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State Dept: Security at Libya consulate adequate

Utah commander also offering testimony


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  • Makid Kearns, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 6:23 a.m.

    What makes it worse is that in the last 2 funding sessions passed by the House first and the Senate later the House has cut more than $400 Million from the State Department security fund over the objections by the State Department.

    Jason Chaffetz admitted that they cut funding because it wasn't a priority. Now that 4 people are dead, they want to blame the State Department for doing what they were allowed with less funding. This is all the result of the random cutting without planning that Republicans had done.

    Check out CNN for the story. It won't be reported here because it would put Republicans in a bad light.

    One day people will understand that surgical cuts are better than across the board cuts. But to many people think that it is better to cut PBS than cut even $5 Billion from a Military budget that is nearly 3 times larger than it was in 2000. There is bloat to the Federal Budget that can be cut right there. Unfortunately, no Republican will call for cuts there because PBS is such a better target (0.0014% of the budget).

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 10, 2012 4:00 p.m.

    "We had the correct number of assets in Benghazi at the time of 9/11," said Charlene Lamb, the deputy secretary of state for diplomatic security in charge of protecting American embassies and consulates around the world."

    I guess for these guys even hindsight is NOT 20/20.

    Makes you wonder why they IGNORED the requests from those on the ground for more security.

    what a bunch of incompetents!

  • county mom Monroe, UT
    Oct. 10, 2012 2:17 p.m.

    The Ambassador and three protectors are dead. That is proof that they are wrong, Dead Wrong!

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 10, 2012 1:00 p.m.

    I would have to think they were wrong about adequate protection. After all, four Americans are dead.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 10, 2012 12:55 p.m.

    "State Department officials are telling Congress that security levels at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya were adequate ....."

    Yeah, what else could they have possibly said? Looks like they were wrong, and Americans paid the price for their assessment.