It’s not getting a lot of coverage in the liberal blogosphere, but you should be aware that conservatives think the president deliberately ordered military support to “stand down” during the attack on the consulate in Benghazi. Yep. That’s right. He told the military and CIA to “stand down” and intentionally allowed four Americans to be killed by evil-doers — obviously because the president is insane and wouldn’t have anything to lose by giving such an order. This president is clearly terrified of attacking and killing terrorists — just ask Bin Laden, Al-Awlaki and countless other dead terrorists in Afpak and Yemen.
The fact of the matter is, according to an NSC spokesman, the president didn’t give that order, nor did anyone in the White House. Secretary Panetta, General Ham and General Dempsey delayed further military intervention because it was unclear what was happening during the attack. U.S. soldiers firing at civilian protesters would’ve looked pretty bad in the eyes of the world. Besides, where would the soldiers have come from? They’re not stationed around the corner, nor can they be beamed in like Star Trek. Anyway, all of this “Benghazi Gate” talk is interesting coming from a group of conservatives who for eight years insisted that it was unpatriotic to undermine the commander-in-chief while troops were in harm’s way.
Speaking of those eight years, what about embassy and consulate security under the great protectors Bush and Cheney?
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
Militants dressed as policemen attacked the embassy with RPGs, rifles, grenades and car bombs. Six Yemeni soldiers and seven civilians were killed. Sixteen more were injured.