“Since the Republican takeover of the House, House Republicans have proposed deep cuts for U.S. embassy operations and programs across the board, including for security…Now they have topped even that record of recklessness…In preventing this transfer of unused funds appropriated earlier for Iraq—funds already appropriated and approved by Congress—[House Republicans] have hobbled the work that everyone agrees is needed to harden our embassy security efforts…Many of our diplomats serve in dangerous places by necessity. We need to protect them as best we can, without turning our embassies into impenetrable fortresses that make it impossible for them to do their jobs. For Republicans to blame the Administration for failing to protect our diplomats, without acknowledging their own efforts to slash resources for embassy security, is pure, distilled hypocrisy.” — Sen. Patrick Leahy (Democrat, Vermont) in a statement released today,
OH SNAP DICK DURBIN! “Whether the American people are told everything… in the right way… I’d like to refer to 5 words for them…” — Sen. Durbin, countering the Republican senators who were berating Hillary Clinton about the people being misinformed or under-informed regarding the Benghazi consulate attack. (via cliptamatic)
And he totally deserved it. Hillary Clinton, Ron Johnson Engage In Heated Exchange At Benghazi Hearing (VIDEO)
Ron Johnson is a total bitch.
“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make? It our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. Now, honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this. The fact is that people were trying, in real time, to get to the best information.”
And there was RAND PAUL! with his imaginary friend Ayn Rand and all their good ideas! I’ve never heard Aqua Buddha make a serious argument about anything. David Kurtz doesn’t take Rand Paul seriously, either:
Paul went as far as saying that had he been president he would have fired Clinton, while rattling off a few examples of State Department expenditures that he considers wasteful and frivolous. It needs to be said that Paul doesn’t have much use for the State Department. In his own budget proposal for 2011, which called for a half a trillion dollars in across the board spending cuts, Paul proposed a $20 billion cut to the State Department. By way of comparison, the State Department’s core budget for the 2013 fiscal year is $43.4 billion. You can see that provision of his budget at the bottom of the page here.
The U.S. security failures in Benghazi were serious. They shouldn’t be downplayed or dismissed. But you don’t have to pretend there wasn’t a State Department failure, in order to conclude that it takes a lot of nerve to sit there and rip a secretary over the decisions made about how and where to deploy security resources when not only is the department chronically underfunded and having to make do, but while you yourself have called for slashing the departments budget by nearly half. That’s not serious. And neither is Paul.