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Article posted: 1/27/2013 4:16 AM

GOP did cutting that led to Benghazi

GOP did cutting that led to Benghazi

Secretary of State Clinton was grilled by Republicans for the failure of the State Department to supply adequate security at the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya.

For Republicans to blame the Obama administration is the height of utter hypocrisy that the Republican party continues to show the country.

Here are some facts that we need to know.

In 2009 Darrell Issa, Paul Ryan, and other House Republicans voted for an amendment cutting $1.2 billion from State Department operations including funds for 300 more diplomatic security positions. House Republicans cut the administrations request for Embassy security funding by $128 million in fiscal 2011, and $331 million in fiscal 2012. House Republicans removed authorization for increasing Embassy security in the Emergency Disaster Relief Bill.

Last year (before the Benghazi attack) Secretary Clinton warned that Republican cuts to her department would be detrimental to America's national security. A charge Republicans rejected.

And finally. Rand Paul called the Benghazi attack the greatest American tragedy since 9/11. What?

Was he living on this planet during the Iraq War lie that the Bush administration perpetrated on the American people? How about Katrina? Or maybe 20 kindergarten children gunned down in their classroom?

My question is who voted for this fool? And will we be fooled again?

Mike Durkin

Naperville

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