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The Daily Brief Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Fear not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD. (Exodus 14:13)
The Daily Brief
1. Gunfire, then a missing ambassador -- officials describe chaotic scene at Benghazi post - Fox News
The attack started with little warning. The U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi began taking fire at 10 p.m. Tuesday night. Within minutes, the attackers were in -- firing inside the building.
These details and others emerged late Wednesday, as U.S. officials sought to reconstruct what happened in those chaotic and violent hours in eastern Libya the night before.
The attack on the U.S. Consulate left four dead, including Stevens, and three wounded. Questions have swirled over what instigated the attack, with a number of lawmakers and others speculating that it might have been a coordinated strike timed for the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Speculation is also widespread over Stevens' exact cause of death.
Meanwhile, President Obama vowed on Wednesday to apprehend the killers with the aid of the Libyan government.
"Make no mistake. We will work with the Libyan government to bring justice to killers who attack our people," Obama said, adding: "There is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None."
- Father, give wisdom to our leaders on responding to this violence. Give comfort and peace to those who have lost their loved ones. We speak grace and mercy to the families. In Jesus Name.
- Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me.(Psalm 138:7)
2. White House hands Iran's Ahmadinejad a global megaphone - Fox News
Just a few days after the anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will travel to New York City. Once he arrives he will be handed a platform to incite violence and hostility from the center of the UN universe, just a few miles from Ground Zero.
- Father, have mercy on us! We pray you silence the lips of Ahmadinejad. Do not allow him to speak, in Jesus Name.
- Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.(Psalm 97:10)
3. Egyptians angry at film scale U.S. embassy walls - Reuters
Egyptian protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy on Tuesday, tore down the American flag and burned it during a protest over what they said was a film being produced in the United States that insulted Prophet Mohammad.
- Father, protect the US embassy from these attacks. Surround the embassy with Your shield of protection. May no harm come near them, In Jesus Name.
- then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.(Psalm 91:10)
4. Real Unemployment at 19% - Breitbart
Beneath the surface of Friday's jobs report lies the reality of just how disastrous the Obama economy truly is.
- Father, we cry out for all those who are unemployed. We speak Your provision to these families. Provide jobs in abundance to these who are suffering.
- I will surely and abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread. (Psalm 132:15)
5. President Peres' Letter to Obama on death of Ambassador Stevens
- Embassy of Israel; Washington, D.C.
You can read President Pere's letter by going here.
- Praise the Lord for these tender remarks by President Peres at the news of the killing of Ambassador Stevens in Libya last night. Israel remains our only true ally in the Middle East; may we treat her with the honor she deserves!
- " . . .mourn with those who mourn . . ." (Romans 12:15)
6. U.S. vows to hunt down perpetrators of Benghazi attack - CNN
The United States on Wednesday vowed to avenge the killings of its ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, moving warships toward the Libyan coast and preparing to track the suspected perpetrators with surveillance drones, officials said.
The slain ambassador, Chris Stevens, helped save Libya's eastern city of Benghazi during last year's revolution. He died there Tuesday night, along with another diplomat and two State Department security officers, when a mob stormed the U.S. Consulate and set it ablaze.
U.S. sources said Wednesday the four-hour assault in Benghazi had been planned, with the attackers using the protest as a diversion. (Read more)
- Pray that every single hidden thing be revealed and that all the plotters and the attackers be brought to justice swiftly!
- "He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings deep shadows into the light." (Job 12:22)
The Middle East in Focus
The Middle East in Focus
This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
"Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of YHWH has risen on you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoples; but YHWH shall rise on you, and His glory shall be seen on you." (Isaiah 60:1-2)
1. In harsh rebuttal to Clinton, PM says those who don't set red lines for Iran have no right to keep I - Times of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said that countries that refused to set deadlines for Iran to give up its nuclear program have no right to tell Israel to hold back on taking preemptive military action to thwart the regime's nuclear ambitions.
