Beltway Insider: Hearings Begin on Benghazi; Air Force Official in Sex Scandal; Disgraced Politician Wins; Sandy Hook to Be Razed

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

High ranking Democrats have rallied around President Obama this week, accusing Republicans of political motivation by using the Benghazi hearings to discredit his leadership and handling of the September 11, 2012 terror attack.

High ranking Democrats have rallied around President Obama this week, accusing Republicans of political motivation by using the Benghazi hearings to discredit his leadership and handling of the September 11, 2012 terror attack.

According to Gallup, President Obama’s job approval, over the past week, dropped two percentage points to 49% of those polled approve of his effectiveness as President and those who disapprove of his effectiveness as President rose one percentage point to 44%.

Terror Attack on Benghazi Consulate Investigated

The Benghazi Investigative Committee began hearings, last week, on the September 11, 2012 Libyan Consulate attack which resulted in the death of four Americans including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

Gregory Hicks, a Foreign Service officer and ex-deputy chief of the mission in Libya and stationed in the region at the time, gave the most damaging testimony challenging the credibility of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, both of whom are facing scrutiny for allegedly misleading the media and the public.


Although the former Secretary of State accepted all responsibility the recently released talking points reveal that twelve pages of talking points had been drafted, each receiving serious edits, in order to restrain the information released as the September 11, 2012 attack was roughly six weeks from the November election. It is believed White House officials felt they could stretch the most damaging revelations until the election was over.  

Initially, White House officials clearly presented false and misleading information surrounding the attack indicating a band of radical Muslims instigated by a video depicting the prophet Muhammad in lewd and lascivious acts had been the cause of the terror attack that left Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods as well as Ambassador Stevens dead.

The White House has maintained the talking points were based on best possible intelligence assessment of the situation and gathered from multiple agencies including the FBI, CIA, Justice Department and individuals from the Director of National Security State Department.


The final talking points didn’t mention Al-Qaida, the manner in which the attack was carried out or any information regarding the sophisticated military weapons used to gain entry to the compound.


Another Sex Scandal Rocks Air Force

The chief of the Air Force sexual assault prevention and response program, Lt. Colonel Jeffrey Krusinski, was arrested last week allegedly for assaulting a woman in a parking lot in Arlington, VA.

Charged with sexual battery Krusinski did not enter a plea during his recent court appearance. He has not issued a statement. His trial is set for July 18, 2013. Allegedly, Krusinski approached a woman groped her breasts and buttocks. She fought back and he made a second attempt to escalate the assault.  The Air Force has requested jurisdiction in the case.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has indicated the military has a zero tolerance sexual assault and harassment policy. The current, across the board, outrage from Capitol Hill as well as major media exposéscharging the military does little to prosecute sexual assault offenses and have used excessive authority in cases which military courts overturned civilian convictions has resulted in a growing criticism over the military’s failure to respond appropriately to sexual assaults within the ranks. Reported military sexual assaults have jumped to an alarming rate over the past year, from 19,000 reported in 2011 to 26,000 in 2012.

The majority of the victims are women who face retaliation in many forms for reporting the crimes including career assassination, blacklisting, harassment, continued violence, and even death.

Scandal Scarred Governor Wins Election

Mark Sanford, the disgraced Republican South Carolina Governor, has won back the public’s trust with his election to a House of Representative seat in the 1st Congressional District, a position he held in 1994.

Sanford, a two term governor, became embroiled in a salacious scandal in 2009 during his second term, when he disappeared from June 18 through June 24, 2009. The then governor had no communication with his chief of staff, wife or family and refused to answer incoming calls. His disappearance sparked concern, an investigation and judicial involvement.

Sanford later revealed he had been in Argentina with his Argentinean mistress. Although impeachment rumors swirled, as did efforts to secure his resignation, he refused to resign and fought the impeachment. He was eventually censured by the South Carolina Legislative body. He remained in office and completed his term.  

Sanford, an admitted adulterer, sought counseling through an ultra conservative religious organization while still in office. Sanford and his wife of twenty years, Jenny, have since divorced. He is currently engaged to his former mistress.

Sandy Hook to Be Demolished

Sandy Hook Elementary, the site of the worst school shooting in history, will be demolished, ending weeks of speculation regarding the future of the now empty tomb.

The 28 person task force met repeatedly with teachers, parents and community leaders presenting possible plans, which generated public outcry, concern and frustration, including permanent relocation for the 600 students, returning to the same school or razing the school and building another.

In the end, both sides seemed to be at peace with the final decision that will have the current building destroyed and a new school rebuilt on the same site.

On December 14, 2012 a long gunman shot his way into the school and murdered 20 five and six year olds and six educators. Since then the public has demanded stricter gun laws. Unfortunately, congress has yet to pass a bill that would match the public demands.

