Was the R Congress to Blame for Benghazi?


I’ve noticed that Libs & Progs are “answering” the SHREW-Benghazi issue by recycling the excuse that the R Congress cut the State Department’s budget. This “answer” assumes that the State Department was so tightly run that it could not have shifted resources from elsewhere to Benghazi security. If that sounds absurd on its face, it is. Two articles were posted in a 2012 thread concerned with Benghazi, showing that $$ and people resources were being expended that could have been shifted to Benghazi. Rather than linking to the thread, here are the two articles:

State Department Cut Libyan Security While Spending on Chevy Volts
by Michael Patrick Leahy

11 Oct 2012

The Washington Times is reporting that at the same time State Department officials were cutting security for our diplomatic stations in Libya, they were increasing the budget for our embassy in Austria in order to purchase Chevrolet’s electric powered Volt:

[quote]In a May 3, 2012, email, the State Department denied a request by a group of Special Forces assigned to protect the U.S. embassy in Libya to continue their use of a DC- 3 airplane for security operations throughout the country. . .

Four days later, on May 7, the State Department authorized the U.S. embassy in Vienna [Austria] to purchase a $108,000 electric vehicle charging station for the embassy motor pool’s new Chevrolet Volts. The purchase was a part of the State Department’s “Energy Efficiency Sweep of Europe” initiative, which included hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on green program expenditures at various U.S. Embassies.

While the State Department Rules of Engagement for Libya signed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton within the last eighteen months specifically prohibits the stationing of Marines at any diplomatic station in that country, the American embassy in Austria has a full complement of Marines.[/quote]

State Dept. Confirms: Marines on 9/11/12 Were Protecting U.S. Embassy–in Barbados
By Patrick Burke
October 12, 2012

(CNSNews.com) – When terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 of this year and killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, there were no U.S. Marines deployed in Libya to defend U.S. diplomats, diplomatic facilities and classified information and equipment.

However, says the State Department, a Marine Security Detachment was deployed on that day to carry out those duties at the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados.

I like recycling, too, :pieface: .


Congress is not at fault, Sec State is, she controls the detail of the budget.

If you really want to know I can provide a detailed in depth laydown of the budget process. As a Program Manager and Information Class Proponent ICP I controlled a budget of $127 Million and the office I worked out of had a budget of over $1Billion, not including my budget with came direct to me from the Pentagon. Every year I fought budget battles and I was very successful in doing so as I was able to increase my budget annually while others took cuts, I never took a cut.

Its a complex process, how detailed? I had to project monthly rental car costs out 3 years. So HildaBeast had to do the same and I would bet $$$$$ she had to cite costs for every office under her control and in more detail that one could imagine.


OMG, what an excuse. Sadly all democrats will totally believe it.


It was obviously the fault of Republicans…


Lets be real, it is actually Bush’s fault.


I have been waiting for some politician to claim that somehow everything is Bush’s fault.