• Guess Whose Embassies Get Attacked the Most?

    February 4, 2013

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    Posted in: Democracy, Embassy/State

    While disappointing to many that last week’s Turkish suicide bomber was not a Muslim, just a crazy Marxist, there seems to be something of a pattern. Despite its near-constant bleating that the U.S. is a force for good and sparkle pony of democracy and all, it just seems others never seem to agree. In fact, the U.S. holds the undisputed top place among all nations in number of attacks on our diplomatic institutions worldwide.

    Indeed, in her farewell address to the State Department, Hillary Clinton said “I am more convinced than ever in the strength and staying power of America’s global leadership and our capacity to be a force for good around the world.” Every president since Lincoln has said something similar.

    Unfortunately, as pretty as that sounds, it does not seem to be believed by anyone but the speakers. The Pew Global Attitudes Project shows us that after a wave of positivity for Obama in 2009 because he was not George Bush (the same wave got him a Nobel Peace prize in 2009, which must really piss the Nobel folks off now that they have sobered up), opinions of America have declined; in Europe, where we are not currently bombing and drone assassinating, America’s stock fell 15 percent. In Muslim countries, the fall was 19 percent (figure minus those Muslims killed by the U.S. between 2009-2012 of course.)

    On the other side of the mirror, some clever crowd-sourcing over at Wikipedia tells the tale.

    The U.S. leads the world in attacks on our embassies and consulates with a recorded 32. The only other nation even in double digits is France, with 10. And those numbers are actually misleading, given some of the whoppers the U.S. has experienced, say Tet in Vietnam in 1968, the embassy takeover in Tehran in 1979, the massive Nairobi bombing of 1998 and of course Benghazi 2012. The list also excludes the near-constant attacks against the U.S. mission in Iraq 2003-2011 and in Afghanistan, considering those parts of the wars and not “attacks” per se.

    It is hard to reconcile the image the U.S. holds of itself with the reality of how the very symbols of that same country are treated abroad. It is almost… almost… as if foreigners don’t see us as we see ourselves, almost as if our leaders knavishly sell us a vision of the United States that is removed from reality. Nah, couldn’t be.



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    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Hillary: “I am more convinced than ever in the strength and staying power of America’s global leadership and our capacity to be a force for good around the world.”

      Right. And they attack us because they hate our “freedoms” to invade countries that don’t attack US, to kill women and children indiscriminately in drone attacks and to ignore the rule of law when it suits US.

      Obviously, Bill didn’t have to work hard to convince Hillary he didn’t have…

      02/4/13 3:16 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...

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      As the US State Department has unlawfully violated my name, my family and my blood in the most intimate ways which will last for thousands of years, I really don’t give a f-ck who attacks any US embassies, I only hope they do a competent job of it.

      02/5/13 12:33 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      The announcement by the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize committee denoting their choice of Barack Obama is still available on line to gawk at in disbelief. Does that clown committee ever revisit their words praising the recipient? Maybe they were the children of those who gave one to Henry Kissinger. If so there is at least some consistency to their perverse humor.

      02/5/13 1:40 AM | Comment Link

    • JVC said...

