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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

I was wrong in my presumption that Israel desired peace’ –Chas Freeman -

 I was wrong in my presumption that Israel desired peace’ –Chas Freeman -
I was wrong in my presumption that Israel desired peace’ –Chas Freeman - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/06/presumption-desired-freeman/#sthash.ScYmUsRi.dpuf

http://mondoweiss.net/2016/06/presumption-desired-freeman/

Alex Jones Video Going Viral! Sends Stark Message to Globalists… | Alternative

Alex Jones Video Going Viral! Sends Stark Message to Globalists… | Alternative

Alex Jones Video Going Viral! Sends Stark Message to Globalists… | Alternative

Alex Jones Video Going Viral! Sends Stark Message to Globalists… | Alternative

Neoconservatives Endorse Hillary Clinton for President Because They Know She’s One of Them

Neoconservatives Endorse Hillary Clinton for President Because They Know She’s One of Them


http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/neoconservatives_endorse_hillary_clinton_for_president_because_they_know_sh

As Obama Years Draw to Close, President and U.S. Seen Favorably in Europe and Asia

As Obama Years Draw to Close, President and U.S. Seen Favorably in Europe and Asia

Few overseas confident that Trump can handle foreign policy


http://www.pewglobal.org/2016/06/29/as-obama-years-draw-to-close-president-and-u-s-seen-favorably-in-europe-and-asia/

Jeff Cavins: Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=wm#inbox/1559cb7930084a22

WPR Articles June 23 — June 29


WPR Articles June 23 — June 29

Brexit’s Ripple Effects Will Reach the Middle East, Too

By: Ellen Laipson | Column
The outcome of the Brexit referendum is bad news for the Middle East region on a number of scores, in particular what it says about Western attitudes toward migrants and Muslims, and about loss of support for economic integration, a big idea that would improve prospects for the Arab world.

Erdogan and Military Both Seek Political Gains in Turkey’s War Against the PKK

By: Iyad Dakka | Briefing
The escalating violence of Turkey’s war against the PKK has led some to begin speaking of the “Syrianization” of the country’s southeastern region. But there are important political dividends to be won, something both President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish military recognize clearly.

South China Sea Spat a Symptom of U.S.-China Jockeying for Advantage

By: Timothy R. Heath | Briefing
Maritime tensions in the South China Sea stand out as the most prominent of a set of disputes between China and the United States. Underpinning these various issues lays an intensifying strategic competition, even as both countries face constraints against pursuing a destructive confrontation.

Brexit Makes Early Warning on International Crises Even More Imperative

By: Richard Gowan | Column
A major crisis in the international system is often followed by a host of smaller crises. In the aftermath of the Brexit referendum, major powers and international organizations need to make a priority of early warning mechanisms for such crises as well as diplomatic engagement to handle them.

The Hidden Factors Behind Resurging Violence in Mexico

By: Benoît Gomis | Briefing
The leaders of Mexico, Canada and the U.S. meet today for the final so-called Three Amigos summit of Barack Obama’s presidency. While other issues will be high on the agenda, so too will the longstanding problem of violence associated with transnational drug trafficking, particularly in Mexico.

Buhari’s Policy Shifts Raise Hopes for Economic Pragmatism in Nigeria

By: Ayso van Eysinga | Briefing
Nigeria’s currency, the naira, lost 30 percent of its value after the central bank abandoned its peg to the dollar Monday. The bank’s move was a substantial but long-overdue shift after a year of haphazard and detrimental economic policy under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Germany and Turkey Hit a Rough Patch, but Long-Term Ties Strong

By: Maria Savel | Trend Lines
Ties between Germany and Turkey have hit a rough patch after Germany recognized the Armenian genocide and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for the prosecution of a German comic. But given the migrant crisis and cultural bonds between them, bilateral ties aren’t at risk of eroding.

How India Uses Tech Assistance to Expand Ties With Africa

By: The Editors | Trend Lines
Earlier this month, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee went on a six-day tour of Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Namibia, where he announced new grant assistance and lines of credit as well as expanded scholarship opportunities. In an email interview, Amanda Lucey discusses India’s outreach to Africa.

