Confirmed: US Funneled Arms from Libya to Jihadist Syrian Rebels

The White House denied it. Congress denied it. The Pentagon denied it.

They were lying. You probably guessed that already because you saw their lips move. Good call.

From World Magazine: “U.S. aided arms flow from Benghazi to Syria.”

Documents released today confirm the Obama administration knew weapons were flowing out of Benghazi, Libya, to Syrian rebels in 2012 even though the rebels had well-publicized ties to al-Qaeda and other extremist groups.

Previous reports, including one by WORLD in 2013, have linked U.S. involvement in Libya to arms flowing into Syria, but the new documents provide the first verification that contradicts administration officials and congressional Democrats who maintained there was no evidence to support it. The documents provide further confirmation that the CIA and the State Department—under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—received immediate intelligence that the attack was committed by al-Qaeda- and Muslim Brotherhood-linked brigades, even as Clinton and other officials claimed it was the result of rioting against a Muslim-bashing video.

“Weapons from the former Libya military stockpiles were shipped from the port of Benghazi, Libya, to the Port of Banias and the Port of Borj Islam, Syria,” says an October 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) document released with heavy redactions. It notes the activity took place weeks before terrorists attacked the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, killing four Americans in September: “The weapons shipped during late-August 2012 were [500] sniper rifles, [100] RPGs, and [400] 125 mm and 155 mm howitzers missiles.”

Also, within the documents is a report that Hillary Clinton saw, as well as others, which claimed the attack in Benghazi was planned at least ten days earlier with the hope of killing Americans. This would mean that Congress was given perjured testimony when they were assured that intelligence showed no pre-planning for the attack.

But I strongly suspect that document is a decoy.

When you are going to do something secret, and are worried about getting caught, one basic strategy is to have another secret handy that you are willing to give up to protect the more important secret. It may be possible that a terrorist attack took place for no other reason, and that the Administration’s slow response that may have cost lives requires no deeper explanation. But the suspicions that the violence in Benghazi was in some way caused by the arms dealing, and/or that the Administration’s response was partly caused by their desire to cover up the arms dealing should not be dismissed. They need to be further investigated.

Yet, it would be a disaster if we only turn our attention to what went on with the Benghazi attack. The more important scandal is that this pipeline of arms from Libya into Syria is responsible for the rise of the Islamic State and the fact that Christians and others are being tortured and massacred by ISIS.

  • We empowered Al Qaeda-related terrorists to overthrow Libya and turn it into a far worse hellhole than it was under Gaddafi.
  • We used the weapons in Libya to further empower and arm Al Qaeda-related terrorists who then took over territory in Syria and Iraq.
  • Now we refuse to help Christian refugees and are using ISIS as an excuse to promote further involvement in the region to “fight terrorism.”
  • No politician or government bureaucrat is losing a day’s pay for any horrific crimes that ought to be rewarded with public execution.

We have a terrorist government that profits from “the war on terror.”