FOIA Case Ruling On Obama admin Document “Branch Without The Public Oversight, To Engage In What Is In Effect Governance By ‘Secret Law.'” -Ellen Segal Huvelle Judge, U.S. District Court December 17, 2013
Bill Clinton Appointee Fed Judge Orders Obama Admin To Release Secret Foreign Aid Document – Judge Andrew Napolitano – The Kelly File
The following are our “Dear Leader” and “Deceiver in Chief” Barack Hussein Obama’s unmitigated lies: “It’s going to bring down skyrocketing costs. It’s going to save families money. It’s going to save businesses money. It’s going to save government money.” Megan Kelly: “That promise that “if you like your plan you can keep it . If you like your doctor you can keep him is not proving true for millions of Americans.” Daily Beast Columnist, Fox News Political Analyst, and Obama and Democratic Party staunch supporter, Kirsten Powers say, “Right!”
She goes on to say that she received the same letter as “everyone else” that her Health Insurance plan was being terminated and that in her exchange, if she wants to keep her $2500 deductible, her insurance will go from $160/ month to $300/ a month or an increase of 87.5% .
Unlike the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the NIPCC report finds the human impact on climate is very small and any change in temperatures that might occur in the future is so small that it will not be noticed against the climate’s natural variability.
Our “Dear Leader” Barack Hussein Obama and his minions are attacking members of Congress who dare to question the left’s talking points on global warming: that it’s man-made and will cause (or is already causing) floods, droughts, storms, crime, divorce … you name it. Obama’s EPA is waging war on affordable energy, even though the “fracking” revolution is the one positive economic development that has happened to the country since Obama was elected! Most recently in January, NY State commissioned a report that they believed would decimate the “fracking” industry. Instead, the results of the investigation, that had to be leaked to see the light of day, found “…that the much-debated drilling technology known as hydrofracking could be conducted safely in New York.”
Climate Change Reconsidered directly contradicts the scientific claims being made by Obama and his allies. The Heartland Institute team of nearly 50 scientists from 15 countries have produced a report that is more than 1,000 pages long, cites nearly 4,000 peer-reviewed reports, and finds no evidence that global warming is either man made or likely to be harmful.
The Heartland Institute published the new NIPCC report on September 17, and for the last three weeks they have been promoting it like crazy. They’ve held events with the authors in Chicago, Washington, DC (hosted by our friends at the Heritage Foundation), New York, Florida, St. Louis, California, and even London, Berlin, and The Hague.
The book has received positive coverage from Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, Breitbart.com, PJ Media, The Daily Caller, and dozens of Web sites and blogs. The book’s release was even reported as news by the liberals at The New York Times, Washington Post, and Bloomberg!
Please help us get the word out that global warming is not a crisis.
Visit ClimateChangeReconsidered.org to get free access to the entire 1,000-page report, a 20-page Summary for Policymakers,and a growing number of news releases, op-eds, videos, and sound recordings by the authors and allies.Please encourage your friends and neighbors to visit the site, too.
Please also visit Heartland’s Environment Issue Suite, which is updated daily with articles appearing in Environment & Climate News, Heartland’s monthly public policy newspaper, and weekly issues of Climate Change Weekly andNIPCC Update.
Obama’s war on affordable energy is one of the biggest threats our nation faces. Please help us stop him.
Our government is lying to us. The reason Barack Hussein Obama began his strategy of “Blame” over “Sequestration” is because he knows that the economic collapse of the US economy is coming and he needs a scapegoat! His “full court press” in the media is perpetuating his grievous “lie” that an “ItsyBitsyTeenyWeeny” Sequestration cut will cause catastrophic damage to our economy.
Besides the following article, other independent economists, who, using the same data as our US Bureau of Labor Statistics reach the entirely different conclusion that our unemployment rates are INCREASING, not DECREASING.
Thomas Jefferson said that, To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us down with perpetual debt….I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple.” We have thrown his warnings to the wind and now because of our economic gluttony of QE1, QE2, QE3, QE4 etc., face the loss of our Independence and sovereignty as well.
Folks, an economic collapse will place our Bill of Rights and our Constitution in grave jeopardy! The dumbing down of our last generation has left them without an understanding of the source of the Rights that they enjoy.
