Dear House GOP: We’ll take your Benghazi and raise you 13 Attacks, 51+ deaths under Bush

September 12, 2013
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Since the House began conducting their psycho-histrionics over Benghazi, delving into past attacks would seem to have some relevance.  Although in the past there have been repeated attacks against US Embassies and US Consulates in a variety of countries, apparently only ONE attack matters to the apparently obsessed and ignorant GOP Obama haters.

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Cloaked in their capes of self righteous indignation and babbling hysterically, it appears that the GOP has just now discovered that the rest of the world not only doesn’t like us very much, but indeed they have been very busy killing and wounding people in our Embassies and Consulates throughout the world.  Apparently during the Bush years that was considered either old news or of relative unimportance, certainly not enough to have a collective meltdown about.

Screaming Benghazi out of fear that Hilary Clinton WILL be elected in 2016 seems to be the fallback position whenever the GOP is called out for their ignorant and hateful behavior.

Being informed is a valuable defense and proof their the current hysterical GOP outrage is far exceeded by their ignorance of what the last Republican President had to deal with.

During the Bush Administration, there were 13 (THIRTEEN) attacks on US Embassies and US Consulates worldwide.  There was no outrage nor was there any outcry when these attacks took place.  The GOP simply shrugged their shoulders and ho-hummed their way down the road.  They did not care.

So here is the list of what the GOP ignored while Mr. Bush was President – there were over 50 people killed in these attacks and many more injured. By ignoring these attacks, the GOP has proven once again their cold hearted hatred of our twice elected President and their determination to play politics with Benghazi while ignoring these deaths and attacks in US Embassies and thereby turning all of this into just one more GOP political tool is their way of ‘dealing.’

January 22, 2002. Calcutta, India. Gunmen associated with Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami attack the U.S. Consulate. Five people are killed.

June 14, 2002. Karachi, Pakistan. Suicide bomber connected with al Qaeda attacks the U.S. Consulate, killing 12 and injuring 51.

October 12, 2002. Denpasar, Indonesia. U.S. diplomatic offices bombed as part of a string of “Bali Bombings.” No fatalities.

February 28, 2003. Islamabad, Pakistan. Several gunmen fire upon the U.S. Embassy. Two people are killed.

May 12, 2003. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Armed al Qaeda terrorists storm the diplomatic compound, killing 36 people including nine Americans. The assailants committed suicide by detonating a truck bomb.

July 30, 2004. Tashkent, Uzbekistan. A suicide bomber from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan attacks the U.S. Embassy, killing two people.

December 6, 2004. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Al Qaeda terrorists storm the U.S. Consulate and occupy the perimeter wall. Nine people are killed.

March 2, 2006. Karachi, Pakistan again. Suicide bomber attacks the U.S. Consulate killing four people, including U.S. diplomat David Foy who was directly targeted by the attackers. (I wonder if Lindsey Graham or Fox News would even recognize the name “David Foy.” This is the third Karachi terrorist attack in four years on what’s considered American soil.)

September 12, 2006. Damascus, Syria. Four armed gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar” storm the U.S. Embassy using grenades, automatic weapons, a car bomb and a truck bomb. Four people are killed, 13 are wounded.

January 12, 2007. Athens, Greece. Members of a Greek terrorist group called the Revolutionary Struggle fire a rocket-propelled grenade at the U.S. Embassy. No fatalities.

March 18, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Members of the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic Jihad of Yemen fire a mortar at the U.S. Embassy. The shot misses the embassy, but hits nearby school killing two.

July 9, 2008. Istanbul, Turkey. Four armed terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate. Six people are killed.

September 17, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Terrorists dressed as military officials attack the U.S. Embassy with an arsenal of weapons including RPGs and detonate two car bombs. Sixteen people are killed, including an American student and her husband (they had been married for three weeks when the attack occurred). This is the second attack on this embassy in seven months.

Editor’s note: There may be as many as 60 deaths at embassies/consulates under Bush.

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  • o0Nighthawk0o

    None of these attacks were remotely like what happened in Benghazi. Just another left wing attempt to distract and protect their wonderful, can make no mistake, never lies, blame a video, hero.
    These attacks were small, quick attacks. Most were either suicide bombers or car bombs. Few were actual firearm attacks and only ONE breached the walls of the facility.

    Comparing these attacks to Benghazi just shows the desperation and denial of the left.

  • rjcarter

    Plus, when we get a Republican president who is also black, we can rebut all the left’s arguments by calling them racist and being against the black man in the White House.

    • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

      Where are you going to find one of those?

      • rjcarter

        There are plenty of candidates to pick from. We’ve had at least as many black Senators as the Democrats have put up (and we started that process far earlier). (Although you outpace us in the House in that category by a too-wide margin, and outnumber us historically with governors by 3 to 1 unless we count the Virgin Islands governors, even though we were first in that office, too.)

