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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 01:29 PM

4. Yeah right.

He is so full of s*** it is sickening. This is pure political theater and uninformed people are buying into it. The point that the GOP has been and is still trying to make is tying this attack to the fact that we are showing weakness in the Middle East --because Obama is an apologist--and therefore the terrorists are emboldened to attack us. Inferring from that ideal, we shouldn't have many, if any, terrorist attacks on our embassies if a Repub is president because we would project strength and let them know we mean business and can't be pushed around. However, the data doesn't support that. In the past 20+ years, there have been just as many, if not more, attacks under REPUBLICAN presidents, particularly Reagan and Bush Sr. W had his share as well, and with the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan we sure showed the terrorists we weren't to be messed with. Yes, Clinton had his share, but not as much as either Reagan or Bush Sr. So, that argument doesn't hold water. But then the GOP isn't operating in the frame of reality. Their prime directive now is to pin some kind of scandal on Obama so they can impeach him. This is their revenge for him getting reelected. I hope it blows up in their faces. I hope, FINALLY, that the majority of people realize that the GOP isn't concerned with helping get our economy back on track--they are only concerned about making Obama look bad--and vote these bastards out of office.

The problem is that, regardless of who is president, diplomats are always in harm's way in tense regions because they are the face of the US overseas. But then these people know this. I'm not saying it isn't horrible that 4 people died in that attack in Benghazi--because it was. I'm not downplaying the fact that Americans died. If this happened in say England I'd be more upset. But it happened in Libya--an area of extreme unrest and violence. Could more have been done to prevent the attacks? I'm not sure seeing as it happened at a consulate and not at the embassy itself. But hindsight is always 20/20. Perhaps Senators Graham and McCain could spend their time and energy on making sure that our people are protected overseas and encourage their fellow House GOPers to NOT VOTE FOR CUTS to the security fund for our diplomatic personnel--like so many of them did. That's who they should be dragging before their precious investigative committees--those Republicans who gleefully voted to gut the budget for embassy security (Jason Chaffetz is my personal fave because he full on admits in one breath that he voted for the cuts then in another breath accuses the State Dept of not providing the needed security for our people)--because we "can't afford it" and then sit back and point fingers at the State Department. Hypocrites the whole lot of them.

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