Sen. Boxer’s latest take on Benghazi: “Mirror, mirror, who cut the funding for diplomatic security”?

posted at 9:21 pm on May 14, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

On the Senate floor earlier today, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) took a moment to try her darndest to throw the still-unfolding Benghazi saga back in the oh-so-hyper-partisan Republicans’ faces:

Now, there’s a lot of talk going on about, “How could this happen?” and e-mails and all the rest. Let me focus on something very important: It takes funding to protect an embassy. It takes funding to protect a consulate. It takes funding to protect an outpost. Yes, it takes funding. Who cut the funds from embassy security? The Republicans in the House, that’s who. Hundreds of millions of dollars, and if it wasn’t for the Democrats it would have been cut more… I think the Benghazi “scandal,” end quotes, starts with the Republicans looking in the mirror. “Mirror, mirror, who’s the fairest of them all?” They ought to ask, “Mirror, mirror, who cut the funding for diplomatic security across this world for America?” The answer: Republicans. They cannot stand the heat, so they turn it on Secretary Clinton, and that is completely wrong.

Er… nice try at reviving an old-and-busted attempt to turn this debacle back on those obstructionist Republicans, but no. For one thing, the issue here wasn’t the available funding, but the prioritization of the available funding (the State Department miraculously has enough money for Chevy Volts [which the Obama administration also heavily subsidizes!] and charging stations at certain embassies, but not adequate security at others?); for another, as Andrew Johnson highlighted at NRO, a State Department official confirmed in testimony last October that more money would not have prevented the attacks, via the Daily Beast at the time:

In testimony Wednesday before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Charlene Lamb, a deputy assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, was asked, “Was there any budget consideration and lack of budget which led you not to increase the number of people in the security force there?”

Lamb responded, “No, sir.”

Recall that Lamb is the person who denied requests from the top diplomatic security officer in Libya to retain a 16-man team of military personnel who had been protecting diplomats.

The real issue here, of course, is both the specific failures that led to the deaths of four Americans and the wider failures of a poor Middle-East foreign policy, and the administration’s subsequent and shoddy attempt to save face on both counts in the dwindling weeks before a presidential election — not the availability of the funding that the State Department chose to allocate otherwise.

And speaking of Benghazi, get ready for another Congressional hearing, this one with the authors of the recently much-debated Accountability Review Board report to which the White House has been referring questions over the past several months, via the AP:

The leaders of the panel that independently reviewed the attack last year in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans have agreed to testify publicly before Congress to counter what they consider unfounded criticism of their work.

In a letter to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, veteran diplomat Thomas Pickering says he and former Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen will answer any questions lawmakers have.

Pickering calls criticism of the Accountability Review Board “unfounded.” He says he and Mullen stand by its findings.


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i know, i know, republicans?

phatfawzi on May 14, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Boxer..
F-

Electrongod on May 14, 2013 at 9:23 PM

and the broken record continues…

CoffeeLover on May 14, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Thank you for putting this back on the front burner, you useless harpy, good job.

Bishop on May 14, 2013 at 9:25 PM

If only the State Dept. declared Benghazi a No Gun Zone..
Signs are cheap…

Electrongod on May 14, 2013 at 9:25 PM

It takes funding to protect an embassy. It takes funding to protect a consulate. It takes funding to protect an outpost. Yes, it takes funding. Who cut the funds from embassy security?

Yeah but it takes a leader to decide that an ambassador pleading for greater security is a higher priority than $100K for charging stations for Chevy Volts in Vienna. The pig in charge of the State Department failed to rise to the level of leadership and you damn well know it, don’t you maam?

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 9:26 PM

…that fluken woman is as batty as our trolls!

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Sen. Boxer’s latest take on Benghazi: “Mirror, mirror, who cut the funding for diplomatic security”?

The bearded Spock??

Electrongod on May 14, 2013 at 9:27 PM

She’s disgusting.

Axe on May 14, 2013 at 9:27 PM

It takes funding to protect an embassy. It takes funding to protect a consulate. It takes funding to protect an outpost. Yes, it takes funding. Who cut the funds from embassy security?

…take one less family vacation to Hawaii…which we know… is in Asia!

