Friday, October 24, 2014

JENSEN: Benghazi’s gunrunning angle

By RICK JENSEN, Cagle Cartoons Syndicated Columnist | 5/9/2014

Democrats and their liberal flacks are rallying around the idea of boycotting the Select Committee to Investigate the Benghazi scandal.

Brilliant idea.

Democrats and their liberal flacks are rallying around the idea of boycotting the Select Committee to Investigate the Benghazi scandal.

Brilliant idea.

Just think of how much trust such a move would imbue in the American people if the Republicans had thought of that during the Iran-Contra hearings.

Meanwhile, police are investigating threats on the life of Select Committee Chair Rep. Trey Gowdy by the violent left.

This indicates radical liberals must believe there is a serious crime, for why else would they go to such extremes to silence the process? Surely it’s not simply because President Obama and his administration lied about the nature of the Benghazi protests. It’s likely because his supporters have read the domestic and foreign press reports about the true nature of the “facility” in Benghazi, Libya.

The New York Times already has reported weapons being shipped through Benghazi to the Syrian rebels under U.S. auspices. Seymour Hersh, the famous investigative reporter who exposed the My Lai massacre, reported extensively on the arms being shipped by the U.S. to Syrian rebels through Turkey.

This is the real fear: Hillary Clinton and perhaps President Obama will be exposed without credible deniability to have been shipping weapons to the Syrian rebels, who are mostly Al Qaeda and Al Qaeda affiliates.

Why would anyone care that the president lied? Because four Americans died and he’s covering up the reason? Every president lies about something. A few, such as Nixon, LBJ and Clinton have lied to cover up incompetence, misbehavior and crimes.

Others simply lie about policies to push their agendas.

Lying to cover up the deaths of an ambassador and staff in an expected attack would surely erode confidence in the leader, but not nearly as much as the fact that he was instrumental in providing arms to Al Qaeda.

This is what the Select Committee really needs to learn: how many weapons had the retired Navy Seals, experts in weapons “transfers,” shipped to Al Qaeda and their affiliates in Syria? Was the president aware of this program? Was the program designed by or approved by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then-CIA Director David Petraeus?

I suspect that if you go back through the Internet and read the New York Times reports, as well as Seymour Hersh’s reporting, you’ll come to the conclusion that Hillary Clinton and David Petraeus were in charge of this operation.

As Hersh reported, “ ... a secret agreement [was] reached in early 2012 between the Obama and Erdogan administrations. It pertained to the rat line. By the terms of the agreement, funding came from Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the CIA, with the support of MI6, was responsible for getting arms from Gaddafi’s arsenals into Syria. A number of front companies were set up in Libya, some under the cover of Australian entities. Retired American soldiers, who didn’t always know who was really employing them, were hired to manage procurement and shipping. The operation was run by David Petraeus.”

Obama might not have known the specifics of the Benghazi trading post, but Hillary and Petraeus certainly did.

Sure, emails discovered by Judicial Watch show the president and his administration schemed to cover up the nature of the attacks on the facility, but that’s not the worst of it.

I would say that the worst of it is the gunrunning to jihadists itself.

This is also where it becomes so dangerous for Hillary Clinton’s political future. Remember, she resigned just as the Benghazi investigations were beginning. What would happen to her viability as a presidential candidate should she be found complicit in giving weapons to Al Qaeda and their affiliates? Would women still support her if it’s proven that she was instrumental in arming jihadists intent on killing their children?

The political fallout would be measured in percentages of voters lost and volume of defensive propaganda maneuvers.

The question that really needs to be answered is, “Why were they doing this at all?”

Rick Jensen is a Cagle Cartoons syndicated columnist. Email him at rick@wdel.com or follow him on Twitter @Jensen1150WDEL

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