2. Obama Discusses Iran Nuclear Threat With Netanyahu in Phone Call - Bloomberg
President Barack Obama discussed the threat posed by Iran's nuclear program with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, confronting a security issue that had raised tensions between the two allies.
3. U.S. rejects Netanyahu meeting request: Israel official - CNBC
The White House has rejected a request by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet President Barack Obama in the United States this month, an Israeli official said on Tuesday, after a row erupted between the allies over Iran's nuclear programme.
The Daily Jot
Headlines indicate clarion prophetic warning
There are major headlines concerning the Middle East in general and the United States and Israel in particular that should send a clarion prophetic warning to those who discern the times. The headlines include: Egypt-Iran meeting could increase terror attacks; White House cancels meeting with Israeli Prime Minister; Embassies in Libya and Egypt attacked by Islamists; and American diplomat killed in Libya attack.The resultant actions from these news stories could cause a convergence of dangerous activity connected to types and shadows of end time prophecies that undoubtedly will impact you and your family.
There is an open feud escalating between the occupant of the Oval Office and the Prime Minister of Israel over Israel's right to defend itself by a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. This feud is so deep that the US president is refusing to meet with Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu. In pointed remarks toward the US president, CBS reports that Netanyahu said, "Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before Israel." According to a Reuters report, the White House rejected a request to meet with the president from Netanyahu during a trip to the US later in September.
The occupant of the Oval Office brought American war power to bear in assisting the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda in overthrowing the governments of Libya and Egypt. Yet on September 11, Islamist gunmen in Libya attacked the US Embassy killing the US Ambassador and three staff members beginning with a rocket attack on their car; ending with the Ambassador being suffocated and the three aides shot. The US Embassy in Egypt also was attacked as Islamists burned the American flag and tried to raise the Muslim Black Flag with the words, "There is no God, but Allah, and Mohammad is his messenger." The attacks were sparked by a movie produced in the US that allegedly "insulted" Mohammad.
In response to the movie-generated violence in Egypt, the US Embassy in Cairo issued a statement saying, "We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others." Both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the president issued similar statements that "While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants." The religious justification of these violent actions should not be a part of any condemnation of their murderous deeds.
Meantime, National Security and Intelligence reporter Bill Gertz wrote that a meeting between the head of Egyptian General Intelligence and Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security has raised concerns that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt could become more involved in supporting global terrorism. The Muslim Brotherhood was considered a terrorist sponsoring organization until the current administration took office. All these headlines do not bode well for America. The American president has supported Islam at every opportunity and remains a critic for those who would hurt Islamic religious feelings even as Islamists murder our own diplomats.
By denying a meeting with Israel and by opining appeasement to Islamists, the US leadership is risking putting Americans here at home in harm's way. The US is a lot like Babylon in Jeremiah. The nation is failing morally, economically, and spiritually as it supports the enemies of YHVH. The prophetic implications are enormous from types and shadows of Ezekiel and Revelation to very specific ones like that of Jeremiah 51:14, "I will fill you with men like locusts; they will raise a battle cry against you." Watch yourself in transition. Pray for YHVH's mercy. Call for repentance. Rest in Yeshua.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
On the Campaign Trail
On the Campaign Trail:
55 Days Until Election Day
Party Differences Defined
The Republican National Committee (RNC) and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) have spoken. Speaker after speaker reminded us of the myriad of important policy issues at hand, and now both party platforms are public. Concerned Women for America (CWA) quoted the language directly from the platforms of the RNC and DNC as they relate to CWA's six core values. We thought you would find this informative as we quickly move towards November and the most important presidential election of our lifetime.
To read all of this article, go here.