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2013 at 9:29 PM

this country is lost, half of the people of this country actually believe her.

phatfawzi on May 14, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Let’s quash this ‘Blame Benghazi on Budget Cuts’ shit right now…

1. The Senate never voted on nor did Obama sign into law the Ryan Budget; thus, the Republican budget cuts never took effect.

2. Sequestration did not take effect until 6 months after the Benghazi attack and, at the time of the event, very few in Washington expected Sequestration to ever go into effect; thus, it is ludicrous to attempt to connect Benghazi to Sequestration.

3. In response to the question ‘Was there any budget consideration and lack of budget which led you not to increase the number of people in the security force there?’ posed during a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on 10 October 2012, Charlene Lamb, a deputy assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, answered: ‘No, sir.’

Recall that Lamb is the person, who denied requests from the top diplomatic security officer in Libya to retain a 16-man team of military personnel who had been protecting diplomats. It is only logical that SHE WOULD KNOW.

4. In an email exchange between Diplomatic Security Chief Financial Officer, Robert Baldre, and Assistant Secretary of State, Eric Boswell, on 28 September 2012, Mr Baldre flatly states: ‘I do not feel that we have ever been at a point where we sacrificed security due to a lack of funding…Typically, Congress has provided sufficient funding.’

5. A lack of funding could not have been at issue with regard to the rejection of the request to extend the deployment of the SST, as that team was provided via the Defence Department at no expense to the State Department.

6. The White House and the State Department easily found $70,000 to air ads in Pakistan denouncing the ‘hateful video’ and condemning those who purportedly used it to justify their behaviour.

7. On 11 September 2012, while the Benghazi consulate was inadequately staffed – a finding made by the State Department Accountability Review Board – the American Embassy in the Bahamas had a full contingent from the Marine Embassy Guard.. In fact, a mere 3 weeks earlier, they held a fitness drill and jamboree for the Islanders.

8. The State Department could find the money to fund Secretary Clinton’s ‘U.S. Celebrity Chefs World Tour’ initiative and, four days after it denied a request by a group of Special Forces assigned to protect the American mission in Libya to continue their use of a DC-3 airplane for security operations throughout the country, the State Department authorised the American Embassy in Vienna to purchase a $108,000 electric vehicle charging station for the embassy motor pool’s new Chevrolet Volts. Also, the American Embassy in Cairo could find the money to purchase $38,000′s worth of Barack Obama’s autobiographies to disseminate amongst the locals.

9. While there had been 234 terrorist attacks in Libya in the 16 months preceding the attack on the American Consulate, including 48 in Benghazi alone (including 2 attacks on the American Consulate, 2 attempts on the life of the British Ambassador, and the Red Cross, and every humanitarian post located there), the State Department REFUSED TO INCREASE SECURITY per the request of the Libyan diplomatic mission, including Ambassador Chris Stevens himself, and in fact DECREASED it.

And, the idea that the attack on the Benghazi Consulate was unforeseeable, recall that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was, PERSONALLY, aware of the fact that our Ambassador had to be sneaked into the country on a cargo ship BECAUSE IT WAS SO DANGEROUS.

10. At the time of the attack, the State Department had $2.1 billion on hand and had been granted another $1.9 billion by Congress.

Resist We Much on May 14, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Thank you for putting this back on the front burner, you useless harpy, good job.

Bishop on May 14, 2013 at 9:25 PM

I hadn’t thought of it in those particular terms. The administration has taken great pains in making the other scandals overshadow their complete incompetence about Benghazi. Maam clearly has outdated talking points from wherever these partisan morons get their views of the world.

THANK YOU MAAM!

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 9:30 PM

msdnc hacks are pulling the same line as well…

idiots

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 9:30 PM

That woman’s brain has the same atomic weight as a single cornflake..

mark81150 on May 14, 2013 at 9:31 PM

It takes funding to protect an embassy. It takes funding to protect a consulate. It takes funding to protect an outpost. Yes, it takes funding. Who cut the funds from embassy security?

Our enemies are on the run….right Obama?

Why do we need to protect..

The world luvs us…Right Obama?

