Appearing on Aaron Klein Investigative Radio on New York's WABC, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) brought up questions surrounding whether or not the Obama administration was smuggling guns to jihadist rebels and that this was the reason for the cover up. If that is true, then this would be the second time the administration would be involved in knowingly trafficking firearms into the hands of criminals, only this time it would not be just across our border, but on the other side of the world, with the same consequences, dead Americans.
Sen. Paul will be serving on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the new Senate.
The Kentucky Senator said, “There is also some concern about whether or not Libyan arms are being ferried through Turkey into Syrian rebels and whether or not that had something to do with the cover-up that came out of the administration when the administration was saying that, ‘Oh, this attack in Benghazi had something to do with a film.’"
“Maybe that was to cover up that there was some kind of gun smuggling going on over there, some kind of international fast and furious was going on in Libya and that this was a cover-up,” he continued. “These are some of the questions that we are going to have for Hillary Clinton when she comes before our committee."
“I am very concerned about the president giving arms to Syrian rebels,” Paul told Klein.
Paul went on to point out that there is great concern that if Syrian rebels, who have ties to Al-Qaeda just like the Libyan rebels, get their hands on weapons from the U.S. will wipe out Syrian Christians. “There’s about a million Christians in Syria, one of the largest populations of Christians are in Syria," Paul said. "They are not necessarily siding with the rebels because many of the rebels are extremist radical Islamists such as Al-Nusra elements of al-Qaida. And there is concern that the Christians will not be tolerated, will be wiped out if the rebels win."
Many of these "rebel fighters" are openly tied to terrorist organizations, including Al-Qaeda. This should be more than enough reasons for the U.S. to not provide any support at all. In fact, we should be getting our nose out of the business of foreign nations.
The Accountability Review Board issued a report on Benghazi last month that was then approved by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The report determined that inexperienced staff members, who had worked for only a short period of time, “resulted in diminished institutional knowledge, continuity, and mission capacity."
The board also reported, "findings of unsatisfactory leadership performance by senior officials" in relation to security "should be a potential basis for discipline recommendations."
However, the report did not single out one individual official for discipline.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to testify on Tuesday on Benghazi, the same day the Senator Dianne Feinstein(D-CA) introduces her "assault weapons ban" bill to the Senate.
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