That is exactly what Ileana Ros-Lehtinen wants to do.
"In November, the voters made it clear that if we don't take the correct approach to policy by keeping our economy foremost in our decisions, they're going to ship us all out," she said. "Republicans got the message and are committed to making ‘the people's House' work for the people again. As Chairman of this Committee, I will work to restore fiscal discipline to foreign affairs, reform troubled programs and organizations, exercise vigorous oversight to identify waste, fraud, and abuse, and counter the threats posed to our nation by rogue states and violent extremists."Sounds great, except the State Department has been operating on lean funds for years, while the Defense Department gets all the money and most of the missions. Here is a neat little graph that shows exactly what I am talking about.
Calling for cuts in the State Department's budget is kind of like calling for a moratorium on earmarks. It does nothing to actually bring down the deficit. Such calls are only made in order to make the politicians who make them look like they are doing something. It allows these politicians the opportunity of avoiding actual discussions about real things.
Furthermore, I just do not understand why State gets slightly more funds than the Department of Interior. If Republicans want to show they can govern, they should cut out the populist bullcrap that the United States spends too much money on foreign aid. They should start advocating for less funding for Defense and more funding for State.
The Republicans weren't always anti-diplomacy. It was Ronald Reagan's relationship with Gorbachev that played a significant role in the demise of the Soviet Union. And then there was Henry Kissinger, who as I recall, wrote a rather important tome on the subject.