Electrongod on May 14, 2013 at 9:31 PM

If they didn’t have the money for security– than they should have left like the Brits did.

earlgrey133 on May 14, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Dumb.
Patty Murray level dumb.
5 sigma dumb.

aquaviva on May 14, 2013 at 9:32 PM

didn’t she just retire from the view or am I mixing up nasty old hags named barbara?

Lost in Jersey on May 14, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Good! If Obama goes down, I hope he takes Boxer with him. And the entire Democrat Party as well.

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Ma’am, please stop with this nonsense. We already know, ma’am, that… excuse me ma’am, I wasn’t finished… ma’am, as I was saying: We already know, ma’am, that funding was not the issue here.

BKeyser on May 14, 2013 at 9:32 PM

How long will these useful idiots keep this up, you’d think the rats would realize this ship is sinking…………..

angrymike on May 14, 2013 at 9:33 PM

…WHAM BAM…THANK YOU MAAM!

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Actually Congress did cut funding for updated teleprompters for Bark, therefore he couldn’t give Cairo Speech Part Deux which would have made all the remaining mideast terrorists love us.

So yes, this is the GOP’s fault. Thanks for nothing, rightie homophobe Rethuglikkkans.

Bishop on May 14, 2013 at 9:34 PM

I just want to see her head explode a la Scanners.

tom daschle concerned on May 14, 2013 at 9:34 PM

I thought the sequester came about in 2013. Oh, I know! Just thinking about less future funding causes the average librul bureaucrat to collapse into the Washington monument mode. You know, if we had just reapplied Babs’ salary to diplomatic security forces, the whole Bengazi thingy could have been avoided. Why didn’t the republicans do that?

Old Country Boy on May 14, 2013 at 9:37 PM

I don’t think funding had a thing to do with answering a cry for help, TWICE!

mixplix on May 14, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Resist
Have you ever thought of running for office, you have more sense then 90% of congress all put together, ill be your campaign manager……………;)

angrymike on May 14, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Good! If Obama goes down, I hope he takes Boxer with him. And the entire Democrat Party as well.

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 9:32 PM

That woman hasn’t had an original thought since she threw her panties at JFK..

who oddly enough would qualify as a “fascist” in current progressive circles for his tax cuts and strident anti-communist views..

But they say .. it was us crazy wingnutz who dragged the country far right.. and not their 180 degree shift from anti-communist to Che’Obama worship. Took en from 62 to 76,.. but they sure managed to round up every nutjob leftist into government and academia.

So is Obama damages the brand..

maybe God isn’t finished with us as a force for good in the world yet.. we can hope.

mark81150 on May 14, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Senator Ma’am.

22044 on May 14, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Resist We Much on May 14, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Laugh at them or ridicule them. Don’t try to explain them or argue with them.

Old Country Boy on May 14, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Hell has frozen over.

Piers Morgan calls the POS’s 3 scandals, AP, IRS and Benghazi a “breach of trust.”

:reeling:

wyntre9 on May 14, 2013 at 9:39 PM

damned typo’s..

mark81150 on May 14, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Ma’am shut yer gob! Please!!!

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 9:40 PM

RWM

Excellent breakdown of Senator Ma’am’s lies!

Too bad someone couldn’t interrupt her with some truth

Same thing with that racist from the NAACP. I think it’s well past time people get called out on their lies

Ditkaca on May 14, 2013 at 9:40 PM

So when the call went out for help the reply was, “Sequister”?

NotCoach on May 14, 2013 at 9:40 PM

So the Sec of State and the POTUS allowed an entire staffed embassy to exist without any armed protection in a nation enduring a fresh civil war which was initiated by the United States?

Please answer the question, senator maa….HEY! Where are you going? Turn those lights back on! What do you mean shut up?

Bishop on May 14, 2013 at 9:41 PM

I’d like to put her lights out!

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 9:42 PM

So Obama can’t keep his ambassadors alive with the trillions DC spends every year? Maybe he should use some of his golf money to at least buy an AR-15 for them. He can even throw in a few rounds of ammo Big Sis is hoarding

Weight of Glory on May 14, 2013 at 9:42 PM

If you can’t afford proper security, you pull out. Is there no common sense in this regime? (rhetorical question)

rbj on May 14, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Resist
Have you ever thought of running for office, you have more sense then 90% of congress all put together, ill be your campaign manager……………;)

angrymike on May 14, 2013 at 9:38 PM

…oh no you don’t!… ill is right!…I won’t let RWM be ONE of the GIRLS…in YOUR blog!

