Thursday, February 14, 2013

The World Today

Quickly now...

I believe that was part of the point:
Counsel to the President Kathryn H. Ruemmler submitted a letter to the Senate which described a phone call former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton placed on the night of September 11, 2012 but reveals no phone calls were made by President Obama during the terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The letter was provided in reply to questions by Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) regarding the administration's response to the Benghazi attack.

In fact, according to Ruemmler's letter, Obama's first outreach regarding the Benghazi attacks was to Libyan President Magariaf "on the evening of September 12."

Despite that fact, Ruemmler claimed the President directed an "intensive response" which included "13 meetings of interagency Principals and Deputies within a week of the attack."

This revelation corresponds with what Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said when questioned last week about Benghazi. He claimed neither Obama nor the White House called to consult with him while the attack was taking place.

Panetta said he didn't see or hear from Obama after 5 PM on September 11, 2012.

If Obama's actions regarding Benghazi are any indication, Japan would do well to arm itself:

In a telephone call with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Obama "reaffirmed that the United States remains steadfast in its defense commitments to Japan, including the extended deterrence offered by the US nuclear umbrella," a White House statement said.

Just do it, South Korea, and deplete seized North Korean bank accounts while you're at it. Expel a few Chinese and Russian diplomats. They're just committing espionage or arming some global rotter, anyway.

Two days after North Korea's nuclear test, South Korea signalled Thursday the deployment of a new cruise missile capable of a precision strike on members of Pyongyang's high command.
The defence ministry called in reporters for a special video presentation of the recently deployed missile being fired from a warship and a submarine.

"The cruise missile unveiled today is a precision-guided weapon that can identify and strike the office window of the North's command headquarters," ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok told reporters.

It has "deadly destructive power" that could "restrain the enemy headquarters' activities" during wartime, Kim said.

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