Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:36 pm Post subject: Ambassador Stevens involved in U.S. Gun Running
News is quietly being leaked out about the Benghazi incident, where Ambassador Stevens was killed.
The highlights are that (1) the location where the incident took place was not a consulate or embassy at all, but a CIA 'safe house', (2) that Ambassador Stevens was was involved in running guns to insurgent groups during the Libya civil war, when Ghadaffi was ousted, and (3) that the administration knew what was happening within a couple of hours of the incident starting, and even had a drone in the area, watching from above.
There was an email about somebody watching the safe house before the Turkish ambassador left the compound, and the attack started about an hour later. There never was much confusion at the top -- they knew what was going on, almost from the first shot.
It's a view of the underside of Obama's way of conducting foreign policy. More questions emerge. Why was Stevens meeting the Turkish ambassador at a CIA safe-house? Was this like a drug deal gone bad? An arms deal gone bad?
Dyn-O-mite article! Read the whole thing.
U.S.-Approved Arms for Libya Rebels Fell Into Jihadis’ Hands
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebels from Qatar last year, but American officials later grew alarmed as evidence grew that Qatar was turning some of the weapons over to Islamic militants, according to United States officials and foreign diplomats.
No evidence has emerged linking the weapons provided by the Qataris during the uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi to the attack that killed four Americans at the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in September.
But in the months before, the Obama administration clearly was worried about the consequences of its hidden hand in helping arm Libyan militants, concerns that have not previously been reported. The weapons and money from Qatar strengthened militant groups in Libya, allowing them to become a destabilizing force since the fall of the Qaddafi government.
The experience in Libya has taken on new urgency as the administration considers whether to play a direct role in arming rebels in Syria, where weapons are flowing in from Qatar and other countries.
The article is cautious. It acts as if Qatar is sending the arms ... but count on it, the US was surreptitiously supplying arms to the rebels, and aiming to get them to the 'good' rebels ... which means they had to trust middlemen. Steven was in charge of the American part of that operation, and he spent a lot of time in Libya during the war.
It must have been treacherous to be non-combatant American personnel walking around with high-tech weapons in the middle of the Libyan civil war, dependent on people they didn't know.
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