Will Netanyahu Be Able to Hold Off the Rise of Israel’s Political Center?

By: Frida Ghitis | Column
It is in the political center that the newest sprouts of activism are rising in Israel, and it is from there that the next Israeli political force is likely to emerge. It remains to be seen if that force, and whoever ends up leading it, will be able to topple Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Brexit Heightens Uncertainty for the EU, but Alarmism Might Be Premature

By: The Editors | Trend Lines
In this week’s Trend Lines podcast, WPR’s editor-in-chief, Judah Grunstein, and host Peter Dörrie discuss the impact of the Brexit vote on the U.K. and the European Union. For the Report, Richard Weitz joins us to talk about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to shore up ties with China.

Rural Protests Add a New Wrinkle to Colombia’s Post-Conflict Challenges

By: Charlotte Mackenzie | Briefing
Two weeks of protests and roadblocks ended in Colombia two weeks ago after peasant farmers and indigenous groups reached an agreement with the Colombian government to include them in future rulings on mining and other issues in the country’s rural areas. Now the key will be implementing the deal.

Three National Security Questions for the U.S. Presidential Candidates

By: Steven Metz | Column
Thus far, foreign and security policy have received more attention than is normal for this phase of a U.S. presidential election. But even given this attention, the two candidates have only provided an outline of their positions. The media should press them for answers on three questions in particular.

Gulf Geopolitics Drive, and Shield, Bahrain’s Crackdown on Shiites

By: Karina Piser | Trend Lines
Last week, authorities in Bahrain stripped Sheikh Isa Qassim, the country’s most prominent Shiite cleric, of his citizenship. The move was just the latest in an ongoing crackdown on the largely Shiite opposition. Bahrain’s straitjacket on dissent is nothing new, but it has visibly tightened recently.

Post-Fukushima, Japan Faces Bigger Hurdles to Combat Climate Change

By: The Editors | Trend Lines
Japan announced earlier this year that it had been successful at cutting its carbon dioxide emissions by 3 percent—the first time emissions have decreased since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. In an email interview, Aiko Shmizu discussed Japan’s contribution and response to climate change.

Caribbean Regionalism Set to Suffer Under New St. Lucia Leadership

By: The Editors | Trend Lines
St. Lucia went to the polls earlier this month, with the conservative United Workers Party, led by Allen Chastanet, beating the incumbent Labour Party on a platform of tax cuts and economic growth. In an email interview, Tennyson Joseph discussed the elections and the state of politics in St. Lucia.

The Grass-Roots Efforts That Will Help Nairobi Urbanize Quickly—and Well

By: Abigail Higgins | Feature
With Nairobi’s slums, trash heaps and poor infrastructure, the growing city reveals the consequences of a global shift toward urbanization, and the risks of being ill-equipped to make important structural changes to facilitate a rising population. Some promising projects, however, are underway.

The UAE’s Yemen Pivot Could Make Differences With Riyadh Unbridgeable

By: Peter Salisbury | Briefing
In recent remarks declaring an end to UAE combat operations in Yemen, a high-ranking UAE official may have revealed something many analysts have suspected for some time: that the UAE is no longer involved in the battle for northwest Yemen, but is instead focused on securing the south of the country.

Memo to U.S. Pundits: Stop Looking for the Brexit Culprit in Washington

By: Michael A. Cohen | Column
In the aftermath of the Brexit referendum, the debate among U.S. foreign policy pundits has taken a predictable turn: looking for who is to blame. Not surprisingly, if you are familiar with U.S. foreign policy punditry, the culprit is to be found, not in London or Brussels, but in Washington.

U.S. Reports on Benghazi Attacks Are an Indictment of Bedlam in Washington

 U.S. Reports on Benghazi Attacks Are an Indictment of Bedlam in Washington

There is no sane planet in which the 2012 terrorist assault, tragic as it was, justifies more probing than 9/11, the Beirut bombings or Pearl Harbor.
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/u-s-election-2016/1.727703

http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/u-s-election-2016/1.727703

Another Corporation Is Suing the US Government, Thanks to Trade Agreements

Dave Johnson, Campaign for America's Future: Because the Obama administration rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, TransCanada is suing the US government for $15 billion in damages under North American Free Trade Agreement rules. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would increase the chances of similar lawsuits in the future.

