At the Wikipedia entry for the U.S. State Department, there is a section describing their FY2010 "program expenditures." It is Mind-Boggling.
Given the horrific consequences of the State Dept. handling of the 9/11 attack on our consulate in Benghazi which resulted in the deaths of four Americans including our Ambassador, these programs, their Kumbaya nomenclature AND their exhorbitant costs are a slap in the face to all Americans but especially to taxpayers.
"Achieving Peace and Security" - $7 Billion
"Investing in People" - $4.6 Billion
"Executive Direction & Other Costs..." - $4.2 Billion
"Strengthening Consular & Mgmt Capabilities - $4 Billion
"Promoting International Understanding" - $2.7 Billion
"Providing Humanitarian Assistance" - $1.8 Billion
"Promoting Economic Growth & Prosperity" - $1.5 Billion
"Governing Justly and Democratically" - $0.9 Billion
I don't know which is worse, that they somehow spent $7 billion on "Achieving Peace and Security" plus another $4 billion on "Strengthening Consular and Management Capabilities" - and yet left the Benghazi consulate virtually defenseless - OR that they they spent $1.5 Billion on "Promoting Economic Growth and Prosperity" even as we suffer a near-catastrophic decline of both ... here at home.
It's like a joke. No, it's worse than that. This is a frigging nightmare, the very picture of a government run amok.
And just think, State is only one of the U.S. federal executive departments we support.
The lesson seems to be: What We Don't Know... CAN hurt us!