        Mia Love, Allen West, Jennifer Carroll, Clarence Thomas, Condi Rice… there are many the party would get behind if they chose to run. Nobody cared about Herman Cain’s color, and he was getting quite the head of steam in his primary run until his personal issues took over.

        • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

          Oh my bad. I should have said a sane Republican. Allen West and Herman Cain don’t cut the mustard. Mia Love is fine, the rest are a bit iffy. Good luck while trying to suppress minority voters though!

        • redfeather2010

          It’s always those pesky “personal issues” isn’t it?

          If the American People had wanted a Republican President they would have elected one, don’t you think? Americans are rejecting right wing ideology like gangbusters!

    • Hank

      No you didn’t??!! :-) :-)

  • rjcarter

    Dear FON:

    I’ll see your 51 deaths under Bush and raise you a “Best in Show” for consulate deaths:

    – US Embassy in Nairobi, August 7, 1998: 212 killed, 4,000 wounded

    – US Embassy in Dar es Salaam, same date: 11 killed, 85 wounded

    Under Bill Clinton.

  • BanditBasheert
    • Hank

      It is “misleading”, as I said.

      Which is worse? Trying to turn Benghazi into some sort of conspiracy? Or shamelessly trying to turn it into a “But….but….but….Bush?” moment.

      And aside from all that, in NONE of these instances (as far as I know) was the American Public lied to and deceived to advance a politician’s electability.

  • Hank

    This list is about 99% misleading, if not erroneous. This made the rounds some time back and for the most part was pretty well debunked.

    • BanditBasheert

      That is a lie.

      • Hank

        No it’s not. Do a little research instead of launching directly into a personal attack.

        • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

          Tell me which part is inaccurate.

          • Hank

            “….99% misleading” Was it on here we bandied this one around several months ago?? I don’t remember. But if it was, it would probably be a lot less trouble for you to hit the archives than for me to re-research it. (But you know I love you and if you insist, I will.)

            The Deaths weren’t as high as indicated and included the deaths of attackers. A couple of them never got off the ground. Anyway, we beat this one up rather well several months ago.

            Respectfully, this is cited as a, “But….but…..but…….Bush!!” moment. Even given the benefit of the doubt, the situation is not comparable. We lost an Ambassador in Benghazi. It is pretty obvious now that calls and pleas for help and support were either ignored or mishandled (at best). Then, the President, Mrs. Clinton and members of his Administration lied about it and perpetuated the lie for several weeks. The President even went on National T.V. in a debate and repeated a very misleading statement, if not an outright lie, and was wrongly backed up by a partisan shill. It was such an egregious action that frankly, it caught Romney off guard and he had NO idea how to respond and was very damaging to any slight chance he might have had of winning the debate or the election. (A chance I don’t think he ever had.)

            I don’t know about a “conspiracy” and such, but I think the Administration’s actions were deplorable. Possibly a series of errors in judgement, one error leading to another. I think they did it to advance a false appearance and agenda that the threat of terrorism has/had been minimized under President Obama’s watch in the run up to the election.

            And I think the President, his administration and the public would be better served if they simply told the truth, admitted mistakes have been made, actions are being taken to hopefully insure it doesn’t happen again, and seek closure. Continuing to perpetrate these misleading actions is what keeps this “thing” alive.

            And if it makes people feel better….I think Nixon should have destroyed his tapes, and admitted he had them, they were his personal property and he destroyed them because he no longer needed them. And I think Clinton should have just said he made a mistake, got a b.j. from this girl and now, please give me time to straighten things out with my family.

            • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

              Well speaking of 99% inaccurate ^.

              • Hank

                Okay….but I respect you enough to know that at the end of the day, you are fair.

                • Hank

                  Wow Anomaly!! I think you should feel insulted!! 3 down votes for me saying I respect you and you are fair!! :-) :-)

    • pcinsc

      any links from neutral news sites? i’m interested.

      • Hank

        There are many. The insinuation is simply to make this a “But….but….but….Bush??” moment. And it really is not.

        I did this one several months ago. I’m not inclined to do it again and if that is reason to dismiss the notion that there is conflicting information out there……oh well.

        • pcinsc

          i did not see this “several months ago” (sorry. i don’t spend all my time on the internet) — and you’re not “inclined to do it again”

          OK – thanks for letting me know you’re not giving me any links from neutral sites to support your opinion.

          • Hank

            First, thank you for being polite and civil.

            I guess you could look at it that way if you wish. But I don’t spend all my time on the Internet either. The information is there and you can access and evaluate it with the same tools and effort I can. I did it at least once with all the resultant and time consuming back and forth. I’m not inclined to do it again. And if you don’t feel it’s worth your effort, I’m curious why you think I should feel differently.

            I will say this. It’s not my “opinion”. It is fact. This list is simply a misleading effort to deflect and turn the discussion to, “…But…but…but…Bush!”

  • BanditBasheert

    Well he tried – at least he was in the same general neighborhood – and bombing one country by mistake is hardly worth mentioning.

