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  •  That's not correct. You have to dig a little. (0+ / 0-)

    Read State's budget requests for security related line items, starting around p. 417:

    http://www.state.gov/...

    Compare FY 2011 actual funding versus the FY 2012 cost estimate.  If you consider all sources of funding, there was actually a net increase in funding for FY 2012.

    The cuts in question were not made for FY 2012.  They were made for FY 2013, so even if the amounts requested for FY 2013 had been approved in their entirety, that would have had no effect on the events in Libya.

    Last, even if the complained of cuts had impacted FY 2012, State gets to decide where it allocates its funds.  It's not like every post is the same, and gets the same allowance.  If State had wanted to boost funding for Benghazi by taking some money away from, say, Luxembourg, I am sure they could have done so. But that's State's call.   Once the money gets appropriated, State spends it, not Republican Congressmen.  

    Find another scapegoat.  They suck, but they didn't cause this problem, and anyone who says they did is blowing smoke.

    Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause. - Gandhi

    by SpamNunn on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 12:28:40 PM PST

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    •  Maybe I misunderstood (3+ / 0-)

      I don't think House Republicans caused this.  I think Libyan extremists caused this.

      I am saying that the GOP's newly found grave concern for State Department security is squarely at odds with their record, and that we should absolutely lambast them for attempting to take the moral high ground in this so-called coverup.

      You couldn't load a pistol with dormitive virtue and shoot it into a breakfast-roll - CS Pierce

      by Mr Raymond Luxury Yacht on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 02:55:40 PM PST

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