From the WSJ:
Militants with possible links to al Qaeda seized about 40 foreign hostages, including several Americans, at a natural-gas field in Algeria, posing a new level of threat to nations trying to blunt the growing influence of Islamist extremists in Africa. [...] U.S. and European officials said Wednesday that they received reports that three Americans had been kidnapped, out of a total of nine U.S. staff working at the site, a gas field in east-central Algeria, along the Libyan border operated by BP, Norway's Statoil ASA, and Algerian energy company Sonatrach.No lead yet on the missing Americans.
A U.S. official said that while some Americans escaped, others remained either held or unaccounted for.The lavish inaugural festivities kick off in just a couple of days. Will the President be wining and dining while the fate of Americans remains unknown? Sounds similar to ...
By the evening of that next day, Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama was jetting off to a campaign fundraiser in Las Vegas, followed by parties with Jay-Z and Beyonce. Chris Stevens was already out of sight, out of mind.While the Benghazi consulate smoldered, champagne tower!
Nix the flags and the podium. Cue the opulent 18-foot tower of gold-bottled French champagne. When President Obama addresses an elite roster of hipsters and multimillionaires, including hosts Beyoncé and Jay-Z, in New York tonight, he will do so next to a custom-designed tower of $800-per-bottle champagne that dominates the main room at Jay-Z’s 40/40 nightclub.One of the hostages explained how they were made to wear explosives. Meanwhile everyone buzzes over who the First Couple will wear on Monday as the Capitol spends $4.2 million in preparation for the festivities. Will action on the missing Americans wait until after the celebrations, as it seemed with Benghazi and the fundraisers? Is Obama on-call 24-7 for this?