Obama put top priority on using traditional investigation methods to go after terrorists. That ended the dysfunctional minimal-results commitment to torture. Torture did not work.
Obama's second priority was getting bin Laden. And when it came down to the assassination attack, Obama chose the riskiest plan on the table so they could seize papers, computers and the like. That choice has paid off big time.
Let's see what a disgusting, failed, diminished, disaster Obama has been fighting terrorism.
-- Ronald Reagan 1981-1989 - Total deaths = 675; per month = 7.4
-- George HW Bush 1989-1993 - Total death = 0
-- Bill Clinton 1993-2001 - Total deaths = 444; per month = 4.6
-- George W. Bush 2001-2009 - Total deaths = 3,075 plus the terror attacks in Afghanistan and Iraq. Count civilian deaths and Bush43's numbers get to more than 100 a month.
-- Barack Obama 2009-2014 - Total deaths = 7; per month = 0.1
Obama is doing much, much better than Reagan or Bush43 or Clinton.
Our security people have gotten better at overseas protection work, somewhat slowly. Together with crippling Al Qaeda, these efforts have reduced casualties at risky locations. In-country hits have also diminished substantially -- the one hit came at Boston.
Anybody up for a summary? Can you take the truth ??? Terrorist Deaths Per Month -- how's that for a statistic?
Consider the presidential performance history from 1981 to 2014:
-- Reagan 1981-1988
1983 - Bombing at United States Embassy in Beirut, April 18, 1983. 63 people killed.
1983 - Beirut barracks bombing, October 23, 1983. 305 people, including 241 US servicemen, are killed by a large truck bomb.
1984 - Twenty-two people were killed and seventy were wounded when another truck bomb exploded in front of the U.S. Embassy annex in Awkar, Lebanon.
1985 - TWA Flight 847 hijacked, U.S. Navy diver is killed by Hezbollah.
1985 - Achille Lauro hijacking, wheel-chair bound American killed by Palestinian militants.
1985 - US Army Specialist Edward Pimental was murdered by members of the Red Army Faction.
1985 - A car bomb exploded at Rhein-Main Air Base, killing two and wounding eleven.
1986 - Four Americans were killed and five Americans were injured when a bomb exploded aboard TWA Flight 840 as it traveled from Rome to Athens.
1986 - On April 6, a Berlin discotheque bombing killed a Turkish woman and 2 US servicemen and injured 230 people.
1988 - On April 14 at 8 p.m., a car bomb exploded in front of the USO Club in Naples, Italy. Five people died and fifteen were injured.
1988 - Pan Am Flight 103, outbound from London for New York with 259 people aboard, was destroyed by a bomb on December 21, 1988 while over Lockerbie, Scotland. Plus eleven persons on the ground.
1988 - 1990 - Marine Col. Rich Higgins kidnapped, tortured and murdered by Hezbollah
-- GHW Bush 1989-1992
Presents an argument for promoting CIA Director to President. Nothing big and bad happened during his administration.
Gulf War 1990-1991 had 458 coalition troops killed. 190 from enemy action. Nobody knows how many Iraqis were killed.
-- Clinton 1993-2000
1993 - World Trade Center bombing, February 26: 6 killed, 1,042 injured.
1995 - Two US diplomats killed in Pakistan, March 8.
1995 - Oklahoma City bombing, 168 killed, over 800 injured. April 19.
1996 - Khobar Towers bombed: 19 American servicemen killed.
1998 - US embassies bombed: U.S. Kenya Embassy, 214 killed; U.S. Tanzania Embassy, 11 killed. (Other sources cite 232 dead.)
2000 - USS Cole attacked, 17 U.S. Navy sailors killed, 39 injured.
-- George W. Bush 2001-2008
2001 - September 11, 2001 attacks, 2,997 killed;
2002 - Reporter Daniel Pearl, kidnapped and beheaded in Karachi.
2002 - Nine people killed by bomb blast near US embassy in Lima - seen as attempt to disrupt forthcoming visit by President George W. Bush.
2002-2006 - Karachi consulate attacks: three separate attacks killed 18 people and injured 87.
2002 - Two Marines shot, one killed in Kuwait.
2003 - Riyadh Compound Bombed, killing 9 Americans, among 35 others.
2003 - Three American diplomats are killed by a roadside bomb targeting their convoy in Gaza.
2004 - Civilians Nick Berg, Jack Hensley, and Eugene Armstrong kidnapped and beheaded in Iraq.
2004 - Paul Marshall Johnson, Jr, civilian working in Saudi Arabia, kidnapped and beheaded; five other Americans die in attacks in Saudi Arabia in 2004.
2007 - American embassy attacked in Athens, Greece.
2008 - John Granville, US diplomat, assassinated in Khartoum, Sudan
-- Barack Obama 2009-2014
2012 - US diplomatic facilities at Benghazi, Libya attacked. The ambassador and three other Americans killed.
2013 - Boston Marathon bombed, 3 killed, 183 injured.
Bush41 had been director of the CIA. He put overseas operations on a war footing early on, responding to Hezbollah threats. His actions were not continued by Clinton or his son. Bush41 did fight the Gulf War, which got started under a cloud. Diplomacy prior to the war seemed to encourage the Iraqi invasion.
Today, no surprise, the GOPers are out lying their xsses off about Benghazi. Reagan had a death total at 7 a month for his average month. Clinton got a 4.4 average month.
Obama is losing what?... 0.1 person a month from terrorism.
Who is the champion Protector of the Realm ???
Gee, the Black guy.
Does this remind anybody else of the Wilson vs. Manning Super Bowl ??? 43-to-8 for the score was closer than the play in that game. Same for Obama beating out Reagan, Clinton, or Bush43 at defense against terrorism.
Play to win, make it happen!
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