October 29 2012

Are Embassy Lives a Lower Priority than Green Energy Initiatives?

Emily Wismer

 

As information emerges regarding Ambassador Chris Steven’s assassination and the administration’s refusal to provide more security before the embassy was attacked, more questions arise than answers.

Today, Fox News reports breaking news that CIA operatives were denied requests for help during the Benghazi attack. Furthermore, former Seal CIA operatives were commanded to “stand down” when they heard the attacks on the consulate. The operatives ignored their orders and helped evacuate the survivors. They were unable to locate the ambassador and denied further assistance (for more, click here).

As details emerge as to how negligent the administration proved during the attack, it appears there’s one area that the Administration was not leaving to chance:  that’s advancing its green energy agenda at our embassies overseas.   
Representative Mike Kelly asked in this piece in the Washington Times why the Chevy Volt and the State Department’s green energy program was granted a higher priority than the security of our Libyan embassy (or for that matter any of our embassies) during the week of the attack?

According to the Representative, four days after the administration denied a request by the Special Forces protecting the Libyan embassy for maintained air support, the State Department authorized the U.S. embassy in Vienna “to purchase a $108,000 electric vehicle charging station for the embassy motor pool’s new Chevrolet Volts.”

From this, it would appear that the State Department has focused on green energy expansion while neglecting the security of its diplomats in danger and under attack. The charging station is part of a widespread effort to showcase U.S. climate change solutions that are expected to cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Rep. Kelly reports the $108,000 spent on the Volt charging station alone, which has underperformed as a product, “could have provided Ambassador Stevens with three additional guards, 24 hours a day, for 365 days, with some money left over.”

So why was security denied? Before the attack that killed four Americans, 48 security incidents occurred in Benghazi between June 2011 and July 2012. One of these incidents blew a huge hole in the compounds wall.

The American people deserve an answer to questions regarding the Benghazi scandal. The administration seems to want to hide until the election is over, but they owe it to Americans and particularly to the families of those who lost their loved ones what exactly occurred and why.

 

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