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According to vast sections of the right, including Team Romney, it wasn't the over the top troll effort posted to Youtube that ignited the attacks on American diplomats in the Middle East and North Africa. No, it was "the weakness":

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Republican challenger Mitt Romney sought to portray President Barack Obama as weak on foreign policy Wednesday after violent attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in the Middle East.
If only we'd elect some manly, virile men like Ryan and Romney, nobody would dare mess with us!  

Let's see how that worked out with the last administration:

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 attacked

Wow, the Bush administration must have been the most incredibly weak team on foreign policy since Vichy France.

But that was Bush's team. What about Romney's team:

Out of Romney's 24 special advisors on foreign policy, 17 served in the Bush-Cheney administration. If Romney were to win, it's likely that many of these people would serve in his administration in some capacity -- a frightening prospect given the legacy of this particular group. The last time they were in government, it was disastrous.
Oh.

But I'm sure if we elect those virile tough strong Republican heroes of the motherland, then when we can offend Muslims with impunity.  

(Yes, its real.)

10:39 AM PT: Excellent point raised in the comments. How many attacks on our embassies occurred during the tenure of Saint Reagan (hallowed be Ronnie's name):

April 18 1983 Beirut Islamic Jihad car bomb destroys Embassy  63 killed

December 12 1983 Kuwait City al-Dawa truck bomb outside embassy 6 killed.

September 20 1984 Beirut Hezbollah truck bomb outside embassy  24 killed

November 1984 Bogotá Car bomb outside Embassy planted by drug cartel  1 killed

February 1986 Lisbon Popular Forces of 25 April car bomb outside Embassy

May 14 1986 Jakarta Japanese Red Army mortar barrage none

June 9 1987 Rome Japanese Red Army mortar barrage

That's 94 dead.

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  •  Vichy called. (1+ / 0-)
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    highacidity

    They're offended.

    Am I right, or am I right? - The Singing Detective

    by Clem Yeobright on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 10:15:37 AM PDT

  •  they're also criticizing Obama's attendance (2+ / 0-)
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    highacidity, OooSillyMe

    for the president's daily briefing.  Of course, these guys are the same incompetents who dismissed the PDB on bin laden attacking the US.  

    •  ZOMG, reading! (2+ / 0-)
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      highacidity, OooSillyMe

      Imagine, a President who reads the briefing, instead of having someone read it to him.

      Proof that he's a Muslim socialist bent on destroying America.

      Presidents should never read anything more complicated than, "My Pet Goat" - which is a heartwarming tale of the misadventures of a boy named Dick and his goofy pet George.

  •  I don't have the time to do the research (2+ / 0-)
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    The Stig, highacidity

    but I wonder how many attacks on US targets abroad there were during St Ronnie's tenure. I think there were 8 attacks including the fiasco in Beirut where the US quietly folded its tent and vacated

    •  Good point! (1+ / 0-)
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      highacidity

      April 18 1983 Beirut Islamic Jihad car bomb destroys Embassy  63 killed

      December 12 1983 Kuwait City al-Dawa truck bomb outside embassy 6 killed.

      September 20 1984 Beirut Hezbollah truck bomb outside embassy  24 killed

      November 1984 Bogotá Car bomb outside Embassy planted by drug cartel  1 killed

      February 1986 Lisbon Popular Forces of 25 April car bomb outside Embassy

      May 14 1986 Jakarta Japanese Red Army mortar barrage none

      June 9 1987 Rome Japanese Red Army mortar barrage

      Such weakness from Reagan/Schultz.

  •  I agree with this diary, but there is some danger (1+ / 0-)
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    gfv6800

    that the protest scheduled for Friday in Tahrir Square could spin out of control and threaten the US Embassy in Cairo. The Muslim Brotherhood has called for one million people to protest that one insane film. Crazy, but true. Morsi has given his OK.

    The US Embassy is not very far from the Square, and its security is not strong enough to withstand a determined siege by a huge number of assailants. I can't help but remember what happened in Iran, just before Reagan defeated Carter.

    I think Morsi is an Islamist first, and a democrat second... and I'm concerned for the safety of the embassy personnel in Cairo. Not only that, but a breach of security at the embassy could seriously damage Obama's campaign.

    Let's hope that this protest gets contained, or better yet, that it just fizzles. If not, we are in for more trouble ahead.

    "Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into." - Oliver Hardy

    by native on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 11:52:03 AM PDT

    •  I share concern for the personnel (0+ / 0-)

      But if its a contest between a million protesters and a 50 Marine Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team, my money's on our boys kickin' ass.

      I hope it doesn't come to that, but give them a small enough perimeter and a facility that was designed with defense in mind, and they'll hold it for however many hours it takes to arrange a helo evac.

      Yeah, I know, the opticals on that would be bad, shades of Saigon, but I have faith in Romney to say something despicable and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

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