Rep. Kelly: Libya got security cuts; Vienna got Chevy Volts

posted at 5:21 pm on October 11, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Does anybody else find it kind of fazing that House Democrats really tried to blame Republican budget cuts for the inadequate security situation in Libya? Because, as Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) pointed out in the Washington Times yesterday, it doesn’t look like the State Department is exactly down to bare bones on their budget allocations — they just have particular priorities about where to spend their money.

In a May 3, 2012, email, the State Department denied a request by a group of Special Forces assigned to protect the U.S. embassy in Libya to continue their use of a DC- 3 airplane for security operations throughout the country. …

Four days later, on May 7, the State Department authorized the U.S. embassy in Vienna to purchase a $108,000 electric vehicle charging station for the embassy motor pool’s new Chevrolet Volts. The purchase was a part of the State Department’s “Energy Efficiency Sweep of Europe” initiative, which included hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on green program expenditures at various U.S. Embassies.

In fact, at a May 10 gala held at the U.S. embassy in Vienna, the ambassador showcased his new Volts and other green investments as part of the U.S. government’s commitment to “climate change solutions.”

While the embassy in Vienna was going green, the consulate in Benghazi was getting bombed, and little was done to stop it.

Ahhh, yes — it is of the utmost importance that every department stay eco-hip and have their own special “green-ifying” trophy initiatives. Climate change, you know.

As Rep. Kelly argues, this raises some serious questions about the State Department’s spending priorities. Maybe it seems like a small expenditure, but should the “Energy Efficiency Sweep of Europe” program really be receiving funding when other security threats aren’t receiving full attention?

Also, we learned last month that the federal government is beefing up the Chevy Volt’s sales numbers, as the Department of Defense plans to purchase them in an effort to “green up” their military; a.k.a., yet another way the taxpayer is directly aiding GM and their electric poster child. Apparently, the Pentagon isn’t the only one — it looks like the State Department has been helping the Chevy Volt’s sales, too.


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Nothing to see here, move along……

BallisticBob on October 11, 2012 at 5:24 PM

One wonders how many ambassadors are thinking of coming home with these stories coming out. Sure makes them look like easy targets for anyone looking to make a name for themselves or their cause.

Betenoire on October 11, 2012 at 5:24 PM

He mentioned this in the hearings. Had a nice sarcastic tone to it.

a capella on October 11, 2012 at 5:26 PM


the State Department authorized the U.S. embassy in Vienna to purchase a $108,000 electric vehicle charging station

Does it need some sort of converter for European plugs???

Laura in Maryland on October 11, 2012 at 5:26 PM

One wonders how many ambassadors are thinking of coming home with these stories coming out. Sure makes them look like easy targets for anyone looking to make a name for themselves or their cause.

Betenoire on October 11, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Laura in Maryland on October 11, 2012 at 5:26 PM

R&R had a hand in this too?

bho and hill needs to be hauled to court and the family of those killed needs to be there to say how they feel about them!
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letget on October 11, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Betenoire on October 11, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Laura in Maryland on October 11, 2012 at 5:26 PM

oops!

They’re all coming home after Romney wins and makes his own appointments.

Laura in Maryland on October 11, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Note to the crew:

E. Cummings voted in favor of the bill that reduced spending for the State Department.

He must have forgotten that while he was blaming the GOP for the cuts yesterday.

BobMbx on October 11, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Barry was trying to cover his loser green ass by subsidizing Volts every way he can, and now his abuse of priority is backfiring big time.

bayview on October 11, 2012 at 5:29 PM

There is only one question I want to hear the answer to:

How many rounds were fired in defense of the consulate and/or Ambassador Stevens?

I haven’t heard a single story of how many of Jihadi’s were killed or wounded.

BobMbx on October 11, 2012 at 5:29 PM

And each Volt came with it’s very own copy of obozo’s books.