For more information on President Obama:

Sources: Gallup, Wikipedia,, Stars and Stripes, Politico


emile henry
детские матрасы цены
снять квартиру без посредников

Haute Tease

  • Fire in Guatemalan Children’s Home Kills 22 Teenage Girls; Dozen Injured

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    An intentionally set fire in a Children's Home, meant to provide a place of safety from the threats of family or street violence, became a death trap for 22 teenage girls as the fire became a raging inferno.

  • Beltway Insider: Obama Restores Diplomatic Relations with Cuba; FBI SONY Deal With Cyber Terror Attack

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama formally announced, in one of the first real breaks from party standard bearers, a major foreign policy shift, ending fifty years of ineffective action, which will advance the effort to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba and the Castro regime.

  • The Homebase Abroad Villa Collection Review – Stunning Views, Luxurious Settings, Magnificent Italy (Vista mozzafiato, ambienti lussuosi, Magnifica Italia)

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Homebase Abroad, a unique company of Travel Specialists specializing exclusively in Italy, is presenting the 2015 Homebase Abroad collection highlighting villas in Tuscany, Lake Como, Umbria, Venice, Rome and the Dolomites.

  • Emmanuel Macron, Essai de Définition

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Qu'est-ce que le macronisme ? Sujet d'interrogation qui ne lasse pas de questionner quidams et politologues dans un monde bouleversé et en manque de repères. Et si justement, le macronisme était le fruit de l'absence de vision.  

  • Our Kind Of Traitor Review – A Gripping, Thrilling, Return to Cold War Espionage

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Our Kind Of Traitor from Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions presents a cat and mouse thriller, with an engaging plot and solid storyline taken from the modern cold war espionage playbook with Russian defectors, MI5, corrupt politicians and the unknown.

  • Business/Finance: CNBC’S Becky Quick Interviews Walmart CEO Doug McMillon

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    At the recent CNBC Evolve Conference held in Los Angeles, Becky Quick, the co-anchor of CNBC’s Squawk Box interviewed the president and CEO of Walmart, Doug McMillion on the future of the superstore as it fights online options and recent tragedies.

  • Six Unique Food, Wine & Operations Experiences Found on Princess Cruises Vacations

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan 21, 2014) – The cruise travel experts at Cruises-N-More  share most interesting things about a cruise vacation on a Princess cruise, having  known Princess Cruises since the late 1970's when the line had just three ships––now they have 17.

  • Russian Cannibal Couple Arrested; Suspected of Killing, Dismembering and Eating at Least 30 (Graphic Video)

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A married Russian couple have been arrested after grisly pictures were discovered on a missing cell phone which showed the man with a bloodied severed hand in his mouth and several severed heads in the background.

  • Gruesome Murder of Teen Shocks Prosecutors

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The gruesome murder of fourteen-year-old Grace Packer is shocking even the most seasoned prosecutors as the details emerge behind the year-long plan her adopted mother and the woman's boyfriend hatched to torture the teen to death.

  • Finding Your Feet Review – A Charming, Delightful, Comedic Drama

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Finding Your Feet, from Roadside Attractions, presents the story of two unique sisters so far removed from each other that it isn’t until calamity strikes, and what was expected to be forever ends, that they reunite.

  • Amidst Lurid Accusations Matt Lauer Issues An Apology; Network Denies Prior Knowledge

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Defrocked NBC Today host Matt Lauer issued an apology to his victims, family, friends, and network, one day after the network terminated the twenty-year veteran over substantiated allegations of sexual misconduct, rape, and other inappropriate actions.

  • Prince, the Rock Pop Super Star, has Died

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Prince, the cultural icon, known for his provocative lyrics, his intense passion for the electric guitar which earned him comparison to the late iconic Jimi Hendrix, and his dedication to the creative process and music making, has died. He was 57.

  • Joshua Tree Spring Music Festival - A Global Experience in the Magical Mojave

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Merging its funky desert style with an internationally acclaimed lineup of musical artists, this three day (and four night) family-friendly festival is truly a global music experience. The 13th Annual Spring Joshua Tree Music Festival melds the overwhelming spirit of desert freedom with powerful music from around the world to create a lighthearted oasis for music lovers.

  • Indiana Police Intensifies Search in Delphi Double Homicide

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    In a recent press conference Indiana State Police, released a new sketch of a key person of interest they believe may be responsible for the murders of Libby German and Abby Williams on February 13, 2017.

  • HL Exclusive Bourne Resurfaces: Is Jason Bourne the Best Action Series Since 2000

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Friday, July 29 marks the release of "Jason Bourne," the fifth entry in a modern-day action series that's part "Memento," part "James Bond." Based on the Robert Ludlum books, the series follows a former CIA assassin who's lost his memory. He's resourceful but bewildered, trained to kill but clueless about his past.