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    Republicans have innoculated themselves to the budget cut argument.  At the hearing on Oct 10, 2012, there was this exchange.  Farenthold is a Republican Congressman from Texas.  Charlene Lamb was a deputy assistant secretary for embassy security and I believe she ended up resigning despite all the brown nosing she did.  She is often quoted by Republicans who seem well trained on their talking points, the little robots.

    I will start with Mrs. Lamb and Ambassador Kennedy.  Are there other embassies similarly situated, other State Department outposts that are asking for more help because of volatile situations that are not getting it?

    Ms. LAMB.
    In volatile locations, no, sir. RSOs just need to confer with their post management, because it is a matter of bed space and logistical issues and the requests and the justification for what these personnel will do, and it is granted. If we don’t have permanent assignments to put there, we immediately put temporarily assigned agents there.

    So there is not a budget problem; it is not you all don’t have the money to do this?

    Ms. LAMB.
    Sir, if it is a volatile situation, we will move assets to cover that.

    Would you have considered—at the time, did you consider Libya to be a volatile situation?

    Ms. LAMB.
    Sir, absolutely. And the desk officer sat—talked and sent emails and came to an agreement with Eric Nordstrom. We were trying to get a clearly defined list of exactly what he needed out there.

    The excerpt above is on p 95 if you care to amuse yourself with the rest of their chatter.

    There is no existence without doubt.

    by Mark Lippman on Mon May 13, 2013 at 05:17:02 AM PDT

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