Monthly Archives: May 2013

BENGHAZI

STAND DOWN.

These two words changed the destiny of 4 Americans on the Anniversary of September 11, 2001.

Speaking from experience, in any company that has international offices and presence around the world, that may or may not have DOD connections –  through the course of normal business – received daily reports about travel around the world.  Daily updates on regional alerts that impact travel safety for AMERICANS.

Right now… out there… are companies who have an inbox of these alerts. Right now, I’ll bet major corporations like Cisco, General Dynamics, AT&T, IBM, Kyocera, who get these updates from US GOVT advising them where to avoid, where social unrest is being measured, precautions that should be taken, restrictions and advisories.  I want to see those alerts from the weeks preceding 9/11.  Know why THE US GOVT does this?  Because they don’t want Americans AT RISK or providing “targets of opportunity” for kidnapping, etc.  How do I know this?  Because I used to get them for my company and it was my responsibility to communicate them across the appropriate channels of the organization – worldwide.

After PA Flight 103 – Lockerbie –  our company completely revised its policy and practices.  No more than two executives were allowed to be on any one flight.  Routes, times, dress were all revised for safety. That is when air travel stopped being “fun”.  That’s when international started to get dangerous.  In fact, in certain locations, travel was suspended or rerouted.  These advisories that our government provides businesses were taken seriously.  It was our government’s responsibility to ensure its citizen’s safety – especially businesses.

Now I am being asked to accept that no directives instructing extraordinary measures of precaution should be taken for every US Embassy and significant “interests” around the world on the weeks and days leading up to 9/11 .  Professionally speaking — this is beyond astounding – it is dereliction of duty.

It is my opinion, that this administration permitted its ideology to become the fate of 4 Americans without their permission.

Would Chris Stevens have signed a contract that had a clause that read:

And in the event of an attack, seizure, threat, bombing and/or breech … you and your staffers cannot expect any reasonable rescue efforts on the part of the United States Government.  Your signature authorizes us to abandon you and any others who become collateral damage because we don’t want the American people to know that Libya is a dismal failure.  As part of your package, we enclose the death benefits your survivors will receive should the above occur.   

PLEASE DO NOT EXPECT ME TO ACCEPT THIS BULLSHIT.

THE US GOVT and IRS

I have been working for 39 years, 24 years in corporate, 4 years in academia and 11 years as an entrepreneur. 

When I look back on all the rhetoric this administration has crafted over the years (and I say this as a professional marketer who understands strategies and end goals) that Corporate America is the big bad wolf I become incensed. Corporate America has greater accountability than the United States Government on almost all levels.

During those years I don’t ever remember ANYONE having the option of invoking the 5th when they were brought on the carpet.  I was fortunate, I got to observe C-Levels in their native habitat.  They got fired, especially if they didn’t have champions in rank.

My understanding is we can’t fire people in the government.  I’m not talking about the elected or appointed ones.  I’m talking about a gluttonous government that is consuming everything to keep itself alive – in its present condition.  Let’s carve out all that FAT in the US Government and we can start by eliminating the IRS and enacting a flat tax.

But I want to talk about what I consider a terrible thing.

For years this administration has had the unmitigated gall to ridicule, condemn, distort, manipulate, and demonize Corporate America, as untrustworthy, self-serving, consumptive, unethical and the list goes on and on and on. 

What we are watching going on in the IRS is even beyond the pot calling the kettle black. 

I see a gross violation of ethics in the IRS scandal.  They are a behemoth organization that can crush an American.  Let’s read that again – The IRS can CRUSH an American if it so desires.  Taxpaying Americans dread the IRS.  I know that people were afraid of the KGB, I know people were afraid of the Nazi Brownshirts and Blackshirts (aka SS).  The American people, since the creation of the IRS – have had a fear of it and I am asking myself why?  We don’t need it.  It is oppressive – and now we know FOR SURE – it is corrupt.   

 

 

Benghazi and the truth

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San%20Diego_03I’m listening and truly disturbed by what I am hearing.  I am even more perturbed by the labels that are immediately assigned to someone who is wanting accountability.  All need to be accountable – however high, however low, on the food chain (or chain of command).

I am personally involved because I too experienced what it is like to wait for the cavalry to show up – and it doesn’t happen.  Under the Bush Administration – San Diego burned – out of control – for 9 days.  Most people don’t even remember … but we were surrounded by fire.  More than 750,000 acres of land burned.  14 people died, wildlife died in the millions.  I explain it to people who can’t get their arms around the numbers, like this, “… if you only had one bunny, per acre, we lost 750,000.  If you only had 1 of anything there – we lost at the…

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Benghazi and the truth

San%20Diego_03I’m listening and truly disturbed by what I am hearing.  I am even more perturbed by the labels that are immediately assigned to someone who is wanting accountability.  All need to be accountable – however high, however low, on the food chain (or chain of command).

