Skip to comments.Dems Blame House GOP for Lack of Security at U.S. Consulate in Benghazi [Cummings, Holmes-Norton]
Posted on 10/10/2012 11:41:17 AM PDT by Hunton Peck
House Democrats on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee used their opening statements today to blame Republicans for the lack of security in Benghazi, Libya, during a hearing on the security breaches surrounding the attack on the U.S. consulate last month, which killed four Americans, including the ambassador, and occurred on the anniversary of 9/11.
The chairman has said that our committee will examine not only the Libya attack but security at outposts across the Middle East, said Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) to Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who called the hearing today on Capitol Hill.
Mr. Chairman I fully support this effort, Cummings said. And if that is our goal, we have to examine the funding.
The fact is, since 2011 the House has cut embassy security by hundreds of millions of dollars below amounts requested by the president, he said. The House has done that. The House of Representatives is dominated by 240 Republicans to 190 Democrats.
The Senate restored some of these funds, but the final amounts are still far below the administrations request, said Cummings. And they were far below the levels we enacted in 2010.
D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes-Norton, Democrat, also pointed to House Republicans after Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said the deaths of Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans could have been prevented had normal security been in place.
The tragic events in Benghazi point out the hazards of serving our country [and] go far beyond the military, Holmes Norton said. I agree with Mr. Chaffetz that perhaps had there been more resources, we might have had a different result.
But I must note that while the Republicans budget increases the budget of the Defense Department, it slashes the budget that would have protected these diplomats, said Holmes-Norton.
Chaffetz had referenced two terrorist attacks in Libya prior to the attack on the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2012, saying those incidents should have raised cause for concern.
I believe personally with more assets, more resources, just meeting the minimum standards we couldve and shouldve saved the life of Ambassador Stevens and the other people that were there, he said.
Any reasonable person looking at the security situation in Libya had to come to the conclusion that it was tumultuous at best, Chaffetz said.
As CNSNews.com reported today, Issa and Chaffetz sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton concerning those attacks and related matters. The first known attack against the consulate occurred on Apr. 6, five months before the Sept. 11 attack.
Two Libyans who had been fired from a contractor providing unarmed static security for Consulate Benghazi, threw a small IED over the Consulate fence, Issa and Chaffetz wrote in their letter to Clinton. There were no casualties or damage and the suspects were arrested but not prosecuted.
Another attack occurred on June 6. Under cover of darkness, assailants placed an IED on the north gate of Consulate Benghazi, blowing a hole in the security perimeter that was described by one individual as big enough for forty men to go through.
I believe this is the “talking points” the LEFT are ALL sticking with...they are just shameful
I just read some of Carneys presser.....he said Obama fought for more funding for security...puke!
WOW! Un-frick-en believable!!! the GALL and HUZTSPAH of these commie bastards known as Demoncrats! They have to COVER their precious leader’s sorry A$^ because his foreign policies have been in opposition to AMERICA’s best interests and when OBAMA and company get CAUGHT LYING THROUGH THEIR COLLECTIVE TEETH on the murders of our AMERICANS, then they get their minions in the house together and come up with an ATTACK AGAINST the Republicans about cutting the money? Many, I hope more DEMS are thrown out in November than even THEY think might happen!
There is no dealing with these people. They need to be shut out and shoved back into the holes they crawled out of.
Mitt better not “reach across the aisle” like GW did, doesn’t matter how close the election reportedly is.
Dims will do ANYTHING to hurt America, just so they can blame Republicans.
The RATS are desperately searching for some way to blame Republicans for Obama’s failures, as usual. They’ve farmed this painfully weak attempt out to the black congressmen, because everybody is used to hearing nonsense from them, and they’re protected from being called on their lies by PC.
Take the Obama Phone money to Zero, and add it to the Defense Budget, you black zombies....
Second-hand Bush’s fault.
If it had been important to 0bama, he would have signed an executive order or some other work-around plan.
Exactly, he has done anything else he has wanted.
That’s all I need to know. The CBC supplies the Dems with the only congressmen shameless enough to run a con like this with a straight face.
The fact is, since 2011 the House has cut embassy security by hundreds of millions of dollars below amounts requested by the president,
Hundreds of millions? I am sure the MSM will get right on fact checking that statement from the esteemed congressman
This is the equivalent of trying a TD with a Hail Mary from the back of your own end zone and in the grasp.
Well, since 2010 the House did in fact cut the Embassy construction, maintenance, and security budget by $296 million dollars. The problem is that it's probably hard to break out the security costs from the other costs (and much, but not all, of the costs of new construction are for increased security.)
It's no secret that Congressional Republicans don't exactly fall all over themselves giving money to the State Department.