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Resist We Much on May 14, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Boxer and the rest of the Leftists don’t care about the real truth, just the manufacture of their alternate truth. If she and the rest of the dictator party repeat this often enough, and their message is repeated and amplified by a willing press, then their truth supplants the real truth. There are enough LIVs for the alternate truth to become the truth.

Charlemagne on May 14, 2013 at 9:42 PM

I don’t think funding had a thing to do with answering a cry for help, TWICE!

mixplix on May 14, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Stand down is an answer?

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 9:43 PM

I just hope the ppl of Kalifornia have enough rope, after the SHTF………..

angrymike on May 14, 2013 at 9:43 PM

So, no change from the LSFM! Even after the AP debacle…

Sheesh…

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 9:44 PM

I guarantee Mr. Boxer is cheating on this shrill harpy…

If not, he should be.

Polish Rifle on May 14, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Is it illegal to throw tomatoes and an occasional shoe on the floor?

I really want to know.

patman77 on May 14, 2013 at 9:45 PM

angrymike on May 14, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Careful talk like that is what SWalker banned that and adding lamp posts… O – 0

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 9:46 PM

is what GOT!

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Great the accountability board will testify… Liars,liars pants on fire…

sandee on May 14, 2013 at 9:47 PM

I guarantee Mr. Boxer is cheating on this shrill harpy…

If not, he should be.

Polish Rifle on May 14, 2013 at 9:45 PM

…probably… with some guy?

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2013 at 9:48 PM

KOOLAID2
I have more respect for resist than 90% of the women I know, I’d never put her up on my blog……………unless it was a campaign video, what’s wrong with you, respect from me is something that’s hard to earn, and she’s earned it……………..;-p

angrymike on May 14, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Honestly, simply sick to death of these people. Can’t say in words the horrible things I’d like to see happen to them, and they deserve worse than that.

Midas on May 14, 2013 at 9:48 PM

The Patty Murray Dumb Card should only be play in circumstances of a complete intelligence void.
This could be one of those though.

A WA State resident.
8^(

Whiterock on May 14, 2013 at 9:48 PM

How much embassy security could have been bought if Obama, Boxer, and all the other Dems didn’t waste money on green companies that went bust despite billions of taxpayer dollars?

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Obama considered conservatives the enemy, not those pesky jihadis.

birdwatcher on May 14, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Boxer is rejecting Charlotte Lamb’s testimony, and the testimony of people who were on the ground and had direct knowledge. Boxer offers no supporting evidence for her allegation. Pure politicization and subterfuge.

What happened at Benghazi had nothing to do with budgets and everything to do with administration incompetence and indifference.

Team Obama assumed Vegas rules applied.

What happens in Benghazi stays in Benghazi.

R Square on May 14, 2013 at 9:49 PM

“Mirror, mirror, who cut the funding for diplomatic security across this world for America?” The answer: Republicans State Department Bureaucrats.

.
Senator Ma’am, ya lousy, power-hungry authoritarian bully…

ExpressoBold on May 14, 2013 at 9:50 PM

…probably… with some guy?

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Is it truly ‘cheating’ if it’s a homosexual relationship?

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Scrumpy
Thanks for the warning, but I meant tow rope, in case their cars broke down……………….0;-)

angrymike on May 14, 2013 at 9:50 PM

If you can’t afford proper security, you pull out. Is there no common sense in this regime? (rhetorical question)

rbj on May 14, 2013 at 9:42 PM

You are talking about pro-choice libs..

Security..
Pulling out..
Common sense..
The Morning After…

Electrongod on May 14, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Pickering calls criticism of the Accountability Review Board “unfounded.” He says he and Mullen stand by its findings.

That’s the fantastical part of this this thing. All the people involved in this scandal stand on what they said while everyone knows that what they’re so confidently standing on is the lies they told to begin with.

