NYT: Obama admin approved secret weapons deals that ended up arming Islamists in Libya

Worse than Fast and Furious? Could these guns have ended up killing our Ambassador and 3 other brave Americans? No wonder they wanted to blame a video!

From Hot Air: In what has to be one of the least-shocking outcomes of Barack Obama’s Libyan adventure, the New York Times reports that his administration secretly gave approval of weapons shipments to Libyan resistance fighters, only to learn that the weapons ended up arming Islamist terror networks. Who could have seen that coming, right?

From NYT: 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.

From Hot Air: Maybe we can offer an alternative headline for this: Reporting that might have been valuable before the election. Tammy Bruce tweeted: A month after the election the NYT tells us: “U.S.-Approved Arms for Libya Rebels Fell Into Jihadis’ Hands” nytimes.com/2012/12/06/wor…

This is yet another indictment of the Obama approach to decapitating regimes. In the immediate aftermath of the fall of Qaddafi, the administration didn’t hesitate to favorably compare the outcome in Libya to that in Iraq, where hundreds of thousands of American troops were used to secure the gains after the fall of Saddam Hussein. The NYT provides a post-mortem on that strategy courtesy of a former State Department adviser on the region: read more http://hotair.com/archives/2012/12/06/nyt-obama-admin-approved-secret-weapons-deals-that-ended-up-arming-islamists-in-libya/

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  1. Maynard says:

    The good news is we can stop worrying about Obama disarming us. Sure, he’s going to seize the weapons of law-abiding American citizens. But we can get even better guns, even military-grade stuff, if we just tell the government that we work for Mexican drug lords or al Qaeda.

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