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      The American/Capitalist juggernaut has probably reached the line of scrimmage vis a vis Islamic resurgence and aspirations. Now might be a good time to find some third country to check into, permanently, if you have the means and inclination.
      From a tactical standpoint I have been quite impressed with the ability of the authorities to deny opportunity and means to those who would love nothing more than visit multiple 9-11′s on the US interior. Unfortunately the specter of a “Long War” looms w/o out any clear end in sight or end game. The likelihood of continued erosion of our civil liberties along with the tendency towards the soft paternalism of people like Bloomberg, Pelosi, et al., is going to insure that Big Brother and Sis come to fruition the longer we defer to government to solve all of our problems be they foreign or domestic. I would have thought Israel would have ranked as number 1 for attacks on its consuls and missions. Israel’s biggest problem isn’t the Palestinians but the fact that it exists in the first place. As such its consuls and missions will forever be a top-tier target for misanthropes regardless of how much land it gives to the Palestinian Arabs. I completely agree with Expat, if I’m reading correctly, it doesn’t matter what we do, we are inherently antithetical to an Islamic worldview be it our prodigious love of pork & beans, ethyl alcohol, pornography, democracy, Jewish bankers, Jewish comedians, and super-churches. I believe it nothing less than a class of civilizations and cultures. Add that to climate change, ocean acidification, over population, obesity, school shootings, recalcitrant assault rifle owners and I’d say we’ve got the makings for some real interesting news headlines for the foreseeable future. “Honey, what’s that buzzing noise outside?” “Oh, nothing baby, just one of the security drones flying by.”

      02/5/13 6:45 AM | Comment Link

    • Lafcadio said...

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      Why do we even have all these Embassy’s? They only serve to create a “target rich environment” for anyone with the limited iq necessary to make an ied.

      We could close 40 embassy’s tomorrow and the only people who would miss anything arethe State Department employees who would lose jobs.

      Let’s not forget the consular bureau’s role in this (they always have one). Right now, they are fighting tooth and nail to prevent remote visa adjudication. Their spurious reasoning: you can’t tell if someone’s lying via a tv screen.

      Remote visa adjudication would mean actual jobs in the U.S. and eliminate the securityheadache caused at overseas posts by long lines of applicants. a win/win.

      Unfortunately, new technology is always a leap, particularly for a hidebound bureaucracy like State.

      More on this later.

      02/5/13 11:11 AM | Comment Link

    • Andrey said...

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      Funny how most (if not all) of those people who claim that “America is fighting for freedom!” can’t actually explain what is this “freedom”. Reminds me of that old Russian joke about “human rights”: “And we all know the name of that human”.

      02/5/13 12:12 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Let US not forget that “force for “good” WILL be used against US:

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/04/doj-drones-paper_n_2619582.html

      02/5/13 1:19 PM | Comment Link

    • Expat said...

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      @ Rich – I was thinking exactly the same thing. “Why do they hate us?” “They hate our freedoms” (spoke with a Texas twang.) A short trip down memory lane with the pot calling the kettle black…

      Americans are asking “Why do they hate us?”

      They hate what they see right here in this chamber: a democratically elected government. Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms: our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other.

      They want to overthrow existing governments in many Muslim countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. They want to drive Israel out of the Middle East. They want to drive Christians and Jews out of vast regions of Asia and Africa.

      These terrorists kill not merely to end lives, but to disrupt and end a way of life. With every atrocity, they hope that America grows fearful, retreating from the world and forsaking our friends. They stand against us because we stand in their way.

      We’re not deceived by their pretenses to piety.

      We have seen their kind before. They’re the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century. By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions, by abandoning every value except the will to power, they follow in the path of fascism, Nazism and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way to where it ends in history’s unmarked grave of discarded lies.

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/nation/specials/attacked/transcripts/bushaddress_092001.html

      02/5/13 2:37 PM | Comment Link

    • Expat said...

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      @ JVC – Like some other WMW regulars, I already live in a “third country,” one that was once on the receiving end of Amerika’s largesse. It’s doing just fine now, thanks, although Amerika is still try mold it in her image.

      About drones – 1984′s here, baby. On a recent trip to ze homeland, I was watching TV on a flight and saw this screaming headline: “Drones Could Fill U.S. Skies – FAA tasked with expanding airspace for drones.” Amerika’s big enough so airspace shouldn’t be a problem. The reality show – “Drones! Coming to a Sky Near You!” Feel safe yet? ;)

      02/5/13 2:40 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      Yer killen me guys. Nothing left to say.

      ‘Cept.. about what Expat said…

      I have to think about that. Thanks.