Without the Bill of Rights, our 2nd Amendment and our ability to protect and preserve our Constitution and our “Natural Rights” will be abolished. All of the proposed State and Federal Gun Laws being proposed would have practically no affect on stopping incidents like Newtown while having a vital affect on our Constitutional right to preserve and protect our families and country.
This is a time for action! Don’t allow either the Obama or the Patrick Administrations to take away any more of your Constitutional Rights! Call your State and Senators and representatives and tell them NO on Unconstitutional Gun Control measures and on our “drunken sailor” Spending.
12 Things That Just Happened That Show The Next Wave Of The Economic Collapse Is Almost Here
By Michael, on March 3rd, 2013�
Are we running out of time? For the last several years, we have been living in a false bubble of hope that has been fueled by massive amounts of debt and bailout money. This illusion of economic stability has convinced most people that the great economic crisis of 2008 was just an “aberration” and that now things are back to normal. Unfortunately, that is not the case at all. The truth is that the financial crash of 2008 was just the first wave of our economic troubles. We have not even come close to recovering from that wave, and the next wave of the economic collapse is rapidly approaching. Our economy is like a giant sand castle that has been built on a foundation of debt and toilet paper currency. As each wave of the crisis hits us, the solutions that our leaders will present to us will involve even more debt and even more money printing. And each time, those “solutions” will only make our problems even worse. Right now, events are unfolding in Europe and in the United States that are pushing us toward the next major crisis moment. I sincerely hope that we have some more time before the next crisis overwhelms us, but as you will see, time is rapidly running out.
The following are 12 things that just happened that show the next wave of the economic collapse is almost here…
#1 According to TrimTab’s CEO Charles Biderman, corporate insider purchases of stock have hit an all-time low, and the ratio of corporate insider selling to corporate insider buying has now reached an astounding 50 to 1….
While retail is being told to buy-buy-buy, Biderman exclaims that “insiders at U.S. companies have bought the least amount of shares in any one month,” and that the ratio of insider selling to buying is now 50-to-1 – a monthly record.
#2 On Friday we learned that personal income in the United States experienced its largest one month decline in 20 years…
Personal income decreased by $505.5 billion in January, or 3.6%, compared to December (on a seasonally adjusted and annualized basis). That’s the most dramatic decline since January 1993, according to the Commerce Department.
#3 In a stunning move, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says that he will appoint an emergency financial manager to take care of Detroit’s financial affairs…
Snyder, 54, took a step he avoided a year ago, empowering an emergency financial manager who can sweep aside union contracts, sell municipal assets, restructure services and reorder finances. He announced the move yesterday at a public meeting in Detroit.
If this does not work, Detroit will almost certainly have to declare bankruptcy. If that happens, it will be the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
#4 On Friday it was announced that the unemployment rate in Italy had risen to 11.7 percent. That was a huge jump from 11.3 percent the previous month, and Italy now has the highest unemployment rate that it has experienced in 21 years.
#5 The youth unemployment rate in Italy has risen to a new all-time record high of 38.7 percent.
#6 On Friday it was announced that the unemployment rate in the eurozone as a whole had just hit a brand new record high of 11.9 percent.
#7 On Friday it was announced that the unemployment rate in Greece has now reached 27 percent, and it is being projected that it will reach30 percent by the end of the year.
#8 The youth unemployment rate in Greece is now an almost unbelievable 59.4 percent.
#9 On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of protesters filled the streets of Lisbon and other Portuguese cities to protest the austerity measures that are being imposed upon them. It was reportedly the largest protest in the history of Portugal.
#10 According to Goldman Sachs, bank deposits declined all over Europe during the month of January.
#11 Over the weekend, the deputy governor of China’s central bank declared that China is prepared for a “currency war“…
A top Chinese banker said Beijing is “fully prepared” for a currency war as he urged the world to abide by a consensus reached by the G20 to avert confrontation, state media reported on Saturday.
Yi Gang, deputy governor of China’s central bank, issued the call after G20 finance ministers last month moved to calm fears of a looming war on the currency markets at a meeting in Moscow.
Those fears have largely been fuelled by the recent steep decline in the Japanese yen, which critics have accused Tokyo of manipulating to give its manufacturers a competitive edge in key export markets over Asian rivals.
