Benghazi

GOP Senators Threaten Embassy Security Funding

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Remember Benghazi? Republicans apparently don't.

A group of Republican senators have introduced a bill that would cut funding for embassy security if the U.S. embassy in Israel isn't moved to Jerusalem.

The bill introduced Tuesday by Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Dean Heller of Nevada and Ted Cruz of Texas would remove the presidential waiver from the 1995 law passed by Congress recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and mandating the move from Tel Aviv.

The bill would slash in half the funds that Congress disburses to the State Department for building, securing and maintaining embassies until the embassy opens in Jerusalem.

Of course, as you know, this wouldn't be the first time Republicans have cut embassy security funding.

Republicans blamed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for not properly securing the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya, but it was congressional Republicans who cut funding for state department security by $300 million.

Moving the American embassy to Jerusalem will present its own problems that threaten security not just in Israel but across the globe. Despot-elect Donald Trump has a penchant for insulting the entire world (save for Russia) and Senators Rubio, Heller, and Cruz are playing with fire.

One needn't step out onto a long limb to predict that Republicans won't spend a significant amount of time investigating the next Benghazi, if they spend any time at all.

It should probably be noted that if Republicans actually go through with their fiscal plans and promises, cuts to state department funding will be a foregone conclusion regardless of the physical location of our embassies.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Resident Jew here: I couldn’t give two shits whether the embassy is located in Tel Aviv or Tehran. Moving it is a political stunt with its own repercussions because it is a perceived recognition of something that we, of course, already recognize: namely that Israel’s capital is where they say it is.

    This may shock you, but the people who would be so enraged by such a recognition are already belligerently hostile to both the US and Eratz Israel. Pissing them off further isn’t going to make a lick of difference beyond a possible (probable) temporary spike in violence and a reversion to the mean.

    Move it. Don’t move it. It’s just an showmanship, gamesmanship, and cowardice.

    If you want to fix relations, it could be done. It would be painful, expensive, and time consuming. It would require a serious commitment to listening and understanding our Muslim brethren. It would require putting our economic boot down on the throats of the more extreme tendencies of the Israeli political sphere, too. But no one in politics has any interest in that. This noise won’t move the needle.

    EDIT: regarding the meat of the post (reduced security funding), of course the Republicans are playing games with national security. And, of course, there’s no manufactured outrage from the right over it. Hypocrisy is a way of life over there. They’ve so entrenched the idea that they are the Party Of National Security that they can do whatever they like without a hint of repercussion. Plus, of course, since they control the entire legislature, we can be sure there won’t be any political witch hunts if (when) something bad happens as a result. Rinse-repeat.

  • muselet

    At present, there have been no howls of outrage at this grave threat to the lives of our brave embassy staff from Jason Chaffetz or Trey Gowdy or Darrell Issa or Ron Johnson or Richard Burr or Ed Royce or Bob Goodlatte or Duncan Hunter or Devin Nunes or Righty media or …

    Odd, that.

    –alopecia

    • Scopedog

      Quiet as fucking church mice.

      I really, REALLY hate those motherfuckers.