Flange on October 11, 2012 at 5:30 PM

No Chevy Volts for our Libyan embassy staff?

farsighted on October 11, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Sometimes I think we are overconcentrating on the Libya issue in light of a need to stick with issues that people really care about like Obamacare, but this is a meme that could work with the Libya issue, and tie it to the $90 billion wasted on green energy. And in fact to general overspending, to the a little bit here and a little bit there that adds up to a lot. Add this and some other things to the Big Bird spending and you see the problem: it’s a lot.

anotherJoe on October 11, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Four words: Sesame Street Foreign Policy.

C’mon Mitt and Paul, use it ad nauseum.

newtopia on October 11, 2012 at 5:31 PM

He mentioned this in the hearings. Had a nice sarcastic tone to it.

a capella on October 11, 2012 at 5:26 PM

He’s my congressman! He’s a first term TEA Party guy. He is also the owner of a GM Dealership, among a few other brands. I bought my last car from him. I am really impressed with the job he’s done since he got to Washington.

Night Owl on October 11, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Burning bodies and buildings pump carbon into the atmosphere… not very green, if you ask me.

Marcola on October 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM

This Libya scandal is worse than Watergate by far. No one was killed in connection to the Watergate scandal. All Nixon was guilty of was covering for his own administration’s actions.

With Benghazi, there was a rank failure to provide security for our personnel on the anniversary of the worst attack on our soil by a foreign entity since Pearl Harbor. There as ample reason to believe that additional security and strict security protocols were necessary on that date. Further, why was our Ambassador even in Benghazi at a poorly secured consulate on such a date? He should have been, and under proper existing security protocol would have been, at an Embassy in a safe house within the Embassy compound.

Meanwhile, this administration’s attention, and funding, was focused on peddling the Chevy Volts that GM couldn’t unload in any other way, and providing a $100,000 charging station for them, at one of the most luxurious and safest Embassies we have, Vienna, Austria.

Valerie Jarrett, who holds a position created especially for her within the inner circle of administrative staff at the White House, enjoys limousine service and secret service protection where ever she goes, including on vacation, and our Ambassador Stevens had almost no security whatsoever in Benghazi, Lybia, an area known to be swarming with terrorists and malcontents and ripe for an attack.

Clearly the safety and the lives of our personnel abroad meant little to this administration in comparison to the desire to craft and adhere to an agenda that put the lives and safety of those personnel abroad at the bottom of the administrations list of priorities.

thatsafactjack on October 11, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Why do I feel that the regime is deliberately setting up Americans to die ?

burrata on October 11, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Chevy Volts ? !

Why are we trying to “sabotage” Vienna?

listens2glenn on October 11, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Note to the crew:

E. Cummings voted in favor of the bill that reduced spending for the State Department.

He must have forgotten that while he was blaming the GOP for the cuts yesterday.

BobMbx on October 11, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Kinda like Obama forgetting he had voted against waiving the Stafford act for New Orleans Katrina funding when he was talking victimhood to the group of black preachers and insinuating it wasn’t waived because of racism?

a capella on October 11, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Libya got security cuts; Vienna got Chevy Volts… ironically both burn up

DANEgerus on October 11, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Benghazi! All we lost was four white guys. And they were probably conservative at that!

If America is wiped out, a big part of the climate change problem is solved.

Maybe I shouldn’t give our leaders any ideas…

IlikedAUH2O on October 11, 2012 at 5:43 PM

The next Volt model should be named the Ambassador.

Lily on October 11, 2012 at 5:46 PM

We weren’t going to go there, but since you tried to blame the deaths on lack of funding for security you are getting a throat punch from Rep. Kelly.

Wigglesworth on October 11, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Why do you reichwingers have to politicize the Obama admninistartions incompetence in fulfilling it’s most basic responsibilities!

/sarc

gwelf on October 11, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Libya got security cuts; Vienna got Chevy Volts

…that’s why what happened in Libya is called murder!