#12 Italy is an economic basket case at this point, and the political gridlock in Italy is certainly not helping matters. Former comedian Beppe Grillo’s party could potentially tip the balance of power one way or the other in Italy, and over the weekend he made some comments that are really shaking things up over in Europe. For one thing, he is suggesting that Italy should hold a referendum on the euro…
“I am a strong advocate of Europe. I am in favor of an online referendum on the euro,” Beppe Grillo told Bild am Sonntag.
Such a vote would not be legally binding in Italy, where referendums can only be used to repeal laws or parts of laws, but would carry political weight. Grillo has said in the past that membership of the euro should be up to the Italian people.
In addition, Grillo is also suggesting that Italy’s debt has gotten so large that renegotiation is the only option…
In an interview with a German magazine published on Saturday, Mr Grillo said that “if conditions do not change” Italy “will want” to leave the euro and return to its former national currency.
The 64-year-old comic-turned-political activist also said Italy needs to renegotiate its €2 trillion debt.
At 127 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), it is the highest in the euro zone after Greece.
“Right now we are being crushed, not by the euro, but by our debt. When the interest payments reach €100 billion a year, we’re dead. There’s no alternative,” he told Focus, a weekly news magazine.
He said Italy was in such dire economic straits that “in six months, we will no longer be able to pay pensions and the wages of public employees.”
And of course government debt has taken center stage in the United States as well.
The sequester cuts have now gone into effect, and they will definitely have an effect on the U.S. economy. Of course that effect will not be nearly as dramatic as many Democrats are suggesting, but without a doubt those cuts will cause the U.S. economy to slow down a bit.
Well, everyone should keep watching Europe very closely, and it will also be important to keep an eye on Wall Street. There are a whole bunch of indications that the stock market is at or near a peak. For example, just check out what one prominent stock market analyst recently had to say…
“Every reliable technical tool is warning of major peaking action,” said Walter Zimmerman, the senior technical analyst at United-ICAP. “This includes sentiment, momentum, classical chart patterns, and Elliott wave analysis.
“Most of the rally in the stock market since 2009 can be chalked up to the Federal Reserve’s attempt to create a ‘wealth effect’ through higher stock market prices. This only exacerbates the downside risk. Why? The stock market no is longer a lead indicator for the economy. It is instead reflecting Fed manipulation. Pushing the stock market higher while the real economy languishes has resulted in another bubble.
“The next leg down will not be a partial correction of the advance since the 2009 lows. It will be another major financial crisis. The worst is yet to come.”
Sadly, most people will continue to deny that anything is wrong until it is far too late.
Many areas of Europe are already experiencing economic depression, and it is only a matter of time before the U.S. follows suit.
Time is running out, and I hope that you are getting ready.
So what do you think?
How much time do you believe that we have left before the next wave of the economic collapse strikes?
Now it looks like Obama and his Thugs miscalculated on Sequestration. They have been using the imminent implementation of Sequestration to conspire with their media minions in attempting to coerce the Republicans to once again cave to Community organizer’s wicked lying propaganda rants that have increased in volume and intensity as we approach the February 1st implementation.
The Republicans didn’t cave immediately and thereby created a potentially disastrous political dilemma for Our Dear Leader. His political cohorts are telling him that if Sequestration becomes effective and the sky doesn’t fall, Barack will have a sever credibly problem, even among his loyal supporters.
If you take a look at the GDP math below that shows about a half cent hit for every non sequestrated GDP dollar, or even if you don’t, there is only one unquestionable conclusion that becomes evident.
Obama’s rants on Sequestration are a contrived comedy about “Much A do about Nothing ”
That’s Right! There is no appreciable affect on our economy, even if he jawbone’s Ben Bernake into saying so!
Call Your Senators and Representatives and tell them to let Sequestration to go into affect so that we can bring our $16.6T ever increasing Debt Crisis under control!
Analyses of Sequestration Affect on 2013 GDP:
The size of a nation’s economy is the total value of the spending on goods and services in the nation in a year. This spending occurs in the form of transactions within and between these three sectors. The flip side of this spending is production, because you can buy only what has been produced. So we can also measure an economy based on its production. Therefore, when you add up all of these transactions—and the value of foreign trade—the result is gross domestic product, or GDP. The formula for GDP is:
GDP = C + I + G + (Ex – Im)
where “C” equals spending by consumers,
“I” equals investment by businesses,
“G” equals government spending and
“(Ex – Im)” equals net exports, that is, the value of exports minus imports. Net exports may be negative.
