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Hillary Clinton: ‘My Biggest Regret Is What Happened in Benghazi’.


Hillary Clinton has clearly done her share of soul-searching after the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which happened under her watch as secretary of state, she indicated in comments Monday.

“My biggest … regret is what happened in Benghazi,” she said in an interview while giving the keynote speech at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in New Orleans. 

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“It was a terrible tragedy, losing four Americans, two diplomats — and now it’s public, so I can say two CIA operatives — losing an ambassador like Chris Stevens, who was one of our very best and had served in Libya and across the Middle East and spoke Arabic.”

Clinton, eyed as the frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, was speaking about the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, the 11th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were slain.

“You know, you make these choices based on imperfect information. And you make them to — as we say, the best of your ability. But that doesn’t mean that there’s not going to be unforeseen consequences, unpredictable twists and turns,” she said. 

Clinton has come under fire for her handling of the investigation into the Benghazi tragedy, amid accusations of lax security and a cover-up.

In her speech to the NADA, Clinton lauded the recent growth of the auto industry after government bailouts, and credited the nation’s dealers with helping to fuel a stagnant economy.  She defended the bailout in a Q&A session after her speech, Automotive News reports. 

And as with all her interviews, Clinton was asked about a possible presidential run. She gingerly sidestepped the question.

“I have to say I don’t know. I know that’s not a very satisfactory answer,” she said, adding there are more important issues to address globally.

“Whether Republican or Democrat or conservative or liberal, I want them to see we’re all on the same team,” she said. “We’re on the American team. We can worry about the next election later. We spend too much time looking over the horizon.”

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By Cynthia Fagen

PDP accuses Governor Okorocha of importing Boko Haram terrorists into Imo State.


 

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday in Owerri, the Imo State capital sent shivers to the public when it alerted Nigerians of the infiltration of the dreaded Boko Haram Islamic sect into the State.

The party, linking the infiltration of the Islamic fundamentalists to the state government, claimed that three truck loads of over 300 young men mostly dressed in Northern apparels, disembarked at the premises of the Imo College of Advanced Professional Studies (ICAPS), Egbu Road on Wednesday January 15 about 4 pm.

Addressing newsmen yesterday at the party secretariat along Okigwe Road, Owerri, the PDP State Secretary Sir George Uzoma Eguh disclosed that “the party has irrefutable facts to believe that these young men who confessed to being all Muslims and from the Northern States of Kano, Katsina and Kaduna are guests of

the state government.

“It becomes more worrisome that these rough looking men arrived the state less than 24 hours before the arrival of the Imo State Governor from his journey outside the state.”

According to him the suspected fundamentalists arrived the state to unleash violence in breach of the peace to target known political opponents of the government.

He recalled that recently during the last governorship election in Anambra State a large number of non natives were camped in Owerri allegedly by the state government for nefarious polAitical activities during the election.

Eguh who expressed fear over security of lives and property in the state, alleged further that more batches of the fundamentalists arrived the camp on Thursday and Saturday.

He claimed that the movements had been reported to the security agencies in the state but regretted that “we are yet to be informed of any action by security agencies in Imo State to deal with the suspicious invasion.”

“We want to draw the attention of the public that the same camp where these suspected invaders are quartered is the same camp used in the training by Imo Security Network and Imo Civil Guards personnel, who patrol the state daily bearing prohibited firearms at the behest of the Okorocha administration.”

He stated: “In the event of any violent attack, arson or assassination of any PDP leaders, officials, stalwarts or any political opponent of the Imo State Government, Governor Rochas Okorocha and his government shall be held utterly accountable.”

Reacting, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor on Media, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo denied the allegation.

He described the PDP as “a dead party” fighting to be heard. “No right thinking member of the society should take the party serious, it is a dead party,” he said.

Meanwhile, Imo State Government has advised Anambra State Governor Peter Obi to seek solitary moment to reflect on Governor Rochas Okorocha’s claims rather than resort to insulting the governor for statement of truth.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Osama Bin Laden and the Terror of Narcissism.



Osama Bin Laden was wicked. Osama Bin Laden was feared.

He was also, it turns out, kind of pathetic. Among the items American forces pulled out of the terrorist leader’s compound last week are videos of Bin Laden, wrapped in a blanket, watching himself on television. As ABCNews reports, the warlord is seen to be “a vain pathetic old man.”

