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Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by jnpy!$4g3cwk, Mar 5, 2013.
Having trouble giving a ****...
$2 billion extra for embassy security sounds like a hell of a lot...
It sure as hell does. We have 294 embassies and consulates around the world, most in very safe countries with minimal or no need for added security.
As I recall, they cut lost from embassy security so $2 billion isn't all "new" spending.
$2 billion for 294 embassies = $6.8 million PER EMBASSY. What the hell? Exactly how much security do these places need?
Heh...this could be one of those times where we use the math from some others who say "it doesn't matter if it was a temporary cut, and this was just given back...it's still more than it was yesterday, so it's an increase".
Probably enough to at least try to keep embassy staff alive and safe.
I have no idea how much that equates to in dollars, but somehow $6.8 million doesn't sound like a hell of a lot. With so many other places where skimping could make sense, this doesn't seem to be one of them.
Keep in mind that this is $6.8 million on top of what it already is. That could be 100 new guards at $68k a piece for each embassy. That's a lot.
What exactly does their stance on gay marriage and abortion have to do with the Bush presidency? And how much longer are we going to keep on jumping up and down on a guy that has been out of office for over 4 years?
There were definitely large segments of his Presidency that were a complete disaster (the unending barrage of spending and No Child Left Behind being the main two), but at some point we have to stop blaming ALL of our current problems on a single man who hasn't had any sort of power to speak of in almost half a decade.
I think you may be misinterpreting the article in the OP.
Analysts are talking about what has happened to the GOP and what they can do to change the party and the perception of the party.
Gay Marriage is mentioned because some think that the GOP's acceptance of gay marriage will go a long way in bringing the party a little more center. However, the conclusion from this particular article is that the beginning of the end of the party was the Bush administration....
The host country is supposed to defend embassies and consulates to keep them safe.
Obviously that doesn't apply in unstable countries, but almost all of the worlds countries are pretty stable these days - Libya is one of the exceptions.
There are trucks and equipment that come at $1+ million easy. Everyone loves shiny equipment over more personnel and all the other equipment in the supply chain that enables them to be there.