According to Infoplease the composition of GDP breaks down roughly as follows:
Net Exports: 0.0%
The CBO Projection for 2013 GDP is $16.198Trillion
C = $16.198T X .65 =10.5287 Trillion
G = $16.198T X .2 = $3.2396 Trillion
I = $16.198T X .15 =$2.4297 Trillion
– Assumes that the only variable is the $85B removed from G, the Government Budget Contribution while C, I remain constant
$16.198T – .085T =$16.113 T
C = $10.5287 Trillion
G = $3.2396T- .$085T = $ 3.1546 Trillion
I = $2.4297 Trillion
What is the affect of Sequestration on GDP?
(Sequestration GDP divided by Non-Sequestration GDP minus 1) x 100 = Percent
($16.113T/ $16.198T) -1 = 0.0099 = .99% or about 1%
The $85B in Sequestration would reduce GDP by 1-cent for every dollar of a Non Sequestration GDP.
Since one-half of the $85T in Sequestration is slated for FY 2014, Sequestration will reduce the FY 2013 Sequestration GDP by about one-half a penny for every Non Sequestration dollar.
Sequestration does not cut spending, it simply reduces the rate-of-increased spending
The Military is 1/4 of the Budget yet it is taking 1/2 of the Sequestration Budget Hits
America at Risk: Budget Cuts Threaten Military Readiness
Sequester Main Points:
On the sequester “cuts” not being real cuts:
The so-called sequester “cuts” aren’t even real cuts! This year the government will spend more of your money than they did last year, and next year they will spend even more. If you spent more money year after year, you wouldn’t say you were cutting spending, so why does Washington get away with it?
Overspending is overspending, no matter which way you look at it. Spending $800 that you don’t have on your credit card instead of $1000, doesn’t mean you cut $200 of spending. It means you’re still overspending by $800.
Only an extremist would want to stop the sequester. As the National Taxpayers Union said, it is a starting point, not a finish line. Politicians will never actually cut spending if we let the spending radicals like Nancy Pelosi stop us from taking this small step forward.
The amount of the so-called “cuts” would be enough to run the government for only 4.5 days, and the spending radicals like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid want us to believe that the sequester will be “devastating.”
On the President’s flip-flop:
As the president’s own press secretary admitted, the sequester was President Obama’s idea in the first place. American families are tired of him playing politics and blaming others for his own ideas.
In July 2011, a White House fact sheet praised the deal that gave us the sequester as “a win for the economy and budget discipline.” At the time, President Obama said it didn’t impact the middle class or working families. Now he says it does. He was either lying then, or he’s lying now.
What is the sequester anyway? In a nutshell, the sequester is a deal that the President signed into law that says the government will overspend a little less this year than they did last year. That’s it. So they’re still overspending.
A recent poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research and Shaw & Company Research shows that 73% of Americans want the government to cut spending, while only 15% want increased spending. The time is now to do what the majority of the American people want done.
Everyone agrees that we need to reduce the deficit. Let’s start now by keeping the sequester in place, and making the politicians keep their promises, and uphold the laws they pass.
We need to become an economically sustainable nation. The sequester is a step in the right direction. Don’t let politicians and their well-connected friends stop this little bit of badly-needed progress.
Recently, Nancy Pelosi said that cutting Congressional pay would undermine their “dignity.” Could she be any more insulting? What about the dignity of the millions of Americans that are still out of work? Or the dignity of younger generations that will be burdened by the massive debt that paid politicians like Nancy Pelosi have racked up? What’s undignified is making a promise to the American people that you will cut spending and then trying to weasel your way out of it when the time comes, hoping that you’ll be retired before the bills come due.
