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Tuesday, October 02, 2012



Foreign intelligence is tricky business: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/10/how-critics-of-obamas-libya-response-profoundly-misunderstand-intelligence/263139/

Ken Blanchard

Cory: The Brits and the Red Cross managed to figure the situation out. The Atlantic piece makes a general and convincing case that initial intelligence estimates are often subject to revision. If the Administration had merely been cautious about what happened, that would be a plausible defense. Instead they pushed certain conclusions about what happened. That is trying to weasel out, regardless of what the actual facts turnout to be.

larry kurtz

Your post could be metaphor, Ken: it resembles Gov. Daugaard's defense of SOS Gant's carriage of his office.

Donald Pay

I'm not sure what your point is, aside from the fact that you are factually wrong. The consulate had protection from private contractors. Democrats have been saying for years this was a disaster about to happen and that we needed to get rid of private contractors and have government security forces providing the security.

If you want to investigate anything it ought to be ever increasing assault of Republicans on having government security provided by, you know, THE GOVERNMENT, rather than private contractors.

Donald Pay

Where was the outrage and Republican concern for security during the Bush years? So far we've had two serious attacks on our embassies and consulates during the Obama Administration. Under Bush we had 11 attacks on our consulates and embassies:

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.


How many Ambassadors were killed and dragged through the streets with there pants on backwards? KB, I can see why you don't react to this blind squirrel. In other news, what an ass kicking in the debate by Mr. Romney.

Ken Blanchard

Ivan: I am content to let the blind squirrel go nuts in front of everyone.

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