A massive financial crime and terrorism database has leaked

A massive financial crime and terrorism database has leaked

The list contains 2.2 million names of high-risk individuals and organizations -- including those thought to be involved in financial crime and terrorism.


http://www.zdnet.com/article/world-check-financial-crime-and-terrorism-database-leaked/?ftag=TRE49e8aa0&bhid=25151283725937532891160407260705

This Week's Reflection from Fr. Bob Warren: Will You Keep Plowing?



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Will You Keep Plowing?
(Luke 9:51-62)
 
It is obvious from today's gospel that Jesus is not promising us a rose garden. He cannot even promise His followers a place to lay their heads. He even seems harsh in His demands of loyalty. His concern is more for quality rather than quantity. And He will not take excuses. The man who said "let me bury my father" was, in effect, saying 'I am not yet ready to give my life to You.' There is no indication that his father was already dead. In His compassion, Jesus would surely have given the man time to go to the funeral.
The father was probably still alive, and these words only highlight the urgency of the invitation. You see, in everything, there is a critical moment. If that moment is missed, the thing most likely will never be done at all. The man in the story wanted to make changes to follow Jesus. Now was the time. If he did not seize the moment, he would let it slip through his fingers.
Psychologists tell us that every time we have a fine feeling and do not act on it, the less likely we are to act on it at all. The emotion becomes a substitute for action. Sometimes we feel we would like to write a letter, perhaps a letter of sympathy, a letter of thanks or, a letter to heal a relationship. If we put it off until tomorrow, it will, in all likelihood, never be written.
Our gospel today tells us that there was nothing eccentric about Christ... in many ways He was quite ordinary. He was a Jew of His time. He was born of a Jewish maiden and died five miles from His manger. He came in His own words, eating and drinking. He came to Cana for a wedding and to Bethany for a burial. He ate with respectable people like Martha and with outcasts like Matthew, the tax collector. He felt at home with everyone, not only with Peter's mother-in-law, but with the Mary who had seven devils, and the Samaritan woman who had five husbands .
Children curled up in His arms, and grown men like Nicodemus talked far into the night with Him. He could grow angry—angry enough to whip money changers from the temple. He could also sympathize with a widow who had lost her son. He wept over Jerusalem, and over Lazarus. He knew the thoughts of shepherds, farmers and fisherman. He spoke the language of His people. He spoke of war and peace. He worked with His hands. He learned what hunger and thirst were. He was tired enough to sleep through a storm in an open boat. He knew what it meant to flee for His life, to be cursed and spat upon.
Yes, Christ was very human. Yet, He was more than human, not simply because He was God. His life is a living proof that human life can be thoroughly human, and yet lived on a level above human. In His every action, whether He came eating and drinking or preaching and praying, living or dying.
In His every action, there shone a love that was not born of man. His life was a living lesson: Love God with your whole heart; love your neighbor as yourself. His life, human as it was, was one long act of love that found its consummation in the Crucifixion—Crucifixion for the objects of His love. Crucifixion for every human being who has ever come or ever will come into this world.
In His public life, Christ could not be disregarded. And He intended it so. He intended that every human being who touched the hem of His garment or looked into His eyes or heard His voice should put a question to themselves: "Is this for me? Is this the way human life was meant to be lived? Is this fascinating marriage of the human, and the more than human, is this what is lacking in my life?"
And there, I submit, lies your vocation as Christians. Christians are very much a part of their world. We work and eat and sleep just like everyone else. We sorrow and laugh. We are moved to anger and pity. We are quick to be hurt and maybe a little slower to forgive. We marry or stay single. We vote as we please.
Statistics show very little difference between us and the non-Christians. And yet there should be a difference, because your life, human as it is, is more than human.
Scripture tells us that to be a disciple of Christ, you have to lose your life in order to find it. I do not know what life it is that Christ is asking you to surrender. What is keeping you from Him?
I do know there are special moments, critical moments in every life where, to be a Christian you have to choose to commit yourself, to risk and to have to give up something that rules your life. Something that takes the place of Christ. It could be anything from material goods to position and power, honors and glory. The peril is simply that they are mine and can dominate my existence and manipulate me. Like money, never enough; more power, never enough. If they do, all else takes second place, including Christ.
In other words, what rules your life? What makes you tick? Who or what rules your heart? Something does or someone does... or, a dreadful thought perhaps, nothing does.
Today's gospel, my friends, is heavy metal. Nowhere to lay your head. Do not look back. Keep plowing. But still, it is good news... glad tidings.
What is so good about it? It answers a critical question — How shall I live? Make sure no person, however deeply loved... no thing, however precious... pre-empts the place Christ should occupy in your priorities. Stop trying to fit Christ into your life. Instead, try fitting your life around Christ, and ask yourself, is this for me?
Here is a life, thoroughly human and yet more than human. Is this the way human life was meant to be lived? There is something about the human spirit that rises to the challenge when asked. The trouble is that we are not confronted with such challenges very often. So, we drift along in our self-serving and self-satisfied ways.
But God meets us every day with a challenge. If we have eyes to see it and ears to hear it. He calls for the best in us every day of our lives, following the One who said, I am the way, the truth and the life.
Fr. Robert Warren
Yours in Christ,
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Fr. Robert Warren, S.A.
Spiritual Director
Franciscan Friars
Franciscan Friars of the Atonement
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Welcome to the Orthodox Prayer Group Where Women Lead — and Men Sit Behind Mechitza

