Dick Cheney: Benghazi on a par with 9/11

Evil has an awful memory.  Former US vice president Dick Cheney has revealed that the mob attack on our consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, is on par with the September 11, 2001 attacks, and possibly even worse.

Here’s Cheney on Fox, per ThinkProgress:

CHENEY: I watched the Benghazi thing with great interest, Sean [Hannity]. I think it’s one of the worst incidences, frankly, that I can recall in my career. It put the whole capability claiming the terrorist problem solved once we got Bin Laden, that Al Qaeda was over with. If they told the truth about Benghazi, that it was a terrorist attack by an al-Qaeda-affiliated group, it would destroy the confidence that was the basis of his campaign for re-election.

They lied. They claimed it was because of a demonstration video, that they wouldn’t have to admit it was really all about their incompetence. They ignored repeated warnings from the CIA about the threat. They ignored messages from their own people on the ground that they need more security. They reduced what was already there.

Really, Dick? You’re going to compare Benghazi and September 11? Really?

I’d be the last person to diminish the death of four Americans in a mob attack.  But I’ve got news for you, four dead due to a Benghazi mob is a tad less significant than 3,000 people dying in an instant on American soil as three airplanes crash into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

That was terror.

Four people dying in a mob attack was tragic.  But it didn’t terrorize the nation, and it pales compared to September 11.

The Benghazi attack did however happen on September 11, so maybe that’s why Dick Cheney is confusing 3,000 people dying on his watch with 4 people dying on President Obama’s: the dates are the same.

DEPENDS-FOR-REPUBLICANSxThe Republican pants-peeing over four deaths in Benghazi needs to stop. We’re making fools of ourselves. And we’re giving Al Qaeda what they want – America on its knees, heart-palpitating, over four dead.

Even if Al Qaeda had a hand in Benghazi, it was as pretty weak hand.

After President Obama got his hands on them, the best the most renowned terrorist organization in the world could muster – the group that took down the World Trade Center twin towers, instantly killing thousands of people – was a mob of angry locals burning down a US consulate in an obscure Libyan town.

Ooh, scary.

Benghazi as a terrorist attack was pathetic.

The Tsarnaevs (allegedly) did more damage in Boston than Al Qaeda did in Benghazi – far more lives were affected in Boston, and the attack transfixed a nation for a week. Benghzi, not so much.

And it’s not even clear if the Tsarnaev’s (allegedly) had any more help organizing the attack than reading a “my first bomb” pamphlet on the Internet.  In comparison, the best the worldwide, well-funded terror network Al Qaeda could pull off, after President Obama had bin Laden kill (while Dick Cheney couldn’t, or couldn’t be bothered to), was inciting a mob to burn down a building.

America sees more carnage than that on a typical day in New Orleans.

So, I’m sorry, Dick.  But if we’re going to use Cheney-logic and claim that Benghazi is proof of the extent of Al Qaeda’s power in a post-Bush, Obama world, then let’s do just that.

1. During the Bush reign, Al Qaeda was able to kill thousands of Americans on US soil, in a highly coordinated, sophisticated attack.  And they got away with it.

2. During the Obama presidency, we killed Al Qaeda’s leader, bin Laden, and Al Qaeda’s biggest attack against Americans wasn’t even on US soil – it was in some town in Libya no one had even heard of, wasn’t any more sophisticated than inciting a mob, and didn’t do any more damage than killing 4 people.

And while those 4 American dead were a tragedy to be sure, they pale against the 3,000 who perished due to Dick Cheney’s and George Bush’s incompetence preceding September 11, 2001.

If Dick Cheney is wetting himself because Al Qaeda is now forced to resort to angry mobs that pick off Americans in foreign lands, one at a time, maybe the problem isn’t President Obama.  Maybe the problem is Dick Cheney himself.

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