Are Budget Cuts Responsible For Security Failures In Benghazi?


Several times during her testimony before Congress today Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blamed budget cuts for the security failures in Benghazi that led to the deaths of four Americans, including a US Ambassador. She didn’t mention how much the administration has spent on other things. So I thought I’d go back through the archives and find a few examples.

There are the F-16’s the US is sending to Egypt, which is now run by the Muslim Brotherhood.

The State Department bought the Vienna Embassy motor pool a fleet of Volts and a $100,000 charging station.

Last summer Clinton announced that the US was spending $20 million on a grant for green energy jobs in Africa.

Since 2008 the Department of Defense spent $70 billion on “green” defense projects.

In March of 2011 the State Department announced it joined an international green energy project and picking up 22% of the tab.

We could come up with many more examples, but you get the picture.

But there’s no money to keep our embassies and consulates safe?

Update: Fox News crunched some of the budget numbers:

Budget numbers, though, show the overall diplomatic security budget has ballooned over the past decade. While there were modest decreases in funding in recent years — and Congress has approved less than was requested — the overall security budget has more than doubled since fiscal 2004.

For that year, the budget was $640 million.  It steadily climbed to $1.6 billion in fiscal 2010. It dipped to $1.5 billion the following year and roughly $1.35 billion in fiscal 2012.

Slightly more has been requested for fiscal 2013.

Read the whole thing.