KOOLAID2 on October 11, 2012 at 5:52 PM

As Rep. Kelly argues, this raises some serious questions about the State Department’s spending priorities.

NO! It raises some SERIOUS QUESTIONS about the PERSON in CHARGE of the State Department.

AND HER BOSS!

GarandFan on October 11, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Chevy Volt.

I have a burning desire to own one.//

NapaConservative on October 11, 2012 at 5:53 PM

So $108k for just the charging station, and he mentioned multiple volts….so we are probably talking at least a half million dollars.

if only the SF had asked for all electric Humvees, or perhaps just some up-armored Volts.

tommer74 on October 11, 2012 at 5:57 PM

This administration just loves scandals and investigations. What a bunch of crooks.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/11/darrell-issa-jobs-report_n_1958510.html

Philly on October 11, 2012 at 5:58 PM

There is only one question I want to hear the answer to:

How many rounds were fired in defense of the consulate and/or Ambassador Stevens?

I haven’t heard a single story of how many of Jihadi’s were killed or wounded.

BobMbx on October 11, 2012 at 5:29 PM

THIS!

BallisticBob on October 11, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Cutting security for diplomatic staff while pi$$ing away millions billions “greening” the State Defense Departments reflects such gross incompetence as to raise questions about loyalty.

petefrt on October 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Chevy Volts ? !

Why are we trying to “sabotage” Vienna?

listens2glenn on October 11, 2012 at 5:40 PM

If aQ is looking for ambassadors to hit, there you go. They tried to armor-up a Chevy Volt and ended up blowing all four tires.

I wonder what the Vienna fire chief thinks of this?

slickwillie2001 on October 11, 2012 at 6:03 PM

to continue their use of a DC- 3 airplane for security operations throughout the country. …

A DC-3 for security operations? Do you realize what a DC-3 is? It’s a 1950′s aircraft, taildragger, very small commercial passenger plane. They are extremely inexpensive to operate however; our company had one as a test platform for a while. DC-3

AZfederalist on October 11, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Four days later, on May 7, the State Department authorized the U.S. embassy in Vienna to purchase a $108,000 electric vehicle charging station for the embassy motor pool’s new Chevrolet Volts.

So WHO supplied those charging station and HOW MUCH did they kick back to Hussein ?

burrata on October 11, 2012 at 6:04 PM

A DC-3 for security operations? Do you realize what a DC-3 is? It’s a 1930′s aircraft, taildragger,

AZfederalist on October 11, 2012 at 6:03 PM

FIFM. 65 year old design

AZfederalist on October 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Is anyone *but* the government buying those things? I live in Dallas – I’ve seen literally ONE Volt, and seen it ONCE.

I’m really quite curious about what percentage of total Volt sales have been to ‘private sector’ buyers.

Midas on October 11, 2012 at 6:07 PM

In a May 3, 2012, email, the State Department denied a request by a group of Special Forces assigned to protect the U.S. embassy in Libya to continue their use of a DC- 3 airplane for security operations throughout the country. …
===================================

Heres the DC3 Q&A!!!

Um,in case you missed the DC-3 Saga!!

Mark C. Toner
Deputy Spokesperson
Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC
October 5, 2012
****************

TRANSCRIPT:

1:03 p.m. EDT

MR. TONER: Good afternoon, everyone. Happy Friday.

QUESTION: Welcome back, Mark. Good to see you.

MR. TONER: Thank you.

QUESTION: So let’s start with Libya, and a couple of things on that. One is there’s this report about email exchange regarding an airplane that the post apparently wanted to keep, and they were denied. Is that – one, is that accurate? And second of all, they’re talking about the plane is a DC-3, and I mean – a DC-3? Really? The DC-3 was – they were made in the ’40s, and I’m just wondering if that’s the best available there is. And then secondly – or thirdly, rather, there was talk about there being a plane on standby in Tripoli that actually flew to Benghazi the night of the 11th, and I’m wondering – what kind of plane was that?

