Republicans released their versions of the House Select Committee on Benghazi reports on the terror attacks of September 11, 2012, and while their main report contains absolutely no evidence to support the scandal narrative that Republicans admit was the motivation behind their committee, it has given plenty of fodder to cable news. The report also contained a recommendation for increased funding for the State Department, a deficiency that the report fails to point out had a prescient ally. More than a year before the attacks in Benghazi, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned of the dire consequences of Republican spending cuts to the State Department during a press conference following a meeting with then-Speaker of the House John Boehner:
To be successful at these vital tasks, we need the resources to do the job. Otherwise, we will pay a higher price later in crises that are allowed to simmer an boil over into conflicts. I was very clear with the Speaker about the deep concerns we have with the FY11 spending bill moving to the House floor this week.
…the scope of the proposed House cuts is massive. The truth is that cuts of that level will be detrimental to America’s national security.
The letter Hillary sent to Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY) reiterated those concerns, namely that “Cuts of this magnitude will be devastating to our national security, will render us unable to respond to unanticipated disasters.”
Hillary’s warnings went unheeded, as the State Department continued to experience massive funding cuts.
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