  • CaptCorona

    Is this a moral equivalent argument? The ole` two wrongs makes a right ? BTW..Benghazi is about the cover up and the illegal arms smuggling by the CIA to the Syrian Rebels (Al Queda).

  • mea_mark

    “Cloaked in their capes of self righteous indignation and babbling hysterically, it appears that the GOP has just now discovered[, well, nothing really.]”

    Great sentence, I just like this ending better.

    • BanditBasheert

      Me also too … ya betcha!

  • jdubhub68

    I’ve seen a rather running battle on Media Matters’ and Opinionated Democrat’s Facebook pages over “Benghazi! The Musical”, where Fox News parrots parrot what Fox News has beat into their heads for the past year, affirmed by a year of hearings in Congress whose purpose was to find facts to support the predetermined outcome and to create soundbites that could be cobbled together for the right-wing students of the College of YouTube. After all, if it shows up in a video with ominous music, soundbites, and someone reading a script of the false narrative, it *must* be true.

    Short of blocking Benghaziers, I have found the most effective way to get them to stay silent is to demand they provide evidence from credible sources to support their assertions. The ones who say their job is not to educate me get blocked.

    • BanditBasheert

      Yes I agree – they yell and they shout but there is no there “there”. That’s what happens when you make something up and not only does it make no sense, but the fact that it’s political stagecraft makes it even worse.
      They have no source, they cannot find even a non-credible source. Otherwise they would have put it on the chryon in Times Square.
      They look like angry schoolboys having a rumble because someone took their toys away.

    • http://irasciblemusings.com/ Bob Cronos

      According to credible sources, 4 Americans are dead and and nobody has figured out who killed them, nor does anyone care, nor is anyone looking for them … Educate that…

      • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

        And yet, you do not grieve for the 60 people who died under Bush.

        • Hank

          You know I think the world of you, but it really just isn’t the same. And not to try to draw a difference, but the great majority of those that died in those attacks were not Americans and some of the “casualty count” actually includes the attackers.

          Did you find the post from several months ago where we dissected this subject at great length?? I really don’t remember if it was here or on my Facebook page put I think it was here.

        • http://irasciblemusings.com/ Bob Cronos

          Were those attacks investigated and were the perpetrators brought to justice whenever possible? Yes… Not so Benghazi… There are a total of two investigators left and they aren’t even in Benghazi, they’re in Tripoli…

      • rjcarter

        It’s not merely that they are dead, but that the deaths could have been prevented and nobody sent in anyone to help while the attack went on for hours — as opposed to 51 quickly executed surprise attacks.

        • o0Nighthawk0o

          That only killed ONE American. All the others were security personnel who were doing their job protecting the consulate staff. Something Obama and his minions failed to do in Benghazi. Or they were innocent bystanders. Yes, I grieve for all of these people and consider them heroes.

        • Hank

          Thank you for saying that. Perhaps it will be better received.

  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    I wish the main stream media would voice this information the next time rightwing talking heads start incoherently screaming BENGHAZI!!!

    • tiredoftea

      The problem is that they only scream that to each other! Well, and here.

    • BanditBasheert

      Actually there is a ton of info on all of these attacks of our Embassies and our Consulates. It’s not like these are a secret.
      But the hypocrisy is that not once did they even mention that these happened during the Bush years and the Administration IGNORED these attacks. There was never any attempt to either deal with these killings/attacks, or to even consider them important. They were just ignored, because it was Bush.
      The hypocrisy burns.
      There is ONE reason for Benghazi – ONE: Hilary Clinton !! The fear is exciting, you can almost smell the sweat.

      • rjcarter

        When you say there is ONE reason for Benghazi – ONE: Hilary Clinton… do you mean she’s the ONE reason it happened?

    • Cosmic_Surfer

      Expecting a corporate owned media that…

      reports only to the CEO and Board of Directors and that only in terms of money made and perceived money to be made;

      made its news department a profit center, when until 1978, was a public service expected to lose money or remain neutral; that all outlets from magazines to newspapers to web-based major news outlets to books to TV to radio,

      is held by only 6 corporations when in 1983 it was held by 50, to report anything other than what will make them money,

      promotes their paradigm created only to benefit their other holdings as well as that which is easiest for their cadre of owned senators and congressmen to promote and install via legislation, action or inaction,

      …..is less unlikely to ever happen.

      Expecting Corporate news outlets to truthfully report and fully report a story – using investigative journalism (only done by a few independent reporters like Glenn Greenwald -beelzebub to a few here, Jason Leopold, Jeremy Scahill and none of them work for a US based media outlet as a salaried employee).

      Expecting Corporate news outlets to truthfully report and fully report a story – using investigative journalism – is tantamount to expecting a unicorn to appear on one’s hand and transport the holder to the Kingdom of YR (better get a firesuit to protect one’s self from burns – “I never Promised You a Rose Garden”, Joanne Greenberg, 1964

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