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  •  Where was the GOP outrage (22+ / 0-)

    when literally DOZENS of State department staff were killed abroad during the Bush administration?

    •  Let provide the data, from DK (20+ / 0-)

      The list

      June 14, 2002, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
      Suicide bomber kills 12 and injures 51.

      February 20, 2003, international diplomatic compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
      Truck bomb kills 17.

      February 28, 2003, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
      Gunmen on motorcycles killed two consulate guards.

      July 30, 2004, U.S. embassy in Taskkent, Uzbekistan
      Suicide bomber kills two.

      December 6, 2004, U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
      Militants stormed and occupied perimeter wall. Five killed, 10 wounded.

      March 2, 2006, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
      Suicide car bomber killed four, including a U.S. diplomate directly targeted by the assailants.

      September 12, 2006, U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria
      Gunmen attacked embassy with grenades, automatic weapons, and a car bomb (though second truck bomb failed to detonate). One killed and 13 wounded.

      January 12, 2007, U.S. embassy in Athens, Greece
      A rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the embassy building. No one was injured.

      July 9, 2008, U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Turkey
      Armed men attacked consulate with pistols and shotguns. Three policemen killed.

      March 18, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana'a, Yemen
      Mortar attack misses embassy, hits nearby girls' school instead.

      September 17, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana'a, Yemen
      Militants dressed as policemen attacked the embassy with RPGs, rifles, grenades and car bombs. Six Yemeni soldiers and seven civilians were killed. Sixteen more were injured.

      "The Obama Administration has been an unmitigated disaster" - Osama Bin Laden

      by Explorer8939 on Mon May 06, 2013 at 03:41:57 PM PDT

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      •  Which One of these (3+ / 0-)
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        Was blamed on a YouTube video?  I'm not making the connection.

        •  You think THAT's what the issue is (4+ / 0-)

          Sorry, the whole "YouTube blame" thing is apparently partially correct, there are contemporaneous reports, in Libya, stating that the AQ related group was fired up by the "Innocence of Musilms."

          If there is a cogent claim, it is that the Administration was "uncaring" about the security of State Department missions. Pointing out the state of mission security during the Bush admin is certainly fair game.

          Also fair game is pointing out that State Department Diplomatic Security is poorly funded, by the Republican controlled US Congress.

          •  Got it (0+ / 0-)

            Thanks for not clarifying.

          •  President Obama (2+ / 0-)
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            made the right call by withholding that characterization until the CIA knew who was behind the attack and why they committed it.  

            The only Americans fixated on a terrible even that happened all those months ago are the mouth-breathing yokels, prissy southern housewives, and old, white men watching Fox "News" and listening to the bloated and drug-addled bloviator on AM radio.

            I live deep in GOP territory and the local "Republican Women's Auxiliary" is forever posting flyers around town about Benghazi.  Not a word about the thousands killed and maimed and orphaned by W's war of choice against Iraq, based on lies.

            Too bad the Fox News "patriots" didn't hold W's feet to the fire a bit more about the 3,000 Americans who burned to death while he sat paralyzed with fear in a third grade classroom and Cheney hid in his underground bunker.

        •  Just like no one could have predicted the original (0+ / 0-)

          9/11 right? Because I recall Bush, Cheney, Rice saying pretty clearly that no one could have predicted it while there were mountains of evidence showing that multiple sources in the intelligence community were warning about Al Qaeda attacks for months and were totally ignored.

          When we stop putting leaders from the past up on pedestals and ignoring their flaws, we can start seeing our present leaders for what they really are.

          by PhillyJeff on Mon May 06, 2013 at 10:38:24 PM PDT

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      •  I was informed (11+ / 0-)

        By my right wing friend that those events don't count because most of the people that died weren't US Citizens.  I asked him if the life of a Yemeni or Turkish person was worth more than that of an American, he went silent.  

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