Did 13 Benghazis Happen Under George Bush?
Liberals are still blaming George W. Bush. Of course, he deserves some blame for a number of bad decisions, but he can’t be blamed for everything.
The most recent GWB blame meme is the claim that there were 13 Benghazis that happened while he was President.
I’ve learned a lot in my 64 years. One of the big things I’ve learned is that there are always two or more sides to every story. This lesson is important when you enter the realm of politics where nearly everybody is a liar.
Here’s the latest from the liberal blogosphere:
“Where was the outrage about all those embassy attacks under Bush? What about all the people killed in those attacks? Where was Fox News then?”
It’s a legitimate question to be asked, but does what happened in Benghazi compare to the various attacks on President Bush’s watch?
“One of the best-known versions of this meme is the ridiculous screed at Huffington Post ‘13 Benghazis That Occurred on Bush’s Watch Without a Peep from Fox News,’ which has around 90K shares and likely well over a million views.
“The post was nearly replicated on numerous left-wing sites, such as DailyKos, the Daily Banter, and PolicyMic.”
Here’s the meme:
The folks at IJR Review offer analysis and commentary on each one.
Here goes: the “13 Benghazis That Occurred on Bush’s Watch Without a Peep from Fox News” – cases versus reality.
1. HUFFPO: THIS WAS JUST LIKE BENGHAZI.
“January 22, 2002. Calcutta, India. Gunmen associated with Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami attack the U.S. Consulate. Five people are killed.”
REALITY: NONE WERE AMERICAN. (The Tribune)
2. HUFFPO: THIS WAS JUST LIKE BENGHAZI.
“June 14, 2002. Karachi, Pakistan. Suicide bomber connected with al Qaeda attacks the U.S. Consulate, killing 12 and injuring 51.”
REALITY: NONE WERE AMERICAN. (BBC)
3. HUFFPO: THIS WAS JUST LIKE BENGHAZI.
“October 12, 2002. Denpasar, Indonesia. U.S. diplomatic offices bombed as part of a string of ‘Bali Bombings.’ No fatalities.”
REALITY: NONE WERE AMERICAN.
You said it, Huffington Post.
4. HUFFPO: THIS WAS JUST LIKE BENGHAZI.
“February 28, 2003. Islamabad, Pakistan. Several gunmen fire upon the U.S. Embassy. Two people are killed.”
REALITY: NONE WERE AMERICAN. (Fox News)
5. HUFFPO: THIS WAS JUST LIKE BENGHAZI.
“May 12, 2003. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Armed al Qaeda terrorists storm the diplomatic compound, killing 36 people including nine Americans. The assailants committed suicide by detonating a truck bomb.”
REALITY: NINE AMERICAN DEFENSE CONTRACTORS KILLED.
After numerous State Department warnings, and Saudi Arabia investigating al Qaeda for a potential planned attack, three defense compounds were assaulted with car bombs and armed attackers. Nine defense contractors were killed.
Bush immediately called the attack part of the “war on terror,” and two of the attackers that survived the raid were killed by Saudi police forces. You know, just like Benghazi. (CNN)
Go to IJR to read the rest of the analysis and commentary.