David Frum

01.23.13

Is Embassy Security Underfunded?

The next time somebody tells you that Republicans cut funding for embassy security, send them this link to reporting by the Daily Beast's own Eli Lake:

According to testimony last month from Michael J. Courts, a Government Accountability Office auditor, funding for diplomatic security was $200 million annually in 1998, the year al Qaeda bombed the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. By 2008, that figure had risen to $1.8 billion. The size of the workforce doubled in the meantime, to more than 2,000, between 1998 and 2009. Courts said this massive expansion has occurred without the State Department conducting a strategic review of its diplomatic security needs.