I read that Don-o and...well first, I think every word West revealed about Benghazi happens to be true.
As I understand it, there was a gun running operation bringing guns to Libya to fight Ghaddafi. Then there was a buy-back program and the guns returned were ferreted out to the rebels in Syria?
Maybe Kabar, my cousin by a different mother, can elaborate, but I understand that gun running operations, secret and away from public eyes, are something every president indulges in. It’s just easier to sneak in weapons to those who are trying to depose those we don’t like. I am reminded of Iran-contra of the Reagan admin.
However, West says a friend of a friend of a friend’s beautician’s brother-in-law told him all this but still and so, I think it’s probably the truth.
Good morning. Pat. I don't know if every President engages in gun running, but the Executive branch will use end runs around laws that constrain its actions with or without the knowledge of Congress.
In the case of Benghazi, it wouldn't surprise me to learn that at least the top four ranking members of Congress--Reid, McDonnell, Boehner, and Pelosi--knew what was happening in Benghazi. I suspect one reason Boehner dragged his feet on a Select Committee was to hide their participation in and knowledge of what was going on there.
The fact that the Turkish Consul met with Stevens indicates to me that the Turks were assisting in the movement of weapons to the Syrian resistance--weapons we must have been harvesting in Benghazi, which is a seaport and close to Turkey and Syria.
We used the Saudis as a conduit to send weapons via Pakistan to the the Afghan resistance that was fighting the Soviets. Something similar appears to be going on Benghazi. And no doubt, there were also concerns about rounding up Stinger missiles from the Libyan rebels.
Given the highly classified nature of the operations, I wonder if we will ever find out what was going on. Gowdy won't be able to reveal it or he may feel bound to gloss it over. If Congress had not been informed, then it is a different ballgame. I found it interesting that Mike Morrell, the former Deputy CIA Director, said during the Congressional hearings that he had edited some of the talking points so as not to make the State Department look bad. Strange remark.
It's true. But, in this one, Obama has to justify arming terrorists. McCain (and Linda) were all out in the open demanding this, and I suspect they know a LOT about the whole operation in Libya. Put their asses on the stand, Trey.