Halloween was cancelled this year. Nobody was surprised around here other then Chef, who was still busily preparing pumpkin treats yesterday afternoon.
Alas, due to Lady M’s heavy campaign schedule along with the lingering effects of Frankenstorm, Super Sandy (who has already proven herself very, very useful to our reelection efforts), our tradition of handing out treats at the Big White was suspended in order to address more pressing concerns, such as making sure we get the vote out.
Butt let’s face it, Halloween has been a bit of a let down ever since our first big historic Halloween party back in ‘09.
And of course that was also the year of our infamous private after-party party with Johnny Depp and the rest of the cast from Alice in Wonderland:
Which, in one of those ironic twists of life imitating art, established the tone around here for the next 3 years.
As a brief refresher, here were some of the Halloween highlights that year:
Creepy characters operating under cover of night
“Sally Brown: I was robbed! I spent the whole night waiting for the Great Pumpkin, when I could have been out for tricks or treats. Halloween is over, and I missed it! You blockhead. You kept me up all night waiting for the Great Pumpkin, and all that came was a beagle. I didn’t get a chance to go out for tricks or treats. And it was all your fault. I’ll sue! What a fool I was! I could have had candy apples and gum and cookies and money and all sorts of things, but no, I had to listen to you. You blockhead. What a fool I was. Trick or treats come only once a year. And I missed it by sitting in a pumpkin patch with a blockhead. YOU OWE ME RESTITUTION!”
Butt now we have a new problem raising it’s ugly little head - somebody didn’t get the memo sent out to our SNN (Selective News Networks). As David Ignatius opined in his editorial “Lingering Questions About Benghazi” yesterday:
So what did happen in Benghazi the night of Sept. 11 when Woods, Ambassador Christopher Stevens and two others were killed? The best way to establish the facts would be a detailed, unclassified timeline of events; officials say it may be released this week. That’s a must, even in the volatile final week of the campaign.
What do we need to do to make this story go away? If a hurricane of monstrous proportions caused by Republican-condoned man made global warming won’t wash this affaire d'état away, what will? It’s as if the Fox News journalists adopted the code “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” now that that the Post Office has no use for it.
Lingering questions about Benghazi? Are you kidding? Why would David say that?
Summarizing an Aug. 15 emergency meeting convened by the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, the Aug. 16 cable marked “SECRET” said that the State Department’s senior security officer, also known as the RSO, did not believe the consulate could be protected.
“RSO (Regional Security Officer) expressed concerns with the ability to defend Post in the event of a coordinated attack due to limited manpower, security measures, weapons capabilities, host nation support, and the overall size of the compound,” the cable said.
Well okay, maybe that does raise a question or two, butt as David himself points out:
A final, obvious point: The “fog of battle” that night was dense not just in Benghazi but also in Cairo, Tunis and elsewhere. As one official concedes, “The reports were all over the map that night, and there was a lot of confusion.” America needed better intelligence. That’s the toughest problem to address, but the most important.
The only real question remaining is how many people will agree next Tuesday that America needs better intelligence?
Unless of course you don’t trust him. Not that there’s any reason not to.
While the administration’s public statements have suggested that the attack came without warning, the Aug. 16 cable seems to undercut those claims. It was a direct warning to the State Department that the Benghazi consulate was vulnerable to attack, that it could not be defended and that the presence of anti-U.S. militias and Al Qaeda was well-known to the U.S. intelligence community.
Beck just won’t let sleeping dogs lie either. (h/t: Citizen Director)
"An independent board is conducting a thorough review of the assault on our post in Benghazi," Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner said in written statement. "Once we have the board's comprehensive account of what happened, findings and recommendations, we can fully address these matters."
Honey, we don’t just think you’re stupid, we’re counting on it.