GOP cut half billion from embassy security before Libya attack

Republicans don’t like the State Department. They never have. The find diplomats, and diplomacy, too soft, too squishy. Republicans like war. They like guns and weapons and shooting up things. The State Department doesn’t do that. The State Department is Democrat to the Pentagon’s Republican.

So Republicans, for a very long time, have done all they can to cut the State Department’s funds, and Paul Ryan and the Republican House majority were no different.

But that’s not stopping Ryan and the Republicans from now yelling about how much they care about embassy security, after they cut it. There’s an election after all, and the Republicans are going to milk every “opportunity” they can.

Here’s a NYT editorial on the matter:

The ugly truth is that the same people who are accusing the administration of not providing sufficient security for the American consulate in Benghazi have voted to cut the State Department budget, which includes financing for diplomatic security. The most self-righteous critics don’t seem to get the hypocrisy, or maybe they do and figure that if they hurl enough doubts and complaints at the administration, they will deflect attention from their own poor judgments on the State Department’s needs.

But as part of the Republican majority that has controlled the House the last two years, Mr. Issa joined in cutting nearly a half-billion dollars from the State Department’s two main security accounts. One covers things like security staffing, including local guards, armored vehicles and security technology; the other, embassy construction and upgrades. In 2011 and 2012, President Obama sought a total of $5 billion, and the House approved $4.5 billion. In 2009, Mr. Issa voted for an amendment that would have cut nearly 300 diplomatic security positions. And the draconian budgets proposed by Mitt Romney’s running mate, Representative Paul Ryan, would cut foreign affairs spending by 10 percent in 2013 and even more in 2016.

We ought to be having hearings, all right. Hearings about Paul Ryan and why he cut embassy security right before our consulate was attacked and our ambassador and three others were killed.


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  • Hmm

    Wait a second, sure the Repubs have issues, but basic budgeting not really comparable to ignoring a specific request for additional security based on specific considerations (which were obviously credible).

    Anyway, virtually ALL federal agencies have been taking budget cuts for the last few years; anyone with any sense of reality knows that cuts are a necessity now. With that kind of logic, you can blame almost anything that goes wrong for the government on *some* type of budget cut.

    It’s also suspicious which numbers and years were chosen to be cited here. Why not show a complete year-by-year budget comparison? Would that reveal that this is a deception? Perhaps, or perhaps not, but we have no way of knowing without further investigation. Also note how it says “sought”… 5 bill was requested and 4.5 granted, but for all we know, the prior year’s budget was 4 billion… making 4.5 an *increase*. I doubt it was, given the general (necessary) budget cuts everywhere, but there isn’t enough information here to make a meaningful observation.

    Seems like yet another article more inclined towards deception and partisanship than factual reporting.

  • http://twitter.com/afrommi afrommi

    And now this: GOP is preparing to do more gerrymandering of the districts. Redistricting will make sure the the MINORITY of votes (considering GOP knows they will always be the minority when it comes to popularity) will be the ones who chose the presidency and the congress. Electoral Colleges should be abolished. Israel had an election and guess who won? Netanyahu by a very narrow margin. But it was a majority who elected him. They have no Electoral College proccess. President Obama was elected by a majority with a margin of 5 million votes. Now imagine if because of the electoral colleges Romney would have won. We would have another Bush era with wars and everything. Little Bush won because of Electoral Colleges coupled with cheating in FL.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tracy.johnsonspriggs Tracy Johnson-Spriggs

    Another pill for the Republi-klans to swallow!!

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