Welcome to the Orthodox Prayer Group Where Women Lead — and Men Sit Behind Mechitza



http://forward.com/news/343840/welcome-to-the-orthodox-prayer-group-where-women-lead-and-men-sit-behind-me/?utm_content=daily_Newsletter_MainList_Title_Position-1&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=New%20Daily%202016-06-29&utm_term=The%20Forward%20Today%20Monday-Friday

Peace and Security Philanthropy: Opportunities for All Written by Alexandra Toma

Peace and Security Philanthropy: Opportunities for All  Written by Alexandra Toma


http://www.diplomaticourier.com/peace-security-philanthropy-opportunities/

Brexit unleashes chaos among global currencies

Brexit unleashes chaos among global currencies


https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/brexit-unleashes-chaos-among-global-currencies/2016/06/28/82323c2e-3c8f-11e6-84e8-1580c7db5275_story.html?wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1

Venezuelans are storming supermarkets and attacking trucks as food supplies dwindle

Venezuelans are storming supermarkets and attacking trucks as food supplies dwindle


https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/venezuelans-are-storming-supermarkets-and-attacking-trucks-as-food-supplies-dwindle/2016/06/28/70020a14-37c8-11e6-af02-1df55f0c77ff_story.html?wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1

Defying Republican orthodoxy, Trump trashes trade deals and advocates tariffs

Defying Republican orthodoxy, Trump trashes trade deals and advocates tariffs


https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/defying-republican-orthodoxy-trump-trashes-trade-deals-and-advocates-tariffs/2016/06/28/3b47617e-3d5a-11e6-84e8-1580c7db5275_story.html?wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The United States Of Europe: Germany And France Hatch A Plan To Create An EU Superstate


The United States Of Europe: Germany And France Hatch A Plan To Create An EU Superstate

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/the-united-states-of-europe-germany-and-france-hatch-a-plan-to-create-an-eu-superstate

Full transcript: Donald Trump's jobs plan speech


Full transcript: Donald Trump's jobs plan speech

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/full-transcript-trump-job-plan-speech-224891

The Age of Disintegration Neoliberalism, Interventionism, the Resource Curse, and a Fragmenting World


