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Subject: Republicans Cut State Department Security Date: 10/10/2012 5:01 PM
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Yeah, the party whose duffati have been crying and pounding their fists that the Benghazi Consulate didn't have enough security voted to reduce State's Security Budget. Dope denied that a couple days ago, but, well, that's Dope and his emails for you.

The GOP's embassy security problem
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has scheduled a fairly high-profile hearing today on security lapses at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. There's one nagging problem, however, that might cause Republicans some trouble.
http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/10/10/14342096-the-go...

Ryan, Issa and other House Republicans voted for an amendment in 2009 to cut $1.2 billion from State operations, including funds for 300 more diplomatic security positions. Under Ryan’s budget, non-defense discretionary spending, which includes State Department funding, would be slashed nearly 20 percent in 2014, which would translate to more than $400 million in additional cuts to embassy security.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-forget-a...

Since retaking control in 2010, House Republicans have aggressively cut spending at the State Department in general and embassy security in particular. Chaffetz and Issa and their colleagues voted to pay for far less security than the State Department requested in 2011 and again this year.
http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2012/10/breaking-prote...

That's the problem with budget cutting: it sounds great when you're thumping tubs on the campaign trail in front of adoring tea party crowds, but when the actual work of governing comes up, those cuts have to come from actual programs that do actual things. Like protecting our embassies.Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has scheduled a fairly high-profile hearing today on security lapses at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. There's one nagging problem, however, that might cause Republicans some trouble.
http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/10/10/14342096-the-go...


Republicans and their allies have been trying to politicize the attack — which killed four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya — suggesting, without evidence, the Obama administration may have ignored intelligence that the attack was imminent, didn’t properly secure the Benghazi compound and is now trying to cover it up.
But hidden beneath the GOP campaign is the fact that House Republicans voted to cut nearly $300 million from the U.S. embassy security budget.

http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/10/10/985191/chaffetz...

For fiscal 2013, the GOP-controlled House proposed spending $1.934 billion for the State Department’s Worldwide Security Protection program — well below the $2.15?billion requested by the Obama administration. House Republicans cut the administration’s request for embassy security funding by $128 million in fiscal 2011 and $331 million in fiscal 2012. ....Last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that Republicans’ proposed cuts to her department would be “detrimental to America’s national security” — a charge Republicans rejected.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-forget-a...

By any rational comparison, the breach of security nine years ago was far more destructive, and was carried out on American soil where the expectation of safety was much greater. The intelligence failures involved were also far more profound. The Obama administration’s failure to immediately grasp and communicate what had happened in Benghazi, a site so dangerous that the FBI didn’t dare visit there until three weeks later, was certainly less important than Cheney’s utterly false claim that 9/11 was an Iraqi conspiracy.

So on what basis do Republicans believe that the attack on our Benghazi consulate in Libya, or the confused and confusing series of incorrect explanations that followed, constitute some major political scandal when the infinitely more serious attacks on New York City and Washington did not? And if a scandal does exist, why don’t Republicans share in the blame for having insisted on hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to embassy-security programs in the last two fiscal years?


http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2012/10/10/gops-hyping...

So the party that thinks successful attacks on America are unacceptable if they happened after 9/11 thought the Administration wanted more security than they needed, and who knows? Perhaps there would have been more security if Republicans hadn't been cutting appropriations for years.
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