On Wednesday's Morning Joe, Rep. Trey Gowdy, when asked by host Joe Scarborough what he thought of Jay Carney's response to the most recent hullabaloo around Benghazi, responded with an earnest question.
"How many people were harmed in the Middle East during that time period?" he asked. "The second or third goal of [White House adviser] Ben Rhodes's memo was to bring countries to justice for harming our citizens. What else was being discussed other than Benghazi?"
Well if you care about what was going on at other U.S. embassies in the Middle East, quite a bit. It's unclear whether Gowdy, now the designated head of the newly formed select committee to investigate Benghazi, has written off the loss of so many non-American lives as irrelevant, or whether he's simply forgetting what was going on in the world at the time. But I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume the latter.
The week of the Benghazi attack, as Americans who were reading the newspaper then probably remember, there were protests all across the Middle East. Recall that in Tunis, in Cairo, in Khartoum, and elsewhere, there was violent unrest. A few reports to jog Gowdy's memory:
A Reuters story on Sept. 11, 2012 noted that about 20 people stood atop the U.S. Embassy wall in Cairo, while 2,000 protesters gathered outside. To wit: "Egyptian protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. Embassy, tore down the American flag, and burned it during a protest over what they said was a film being produced in the United States that insulted Prophet Muhammad."