New Defense Secretary Ash Carter: It Was a ‘Mistake’ to Have ‘Blurted Out’ Mosul Military Plans

In February, CENTCOM outlined a plan to use approximately 20,000 to 25,000 Iraqi and Peshmerga troops to move on the city of Mosul (this coming spring) to retake it  from an estimated 2,000 ISIS fighters. They made the plan public for some unknown reason.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter calls it a mistake.

Fox News
The new leader of America's military admitted it was a "mistake" for an officer to have "blurted out" plans for an Iraqi-led ground offensive in Mosul during a recent media briefing.

That highly unusual briefing, in which an officer revealed the U.S. wanted the Iraqis to launch the offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State in April or May, raised concerns over the level of detail provided -- and also was criticized as giving inaccurate information.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter, testifying Tuesday on Capitol Hill, said the information should not have been provided, accurate or not.

"That clearly was neither accurate information, nor had it been accurate would it have been information that should be blurted out to the press," Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee. "So it's wrong on both ... scores."

Carter said it's important to be open, but "not with military secrets and not with war plans, which is the mistake here."


New York City Schools to Add 2 Muslim Holidays to Public School Calendar

Let's add the Muslim Day of Sacrifice to the school calendar to show how diverse we are.

Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City public schools will observe two Islamic holidays, starting this year. Students will be given the day off on two Muslim holy days: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

While the mayor said the policy is being created to reflect diversity in the city, critics of the plan are quick to question whether giving students more days off from school is the best decision.

Mr. de Blasio announced the new policy early Wednesday morning on Twitter.

The addition of two Muslim holidays to the school calendar makes the NYC public school system the largest district in the country to observe the holidays, celebrated by millions of Muslims around the world


Chris Christie Hits a New Low In New Jersey

Chris Christie's numbers have really plummeted. He's at 4% in Iowa according to a QPoll. 5% nationally according to the latest PPP poll.  The only place where he's even close is in New Hampshire, where he's 4rd, trailing Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rand Paul (NBC/Marist)

Now he has record low approval in New Jersey--

politico reported:
Gov. Chris Christie is facing record-low approval levels among New Jersey voters, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

Only 35 percent of registered voters in the Garden State say they approve of the Republican governor’s job performance in the Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind survey, compared to 51 percent who disapprove.  
Those figures mark the lowest approval and highest disapproval ratings recorded by the survey center. In January, 39 percent said they approved of his performance and 47 percent did

The poll, conducted Feb. 23-March 1, surveyed 709 registered voters in New Jersey


RNC: America Can't Trust Clinton

RNC uses clips of Chris Cuomo, Ron Fournier, Lawrence O'Donnell and others including NBC Senior Political Editor Mark Murray to blast Hillary Clinton's use of a private email account when she was SOS



Quinnipiac: 62% Want U.S. Troops on the Ground to Fight ISIS

Not even close.

A significant majority of Americans support sending U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS, a new poll has found.

According to a Quinnipiac University poll, 62 percent of those surveyed believe ground troops should be sent, compared to 30 percent who are opposed.

The strong support for troops holds across all party, gender, and age group demographics, although a higher percentage of men, or 68 percent, back troop deployment compared to 57 percent of women.

The poll also found that an even larger majority of Americans are "very confident" or "somewhat confident" that the U.S. and its allies will defeat ISIS. Specifically, 69 percent of Americans say they will.

Just 39 percent of voters are concerned that American military action will go "too far" in its involvement in the situation, but a majority of voters, or 53 percent, are concerned that the military "will not go far enough in stopping ISIS."

And 64 percent, compared to 23 percent, say Congress should grant the authorization for the use of military force as was requested by the president.


Krauthammer: It's As If the Clintons Are Entitled To Their Own Rules

Foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation and now using her own private email while she is Secretary of State.

This is a pattern. Charles calls it 'Clintonian'...


Benghazi Committee Says Hillary Clinton Used Multiple Personal Email Accounts At State Dept.

The New York Times first reported Monday night that Clinton used a private, personal email address for official State Department business - creating a potential violation of federal rules that mandate correspondences be retained.

She may have had more than one...

The House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi will issue new requests to Hillary Clinton for emails from multiple personal accounts she used during her tenure as secretary of state.

Chairman Trey Gowdy told reporters on Tuesday that lawyers for the Benghazi Committee would be issuing the new requests - which he didn’t rule out could come in the form of subpoenas - to Clinton and her email providers in the coming weeks.

“It was not as if she had both an official and a private email account. She did not use personal email in addition to government email. She used personal email in lieu of government email,” Gowdy said. “And she had more than one private email account.”