The Heritage Foundation
Morning Bell: Spending Cuts Are Happening, One Way or Another
Amy Payne February 19, 2013 at 7:32 am
Federal budget cuts called “sequestration” are scheduled to hit in just 10 days. The sequestration cuts are not perfect—they’re a blunt instrument to cut spending, rather than a deliberative plan that sets priorities, trims entitlements, and cuts other spending. But they are law. It would be better to replace them with smarter cuts, but the reality is that Washington has to start cutting spending now. Real program reforms and a balanced budget are the only way to solve our continuing fiscal crises. So it is critical that Congress keep its word and follow through on these spending cuts to prove it is serious about bringing our budget into balance over the next 10 years. Now that the March 1 deadline is approaching, the President is urging Congress to offset the sequestration budget cuts with more tax increases. That’s simply unacceptable, says Heritage’s Grover M. Hermann Senior Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs, Patrick Louis Knudsen: “President Obama has already pocketed a $618 billion tax increase, so simply holding the line against taxes is a given.” Lawmakers shouldn’t be fooled by the President’s rhetoric on a “balanced” approach to sequestration or any other budget issue—that simply means he’s looking to raise taxes again. Instead, they should be focusing on true balance—balancing the federal budget in the next 10 years. Producing a budget would be a start, but balancing that budget is the way to put the country back on track. Knudsen explains:
We need spending cuts that are targeted to the programs that need reforms—the entitlements that are the major drivers of our growing deficit. Sequestration leaves many programs like Social Security, welfare, food stamps, and Medicaid untouched, while having devastating effects on national security. Trying to use defense cuts to balance the out-of-control entitlement spending while we still face growing threats (Russia, China, Iran, and al-Qaeda affiliates) is a fool’s errand that will create a hollow military and do nothing to fix economic troubles. But if Congress does not replace the sequestration cuts with smarter cuts—like eliminating Obamacare funding or other ineffective programs—then the sequestration cuts will be our first step toward getting serious about federal spending. The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation
“You can’t make socialists out of individualists. Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming, where everyone is interdependent.”
– John Dewey, 19th Century Philosopher, Education Reformer
“The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of Government in the next.”
– Abraham Lincoln, Self-Educated, Lawyer, U.S. President
While we are busy making a living, our educational system is busy indoctrinating our children. If you are a parent, you simply must understand what is happening in our schools before it’s too late and the Progressives succeed in indoctrinating foreign values and mores into your children which will remain with them throughout their lifetime.
Here are some recent outrageous examples of our educational system at its worst.
While playing a game of ‘rescue the world,’ Alex Evans, a second grader in Colorado tossed an imaginary grenade into a box in a make-believe game called “rescue the World” Because of the school’s ‘no real or play fighting’ rule, the boy was kicked out of school for an undisclosed period of time. The child said that he “was trying to save people …” in his imaginary world
In a related incident, a Llttle 5-year-old kindergartener was suspended for 10 days by a school administrators over alleged threat to blast a playmate with a Hello Kitty toy gun that shoots colorful floating bubbles. Her mom says that her daughter was told she could go to jail over threat.
First, we heard school children in NJ sing praises of Barack Hussein Obama.
And now, the Progressives are writing text books with embedded propaganda with the expectation of molding our children’s behavior!!!
posted on February 7, 2013 by Dave Jolly
Children’s Book Wants 3 Year Olds Chanting ‘Union Power’
As a parent, you know that when your kids are young and learning to read that they are very impressionable. Many of the values, likes and dislikes are formed during these early years and trust me, the liberals know it and are using it to brainwash the next generation.
One of the most impressionable tools to use on young children are their first books, especially ones that teach them basic learning skills such as their alphabet. I’m in my sixties and I still remember many of the objects associated with the alphabet like A is for apple, B is for ball, C is for cat and so on. I even learned Morse Code when I was quite young because of picture association and still remember most of it today – A is dot dash – an apple and stem; B is dash dot dot dot – baseball bat and 3 baseballs; L is dot dash dot dot – locomotive front wheel, wheel bar and 2 rear wheels and so on.
Now, a social activist with very liberal and socialist ideas is using his new alphabet book to brainwash kids at the earliest age possible. Innosanto Nagara is originally from Indonesia. He came to the US to attend the University of California at Davis. He is a founding member of Design Action Collective, which is described as a social justice design studio. Just to remind you, the term social justice is the new way of saying socialistic without people realizing it.
Nagara has recently published a children’s book titled: A is for Activist. It is being advertised as a ‘children’s book for the 99 percent’. The purpose of the book is to ‘infuse the alphabet with the energy and consciousness of Occupy Wall Street.’
Founder of the social justice organization Code Pink, Medea Benjamin heralded A is for Activist saying:
“May a thousand young activists bloom!”
And that is precisely the purpose of this book, to create thousands of kids who will grow up as liberal socialistic activists who will work to undermine what America is all about.
