GOP Furious State Department Cut Embassy Security After GOP Cut Embassy Security Funding

WASHINGTON — After a day of emotional hearings on the Benghazi Embassy attacks of 2012, Republican legislators yesterday decried the Obama State Department for following through with the budget cuts to embassy security mandated by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

“This is negligence of the highest order,” said House Oversight and Government Reform member Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who voted with his fellow Republicans to cut $128 million from the Obama administration’s request for embassy security in 2011, as well as an additional $331 million from the administration’s request in 2012. “Embassy duty is dangerous work, and our nation’s diplomats need to know that America has their back. To cut over $450 million from their security in two years simply because we, the Republicans, have forced through those cuts borders on high treason.”

When Democrats tried to turn the tables by pointing out that it was the GOP, not the Obama administration, that slashed embassy security funding, Chaffetz stood firm, saying, “Absolutely [we cut funding]. Look, we have to make priorities and choices in this country. We have … 15,000 contractors in Iraq. We have more than 6,000 contractors, a private army there, for President Obama, in Baghdad. And we’re talking about can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces. When you’re in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things,” Chaffetz added, “But for Christ’s sake, we’re the GOP. To listen to our advice or enact the legislation we pass is ludicrous. It’s as if Obama wants the terrorists to win.”

Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, said that Chaffetz had brought up serious points during the hearing that necessitated a closer look. “What America has a right to know is, did President Obama know that the legally-binding budget passed by the Republican-controlled House cut embassy funding? And if so, when did he do his presidential duty by following through with those budgetary decisions?”

It became clear during the hearings that Chaffetz and other Republicans ultimately blamed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the tragic events that cost the lives of four Americans. “The buck absolutely has to stop with Clinton. She must man up and assume responsibility,” said Chaffetz, who, along with the rest of his party, rejected Clinton’s warning in 2011 that Republicans’ proposed cuts to her department would be “detrimental to America’s national security.”

Quin Monson, head of BYU’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, believed that Clinton’s State Department may have seriously dropped a ball that was not handed to them. “When they received over $450 million less than they needed, Clinton should have cut security at bases that were not going to be attacked within the next few years,” he said. “Why she chose instead to cut funding in Benghazi, an embassy that would soon be the sight of a terrorist attack, is a question only she can answer.”

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  • Avatar of David Saint
    David Saint
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 1:22 pm 0Likes

    more like 60+ in at least 9 different embassy attacks..though ive heard 13 attacks as well..but im sure of at least 9

    • Avatar of David Saint
      David Saint
      Posted May 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm 0Likes

      thats not even including 9-11…ironic isnt it, they called Michael Moore a traitor for daring to find out that Bush ignored intel about it, while they have done so much worse before Obama even took office.

  • Avatar of radsenior
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 10:01 am 0Likes

    Not feces but droppings on the part of TEA-type fanatics to make this correlation. “Negligence of the highest order” belongs solely to the constant combativeness and recurrent confrontational actions and antics of the TEA party and the cowering Republican membership. It is the Congress, specifically the House which is directly responsible for budgets and taxation, on which this outcome falls on. The Obama administration is but following their best assumptions and directives based on funding approved by the House and their leaders. In one word, DUH! Consistent and constant combativeness on budgetary and governmental expenses is no excuse. Trying to smear Obama and his administration is on the par with the lies and falsifications in hopes of impeachment of Obama and incrimination of Hillary. America must have full disclosure to the workings of the TEA-Republicans efforts to shut down the president in his second term as they tried in his first term.
    ( )
    TEA-types are still doing their evil deeds.
    ( Young guns to knock off! )
    The responsibility to “man-up” are the Treasonous Egotistical Antagonist(TEA) who are not interested in working for the good of all the people in America but the top 1%, who have control of the money and influence. Remember the words of the “Occupy Wall Street” group – The “concentration of wealth in the hands of fewer and fewer people and the concentration of power in stricter, less compassionate hands,” still holds true today more than ever! The 2014 Mid-term is a-coming! Get registered and V.O.T.E.(Vote Out The Encumberances) The 2016 national presidential election is coming in 2016! We must be ready as a group to show our needs wants and desires as voters here in America! If you stay home and do not vote, you convey to another the right to vote his/her consciousness/convictions, which may not be yours. The 2014 Mid-term is a-coming!

  • Avatar of yzzlthtz
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 1:12 pm 0Likes

    He is not the greatest president. I fault him more for trying to work across the aisle than anything. It is those who accuse the president senselessly – of being a Muslim, of note being “natural born,” of being a Socialist, of tyranny, of radicalism when his actions show him to be one of the most centrist presidents we’ve ever had – who reveal themselves as the true frauds, unfit for leadership, and genuinely unpatriotic.

  • Avatar of Ed Vigdor
    Ed Vigdor
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm 0Likes

    You can actually say that with a straight face after what Bush did to this nation and the world? BHH!!!! Even when he was President, he wasn’t, he was Cheney and Rove’s puppet, doing what they wanted, when they wanted it. I can just hear the numerous conversations in the Oval office, while discussing pretty much anything, other than Bush’s 1000 days on vacation. Either Cheney or Rove… “Shut up George, the adults are talking and when it is time for you to say something, we will tell you what to say… and you better practice at sounding intelligent when saying it!”

  • Avatar of brianmc3113
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 1:48 pm 0Likes

    What will it take for the smart people to start killing off idiots like you before you can pro-create?

  • Avatar of Jim Haldeman
    Jim Haldeman
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 1:51 pm 0Likes

    my god, nonny, can you really be this stupid??? YOU, my non-friend are the problem.

  • Avatar of Marty Rothstein
    Marty Rothstein
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 1:59 pm 0Likes

    How utterly stupid can these people be? How utterly stupid can the people who vote for these people be? They need to broadcast this crap daily. The disservice these people are doing to our Country is of the utmost importance to all of our people. We do not need DWTS , we don,t need freaking Honey Boo Boo.. We do not need all the little fluff pieces that we see on our nightly news. I think the Gov. at the very least, should buy up all advertisement/commercial slots on every channel and show stuff like this and excerpts of members of congress saying some of the lunatic crap they do on the floors of both houses.Throw a Louie Gohmert clip, or a Ted Cruz clip out there for the Country to see. Better yet let the people ALL THE PEOPLE know that we have someone like Michelle Bachman on the INTELLIGENCE committee. Show the people the difference between the endless hearings on Benghazi and the 3 hearings over 50 plus attacks on U.S Embassies during the Bush/Cheney regime.

  • Avatar of blaze2453
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm 0Likes

    The Under Secretary of State testified that security at Benghazi had nothing to do with budget concerns. You low information voters don’t even know how to type in Google on your computer and search for the answers. How about this:
    In testimony Wednesday before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Charlene Lamb, a deputy assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, was asked, “Was there any budget consideration and lack of budget which led you not to increase the number of people in the security force there?”

    Lamb responded, “No, sir.”

  • Avatar of OREALLY?
    Posted May 16, 2013 at 6:53 pm 0Likes

    I think some people are missing the satire aspect here. Another reason some shouldn’t be allowed on the internet. 😀

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