It’s been exactly one hundred days since detainees at Guantanamo Bay camp started their hunger strike. The official number of inmates refusing food has been increasing on an almost daily basis – and has reached at least one hundred. Around thirty hunger-strikers are being subjected to force-feeding – a controversial tactic condemned by the UN and the international medical community as inhumane. And all those numbers are only likely to grow.
The real lesson of Benghazi will not be learned because neither Republicans nor Democrats want to hear it. But it is our interventionist foreign policy and its unintended consequences that have created these problems, including the attack and murder of Ambassador Stevens. The disputed talking points and White House whitewashing are just a sideshow.
Missouri Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R) directly blamed President Obama for ordering the stand down which facilitated the assault on the US consulate in Benghazi. The White House has been scrambling to avoid the question of who gave the stand down order ever since whistleblower Greg Hicks, who was number two to Ambassador Chris Stevens, testified that US special forces were ready to board a plane in Tripoli but were prevented from coming to the aid of those under assault inside the consulate.
Bill Maher Gets Owned by Glenn Greenwald Over Benghazi and Interventionism
Abby Martin takes a look back at the anniversary of Bush’s ‘mission accomplished’ debacle and the fall of Saigon, drawing parallels between the Vietnam and Iraq wars, and the government manipulation of facts that led the US into these deadly conflicts.
“We must respect the right of each country in the world to independently choose its path of development and oppose interference in the internal affairs of other countries,” Xi told students at an international relations school.
‘Peaceful resolution or Syria will be destroyed… Opposition won’t talk with Assad. This is the problem.’ – UN Envoy Brahimi_Featured_, Geopolitics, Videos Friday, February 22nd, 2013
UN Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi: The choice really is between destroying Syria and having peaceful resolution… Negotiations, I think can take place… The problem is that the opposition is saying, every five minutes, that they don’t want to talk to Assad. This is the problem.
North Korea conducted a nuclear test, in spite of U.N. resolutions. They have the power to wipe out millions. So, why aren’t we paying as much attention to them as we are Iran (and as we did the WMDs in Iraq)? Cenk Uygur breaks down.
Ron Paul fears that similarly to the Libya conflict, the Obama administration will intervene in Mali without consulting Congress, and that keeping legislators out of crucial decisions will spiral the US into further African conflicts.
Earlier today, UN officials launched a full blow investigation into drone strikes. Officials in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia allege that drone strikes by the US is not only killing terrorists, but innocent civilians.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s testimony on the attack against the U.S. facility in Benghazi was delayed by over a month. On Wednesday, she went before members of Congress to answer questions. What questions did the Secretary of State answer? What was one key question the Senators failed to ask? Ben Swann provides analysis on Reality Check.
Hillary Clinton is asked why the Obama Administration stood by an absurd story claiming that four Americans were murdered in Libya due to a spontaneous protest gone bad, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton played the indignation card.
Ben Swann takes a look at President Obama stating that he wants to prevent even one more child’s death at the hands of a mass shooter. Ben asks why the President isn’t ending a drone strike policy that is responsible for 11 times the number of child deaths as Sandy Hook.
As French war planes bomb Mali, there is one simple statistic that provides the key context: this west African nation of 15 million people is the eighth country in which western powers – over the last four years alone – have bombed and killed Muslims – after Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and the Philippines