interview today that he and other Republicans "absolutely" voted to cut funding for bolstering US embassy security:
"Absolutely. Look, we have to make priorities and choices in this country...When you're in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize."When pressed by CNN's Soledad O'Brien about the fact the economic pressure in light of budget constraints may have been part of the reason requests by US diplomatic personnel in Libya for more security went unanswered, Chaffetz ended up crediting Democrats in the US Senate with stopping the House from succeeding in its plan to cut embassy security even more than was finally agreed to:
"Well, you're also talking about a vote that never came to fruition, because we actually continued at the exact same funding levels moving forward. This is a vote that happened over in the House, but remember the Senate never got to this point, so we did a continuing resolution."Nevertheless, Chaffetz's House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform recently sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "asking why requests for more protection were denied to the U.S. mission in Libya by Washington officials prior to the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens."
Chaffetz, realizing what he had admitted to, insisted that Libya was a security priority or should have been, and he claimed that with what he called President Obama's "private army" of 6,000 security contractors in Baghdad, there should have been enough security personnel in the system to "get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces."