Who’s kept us safer?

01 Oct

How many embassies have been overrun on Obama’s watch again?

A conservative friend continues to post this question, as though it’s been a dozen or more with hundreds of Americans killed by terrorists since President Obama was inaugurated; this conservative mind set made me wonder which party’s kept Americans safer both at home and abroad, and since conservatives have raised the question, attempting to hint that President Obama has somehow failed in protecting American interests and Americans from terrorist attacks, and also hinting we’d be better off again under a rough and tough Republican like Willard Romney let’s take a look at the record since 1975 as to which party seems to be able to keep Americans and our interests better protected, either due to terrorist groups being afraid of our “perceived” toughness, or due to actually physically preventing attacks.

24 Jan 75 (FORD), bomb set off in historic Fraunces Tavern, New York City, NY, killed 4 and injured more than 50 people. Puerto Rican nationalist group (FALN) claimed responsibility, and police tied 13 other bombings to the group.

19 Aug 74 (FORD) U.S. ambassador to Cyprus Rodger P. Davies killed by sniper fire during a demonstration against American policy by Greek Cypriots at the embassy in Nicosia

16 Jun 76 (FORD) U.S. ambassador to Lebanon, Francis E. Meloy Jr. was kidnapped by a Palestinian separatist group and shot along with U.S. economic counselor Robert O. Waring as both diplomats headed to present their credentials to the new Lebanese president in 1976.

Three terrorist attacks, seven Americans killed (including two ambassadors), one embassy/consulate attacked/overrun by terrorists under Republican President Gerald Ford.

14 Feb 79 (CARTER) Adolph Dubs, Ambassador to Afghanistan, Dubs was taken hostage in Kabul and was killed during the rescue attempt.

4 Nov 79 (CARTER), Iranian radical students seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 66 hostages. 14 were later released. The remaining 52 were freed after 444 days on the day of President Reagan’s inauguration.

Two terrorist attacks, One American (ambassador) killed, one embassy/consulate overrun under Democratic President Jimmy Carter

18 Apr 83 (REAGAN), U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon destroyed in suicide car-bomb attack; 63 dead, including 17 Americans; the Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.

23 Oct 83 (REAGAN), Shiite suicide bombers exploded truck near U.S. military barracks at Beirut airport, Lebanon, killing 241 marines.

12 Dec 83 (REAGAN) Shiite truck bombers attacked the U.S. embassy in Kuwait City, Kuwait and other targets, no Americans were killed.

20 Sep 84 (REAGAN), a truck bomb exploded outside the U.S. embassy annex, Beirut, Lebanon, killing 2 U.S. military personnel

3 Dec 84 (REAGAN), Kuwait Airways Flight 221, from Kuwait to Pakistan, hijacked and diverted to Tehran, Iran. 2 Americans killed.

14 Jun 85 (REAGAN), TWA Flight 847 en route from Athens to Rome hijacked to Beirut, Lebanon by Hezbollah terrorists and held for 17 days. A U.S. Navy diver executed.

7 Oct 85 (REAGAN), gunmen linked to Libya attacked Italian cruise ship, Achille Lauro. One U.S. tourist killed.

18 Dec 85 (REAGAN), airports in Rome and Vienna were bombed, killing 5 Americans. Bombing linked to Libya.

2 Apr 86 (REAGAN), a bomb exploded aboard TWA flight 840 en route from Rome to Athens, killing 4 Americans and injuring 9.

5 Apr 86 (REAGAN), Libyans bombed a disco in West Berlin, Germany, frequented by U.S. servicemen, killing 2 American servicemen and injuring 79 others.

21 Dec 86 (REAGAN), New York bound Pan-Am Boeing 747 exploded in flight from a terrorist bomb and crashed into village of Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 aboard and 11 on the ground. Passengers included 35 Syracuse University students and many U.S. military personnel. In total 189 Americans were killed.

Eleven terrorist attacks, 466 Americans killed, three embassies/consulates overrun/attacked under Republican President Ronald Reagan

26 Feb 93 (CLINTON), a truck bomb exploded in basement garage of World Trade Center, New York City, killing 6 and injuring at least 1,040 others.

19 Apr 95 (CLINTON), a truck bomb exploded outside federal office building, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, collapsing wall and floors. 168 people were killed, including 19 children and 1 person who died in rescue effort.

