As I’m sure you’ve noticed, the attack on our diplomatic mission in Benghazi is still being trumpeted by many as a scandal of impeachable proportions; another “-gate”. I was curious whether or not the attack in Benghazi was a unique case or whether it was, tragically, common. Following are some similar incidents I found (quite easily) from the Bush years:

January 22, 2002. Calcutta, India. Gunmen associated with Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami attack the U.S. Consulate. Five people killed.

June 14, 2002. Karachi, Pakistan. Suicide bomber connected with al Qaeda attacks the U.S. Consulate, killing 12 and injuring 51.

February 28, 2003. Islamabad, Pakistan. Several gunmen fire upon the U.S. Embassy. Two people killed.

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.

December 6, 2004. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Al Qaeda terrorists storm the U.S. Consulate and occupy the perimeter wall. Nine people killed.

March 2, 2006. Karachi, Pakistan again. Suicide bomber attacks the U.S. Consulate killing four people, including U.S. diplomat David Foy who was directly targeted by the attackers.

September 12, 2006. Damascus, Syria. Four armed gunmen shouting “Allah akbar” storm the U.S. Embassy using grenades, automatic weapons, a car bomb and a truck bomb. Four people killed, 13 wounded.

July 9, 2008. Istanbul, Turkey. Four armed terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate. Six people killed.

September 17, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Terrorists dressed as military officials attack the U.S. Embassy with an arsenal of weapons including RPGs and detonate two car bombs. Sixteen people are killed, including an American student and her husband (they had been married for three weeks when the attack occurred). This is the second attack on this embassy in seven months.

Looking at these events, it’s striking that I don’t remember even a hint of scandal being uttered about any of these, let alone a sustained furor. Yes, the Benghazi attack should be investigated, especially for the string of lies the Obama administration put forth to try to quell growing outrage.  As always, the coverup is almost worse than the original event.

One must wonder why there’s so much outrage on the extreme right over the Benghazi attacks and not for the string of similar attacks during the Bush years.

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