govt departments always overask and always know they will get less than what they asked for. This is a big nothing. In fact, if 300 less people were there as "diplomats" it lowers the overall risk since the assigned military personnel wouldn't be under that.
who did such a stellar job of covering up the Republican reduction of a 5 Billion dollar upgrade to Embassy Security to 4.5 Billion, and then stonewalling its implementation in dangerous locations around the world. The legislation has been around for more than two years, but has been blocked and tabled and ignored that entire time by you know who, and Embassy Security has again emerged as a significant problem, this time at the US Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. You all remember Beirut don't you? Where Ronnie Raygun got 220 Marines killed because he didn't believe in adequate security either.
I always wondered why months after the shootings in Benghazi the Republicans suddenly went on a witch hunt trying to pin blame on any Democrat they could.
<div> "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." NYT, Republicans have no shame. above.
</div><span id="INSERTION_MARKER">So the Democrats led by the President wanted to upgrade security in 2011 and again in 2012, but the Republicans in the House have been playing budget games for more than 4 years, and Darrell Issa has been on the case since 2009 cutting 300 diplomatic security positions via an Amendment. And yet it was the Republicans accusing the Democrats of being lax. If you want a scapegoat, if you want someone who materially weakened the US Embassy Security everywhere, but particularly in Libya resulting in the Benghazi attack, just thank Darrel Issa, British Petroleum's greatest friend in Congress. (Judging by his performance at the Gulf Oil Spill hearings)
So, on the principle that a loud offence is a good defence, all that sound and fury was just cover for their own failure to permit the legislation mandating upgrades to Embassies to proceed..
It does however show you just how sincere those Republicans were about fixing the problems. They blocked the legislation and then pointed fingers at the Democrats for not doing it earlier, even though the Republicans were refusing to allow any Democratic legislation to pass. It's been that way since 2010. When did Benghazi occur again? Oh, yeah, just 13 months ago. Sept 11, 2012. More than a year after Obama asked for increased Embassy Security.
Nice cover up Toni, James, Steven and everyone else who just typed out the scripts given you by the RNC. Your're acting just the way I'd expect sock puppets to act. Great job..