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Libya Security Cut While Vienna Embassy Gained Chevy Volts: Does State Department Prioritize Green over Security?

Fef 2012/10/11 19:31:04
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President Obama's State Department, headed by Hillary Clinton, bought a fleet of Chevy Volt's and another $108,000 on a charging station as part of its operation called, "Energy Efficiency Sweep of Europe.” The State Department, however, refused to provide more security as requested by U.S. Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi, Libya.

Libyan terrorists killed Ambassador Stevens and three other U.S. personnel in Benghazi in a coordinated attack on September 11, 2012. Stevens did not have enough security to defend the attack, nor did he have a secure building or retreat.

Military and intelligence officials testified this week about the many lapses in security of which Ambassador Stevens and the security detail complained to the State Department. The security detail did get a pay raise for "hazard duty," but they did not get any resources or infrastructure to protect them from the hostile locals.

WASHINGTONTIMES.COM reports:
In a May 3, 2012, email, the State Department denied a request by a group of Special Forces assigned to protect the U.S. embassy in Libya to continue their use of a DC- 3 airplane for security operations throughout the country.

Read More: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/10/ke...

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  • Zuggi 2012/10/11 19:45:34 (edited)
    State Department Prioritizes National Security
    Zuggi
    +4
    No. When you get a budget, they tell you how much is for security and how much for other programs. This $100k didn't come out of security cash.

    What did come out of security cash, though was $300 million dollars over two years, cut by Republican deficit hawks.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com...

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  • Iamfree 2012/10/12 20:08:33
    State Department Prioritizes Green Evangalism
    Iamfree
    If the administration did not have enough money in the budget to properly secure that embassy, it should have been shut down. It's as simple as that.
  • Marek 2012/10/12 10:09:30
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    Marek
    +1
    0bama and Hillary are two inept government officials. Both deserve to be fired for gross negligence.
  • lovemykiddos 2012/10/12 02:32:16
    State Department Prioritizes Green Evangalism
    lovemykiddos
    Just look at the money it spells it out for itself.
  • Sgt Major B 2012/10/12 01:23:15
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    Sgt Major B
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    Seems their priorities weren't focused on security.

    And for the fools that are trying to blame Republicans, Deputy Secretary of State Lamb was asked directly and specifically if funding was the issue and she replied "No." Additionally, she testified "We had the correct number of assets in Benghazi on the night of 9/11." Guess you were too busy getting your left-wing talking points to take the time to actually watch the hearings.
  • RobHom 2012/10/11 23:42:01
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    RobHom
    Actually, I think this thread is nothing more than a red herring. Ambassador Stevens literally abhorred general security levels. He preferred to take morning runs in the open and would often roam around the city and meet with locals and business people without a bunch of security people. He made choices. Live with it.
  • Swampdog PWCM 2012/10/11 21:38:54 (edited)
    State Department Prioritizes Green Evangalism
    Swampdog PWCM
    Democrats will do anything to weaken American security, even kill an Ambassador and try to cover it up. Clinton,Holder, Susan What's her name, and Obama should be tried for treason and murder for this outrage! Mittens is right Obama only picks losers to invest in, throwing more good money after bad.....again!
  • Bronar 2012/10/11 20:14:21
    State Department Prioritizes Green Evangalism
    Bronar
    Scary. Hope it comes up in the debate tonight.
  • mike br... Bronar 2012/10/12 01:42:37
  • Magus BN-0 2012/10/11 20:08:15
    State Department Prioritizes National Security
    Magus BN-0
    +2
    Maybe if the Republican Teabaggers in Congress hadn't slashed the State Department's security budget, there would've been more armed guards in Libya.
  • Steve 2012/10/11 20:04:57
    State Department Prioritizes National Security
    Steve
    +3
    Give it a rest. The House of Representatives sets the budget for all this spending, including what the money can and can't be spent for. Don't like the spending? Blame the GOP House of Representatives.
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/10/11 19:58:32
    State Department Prioritizes National Security
    MOMMA THOMAS
    ALL EMBASSIES ARE AT RISK THESE DAYS... CHEVY VOLTS DO NOT BREAK THE BANK. STEVENS AND SO MANY OTHER AMERICANS HAVE TAUGHT US THAT ATTEMPTING TO SPREAD DEMOCRACY THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST IS DANGEROUS, AND WE'LL NEVER KNOW WHERE TERRORISTS WILL ATTACK NEXT....NO MATTER HOW MUCH "SECURITY" WE PROVIDE FOR OUR BRAVEST "FREEDOM FIGHTERS."
  • mike br... MOMMA T... 2012/10/12 01:53:18
  • mike br... MOMMA T... 2012/10/12 01:56:13
  • MOMMA T... mike br... 2012/10/12 04:33:01
    MOMMA THOMAS
    PHITTT, TWIT!
  • ProudProgressive 2012/10/11 19:56:08
    State Department Prioritizes National Security
    ProudProgressive
    +3
    The State Department cares about National Security. Obviously the Republicans in Congress who have cut about $300 million from our security budget don't understand that tax breaks for millionaires to buy private jets are all well and good but when we do that at the cost of providing adequate resources to maintain our national security it's not such a great idea after all.
  • sickofp... ProudPr... 2012/10/11 20:00:53
    sickofpolitics
    What budget dude, congress has not been able to pass a budget because of the senate since Obama took office. get off your high horse and lay oof the kool-aid it is obviously killing brain cells.....
  • Steve sickofp... 2012/10/11 20:06:37
    Steve
    +2
    Even when a budget is a continuing resolution, it's still a Federal budget, and it's still written in the House of Representatives. There certainly have been budgets passed.
  • sickofp... Steve 2012/10/11 20:09:56
    sickofpolitics
    No we have not had a real budget passed since 2008, especially since the mid-term election. The senate has refused to pass the budget and give it to the president. there is not enough money allocated to their pet projects because the house understands that the American people can not afford to go further into debt due to wasteful and reckless spending...
  • maquignon 2012/10/11 19:53:58
    State Department Prioritizes Green Evangalism
    maquignon
    +1
    The sad part is that it is not even helping the environment!!! Obama is determined to pour more and more money into Government Motors before it goes bankrupt, and it will! He is right on plan. They third large solar company to receive "stimulus" money has gone belly up. Obama's plan to destroy the economy is working. What have we done by electing this monster?
  • Gangste... maquignon 2012/10/11 22:12:50
    Gangstersteve1993
    Fell for it. He lied at the beginning before the elections.
  • Zuggi 2012/10/11 19:45:34 (edited)
    State Department Prioritizes National Security
    Zuggi
    +4
    No. When you get a budget, they tell you how much is for security and how much for other programs. This $100k didn't come out of security cash.

