Conservatives really want to make a big deal out of this, but it just isn’t. They can’t understand why nobody cares, but nobody does, and it’s because embassies are safer under Obama than Bush.
You want answers, right? This is a big deal, right? Well no you don’t and no it isn’t, but fine, I’ll play your game.
RIGHT: Web-found info-graphic on the timeline of US Embassy attacks. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE AND BETTER READ).
The answers have come out in sworn congressional hearings. Mind you, when oil executives meet with congress, they are not sworn under oath, but the disgraced General Patreaus was sworn, and he gave straight, non-partisan answers.
But let’s get to the meat of this… Under defense hawk (chicken hawk?) George W. Bush we suffered seven embassy attacks, taking the lives of 31 people… where was the outrage? That’s an average of one attack every 417-days.
Under four-years of Obama we have had only one embassy attack, tragically taking the lives of four dedicated American patriots. It’s a tragedy, but it happened. That’s one attack every 1,417.
That means attacks were more than 3-times as common under Bush than under Obama. That means almost 8-times as many people died under Bush, or 4-times as many per year. Again, where was the outrage? There was none.
And mind you, this attack came after the house Republicans voted to not increase funding for embassy security. Yes, the powers that be knew there was a need for greater embassy security, and a bill was put forward to finance it, but the Republicans shot it down. Fiscal responsibility, don’tcha know.
So Republicans, you have two choices:
1 – Let it go. Only FOX News, Breitbart, Free Republic and conservative radio still thinks this is important. It isn’t. You can keep betting on it and waste time and political capital pursuing it if you like, but there’s just no “there” there. Or,
2 – Double-down and keep up the attacks. It will only speed your path to irrelevance. Even if it was a real story, which it isn’t, the American public has already shown that they just don’t care. We lost thousands of lives on 9/11, but only four in Benghazi, and no civilians.