[quote=“PeteS_in_CA, post:11, topic:37329”]
And spare me the talking-point nonsense that 9/11/2001 was preventable by the Bush Administration, especially if you don’t even seem to know/remember that Condoleeza Rice did not become SecState until 2005.
[/quote]She was National Security Advisor. My entire point was after that major failing, she was still qualified to be Secretary of State when she was nominated several years later. As is Susan Rice, after much smaller failings.
Diminishing security in the face of increasing threat in Libya and pleas for increased security from our staff there while maintaining or augmenting security in safe places like Vienna is “petty”, “without merit”, “a fake issue”? Are you serious?
Yes. There were about a dozen major embassy attacks under Bush. A half dozen with US casualties. How many of those did you harp on, endlessly? Zero. Cuz, Bush has got that nice shiny ®!
June 14, 2002, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
12 dead in attack.
February 20, 2003, international diplomatic compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
9 Americans killed. 18 others.
February 28, 2003, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
Another Karachi attack. Gunmen kill two consulate guards.
July 30, 2004, U.S. embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Two killed by suicide bomber
December 6, 2004, U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Five Americans killed, four others killed. When the compound is breached.
March 2, 2006, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
US Diplomat is killed. As well as three other Americans.
If you want to throw Bush under the bus here and declare him far worse than Obama, you could then at least proceed without glaring bias.
The warnings you cited were general warnings about hijackings - which historically were hostage situations
And? Still preventable. Moreso than Benghazi. There are numerous threats at any given time and no administration can be expected to perform perfectly. We had advance warning for 9/11. The lead hijacker (Attah) was on a terrorist watch list. This was not a “no one could have stopped this” scenario. It was possible. I don’t indict Bush on this, because there are so many things going on at once. Hindsight is 20/20. 9/11 probably seemed pretty unlikely. So too did Benghazi. Were you or other Republicans consistent on this matter, I could at least respect your positions. As it is, it’s nothing more than naked partisanship and ODS.