Almost a year ago, The Washington Times reported that the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, spent approximately $38,000 in 2009 on copies of President Barack Obama’s memoir, “Dreams From My Father.” Last week, on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attack on our shores by al-Qaeda, that same embassy came under fire and remains so to this day.
According to Jim McEhatton, who wrote the article, “A review of the expenditures in a federal database did not reveal any examples of State Department purchases of books by former Presidents George W. Bush or Bill Clinton.”
When asked to comment, Noel Gray, a State Department spokesman said that “The structure and the presidency of the United States is an integral component of representing the United States overseas,” Mr. Clay said. “We often use books to engage key audiences in discussions of foreign policy.”
Leslie Paige, speaking for Citizens Against Government Waste, had a different take. She felt that eliminating purchases such as this is a good place for the federal government to start cutting costs. She added, “It’s inappropriate for U.S. taxpayer dollars to be spent on this. This sounds like propaganda.”
Amid reports last week from the Washington Free Beacon that the Marines guarding the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt were not issued live ammunition, perhaps these funds could have been put to better use purchasing bullets.
The Washington Times article can be read in full here.
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