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Do you really want to know why President Obama is covering up Benghazi? Here are the the historical facts why Senators John 'Maverick' McCain, Kelly 'Coyote' Ayotte, Lindsey 'Lohan' Graham ought to be ashamed of themselves.

Where is the outrage????

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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.

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

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

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

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

12. 1983 Suicide bomber killed 241 US Marines, 25 years ago in
      Lebanon when President Ronald Reagan was in power.

Hey Faux Noise, Clown Senators, Conservatives are you connecting the dots? Do you see why Benghazi is such gigantic cover up?

Finally, research credit: Julie Anne Harris, Top Commenter Politico.Com


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  •  9/11/2001... (12+ / 0-)

    republicans have zero credibility on national security.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 01:11:02 AM PST

    •  But, Republicans have an amazing ability to sell (6+ / 0-)

      bs by calling it gold which is why our president is taking his approach to the economy directly to the American people. Thank you, LiberalSage for having his back while he's busy on the road.

      “Social Security has nothing to do with balancing a budget or erasing or lowering the deficit.” -- Ronald Reagan, 1984 debate with Walter Mondale

      by RJDixon74135 on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 02:05:34 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  And on the verge of trashing their "Reagan Legacy" (2+ / 0-)
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      Laurence Lewis, vet

      This is the tip of that iceberg:

      12. [October 23rd,] 1983 Suicide bomber killed 241 American troops 25 years ago in barracks.
      It refers to this bombing, which was done with a 20-ton thermobaric (enhanced shock wave) device delivered in a Mercedes-Benz truck.

      The Marine barracks had no defensive perimeter. Despite this 6 months earlier:

      11.x April 18, 1983 -- Suicide bomber killed 63 by blasting apart the front of the American embassy up on Rue de Paris in Beirut Lebanon.
      35 minute drive away, using the coast road.

      State Department implemented traffic controls and truck-stopping weaponry ASAP after that blast, plus copying these measures all over the Middle East.

      Reagan made this all happen:
      -- Firing thousands of 5"/127mm shells from naval guns up into populated Shi'ia and Druze areas above Beirut.
      -- Sending war materials to Saddam Hussein for the Iran-Iraq War. (Reversing Carter's policy.)

      Revenge can be a religious duty. Similar to Nathan Hale's statement, "I regret that I have but one life to give for my country."

      Kill thousands of Shi'ia civilians in Lebanon and Iran -- you have to expect to pay a price for it. But not Reagan. "Teach them a lesson" was the thinking (sic) in his White House.

      Seeking martyrdom is not a part of Judaism or Christianity, but for the Shi'ia as for Shinto in Japan it has a high position. The martyrdom of Hussain, the grandson of Mohammed, marks their origin as a sect of Islam.

      "In the belly of a green bird" is the phrase -- as the green birds are thought to sit on limbs directly below the throne of Allah. That is the resting place for the souls of such martyrs. (Classical Arabic adds fresh grapes, not the silly "72 virgins" mistranslation.)

      Reagan ??? He said the driver of the Marine barracks truck and his people were "bestial."

      What did Reagan sacrifice? And for what did he sacrifice? Well, he sacrificed 392 lives, total for truck bombs in Lebanon in 1983. He sacrificed them for his own ignorance and his overbearing apathy.

      Then he lied about it for the rest of his career. Maybe it was just a bad horoscope that day....

  •  Recc'd for the chronicle... (3+ / 0-)
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    GenXangster, IreGyre, LilithGardener

    I hadn't heard about half of these incidents and I guess that's because Democrats didn't run to every camera and microphone they could find at the time to accuse the Bush regime of rank incompetence and coverups. (not that they shouldn't have, mind you; the pattern here is unmistakable for proof of the former)

    But some things just shouldn't be political, at least not until a full investigation into the matter is completed and evidence is put forth.

    Just another reason why the collective hypocrisy, general incompetence and blatant dishonesty of the reactionary Republican party summarily disqualifies them from running the government.

    "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

    by markthshark on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 02:03:06 AM PST

  •  GOP is angry because the Pres is taking a vacation (5+ / 0-)

    to Hawaii during "Bengazi". Want to see a neat trick? Check out who spells Benghazi correctly on Twitter and who doesn't.

