from: David Martosko of the UK Daily Mail
Senator Ted Cruz is mad as hell about the U.S. State Department, and he’s not going to take it anymore. The Texas Republican said Wednesday that because President Obama has never appointed an Inspector General to investigate the agency’s problems, he will block every other State Department nominee until that’s corrected.
‘The President’s failure to nominate a State Department Inspector General since taking office in 2009 is unacceptable,’ Cruz said. ‘The position has been vacant for almost 2,000 days.’
‘During the last five years, there have been deadly attacks on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Libya, mismanagement of security contractors at our embassy in Afghanistan, and hundreds of millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars wasted for police training in Iraq,’ he complained.
Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama spoke during a Transfer of Remains Ceremony following the Benghazi attack. Without a functioning Inspector General, Cruz contends, it’s unlikely the truth about the State Department’s failures in Libya will ever be known
‘These issues highlight the State Department’s need for an Inspector General as soon as possible. Until the President acts, I have notified Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that I will place a hold on all State Department nominations.’
On June 14 the president nominated six new ambassadors to serve in Brazil, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Ethiopia and the Vatican.
Four days earlier he announced his picks to represent the U.S. at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and on the UN Human Rights Council.
On May 23 the administration nominated ambassadors to Nigeria and NATO, and named former State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland to be Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.
Secretary of State John Kerry, like Hillary Clinton before him, has been silent on his agency’s lack of a chief internal investigator
U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans died during the 2012 terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The State Department’s own internal probe into that event has inspired little confidence among congressional Republicans
While Cruz’s one-man wrecking crew will place all those appointments in jeopardy, it’s Nuland’s nomination that could prove most embarrassing for the White House.
Nuland is the staffer who is most closely identified with the administration’s rewriting of the CIA’s candid assessment of what happened on Sept. 12, 2012 when terrorists attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
The result was a doctored set of talking points that conservatives say gave UN Ambassador Susan Rice a clear field to lie on five Sunday political talk shows.
Ted Cruz has emerged as the tea party’s most visible champion, advocating a hard line against the Obama administration and the abolition of the IRS. He addressed a tea party rally on Capitol Hill on June 19
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland’s emails show that the agency, then headed by Hillary Clinton, had a direct hand in altering the official story on the Benghazi terror attack
Without an inspector general, that episode won’t likely be investigated internally.
Cruz cited information from the Project on Government Oversight, which said three other high level agencies — the Interior and Labor Departments, and the Agency for International Development — also lack Inspectors General.
The State Department did not respond to a request for comment.