Topics covered include:
-- Definition of the Family
-- Sanctity of Life
-- Religious Liberty
-- National Sovereignty
The Madison Report
The Madison Report
In 2008, Congress passed an amendment to the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that authorizes intelligence agencies to surveillance foreign terrorists, including those communicating with people in the United States, without individual court orders. That amendment is expiring this year. The House plans to vote on an extension (HR 5949) this Wednesday that will reauthorize the foreign surveillance until 2017. This amendment only authorizes spying on foreign terrorists, not domestic suspects. The ACLU leftists and some of our libertarian friends might make an issue of the reauthorization, but the reality is that there are no civil liberty concerns. The bill should easily pass the House.
Was Libya Attack Pre-Planned?
Was Libya Attack Pre-Planned?
U.S. sources told CNN on Wednesday that the Benghazi attack was planned in advance, and the attackers used the protest outside the consulate as a diversion. The sources could not say whether the attackers instigated the protest or merely took advantage of it, and they say they don't believe Stevens was specifically targeted.
A senior U.S. official familiar with the details of the attack said a grenade set the building ablaze, leaving the Americans facing both a fire inside and attackers outside. Stevens and the others who died were separated from the rest of the staff while trying to escape to the roof of the building and succumbed to smoke inhalation, the senior official said.
The official said there were several "valiant but unsuccessful" attempts to get back into the building and rescue them.
Meanwhile, a London think tank with strong ties to Libya speculated Wednesday that Stevens was actually the victim of a targeted al Qaeda revenge attack. The assault "came to avenge the death of Abu Yaya al-Libi, al Qaeda's second in command killed a few months ago," the think tank Quilliam said Wednesday.
It was "the work of roughly 20 militants, prepared for a military assault," the think tank said, noting that rocket-propelled grenade launchers do not normally appear at peaceful protests, and that there were no other protests against the film elsewhere in Libya.
The planned attack came in two waves, one which prompted U.S. officials to leave the consulate for a secure location. The second wave was directed at the place of retreat, Quilliam said, citing unnamed sources on the ground in Benghazi and abroad.
(CNN) Read more.
Update: Netanyahu, Obama Continue Talks via Phone
Netanyahu and Obama Discuss Iran Over the Phone
Hours after the announcement that U.S. President Barack Obama would not meet Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in New York later this month, the White House said that the two leaders spoke by phone late Tuesday night.
According to the White House's statement, the two said during the conversation that they are "united" in efforts to keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. "Contrary to reports in the press, there was never a request for Prime Minister Netanyahu to meet with President Obama in Washington, nor was a request for a meeting ever denied," said the statement quoted by AFP. The two leaders, who spoke for an hour, "discussed the threat posed by Iran's nuclear program, and our close cooperation on Iran and other security issues," it said. "President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu reaffirmed that they are united in their determination to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and agreed to continue their close consultations going forward."
Earlier on Tuesday, the White House tried to play down the reports that Obama refused to meet Netanyahu on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor explained that Netanyahu and Obama are "simply not in the city at the same time." Obama and Netanyahu "are in frequent contact" and Netanyahu will meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other senior officials during the visit, Vietor said.
Tensions between the sides have been high lately over perceptions of Iran's nuclear program and how it should be dealt with.
On Monday the two sides sparred over remarks made by Clinton about setting "red lines" for Iran regarding its nuclear program. Israel was not thrilled with Clinton's remarks that the Obama administration has no "deadline" for Iran. Clinton said in an interview that negotiations still are "by far the best approach" to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, hours after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in an interview with Canadian television Sunday night that Iran "doesn't see a clear red line from the international community."
In response, a senior official in Jerusalem said, "Without a clear and firm red line, Iran will not stop its nuclear arms race. Such statements do not stop the Iranian centrifuges, but vice versa. Such statements not only do not deter Iran, they calm it down."
The State Department later once again distanced Washington from the Israeli stance, with spokeswoman Victoria Nuland telling reporters, "The American people know that the president has said unequivocally he will not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.
STATEMENT FROM THE EMBASSY OF ISRAEL, WASHINGTON, D.C., REGARDING THIS LENGTHY PHONE CONVERSATION
"The Prime Minister's Office expressed its appreciation for last night's lengthy phone call between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The two leaders discussed issues vital to both the United States and Israel, and reaffirmed their determination to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons capability."
