WASHINGTON, March 14, 2013 — The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2013 kicked off this morning with the opening speech by Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union. Previewing the speakers, educational experiences, and excitement to come in the next three days, he acknowledged the conference’s focus on young people and encouraged young leaders “on the front lines” to continue fighting for American constitutional principles.
Communities writers are on the floor looking for the stories, the images and the news of this annual conservative political extravaganza….
Rand Paul at 1:30. We are on our way, referring back to Ronald Reagan repeating “MORE GOVERNMENT “SECURITY” = LESS PERSONAL LIBERTY”
Second Stop.. Catching Washington Times editor John Solomon on the panel
Behngazi and its Aftermath: U.S. Middle East and Southwest Asia Policy with The Honorable Ron Johnson, U.S. Senator (R WI) The Honorable Roger Noriega, Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, Joel Pollak, Editor in Chief, Breitbart.com, John Solomon, Editor, Washington Guardian
Moderator: The Honorable Ernest Istook, Distinguished Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
“American Journalism is dead… They have behaved like hockey goalies in front of Barack Obama’s net.” The Honorable Roger Noriega, Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
“We cannot be serious about protect liberty — unless we are serious about protecting our liberty from all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
“Benghazi happened because our president traded military readiness for ideology…” Joel Pollak, Editor in Chief, Breitbart.com
“There has never been a point in time where I have seen a weaker media… Behngazi is a failure of the American media..” John Solomon, Editor, Washington Guardian -The Washington Times.
“Is Behngazhi the result of a president soft on terrorism?” asks moderator Ernest Istook
From the President’s Speech Cairo, June 4 2009, he said “I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the united states to fight against negative steriortypes of Islam where ever they appear.”
Did that play into what we saw as the tragedy of Benghazi?
What the president said to the world after Benghazi is don’t blame me, blame them.. referring to the film maker. Istook refers to Obama’s address to the U.N. General Assembly where he said: “The future must not belong to those who target Coptic Christians in Egypt – it must be claimed by those in Tahrir Square who chanted “Muslims, Christians, we are one.” The future must not belong to those who bully women – it must be shaped by girls who go to school, and those who stand for a world where our daughters can live their dreams just like our sons. The future must not belong to those corrupt few who steal a country’s resources – it must be won by the students and entrepreneurs; workers and business owners who seek a broader prosperity for all people. Those are the men and women that America stands with; theirs is the vision we will support.
The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. Yet to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see when the image of Jesus Christ is desecrated, churches are destroyed, or the Holocaust is denied.”
“The very idea that no one came… is scandalous..”
“Propegating the politically motivated lie (of the film) is outrageous,” Roger Noriega, Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
“I would ask “The president promised he would bring these people to justice..why hasn’t he?” - John Solomon
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