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6. Bush did a better job of protecting our embassies than Obama is doing.
In September 2012, conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer implied that events such as that year’s storming of the U.S. embassy in Cairo never happened under George W. Bush. Krauthammer said on Fox News Special Report:
Actually, U.S. embassies and consulates were attacked thirteen times during the Bush administration. Policymic.com provides the following list:
So to imply that we somehow had mistreated Muslims, which was the premise of his speech, and how the Iraq war had inflamed the Arab world against us — well, there was no storming of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo in those days.
- January 22, 2002-U.S. consulate in Calcutta, India attacked
- June 14, 2002-Suicide car bomb detonated outside U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
- October 12, 2002-U.S. consulate in Indonesia attacked during the string of attacks known as the “Bali Bombings”
- February 28, 20030 U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan attacked again
- May 12, 2003-Terrorists storm U.S. compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Nine Americans die
- July 30, 2004-U.S. embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan attacked by Islamists
- December 6, 2004-U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia attacked
- March 2, 2006-U.S. consulate in Karachi attacked for a third time. Diplomat David Foy is killed
- Septempber 12, 2006-U.S. compound in Damascus, Syria attacked
- January 12, 2007-Greek terrorists fired a rocket propelled grenade at a U.S. consulate building
- March 18, 2008-A mortar was fired at the U.S.embassy in Sana’a, Yemen
- July 9, 2008-Four attackers fired on the U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Turkey
- September 17, 2008-Two Americans and 16 people overall died in a second attack on the U.S. embassy in Sana’a
7. Scientists still disagree on whether climate change is taking place and if human activities are responsible.
A 2010 report on the site ClimateDepot.com trumpets the claim that “more than 1000 international scientists dissent” in regard to global warming. A close inspection reveals that many of the scientists who are among the skeptics are not meteorologists or climatologists, but rather are chemists, theoretical physicists, and others whose fields have little or nothing to do with climate and weather. A survey of peer reviewed literature conducted by SkepticalScience.com found that out of over 12,000 papers that took a position on climate change, 97 percent agreed that global warming is occurring and that humans are responsible. So technically there is disagreement on the subject, but not much.
8. The U.S. government gives away free ‘Obamaphones’ to undeserving welfare recipients
According to the website Freegovernmentcellphones.net, the “Obamaphone” myth started with an email that was circulated in 2009. The email made the following claim:
…welfare recipients are now eligible to receive (1) a FREE new phone and (2) approx 70 minutes of FREE minutes every month. I was a little skeptical so I Googled it and low and behold he was telling the truth. TAX PAYER MONEY IS BEING REDISTRIBUTED TO WELFARE RECIPIENTS FOR FREE CELL PHONES.FoxNewsInsider.comis one of many right wing sites to perpetuate the “Obamaphone” myth. The site offered an “expose” of Obamaphone abuse filmed by none other than James O’Keefe, whose heavily doctored video was at least partly responsible for the demise of ACORN. What conservatives like to call the Obamaphone refers to the federal Lifeline program, which has been around since the 1980′s and was started by none other than Ronald Reagan. Reganphone anyone?
Orignally the Lifeline program applied to landline phones. But as the cost of cell phones came down over the years it made sense to include those in the program. Freegovernmentcellphones.net sums up the issue:
…in 2008 the first application of this program for mobile phones began when a company called Tracfone started their Safelink Wireless service in Tennessee. Aha, some say, that’s the same year Obama was elected! Well, that’s true. But the service in Tennessee was launched three months prior to Obama being elected. And that means the discussion and approval of the extension of the program occurred under President Bush’s watch.