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Obama (blame game) camp: Ryan budget would have cut embassy security
The Hill ^ | 10/07/12 | Julian Pecquet

Posted on 10/07/2012 4:03:46 PM PDT by Libloather

Obama camp: Ryan budget would have cut embassy security
By Julian Pecquet - 10/07/12 05:09 PM ET

Democrats are hitting Mitt Romney over the House GOP budget's potential cuts to embassy security as the Republican candidate and his allies on Capitol Hill seek to make inadequate protection in Libya a campaign issue.

Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), put forward a budget blueprint this year that would have cut non-defense discretionary spending by 19 percent by 2014. While the blueprint doesn't specify cuts to embassy security, applying that figure across-the-board would yield a $300 million reduction in State Department funding for the protection, construction and maintenance of U.S. embassies around the world.

"The president certainly doesn’t need lectures on securing our facilities overseas from Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, who’ve proposed slashing funding for our diplomatic and embassy security by $298 million dollars" just in 2014 alone, an Obama campaign official told The Hill.

"The cuts to embassy security in the Romney-Ryan budget would amount to $170 million more than even under sequestration. Gov. Romney talks a lot about projecting American power overseas, but it’s unclear how he would do that under the budget he’s endorsed that cuts funding for critical State Department programs and security,” the official added.

Back in March, Jeffrey Zients, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, said that “since the House refused to specify what would be cut, we consider the impacts if the cuts are distributed equally across the board.”

The Romney campaign counters that since the Ryan budget didn't specifically recommend cuts to embassy security, it's unfair to draw the conclusion that Republicans would have slashed funding. The campaign says there was no reference made to cutting embassy security because there were no assumed cuts to embassy security.

"The only candidate who has proposed cuts to our embassy security is President Obama," said a Romney campaign official, in reference to the president signing sequestration into law.

But the Ryan budget doesn't exempt embassy security from cuts, either.

The Obama campaign official said House Republicans have left a $900 billion gap in terms of where their cuts would come from over the next decade. Republicans have a responsibility to spell that out, the official said, and until they do Democrats will operate under the assumption that they will be applied across the board.

Romney has in the past endorsed Ryan's budget while seeking to portray himself as a champion of American power abroad. The Republican candidate has said he's “very supportive” of Ryan's budget blueprint and said earlier this year that it would be “marvelous” if the Democratic-controlled Senate passed it, which didn't happen.

But since picking the House Budget Committee chairman as his running mate, his campaign has insisted the GOP ticket will run on Romney’s budget proposals and not necessarily Ryan’s.

Romney has made the assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya last month a centerpiece of his attacks on the Obama administration’s foreign policy. Romney and congressional Republicans have questioned whether the compound received adequate security that could have prevented the deaths of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans there.

Romney is expected to attack Obama on Libya during a foreign policy speech Monday while images of the burning Benghazi consulate are still fresh on voters' mind. And House Oversight panel chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is holding a hearing on embassy protection Wednesday morning after several whistleblowers complained that the State Department rejected requests for beefed up security.

Among the politically charged evidence already made public ahead of the hearing is a State Department email from May 2012 rejecting the continued use of a DC-3 airplane by Special Forces troops assigned to protect embassy staff in Libya; they were told to use Libyan flights instead to get around the country after commercial flights were reestablished. It's not clear that providing the plane would have made any difference, especially since the security detail left the country in August.

Democrats counter that those kinds of hard choices would only be tougher under Ryan's budget, which Issa himself supported along with all but 10 House Republicans.

Throughout the campaign, Romney has sought to pin the blame on Obama for deep defense spending cuts that are slated to take effect next year if lawmakers fail to find other ways to cut the deficit.

Democrats hope to undermine that hawkish image by raising doubts about his running mate’s budget proposal.

Under so-called sequestration, which Ryan and many other Republicans voted for, funding for diplomatic and consular programs would be cut by about $1 billion next year, according to a Sept. 14 analysis by the White House budget office. That includes a $129 million cut to the “Embassy Security, Construction, and Maintenance” budget category and another $2 million cut to the “Protection of Foreign Missions and Officials” category, for a total of $131 million. The figure is expected to be roughly the same for 2014, because the sequestration cuts remain at roughly the same level throughout the decade.

Ryan, by contrast, phases in the cuts. His budget called for a 19 percent across-the-board cut to non-defense discretionary spending in 2014, according to Zients, much deeper than the 8.2 percent cut under sequestration. Assuming an across-the-board distribution of the cuts, his proposal would have slashed the first category by $298 million and the second by $5 million, for a total of $303 million – $172 million than the cut under sequestration.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: budget; embassy; libya; ryan
Dingy Harry's budget doesn't mention anything about embassy security.
1 posted on 10/07/2012 4:03:55 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

And yet, it was Obama, Clinton, the DNC
and the Moslem Brotherhood that planned it.


