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Obama ‘Waives’ Ban On Arming Terrorist Groups

From the Washington Examiner:

Obama waives ban on arming terrorists to allow aid to Syrian opposition

By JOEL GEHRKE | SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

President Obama waived a provision of federal law designed to prevent the supply of arms to terrorist groups to clear the way for the U.S. to provide military assistance to "vetted" opposition groups fighting Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

Who is going to ‘vet’ these people?

Some elements of the Syrian opposition are associated with radical Islamic terrorist groups, including al Qaeda, which was responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., in 2001. Assad’s regime is backed by Iran and Hezbollah.

According to the military experts at Jane’s, at least half of these rebels are ‘hard line jihadists.’

The president, citing his authority under the Arms Export Control Act, announced today that he would "waive the prohibitions in sections 40 and 40A of the AECA related to such a transaction."

Well, who can doubt that Obama knows what he is doing? By the way, when did Obama do this waiver? We have been told that the rebels have been receiving arms from the US for at least a month.

Those two sections prohibit sending weaponry to countries described in section 40(d): "The prohibitions contained in this section apply with respect to a country if the Secretary of State determines that the government of that country has repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism," Congress stated in the Arms Control Export Act…

The law allows the president to waive those prohibitions if he "determines that the transaction is essential to the national security interests of the United States."

So how is arming the Syrian rebels in the national security interests of the United States?

Under section 40(g) of the AECA, the Obama team must also provide Congress — at least 15 days before turning over the weapons — "the name of any country involved in the proposed transaction, the identity of any recipient of the items to be provided pursuant to the proposed transaction, and the anticipated use of those items," along with a list of the weaponry to be provided, when they will be delivered, and why the transfer is key to American security interests.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., endorsed providing military assistance to the Syrian opposition during an appearance on CBS’ "Face the Nation" Sunday.

"Our intelligence agencies, I think, have a very good handle on who to support and who not to support," Corker said. "And there’s going to be mistakes. We understand some people are going to get arms that should not be getting arms. But we still should be doing everything we can to support the free Syrian opposition."

Well, it’s not like the Obama administration backed the wrong horse in Egypt, or gave weapons to the bad guys in Libya. — No, wait. They did do both of those things.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Obama ‘Waives’ Ban On Arming Terrorist Groups”

  1. Guns are evil when American citizens own them … Guns are good when Obama gives them to terrorists

    This is a House of Mirrors, isn’t it?




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