When Senator Rand Paul asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton whether the U.S. was funneling weapons to Turkey or any other country through the annex in Libya, she played dumb. “To Turkey?” she asked, acting bewildered. “I will have to take that question for the record. Nobody has ever raised that with me.”
She pretended like she had never heard of such a ridiculous theory. Besides, how would she know and what difference does it make anyway? She told the Senator to take the issue up with the agency that managed the annex where Ambassador Stevens was killed. That agency being the CIA.
Senator Paul’s question was at the heart of the Benghazi scandal. The facility where Ambassador Stevens was stationed was actually not an embassy. It was a CIA annex, and the evidence points to its being used to funnel weapons, including RPG’s, out of Libya and into Turkey, where they had been smuggling them into Syria to arm the Free Syrian Army, a “rebel” group with ties to Al-Qaeda that the U.S. government have been using to try to topple the Assad regime. That’s what this was all about, and Hillary Clinton acted like she had no idea what Senator Paul was talking about.
The liberal website ThinkProgress.org claimed that Senator Paul was pushing a “gun-running conspiracy theory.” I wonder if they think that Fast and Furious was also a gun-running conspiracy theory. I guess in their mind, conspiracies only happen under Republican leadership.
In any event, this wasn’t even a conspiracy. This is U.S. policy. And because it’s our policy, bad things happen, like four Americans including an ambassador dying. Why is it our policy to arm rebel groups with guns and money who we know have ties to or are the very group we claim we’re fighting against? The whole Al-Qaeda thing seems to be just a scare tactic to convince people that we need fight indefinitely in the Middle East, perhaps even for a hundred years as John McCain said during the 2008 presidential campaign. So, we arm our enemies to fight one of our geopolitical enemies, but then we send in our military to fight the same people that we armed? Is that a situation that seems likely to end anytime soon?
With the CIA doing all these shenanigans, the White House and Secretary of State can all feign ignorance and claim that they’re not arming terrorists. The CIA does act autonomously, but Senator Paul stated that if Clinton had paid attention to the cables pertaining to the need for additional security, this incident wouldn’t have happened. He said that this was a failure of leadership, and if he had been president at the time, he would have relieved her of her post.
Beyond relieving Clinton of her position, our entire foreign policy needs to be questioned. In the end, that is what is responsible for the deaths of the 4 Americans in Benghazi.