Republican Scandal-Mongering on Benghazi and the Bush Embassy Attacks (plus Daily Show video)

Jon Stewart of the Daily Show makes fun of the Republican obsession with the Benghazi events of last September and their unsupported allegations of some sort of scandal or cover-up there.

Then of course there is the hypocrisy factor, since many US embassies were attacked with casualties in the Bush era, as I pointed out soon after the Benghazi attacks with reference to Republican representative Paul Ryan:

” By the way, does Ryan always consider attacks on US embassies a sign that an administration’s foreign policy is blowing up in our faces? For instance, if if the US embassy in Athens, Greece, was attacked in 2007,, would that have been an indictment of George W. Bush’s foreign policy? What about if the US embassy in Serbia was burned down early in 2008? If the US embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, were attacked in September 2008? If the US consulate in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, was attacked in 2004? What if thousands of anti-American Iraqis were regularly demonstrating and even shelling the Green Zone in Baghdad where the US embassy is, in 2008? Did all that mean that Bush’s foreign policy, the most recent foreign policy outing of the Republican Party, blew up in our faces, according to Ryan?”

The show:

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
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6 Responses

  1. You Dems ought to admit what Benghazi is about, let your twins in the GOP have their victory dance, and then move on.
    The “cover-up” isn’t working.

    Folks know that the Obama Administration made the decisions that resulted in the deaths of 2 American diplomats and 2 ?Mercenaries? Own it.
    Man up and move on.

    You were pretty much able to do that over Monica Lewinski, after whom the “MOVE ON” movement was named.

    • Brian SHUT UP! Put Benghazi back to rest! Why? You want a DEMOCRATIC PREISDENT, CONGRESS AND SCOTUS? All they need to do is bring up:

      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.

      And what happens after that? WE LOSE! So please, please please be quiet!

  2. Providing historical context. “Connecting the dots.” Man, it would be cool to see/hear this kind of thing on the regular news broadcasts. Unfortunately, that would be branded “partisanship”. As Stephen Colbert has observed, facts have a liberal bias. So we’re limited to “he said, she said” at best.

    In actuality, it’s generally worse: Statement, followed by But some Democrats say….

  3. The difference is, if terrorists attack embassies under Bush, it’s clearly because he’s a Good Guy fighting to make the empire bigger and more powerful, which benefits “real” Americans somehow. If terrorists attack embassies under the black Democrat, it’s because they’re carrying out his secret orders to… uh, no one seems to be able to explain what those secret orders are, because that would divide the Obama-haters on the Right from the Obama-haters on the Left. You don’t have to be Frank Lutz to understand how wedge issues work.

  4. Where was the CIA, State Department & other security agencies when Marine Barracks were bombed in Beirut that killed around 248 marines under Regan administration.

    How come Regan did not know? There were Naval ships near Lebanon coast, how come they could not do anything to save Americans!!!

    Why no one impeached Regan?

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