Way back on December 5, the NY Times covered a somewhat embarrassing situation that they didn’t want to talk about, for some strange reason, the month before: our brilliant leadership-from-behind on Libya resulted in tons of modern weapons going to Al-Qaeda affiliates, and other sharia-compliant jihadis who might as well be.
WASHINGTON — 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.
The weapons included small arms, crew-served weapons, and light rockets and missiles such as RPGs, anti-tank guided missiles, and anti-aircraft missiles of European and Asian manufacture.
The great panjandrums of American foreign policy, slick and shallow academics (say, Tom Donilon) and sleek and bitchy practitioners of fashionable ivory-tower antisemitism (Susan Rice, come on down), were surprised that if you channel aid through a corrupt monarchy in bed with Islamist extremists, the aid will go to the extremists. Think about that one for a minute, and how you might have evaluated those potential outcomes, given that fact pattern.
So you see why you are not a great panjandrum of American foreign policy.
Now, the press is discovering that, mirabile dictu, the Syrian secular-humanist-committed-parliamentarian-democracy-oriented-freedom-fighters are turning out to be — who could have seen this coming? — Al-Qaeda affiliates, and other sharia-compliant jihadis.
So, we know that tons of the hardware conveniently surplus to the Libya rising are being repurposed to export terror and death south in Africa, where the French are fighting a Libyan-terrorist-sponsored Islamist mob in Mali. And we can expect that once the long and messy process of extremists ousting Bashar Assad is over, the leftover hardware from that terroristan will also export itself throughout the region.
And when the regional arms stocks are at saturation, if they’re not already? Those weapons you bought and paid for will be coming soon to a terrorist attack near you.
Fortunately, there is one bright light in all of this: Boy Assad is hanging on to his head firmly enough, that the jihadis may have to expend a lot of their ordnance before they pluck it off of him.
Meanwhile the clueless, monoglot credentialed-but-uneducated mandarins of the foreign policy establishment will be sitting in NCS meetings assuring one another, “Unpossible! They’re just like us. Why, they tweet.”
Lord love a duck.