13 Nov 95 (CLINTON), a car bomb exploded at U.S. military headquarters, killing 5 U.S. military servicemen.

25 Jun 96 (CLINTON), a truck bomb exploded outside Khobar Towers military complex, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, killing 19 American servicemen and injuring hundreds of others.

7 Aug 98 (CLINTON), truck bombs exploded almost simultaneously near 2 U.S. embassies, Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing 12 Americans and 224 others (213 in Kenya and 11 in Tanzania) and injuring about 4,500.

12 Oct 00 (CLINTON), U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole heavily damaged when a small boat loaded with explosives blew up alongside it in Aden, Yemen; 17 sailors killed.

Six terrorist attacks, 237 Americans killed, two embassies/consulates overrun/attacked under Democratic President Bill Clinton

11 Sep 01 (BUSH), hijackers crashed two commercial jets into twin towers of World Trade Center, New York City; two more hijacked jets were crashed into the Pentagon, Arlington, VA and a field in rural PA. Total dead and missing numbered 2,379 Americans and 373 of other nationalities.

1 Aug – 22 Oct 02 (BUSH), John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo begin a shooting spree throughout the DC area including Maryland and Virginia killing ten people and critically injuring three others before being arrested.

22 Jan 02 (BUSH), Gunmen attack a U.S. government information center in Calcutta, India, near the U.S. Consulate.

14 Jun 02 (BUSH), a bomb explodes outside American consulate in Karachi, Pakistan.

12 May 03, (BUSH), suicide bombers kill 34, including 8 Americans, at housing compounds for Westerners in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

29-31 May 04 (BUSH), terrorists attack the offices of a Saudi oil company in Khobar, Saudi Arabia; take foreign oil workers hostage in a nearby residential compound, leaving 22 people dead including one American.

11-19 Jun 04 (BUSH), terrorists kidnap and execute Paul Johnson Jr., an American, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 2 other Americans and BBC cameraman killed by gun attacks.

6 Dec 12 (BUSH), terrorists storm the U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, killing 5 consulate employees.

9 Nov 05 (BUSH), suicide bombers hit 3 American hotels, Radisson, Grand Hyatt, and Days Inn, in Amman, Jordan, killing 57, including 4 Americans.

2 Mar 06 (BUSH), a U.S. diplomat and his driver are among at least four people killed in an apparent suicide attack outside the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan.

12 Sep 06 (BUSH), Syrian authorities kill three attackers and apprehend a suspect outside the U.S. Embassy after a car explodes near the walls of the Damascus building.

2 Jan 07 (BUSH), the U.S. embassy in Athens, Greece is fired on by an anti-tank missile causing damage but no injuries.

16 Sep 07 (BUSH), a car bomb and a rocket strike the U.S. embassy in Yemen as staff arrived to work, killing 16 people, including 4 civilians.

26 Nov 07 (BUSH), in a series of attacks on several of Mumbai’s landmarks and commercial hubs that are popular with Americans and other foreign tourists, including at least two five-star hotels, a hospital, a train station, and a cinema. About 300 people are wounded and nearly 190 people die, including at least 5 Americans.

9 Jul 08 (BUSH), the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, is attacked in what the American ambassador to the country calls “an obvious act of terrorism” aimed at the U.S.

17 Sep 08 (BUSH), heavily armed fighters attack the U.S. Embassy in Yemen. A car bomb is detonated.

Sixteen terrorist attacks, 2,418 Americans killed, nine embassies/consulates overrun/attacked under Republican President George W. Bush

1 Jun 09 (OBAMA), Abdulhakim Muhammed, a Muslim convert from Memphis, Tennessee, is charged with shooting two soldiers outside a military recruiting center. One is killed and the other is wounded.

5 Nov 09 (OBAMA), U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan opens fire on fellow soldiers at Ft. Hood, TX killing 13 and wounding 29 others.

14 Feb 10, (OBAMA), Andrew Joseph Stack III his plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas killing himself and a person inside the building and injuring 13 others. The crash caused a serious fire and significant damage to the building.

10 May 10 (OBAMA), a pipe bomb explodes outside a mosque in Jacksonville, FL.

5 Aug 12 (OBAMA), a gunman opens fire at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, WI, killing six people and injuring three others.