Parents, please be warned about this book. If your kids attend public school, make it a priority to visit that school and find out if they have this book and are using it to brainwash your child into something you don’t want them to become. The schools will not safeguard your kids from this kind of teaching, only you can. You must take an active role in your children’s education. You need to protect your children like a mother hen protect her chicks and remember the words of Proverbs 22:6 that say:
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
More than four months after the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in eastern Libya, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will deliver long-awaited testimony on the historic security failure.
The secretary, after missing prior sessions before Congress due to illness, is set to take lawmakers’ questions Wednesday before a House and Senate committee. As Clinton prepares to leave the department after a busy four years, the hearing is a chance to address what is arguably the biggest controversy of her tenure.
“There’s no question there hasn’t been the accountability within the department,” Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the incoming top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told Fox News. “I think this is going to be the beginning, I hope … of a top-to-bottom review.”
Congress has already held multiple hearings to date, with lower-level officials testifying, on the Benghazi attack. The administration has gradually backed off its position that the attack was spontaneous — an assertion that drew the ire of congressional lawmakers who said it was clearly planned. An official State Department-sanctioned report has resulted in several officials leaving their current posts, after finding “systemic failures” left the Benghazi compound inadequately protected.
The hearing Wednesday, though, is a forum for lawmakers to question Clinton on what she might have known about requests for security at the Benghazi post — and what she thinks should be done to improve security going forward, as she prepares to leave the department. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., has been nominated to replace her.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesday “there was no question” that Clinton “considered it her responsibility to learn the lessons from this, and to take the department forward in implementing whatever lessons were learned.”
There are also questions about how the Obama administration responded to the crisis during the Sept. 11, 2012 attack. Fox News has learned from senior U.S. defense officials that a FAST team of Marines out of Spain was asked by State Department officials to change out of their Marine uniforms after being asked to leave for Libya to help — this required them to deplane and delayed them by about 90 minutes, according to Pentagon officials.
Then there is the decision by Clinton and State Department Undersecretary of Management Patrick Kennedy not to mobilize the Counterterrorism Security Group, which is composed of experts on terrorism from across government agencies and makes recommendations to the deputies who assist the president’s Cabinet in formulating a response to crises involving terrorism.
Further, there are questions about the perceived delays CIA officials — stationed in Benghazi — encountered that night and their frustration that air support was not sent from nearby Sigonella air base. In recent weeks, Fox News has learned that the rescue unit that left Tripoli was told that “fast fliers” — or air support — would be above when they landed in Benghazi. They weren’t.
Still, the department’s review board concluded: “The Board members believe every possible effort was made to rescue and recover Ambassador Chris Stevens and Sean Smith. The interagency response was timely and appropriate, but there simply was not enough time for armed U.S. military assets to have made a difference.”
Lawmakers have waited months to ask Clinton direct questions about the Benghazi attack, in which U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed. That attack, though, may just be the starting point for Wednesday’s hearings amid mounting questions about the hostage crisis in Algeria and the French-led military campaign in neighboring Mali.
Corker told Fox News “there’s going to be a lot of questions about just the overall policies of this administration as it relates to” Al Qaeda’s affiliate in North Africa.
An Al Qaeda-tied operative has claimed responsibility for the attack at a gas plant in Algeria that left 37 hostages dead, including three Americans.
Corker suggested the developments challenge an administration that was “spiking the ball on Al Qaeda” last year as the U.S. chipped away at the group’s leadership in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and took out Usama bin Laden the year before that.
“That’s where the core of Al Qaeda (is), but there are all these nodes that are scattered through Africa now that obviously are a threat to Western civilization, and it’s as if they’ve taken their eye off the ball,” Corker said.
Clinton was preparing to testify in December, but fell ill and was unable to address Congress.
The State Department has thus far been sparing in its explanation of the separate Algeria attack.
Nuland said last week that Clinton spoke with the Algerian Prime Minister and “talked about the challenge that Algeria has had historically with terrorism.”
Clinton later said “it is absolutely essential that we broaden and deepen our counterterrorism cooperation going forward without Algeria and all countries of the region.”
She said she made clear to the prime minister that “we stand ready to further enhance the counterterrorism support that we already provide.”
Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta also had tough words, saying those who try to attack Americans “will have no place to hide.”
On the House Foreign Affairs Committee, an aide to Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, also said it’s likely the Algeria hostage standoff will come up Wednesday.
Clinton plans to testify on the Senate side at 9 a.m. ET Wednesday, and at 2 p.m. on the House side.
Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report.