Curtiss on May 14, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Scrumpy
Ahhh, lights out? Like pull the plug on her lamp ……….Right?………….;-)

angrymike on May 14, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Boxer and the rest of the Leftists don’t care about the real truth, just the manufacture of their alternate truth. If she and the rest of the dictator party repeat this often enough, and their message is repeated and amplified by a willing press, then their truth supplants the real truth. There are enough LIVs for the alternate truth to become the truth.

Charlemagne on May 14, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Running out of options, aren’t we?

Midas on May 14, 2013 at 9:53 PM

In the clearing stands Barb Boxer
And a moron by her trade
And she carries the reminders
Of ev’ry fact that layed her down
Or cut her till she cried out
In her anger (but no shame)
“I’m a dumbass, I’m a dumbass”
But the moron still remains

Lie la lie, indeed.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on May 14, 2013 at 9:53 PM

COIN kills.

VorDaj on May 14, 2013 at 9:54 PM

I hope this pig Burns in Hell!

Tbone McGraw on May 14, 2013 at 9:55 PM

So according to the haggly,
Stevens was send to Benghazi to start a new post because we had no money to fund his security ?
Then when Americans came under attack and begged for help in Benghazi , Hussein said –
“ehhh…we don’t have the funding because of the sequestration which hasn’t even happened ye , might happen a few months from now,so let’s PAAAARRTTAAAYYYY BBAAAIBAAAYYYY”–
right ?
To me , it was more like the Rasputin deciding —
” Let those white men die, the guns and missiles have reached Syria anyway”

burrata on May 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Cuts in a budget not passed….Maam?

Don’t think so.

Once again RWM blast it outta the water.

wolly4321 on May 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM

California voters are stuck on stupid. I know because I live here and the stupidity that takes place here with liberals is just mind boggling. I blame two things: 1986 amnesty and the public education system. These two thing have enabled politicians like boxer and Feinstein to be elected.

irishinfidel on May 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM

If you can’t afford proper security, you pull out. Is there no common sense in this regime? (rhetorical question)

rbj on May 14, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Two points.

First it was possible to provide proper security. But when you ignore the facilities requirements for protecting diplomatic personnel that makes things difficult. The one thing that came out of Carney’s lies this week was that the talking points changed Benghazi consulate for Benghazi diplomatic facility because this was essentially a death trap and not the kind of facility I saw in Munich on vacation last year. Munich had a consulate with full anti-terrorism protections. Benghazi’s consulate apparently had a really high wall. This is serious CYA because the State Department violated their own rules.

My second point is this. Why was the United States maintaining a “consulate” in Benghazi anyway? Yes it is the second largest city but there couldn’t have been that much of a need. After the British ambassador’s convoy was attacked, both the Brits and the International Red Cross moved out of Benghazi. Why didn’t the US and why was our top diplomat in an unsafe facility on September 11th in a region where attacks on US embassies were rife? There is either a bigger lie/scandal or State was totally clueless.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Diana West: “There is more at work here than a foundationally flawed strategy. In its drive to win Islamic hearts and minds, COIN doctrine has become an engine of Islamization inside the U.S. military. To win a Muslim population’s “trust,” U.S. troops are taught deference to Islam — to revere the Quran; not to spit [or pee] toward Mecca (thousands of miles away); and to condone such un- or anti-Western practices as religious supremacism, misogyny, polygamy, pederasty and cruelty to dogs. Our military has even permitted Islamic law to trump the First Amendment to further COIN goals, as when ISAF commander Petraeus publicly condemned an American citizen for exercising his lawful right to freedom of speech to burn a Quran.

This explains why the reports that CIA director David Petraeus went before the House Intelligence Committee in September and blamed a YouTube Muhammad video for the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, sounded so familiar. Whatever his motivation, it was all too easy for Petraeus to make free speech the scapegoat for Islamic violence. But so it goes in COIN-world, where jihad and Shariah (Islamic law) are off the table and the First Amendment is always to blame. If there is a lesson here, it is simple: A leader who will betray the First Amendment will betray anything

VorDaj on May 14, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Babs “Ma’am” Blockhead certainly gives Patty Murray and Sheila Jackson-Lee a run for their money in the Stupid Department.

viking01 on May 14, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Chevy Volts in European embassies, -brilliant! We’ll have African embassies under attack from outside and European embassies burning down from inside.

slickwillie2001 on May 14, 2013 at 9:58 PM

But when you ignore the facilities requirements for protecting diplomatic personnel that makes things difficult.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 9:57 PM

But that would be like saying to Muslims that we don’t trust them and in COIN doctrine, you can’t have that.

