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

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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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pete9001 says:

I’ve never seen a bunch so ignorant of the functions of this constitutional government. Nothing happens in a vacuum in DC. No one acts unilaterally. (excepting the President in some instances) How can the “Republican controlled House” implement a funding bill without having sent the bill to the “Democrat controlled Senate” for passage and then out for the Democrat President’s signature?

afgail says:

Huh? Now the GOP blames the adminstration because the GOP cut $400 million for security from the State Department’s budget? Let me get this straight. Is the GOP now demanding the administration ignore the GOP when the GOP is being stupid and wreckless? Perfect example of GOP hypocracy piled on top of GOP afgaildouble speak.

LAJO says:

This whole situation first makes me angry, then just sad that there doesn’t seem to be any hope for these elected “leaders” to even attempt to do what’s best for everyone. They’ve got to keep up their foolish adversarial positions on everything. Even one or two concessions and they’ll be eaten by their own “gang.” None of them are blameless. All of them should be ashamed.

Facts says:

More democrats voted for HR2055 that cut spending on “Worldwide Security Protection” by $93 million., 149 dems and 147 reps. Every Democrat Senator voted for passage of HR2055

OREALLY? says:

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

blaze2453 says:

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.”

Marty Rothstein says:

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.

radsenior says:

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.
( http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/government-elections-politics/inside-obamas-presidency/the-republicans-plan-for-the-new-president/ )
TEA-types are still doing their evil deeds.
( http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/government-elections-politics/cliffhanger/meet-the-gops-young-guns/ 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!

non koolaid says:

my god people, what will it take for you to see clearly that thispresident is the biggest fraud in the history of america, unless you include nilly vanilly, your really looking quite foolish.

yzzlthtz says:

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.

Ed Vigdor says:

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!”

brianmc3113 says:

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

Jim Haldeman says:

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

facebook says:

who gave you brains?

Benghazi compound is a consulate, not an embassy. No one knows why Chris Stevens was at that location during riots. Republicans are doing their best to attempt to shoot down Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate early while Benghazi is stil fresh in Americans minds. They have no hope in 2016 even if Clinton doesn’t run. Dems have a strong field of candidates led by Andrew Cuomo. However, nobody is buying this s%*t from the Republicans. The are just rehashing the same debunked talking points from 7 months ago and they were tired talking points then. Regardless, if Hillary decides to run, she will become the 45th President in 2016.

pete9001 says:

Why would he not be there? The consulate in Benghazi was a branch office of the embassy in Tripoli bonehead. Also, the riots did not begin before he arrived, so unless he had forewarning……what’s your point?

tthe realist says:

There really can’t be that much stupid in the hands of a bunch of prostrated old white wind bags when they defend themselves by saying…”you really didn’t take us seriously on those budget cuts did you?” Do they play back what they say???

“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.”

unfucking believable!!!!

This is SATIRE, folks. It didn’t REALLY happen.

K.R. says:

You know the GOP is full of it when they can look you in the eye and blame the President, the Secretary of State, and any other Democrat they can think of for budget cuts that they voted on. I read that while the GOP is up in arms about Benghazi they selectively forget the 30+ deaths in Embassy attacks during the Bush administration. Selective memory, a defense against the truth.

David Saint says:

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

David Saint says:

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.

Hank Nanni says:

You have to be kidding me???????

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