2 posted on 10/07/2012 4:08:10 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: Libloather

” Ryan budget would have cut embassy security “

... and yet, Obama and crew pulled it off WITHOUT Ryan’s budget ... brilliant !


3 posted on 10/07/2012 4:10:27 PM PDT by sawmill trash (Gun control is like trying to solve drunk driving by making it harder for sober people to own cars.)
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To: Libloather

If there were any?


4 posted on 10/07/2012 4:11:29 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: Libloather
“That really bad thing that happened during my administration? The thing I was unprepared for? The event where people died? Yeah ... well ... that's all because of a proposal by the Wisconsin senator and even though his proposal didn't get approved ... it's still more his fault than it is mine."
5 posted on 10/07/2012 4:11:52 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (ua)
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To: Libloather

Barry the Kenyan is wearing out his crooked, little pointy/blamey finger faster than he wore out his allotment of race cards. What a Bag-O-Sh*t loser.


6 posted on 10/07/2012 4:14:42 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Sorry Algore. It was attitude, NOT altitude.)
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To: Libloather

We’re getting a look at the moderators’ “questions” in the upcoming debates.


7 posted on 10/07/2012 4:15:02 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Romney vs Obama, Round One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyNxHOZiQPA)
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To: gusopol3

so the Ambassadors death is now Romney/Ryan’s fault ? This is how they are trying to spin it


8 posted on 10/07/2012 4:16:25 PM PDT by molson209
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To: Libloather

I should not be amazed by how low these dirtbags will go....but I am...

Using the death of four Americans as political fodder....disgusting


9 posted on 10/07/2012 4:16:32 PM PDT by Popman (November 7th...will be a good day for America..)
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To: molson209

It’s expected that BOs die hard supporters will believe this and anything else the admin tells them. But hopefully the so-called independents really are smarter than that.


10 posted on 10/07/2012 4:19:45 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: Libloather

Typical leftist projection...

The Obama administration/Clinton state department first pulls a special forces unit out of Lybia, and then ignores requests by the ambassador to increase security...

And they claim “Romney would have cut security too!” Oh, and the dog ate my homework.

Anybody else think that we’re looking at a Red Flag/Wag the Dog scheme here? Ignore existing threats as documented by the Brits, and then pull the highly trained special ops unit out of the country, then ignore pleas for help... Then immediately after the attack, blame a movie trailer that’s been around for months, yet nobody had noticed until this point...

All so Obama can orchestrate an attack on Libya before the election to inflate his changes of reelection? Could this be why he didn’t care about the first debate? I wouldn’t be surprise to see a major US attack on Libya sometime this month, probably right near the end of the month, say a week before the election.

Mark


11 posted on 10/07/2012 4:23:29 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Libloather

http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/boland-jason/no-one-left-to-blame-29852.html
(Lyrics for Jason Boland song: No one left to blame).


12 posted on 10/07/2012 4:31:56 PM PDT by Anima Mundi (ENVY IS JUST PASSIVE, LAZY GREED)
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To: sawmill trash

How could anybody cut what wasn’t there in the first place?


13 posted on 10/07/2012 4:35:27 PM PDT by alloysteel ("You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity".)
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To: Libloather

It most likely would have, but we aren’t operating under the Ryan budget. We’re operating under Obama’s spending plans. So what’s your excuse?


14 posted on 10/07/2012 4:44:32 PM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: Libloather

Jarrett’s security would’ve been higher on the cut-list, along with 80% of DoEnergy, and 50% of Dept of Education.

HF


15 posted on 10/07/2012 4:45:02 PM PDT by holden
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To: alloysteel

shhh...

you weren’t supposed to notice that


16 posted on 10/07/2012 4:45:47 PM PDT by digger48
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To: alloysteel

shhh...

you weren’t supposed to notice that


17 posted on 10/07/2012 4:45:47 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Libloather
Let's review:

Since Mr. Soetoro took office, he could not garner ONE vote, for ANY budget he proposed, from ANYONE in Congress.

The current administration has responsibility for security of our ambassadors.

Valerie Jarrett has more security then Ambassador Stevens.

Yet somehow, Ryan is blamed for lack of security for Ambassador Stevens.

DEE-LOOO-SHUN-AL.

18 posted on 10/07/2012 4:48:13 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: MarkL
Typical leftist projection...

That tactic so pure evil. When one side has no interest in truth, the debate is over. That just leaves war.