The Age of Disintegration
Neoliberalism, Interventionism, the Resource Curse, and a Fragmenting World
By Patrick Cockburn
We live in an age of disintegration. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Greater Middle East and Africa. Across the vast swath of territory between Pakistan and Nigeria, there are at least seven ongoing wars -- in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and South Sudan. These conflicts are extraordinarily destructive. They are tearing apart the countries in which they are taking place in ways that make it doubtful they will ever recover. Cities like Aleppo in Syria, Ramadi in Iraq, Taiz in Yemen, and Benghazi in Libya have been partly or entirely reduced to ruins. There are also at least three other serious insurgencies: in southeast Turkey, where Kurdish guerrillas are fighting the Turkish army, in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula where a little-reported but ferocious guerrilla conflict is underway, and in northeast Nigeria and neighboring countries where Boko Haram continues to launch murderous attacks.
All of these have a number of things in common: they are endless and seem never to produce definitive winners or losers. (Afghanistan has effectively been at war since 1979, Somalia since 1991.) They involve the destruction or dismemberment of unified nations, their de facto partition amid mass population movements and upheavals -- well publicized in the case of Syria and Iraq, less so in places like South Sudan where more than 2.4 million people have been displaced in recent years. http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176158/

Clinton Slams Benghazi Report As "Discredited, Conspiracy Theories" | Zero Hedge

Clinton Slams Benghazi Report As "Discredited, Conspiracy Theories" | Zero Hedge

"People Need To Know The Real Hillary Clinton And How Dangerous She Is"

"People Need To Know The Real Hillary Clinton And How Dangerous She Is"
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-06-28/people-need-know-real-hillary-clinton-and-how-dangerous-she

On Women Who Oppose Hillary Clinton: A Conversation With Liza Featherstone

Dan Falcone and Sasha Silverman, Truthout: Author and professor Liza Featherstone is the editor of the anthology False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton. In this exclusive interview, Featherstone discusses the presumptive Democratic nominee's "trickle-down feminism" and how Clinton's policies ultimately fail most women.

Why the Sanders "Revolution" Must Take on the Permanent War State

Gareth Porter, Truthout: The People's Summit that emerged out of Bernie Sanders supporters' grassroots energy has failed to deal seriously with the problem of the "permanent war state" -- the central power bloc in the United States government that looms menacingly over everything the movement hopes to accomplish.

China's reaction to Brexit has already put the entire world at risk


China's reaction to Brexit has already put the entire world at risk

http://www.businessinsider.com/china-reaction-to-brexit-2016-6?utm_source=alerts&nr_email_referer=1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=post_email_list

These amazing pictures show what Iraq was like before the country's decades of chaos

These amazing pictures show what Iraq was like before the country's decades of chaos


http://www.businessinsider.com/amazing-pictures-of-peaceful-iraq-2016-6?utm_source=alerts&nr_email_referer=1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=post_email_list

