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Dems Blame House GOP for Lack of Security at U.S. Consulate in Benghazi [Cummings, Holmes-Norton]
CNS ^ | October 10, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington

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 administration’s 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 Republican’s 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 could’ve and should’ve 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.’”


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 112th; benghazi; benghaziattack; benghazicoverup; benghazigate; bho44; blame; cbc; christopherstevens; eleanorholmesnorton; elijahcummings; holmesnorton; impeachnow; libya; obama; soshillary; waronterror
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To: tumblindice
Well, my idea was to grab significant leaders of the socialist plague, throw them into the back of cargo vans, and inject them with borderline lethal doses of psychotropic drugs, so when they're found months later picking lettuce, all they remember is that their name is Manuel, and that Manuel is a pretty bird... But everybody else in my revolutionary cell said noOOo.../s
21 posted on 10/10/2012 12:13:12 PM PDT by Tuanedge (Warriors victorious in a hundred battles, flee when a tiger enters their tent.)
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To: Hunton Peck
The dems can never take responsibility for anything.
Always put the blame on someone else.
Have they blamed Bush for it yet?

22 posted on 10/10/2012 12:13:19 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Hunton Peck
Gee ... if they had only redirected that money that they sent to Solyndra to instead to have gone to the Embassy Defense Fund, all would have been hunky dorey...
Maybe if they had redirected the money and money for armaments that the current Administration sent to the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood ‘freedom fighters’, they'd also have avoided these murders of American diplomats.
23 posted on 10/10/2012 12:15:03 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: Hunton Peck

Since when can the House pass spendinglegislation without the Dem controlled Senate?


24 posted on 10/10/2012 12:16:02 PM PDT by Lacey2
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To: Political Junkie Too

You’re right. No budget has been passed.
What are these knuckleheads talking about?


25 posted on 10/10/2012 12:16:38 PM PDT by Mr. Peabody
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To: Hunton Peck
[Cummings, Holmes-Norton]

Q. What do you think about Cummings and Holmes-Norton?

A. I don't think about Cummings and Holmes-Norton...

26 posted on 10/10/2012 12:18:38 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: Hunton Peck
For an Administration that has spent the last 4 years squandering our tax revenue - essentially burning existing cash reserves on every whim that strikes the fancy of the Emperor in the White House (e.g., Billions for Green projects UAW bailouts; Mortgage bailouts; etc), and has worked actively to devalue our currency by various Q.E.s ... this was a pretty cheeky response by the Dems...
27 posted on 10/10/2012 12:18:42 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: Hunton Peck

The Democrats HAVE TO WIN so they can keep looting the public treasury.


28 posted on 10/10/2012 12:21:37 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Tuanedge
I had to go check and make sure the guy running the aerator and overseeding my lawn wasn't a `Manual Labor.' I dethatched it myself and it kicked my a$$. He isn't. I saw no evidence of fluoridation. Those are all good ideas. Welcome to FR, trooper.
29 posted on 10/10/2012 12:22:33 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Hunton Peck

How did the House cut anything when Congress hasn’t passed a budget in 3 years??


30 posted on 10/10/2012 12:24:28 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Political Junkie Too

The whole government has been working on a series of CRs for the past 3 years. Even if there was a budget, there wouldn’t have been a budget line for Libyan embassies and consulates in there. Very weak argument.


31 posted on 10/10/2012 12:26:48 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: DirtyDawg

That’s the standard scam: Dems demand untold millions, billions, or trillions, GOPpers respond with something relatively feasible (though usually still more than what would be needed if it weren’t for the extravagant waste that’s SOP for government), and thereafter, everything becomes the GOP’s fault.


32 posted on 10/10/2012 12:27:27 PM PDT by Hunton Peck ("Blasphemy" is to Islam as "swiftboating" is to Democrats: The speaking of truth to liars.)
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To: Hunton Peck
"Nothing is so mistaken as the supposition, that a person is to extricate himself from a difficulty, by intrigue, by chicanery, by dissimulation, by trimming, by an untruth, by an injustice. This increases the difficulties ten fold; and those who pursue these methods, get themselves so involved at length, that they can turn no way but their infamy becomes more exposed. It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions." - See "Letter to Peter Carr, August 19, 1785," in Thomas Jefferson: Writings (New York: The Library of America, 1984), pp. 814-815.

Great advice for any who aspire to be in positions of leadership!

33 posted on 10/10/2012 12:32:28 PM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: Hunton Peck

The Administration and State Department didn’t have any trouble coming up with a ton of money to buy a bunch of commercial time and production costs to run commercials in the middle east apologizing for the Mohammed video, though, did they?


34 posted on 10/10/2012 12:39:25 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: circlecity

SIZZLE!! Zinger of a great point!!


35 posted on 10/10/2012 12:43:55 PM PDT by Kay
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To: ColdOne
"he said Obama fought for more funding for security"

Ok, so how much money are they currently spending on security?

Please provide spending amounts for Sofia, Bulgaria, Prague Czech Rep, etc. and where was Lybia on that list?

Chase the rats backl into their own crap trap.

36 posted on 10/10/2012 12:51:53 PM PDT by Pietro
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To: Hunton Peck

Democrats are really good at BS. The Administration is responsible for security at diplomatic posts, and they’re blaming Republicans. It’s so much shameless BS.


37 posted on 10/10/2012 12:58:16 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The first priority is get Obama out of the White House.)
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To: Hunton Peck
“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. “

It is the at the pinnacle of politicization to complain about some funding vote in the ether of a budgetary issue , when a few hours prior to this attack the state dept had enough funding to hold a P.R. event , extolling the virtues of green energy at the French consulate, where over $150,000 was spent on 2 chevy volts , champagne sipping and all the trappings of a state dept and executive branch that has no clue as to the purpose of their respective existence.

They suffer from what I hope is politically terminal case of “see me love me politics” that is utterly devoid of useful existence.

The very idea that there was no money for security in the Libyan massacre issue will only be seen as what it is. The death throws of this administration and any possible designs Sir Hillary Clinton has on the POTUS.

38 posted on 10/10/2012 12:58:33 PM PDT by ping jockey (We have arrogant jerks for leaders and WE will pay the highest cost.)
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To: blueyon

Yeah, this is today’s Democratic talking point. It’s a very stupid talking point. Do they think this absolves the Administration, and particularly the State Department, of responsibility here? And what about the Administration’s inability to tell a straight story?


39 posted on 10/10/2012 1:01:21 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The first priority is get Obama out of the White House.)
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To: Hunton Peck

What a stupid argument! I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.


40 posted on 10/10/2012 1:04:28 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The first priority is get Obama out of the White House.)
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