Causation: The act or agency which causes an effect. Effect B was caused by Effect A.
Correlation: A relation existing between events or things not expected on the basis of chance. Effect B happened along with Effect A, but no proof exists that A caused B.
Causation: My wife left me because I was losing my hair, and now I can’t find a girlfriend.
Correlation: My wife left me right when I started losing my hair, and now I can’t find a girlfriend.
In March 2004, Condoleeza Rice refused to testify before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission). The White House claimed executive privilege under constitutional separation of powers and cited past tradition.
The Bush administration repeatedly stated that there had been no way to tell that we were going to be attacked on 9/11, even though others had testified to the existence of memos as early as a month before the attacks. One memo entitled, Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US was the President’s Daily Brief prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency and given to U.S. President George W. Bush on Monday, August 6, 2001, while vacationing on his ranch in Crawford Texas. The brief warned of terrorism threats from Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda 36 days before the September 11, 2001 attacks.
There have been no Congressional Committee hearings as to what was known, what was said and who was responsible for knowing about and protecting us from these attacks. Neither Condoleeza Rice, our National Security Advisor, nor Colin Powell, our Secretary of State, were ever called to testify before Congress on these matters.
Here is a list of US embassy attacks around the world during the Bush Administration, Condoleeza Rice and Colin Powell.
Date Location Details Deaths
22 January 2002 Calcutta, India Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami gunmen attack Consulate 5
14 June 2002 Karachi, Pakistanal-Qaeda truck bomb detonates outside Consulate 12
12 October 2002 Denpasar, Indonesia Consular Office bombed none
28 February 2003 Islamabad, Pakistan Unknown gunmen attack Embassy 2
30 June 2004 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Uzbekistan suicide bomber attacks Embassy 2
6 December 2004 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia al-Qaeda gunmen raid diplomatic compound 9
2 March 2006 Karachi, Pakistan Car bomb explodes outside Consulate 2
12 September 2006 Damascus, Syria Gunmen raid US Embassy 4
12 January 2007 Athens, Greece RPG Fired at Embassy by Revolutionary Struggle none
18 March 2008 Sana’a, Yemen Mortar attack against US Embassy 2
9 July 2008 Istanbul, Turkey Armed attack against Consulate 6
17 September 2008 Sana’a, YemenTwo car bombs outside US embassy 16
Here is a list of attacks on American Embassies during the Obama Administration under Hillary Clinton
5 April 2010 Peshawar, Pakistan An attack near the U.S. Consulate kills two 8
11 September 2012 Cairo, Egypt, Benghazi, Libya, U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. 4
1 February 2013 Ankara, Turkey in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Friday, 1
60 people died at American Embassies under George W Bush, 13 under Barack Obama. Yet this is the first time the Congress, under Republican Darrell Issa, has seen fit to determine that Hillary Clinton, widely believed to be a shoe-in for the 2016 Presidential Nomination, was a causative factor in these attacks, based on who said what on which day after the attacks.
Causation: Republicans have spent the last 5 years trying to discredit everything about the Obama Administration, and, based on continued failure, they cause the country to continue to waste its time and resources on witch hunts for actions of which they, themselves, are at minimum, equally guilty.
Correlation: There is no correlation between any of these attacks on the Obama Administration (The Birther Movement, accusations of Obama being a Muslim, a socialist, a Nazi, a communist, 40 separate congressional votes to repeal Obamacare, the latest of which will be next week, their discredited economic theories, all proven untrue by recent economic news and now his record on terrorism) and reality.