Some members of the GOP, Mccain, Johnson, Paul, were so "rabid" and, yes, DISRESPECTFUL, in their questioning of SOS, Hillary Clinton today I became alarmed! It was so apparent that these legislators, particularly Mccain and his “gang”, want so badly to make a case against THIS Administration. Mccain, Paul and Johnson, were on the attack - like hungry wolves - when questioning Mrs. Clinton. I must say, however, Hillary reminded me of Joan Crawford in a scene in the movie, Mommy Dearest, when she (Joan) told the “boys” on the board of directors: “Don’t fuck with me fellas…..this ain’t my first time at the rodeo…“. I think when all was said and done, with Hillary “schooling” Rand Paul, I think the “boys” KNEW, they weren’t dealing with Susan Rice and, indeed, it wasn’t Hillary’s “first time at the rodeo”.
Could it be that this is yet another GOP tactic to take the "light" off of the fact that THEY share culpability in the attack in Benghazi as well as the death of four Americans because of their (constant) attempts to not allow THIS Administration the level of funding it requested to pay for what was NEEDED to secure the embassy in Libya and protect the Americans stationed there?
Here’s a bit of background about the actions of Congress, the Republicans in particular, regarding funding for American Embassies, particularly the embassy in Libya during the Obama Administration:
#1 – Republicans have been cutting hundreds of millions out of Obama’s proposed budget for embassy security (source) and that put all embassies at risk.
#2 – The Paul Ryan Budget that every House Republican voted for cut funding to the State Department by 20% (source); that includes funding for embassy security.
#3 – President Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush Jr. and now Obama have all had attacks on embassies under their watch. Under Bush – 7 different attacks took place where people died (source).
#4 – Officials at the State Department did turn down requests for funding at the Libyan Embassy although the Regional Security officer of Libya – Eric Nordstrom – did not believe having additional agents would have prevented the assault (source).
#5 – If you want an unbiased blow by blow on the hearing – you can read this very detailed, informative piece by the NY Times with video etc. HERE.
The Hill explains how Republicans continue to cut hundreds of millions off of the budget that specifically goes to security of Embassies HERE:
Democrats enacted $1.803 billion for embassy security, construction and maintenance for fiscal 2010, when they still controlled the Senate and House. After Republicans took control of the House and picked up six Senate seats, Congress reduced the enacted budget to $1.616 billion in fiscal 2011, and to $1.537 billion for 2012.
The administration requested $1.801 billion for security, construction and maintenance for fiscal 2012; House Republicans countered with a proposal to cut spending to $1.425 billion. The House agreed to increase it to $1.537 billion after negotiations with the Senate.
The administration requested $1.654 billion for the State Department’s Worldwide Security Protection program for fiscal 2012. House Republicans proposed funding the program at $1.557 billion. Congress eventually enacted $1.591 billion after the Senate weighed in.
For fiscal 2013, the administration requested $2.15 billion in funding for the worldwide security protection program, a larger increase from the previous year. The House countered with a proposal to increase the program to $1.934 billion.