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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31 Responses to “Dick Cheney: Benghazi on a par with 9/11”

  1. No the problem is a corrupt system of governance. The corrupt CIA is the [The Real Benghazi Scandal] – http://bit.ly/12cejka

  2. ImagineProgress says:

    It is hardly on a par with 9/11. Many questions about coverups in the 9/11 account have recently been surfacing.

    An expert body has been investigating new evidence for the past two years. The 9/11 Consensus Panel, made up of 22 members, including 6 PhD’s, 3 attorneys, 4 journalists, and 4 commercial airline pilots and former NASA personnel, has reviewed 32 Points of evidence concerning the official account of 9/11 at http://www.consensus911.org/the-911-consensus-points/

    This Panel uses a medical model in its review of evidence, which requires 2-4 rounds of independent review by the Panelists, who are blind to one another during the process.

    The purpose of the 9/11 Consensus Panel is to provide the world with a clear statement, based on expert independent opinion, of some of the best evidence emerging about 9/11.

    The Honorary Members are well-known figures in America and Europe, http://www.consensus911.org/honorary-members/

    This work is being taken very seriously in Europe. The March-April 2013 issue of the French magazine, Nexus, available on news-stands across France, carried a 12-page article summarizing the 28 Consensus Points that had been developed to date.


  3. pappyvet says:

    Ah yes,he does love to sail on the S.S. Breakwind.

  4. mike31c says:

    So this former pig of a VP is saying he allowed Benghazi to happen just as he and Bush allowed 9/11 to happen?

  5. Zorba says:

    She certainly ain’t great in any way, shape, or form. But she has a long way to go before she rises to the level of evilness that Cheney reached a long time ago. Give her a few years. She’s in elementary school, or maybe middle school. Cheney has long had his doctorate and is teaching post-graduate studies at this point.

  6. samiinh says:

    Reminds me of Kelly Ayotte.

  7. Vince Coyle says:

    This vile, toxic, human stain needs to just go away.

  8. Tony Tyner says:

    Tony T: “Dick Cheney on par with Ed Gein.”

  9. I find myself thinking of the scene in Charade where the three co-conspirators go to the funeral of their murdered cohort and they all make sure he’s dead: one guy looks at him closely and tries to wake him with a loud noise, another guy holds a mirror up to his mouth to check for breath, and the third simply jabs him with a hat-pin.

  10. karmanot says:

    Thousands of us should line up at the state viewing and toss garlic cloves at his casket.

  11. karmanot says:

    Maybe if somebody trips over the toaster cord next to his bed, it could happen.

  12. karmanot says:

    They didn’t fail to heed. I suspect they knew ‘something’ would happen, but not the scale of it. They let it happen. Condi Rice, looked straight into the cameras at the 9/11 Commission and said, they had been advised, but it was old history.

  13. karmanot says:

    Cheney is an evil virus that has been rotting out the foundation of American democracy since the Nixon Presidency. Behind every crime of empire, behind every official act of inhumanity, corruption, and death you will find his stench. He should have died decades ago, but his blood money legacy will keep that parasitic vampire family of his flush for generations.

  14. woodroad34 says:

    John Stewart pointed out that the Cheney administration oversaw several embassy attacks in which 13 people were killed. Not a single word from the Republicans on this lack of safety measures or intelligence on enemy activities. He’s an ass, rabel rouser, smart but unintelligent. He’s not even a cute “grumpy old fart”. He’s adisgusting, anti-american, pro-business criminal, who sneers in the face of fact and rationality.

  15. Zorba says:

    It’s not Alzheimer’s on Cheney’s part. It is pure, self-serving, soulless evil.

  16. Zorba says:

    He’s already dead. He has no heartbeat. Of course, he never had a heart, so that’s nothing new.
    I do keep wishing that he would travel overseas, and that the International Court in The Hague would have him arrested and tried for war crimes.

  17. BeccaM says:

    Every single decision, action, and position on national security out of the Dubya administration can be summed by the words “unprepared, incompetent, short-sighted, and negligent.” Not to mention “illegal” in many instances.

    Dick Cheney (besides the fact he should be warming his wrinkled ass in prison for war crimes) ought to be laughed out of the room to opening his hell-hole mouth to yawp his opinions as to what constitutes undue interference in intelligence community assessments.

