Unlike Obama George W. started the second war which killed thousands upon thousands of soldiers so he could get revenge for Sadam trying to assissinate daddy in Kuwait.
Obama ended it, and if you are referring to the Embassy attack in Benghazi there were ten times as many under Bush jr, and Pelosi and the democrats did not even drag him before a senate judiciary committee.
Here are the eleven terrorist attacks on US Embassies and other outposts for American diplomats and others working in service to their country. And in eight years, there was no reaction from a Democratic politician expressing anything but sorrow for the loss.
(I've seen several versions of this list, but a lot of them are incorrect. I've corrected errors and provided sources for each.)
On June 14, 2002, the terrorist group Al Qanoon, which was suspected to be an al Qaeda branch, sent a suicide bomber into the U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 12 people and injuring 51 others. Nearly a year later, four were convicted of plotting the bombing, which blew in windows and left body parts all over the sidewalks near the embassy. (Source)
On February 28, 2003, Gunmen on motorcycles attacked the U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, killing two police officers and wounding five other officers and a civilian in front of the consulate. (Source)
Late in the evening of May 12, 2003, gunmen entered Al Hamra Oasis Village in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a compound known to be inhabited by Americans and other Westerners. (Source)
On July 30, 2004, three suicide bombers targeting the Israeli and U.S. embassies in Taskkent, Uzbekistan managed to kill two and injure nine others. (Source)
On December 6, 2004, terrorists stormed the heavily guarded U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, occupying it and taking 18 hostages for a time. When the incident was over, they had killed nine people, including four security guards and five staff. (Source)
All of that was before the end of Bush’s first term, yet there are no accounts of John Kerry or other Democrats using the incidents to attack the president, or to suggest the United States was weak, or to insult the dead in any way.
Then came the second term:
On March 2, 2006, just two days before President Bush was scheduled to visit Pakistan, a suicide bomber targeted the U.S. consulate in Karachi, killing four, including a US diplomat believed to be the target, and as many as 50 others. (Source)
On September 12, 2006, four armed gunmen stormed the U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria. In the 20 minute attack, they threw grenades and fired automatic weapons at guards. In the end, one person was killed and 13 wounded. (Source)
On January 12, 2007, a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the US Embassy in Athens Greece. Thankfully, it was early morning, and the building was empty and no one was injured. (Source)
On July 9, 2008, men armed with a shotgun and pistols stormed the U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. At the end of the five-minute battle, three Turkish policemen were killed. (Source)
As a side note, I can find no account in which Bush Administration officials referred to these attacks using the terms “terrorist attacks” or “acts of terror.”
In 2008, there were two attacks on the U.S. embassy in Sana'a, Yemen. The first was a mortar attack on March 18, that missed the embassy and hit a nearby girls’ school, injuring 13. (Source)
But the biggest attack came on September 17, 2008, when terrorists dressed as policemen attacked the embassy with RPGs, rifles and grenades. There was also a car bomb. In the end, 16 were killed and many more were injured. (Source)
There you have it. Eleven confirmed attacks, and at no time did anyone on the Democratic side treat any of them as anything other than tragedies that took the lives of Americansor people from foreign countries who were protecting Americans. Such attacks are not political footballs, to be used to give yourself an advantage, because you have nothing else.
What’s happened in the wake of the Benghazi incident is nothing short of disgusting, and Republicans should be ashamed of themselves. Diplomats and diplomatic security are there to serve their country and to protect us, not to give Republicans a better chance of winning elections.
Posted by Milt Shook on January 23, 2013 at 10:45
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