Moderator's Warning: Stop the personal attacks or more infractions will be levied.
"Never fear. Him is here" - Captain Chaos (Dom DeLuise), Cannonball Run
Mace Windu: Then our worst fears have been realized. We must move quickly if the Jedi Order is to survive.
1. The order to wait for 20-30 minutes before deploying magically becomes a "stand down order", which is (I'd imagine) a typical right wing focus-group-tested buzz word employed to elicit maximum outrage amongst right wing media fans.
2. This delay proves (to the right) that there was a "stand down order" issued by the administration, even though it was issued by an on-scene CIA guy, which means the left has been wrong all along in saying that there was no evidence of stand down order being issued by the administration.
In a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, Clinton said cuts of that magnitude would be "devastating" to U.S. national security, damage U.S. leadership in the world and render the United States unable to respond to disasters....."We’ve scrubbed the entire budget for savings," said Nides. "We’ve eliminated foreign assistance programs for several countries. We’ve reduced development assistance by over half in 20 others. We have cut funding in Europe and Eurasia by 15 percent. We’ve even managed to identify over $100 million in administrative savings through more efficient travel and procurement."......
For fiscal 2013, the GOP-controlled House proposed spending $1.934 billion for the State Department’s Worldwide Security Protection program — well below the $2.15 billion requested by the Obama administration. House Republicans cut the administration’s request for embassy security funding by $128 million in fiscal 2011 and $331 million in fiscal 2012. (Negotiations with the Democrat-controlled Senate restored about $88 million of the administration’s request.) Last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that Republicans’ proposed cuts to her department would be “detrimental to America’s national security” — a charge Republicans rejected.
Ryan, Issa and other House Republicans voted for an amendment in 2009 to cut $1.2 billion from State operations, including funds for 300 more diplomatic security positions. Under Ryan’s budget, non-defense discretionary spending, which includes State Department funding, would be slashed nearly 20 percent in 2014, which would translate to more than $400 million in additional cuts to embassy security.
Dana Milbank: Forget about Big Bird - The Washington Post.
Clinton Warns of 'Devastating' Foreign Affairs Budget Cuts
Have you heard about the order to stand down? How does that relate to any possible budget cuts?