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State Department official suggests
Libya warnings went to the top

Fox News, by Staff

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Posted By:JoniTx, 12/20/2012 11:15:26 AM

Washington –Republican Sen. Bob Corker got into a heated exchange Thursday over who is to blame for the deadly Sept. 11 assault in Libya, after a State Department witness and Democratic senator suggested that inadequate funding was partly responsible for insufficient security in the run-up to the attack. “This is not about the money,” Corker, R-Tenn., said at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, the first since a report was released finding "systemic failures" at the department before the attack. “I want to know why you did not ask for the resources in Benghazi. You were aware of

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: JoniTx, 12/20/2012 11:19:52 AM     (No. 9076146)

Here´s a link to the C-Span video:

http://www.c-span.org/Events/Senate-Hearing-on-US-Consulate-Attack-in-Benghazi/10737436726/

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Reality, 12/20/2012 11:34:58 AM     (No. 9076173)

Typical democrat solution to any problem. Throw more money at it. Typical J, Fonda Kerry statement comparing the military budget to the State department budget. It is apples and oranges, there is no reasonable comparison of the missions. Maybe State could have used the money from last nights "Holiday Party" for increased security in Lybia.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: BreakRight, 12/20/2012 11:59:50 AM     (No. 9076207)

My theory: Hillary Clinton´s Benghazi Flu is a way for her to get a ´dry run´, watching underlings get grilled in the hearings, so she´ll know in advance (and have as much time as she wants to rehearse her answers to) the exact questions she´ll be asked by Repub Senators when she finally does face the committee. It´s like a schoolkid having a copy of the exam before taking it, and being able to postpone the exam long enough to memorize the answers.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: dman, 12/20/2012 12:12:10 PM     (No. 9076221)

Thanks for the link, #1. I´m not with my Senator on everything, but his persistence on Benghazi in general and this exchange in particular are commendable. The look on Nides´ face was priceless as he struggled to respond.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: pensom2, 12/20/2012 12:40:43 PM     (No. 9076266)

I´m weary of the "lack of funding" arguments. State had enough spare change to run Hillary´s plane all over the globe, making her the "most traveled Secretary of State in history." The money spent to fuel her jet to Australia for a wine tasting vacation to keep her away from testifying in Congress was enough to have paid two more security personnel. If they had wanted to spend the money, they would have found it.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: jimmiet, 12/20/2012 12:59:47 PM     (No. 9076291)

Trillions in debt and going higher and inadequate funding is the reason given for this failure and death of 4 Americans? There is no limit to the bs flying from DC. No one accountable? No one responsible? How in the world did we get reduced to this level?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: The Architect, 12/20/2012 1:02:49 PM     (No. 9076295)

Never mind the "lack of funds" in the State Department. There were military units in the area a couple of hours away that were ready to relieve the compound but they were told to stand down. Who the hell gave that order??? There fighter planes within a few minutes of the area that were told not to engage. This is a load of crap. I believe this excuse about as much as I believe PIAPS is sick.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: civilservant, 12/20/2012 1:07:10 PM     (No. 9076303)

#5, they had enough $$ to buy Volt´s for the Austrian consulate.........

Uhhhbama and the rest of the Left HATE America and want to see it destroyed.

Prove me wrong, leftists.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Udanja99, 12/20/2012 1:36:16 PM     (No. 9076337)

FTA...“We never did a top-to-bottom review, so we have no idea if the State Department is using its money wisely,”

A relative of mine works at State. He says that the waste and fraud there is mind boggling - secretaries sitting at their desks watching soap operas and refusing to do the very least of their jobs. And they can´t be fired due to their minority status. Or boondoggles like bringing entire theater troupes to DC from Africa to put on their version of "Hair", or sending US jazz combos to perform in Zimbabwe.

They had plenty of money. The issue is who gave the order to stand down, not the cost of a few extra security personnel.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: kens, 12/20/2012 1:55:40 PM     (No. 9076364)

No character. Why not just come out and say, "I took the memo to Clinton´s Office and told the administrative assistant who greeted me to make sure Hillary reads it´.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: pineledger, 12/20/2012 1:59:25 PM     (No. 9076368)

Thank you, 9. The experiences of acquaintances of mine who have worked for government entities (far smaller and less rich than State) is that they are awash in money and have to find ways to spend it at the end of the year, so they don´t get their baseline cut back.

And I attended events (pre-9/11) in the Department of State´s Dining Room on the top floor of that building and you would not believe the opulence. Have seen some pretty nice places in my time, but that place was jaw-dropping: museum quality antique furniture, collections of silver (Paul Revere, et al.), famous paintings, and the food was all-stops-out. No shortage of funding there.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 12/20/2012 2:38:25 PM     (No. 9076437)

So now, instead of having "resigned",

Fallout from the report forced four State Department officials to either resign or be relieved of their duties.

"Relieved of their duties?" Is that a euphemism for "fired", or just moved to another desk to err again?

And now it is time for Hillary to man up and do her job. What´s left of it. Right now her legacy couldn´t be much worse.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 12/20/2012 3:49:59 PM     (No. 9076538)

The security issue is a red herring. The issue is who watched, listened, and failed to send help, and why?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 12/20/2012 4:17:58 PM     (No. 9076583)

Of course they did, then they were ignored out of re-election concerns...

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Reply 15 - Posted by: rocket scientist, 12/20/2012 5:15:18 PM     (No. 9076649)

Who was responsible for the failure in Benghazi? One word - Hillary.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: dodge boy, 12/20/2012 7:17:29 PM     (No. 9076794)

In re #15, two words actually. The other word is Obie.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: sonofboomercat, 12/20/2012 8:12:28 PM     (No. 9076834)

As an ex-intel type, let me assure you that an incident such as the attack on the consulate at Benghazi would have been reported to the president within seconds if not a couple of minutes. Ditto the NCA and the Secretary of State

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Trigger2, 12/21/2012 4:52:09 AM     (No. 9077135)

During the televised Benghazi hearing with officials just below the Hildebeast in rank, they said funding had nothing to do with Benghazi. How could it when the State Dept could afford to send that military contingent protecting the site to some island for some public school athletics competition, not to mention buying useless Volt vehicles.

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