I am personally involved because I too experienced what it is like to wait for the cavalry to show up – and it doesn’t happen.  Under the Bush Administration – San Diego burned – out of control – for 9 days.  Most people don’t even remember … but we were surrounded by fire.  More than 750,000 acres of land burned.  14 people died, wildlife died in the millions.  I explain it to people who can’t get their arms around the numbers, like this, “… if you only had one bunny, per acre, we lost 750,000.  If you only had 1 of anything there – we lost at the VERY LEAST 750,000.  We lost millions.”  And it was emotionally staggering.  For days and days and days we were told the military resources (air tankers) were on their way.  They never showed up.  I wrote every person I could in the white house.  I called every day – sometimes several times.  I called Wolf Blitzer because I was told, by friends, there was very little on east coast news about the fires.  We were surrounded by flames – and it was being under-reported.  It was a circus, and some day I’ll write about all discovered researching the facts surrounding the fires and the workings of our government — and just how much the average person just doesn’t know about.  Oh, btw, the year was 2003.

But I digress.

In regards to Benghazi,  I was horrified that our military didn’t intercede, save or at the very least, make a show of force.  I think about how J. Christopher Stevens must have felt – knowing .. “this is it”.  I want to see the video that DHS stated before Congress – to have been watching and listening to the whole time.  They saw the protests…  What?  Now it appears that was a fabrication.  Hey – does PRAVDA mean anything to you guys?  Hello… anyone home?  We have an administration that has done the following:  Someone made a decision NOT to engage a military rescue, Someone made a decision not to use LOCAL – embassy – staff to intercede, Someone made a decision to let these people die.  END OF SUBJECT.  Who is that person.  Who are the people involved.  How can you say you watched it – and heard it – the whole 9 hours – but could not deploy any military because it was 2 hours away and had not refueling capability.   Was there any communication that was given to go for a total stand-down by our military, congress and administration?

THIS HAPPENED ON SEPTEMBER 11.   The Obama administration didn’t want this horror to be connected to September 11, 2001 – it would show that the fight still is real – the enemy is committed and killing Osama did not level a fatal blow to Al Qaeda.  What’s the problem.  It’s a fact.  Instead, this troupe of taxpayer paid politicians, fabricated a story – and tried to use a citizen of the US as a scape goat.  That’s not only sick – that’s scary.  This is a big deal.

When Hilary said “what difference does it make?” she lost any respect I had for her.  The chain of events and evidence is critical in any murder investigation.  How can they possibly change what was done incorrectly if they won’t even admit it happened that way?  Good god – how stupid are we?

I have heard people say the *right* is politicizing this.  Excuse me, but what the hell is more politicizing then spinning the facts to re-write current-events so you can be re-elected.

Now Here’s the bottom line – we either have one bad-assed guy in the White House who said – make this go away so I can be re-elected or, we have a incompetent fool in the White House who didn’t have the brains to instruct his government to be on heightened alert because SEPTEMBER 11 is a day of opportunity.  MAKE YOUR CHOICE.

 

Benghazi

This is where I draw a line in any understanding of some people.  Benghazi was a friggin disaster… and the cavalry did not arrive.  Can anyone understand how that must have felt to those Americans on foreign soil – and abandoned.  To me every time I replay the details surrounding Benghazi — starting with the Ambassador meeting with the Turkish representative – on the anniversary of 9/11 – just does not add up.   The fact that we didn’t have forces *on alert* in standby as a safety precaution – knowing fully well the fermenting dynamics on approach to September 11 – is egregious IMHO.  It doesn’t take a Harvard Graduate – oh wait – even a Harvard Graduate didn’t take the precautions – that’s our president – a Harvard Graduate that didn’t say to his administration – be on alert.  This is a date of opportunity for our enemies.  This is a date that the terrorists see as our Achilles heel.  I can’t figure out whether this is gross incompetence or dereliction of duty by not having “on ready” response teams situated throughout the world and domestically – JUST IN CASE.  And, sadly, as someone who actually liked Hiliary — her response of “what difference does it make” shut the door.  As someone who has experienced a family member being murdered PERSONALLY … it makes a huge difference what were the factors leading up to the actual event.  This veil of  feigned compassion or sympatico to the victims has been pierced.