    He and his pet minion, Der Shrubbenfuhrer, ignored all of the intelligence community’s warnings prior to 9/11, and before the asbestos and toxin-laden smoke had settled were already fixing recommendations around the desire to invade Iraq. This wasn’t one set of talking points which didn’t even carry a recommendation, but an entire campaign of putting politics and warmongering ahead of accurate intelligence assessments. This malign troll of a man continues to insist that “everybody” believed Saddam Hussein had — not “aspired to possess” but actually had — weapons of mass destruction.

  18. JayRandal says:

    9-11 terrorist event was huge failure of Bush administration to prevent it. Dubya and Cheney failed to
    heed CIA warnings of terrorism attack pending. Horrendous hypocrisy of Cheney to denigrate Obama

    over what transpired in Libya. Democrats acted stupidly defending Bush for non-action prior to 9-11.

  19. SkippyFlipjack says:

    Remember, Republicans want to act like 9/11 never happened. “Bush kept us safe!” they say, skipping the part about “…except for the 3000 people killed on his watch in the worst terrorist attack on our soil, ever.”

  20. nicho says:

    I hope Cheney lives forever. Just the thought of a state funeral for that festering bag of shit makes me retch. I’m not sure I could stand the real thing. I’d probably have to leave the country until it was over.

  21. JayRandal says:

    I do not like to wish anybody to drop dead, but Cheney needs to do that. He is a felon in my opinion. His lies to Congress on Iraq as VP should have resulted in prosecution of him. Really sickening he received a new heart to keep him alive.

  22. BeccaM says:

    Some days the only thing that keeps me going, when faced with abjectly evil men like Dick Cheney, is my steadfast belief in the inevitability of karma.

  23. Exploiting 9/11 as a political tool was pretty much his career while he was Vice President, to be fair.

  24. BeccaM says:


  25. microdot says:

    The tragedy of Alzheimers…..

  26. HinterlandG says:

    Dick Cheney must really hold a low opinion of Americans — that they have a short attention span. He has a lot of hubris to even accuse President Obama of lying and implying 9/11/12 is far worst than 9/11/01.

  27. 9/11 Too! Also. The Benghaziing…

    Worst sequel ever!

    9/11/01 was set in metropolitan New York, had two world class towers, 19 hijackers and 3,000 killed. “Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside US” memo of 30 days prior was literally met with, “OK. You’ve covered your ass.”

    Now comes 9/11 Too! Also. The Benghaziing… of 2012 set in Libya (where the fuck is that anyway? Pennsylvania?), with 4 dead, and one video that incited riots nearby, and a talking points memo with 12 edits. Then there’s a Rose Garden reference of “acts of terror” that’s as different from “terrorist attack” as Obama’s “certificate of birth” is from his “birth certificate”. The one he released after killing Bin Laden.

  28. UncleBucky says:

    On a PAR with NINE ELEVEN??? This guy needs to be unplugged. That is disgusting, simply disgusting. No, I wasn’t one of the victims in the Towers, the Pentagon or on the crashed flight. I wan’t one of their family members, but was one degree of separation from one of the victims.

    But like untold millions of people in the Nation and the World, I am a victim of NINE ELEVEN, too. Millions of us have been WRECKED because of the tech bubble, 9/11, the Unncessary War in Iraq and especially the draconian political climate.

    I resent this, Mr. Vice President very much. There needs to be a general protest, just as there is against Rush Limbaugh.

  29. Butch1 says:

    This man is crazy to think that and he has a lot of blood on his own hands to be pointing fingers at anyone else. He and Bush et al should have stood trial a long time ago for their war crimes if it wasn’t for this spineless president. Now he has blood on his own hands and you will never see him make a move against the former administration to bring them to justice.

    We are going to have to do that as an independent group ourselves and that is unlikely.

  30. nicho says:

    The fact that Dick Cheney isn’t in a jail cell is proof of the failure of our system of government.

  31. That was just about the most predictable thing ever: Dick Cheney slithering out from under his rock to deliver yet another pronouncement about how Obama’s soft on terrorism. That’s practically his career now.

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