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‘After the debate, the president came over to me and spent about two minutes with me privately,’ says the 61-year-old Ladka, who works at Global Telecom Supply in Mineola, N.Y. According to Ladka, Obama gave him ‘more information about why he delayed calling the attack a terrorist attack.’ … The rationale for the delay, Obama explained to Ladka, was to make sure that the ‘intelligence he was acting on was real intelligence and not disinformation,’ recalls Ladka.
Erik Wemple called Kerry Ladka, the man who asked Obama about Libya during last night’s debate. (via washingtonpoststyle)

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kileyrae:

NYT | “U.S. Suspects Libya Attack Was Planned”
The Obama administration suspects that the fiery attack in Libya that killed the American ambassador and three other diplomats may have been planned rather than a spontaneous mob getting out of control, American officials said Wednesday.
Officials in Washington studying the events of the past 24 hours have focused on the differences between the protests on the American embassy in Cairo and the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, the Libyan city where Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and the other Americans were killed.
The protesters in Cairo appeared to be a genuinely spontaneous unarmed mob angered by an anti-Islam video said to have been produced in the United States. By contrast, it appeared the attackers in Benghazi were armed with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades. Intelligence reports are inconclusive at this point, officials said, but indications suggest the possibility that an organized group had either been waiting for an opportunity to exploit like the protests over the video or perhaps even generated the protests as a cover for their attack.

kileyrae:

NYT | “U.S. Suspects Libya Attack Was Planned”

The Obama administration suspects that the fiery attack in Libya that killed the American ambassador and three other diplomats may have been planned rather than a spontaneous mob getting out of control, American officials said Wednesday.

Officials in Washington studying the events of the past 24 hours have focused on the differences between the protests on the American embassy in Cairo and the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, the Libyan city where Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and the other Americans were killed.

The protesters in Cairo appeared to be a genuinely spontaneous unarmed mob angered by an anti-Islam video said to have been produced in the United States. By contrast, it appeared the attackers in Benghazi were armed with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades. Intelligence reports are inconclusive at this point, officials said, but indications suggest the possibility that an organized group had either been waiting for an opportunity to exploit like the protests over the video or perhaps even generated the protests as a cover for their attack.

Tigard Businessman Blocked from Returning to U.S. After Humanitarian Trip to Libya

somepolitics:

A Tigard businessman helping distribute medicine and supplies in his native country of Libya has been blocked from flying back to the United States, his family and attorney said Friday. 

Jamal Tarhuni, a 55-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen, was denied boarding a U.S.-bound flight at a Tunisia airport last month, his daughter said. After consulting with the U.S. embassy in Tunisia, Tarhuni met withFBI agents who interrogated him about his religion and intimated that he had information about terrorist plans, his daughter said. Tarhuni, who has lived in the Portland area for more than 35 years and ran a furniture store and import business, is Muslim. 

The refusal to allow Tarhuni to fly home has stunned his family and Portland-based humanitarian organization Medical Teams International. Tarhuni is a committed and trustworthy volunteer who has helped the Christian nonprofit take supplies to hospitals in war-torn Libya on three trips over the past year, said Bill Essig, vice president of international programs. 

Tarhuni also has coordinated with groups such as the Tunisian Red Crescent and met with Libyan health officials to identify other needs for Medical Teams International, Essig said. 

“Based on our experience, we believe there must be some misunderstanding,” Essig said. “He’s always demonstrated integrity and concern” about those the agency is helping. 

The FBI has no comment, said Portland spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele. 

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden’s office has asked the FBI for information on Tarhuni’s situation, said Tom Towslee, Wyden’s state communications director. 

Tarhuni, who was born in Libya, came to Portland more than 35 years ago to study engineering at Portland State University and escape the regime of Moammar Gadhafi, said his daughter, Lina Tarhuni of Tigard. Last year, he helped organize a rally at Pioneer Courthouse Square to protest Gadhafi’s crackdown on Libyans who sought to overthrow the dictator. Gadhafi was killed last October in the uprising. 

Tarhuni, an importer, was moved to do something and approached Medical Teams International to offer his assistance, his daughter said. 

He left last October on his current trip. But when he arrived at the airport in Tunisia on Jan. 17 to leave, the airport workers told him he could not board, his daughter said. 

He thought it was a joke because they all knew him from the several times he had cleared medical shipments through customs before transporting them to Libya, she said. 

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kohenari:

Behind the seeming inability to express what he thinks about the NATO intervention in Libya and whether or not he agreed or disagreed with President Obama’s decision, it seems that Cain was attempting to put forward an important part of his overall philosophy as a presidential candidate. He’s like a modern-day Socrates, so well aware of what he doesn’t know. Indeed, to sum up, directly from Cain, why he couldn’t bring his thoughts on Libya into clearer focus: “I’m not supposed to know anything about foreign policy.”

So, that’s fine then.

I Think Rick Perry's Oops Moment Just Got Topped: Herman Cain is Asked About the Handling of Libya, His Response "Um... Line?"

stfuconservatives:

I’m exaggerating a bit but you have to have to HAVE TO watch this video. He just sits there trying to remember what he’s supposed to say about Libya. I’ve never seen a person more terrified of deviating from the party’s talking points.

“Okay, Libya,” Cain said — then paused, looking downward. “President Obama supported the uprising — correct? President Obama called for the removal of Qaddafi. Just want to make sure we’re talking about the same thing before I say, yes I agreed, or no I didn’t agree.”

“I do not agree with the way he handled it, for the following reasons — No, that’s a different one. (Pauses) I gotta go back, see. (Pauses) Got all this stuff twirling around in my head. Specifically, what are you asking me, did I agree or not disagree (sic) with Obama?”

This is pathetic.

-Joe

#Herman Cain #doesn’t know shit about Libya

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inothernews:

CO-SIGNS   U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestured with  revolutionary forces before she departed Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday.  The U.S. vowed support for the country’s transitional government, including about $130 million in aid.  (Photo: Kevin  Lamarque / AP via the Wall Street Journal)

inothernews:

CO-SIGNS   U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestured with revolutionary forces before she departed Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday.  The U.S. vowed support for the country’s transitional government, including about $130 million in aid.  (Photo: Kevin Lamarque / AP via the Wall Street Journal)

More on the executions of Libyans, via Human Rights Watch — some disturbing photos here, so we'll just link this.

shortformblog:

A key point from the story:

Under international humanitarian law, violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds of civilians and persons not engaged in combat such as detainees is always strictly prohibited and constitutes a war crime. This is irrespective of whether the conflict is an international or non-international conflict.

This is not a fun one to read, so know that going in. (via idroolinmysleep)

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