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"No body could have done a better job than Obama, with the economy he was handed —including me!" —Bill Clinton—

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Clowns O' Congress

Darrell —"I don't care what it costs, nothing is too trivial or inane if I can nail Obama for it."—Issa 

In the spotlight this week is Darrell Issa—who has embarassed himself with a series of self-implosive dead-end investigations that have cost the taxpayers millions of dollars and gone nowhere; e.g.: That the IRS is a secret cabal of liberals, and Fast and Furious -- was a gunrunning scheme headed up by Eric Holder. But wait there's more... Issa is not done with Benghazi.

Darrell Issa just found out that the United States is a target of terrorist attacks and security failed miserably. 

Imagine that. 

And according to the him and a growing number of Republicans—Benghazi was the worst FAILURE of embassy security that it's ever been in American history. 

My question is: What turnip truck did he fall off?—Or more to the point: What turnip truck does he think the rest of us fell off?

The truth is —that attacks like this have been the fact of life under nearly every administration—Republican and Democratic. To single out Benghazi as the nadir of these attacks is a manifestation of the current irrational politics of the absurd.

This is only a partial list of attacks on US Embassies and Consulates and includes only those that resulted in death. 

26 September 1971  Phnom Penh, Cambodia 
Attack on embassy softball game[2]  TOTAL 1

19 August 1974 Nicosia, Cyprus
Riot outside Embassy; Ambassador and assistant shot by sniper TOTAL 2

21 November 1979 Islamabad, Pakistan
Islamist riots destroy Embassy (see 1979 U.S. Embassy Burning in Islamabad) TOTAL 2

18 April 1983 Beirut, Lebanon
Islamic Jihad car bomb destroys Embassy (see April 1983 U.S. Embassy bombing)
12 December 1983 Kuwait City, Kuwait
al-Dawa truck bomb outside Embassy
20 September 1984 Beirut, Lebanon
Hezbollah truck bomb outside Embassy
November 1984 Bogota, Colombia
Car bomb outside Embassy planted by drug cartel 1—TOTAL 94 ± 241*

al-Qaeda simultaneously attacks both Embassies with truck bombs  TOTAL 224 ±  6**

22 January 2000 Calcutta, India
Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami gunmen attack Consulate 5
14 June 2002 Karachi, Pakistan
al-Qaeda truck bomb detonates outside Consulate  12
28 February 2003 Islamabad, Pakistan
Unknown gunmen attack Embassy 2
30 June 2004 Tashkent, Uzbekistan
6 December 2004 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
al-Qaeda gunmen raid diplomatic compound 9
2 March 2006 Karachi, Pakistan
Car bomb explodes outside Consulate 2
12 September 2006 Damascus, Syria
Gunmen raid US Embassy 4
18 March 2008 Sana'a, Yemen
Mortar attack against US Embassy 2
18 March 2008 Sana'a, Yemen
Mortar attack against US Embassy 2
17 September 2008 Sana'a, Yemen
Two car bombs outside US embassy in Yemeni capital 16  —TOTAL 56 ±17***± 2996****

11 September 2012 Cairo, Egypt, Benghazi, Libya, Sana'a
A group of terrorists storm the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya -- killing the U.S. Ambassador, one staff member, and two security contractors.  TOTAL 4

This list does not include such attacks as the the *Marine barracks Oct. 21, 1983, Beirut—241 killed on Reagan's watch, **Trade Towers bombing, February 26, 1993—6 killed, on Clinton's watch, and the ***USS Cole October 12, 2000—17 killed and the mother of all attacks, ****9/11 when 2996—people were vaporized on Bush's watch, so please stop with the BS about BEN_EFFIN_GHAZI. 

The fact is that we pay billions upon billions of dollars every year into the "black budget" for National Security and the big news is: we are VERY VERY VERY GOOD AT tapping the phones of our allies—REALLY? 

I'd say our spy efforts—to keep us safe at "home and abroad" has been a monumental rip-off. 

How about we investigate that and how to fix it.

But I am sure he'll find a less politically motivated target like the "FAILURE OF THE OBAMACARE WEBSITE"

Which begs the question didn't he and every born again son of a Republican want Obamacare to fail?

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