Skip to comments.State Department Priorities Debated
Posted on 04/11/2014 3:06:50 PM PDT by John Semmens
Prior to 2012's attack on Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens there were numerous rejected requests from the Ambassador for more security. Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blamed the repeated rejection of these requests on budget constraints. At the same time, the State Department was laying out funds for some dubious undertakingsincluding funding the sending of comedians to India.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ken) questioned whether funding comedians might have been a frivolous use of money that might have been better used to provide more security in Libya.
In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, current Secretary of State John Kerry advised that we not jump to hasty conclusions. I recognize that there is a huge emotional reaction to our Ambassador being murdered by Muslim extremists, but it is not at all clear to me that diverting the money spent on comedians would've been better used to fund more security in Libya.
Think about it, Kerry urged, Given the size of the mob that attacked the Consulate it seems to me that a larger security force would've merely bumped up the casualty count from four to whatever. And adding more 'Rambos' would not have jibed with the President's decision against resisting the attack.
Let me also point out that there were no casualties suffered in India, Kerry continued. Does this not imply that the comedians we financed had a salutary effect? It is said that a smile turneth away wrath. Comedians induce people to smile. The extent to which the calm that has prevailed in India may have been due to this timely intervention can never be adequately measured or appreciated.
Well, what about the $700,000 spent on shrubs for our embassy in Brussels or the $5 million for new crystal ware for the State Department? Paul asked. Couldn't those funds have been better used for security in Libya?
We shouldn't be second guessing decisions that can't be unmade at this late date, Kerry replied. I'm sure that my predecessor had sound reasons for the budget choices she made. To her credit, Brussels has remained one of the calmer spots in the world. Perhaps the new shrubbery played a role in that. And entertaining foreign dignitaries is a fundamental responsibility of the State Department. If we give them drinks in shabby glasses it would reflect poorly on our nation.
An Inspector General's report found that nearly $6 billion was misplaced by the State Department during Clinton's tenure there. Whether any of this money could have made a difference in Libya is unknown.
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Perfectly understandable (cackle)........ b/c $6 billion went "missing" the State Dept budget.
NOT SATIRE News reports say the State Department has "no idea" what happened to $6 billion used to pay its contractors..... a special management alert made public Thursday, warned significant financial risk and a lack of internal control at State has led to billions of unaccounted dollars over the last six years....under Hillary's watch.
The FBI should interrogate State Dept insiders for evidence of multiple schemes to falsify documents to further insider schemes. The FBI should investigate any and all official documents submitted by contractors---and signed off by Hillary.
Crimes might include---conspiracy, collusion, falsifying offical documents (a felony), money laundering, tax evasion, extorting taxpayers, theft of govt monies, misuse of public office and government positions.
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It sounds like Kerry is saying, “What difference does it make?”
I’m sure that his “Man-Servant” would concur.
JFK the Frenchman was the most incompetent assclown to ever run for president until his current boss came along.
Thank you for the ping.
"No, I want you to identify your country," and he would spin the globe back and put his finger on the United States.
The version I heard had George Schultz being a bit more outspoken and profane, but still making it clear what country they were representing.