    What did come out of security cash, though was $300 million dollars over two years, cut by Republican deficit hawks.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com...
  • ProudPr... Zuggi 2012/10/11 19:52:20
    ProudProgressive
    +3
    This is going to be too complicated for them, you know.
  • Magus BN-0 Zuggi 2012/10/11 20:10:16
    Magus BN-0
    +2
    Fef has gone too far off the deep end to understand this.
  • sickofpolitics 2012/10/11 19:37:20
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    sickofpolitics
    Typical liberal agenda, enough said. Screw the people save the environment. When will these dumbasses realize that if there are no people how can we ensure the environment is going to be ok....... That was so hard, I was trying to use liberal logic and my brain just really wounldn't let me get that stupid.... Off to take some advil for the migraine.
  • ProudPr... sickofp... 2012/10/11 19:53:46
    ProudProgressive
    More like "typical conservative agenda, enough said. Screw what the country needs, just cut the budget so millionaires can still get their tax deductions for private jets." When will these dumbasses realize that if they don't do their jobs and see to the needs of the American people they won't have anyplace to fly their private jets?
  • sickofp... ProudPr... 2012/10/11 19:59:23
    sickofpolitics
    You might want to have a talk with your Liberal God Obama, he seems to have put several miles on Air Force One on the tax payer dime, to campaign, golf and vacation, make tv appearneces, etc..... BTW I don't think that private jets should be tax deductable, if you actually weren't so drunk on your kool-aid last week you would have heard Romney state he would close those loop holes.......
  • ProudPr... sickofp... 2012/10/11 20:20:41
    ProudProgressive
    +1
    Romney has never once said what loopholes he would close to try to make up for the additional 5 trillion dollars in tax cuts he plans to make. (Never mind that there aren't enough deductions in the entire tax code to cover that much additional debt.)
  • sickofp... ProudPr... 2012/10/11 20:28:36
    sickofpolitics
    See my sentence about being drunk on kool-aid, he did specifically mention closing the loopholes that many corporate slobs get away with on their tax returns. rely less on the daily issued talking points and more on the facts and you will be ok.....
  • ProudPr... sickofp... 2012/10/11 20:35:13 (edited)
    ProudProgressive
    +1
    Name one SPECIFIC loophole that Romney has said he would close. And include a link to a reliable source. Otherwise you might as just stay in fantasyland.

    (Not that it would matter anyway, since it doesn't matter what Mitt Romney said yesterday because there's at least a 50% chance that he'll say the opposite tomorrow.)
  • Mr. T 2012/10/11 19:36:36
    State Department Prioritizes Green Evangalism
    Mr. T
    +1
    WOW...just another Obama BS move. Purchase a bunch of losers from the company he bailed out to make them look good. Next we will be seeing headlines like: "Europe goes bonkers over Volts" or "GM making tremendous strides thanks to Obama". Can this administration get any weaker in their misdirection?
  • JDC~The Shootist~ 2012/10/11 19:34:14
    State Department Prioritizes Green Evangalism
    JDC~The Shootist~
    +1
    Libs are clueless, just read this President's campaign manager's response to the Benghazi terror attackers.

    http://freebeacon.com/cutter-...

    Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said Thursday that the “entire reason” the terrorist attack at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans has “become the political topic it is” is because Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan talk about the attack.

    STEPHANIE CUTTER: In terms of the politicization of this — you know, we are here at a debate, and I hope we get to talk about the debate — but the entire reason this has become the political topic it is, is because of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. It’s a big part of their stump speech. And it’s reckless and irresponsible what they’re doing.

    BROOKE BALDWIN: But, Stephanie, this is national security. As we witnessed this revolution last year, we covered it–

    CUTTER: It is absolutely national security–

    BALDWIN: –it is absolutely pertinent. People in the American public absolutely have a right to get answers.
  • Dee 2012/10/11 19:33:56
    State Department Prioritizes Green Evangalism
    Dee
    +1
    Europe already has green cars. What do they need the Volt for?
  • Mr. T Dee 2012/10/11 19:38:45
    Mr. T
    +2
    They don't and more than likely don't want them. They were purchased to make it look like one of Obama's pet projects is a winner.
  • Heptarch 2012/10/11 19:33:20
    State Department Prioritizes Green Evangalism
    Heptarch
    +2
    And these have what to do with each other, exactly? Are you saying that the two decisions were somehow linked?

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