltsman and Tara Dowdell if terror suspects should be tried in the US. Dowdell said we've been trying terror suspects in civiilan courts already. Saltsman said Senator Graham that terror suspects should go to Guantanamo Bay. Dowdell said politicians don't like those who skip in line such as Rand Paul and Barack Obama. Saltsman praised Paul for promoting an issue that was close to his father Ron Paul.
Ingraham talked Sarah Moriarity to whose father, former FBI agent Bob Levinson, has been held in Iran for six years. Moriarity said her father is a hostage and efforts won't be enough until he's home. Ingraham noted that few know about this case.
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Vladimir Lenin, Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh, and now Hugo Chavez. The late leader's supporters have put him on a pedestal long provided for the world's great leftist revolutionaries by saying they will embalm his body for perpetual display.
As the US has left blood and treasure in Afghanistan with little to show for it beyond tamping down al-Qaeda, China is moving in to suck up natural resources without the blowback the US got after the Iraq invasion for potentially exploiting that country's oil reserves.
Will China succeed where the Bits, Russia and the US failed in pacifying this turbulent region or will it become a money pit for them as well?
Beijing signed a strategic partnership last summer with the war-torn country. This was followed in September with a trip to Kabul by its top security official, the first by a leading Chinese government figure in 46 years, and the announcement that China would train 300 Afghan police officers. China is also showing signs of willingness to help negotiate a peace agreement as NATO prepares to pull out in two years.
Barrrasso said there is a conflict between Secretary Clinton's assessment of the status of al-Qaeda and thw White House. He and Ingraham noted the dearth of information from the survivors. Ingraham and Barrasso commented on Clinton filiburstering during the hearing, sucking up time and Ingraham said truth was the casualty.
Barrasso said women in combat will be a part of the discussion when Senator Chuck Hagel comes to the Hill for confirmation as the next defense secretary.
It sppears Mr. Obama is deeply engaged in how Washington works, all claims to the contrary being essentially bogus.
Interviews with more than a dozen donors, Democratic officials and advisers involved in the discussions revealed some unspoken rules: Volunteer for more than one country. Be prepared to serve for only two years, so that a second round of envoys can be appointed before Mr. Obama leaves office. Don’t mention how much money you raised for the campaign (but don’t expect much if you didn’t raise at least a million dollars). Let it be known where you want to go, but don’t publicly campaign for the job.
Griffin said the alleged Tunisian perp Ali Harzi in the Benghazi attack was let go after he had been shipped around among the Turks and others with the US not getting access to him. She described his anti-American family whose father encouraged them to be involved in jihad. Ingraham noted Obama's fluctuating responses to this attack. Griffin said that the whole investigating apparatus was slow to respond which made it difficult to investigate.
Griffin added that there are three Libyans who were cited as complicit have not been made available and the administration appears to be footdragging.