State Department to Spend $250,000 on Afghan YouTube Channel, Had No $$$ for Benghazi Security

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Remember the State Department had no money for Benghazi security because of the mean GOP. But it can always seem to find huge chunks of cash for really stupid things like this.

This “Hope” nonsense smacks of an extension of Obama’s permanent campaign and it’s largely meant to fool Americans into thinking that matters in Afghanistan have improved so much that the departure is not a defeat. That makes this expensive propaganda boondoggle of dubious legality and obvious uselessness.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul plans to spend up to $250,000 in taxpayer money on the creation of a website that will allow people to show how “the Afghanistan of today has provided opportunities that didn’t exist before.”

The stand-alone website — or dedicated YouTube channel — must give people in Afghanistan and around the world the ability to upload short, personally recorded videos “describing why and how the individual is contributing to the betterment of Afghanistan and/or the ways in which the Afghanistan of today has provided opportunities that didn’t exist before, and offering messages of hope for the country’s future.”

Can I just put in my own bid here?

For a mere $2.50, I will create a YouTube channel called Afghan Hope and Change that will feature anonymous people in Burkas explaining how their life is better now that Obama has decided to hand over Afghanistan to the Taliban.

For another 50 cents, I will get them to hold up an Obama poster and a Koran while chanting Obama Akbar.

(Note: Different people under Burka may actually be the same person. Afghan Hope and Change is indemnified for any street riots or wars that result from this video. YouTube Channel may actually consist of a playlist of cat jumps, beauty tips and Russian dashboard cams. Afghan Hope and Change Inc. bears no responsibility for YouTube comments on videos.)

Meanwhile John Kerry is complaining that the State Department doesn’t get enough money.

Secretary of State John Kerry, during his first speech in his new job, complained that the State Department only receives one percent of the federal budget.

Let’s make it 100 percent. And there still wouldn’t have been enough money for security in Benghazi.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    When the goal is NOT to secure American interests, but to secure the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood Mafia, all things are possible…manna from heaven. So if one merges an Islamist-in-Chief with a State Dept overrun by Brotherhood influence, then the art of the impossible becomes the possible. As such, this is one such main exhibit, out of too many to count – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/11/07/spotlight-on-

    American security via State…what an oxymoron.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • EarlyBird

      What do you care about American interests?

  • Mary Sue

    Government invented the idea of the 200 dollar toilet seat and the 600 dollar hammer, so why not the quarter-million dollar Youtube channel? [/sarcasm]

    • EarlyBird

      No, Mary Sue, the "government" did not invent those things. The weapons industry did. And the "government" as administered by congressmen and senators whose constituents are employed in weapons building, have an interest in keeping that gravy train running regardless of the cost to you and me, or the necessity of those weapons.

      It's what that left wing commie, President Eisenhower, called the "miltary-industrial complex."

  • cathy

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    Published February 18, 2013

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    The plan also purportedly would give extra federal money to states that expand their public preschool programs to middle-class families, which would pay tuition on a sliding scale.

    Though the cost of the program remains unclear, the president is arguing money invested now in high-quality early education will in fact save Americans by increasing graduation rates and reducing teen pregnancy and violent crime.
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  • WilliamJamesWard

    How many Afghani's will take part in this $250,000. waste of money, who gets the money to
    keep, just wondering. Considering all of the wasteful Obama spending, this is a penny tip
    from someone who thinks money must always change hands no matter what he does and
    everything he does must cost us money, just another small nail in our tax coffin………..William

  • Gee

    John Kerry just got $700 million for 'Palestinian' terrorists but the United States has to cut 100,000 soldiers. Is there some disconnect that I am missing?

    • cathy

      Bingo!!

      Why are the Republicans (Progressives) in Congress … in the Sentate …not demanding answers? It appears that Islam must be appeased while American goes deeper and deeper in debt.

  • EarlyBird

    Danny Greenfield, you shameless, hateful creep. First you show "Obama" photoshopped onto the back of a Taliban pick up truck, and then you photoshop an Arab headscarf on Obama. You're disgusting.