Select Committee on Benghazi Releases Proposed Report


Select Committee on Benghazi Releases Proposed Report

81 New Witnesses, 75,000 New Pages of Documents Reveal Significant New Information,
Fundamentally Changes the Public’s Understanding of the 2012 Terrorist Attacks that Killed Four Americans
Washington, D.C. – Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after the committee’s Majority released a mark of its investigative report:
“Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were heroes who gave their lives in service to our country. Their bravery and the courageous actions of so many others on the ground that night should be honored.
“When the Select Committee was formed, I promised to conduct this investigation in a manner worthy of the American people’s respect, and worthy of the memory of those who died. That is exactly what my colleagues and I have done.
“Now, I simply ask the American people to read this report for themselves, look at the evidence we have collected, and reach their own conclusions. You can read this report in less time than our fellow citizens were taking fire and fighting for their lives on the rooftops and in the streets of Benghazi.”
The committee’s proposed report is just over 800 pages long and is comprised of five primary sections and 12 appendices. It details relevant events in 2011 and 2012.
The following facts are among the many new revelations in Part I:
  • Despite President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s clear orders to deploy military assets, nothing was sent to Benghazi, and nothing was en route to Libya at the time the last two Americans were killed almost 8 hours after the attacks began. [pg. 141]
  • With Ambassador Stevens missing, the White House convened a roughly two-hour meeting at 7:30 PM, which resulted in action items focused on a YouTube video, and others containing the phrases “[i]f any deployment is made,” and “Libya must agree to any deployment,” and “[w]ill not deploy until order comes to go to either Tripoli or Benghazi.” [pg. 115]
  • The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff typically would have participated in the White House meeting, but did not attend because he went home to host a dinner party for foreign dignitaries. [pg. 107]
  • A Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) sat on a plane in Rota, Spain, for three hours, and changed in and out of their uniforms four times. [pg. 154]
  • None of the relevant military forces met their required deployment timelines. [pg. 150]
  • The Libyan forces that evacuated Americans from the CIA Annex to the Benghazi airport was not affiliated with any of the militias the CIA or State Department had developed a relationship with during the prior 18 months. Instead, it was comprised of former Qadhafi loyalists who the U.S. had helped remove from power during the Libyan revolution. [pg. 144]
Rep. Mike Pompeo (KS-04) released the following statement regarding these findings:
“We expect our government to make every effort to save the lives of Americans who serve in harm’s way. That did not happen in Benghazi. Politics were put ahead of the lives of Americans, and while the administration had made excuses and blamed the challenges posed by time and distance, the truth is that they did not try.”
Rep. Martha Roby (AL-02) released the following statement regarding these findings:
“Our committee’s insistence on additional information about the military’s response to the Benghazi attacks was met with strong opposition from the Defense Department, and now we know why. Instead of attempting to hide deficiencies in our posture and performance, it’s my hope our report will help ensure we fix what went wrong so that a tragedy like this never happens again.”
The following facts are among the many new revelations in Part II:
  • Five of the 10 action items from the 7:30 PM White House meeting referenced the video, but no direct link or solid evidence existed connecting the attacks in Benghazi and the video at the time the meeting took place. The State Department senior officials at the meeting had access to eyewitness accounts to the attack in real time. The Diplomatic Security Command Center was in direct contact with the Diplomatic Security Agents on the ground in Benghazi and sent out multiple updates about the situation, including a “Terrorism Event Notification.” The State Department Watch Center had also notified Jake Sullivan and Cheryl Mills that it had set up a direct telephone line to Tripoli. There was no mention of the video from the agents on the ground. Greg Hicks—one of the last people to talk to Chris Stevens before he died—said there was virtually no discussion about the video in Libya leading up to the attacks. [pg. 28]
  • The morning after the attacks, the National Security Council’s Deputy Spokesperson sent an email to nearly two dozen people from the White House, Defense Department, State Department, and intelligence community, stating: “Both the President and Secretary Clinton released statements this morning. … Please refer to those for any comments for the time being. To ensure we are all in sync on messaging for the rest of the day, Ben Rhodes will host a conference call for USG communicators on this chain at 9:15 ET today.” [pg. 39]
  • Minutes before the President delivered his speech in the Rose Garden, Jake Sullivan wrote in an email to Ben Rhodes and others: “There was not really much violence in Egypt. And we are not saying that the violence in Libya erupted ‘over inflammatory videos.’” [pg. 44]
  • According to Susan Rice, both Ben Rhodes and David Plouffe prepared her for her appearances on the Sunday morning talk shows following the attacks. Nobody from the FBI, Department of Defense, or CIA participated in her prep call. While Rhodes testified Plouffe would “normally” appear on the Sunday show prep calls, Rice testified she did not recall Plouffe being on prior calls and did not understand why he was on the call in this instance. [pg.98]
  • On the Sunday shows, Susan Rice stated the FBI had “already begun looking at all sorts of evidence” and “FBI has a lead in this investigation.” But on Monday, the Deputy Director, Office of Maghreb Affairs sent an email stating: “McDonough apparently told the SVTS [Secure Video Teleconference] group today that everyone was required to ‘shut their pieholes’ about the Benghazi attack in light of the FBI investigation, due to start tomorrow.” [pg. 135]
  • After Susan Rice’s Sunday show appearances, Jake Sullivan assured the Secretary of the State that Rice “wasn’t asked about whether we had any intel. But she did make clear our view that this started spontaneously and then evolved.” [pg. 128]
