Make no mistake: I agree. I just think it's a bit ironic that the people who cut the State Dept's budget for security are now bitching about lax security. That being said, there is a related but important point to be made here: government spending by and large isn't pissed away. The government buys stuff, and that stuff is important to some people. We can talk about the merits of that stuff and whether or not its worth it, but if you pull back on government spending the upshot is the government will buy less stuff, and some people are going to get left out in the cold.