    Why are they upset about his vacation? Because he is supposedly spending $4 million dollars on it. They don't care that the cost is almost entirely given to oil companies in the form of payment for gas any more than they care about giving oil companies billions of dollars in tax breaks.

    All of their outrage is fake. All of it. I'm not fooled anymore.

    "...we can all shut-up and go back to our caves." - Leonard Bernstein

    by progdog on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 02:17:29 AM PST

  •  I'm a democrat and while admittedly a bit of a (1+ / 0-)
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    political and news junkie, as I listened to Suzanne Rice on Meet The Press on that Sunday where she made the rounds, I felt that her statements on Benghazi were divorced from realty. ( Based on articles from the BBC and other news source that I had read about the attack.)  I made some related comment on someone's Diary on that subject that week.

    Whether or not it is worth of the scrutiny and targeting  by the GOP is a different matter but IMO she came of either  like an administration stooge or at the least politically naive.

    I maybe wrong but I get the impression that she has particular interest/involvement at her level in Libya and that Sunday was a chance to showcase her for the future.

    •  "Whether or not it is worth the "level" of .... (0+ / 0-)
    •  Umm... (4+ / 0-)
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      Karl Rover, CwV, Thousandwatts, flavor411
      Whether or not it is worth of the scrutiny and targeting  by the GOP is a different matter but IMO she came of either  like an administration stooge or at the least politically naive.
           "Like an administration stooge???" She was acting as a spokesperson for the administration. If she's following the line she's been told to follow, she's not being a stooge, she's acting appropriately as the spokesperson for the administration. The chosen policy of the administration was to intentionally downplay the possibility of a link to global terrorism while they were investigating the possibility of that sort of link. They wanted that to be secret, or at least "in the background." And they wanted the CIA involvement to remain secret.
           And why Susan Rice as the spokesperson? Because they chose to use an actual official rather than a generic "spokesperson," and they decided to keep Hillary out of the picture. Libya had been a UN "project," so the UN ambassador was the next most appropriate senior person.
           I also recall early statements, mostly from Libyan sources, that the attack was a planned assault. The US had made a tactical decision to downplay that possibility while they looked for the planners. That's on the administration as a whole. Rice did the job they asked her to do.

      -7.25, -6.26

      We are men of action; lies do not become us.

      by ER Doc on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 05:36:50 AM PST

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      •  The comment applies. (0+ / 0-)

        Slang Dictionary

        stooge definition

            someone's pawn; someone controlled or maneuvered by someone else. :  
            to work as someone's underling; to serve as someone's pawn. : "

  •  That's why Fox Noise kicked (7+ / 0-)

    Tom Ricks off the air. If they had let him go on, he would have started listing incidents.

    Ricks: How many security contractors died in Iraq do you know?

    Anchor: I don't.

    Ricks: No, nobody does, because nobody cared.

    Thanks, Liberalsage, for compiling this list. Not sure how Democrats could work this into a floor speech without giving Repugs red meat but if I memorize this list, I can make Republican voters that talk crap to me about "Obama doing nothing" go ahead and STFU.

    "It's not enough to acknowledge privilege. You have to resist." -soothsayer

    by GenXangster on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 03:49:43 AM PST

  •  Arnold Raphael (10+ / 0-)

    This is a very serious post.

    Ambassador Raphael was killed when his plane crashed on August 1988 (the very day that G HW Bush was nominated at the RNC in New Orleans).

    In the plane with Ambassador Raphael was Pakistani Gen. Zia al Huq.

    Rumours have existed for years that both Ambassador Raphael and Gen. Zia were assassinated.

    The US government (to avoid any distractions from G HW Bush' campaign) never held any major inquiry into that place crash.

    The Democratic House held a few hearings but were stymied by the GOP White House. There was no Limbuagh or Fox to loudly condemn the White House for letting a US Ambassador get assassinated.

    Ambassador Raphael was replaced with Robert Oakley. Ambassador Oakley is well know as both President Reagan's Chief of Counterterrorism and the the man who criticized President Clinton's "obsession" with Osama bin Laden.


    •  Good Point! (4+ / 0-)

      You made an excellent point. You see, Democrats don't make an ass of themselves making opponents national security crisis an albatros on their neck.

