State Department sits on $2 billion-plus for embassy security [Darleen Click] UPDATED
Even the left-partisan editorializing cannot fully blunt what Politico reports
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) says the State Department is sitting on $2.2 billion that should be spent on upgrading security at U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide, but the Obama administration will not spend the funds.
Issa made his comment during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation” to discuss the recent attack in Benghazi, Libya, that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead. Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, held a highly partisan hearing on the incident last week.
Issa claims the State Department will not spend the already approved funds because they didn’t want to the appearance of needing increased security.
“The fact is, they [the State Department.] are making the decision not to put the security in because they don’t want the presence of security,” Issa said. “That is not how you do security.”
With Republicans turning the Libya into a political issue, Democrats have countered that House GOP leaders actually sought to cut funding for embassy security, which Issa tried to refute.
“You can’t always look to [new] money when there’s money sitting there,” Issa said. “We’re going through a ‘Mission Accomplished’ moment. Eleven years after Sept. 11 , Americans were attacked by terrorists who pre-planned to kill Americans. That happened, and we can’t be in denial.”
No one died at Watergate, but Chris Stevens’ body is to be dismissed as a partisan issue.
Just remember Obama’s strategy tonight:
UPDATE Wag the Dog?
Today, the Associated Press reports that “the White House has put special operations strike forces on standby and moved drones into the skies above Africa, ready to hit militant targets from Libya to Mali, if US investigators can find the al-Qaida-linked group responsible for the death of the US ambassador in Libya.”
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