VorDaj on May 14, 2013 at 10:01 PM

What really gets me, is we have sweepers in the factory I work at that have way more intelligence than these so called representatives of the ppl…………It’s truly sad…,……..;-(

angrymike on May 14, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Why did bat face send a known sodomite to represent the US in a mohammedian hellhole like Benghazi?

tom daschle concerned on May 14, 2013 at 10:03 PM

The Patty Murray Dumb Card should only be play in circumstances of a complete intelligence void.

This could be one of those though.

Whiterock on May 14, 2013 at 9:48 PM

No. Patty Murray was serious when she told those high schoolers about all the good stuff the Taliban does despite the fact they decided to kill thousands of Americans in a single day. She is a complete moron.

Senator Maam is a partisan who is out there doing damage control knowing full well that the truth has nothing to do with budget priorities.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Greta says Obama just issued a statement that the IRS did indeed do what the IRS says they did.

Curtiss on May 14, 2013 at 10:03 PM

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

________________________________________________

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 14, 2013

Statement by the President

I have now had the opportunity to review the Treasury Department watchdog’s report on its investigation of IRS personnel who improperly targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. And the report’s findings are intolerable and inexcusable. The federal government must conduct itself in a way that’s worthy of the public’s trust, and that’s especially true for the IRS. The IRS must apply the law in a fair and impartial way, and its employees must act with utmost integrity. This report shows that some of its employees failed that test.

I’ve directed Secretary Lew to hold those responsible for these failures accountable, and to make sure that each of the Inspector General’s recommendations are implemented quickly, so that such conduct never happens again. But regardless of how this conduct was allowed to take place, the bottom line is, it was wrong. Public service is a solemn privilege. I expect everyone who serves in the federal government to hold themselves to the highest ethical and moral standards. So do the American people. And as President, I intend to make sure our public servants live up to those standards every day.

###

Curtiss on May 14, 2013 at 10:03 PM

CoffeeLover on May 14, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Thank you for putting this back on the front burner, you useless harpy, good job.

Bishop on May 14, 2013 at 9:25 PM

DiFi can barely handle the rivalry with that other socialist snag from California. She is out of her league crossing Madame Clinton.

egmont on May 14, 2013 at 10:07 PM

My second point is this. Why was the United States maintaining a “consulate” in Benghazi anyway?

Now clearly you just don’t understand COIN and it’s brilliance. We have to win those Muslim Hearts-and-Minds. And to win those Muslim Hearts-and-Minds, we have to let them know we trust them and, as David Howell Petraeus said, “Get out and meet the people”.

After the British ambassador’s convoy was attacked, both the Brits and the International Red Cross moved out of Benghazi.

I guess they failed to grasp how brilliant COIN is.

VorDaj on May 14, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Why did bat face send a known sodomite to represent the US in a mohammedian hellhole like Benghazi?

tom daschle concerned on May 14, 2013 at 10:03 PM

The Rat-eared coward (Yeah I’m never going to agree with you on that point) is sending a gal as a replacement. Can Obama get a second dead ambassador before leaving office? YES HE CAN!

There is a balance to these things. The only thing I know for sure is that I’d like to see John Bolton to go into the organization as SecState with the singe order to “clean house.”

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Pathetic.

Seriously Californians, what’s it going to take for you to vote this moron out of office?

AZCoyote on May 14, 2013 at 10:10 PM

(Yeah I’m never going to agree with you on that point)
Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 10:09 PM

What point is that?

tom daschle concerned on May 14, 2013 at 10:12 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 14, 2013

Statement Still more dissembling crap by the Perpetual Petulant Pathological Prevaricator President Pinocchio:

Curtiss on May 14, 2013 at 10:03 PM

CoffeeLover on May 14, 2013 at 10:07 PM

VorDaj on May 14, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Ms. Boxer, move to another country without delay.

