Benghazi Sideshow Endangers Allies
October 24, 2012 08:38 AM
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By now, the phony outrage expressed by conservatives, reactionaries and tin foil hat wearers has become passe. There's always some nefarious Obama plot afoot to aid the terrorists and undermine America. A great example appeared recently in the MDJ when another blogger/columnist condemned the Obama administration for not providing enough security at the Benghazi, Libya consulate, where four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens were killed in a terrorist attack. The writer deliberately or unknowingly left out a crucial fact: House Republicans cut the Obama administration's request for security funding by $128 million in fiscal 2011 and $331 million in fiscal 2012. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the GOP lawmakers, who included Paul Ryan, that the cuts would be "detrimental to America’s national security.”In 2009, House republicans voted to cut $1.2 billion, including funding for 300 diplomatic security positions. If Paul Ryan's budget is passed, another $400 million would be slashed for embassy security.As part of the kangaroo court he's conducting in the House to lay blame on the Obama administration, GOP Rep. Darrell Issa (who voted against State security funding along with Ryan) released sensitive documents that have put in danger the lives of Libyans helping the CIA. Sen. John Kerry said, "It's bad enough that it's becoming a political sideshow presumably driven by the calendar...but even worse is that in their rush to make news they've exposed Libyans who were working side by side with America."
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