Sen. Rand Paul on Benghazi: ‘Where in the hell were the Marines?’ [AUDIO]
On the Thursday broadcast of Dennis Miller’s radio show, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul raised his concern over the Obama administration’s priorities regarding its embassies and consulates abroad, and how the State Department is allocating resources.
Paul argued the State Department should have had as many Marines protecting its ambassador in Libya as it had protecting the U.S. Embassy in Paris.
“Well the thing is, is I’ve been asking around the country where in the hell were the Marines?” Paul said. “I’m not talking about after the firefight. I’m talking about before the firefight. I’m talking about: who made the decision to put an ambassador in probably one of the most dangerous countries in the world and not have any uniform Marines? I mean, to have more uniform Marines in Paris than you have in Libya — somebody should be fired for that. I mean, this is above and beyond before the firefight started, which obviously is a big problem. Once the firefight starts and people call for help, why wasn’t help sent?”
The Kentucky senator also pointed out the money the State Department is spending on “greening” the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, which he called an effort by President Barack Obama to “show off” to his liberal friends.
“When you think about it, even 10 Marines are pretty tough with automatic weapons,” he said. “They would have had a fighting chance had there been 10 Marines there. I think that’s how many Marines are in Paris. So, you got 10 Marines in Paris and about the same time they’re denying security for Libya, they’re spending $100,000 greening up the embassy in Vienna. So we got money to promote this global warming agenda of the president’s — to show off for his liberal friends in Europe. But they seem to not have enough money for security? That’s inexcusable and to me enough reason to fire the president.”