State Department Spends $5 Mil on Glasses, Says Benghazi Investigation is Waste of Money


When bureaucrats who waste money like European royalty suddenly start getting protective of taxpayer money, you know something is up.

The State Department spokeswoman announced that investigating Benghazi is a waste of money.

Marie Harf, a State Department spokeswoman, told reporters a new investigation is not necessary, asking, “How many more taxpayer dollars are we going to spend trying to prove a political point that in 18 months they haven’t been able to prove?”

Finally someone at the State Department is concerned about taxpayer money… when it comes to investigating the murder of four Americans.

Meanwhile here’s where what the State Department under Hillary Clinton spent taxpayer money on.

Those records show the State Department bought $415,000 worth of alcohol in fiscal 2012, which was 25 percent more than the $331,000 spent in 2011 and more than triple the $118,000 spent in 2008.

All this liquor and wine requires proper drinkware, of course. Thus, the State Department raced to fill an order of $5 million just hours before the shutdown, buying 12,000 pieces of hand-blown crystal glassware—retailing up to $85 per glass.

But that was sensible compared to…

Kindles are just right for teaching English, the State Department thinks, which is why it bought 2,500 of them from Amazon in a $16.5 million no-bid contract.

That works out to $6,600 per Kindle Touch — a lot more than the $189 retail price.

If only all that money wasn’t being wasted on investigating the murder of four Americans. Look at all the things it could be spent on

The U.S. State Department is defending its purchase of $79,000 worth of President Obama’s best-selling books.

It had $20,000 on a portrait of Obama. The US Embassy had $150,000 to spend on a book about the ambassador’s residence. The US Embassy in Austria had $150,000+ for a Chevy Volt and its charging station.

The New York Times reported in 2009 that Art in Embassies spends about $4.5 million a year for permanent art acquisitions.

The State Department also has a Chief Diversity Officer, whose job it is to warn that “holding the fort” is a racist phrase.

Investigating Benghazi is also probably racist. And a waste of taxpayer money. Unlike what the State Dept is spending cash on now.

 The State Department is seeking a public relations firm to teach staff about dealing with congressional hearings.

In a letter to Kerry, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) asked why State Department resources should be used to tutor department employees in handling questions from Congress, the Washington Post reported Friday.

And no taxpayer money was wasted.

  • DogmaelJones1

    I wonder why the Muslim Brotherhood and CAIR haven’t lodged a protest against so much money being spent on alcohol consumption in the State Department (and in the White House), when alcohol is an Islamic no-no.

    • Habbgun

      Islam will not whine about wine before its time. In a few years they will.

      • Gee

        Just wait until BLTs show up on the menus

        • carpe diem 36

          well, they are doing it in Britain, the restaurant chain Subway eliminated ham and bacon and replaced them with Halal meats.

          • Tomas

            See, now that right there is a lie. Subway did it to appease the Jews… Hold on, that just doesn’t sound right at all now does it. Perhaps Jews should act like the PLO and inject a bit of violence into everyday lives of Brits, Americans, French, etc… They might get a bit more respect then by the leftists. Oh, and if this idiot sec state ever read the Bible, and perhaps koran, he might, just might, just understand why the sides will NEVER come to a peace agreement. I just noticed, ipad tries to spell check the work “koran” to capitalize it, while no such action occurs for the word “Bible”. At least Torah gets some love.

  • cxt

    You know if they had spent the $5 mil on extra security and hardening the facility as Amb Stevens pleaded with them to do in his e-mails……..then the Lefties would not be having this problem right now.
    And incidently they would likley have saved the lives of multiple citizens.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      But this way they get to waste the money and whine about being victims of the right

    • carpe diem 36

      but that is exactly why they are stupid. they could have done lots of things that prevented disasters but this is their nature, they are too stupid to handle anything.

  • glpage

    Another bureaucracy that REALLY needs to be thinned out. The fools who purchased the Kindles at 3492% of MSRP should be fired immediately.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      more likely they’ll be promoted and donate some of the kickback profits to Hillary 2016

      • Libslayer

        That person may become Hillary’s finance czar.

      • Tomas

        Good call. I’m sure some will find its way into someone’s presidential library too. Gotta spread the wealth around, don’tcha know.

  • USARetired

    The State Department best seek a refund, because heads are going to roll and the first target is the ‘the illegal president’, Obama! He has no legal US credentials, His SSN is stolen from a deceased man in Connecticut, Harry Rouneu, 042-68-4425, Deceased. Obama gas never resided in this state. Every document he posses is a forgery, or stolen, which makes him America’s most popular criminal!

    • cxt

      If you have proof of these accusations then please present it. Otherwise you just sound insane.
      Worse, you make the site sound equally insane.
      We can’t get Obama’s college transcripts……….how did you get his SSN?
      For that matter how in the world could you have legally obtained the SSN of ANYONE—much less POTUS?
      If there is a “Harry Rouneu” and you posted his real SSN. If I were a relative I’d be more than a little hacked off that you did so.

      • Consistency please

        So, by your logic, democrats all sound insane, because one of them (just pick one, there are hundreds, maybe thousands of examples) sounds insane? Is that your yardstick? Are you consistent in your application of this worldview?

  • scotthudson

    Everyone who is worried about what is going on in in our country should read The Contract On The Government. It is the book the politicians and bureaucrats DO NOT want you to read. Find out more here:

  • AlgorithmicAnalyst

    Wasting money is what governments do best :)

  • Hard Little Machine

    Makes Mexican Cartels seem like prudent spenders by comparison.

  • carpe diem 36

    “The U.S. State Department is defending its purchase of $79,000 worth of President Obama’s best-selling books.” if the books were selling so well why did they spend so much money on those books? again we see that the only way this gov’t functions is by lies, lies, lies. it never stops.