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Obama Slashed Bombing Prevention Budget in Half

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On April 17, 2013 @ 12:40 am In The Point | 11 Comments

In his defense, sending more money to the Muslim Brotherhood had to come out of someone’s budget. It just had to be DHS which was wasting money trying to stop bombings that could have gone to buying jets for the Brotherhood.

Under President George W. Bush, the Department of Homeland Security had $20 million allocated for preventing the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by terrorists working inside the United States. The current White House has cut that funding down to $11 million.

That assessment comes from Robert Liscouski, a former Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15 that killed three Americans and injured at least 173 others.

He told MailOnline that the Obama-era DHS is, on the whole, about as well-positioned as it was during the Bush administration to handle the aftermath of the April 15 bombings in Boston, ‘but the Obama administration has continued to cut the budget for offices such as the Office for Bombing Prevention from $20 million started under Bush, to $11 million today.’

White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Joshua Earnest didn’t respond to a question about whether there were any failures in the president’s National Policy for Countering Improvised Explosive Devices, or whether it was too soon to judge the February 2013 policy’s effectiveness.

Let’s just call the policy non-optimal.


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