  • Susan Rice’s comments on the Sunday talk shows were met with shock and disbelief by State Department employees in Washington. The Senior Libya Desk Officer, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, State Department, wrote: “I think Rice was off the reservation on this one.” The Deputy Director, Office of Press and Public Diplomacy, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, State Department, responded: “Off the reservation on five networks!” The Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications, Bureau of Near East Affairs, State Department, wrote: “WH [White House] very worried about the politics. This was all their doing.” [pg. 132]
  • The CIA’s September 13, 2012, intelligence assessment was rife with errors. On the first page, there is a single mention of “the early stages of the protest” buried in one of the bullet points. The article cited to support the mention of a protest in this instance was actually from September 4. In other words, the analysts used an article from a full week before the attacks to support the premise that a protest had occurred just prior to the attack on September 11. [pg. 47]
  • A headline on the following page of the CIA’s September 13 intelligence assessment stated “Extremists Capitalized on Benghazi Protests,” but nothing in the actual text box supports that title. As it turns out, the title of the text box was supposed to be “Extremists Capitalized on Cairo Protests.” That small but vital difference—from Cairo to Benghazi—had major implications in how people in the administration were able to message the attacks. [pg. 52]
Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04) released the following statement regarding these findings:
“Obama Administration officials, including the Secretary of State, learned almost in real time that the attack in Benghazi was a terrorist attack. Rather than tell the American people the truth, the administration told one story privately and a different story publicly.”
Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement regarding these findings:
“In the days and weeks after the attacks, the White House worked to pin all of the blame for their misleading and incorrect statements on officials within the intelligence community, but in reality, political operatives like Ben Rhodes and David Plouffe were spinning the false narrative and prepping Susan Rice for her interviews.”
The following facts are among the many new revelations in Part III:
  • During deliberations within the State Department about whether and how to intervene in Libya in March 2011, Jake Sullivan listed the first goal as “avoid[ing] a failed state, particularly one in which al-Qaeda and other extremists might take safe haven.” [pg. 9]
  • The administration’s policy of no boots on the ground shaped the type of military assistance provided to State Department personnel in Libya. The Executive Secretariats for both the Defense Department and State Department exchanged communications outlining the diplomatic capacity in which the Defense Department SST security team members would serve, which included wearing civilian clothes so as not to offend the Libyans. [pg. 60]
  • When the State Department’s presence in Benghazi was extended in December 2012, senior officials from the Bureau of Diplomatic Security were excluded from the discussion. [pg. 74]
  • In February 2012, the lead Diplomatic Security Agent at Embassy Tripoli informed his counterpart in Benghazi that more DS agents would not be provided by decision makers, because “substantive reporting” was not Benghazi’s purpose. [pg. 77]
  • Emails indicate senior State Department officials, including Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan, and Huma Abedin were preparing for a trip by the Secretary of State to Libya in October 2012. According to testimony, Chris Stevens wanted to have a “deliverable” for the Secretary for her trip to Libya, and that “deliverable” would be making the Mission in Benghazi a permanent Consulate. [pg. 96]
  • In August 2012—roughly a month before the Benghazi attacks—security on the ground worsened significantly. Ambassador Stevens initially planned to travel to Benghazi in early August, but cancelled the trip “primarily for Ramadan/security reasons.” [pg. 99]
  • Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta bluntly told the committee “an intelligence failure” occurred with respect to Benghazi. Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell also acknowledged multiple times an intelligence failure did in fact occur prior to the Benghazi attacks. [pg. 129]
Rep. Susan Brooks (IN-05) released the following statement regarding these findings:
“President Obama has said his worst mistake was ‘failing to plan for the day after … intervening in Libya.’ As a result of this ‘lead from behind’ foreign policy, the Libyan people were forced to make the dismal trade of the tyranny of Qadhafi for the terror of ISIS, Al-Qaeda and others. Although the State Department considered Libya a grave risk to American diplomats in 2011 and 2012, our people remained in a largely unprotected, unofficial facility that one diplomatic security agent the committee interviewed characterized as ‘a suicide mission.’”
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03) released the following statement regarding these findings:
“One of the most concerning parts of the State Department’s policy in Libya was its reliance upon the militias of an unstable nation to protect our men and women in Benghazi. These were by no means forces that could adequately protect Americans on the ground, and the State Department knew it. But the appearance of no boots on the ground was more important to the administration.”
Part IV of the report reveals new information about the Select Committee’s requests and subpoenas seeking documents and witnesses regarding Benghazi and Libya, and details what the Obama administration provided to Congress, what it is still withholding, and how its serial delays hindered the committee’s efforts to uncover the truth.
Part V proposes 25 recommendations for the Pentagon, State Department, Intelligence Community and Congress aimed at strengthening security for American personnel serving abroad and doing everything possible to ensure something like Benghazi never happens again, and if it does, that we are better prepared to respond, the majority make a series of recommendations.
The Select Committee intends to convene a bipartisan markup to discuss and vote on the proposed report on July 8, 2016. All members of the committee will have the opportunity to offer changes in a manner consistent with the rules of the House.
Letter from Chairman Trey Gowdy to Speaker Paul Ryan
The Benghazi Committee's Investigation - By the Numbers
Below is the full report with links to PDF files of each section.