    •  Zia got on the plane thinking it would be safe? (2+ / 0-)
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      LilithGardener, bontemps2012

      that the US ambassador being on board was like an extra guarantee?... he was not worried about Islamists in those days... more the opposite, he had more secular opponents... so did he feel safer knowing the US ambassador was there with him... some sort of safety insurance?

      We will likely never have any sort of believable proof it was anything other than an accident but the nagging doubt will always be there. He did have many enemies in Pakistan and the region and the US was among those who were happy to see him gone... so whether this was just a tragic situation that had the silver lining that Zia was out of the picture... or one where the US ambassador was directly or indirectly used as bait one way or the other by parties unknown or not... those who were pleased at the outcome numbered among them some who would have also not had any scruples about causing the deaths of everyone on the plane as collateral damage in taking out Zia... But again, unless there are files somewhere that will come to light decades or centuries from now... it will always just be what it is officially... an accident.

      Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

      by IreGyre on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:04:51 AM PST

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  •  This list shows why the 3 stooges should STFU (1+ / 0-)
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    but it doesn't shed light on WHY these incidents happened.
    The GOPrs want to claim that Obama has failed to protect US and that Rice is covering up that failure. Nevermind that this is a small outpost consulate in a very contentious place, that the host country is responsible for security and would not take kindly to a double squad of Marines parked at every Consulate office.
    The unanswered question remains, why are we being attacked in the first place?
    Could it be something we said? Or did? Maybe?
    Or is that still not something we can talk about?

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:35:38 AM PST

  •  Marine barracks, October 1983. Embassy, April 1983 (0+ / 0-)

    And the Marine Barracks did not have a defensive perimeter -- despite that Department of State installed traffic blocks and got weapons to stop trucks immediately after the April bombing. Plus that DoS copied that system everywhere in the Middle East.

    The embassy was wrecked April 18th. 63 dead:

    In August and September and October Reagan continued to pound inhabited areas above Beirut with 5"/127mm shells from naval guns. Thousands of rounds were fired from a small fleet offshore.

    Civilian casualties mounted. Any pretense of "Peacekeeper" neutrality went out the window.

    Reagan also reversed Carter and allied with Saddam Hussein, sending war materials for the Iran-Iraq War. Iran lost 500,000 soldiers and 200,000 civilians.

    Blow back's a bee-atch.

    Reagan didn't know a #$%&^% thing about Shi'ia, Arab or Persian.

    The 20-ton thermobaric device that flattened the Marine barracks -- PETN-and-butane -- can safely be said to have changed modern warfare.

    That driver's soul now lives in the belly of a green bird, which is one of a flock that sit next to the throne of Allah. Or so he hoped. (The "72 virgins" story is overblown. Classical Arabic says fresh grapes.)

    And never, ever underestimate such an enemy or, worse, create such an enemy through your own mindless hatreds. Mindless as thinking him "bestial." That was exactly Reagan's word.

    Nathan Hale's "I regret that I have but one life to give for my country" stems from the same root. As well, revenge is a religious duty for the Shi'ia. The 1983 attacks had to happen.

  •  If the Republican Party (0+ / 0-)

    ..stops being the stupid party - Who will stupid people have to vote for?

    It's a real conundrum.

    The dire straits facing America are not due poor people having too much money

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 08:20:13 AM PST

  •  Bush's years were bad. Reagan's years bounced (0+ / 0-)

    from one Three Stooges scene to the next.

    Reagan gave a half-dozen heart felt speeches. Got impact with them.

    But everything else went from "Challenger" to thinking he was going to replicate Eisenhower's 1958 90-day in-and-out tactics in Lebanon.

    No management problems... no management.

  •  But, but, but . . . none of those attacks (0+ / 0-)

    killed an AMBASSADOR!  Stevens was the first AMBASSADOR killed in 33 years!  That's what my duped friends would say to your list.  Guards, police, consulate workers, innocent passersby or students?  Why would there be any outrage about their deaths?  This was an AMBASSADOR!

    The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. Jane Addams

    by Alice Olson on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 12:12:53 PM PST

  •  They want a Watergate type hearing. (0+ / 0-)

    I say go for it.

    What it uncovered is just as likely to be embarrassing to the Repos as the Dims.  Likely even more so.

    Plus many if not most of the witch hunt hearings they might call will produce out takes of stupid, sexism, stupid, racism and butt ign'runt that can be used in 2014 and 16.

    And they won't find any witches either.

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