      02/5/13 4:52 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      oh, I forgot to post this. But I’m sure you’ve seen the news. This will be the turning point.

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/05/obama-administration-us-al-qaida

      Parallel Universe anyone?

      02/5/13 5:20 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      Yes. Tomorrow’s WMW topic.

      02/5/13 5:26 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      ps…Who ever leaked this had to know they will be prosecuted with the full force of the USG DOJ.

      http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2013/01/29/fbi-investigation-into-leaks-the-threat-to-press-freedom-video/

      I submit this will become the “plumb bob” of Whistleblower cases. They also must have had access to the “highest classified information” as I’d bet this 50 page “secret memo” document would have been on file in Holders office.

      I’d also submit that either they were afraid they might go down as an accomplice to War Crimes should this whole thing blow up in Obomination’s face, or the didn’t give a damn and relied on their own CONSCIENCE. What ever the case may be…one thing is for sure. I bet the DOJ and the Obomination administration is exploding in anger today.

      Cool. I hope one or more USG employees have a shit fit if not a heart attack. No matter, but I bet a few have to change their underware.

      02/5/13 5:34 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      wemeantwell said…

      quote:”Yes. Tomorrow’s WMW topic.”unquote

      I figured that. After all, it’s already exploding across the net. I wouldn’t want to be in the leaker’s shoes right now though, regardless of reasoning. Gonna get REAL NASTY from this point on.
      I just hope it’ll prove to be Holders/Obomination’s impeachment…if not WAR CRIMES documentation.

      02/5/13 5:39 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      The DOJ document specifically states that in their legal finding, a targeted killing of an American is not a war crime.

      02/5/13 5:56 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      Quote:”The DOJ document specifically states that in their legal finding, a targeted killing of an American is not a war crime.”unquote

      Of course they did. THAT is the whole point. Cover thy ass. That doesn’t mean it isn’t. After all..the memo is NOT law. It just purports to be.

      02/5/13 6:12 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Dictatorships begin with dictating the definitions:
      For example, while Webster’s defines “imminent” as “ready to take place,” the Justice Department has a different take: “The condition that an operational leader present an ‘imminent’ threat of violent attack against the United States does not require the United States to have clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future. This follows the U.S. government’s current method for counting civilian deaths which takes an exceptionally broad view of legitimate targets, deeming all males of military age to be terrorist combatants.”

      02/5/13 9:39 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      For JVC- you left out the American obsession with owning and ruling the world from your list of traits when comparing perhaps a similar agenda of Islamists. We set the example so why should we be surprised if others find such a scenario of global conquest quite inspiring and titillating.

      02/6/13 1:45 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      The film BLUE THUNDER touched on the desire of the state or even municipal authorities to be able to surveil its citizens at will and even kill them if necessary. The chopper of the title was designed to “”quell” any possible civil unrest. The baddies were purposely trying to engender civil strife so they could bring the chopper on line quicker.

      02/6/13 1:51 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Gag reflex: “Carney insisted that President Obama takes killing people seriously, and that all killings are done with “utmost care,” adding that it is his belief that such killings are “legal, they are ethical, and they are wise.”

      Not a good idea to allow “legal” to be defined by the law breakers. “Ethical and wise,” for the record, this is the first time the US government has ever been described in these terms.

      02/6/13 1:11 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer: These murders are done to protect an exceptional people and culture from a clearly inferior people and culture. This ethical reasoning plays well in the current American homeland as it did in all past empires.

      02/6/13 1:41 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      The Obama mad bombers have effectively dismantled the “ticking time bomb” excuse, a favorite ploy of second-rate screenwriters to justify illegal sanctioned activities as seen on lousy shows like “24″ – torture, assassinations etc – when there is no imminent threat. Given the certainty there will be another major terrorist attack in this country, the real ticking time bomb is the one that will explode our constitutional rights – what’s left of them.

      02/6/13 1:55 PM | Comment Link

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