US Weapons were sent to Syria to support “the good guys.” What happened next was predictable.
The basic facts are as follows.
- Rand Paul has been warning anyone who would listen that it is insane to send US weapons into Syria because we don’t really know who we are giving them to and who will end up taking them.
- Naturally, the US Government went ahead and sent weapons to “moderates” in Syria.
- The “moderates” quit being moderates and joined up with the Al Qaeda affiliate, Al Nusra.
- Now radical Islamic terrorists are posing for photographs with American weapons.
All of this is documented with dates, links, facts, and pictures at Rare.us: “US arms sent to Syria that Rand Paul warned might end up in al-Qaeda hands, end up in al-Qaeda hands.”
Here’s a quotation from Paul in September:
The rebels have been all over the map… There’s said to be 1500 different groups. It is chaos over there. We will be sending arms into chaos. It’s a mistake to arm them. Most of the arms we’ve given to the so-called moderate rebels have wound up in the hands of ISIS, because ISIS simply takes it from them, or it’s given to them, or we mistakenly actually give it to some of the radicals.
Earlier, in May of 2013, Paul said much the same thing directly to his fellow Senators when they decided to send US weapons to Syria:
This is an important moment. You will be funding, today, the allies of al Qaeda. It’s an irony you cannot overcome.
And, once again, it has happened. The Daily Beast reports,
The Syrian rebel group Harakat al-Hazm, one of the White House’s most trusted militias fighting President Bashar al-Assad, collapsed Sunday, with activists posting a statement online from frontline commanders saying they are disbanding their units and folding them into brigades aligned with a larger Islamist insurgent alliance distrusted by Washington.
The statement bore Hazm’s stamp and logo, and according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-opposition monitoring group, the brigade’s fighting units are disbanding. Emails and phone calls to Hazm’s political leaders were not returned.
“Given what is happening on the Syrian front, offenses by the criminal regime with its cronies against Syria as a whole, and Aleppo specifically, and in an effort to stem the bloodshed of the fighters, the Hazm movement announces its dissolution,” the statement said…
So now Al Nusra Jihadists are tweeting pictures of themselves, posing with US weapons that they got from these “moderates.”
Yet the ruling class continues to insist that they are wise and worthy of leading while Rand Paul is some kind of kook.