Rand Paul: Obama Sent More Security to Man DC Memorial Barricades than to Americans Under Attack at Benghazi

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) tweeted stinging criticism of the World War II Memorial closure on Wednesday afternoon, claiming the Obama administration had dispatched more security guards to man the barricades at the D.C. memorial than they had to the embattled U.S. consulate in Benghazi last year.

The World War II Memorial was closed on Tuesday, along with a number of other government installations, angering veterans who had traveled to Washington, D.C. to visit it, and drawing outrage from Republicans, some of whom accompanied the vets on Wednesday to remove the barriers.

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  • Richard Nikodemus DeCampa

    no mention of the 13 attacks under bush that were ignored..get off your poster child and REOPEN THE FRIGGING GOVERNMENT YOU LIAR.

    The Benghazi attacks (the consulate and the CIA compound) are absolutely not unprecedented even though they’re being treated that way by Republicans who are deliberately ignoring anything that happened prior to Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009.

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

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

    October 12, 2002. Denpasar, Indonesia. U.S. diplomatic offices bombed as part of a string of “Bali Bombings.” No fatalities.

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

    July 30, 2004. Tashkent, Uzbekistan. A suicide bomber from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan attacks the U.S. Embassy, killing two people.

    December 6, 2004. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Al Qaeda terrorists storm the U.S. Consulate and occupy the perimeter wall. Nine people are 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. (I wonder if Lindsey Graham or Fox News would even recognize the name “David Foy.” This is the third Karachi terrorist attack in four years on what’s considered American soil.)

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

    January 12, 2007. Athens, Greece. Members of a Greek terrorist group called the Revolutionary Struggle fire a rocket-propelled grenade at the U.S. Embassy. No fatalities.

    March 18, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Members of the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic Jihad of Yemen fire a mortar at the U.S. Embassy. The shot misses the embassy, but hits nearby school killing two.

    July 9, 2008. Istanbul, Turkey. Four armed terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate. Six people are 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 beenmarried for three weeks when the attack occurred). This is the second attack on this embassy in seven months.

    • Richard Hamilton

      First, you don’t mention the response or lack thereof of the US fed govt.
      Second, does any of that make it morally, ethically, legally, responsibly, right now?
      The President is acting as a petulant child. He seeks to maximize the impact upon the people. He needs to sack up and be a leader. But he won’t because the streetwalker is outgunned, out classed, and out of his league.

    • Joe Sangalli

      Your out of touch with reality here sir. Yes there has been issues for ALL presidents from day one, but when there is a heads up on an ongoing attack and we do not send in a response team at once??? We have failed our people. The attacks you quote happened. I will totally agree. But here is the facts. At the time of reporting of these attacks they were over and done with. They had happened and NO amount of help was going to change the outcome. Benghazi was known to be coming and was being reported to the government people in charge at the time but nothing was put into motion. In FACT the military was given a STAND DOWN order.!!! To now respond to an ONGOING attack is the issue that we the people are mad about. Our government failed our people at this critical moment and this should not have happened. Yes people died in all the attacks you mention, But this attack was ongoing while we sat back and rendered no aid. That sir is the issue we demand answers for and the heads in charge should pay the punishment for dereliction of duty. Just for your information. I am neither dem or rep. I do not or will notvote party lines. I vote for whom I feel is best for this ONCE great nation. Its time we disallow any “party” and work as one!!!!

    • Mandingo

      No Americans were killed in any of those. This would be primarily because they met security minimums and were not evacuated of security personel because it was a cover for a black ops mission involving illegal arms dealing… so… there’s that…