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.
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.