8:59 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012
Middle East In Flames
Middle East In Flames
The news from the Middle East seems like déjà vu. American embassies under attack; U.S. flags ripped down; mobs chanting "Death to America!" Sadly, it's not a bad mind trick, but the bad reality of Barack Obama's failed foreign policy.
Once again, Obama's constant kowtowing to radical Islam has borne poisonous fruit. A dedicated civil servant, Ambassador Christopher Stevens, was brutally murdered last night along with Sean Smith, a foreign service officer, and two U.S. Marines. Photos suggest Stevens was dragged half-naked through the streets. . .
In addition to the attack on Ambassador Stevens, the American embassy in Cairo, Egypt, was temporarily overrun yesterday. Radical Islamists scaled the walls, tore down the U.S. flag and raised a black flag that read, "There is no God but Allah, and Mohammad is his messenger." These attacks in Egypt and Libya were quickly blamed on a web video (which virtually no one has seen or heard of) that is critical of Mohammad.
Prior to the attack on the embassy in Cairo, the staff released the following statement:
"The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims -- as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others."
If only the Obama Administration were as concerned about the feelings of American Catholics and evangelicals, whose feelings -- and rights -- it is trampling with Obamacare and its efforts to redefine marriage.
Yet on the anniversary of 9/11, Obama embassy officials release this abject apology to Muslims condemning their fellow Americans for exercising their free speech rights. Last night, Governor Mitt Romney's campaign blasted that pathetic statement, saying, "It's disgraceful that the Obama Administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks."
The Obama campaign said it was "shocked" by Romney's "political attack." Yet the White House also condemned the embassy statement, saying, "The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government." What made the embassy think such a statement was a good idea in the first place? No matter how hard the White House tries to deny it, there is no doubt that the bureaucrats in Cairo were simply reflecting the left-wing, politically correct mindset of the administration they serve! . . .
Government sources now suggest these attacks were likely coordinated, may have involved the use of heavy weapons and were planned for the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Yet the Obama Administration played right into the charade of "Muslim outrage" over our alleged insensitivity. Don't fall for the claptrap that a filmmaker is responsible.
It is also a reflection of Obama's weak approach to foreign policy. His outreach to the Muslim world, his grand speech in Cairo, his letter to the ayatollah, his embrace of the Arab Spring -- all of it was naïve. Clearly it has not won us any friends or brought stability to the region. (Gary Bauer; 9/12/12; excerpts)
The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner
Buried, Burned Survivors of 9/11 Remember God's Grace
on 11th Anniversary
As Americans everywhere prepare for the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, two survivors live to testify not to the brutality but the grace extended to them on that frightful day.
Sujo John and Brian Birdwell, though personally unconnected in their lives, share one similarity - September 11.
While John worked in the North Tower of the Twin Towers, Birdwell was employed at the Pentagon when the multiple suicide attacks occurred ten years ago, leaving one critically injured.
Both men, who are reminded daily of their life-changing experience, share another similarity: their remarkable faith in Christ, which to this day continues to grow
In videos released on I am Second, a website featuring authentic stories meant to inspire people to live for God and for others, John and Birdwell tell their own story of personal struggle, transformation, and hope in honor of the 9/11 anniversary. (Christian Post) Read more.
Worship with Us Today!
Worship with Us Today!
Lord have your way . . . like a rushing wind, Jesus breathe within . . . I surrender. . .
DAVID'S TENT; AT THE FOOT OF THE WHITE HOUSE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
"But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel." (Psalm 22:3)
A Personal Prayer Request from CHPP:
Join us in praying IN AGREEMENT that the needs of all who will be coming to David's Tent would be met by our Father, according to His riches in Glory, in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:19) Whether they are coming to lead worship for a short time, or to serve as full-time volunteer staff for the entire 40 days, let's AGREE that our God WILL meet them there!