When I read this in theNew York Times, I immediately thought of 1990s song “Mr. Jones” by the band Counting Crows: “When I look at the television, I want to see me staring right back at me.”

And what the old fox wanted to see was not just himself, but a younger version. American forces confirm that Bin Laden was dying his beard, to manage his image in order to appear more vibrant to his supporters around the world.

We shouldn’t really be surprised. The nature of evil, ultimately, is narcissism. And the end result of our narcissism is always evil. Sometimes that evil shows up in preening and boasting.

Other times it shows up in the ease with which one takes offense. Sometimes that offense even morphs into a crusade or a jihad, around the world or in your office cubicle or church foyer.

Essayist David Brooks, picking up on contemporary psychological models for clinical narcissism, has noted that for the narcissist the self-image is “the holy center of all that is sacred and right.” This affects then how the narcissist receives criticism and personal offense.

“If someone treats him slightingly, he perceives that as a deliberate and heinous attack,” Brooks writes. “If someone threatens his reputation, he regards this as an act of blasphemy.”

Blasphemy is precisely the right word. The reason the offense, whether it is American troops in Saudi Arabia or the boss’ forgetting to invite you to the Christmas party, becomes so all-consuming for some is because it is an attack on one’s god and on one’s kingdom, the self-image.

Just last week, a fellow Christian told me of a tirade he’d heard from a co-worker, who was in a rage against his employers. The complaint was a litany of entitlement.

This guy wasn’t honored enough, no one recognized his true genius, and so on. My first reaction was to think, “How sad.

What on earth does this guy have to preen about?” In truth, though, what do any of us mortal sinners have to preen about? What do we have, as Paul asked, that we did not receive?

Osama Bin Laden’s dyed beard is blown half-off his skull. His body is submerged somewhere in the sea. And he is awaiting his turn at the Judgment Seat of the One he never expected to see.

Most of us, thank God, will never approach the wickedness he unleashed on the world. But all of us will wrestle with the same root pathology.

That’s because, left to ourselves, we all share the same religion as Osama Bin Laden. It isn’t Islam; it’s self-worship.

For those who are in Christ, there’s a more excellent way. As we worship God instead of self, we will find that the love of Christ is “not easily angered” but instead “keeps no record of wrongs” (1 Cor. 13:5).

As the Spirit wrenches us away from our temple of self, and builds us into a living stone in the Temple of Christ, we will find a new way of life, a way that calls us out of our petty offenses, away from our dime-store jihads.

By Russell Moore.

Did Osama bin Laden Go to Hell?.


Some people cheered when the world’s most hated terrorist was killed. But I don’t think God was happy about his death.

Like many other Americans who stayed up late to hear the news about Osama bin Laden on Sunday night, I had one eye on my television and the other on my laptop.

I was waiting for President Obama to make his statement about the demise of the world’s most infamous terrorist, but the White House was moving as slow as Vermont syrup in December.

When Obama finally stood in front of his teleprompter, many of us had already finished the story—by tweeting, texting and posting entries on Facebook.

These days we don’t just sit and watch TV. We are involved in the story, and sometimes we know the news before Wolf Blitzer does. Empowered by our lightning-fast digital media, we are the commentators now.

Yet as I read some of the verbal shots fired into the Twitterverse by this new army of armchair journalists (“May Osama rot in hell!” for example, or “I’m glad he’s fish food now”), I had to ask myself: Is it right for Christians to rejoice over the death of a criminal—even one who masterminded a plot so evil as the 9/11 attacks?

“I had to ask myself: Is it right for Christians to rejoice over the death of a criminal—even one who masterminded a plot so evil as the 9/11 attacks?”

There are certainly some Old Testament passages that seem to give us permission to gloat when a terrorist is served justice.

Consider Proverbs 11:10: “When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; and when the wicked perish, there is joyful shouting (NASB).”

But the heart of the matter is found in Ezekiel 18:23, in which God asks a rhetorical question: “Do I have any pleasure in the death of the wicked?” He answers in verse 32: “For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies …Therefore, repent and live.”

This verse gives us deep insight into the heart of a God who is both merciful and holy, both loving and just, both kind and severe.