MR. TONER: Thanks for the questions, Matt. Look, I’m very hesitant to get drawn into this whole line of questions too deeply, because as the Secretary said, as Toria has said countless times over the last several days, we do have an ARB up and running now. They did meet again today. They are meeting regularly going forward. And it’s really their mission to get to the bottom of the events of 9/11 and to do a comprehensive report that answers a lot of these questions.

That said, in response to this particular story, my understanding is that – and I can’t speak to the make and model of the plane, I think it was a DC-3 – but this plane was in Iraq at the time and moved to support Libya early on, when there are no – when there was no commercial airline service into Libya. This is a very common practice in places where there’s no commercial airline service. When commercial service was subsequently established, we then moved that asset back to other State Department business, I believe back to Iraq in this case. But we essentially – we use our aircraft when there’s no commercial flights available.

In regard to your second question, again, I think some U.S. officials have alluded to the fact that there was a plane that was sent into Benghazi the night of 9/11. I don’t want to get into too many details; again, I don’t want to stray too far into what is the purview of the ARB.

QUESTION: Whose plane is this DC-3?

MR. TONER: I believe it’s a State Department asset.

QUESTION: Okay. And it was moved back to Iraq to –

MR. TONER: I think it was Iraq.

QUESTION: Because –

MR. TONER: “Reassigned to other State Department business” is what I have in front of me. It was taken from Iraq at the time.

QUESTION: Can you check that, where it went to?

MR. TONER: Sure, I can.

QUESTION: Because I believe that there is commercial airline service in Iraq.

MR. TONER: I’ll look into it.

QUESTION: So do you have any reason to believe that if this DC-3 had been kept in Libya, the situation would have been any different on the 11th than it was?

MR. TONER: Again, I don’t want to be put in a position here where I’m commenting on events leading up to 9/11 in what is rightly the purview of the ARB. All I can say is that –

QUESTION: What was it doing in Libya at the time?

MR. TONER: Well again, it was there simply to provide support in the absence of commercial –

QUESTION: Yeah. But was it ferrying – was it ferrying four flights a day –

MR. TONER: Precisely. It was bringing – no, I don’t know how many flights –

QUESTION: — to Benghazi security –

MR. TONER: I don’t know how many flights a day it took. I don’t have that kind of detail.

QUESTION: — weapons and ammunition to –

MR. TONER: I don’t have that kind of detail. But essentially – sure, go ahead.

QUESTION: – to the consulate in Benghazi? I mean, was that what it was doing?

MR. TONER: I don’t have that level of detail. It was meant to take personnel from – most likely from between Tripoli and Benghazi, but also elsewhere.

QUESTION: But – and also elsewhere in Libya?

MR. TONER: Yeah. I don’t have that level of detail, but it was there in the absence of a commercial airline service. So yes, it was there to take them from point A to B.

QUESTION: Well, was it taking things that would not be normally taken on a commercial aircraft?

MR. TONER: Again, I don’t have that detail.

QUESTION: Was it taking materiel in addition to people?

MR. TONER: I don’t have that detail.

QUESTION: And do you know when it was removed from Libya and reassigned to other business?

MR. TONER: I don’t have that date. I can look into that.

QUESTION: Welcome back, Mark.

MR. TONER: Thanks.

QUESTION: It’s good to see you behind the podium.

MR. TONER: Thanks. At least you in solidarity shaved your head; I appreciate that. (Laughter.)

QUESTION: I wanted to – exactly. We should have our picture taken together.

MR. TONER: That’s right.
(More……………)

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2012/10/198708.htm
====================================================

VIDEO of Briefing

Daily Press Briefing – October 5, 2012

Oct. 5, 2012: U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing by Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner in Washington, DC.

http://video.state.gov/en/video/1880643504001

canopfor on October 8, 2012 at 9:36 PM

canopfor on October 11, 2012 at 6:09 PM

We weren’t going to go there, but since you tried to blame the deaths on lack of funding for security you are getting a throat punch from Rep. Kelly.