12 Sep 12 (OBAMA), Islamist militants armed with antiaircraft weapons and rocket-propelled grenades stormed a lightly defended United States diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, killing American ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens and three members of his staff

Six terrorist attacks, 25 Americans killed (including one ambassador), 2 embassies/consulates overrun/attacked, under Democratic President Barrack Obama

Since 1974 – President Gerald Ford – there have been 44 terrorist attacks against American interests, as a result of which 3,154 Americans have been killed (including four ambassadors), and 18 American embassies or consulates overrun or attacked; so, with those numbers in mind, under which party’s Presidents have American interests – and citizens – suffered less?

Fourteen (14) terrorist attacks, 263 Americans killed (including two ambassadors), five embassies/consulates overrun/attacked under Democratic Presidents.

Thirty (30) terrorist attacks, 2,891 Americans killed (including two ambassadors), 13 embassies/consulates attacked/overrun by terrorists under Republican Presidents.

Facts really suck when they don’t paint the picture you’re attempting to palm off on the American people. Facts are Republicans – in spite of talking like a character in a John Wayne movie – have failed and failed miserably over the past 37 years to protect Americans and America’s interest at home and abroad, and there’s absolutely no evidence Willard could do any better than his conservative predecessors; especially troubling is the fact he’s surrounded himself with George W. Bush retreads – why would anyone want a President who’s taking advice from the same group of intellectually challenged misfits who advised on, created and implemented the worse foreign policy decisions in the history of our nation?


Posted by on October 1, 2012 in 2012 Election


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12 responses to “Who’s kept us safer?

  1. Eric

    October 1, 2012 at 08:18

    You mean there were no terrorist attacks under Bush Sr.? Or did you just forget to look into his administration? 😉

    • Phil Bundy

      October 1, 2012 at 08:37

      Actually, oddly enough, I couldn’t find any – for some reason those four years there weren’t. Could’ve been because terrorist groups were focused on Desert Storm/Desert Shield, or we were. And then of course there was Somalia, but no attacks against our embassies/consulates or Americans killed that I could find. Of course it could’ve been Bush 41’s mojo just kept everything in check

      • sethisuwan

        October 17, 2013 at 18:20

        Oh President Bush Sr had an excellent safety record. He had almost flawless foreign policy. Remember, his approval rating was at 90% before re-election? Still he lost to Clinton. (It was due to the economy).

        I mean, just giving credit where it’s due. Bush Sr. was so much better than Bush Jr., and he’s really very underrated. He was not bad.

  2. Grant

    October 1, 2012 at 09:03

    Considering that Rovian-Republicans were brazen enough to use the phrase to promote W. Bush that “He kept us safe” indicates there isn’t much concern for glaring factual evidence that contradicts preconceived fantasies.

  3. Angi Clarke

    October 1, 2012 at 13:31

    I’m thinking, what is the reaction to this breakdown from conservatives? Do they backcheck the facts themselves and accept it, or reject them out of hand as presented by those who–to their minds–are obviously wrong? Just wondering. I find it very interesting that Reagan’s record is as bad as it is, considering that the main reason I believe he won was that the hostage release was timed to coincide with his taking office. Had he been a Democrat, he still would have lost his second term with that record, or it would have been in serious jeopardy, no matter how well he communicated.

    • Jeff

      December 18, 2012 at 22:47

      This is an old thread but someone just posted it on my fb newsfeed. Progressives might cry foul when I say this, but if you subtract 9/11 from the equation then the republicans are only responsible for 512 American deaths in 28 years of holding office. I believe the unforeseen nature of the attack plus the lack of our current security is enough grounds to discount that. Do you hold Pearl Harbor against fdr? Of course not, it was surprise attack. I understand most terror attacks are surprises but come on. The fact that this outlier is never credited as so is the most blatant example of cherry picking I have ever seen

  4. JT

    May 18, 2013 at 17:06

    9/11/2001 was such an outlier in scale that I don’t think it’s fair to include in death toll. But the basic message of number of attacks is still that they happened less under Democratic presidents than other Republicans.

    • Phil Bundy

      May 18, 2013 at 19:48

      How do you not include the worse attack on American soil? Especially since it occurred because the warning signals were largely ignored.

  5. justme

    October 31, 2013 at 22:59

    Anybody taken technology into the equation?

  6. Susan

    February 26, 2015 at 13:02

    Another question for you…..What Presidents retaliated and fought back? Don’t believe Clinton did or Obama has done anything to retaliate or stop the terrorist


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