September 25 2013
Bad News: U.S. Accidentally Armed Militants in Libya
Finally, a place where President Obama’s incessant remonstrances on gun control would not come amiss:
“REALLY BAD”: Hundreds of US guns stolen in Libya, in militias’ hands
That is the headline on Fox reporter Adam Housley’s exclusive on the recent thefts of arms by Libyan militants. It is worse than was previously thought:
According to State Department and military sources, dozens of highly armored vehicles called GMV's, provided by the United States, are now missing. The vehicles feature GPS navigation as well as various sets of weapon mounts and can be outfitted with smoke-grenade launchers. U.S. Special Forces undergo significant training to operate these vehicles. Fox News is told the vehicles provided to the Libyans are now gone.
Along with the GMV's, hundreds of weapons are now missing, including roughly 100 Glock pistols and more than 100 M4 rifles. More disturbing, according to the sources, is that it seems almost every set of night-vision goggles has also been taken. This is advanced technology that gives very few war fighters an advantage on the battlefield.
"It's not just equipment ... it's the capability. You are giving these very dangerous groups the capability that only a few nations are capable of," one source said
"Already assassinations are picking up in Tripoli and there are major worries that the militias are using this stolen equipment to their advantage. All these militias are tied into terrorist organizations and are tied to (salafists)."
Reportedly, the U.S. created training camps on the outskirts of Tripoli that have since been seized by terrorists. Housley quoted unnamed diplomats saying that these developments could provide the conditions for more attacks of the sort that occurred in Benghazi on September 11, 2011, about which, as you no doubt recall, the administration has been exceedingly reticent.
Should Hillary Clinton be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016, she should—but probably won’t—be required to address this. Sure, it's a complicated situation in a dangerous world. But we still deserve to know what is going on and how this happened.
(And, speaking of an administration that plays with fire, don’t forget Fast and Furious.)