“The State Department cannot certify that have produced all of former Secretary Clinton’s emails because they do not have all of former Secretary Clinton’s emails nor do they control access to them,” he said.
Now there are reports that Clinton top aides Philippe Reines and Huma Abedin also used secret email accounts at State Department


Chris Matthews: Netanyahu Walked In Today And Tried to Takeover U.S. Foriegn Policy

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews saw a nefarious aim behind Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, claiming his discussion on the Iranian nuclear talks represented nothing less than a “takeover attempt” by a foreign leader.

“Let me get to the heart of this now,” he told host Thomas Roberts. “This man, from a foreign government, walked into the United States legislative chamber and tried to take over U.S. foreign policy.” “Mm-hmm,” Roberts said approvingly.

“He said, ‘You should trust me, not your president, on this,’” Matthews continued. “‘I am the man you should trust, I am your true leader on this question of geopolitics.’”

via NRO


Dem Congressman: This Was a Speech Was Straight Out of the Dick Cheney Playbook...I Resented the Condescending Tone From Netanyahu

Following the Netanyahu Address to congress, Dems had a press conference and made sure they brought their White House talking points. First up was Democrat John Yarmuth. He took multiple cheap shots at PM Netanyahu.

Awful. Watch the remarks moments ago:


Gen. Petraeus to Plead Guilty To Federal Charges

Un-Believable. A 4-Star General to plead guilty after a probe from Federal Prosecutors.

The 'classified' information wasn't given to Al Qaeda, it was given to Paula Broadwell, who was also in the military and also had a security clearance.

Maybe General Petraeus should have changed his name to Lois Lerner and avoided any kind of investigation or prosecution.

Gen. David Petraeus is expected to plead guilty to federal charges to end a probe into whether he provided classified information to his mistress when he was CIA director, according to a U.S. official briefed on the matter.

An announcement about the proposed plea agreement could come later Tuesday.

The New York Times first reported the plea deal talks, which would effectively end the Justice Department investigation.

On September 6, 2011, just days before the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States, Petraeus was sworn in as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. A little more than a year later, on November 9, 2012, he resigned from his CIA post, citing personal reasons.

He admitted to having an affair, and the following March apologized for that during a speech at the University of Southern California.

Judge Napolitano: Why would they prosecute David Petraeus?


57 Democrats to Skip Netanyahu Speech To Congress

49 Democrats in the House, 8 in the Senate

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to deliver one of the most controversial speeches to a joint session of Congress by a foreign leader ever, and Vice President Biden and a number of top Democrats won’t be attending.

Netanyahu is expected to criticize the White House’s negotiations on Iran's nuclear program in his March 3 speech. While Biden has cited a scheduling conflict, other Democrats are staying away from the speech to protest what they see as an attack on President Obama.

Congressional Democrats are angry that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) invited Netanyahu to speak to Congress without first telling the White House. Obama has said he will not meet with Netanyahu during the visit because it will occur two weeks before Israeli elections are set to take place.

Democrats face a difficult decision on whether to attend the address. Many will want to show support for the White House but will be wary of snubbing the leader of an important U.S. ally.

Here is a list of the Democrats who are planning to skip the speech and those who are planning to go.
Read the list here...


Twitter Suspends 2,000 Accounts Linked to ISIS

Twitter’s terms of service explicitly ban “direct, specific threats of violence against others”, and the company has followed YouTube in proactively shutting down ISIS-related Twitter accounts

ABC News
ISIS has been under attack in the last few days from Twitter, which has quietly suspended at least 2,000 accounts linked to the terror group and its supporters, according to people with knowledge of the operation.

The sites shut down include some of the most important distributors of ISIS messages in a major escalation against ISIS’s propaganda and recruitment efforts, according to J.M. Berger, a terrorism analyst who monitors ISIS online messaging.

"Twitter has been doing a whole lot over the past week. They've slammed them pretty hard, including the official media distribution guys," Berger said. He said 13 of the 16 major ISIS distribution accounts were among those shut down.

Top U.S. security officials previously said ISIS has successfully leveraged social media networks, including Twitter, as powerful recruitment tools to draw in fighters from 90 countries. But a person with knowledge of Twitter’s recent suspension spree said it was not done due to U.S. government pressure -– in fact, he said the U.S. intelligence community would prefer the accounts stay open for intelligence gathering purposes.


WH Press Sec. Josh Earnest: “Doubtful” Obama Will Watch Netanyahu Speech to Congress

There's what he thinks of Israel and Netanyahu.

Not even gonna watch.

Earnest asked if O will watch Bibi speech tomorrow--