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.
Since when can the House pass spendinglegislation without the Dem controlled Senate?
You’re right. No budget has been passed.
What are these knuckleheads talking about?
Q. What do you think about Cummings and Holmes-Norton?
A. I don't think about Cummings and Holmes-Norton...
The Democrats HAVE TO WIN so they can keep looting the public treasury.
How did the House cut anything when Congress hasn’t passed a budget in 3 years??
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.
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.
Great advice for any who aspire to be in positions of leadership!
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?
SIZZLE!! Zinger of a great point!!
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.
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.
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.
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?
What a stupid argument! I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
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