Mason on May 14, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on May 14, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Love the nick!! :)

Midas on May 14, 2013 at 10:15 PM

If we put flaming Volts in our embassies the question will be whether the attacks were from their Muzzie extremists or our Union extremists.

viking01 on May 14, 2013 at 10:18 PM

What point is that?

tom daschle concerned on May 14, 2013 at 10:12 PM

I’m consistent in my view of our “leader” as rat-eared. There is another school of thought that thinks he is bat-faced. Sorry but those ears trumps that face. ;0

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 10:18 PM

If we put flaming Volts in our embassies the question will be whether the attacks were from their Muzzie extremists or our Union extremists.

viking01 on May 14, 2013 at 10:18 PM

or the $100K charging stations.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 10:20 PM

I’m consistent in my view of our “leader” as rat-eared. There is another school of thought that thinks he is bat-faced. Sorry but those ears trumps that face. ;0

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 10:18 PM

I can agree to disagree over this point.

8D

tom daschle concerned on May 14, 2013 at 10:21 PM

My second point is this. Why was the United States maintaining a “consulate” in Benghazi anyway? Yes it is the second largest city but there couldn’t have been that much of a need. After the British ambassador’s convoy was attacked, both the Brits and the International Red Cross moved out of Benghazi. Why didn’t the US and why was our top diplomat in an unsafe facility on September 11th in a region where attacks on US embassies were rife? There is either a bigger lie/scandal or State was totally clueless.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 9:57 PM

WE DON’T KNOW!

We still don’t know the simplest of information on what happened in Benghazi, including why we had a consulate there and why there was a second building with 20+ CIA personnel.

slickwillie2001 on May 14, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Anyone who thinks that women make better leaders or voters just has to look at this thing along with pelosi, obama and biden to realize the folly of that.

The good news is we have strong replacements brewing in baldwin and fauxchahantas and the future looks bright.

All we need is Hillary and mcgilla to run in 2016 and we’ve got a utopia.

acyl72 on May 14, 2013 at 10:22 PM

O/T
kindda
http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/

In March of 2012 Democratic Senators sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service demanding that Tea Party groups get extra scrutiny (harassment). The Democrats even threatened legislative action if the IRS did not act.
From Sen. Chuck Schumer’s website:

A group of seven Senate Democrats urged the Internal Revenue Service on Monday to impose a strict cap on the amount of political spending by tax-exempt, nonprofit groups.

The senators said the lack of clarity in the IRS rules has allowed political groups to improperly claim 501(c)4 status and may even be allowing donors to these groups to wrongly claim tax deductions for their contributions. The senators promised legislation if the IRS failed to act to fix these problems.

“We urge the IRS to take these steps immediately to prevent abuse of the tax code by political groups focused on federal election activities. But if the IRS is unable to issue administrative guidance in this area then we plan to introduce legislation to accomplish these important changes,” the senators wrote.

The letter was signed by Senators Charles E. Schumer, Michael Bennet, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jeff Merkley, Tom Udall, Jeanne Shaheen and Al Franken. It follows an earlier letter, sent to the IRS by the same of group of senators last month, that also urged the IRS to better enforce rules pertaining to 501(c)4 organizations.

burrata on May 14, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Ohh, I see, California let their other crazy grandma out of the closet.
She is really becoming the other moonbat from CA isn’t she??

mmcnamer1 on May 14, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Total dollars allocated to embassy/consulate security in every Democrat-passed budget of the last three years?

Zero.

Bruce MacMahon on May 14, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Oh, yeah, SENATOR Boxer, that’ll work. The Democrats hold the White House and the Senate and guess who sets real priorities for spending. It ain’t the GOP.

flataffect on May 14, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Paying attention to Congress is like being unable to get off of Mr. Toads Wild Ride.

BobMbx on May 14, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Benghazi is 6-7 hundred nautical miles closer to Turkey.

just saying…

Off the radar more so than Tripoli.

If you are running guns, off radar is better. Smaller footprint is better.

A large security presense would attrack attention.

wolly4321 on May 14, 2013 at 10:40 PM

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