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The State Department budget is 300% of what it was before 9–11. In 2001, the State Department’s total budget was $8,975,065,931. In 2016, it was $27,688,104,621 (nearly 28 billion dollars). The State Department has recently been building huge and extravagant embassies (like the new one in Oslo), some costing hundreds of millions. It is spending nearly $7 billion on new construction projects alone. Unless ISIS can be defeated with fancy architecture in Scandinavia, this sort of spending isn’t making anyone safer. Clearly, there is much room for revisiting priorities and cutting back on State Department expenditures.

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