Wigglesworth on October 11, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Hell yes.

Midas on October 11, 2012 at 6:09 PM

So $108k for just the charging station, and he mentioned multiple volts….so we are probably talking at least a half million dollars.

if only the SF had asked for all electric Humvees, or perhaps just some up-armored Volts.

tommer74 on October 11, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Hybrid hearses?

Lily on October 11, 2012 at 6:14 PM

The next Volt model should be named the Ambassador.

Lily on October 11, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Lily:Too Late———:)
========================

US veteran diplomat Laurence Pope named as new charge d’affaires to Libya following murder of Chris Stevens – @AFP

5 hours ago from http://www.straitstimes.com by editor

http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/world/story/us-names-new-diplomat-libya-20121012

canopfor on October 11, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Rep. Kelly: Libya got security cuts; Vienna got Chevy Volts
…and when the American Ambassador there dies from getting burnt to a crisp in an OBOZOmobile volt lithium battery explosion and fire, will the OBOZO WH blame THAT on a video?

TeaPartyNation on October 11, 2012 at 6:17 PM

*********** RED ALERT ****************

LIVE FEED Mittens Rally

Video: Romney rally in North Carolina

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on October 11, 2012 at 6:20 PM

But….but…but…The DC3 isn’t GREEN! Therefore, it HAD to go! Don’t you see?? /

Sasha List on October 11, 2012 at 6:23 PM

canopfor on October 11, 2012 at 6:15 PM

The next Volt car model should be named the Ambassador, in honor of.

Sorry for the lack of clarity.

Lily on October 11, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Spiffy Cutter on Fox…..Benghazi is only an issue because R/R are out campaigning on it.

dirtengineer on October 11, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Someone with the means should find out what the gala cost. I’ll bet that was another $50K, or more. This regime has such sick priorities.

Kenz on October 11, 2012 at 6:35 PM

GOD…I hate those people.

You can never have an honest government with secularists in charge. They have no morals or ethics.

dirtengineer on October 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

canopfor on October 11, 2012 at 6:15 PM

The next Volt car model should be named the Ambassador, in honor of.

Sorry for the lack of clarity.

Lily on October 11, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Lily:

No no,I agree,I should of added a sarcastic tag.
It seems,the current Administration,has its prior
ites screwd up!:)

canopfor on October 11, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Libya got security cuts; Vienna got Chevy Volts

Or, as Vice President Biden might phrase it,

Ambassador Stevens is dead, GM is alive.

malclave on October 11, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Spiffy Cutter on Fox…..Benghazi is only an issue because R/R are out campaigning on it.

dirtengineer on October 11, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Well, yeah. If they weren’t saying anything, the administration and MSM (but I repeat myself) would have buried this story with the ambassador and his colleagues.

AZfederalist on October 11, 2012 at 7:06 PM

This story makes me sick.
I guess I can’t process 2,000 sons and daughters dying in the war.

But these four young men dying needlessly in such a horrible way…
while the Preezie parties with Black thugs like Jay-Z.

Only an idiot goes to Vegas to prep for an exam.
Cleveland would have been better.

I’m so sick of being heartsick for my country and ourselves over the fiasco-du-jour regime. November 7th with Mitt as our new President sure sounds great.

Please God, save us.

Typicalwhitewoman on October 11, 2012 at 7:20 PM

No no,I agree,I should of added a sarcastic tag.
It seems,the current Administration,has its prior
ites screwd up!:)

canopfor on October 11, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Aw come on. You don’t expect them to leave a valuable post, such as the one in Libya, Ambassador-less and defenseless do you?

Lily on October 11, 2012 at 7:45 PM

“In fact”

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2012 at 7:58 PM