Point blank, in 2011 the Republicans cut funding, and in 2012 came back and cut funding again to the State Department.
"Absolutely," Chaffetz said. "Look we have to make priorities and choices in this country. We have 15,000 contractors in Iraq. We have more than 6,000 contractors, a private army there, for President Obama, in Baghdad. And were talking about can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces. When youre in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things.
Surprisingly, Chaffetz, only because the evidence is in the records, admitted to funding cuts to the State Department for Security, as prioritizing!!!!!!! HELLO..........
This is just criminally insane to know you voted to cut funding for security and try desperately to push off the responsibility for the murders you sanctioned on others. Page 3 of the ARB Report confirms as does the recent senate report the causation of the lack of security and funding to the State Department due to Republican funding cuts..........
"while Boxer claims that Republicans cut the budget, she is only comparing it to what the Obama administration proposed. The reality is that funding for embassy security has increased significantly in recent years."
Equally significant and ignored by Boxer is the fact that the evidence is clear on this point. The ARB report does suggest an increase in funding for security but does not claim lack of funding was an issue in Benghazi. Also, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Charlene Lamb was asked directly about this during her congressional testimony last October:
Asked to explain the contradiction between her claims and reality, aides to Sen. Boxer sent Kessler a link to a NY Times editorial.
Kessler concludes "it is almost as if Boxer is living in a time warp, repeating talking points from six months ago that barely acknowledge the fact that extensive investigations have found little evidence of her claim..."
The administration and its allies keep pushing this claim, not because it was ever true but because they have nothing else. The media needs to be more forceful about rebutting this claim whenever it pops out of the mouths of Democrats seeking to defend the administration.