19 posted on 10/07/2012 4:57:00 PM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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To: Libloather
Well to begin with, do they honestly believe a Romney/Ryan budget would have needed more security as a result of any Romney/Ryan actions? I seriously doubt Romney/Ryan budget would have needed security budget increase since THEY WOULD NOT HAVE THROWN MUBARAK NOR GHADAFFI UNDER THE BUS AND ARMED KNOW RADICAL MUSLIM EXTREMISTS OR THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD.

Remember what his imperial majesty Comrade El Presidente Prince Caliph Sheik Obama the First said in his book, “Audacity of Hope”:

I will side with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.

Way to go Barry. Way to show your backbone you DAMN COWARD. LOLOL would not be proud. He tried to teach you to be responsible but you decided to be a community organizer instead.

20 posted on 10/07/2012 5:11:28 PM PDT by cashless (Unlike Obama and his supporters, I'd rather be a TEA BAGGER than a TEA BAGGEE.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Probably true.


21 posted on 10/07/2012 5:14:35 PM PDT by berdie
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To: Libloather

Security team pulled out of Libya in August
Rick Moran

The blundering boobs at the State Department recalled a 16-man security team in August just as the Libyan diplomats were asking for more security, not less.

CBS News has learned that congressional investigators have issued a subpoena to a former top security official at the US mission in Libya. The official is Lt. Col. Andy Wood, a Utah National Guard Army Green Beret who headed up a Special Forces “Site Security Team” in Libya.

The subpoena compels Lt. Col. Wood to appear at a House Oversight Committee hearing next week that will examine security decisions leading up to the Sept. 11 Muslim extremist terror assault on the U.S. compound at Benghazi. U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three of his colleagues were killed in the attack.

Lt. Col. Wood has told CBS News and congressional investigators that his 16-member team and a six-member State Department elite force called a Mobile Security Deployment team left Libya in August, just one month before the Benghazi assault. Wood says that’s despite the fact that US officials in Libya wanted security increased, not decreased.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/10/security_team_pulled_out_of_libya_in_august.html#ixzz28f6HSPfc


22 posted on 10/07/2012 5:18:28 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Libloather

.....and if the Queen “would have” had testicles, she’d be King.


23 posted on 10/07/2012 5:40:15 PM PDT by RacerX1128 (Cornered in CA)
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To: Libloather

Barrack Obama and Hilary Clinton’s efforts to cover the details behind this attack even though inept, have been mindblowing.

Does anyone really believe that news reporters could trample over the scene mere days after the attack but that investigators couldn’t possibly reach the scene for weeks? Any evidence would have been compromised(or taken away) in that length of time. I think that must have been Hilary and Obama’s desperate plan.

Wouldn’t it be a death knell for both of them and the Administration if it was discovered that the heavy weaponry used in the attack had been secretly provided to the “rebels”(akaThe Muslim Brotherhood) to overthrow Qadaffi without the knowledge of Congress or the American people? Our Dear Leader has shown that he has a penchant for doing things on his own, has he not?


24 posted on 10/07/2012 5:49:00 PM PDT by Aleya2Fairlie
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To: Libloather

What’s that?   If the Obama camp wants to act as if something won’t get done without money set aside for it, hows come that didn’t stop them from laying out $165M for the Illinois prison, which is completely unfunded?

Zero would give GITMO prisoners new digs and a place to meet with their relatives and MB bruthas, sooner than they would protect a threatened US Ambassador begging for more security!   (That should play better in Peoria!)

HF


25 posted on 10/07/2012 7:01:21 PM PDT by holden
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To: Delhi Rebels

Taking responsibility is way over their heads and their response shows how completely incompetent this administration is. They really need to pack it up and go.


26 posted on 10/07/2012 7:02:40 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: cashless

And This is Mr. Nobel peace prize ..hahaha...now that shows us how warped this whole thing about him really is.


27 posted on 10/07/2012 7:07:23 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: holden

Forgot the $ 2 Billion in Foreign Aid to Pakistan and released them of any obligations to farther the war on terrorism..


28 posted on 10/07/2012 9:29:44 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: MarkL
" Typical leftist projection... "

Yup, now they fault Paul Ryan on his " proposed " budget to cut spending that has not even been voted on or enacted.
29 posted on 10/07/2012 9:31:38 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Libloather
Obama camp ( Kindergarten blame game ): Ryan budget WOULD HAVE, COULD HAVE, cut embassy security

30 posted on 10/07/2012 9:34:49 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: sawmill trash
... and yet, Obama and crew pulled it off WITHOUT Ryan’s budget ... brilliant !

Exactly - trying to replace an atrocity by the Admin with a "coulda" by the worst nightmare to the Dims in a long time...
They continue to spout the stoooopid and that will work to our advantage, especially if Zero tries it during a debate schooling session.

31 posted on 10/08/2012 3:36:39 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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