Report of the Select Committee on
the Events Surrounding the 2012
Terrorist Attack in Benghazi


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With ‘Brexit,’ Washington’s Direct Line to the Continent Suddenly Frays

 

With ‘Brexit,’ Washington’s Direct Line to the Continent Suddenly Frays

By DAVID E. SANGER
JUNE 27, 2016
American officials struggling to reimagine their strategy after Britain’s decision to divorce the European Union say the most urgent challenge will be to find a way to replace their most reliable, sympathetic partner in the hallways of European capitals. It will not be easy.
No country shares Washington’s worldview quite the way Britain does, they say; it has long been the United States’ most willing security ally, most effective intelligence partner and greatest enthusiast of the free-trade mantras that have been a keystone of America’s internationalist approach. And few nations were as willing to put a thumb as firmly on the scales of European debates in ways that benefit the United States.http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/27/world/europe/john-kerry-brexit-european-union.html?_r=1

FirstLdy Michelle Obama in Africa

 

The White House
 

I see myself in these girls, I see my daughters in these girls, and I simply cannot walk away from them.” -- First Lady Michelle Obama
Imagine being told that you are not allowed to go to school. Imagine being told that an education -- one of the most fundamental building blocks for a healthy, long, and fulfilling life -- is simply not an option for you.
It’s hard, right? But, for millions of girls around the world, it’s a reality. In fact, more than 62 million girls -- half of them adolescents -- are not in school. Millions more are fighting just to stay there.
These girls deserve a chance to fulfill their potential. All girls deserve that chance.
That’s why, as part of the Let Girls Learn initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama is traveling this week to Liberia, Morocco, and Spain to meet with young women and girls -- and to talk about why getting an education is something that every girl deserves.

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a roundtable discussion with Freida Pinto and students, in support of the Let Girls Learn initiative, at R.S. Caulfield Senior High School in Unification Town, Liberia, June 27, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
Want to follow along? Check out the First Lady’s travel diary -– and don’t forget to follow her on Snapchat (Michelle Obama) for real-time updates.
Around the world, a girl can face complex physical, cultural, and financial barriers to education. She may have a long, unsafe walk to school from a remote village. Sometimes, even when a school is nearby, it may not have adequate bathroom facilities for girls -- meaning that female students have to stay home when they have their period. And, even after overcoming all of these obstacles, she may face school fees that her family is unwilling or cannot afford to pay.
Yet, we know that educating young girls has a tremendously positive impact on the world. Girls who are educated earn higher salaries, raise healthier families, and can even boost their countries’ economies with their contributions to the workforce. That’s why, when girls receive equal educational opportunities, it can transform lives, families, communities -- entire countries. That’s why the stories of the girls the First Lady is meeting with this week are so important to share.
Join the First Lady along the way: See and hear the stories of these girls’ challenges, their successes, and their hopes for a future of their own making.
You can also find out what you can do to help them get the education they need and deserve:
• Go to 62MillionGirls.com to see how you can take action in your community