Regarding the abandonment and murder of of Ambassador Chris Stevens, State Department IT Specialist Sean Smith and former US Navy SEALS Ty Woods and Glenn Doherty, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton infamously ranted before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee “what difference does it make?”
Well, beyond her and President Obama’s obvious negligence, there is a new threat,: the proliferation of shoulder- fired Man Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS), one of the world’s most deadly weapons.
According to a Washington Times article these shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles are making their way into Syria and falling into the hands of al Qaeda as well as US-backed Free Syrian Army.
“It’s at least dozens,” said Matt Schroeder, who tracks the illicit small-arms trade at the Federation of American Scientists. “From what I can tell, it’s in the hands of a wide array of actors, from Free Syrian Army moderates to those with more ideological leanings. Whether al Qaeda-affiliated groups per se have acquired them, I don’t know. It is something we are looking into now.”
MANPADS are particularly troublesome because at only 30 pounds, they are easy to transport and hide. Yet with a range of about two miles, they allow terrorists to position themselves within a few miles of civilian airports in order to shoot down airliners. The fall of dictator Moammar Gaddafi two years ago opened Libya’s vast stockpiles to an array of militias — some moderate and some tied to extreme Islamic movements. The Pentagon has estimated the stockpile at about 20,000 mostly Soviet-designed anti-aircraft missiles, but Syrian rebels, heavily aligned with Islamists, appear to be operating newer models, along with some heat-seeking SA-7s, indicating that Libya’s loot isn’t the only black market source.
So the difference, Mrs. Clinton, is that not only did we allow Americans to be murdered, the Obama administration has destabilized Libya and allowed the ransacking of its weapons stocks. It’s open source knowledge that the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda are operating jihadist training camps in Libya for fighters to be deployed to Syria.
The question is, why isn’t the mainstream media reporting this? The hypocrisy is apparent because if Benghazi and the subsequent cover-up and scandal had occurred on the watch of a Republican president, we would be bombarded daily. What say you, why does the cat have their tongue?