It tells us that although God’s kingdom has a moral order—and He does indeed hand out severe consequences for sinners—He does not enjoy seeing any human being sentenced to eternal death.

It is ironic that while a majority of Americans believe Osama bin Laden deserves to spend eternity in hell (and many are willing to say they’re happy about it), a large segment of Christians aren’t sure if they even believe hell is a real place, or if God actually sends anyone there to stay.

Michigan pastor Rob Bell, author of the controversial new book Love Wins, has been labeled a heretic by some conservative evangelical leaders because he suggests—in vague and sometimes confusing terms—that a loving God offers ultimate reconciliation to everyone.

Bell’s theology feels awfully similar to universalism—the idea that everyone gets into heaven regardless of how they lived or how they responded to the claims of Christ.

I’ve kept my mouth shut about Bell’s book because I’m still reading it.

But Osama bin Laden’s death has caused me to examine my own beliefs and attitudes about eternal punishment.

What really happens to people when they die—especially those who have never heard the gospel?.

As pundits debate on whether we should have buried bin Laden at sea, or if we should release the photos of his corpse, I offer three points to ponder:

1. People who don’t know the forgiveness of Christ will be judged by God’s law.

 I don’t know if Osama bin Laden ever heard the gospel or if he consciously rejected Christ.

(There are Christians scattered all over the Middle East—and it is probable that someone presented the gospel to bin Laden and the rest of his al-Qaida henchmen.)

Paul wrote that Gentiles who sin “apart from the law” (ignorant of God’s truth) will be judged by what they know instinctively—because all human beings have a sense of morality written in their hearts (see Rom. 2:12-16).

Although bin Laden was most assuredly deceived, he knew it was wrong to murder innocent people.

2. We don’t get off the hook after death.

Universalists believe everyone gets a “come to Jesus moment” after they die.

But this idea contradicts Hebrews 9:27, which says it is “appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.” Death is horribly final.

The choices we make in this life do matter. This is why Jesus preached more about hell than anyone in the New Testament.

And it is why Peter, in the very first sermon preached after Pentecost, declared: “Repent” (Acts 2:38).

To suggest that adherents of other religions get a special pass to heaven, or that sinners get a second chance in purgatory, is to make a mockery of Paul, Peter, Jude, John and all other New Testament writers who plead for genuine repentance and warn of final judgment.

3. The only way to avoid hell is to believe in the Son of God.

 The gospel is “good news” because God offers all of us—no matter what sins we have committed—amnesty from judgment through faith in Jesus.

Hell is real, but we don’t have to go there.

The concept of hell is actually imbedded in the most famous passage in the Bible, John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (emphasis added).

The focus here is on the amazing love and mercy of God—which is free and unmerited. But you cannot ignore the reality that those who reject the Son will perish.

Bin Laden’s death was a victory for the free world and a signal that justice prevails.

But it was also a sobering reminder that those who don’t know Christ will spend eternity without Him.

By J. Lee Grady.

Leaders Respond to Bin Laden Death.


The Sunday-night announcement by President Barack Obama that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden had been killed by Navy Seals in a top-secret operation led to a flurry of comments, scripture quotations and even celebration from pastors and church leaders on Twitter, Facebook and blogs—some even correcting one another for their perspectives on the momentous occasion.

Rick Warren tweeted, quoting Proverbs 21:15, “When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.”

Richard Land of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, praised the military’s actions: “If anyone ever deserved the forfeiture of his life for crimes against humanity, it was Osama bin Laden.”

North Carolina pastor Steven Furtick tweeted, “I unapologetically celebrate multitudes of people who will have an opportunity to live b/c of this man’s death. That is good—THAT is victory.”

Author and church leader Brian McClaren was a bit more subdued, expressing in a blog post concern over the glee of celebrants surrounding the White House drinking beer and waving American flags late Sunday night: “Joyfully celebrating the killing of a killer who joyfully celebrated killing carries an irony that I hope will not be lost on us.

Are we learning anything, or simply spinning harder in the cycle of violence?”

On Monday, the implications of bin Laden’s death moved beyond the blogosphere as the U.S. State Department issued an alert warning American citizens traveling and living abroad of the increased potential for anti-American violence.

This was a move that will have obvious implications for missionaries and aid workers serving in Muslim countries, as well as Muslim-background believers often targeted for anti-Christian violence.

By Ministry News.

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