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Fast and Furious — in Libya?

Posted on | September 20, 2012 | 6 Comments

Dan Collins is just askin’ questions:

So, eyewitnesses are saying that not only wasn’t the movie the cause of the attack, but that there wasn’t any protest of the movie prior to the attack. Suspicion now falls on an al-Qaeda operative who was sent from Gitmo to Gaddafi in 2007, after Gaddafi agreed to keep him jailed. Instead, Gaddafi released Sufyan Ben Qumu to appease Islamists in 2008. When Congress was considering Obama’s strategy of engaging with the anti-Gaddafi rebels, NATO told them that there were al-Qaeda among those rebels . . .
What this means is that the primary target might not have been Christopher Stevens*, but rather retired Navy SEAL Glen Doherty, who was tasked with trying to get shoulder launched anti-aircraft missiles out of the hands of militants. And it also prompts the question, “Who supplied those armaments?”
I’m not saying that the administration did. It would have been madness for them to have supplied shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles to rebels among whom were elements of al-Qaeda when US was engaged in enforcing a no-fly zone in Libya, in order to help those rebels get rid of Gaddafi. Still, given the variety of very obvious lies we’ve been fed by this administration, and given its fecklessness on other occasions, it seems to me within the realm of possibility.

Read the whole thing, because I think Dan’s definitely onto something here, and I’ll go him one further: It is not necessary for the U.S. to have directly supplied the weapons in order for the administration to be at fault for having indirectly supplied the weapons:

  1. U.S. supports rebels.
  2. Rebels capture weapons from Libyan military.
  3. Rebels use captured weapons to kill Americans.

It’s not exactly like shipping weapons to Mexican drug lords, but still the word “feckless” comes to mind. I mean, hey, let’s help some ragtag desert savages to overthrow their dictator, despite warnings that there are al-Qaeda terrorists among these ragtag savages — what could possibly go wrong?

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  • http://www.redstateeclectic.typepad.com AngelaTC

    What could possibly go wrong? You’d think we would have figured that out after the whole arming the Taliban thing, wouldn’t you?

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    It seems the Obama team is adamant on not admitting there was a planned terrorist attack and they ignored the warnings – which were general, not specific even to Libya – and failed to take proper security measures.

    Could there be any other reason to send Susan Rice out to humiliate herself on all FIVE Sunday talk shows by insisting it was a spontaneous attack based solely on the video and perpetrated by opportunistic radicals who just picked up the RPGs and automatic weapons she claimed are just lying around all over Libya? At least one good thing comes of it: no one can pretend to take that antisemitic leftist whore seriously again.

  • elaine

    Given that the left no longer fully controls the media, how exactly did this administration think they could get away with telling such obvious lies? Forget hearing the truth from the Libyans; we also got it from British media and other outlets of the foreign press. To the point that now even NBC and CNN can’t pretend to go along with Obama’s “official version” of events…

    I’m pretty sure there were plenty of reports at the time in the media coverage here that we were sending weapons along with military advisers to Libya. And we knew at the time that those rebels fighting Gaddafi were al Qaeda. Further, Chris Stevens was tasked with bringing the various tribes together to mount that rebellion against Gaddafi; is that a task which normally comes under the purview of an ambassador? Or is that more a job for a CIA guy?

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    That explains why Team Obama keeps trying to go to some YouTube video as the blame.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    Well put.

    There’s a long tradition of Ambassadors being involved in tasks like that attributed to the late Mr. Stevens.

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