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Obama Administration Plays Clintonian Word Games Over Whether Officials “Resigned” Over Benghazi

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:35 am

The New York Post reports:

The four officials supposedly out of jobs because of their blunders in the run-up to the deadly Benghazi terror attack remain on the State Department payroll — and will all be back to work soon, The Post has learned.

The highest-ranking official caught up in the scandal, Assistant Secretary of State Eric Boswell, has not “resigned” from government service, as officials said last week. He is just switching desks. And the other three are simply on administrative leave and are expected back.

The four were made out to be sacrificial lambs in the wake of a scathing report issued last week that found that the US compound in Benghazi, Libya, was left vulnerable to attack because of “grossly inadequate” security.

State Department leaders “didn’t come clean about Benghazi and now they’re not coming clean about these staff changes,” a source close to the situation told The Post., adding, the “public would be outraged over this.”

Will the public be outraged? I figure there will be public outrage only if the media shows outrage. And the media, Fox News aside, probably won’t.

Speaking of Fox News, they questioned the State Department about this. And the State Department said, and I quote: “Suckers!” OK, not exactly, but close. Basically, they said: hey, it’s not our fault if you assumed resigned meant “resigned”:

Asked for comment, a State Department spokesman referred to the statement originally put out on Dec. 19.

That statement said that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “has accepted Eric Boswell’s decision to resign as Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security, effective immediately,” and that the three others were “relieved of their current duties.”

The statement did not specifically claim Boswell was leaving the department — at the same time, it made no mention of Boswell being reassigned to another desk.

Obama learned in the campaign that people for some reason still love Bill Clinton. I guess he figures that extends to the less attractive aspects of Clinton’s administration, like the parsing and lying.

So if Obama ends up getting serviced by a rotund intern while telling John Kerry on the phone how to word the next misleading press release, don’t be surprised. He’ll just be bringing us back to the glory days of the Clinton years.

P.S. Weren’t there people who supposedly left over Fast and Furious? Where are they now?


Merry Christmas!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:31 am

I hope Santa is good to all Patterico readers.


Merry Christmas Eve

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:21 pm

Hope everyone is having a great holiday.


Stacy McCain on the Loesch/Breitbart Lawsuit

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:33 pm

Stacy McCain, on the Dana Loesch suit against

Having further explored the background on what is now a matter of litigation (Loesch v., I think three things are obvious:

1. Andrew Breitbart never would have let this happen;
2. There’s much more to the story; and
3. Dana Loesch has already won.

I am always wary about expressing opinions when I don’t know the facts. I’ll go this far: if Loesch’s lawsuit is accurate, somebody over there was not treating her properly.

And if that happened, it wouldn’t be the first time. I never said this before, but I was personally the recipient of some pretty shabby treatment myself from that organization, after Andrew died. It was bad enough that I suddenly had no interest in contributing to them — as long as the people who treated me that way stayed in charge. And they have.

I think I’ll keep the details to myself, for now. But my experience was not the only such experience. Not by a long shot. And having been through it, it is plenty easy for me to believe that Loesch was also treated shabbily.

And when you treat people like crap, it doesn’t stay a secret.

So do I know whether Dana Loesch’s suit is accurate from top to bottom? No. I don’t. But I have my suspicions. And I bet a lot of other people do too.

And yeah. I know pretty much for a fact Andrew would have handled things differently.

Stacy says:

And I think everyone involved in this unfortunate mess — defendant, plaintiff, and the horrified witnesses — can agree with this four-word sentence: Damn, I miss Andrew.

Damn straight.

UPDATE: Still more from Stacy here.

Occupy Dresses Up Activist in Santa Suit

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:38 pm

But Santa couldn’t follow the rules everyone else has to follow, so Santa got arrested.

Vinger said a Texas State Preservation Board employee asked Peterson to stop defacing Capitol grounds, and he refused. Another suspect was arrested for criminal mischief as well, Vinger said.

Members of Occupy Austin, which “believes that the use of washable sidewalk chalk is constitutionally protected free speech,” gathered at the Travis County Courthouse on Friday night to protest the arrests, according to a statement.

Another man was arrested, who was “named by Occupy Austin as Corey Elf.”

Watch as this douchebag cries while a crowd, including at least one small child, watches.


Not every idiot in a Santa suit is Santa, little guy. Best you learned now.

Chevron Moves Hundreds of Employees to Texas from California

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:32 pm


Chevron Corp. will move as many as 800 jobs to Houston from its California headquarters to support its exploration and production operations, the company told employees Thursday.

The oil giant will maintain its corporate headquarters in San Ramon – just east of San Francisco – where 6,500 employees work.

In an email to its workers, Chevron said jobs moving to Houston include employees in support groups involved with technology, procurement and business development.

“Moves in these groups are expected to take place over the next two years to support our growing upstream business,” the company email said.

I wonder how many businesses are relocating employees from Texas to California. Somehow, I suspect not many.


Border Crossings Closely Monitored

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:50 pm

And here you thought officials weren’t taking the border with Mexico seriously. Well, my friends, think again:

PRESIDIO – If you’re traveling to Mexico for the holidays, be prepared to wait a while.

Travelers trying to get into Mexico through the Presidio Port of Entry are stuck in line.

We’re told the lines into Mexico are backed up for as much as five miles.

Well, who can blame them?

After all: When you’re monitoring the U.S./Mexico border, you have to be very, very, very careful who you allow across.

Oh, wait…

Mayans Wrong

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:00 am

Thought that was worth noting about now.


John Kerry for Secretary of State!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:48 pm

Those Senators aren’t going to let ol’ John get “Swift boated” any more than they were going to convict Clinton for something minor like perjury or obstruction of justice. Why, they’re much too genteel to worry about things like honor or principle.

Dana Loesch Sues

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:47 pm

Daily Caller:

In a lawsuit signifying a schism in the house that Andrew Breitbart built, former editor Dana Loesch has sued LLC, claiming the company refused to release her from a contract and warned other media companies away from hiring her.

Loesch, 34, is a St. Louis-based conservative radio host. She wrote in her legal filing that the fallout from her eventual departure from the Breitbart brand was an “attempt by one vindictive party to sabotage the reputation and career of another.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch first reported on the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court Friday. Loesch seeks $75,000 in damages and a court order that her contract with is legally terminated.

She alleged, basically, that she wanted out and they wouldn’t let her out.

When she decided not to renew that contract in September, Loesch claims, the company refused to acknowledge her resignation and renewed the contract for another year without her consent.

“Since that time,” the lawsuit alleges, “Defendant has made public remarks stating that Loesch is still a contributor with … [and] has made remarks to its affiliates and competitors that Loesch is still exclusively engaged with Defendant as an Internet editor.”

What a shame. I like Dana and I like some of the folks at Breitbart, and have nothing else to say right now, except I miss Andrew. I think most of the people on both sides agree.

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