Inconvenient truths continue tricking out of Benghazi. While Democrats try and counter Republican criticisms over the lack of security at the American consulate with budget cuts, Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa says this excuse is bogus — that, in fact, the Obama administration is sitting on more than $2 billion earmarked for diplomatic security to prevent tragedies like the death of U.S. Ambassador Stevens Benghazi:
Issa claims the State Department will not spend the already approved funds because they didn’t want to the appearance of needing increased security.
“The fact is, they [the State Department.] are making the decision not to put the security in because they don’t want the presence of security,” Issa said. “That is not how you do security.”
With Republicans turning the Libya into a political issue, Democrats have countered that House GOP leaders actually sought to cut funding for embassy security, which Issa tried to refute.
“You can’t always look to [new] money when there’s money sitting there,” Issa said. “We’re going through a ‘Mission Accomplished’ moment. Eleven years after Sept. 11 , Americans were attacked by terrorists who pre-planned to kill Americans. That happened, and we can’t be in denial.”