Finally, Washington has “sharp” concern about the lack of funding at our Embassies after the death of US Ambassador to Libya, and long after billions have been squandered on Obama’s green agenda. I could mention the soaring cost of food stamps, Michelle’s wardrobe and the Obama family luxury travel, but I won’t. I will mention that under Hillary Clinton’s reign at State, the Department has allowed tens of millions of unaccounted-for taxpayer monies to flow to foreign countries to support Climate Change.
The way U.S. embassies and consulates protect their staffs in volatile locations has raised several red flags in Congress, among watchdogs and even an outside commission in recent years.
While the State Department has responded to some of the criticisms leveled by congressional oversight bodies and its own internal watchdog, its Diplomatic Security (DS) office recently acknowledged it lacked the funding for some recommended improvements, such as security training, and was instead looking for workarounds.
“We cannot sufficiently meet the additional training recommendations outlined in the Secretary’s QDDR (quadrennial review). Therefore, DS is aggressively pursuing on-line alternatives, e.g., distance learning of FACT lessons minus the hard skills (i.e., weapons familiarization and driver’s training) to increase training capabilities,” the department candidly acknowledged in a February performance evaluation report…
One of the biggest concerns raised in recent years has been the quality and capabilities of private security contractors hired to protect embassy staffs.
The congressionally chartered Commission on Wartime Contracting issued a strong warning in 2009, saying the State Department’s reliance on lowest-priced contractors was jeopardizing security.
“Lowest-priced security not good enough for war-zone embassies,” the commission wrote in a stinging report that urged other factors such as capability be considered in awarding security contracts. Source: Washington Guardian – read about the security report on Baghdad
What we have is a failure to communicate profound failure of America’s foreign policy. Read the reason for a possible cover-up of the circumstances of the Libyan Embassy/Consulate.
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